NEW SEASON OF SPEEDWAY ROARS INTO LIFE SATURDAY NIGHT
The 2018/2019 season blasts off at Valvoline Raceway Parramatta this Saturday night (September 29).
A veritable all star cast of the fast will again descend on the iconic ‘Speedway by the M4 Freeway’ to kick off the 42nd season of action at a venue that is known worldwide as the home of Australian Sprintcar Racing.
A combination of the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship NSW, Speedcars and a twin feature race format for the United Acreage Marketing Late Model Sedans plus the crazy driving Fender Benders will take centre stage with a massive fireworks display and the first Demolition Derby of the season.
Aussie Forklift Repairs presents the Lord Mayor’s Gold Cup for the Ultimate Sprintcars and the Lord Mayor of Parramatta Cr. Andrew Wilson will be in attendance to officiate.
Last Saturday night Deputy Lord Mayor Ms. Michelle Garrard got her first taste of Speedway action at the official practice session where she saddled up in the back of the Rocket 2-seater Sprintcar for some hot laps.
Ms. Garrard was given a first hand look at Sprintcar racing by celebrated champion Robbie Farr who ripped the 900 horsepower race-car around the track in a special closed session for the Deputy Lord Mayor.
“He didn’t go easy on me!” she exclaimed about Farr’s driving style after coming to a stop in the pits, “I’m in shock. I’m just speechless. I prayed the whole time around. That was so fast. I can’t feel my hands anymore.”
There’s more than just Speedway as the focus this Saturday night however.
In a special initiative with the Parramatta Mission Valvoline Raceway is launching the “Race to drive out hunger” program where race drivers, pit crews, spectators, officials and sponsors are encouraged to bring tins of baked beans, coffee, soup and tuna and place them in collection containers on Saturday night.
The Raceway is planning to raise $10,000 through the Go Fund Me page that is set up and provide 10,000 meals for the homeless community in Parramatta and surrounding area.
Two nights of competition - this Saturday night and Saturday night December 8 – have been allocated as the dates for the “Race to drive out hunger.”
From a Sprintcar stand point the defending champion of the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship NSW Robbie Farr returns and comes off a second place finish in Toowoomba Queensland where he was passed for the lead with only two laps remaining by South Australian rival Steven Lines.
It goes without saying that the Milperra born now Gold Coast based superstar will come out all guns blazing against a crack field of rivals this Saturday night.
A piece of history will also be created on Saturday night when long serving Darwin driver Ben Atkinson races with his 16 year old son Benny Jr at Valvoline Raceway for the first time – adding to a long list of father/son activity over the 42 years the venue has been going.
Many eyes will be on Sydney teenager Jesse Attard in his first race back in Australia after an impressive racing safari in the USA several weeks ago.
The list of drivers competing at Valvoline Raceway who have also competed in the USA in the Australian ‘off-season’ includes Matt and Marcus Dumesny, Sam Walsh and Jordyn Brazier.
Former USC Champion Jamie Veal is also a welcome addition to the ranks as is former racer Mick Rowell who makes a return to racing in his son Steven’s car after many years away from the sport.
NSW muscle man Marty Perovich also makes an Opening Night debut for the first time in many seasons.
Entries so far (at September 25) for the Sprintcars include drivers from New Zealand, the Northern Territory, New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland:
D2 Ben ATKINSON D3 Ben ATKINSON Jr N3 Denis FARR NQ5 Danny REIDY NS6 Matt GEERING Q6 Michael ROWELL Q7 Robbie FARR NS9 Nick SIMMONS N10 Luke STIRTON NS11 Adam HOURIGAN N12 Paul JEFFREY NS15 Daniel CASSIDY N16 Daniel SAYRE N17 Marty PEROVICH NS21 Jordyn BRAZIER N22 James THOMPSON NZ22 Dean BRINDLE N24 Blake SKIPPER NS27 Kyle ANGEL N32 Warren FERGUSON V35 Jamie VEAL V37 Grant ANDERSON N39 Jeremy CROSS V42 Jye O'KEEFFE N47 Marcus DUMESNY N53 Jessie ATTARD N54 Grant TUNKS N56 Mick SALLER NS57 Brendan SCORGIE V60 Jordyn CHARGE N64 Shane SHEEDY N68 James DUCKWORTH N71 Michael STEWART NS75 Damien HART N78 Andrew WRIGHT N79 Peter BOURKE N83 Peter O’NEILL N89 Braydan WILLMINGTON
Attractions: Aussie Forklift Repairs Lord Mayor’s Gold Cup for Ultimate Sprintcars United Acreage Late Model Sedans double feature races Speedcars Fender Benders Demolition Derby “The race to drive out hunger” Parramatta homeless initiative Fireworks Display
Details: Gates open: 2pm this Saturday, September 29. Action starts: 6pm Address: 21 Wentworth Street Clyde Facebook: Valvoline Raceway Website: www.valvolineraceway.com.au
Prices: Adults $30 / Pension $20 / Juniors (13-15yrs) $15 / Kids 12 and under FREE / Family Pass (2 adults, 2 Juniors) $70