Hession’s Auto Parts Grafton Speedway is gearing up to farewell 2018 in a big way when they host this Sunday night’s V8 Dirt Modified Christmas Cup, which will also feature an exciting line-up of support classes, a spectacular fireworks display and a team demolition derby.
With the track’s previous race meeting being cancelled last month, they are more than eager to welcome drivers back this Sunday night, and what better way to do that than with a competitive field of V8 Dirt Modifieds, who will be battling it out for Christmas Cup honours?
There can be no denying that local Andrew Firth heads in as the favourite to take out the Christmas Cup that he ended up winning last season, given his flawless record at Hession’s Auto Parts Grafton Speedway so far this season. He’ll be tough to beat as he attempts to close his year by completing a hat trick on home soil, following his previous victories in the Clarence Valley Spring Cup and the Stampede.
Most likely to take the fight to Firth will be regular front-runners opening Mr Modified Series round winner and local Jai Stephenson, the Corbett brothers Chris and Dale (pictured below), and leading Sportsman runner Trevor Wiley (Qld). The latter two drivers haven’t been able to keep Firth out of victory lane so far this season, despite coming close on numerous occasions.
Ex-NSW Champion Phil McNamara, Paul Booker, Mark Connelly, Zac Blanch and Murray Flay (Qld) are amongst a strong field of V8 Dirt Modifieds, along with Sportsman competitors Ash Hall, Matthew Bellette, the returning Tia Corbett (Dale’s wife) and rookie Taylah Firth (Andrew’s daughter).
The support program will once again be bolstered by the addition of Wingless Sprints, and it will be all eyes on Grafton’s Scott Marsh, who will be hoping to go back-to-back wins after utilising his home track advantage during the track’s Halloween Spectacular to clinch the victory. Numerous challengers, including the in-form David Eggins, Jacob Jolley, Michael Butcher, Bradley Claridge, Warren King, Ben Hull and Sydney visitor Jamie Dicker, will attempt to hinder Marsh’s chances.
The last-start winner in the Street Stockers, Brock Armstrong will also be hoping to back up his front-running form, while recent minor podium finishers Marley Weller and Steve Hall are going to be shooting for the top step of the podium.
Completing the support program will be Modlites (the first appearance of the season) and Junior Sedans.
Apart from the on-track racing action, there is going to be the teams demolition derby, a spectacular fireworks display, jumping castle, and of course numerous appearances throughout the night from the track’s popular mascot Panda.
Track entry prices are as follows: family (two adults and two high school aged children) $65, adults $25, pensioners (age and TPI) $20, high school children (with card) $15, and children (under 12) FREE.
Gates for Saturday night’s season opener will open at 3pm, with racing to commence at 5.30pm.
Hession’s Auto Parts Grafton Speedway is located at the Grafton Showground on Prince Street in Grafton, NSW.
Grafton Speedway would like to thank their naming-right’s sponsor for the 2018-19 season: Hession’s Auto Parts. Based in Grafton, Hession’s Auto Parts stock a wide range of parts and accessories at competitive prices. To find out more about their products, contact them on 0266 423 085.
For more information, contact Hession’s Auto Parts Grafton Speedway Promotions Manager Troy Saville on 0455 948 802. You can also visit their website at www.graftonspeedway.com.au or LIKE them on Facebook by searching Grafton Speedway.