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Rushworth Speedway preparing for a massive night of racing

By Shepparton News

This Saturday night Rushworth Speedway has not one, but two visiting classes to combine with all the local heroes and give race fans a terrific show.

The Late Model Sedans with their big and bad 400-plus cubic inch power plants and the zippy little 1000cc Compact Speedcars will light up the track in their association point events.

Cameron Pearson, fresh off a win at Alexandra Speedway, will lead the likes of Brock and Chevy Edwards, Shane Belk, Wangaratta winner James Cornfoot and a host of others into battle.

While Pearson has been the gun driver for all to beat, anything can happen and interstaters like Brett Watson (Queensland) and Steve Vaughan (South Australia) are not travelling to Rushworth just for the scenery and a pub meal.

In Compact Speedcars the Australian title-winning car will be there, however, the champion driver Justin Paull is throwing the keys to his brother Jamie to have a steer.

Allan Pitcher, Mark Hutchinson and Scott Thomson will be tough to defeat and even Paull’s sister Tania Hallett is keen to make sure Jamie does not leave the track with bragging rights.

The Open Sedan category looks fairly open from top to bottom, except for one noticeable entry, Michael Wicks.

The Hyundai driver is back and is quick and Geoff Meyers, Darren Hodge, Scotty Smith and Shane Roycroft are some of the competitors who hope to defeat him.

The ladies’ racing looks to be a battle between the Lamb girls, Chloe and Kelly.

The likes of Cassie Wicks, Belinda Chalcraft and the Hodge girls — Chelsea and Leanne — are just some that entertain the thought of a big win.

Mark Cecil, fresh off a Compact Speedcar win at Redline Raceway in Ballarat, jumps into his sedan and leads the nominations in the Production Sedans with a great amount of competition that includes Ian Wilson, Leigh Jeffery, Troy Britton, Geoff Lee, Chris Woeltjes and Bevan Hutchins.

Finally the Junior Sedans include champion Lachie Fitzpatrick and the rest of the line up has its work cut out to defeat him.

For almost three season now Fitzpatrick has been the benchmark.

Racing begins from 4pm on Saturday with entry $25 an adult, pensioners $15, kids 12 to 16 $12.50 and under 12 is free.