Sprint­cars’ prize guys

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Motorsport - STEPHEN OTTLEY

SUM­MER is fast ap­proach­ing and that means two things, warm weather and the speed­way sea­son. The Sprint­car Racing As­so­ci­a­tion of Vic­to­ria will launch its new sea­son this week­end ahead of the open­ing race on Oc­to­ber 11.

With in­creased spon­sor­ship, the 2008-09 se­ries will have a prize pool of more than $180,000, ac­cord­ing to SRAV chair­man Ian Vale. Each round will of­fer $5000 for the win.

‘‘With the spon­sor­ship we have from Eureka Garages and Sheds and other spon­sors, we are of­fer­ing more than $30,000 just for the end-of-sea­son prize pool for the top 15 driv­ers. They have re­ally stepped up,’’ Vale says.

De­fend­ing cham­pion Matthew Reed is back to de­fend his crown, but he will have his work cut out.

‘‘We would ex­pect to av­er­age 30-34 cars each night,’’ Vale says.

Three-time cham­pion John Vogles is com­pet­ing. Oth­ers to look out for in­clude Mike van Bre­men, Dar­ren Mol­leny­oux and Steve Lines. And three-time Aus­tralian Dirt Mod­i­fied cham­pion Tim Morse is step­ping up to Sprint­car racing this sea­son.

De­fend­ing: Sprint­car cham­pion Matthew Reed will be fight­ing to re­tain his crown.

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