Kingaroy to host top dollar event
FRESH from a record-breaking National Street Stock Final on New Year's Day, Lucas Oil Kingaroy Speedway is gearing up for more of the same when the Kings Royal hits town on Australia Day.
To the winner of Saturday's modified sedan final goes $10,000 prizemoney, and stands as the richest modified sedan meeting in the country, a fact Speedway licensing coordinator Tanya Barron is proud of.
"The Kings Royal Modified Sedans race is the richest in Australia for that class, no other speedway matches the $10,000 we do for first place,” she said.
"(The Kings Royal) started five years ago, but the first ever one got rained out in the floods. This is our biggest combined (field of drivers) - to have 70 cars is just amazing.”
Barron said the success of the National Street Stock Final and the flow-on for the upcoming Kings Royal was a credit to the continued support of the South Burnett and speedway communities.
"The support from the speedway community to come here and have that many nominations - we're just so grateful for how much support we receive from all divisions, we're very humbled by it,” she said.
"(The Street Stock Final) was a fantastic weekend, Sunday night was huge crowd-wise and it was a very successful weekend for our club.
Barron was impressed with the calibre of local drivers on display, with the street stock class still in its infancy in Queensland.
"Street stock has been going for a long time in the southern states, but it's probably only three or four years since it started in Queensland,” she said.
"Our drivers held their own that's for sure.”
Recent rain has made preparing the track difficult, but Barron praised the work of the maintenance staff ahead of the three-day event.
"It's always tricky preparing the track, with all the different elements here in Queensland,” Barron said.
"But we've got a really good track crew.”