Kingaroy is ready to race
MOTOR SPORT: Kingaroy speedway are gearing up for their biggest meeting of the year this weekend, the Kings Royal.
In its sixth year the event is the richest modified sedan race in Australia and has attracted a record number of nominations for their biggest race of the year.
Kingaroy driver Brett Barron has raced in each addition and is looking forward to the first of three nights of racing on Friday night.
"I have been racing here (in Kingaroy) for 30 years so it is my home track but at the end of the day it is luck with who you draw with and how the night progresses," he said.
"The competitiveness is as fierce as ever and everyone is there to win the $10,00 as it is the richest modified sedans race in Australia."
Drivers will travel from throughout Australia for their chance to claim victory.
"You will have a fair few interstaters but as a whole it probably not much more competitive then a regular meeting, but in saying that there is no slouches coming from interstate," Barron said.
"We get 25-40 drivers at an average meeting and they come to Kingaroy because it gives them a chance to practice and race and dial there cars in for this race.
"It is as big as an Australian title as far as I am concerned."
The club has received 175 nominations across all classes.
The modified sedans, production sedans and street stocks will open the racing on the Thursday night.
The modified sedans will return to the track on Australia day followed by the junior sedans.
The final night of racing will see the modified sedans title decided and the inaugural Queens Royal.
After hard luck in recent years Barron has his sights set on victory this year.
"We didn't finish last year because we had overheating problems, the year before that we hit the fence and the year before we finished fifth so we have got to get the monkey of our back and hopefully we get a good heat and go from there," he said.
"It would be unbelievable to win it and there are 75 guys that are probably thinking the same.
"It is all about reliability, endurance and seeing who can be there at the end of a fifty lap title."
Gates will open at 2pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday before the racing gets under way at 5pm.
With a fireworks display on Saturday night it is an event the whole family can enjoy.
"It's a very friendly atmosphere at the interval they have a pit walk, where no cars are driven around and you can have a look at what the drivers and crew are doing and how they are preparing and it enables the spectators to put a face to the car," Barron said.