Heavy rain preceded the night’s racing at the Latrobe Speedway, providing some tricky sections at both ends of the track with the faster line around the outside.
But several competitors threw caution to the wind and utilised the rough parts to enact some passing moves.
The 30-lap sprintcar final had Jock Goodyer start on pole with Nick Penno, who blasted around the outside into the lead. Chris Johns was third with Adrian Redpath, Kurt Luttrell and Jamie Bricknell all chasing hard.
A quarter-race distance and Johns passed Goodyer before setting off after Penno. Johns dived low on the track on lap nine and raced Penno side by side for a full lap until switching to his preferred high line and passing around the outside. Tate Frost had worked his way up to fourth.
A stoppage late in the race to extinguish a fire in Adrian Redpath’s car set up a four-lap screamer to the end. Frost fired past Penno after the restart, but a double spin on the last lap handed third to Jason Redpath. In the end, Johns took the commanding victory from Goodyer.
Matt Farrell backed up last week’s victory in the late models taking a solid win. He powered around Mark Kidd in pole position. Kidd held second until late in the race when he ran wide in turn two to allow Tim Pike and Josh Beaumont through.
Ben Riley and Corey Bauld led the street stock final while Matt Templar, John Riley and Mitch Allison battled for third. Allison moved behind the leading pair until he hit the wall hard twice ending his night. Riley’s race ended a lap later after a collision with Mat Crawford. Templar survived for third.
Lachlan Robins led the junior new stars until Nate Garwood used lapped traffic to lead. The pair were chased by Stevie Smith, who spun in turn three, but recovered for third. Garwood hung on from Robins and Smith.
The junior top stars had Jayden Triffett win from Mitch Colgan and Cody Gay.
A big field of Tassie sixes contested the King of Latrobe. Dwaine Sonners returned to his winning ways after being chased most of the race by Brad Cowan. Luke Wilson took out third.
Luke Redpath kept a lead to win the speedcars as Mitch Freeman gained the upper hand on Alistair Freeman.