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Sprinters to take centre stage

Friday, 4th May, 2012

TOP DRIVER: Brendan Guerin will be looking for a win on his home track after finishing third in the Australian Sprint Car Titles. TOP DRIVER: Brendan Guerin will be looking for a win on his home track after finishing third in the Australian Sprint Car Titles.

Motorsport fans will be treated to some high-velocity action tomorrow night with V8 sprint cars set to tear up the speedway track.

Sprint car racing combines powerful motors with a light chassis to provide thrilling, high-speed events.

The sport is so intense that many American drivers use it as preparation for their IndyCar and NASCAR careers.

“They’re great to watch, just the roar of the V8 engine,” said Broken Hill Speedway Club Secretary, Dion Coulls.

“And the raw cubic inches - the raw power combined with not much weight... when a crash happens it’s pretty spectacular.”

Local sprint car racers Darryl and Brendan Guerin will take to the track against visiting drivers Chris and Daniel Evans, Jamie Hendry and Keke Falland.

Brendan will be keen to add to his win tally after finishing third in the Australian Sprint Car Titles.

The V8 sprint cars will be supported by wingless sprints, V8 super modified sedans, modified sedans, junior sedans, street stocks and motocross bikes.

The street stocks should provide an interesting family battle, with father and son team John and Luke Lines facing off against brothers Ashley and Kacey Staker.

John will be looking to defend his last start win, while Luke will be aiming to improve his previous third place finish.

Meanwhile the Staker brothers will be hoping to steal first place and shake off mechanical issues which have plagued them throughout the season.

However Ashley said he will be facing an uphill battle after damaging his race motor recently.

“With the race motor blown, we have dropped a stock motor in my car... anything can happen,” he said.

Mr Coulls said the showdown would be one of the many highlights in what promises to be a great night of racing.

“With a huge night of racing, it’s not one to be missed,” he said

He also thanked the public for their support of local motorsport, with Speedway attendances up on previous years.

“Overall our season has great, we’ve had good crowds, a good show, and good racing,” he said.

“It’s getting back up to what it used to be.”

Speedway gates open at 5pm, with racing set to commence at sundown.

Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for children, and $50 for families.

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