Revved up for sea­son

Stratford Press - - News - By JAR­ROD MAC­BETH

Af­ter the win­ter break, Stratford Speed­way is about to kick back into life again this Satur­day night when the open­ing race meet­ing of the sea­son is held.

Three prac­tices have been held at the track to date with a good turnout of cars, bod­ing well for the busy sea­son ahead. Sev­eral driv­ers have al­ready at­tended meet­ings at other tracks in­clud­ing su­per­stock racer Blair John­son who won the open­ing race at Palmert­son North on Satur­day night and stock­car com­peti­tor Dale Michielsen who man­aged to get tipped over at Wan­ganui on Sun­day.

Not all driv­ers have made it to the prac­tices though, and many will be burn­ing the mid­night oil to get their cars ready in time, in­clud­ing team mem­ber of the cham­pion team the Stratford Storm­ers, Tyler Walker. Walker has been busy over the win­ter as­sem­bling a new Keith Gill chas­sied car. De­lays in parts ar­riv­ing have pushed his time to the wire and he and his crew have been work­ing over the past long week­end and through­out the week to get the car ready. He is con­fi­dent they will get the car ready and hope­ful that the untested ma­chine will per­form well at its first out­ing where there is a tro­phy on the line.

Stock­cars are just one class com­pet­ing for a tro­phy in the busy open­ing night line-up. Join­ing them in the tro­phy hunt are the su­per­stocks, min­is­prints and street­stocks, all four classes rac­ing for their City of New Ply­mouth Clas­sic ti­tles while the mod­i­fieds and youth min­i­s­tock classes will com­plete the pro­gram.

Rac­ing is ex­pected to be ac­tion packed as com­peti­tors are al­ways keen to get their name on the first bit of sil­ver­ware for the sea­son.

■ Gates open at 5pm and rac­ing gets un­der way at 7pm.

SPEED­WAY driver Tyler Walker is hop­ing to have his brand new Keith Gill chas­sied car ready for the open­ing meet­ing this Satur­day.

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