The New South Wales /QLD states series is finally set to get underway at Archerfield Speedway (Brisbane, Qld) this weekend, with racing taking place tonight (11th January) as well as this Friday and Saturday.
The series was initially scheduled to begin last week with three nights of racing at Eastern Creek Speedway in Sydney, but unfortunately, all three of those events (including the AUD 20,000-to-win Sydney Sprintcar Royale) were lost to rain and the ongoing water drainage issues that have been plaguing the recently built facility for some time.
Last week, it was sadly announced that after 45 years of operation, Archerfield Speedway would close for good at the end of this season after the land the historic venue sits on was purchased by industrial developers.
This also means that this Friday and Saturday marks the final running of the prestigious Australian Sprintcar Open, the biggest blue-ribbon Sprintcar racing event in Queensland.
As you would expect in light of this news, a strong field of competitors (41 cars in total) have entered this weekend’s events, including four American drivers ( Chase Randall, Carson and Cole Macedo and Justin Sanders) and some of the best drivers Australia has to offer.
Notable Australians in the field include Current Australian Sprintcar champion Marcus Dumesny, his brother Matt, and former World of Outlaws stars Brooke Tatnell and Ian Madsen.
Other notable names to watch for this event, that would perhaps not be as well known in America but are in no way any less talented or capable of winning than those drivers I have previously mentioned, include two-time World Series Sprintcars champion Steven Lines, former Australian Sprintcar champion Jamie Veal and recent winner of the Clay-Per-View Victoria/South Australia Speedweek, young Tasmanian talent, Jock Goodyer.
Local stars Luke Oldfield and Lachie Mchugh can be expected to be among those that figure prominently over the course of the weekend as well.
For those interested, a live stream of the weekend’s events can be found at SpeedwayAustralia.tv, starting at 5:30 pm local time (2:30 am EST) each night. Please note that each night’s live stream is purchased separately.