Sppedway | It’s back, it’s big and bang for your buck

REVVED UP: Winter is over, and it's time to roar as speedway racing returns to Carrick this Saturday night. Picture: Angryman Photography
REVVED UP: Winter is over, and it's time to roar as speedway racing returns to Carrick this Saturday night. Picture: Angryman Photography

After a long, cold, dismal winter, the speedway season roars into life this Saturday night at Carrick.

There is a massive number of entries across all categories, defying the tradition of low car counts for the season starter.

So organisers have taken steps to make sure that fans get maximum bang for the buck with racing commencing from 5pm. 

The season opener will have the superfast Formula 500s with young star Jock Goodyer commencing his second season after dominating the end of last season.

He suffered mechanical problems in recent testing and is eager to rectify that and start filling his trophy cabinet.

He will be challenged by Taylor Johnson who had a horrific crash last year only to resume racing at an even faster pace than before.

Others to watch include Jason Richards, Rick Weatherall and Adam Burr.

A massive field of 22 juniors will be wide open with several of the quick campaigners from last season now too old to compete in this class, leaving the way clear for some new stars to emerge.

Keep an eye on Cody Gay, Thomas Marlow and a host of others all keen to vie for victory.

AMCAs have 17 entries and Daniel Brooks is always charging toward the sharp end of the field.

‘Front Row Joe’ Dickerson has moved up from juniors and could well spoil the party of some of the veterans of this category including Rodney Basset and Craig Bagorski.

Late models have eight cars and although only in their second season, the car numbers continue to grow.

Brad Smith will be challenged by Kallan Muir, Jason Cox and Leon Nichols while Mark Kidd returns to his home state after residing in Queensland to race one of these exciting V8-powered cars.

Modifieds are known for close door-to-door racing and the Carrick track has produced some amazing battles over the years.

The hostilities resume this weekend with several new contenders including Brad Herbert and Adrian Jones making the switch to this class and eager to make a name for themselves.

Street stocks have 15 cars and will keep everyone entertained as they are the only full class that randomly races in reverse direction to ensure the suspension remains totally stock.

Wingless sprintcar competitors all want to start amassing series points early; Jeremy Smith and Bradley Walkley are expected to do well this weekend.

Tassie sixes also have a strong field. Keep an eye on Dwayne Sonners, Mick Davey, Peter Johnson to all challenge for victory

The night’s entertainment will conclude with ramp racing where competitors race on a wet track over the jumps for some big prize money.