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Benton Memorial highlight at Rushworth Speedway

By Shepparton News

Rushworth Speedway fires up the octane action this Saturday night, the first event since the Christmas break.

A terrific line-up has nominated for the Paul Benton Memorial for the combined field of Goulburn Valley Open and Production Sedans as they share top billing with the Grand Prix Midget Rod Quarrell Memorial, which doubles as the Victorian title for the class.

The visiting Three-litre Sedans along with the local ladies and the juniors are also on the terrific night of racing.

Entrants in the Victorian title for Grand Prix Midgets include Australian champion Trevor Perry, whose family has a long history with the Goulburn Valley-based club, as does multiple-time state champion Dennis Myers.

These two competitors are fierce on track and love to win at Rushworth, however, the likes of Lisa Chalcraft, the fast femme, and another Goulburn Valley driver, Travis Florrimell, Chris Fowler, Janelle and Rod Saville and last event winner Shawn Ward are all primed to give a good account.

The Paul Benton Memorial honours a former club president who lost his life working at the track making venue improvements many years ago.

This is the event each year drivers want to win, along with winning their class season championship — no other one night event is more important to locals than the Paul Benton Memorial.

The Benton Memorial pits Open Saloons up against the Production Sedans and leading the fancied runners from the Open Saloons is Paul Lamb.

He will have his work cut out for him with Michael Wicks, Jay Nicolaisen and Garry Gapes, who won the last race meeting for Open Saloons, amongt those putting up a challenge.

Production Sedans keen to get the big win ahead of the Open Saloon competitors include Mark Cecil, who has a history of beating Open Saloon cars, Shane Hutchins the class champion, Troy Britton, who won the last Production Sedan meeting, and Leigh Jeffery, who has been one of the leading competitors for the past few seasons.

Three-litre Sedans visit again and Goulburn Valley racer Daniel Wilson will be keen to win on his home track.

However, he will have a challenge on his hands with Lennie Clark, Mick Boyle and Andrew Ahearn among the entry list.

Clark has a great history of winning at Rushworth and he is coming off a victory at Swan Hill, while locals will be cheering Wilson to a home track win.

Action in the Ladies will again be tough, with the likes of Chloe and Kelly Lamb, Cassie Wicks, Belinda Chalcraft and the Hodge girls in the line-up.

In the Junior Sedans, Lachie Fitzpatrick has been winning races away from Rushworth and he again is the favourite with Tristan McGraw and the Cecil boys keeping him honest.

Racing begins from 4pm on Saturday with entry costs $25 an adult, aged pensioners $15, kids 12 to 16 $12.50 and under the age of 12 free, while a family of two adults and two kids 12 to 16 is $60.