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SPEEDWAY MEETING: Matt Egel #29 will be in action this weekend.
SPEEDWAY MEETING: Matt Egel #29 will be in action this weekend.

The sounds of high-powered sprint car engines will reverberate at this Saturday night’s speedway meeting with some of the state’s best drivers leading the record number of entries.

At least 17 drivers will unleash their ‘Winged Warriors’ trackside, showcasing their driving skills to passionate speedway fans.

The last time sprintcars appeared at Whyalla was two years ago, when Jamie Henry, Matt Egel and Daniel Pestka featured, and again head the nominations, as part of the experienced line-up of drivers include Ryan Jones, Brad Keller, Keke Falland and Hayden Pitt.

There is also interest from interstate drivers with Brendan Guerin and Stacy Galliford from Broken Hill, Aldo de Paoli from Western Australia and Alice Springs resident Lenny Cole, with many drivers having their first look at Whyalla.

The lure of the $10,000 prize money to the winner of the feature final will ensure that race fans can expect some hotly contested action during the time trials and the heat races leading up to the final, as drivers strive to gather as many points as possible to gain the front row grid position for the 30-lap final to claim the cash prize.

Murray Bridge has been the main sprintcar venue so far this season with Matt Egel and Brad Keller filling the minor placings behind Queenslander Robbie Farr at their November 4 feature. At last Saturday night’s meeting, the South Australian Sprintcar title was decided with many of the above drivers competing with Brad Keller again featuring in the placings, with a second placing, this time behind Queensland’s James McFadden, and is due for a major feature win.

“Andy Maxwell Jnr will be glad to be racing on his hometrack after all the travelling he has done in the past few months and a feature win would be a just reward for his dedication.”

Supporting the sprintcars will be the V6 sprints with nine nominations for the tri-series round one, with Whyalla represented by Daniel Thwaites and Tyson McCarthy.

Both lads lined up for their first meeting of the season at Murray Bridge on November 4 and have had a promising start with Tyson having a podium finish with a third placing and Daniel a fifth placing in their 20-lap feature final, and both will be keen to build on that effort with the help of fellow drivers including Michael Buxallen, Greg Bell, Kym Simon, Damien Eve and Chris James.

Street stocks are also part of the night’s racing and again the hometown drivers will have the best chance to be a chequered flag winner.

Andy Maxwell Jnr will be glad to be racing on his hometrack after all the travelling he has done in the past few months and a feature win would be a just reward for his dedication. Wayne Fosteris had his first meeting of his season at Adelaide Motorsport Park three weeks ago and will be joined by rookie driver Jarrod Hamilton who is having his first speedway driving experience. The trio will be joined by visiting drivers Haydon Jolly, Darren Pope and Cade Cox. The club will be expecting a big crowd to flock to the track. Gates open at 4pm with the sprintcar hot laps from 5.30 followed by time trials.