The South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic has attracted 102 drivers from Australia and America.
Sports journalist JUSTINE McCULLAGH-BEASY looks at some of the leading contenders ahead of the three-night showcase at Allansford's Premier Speedway.
There’s the new kid on the block, the past winners, home-town chances and the entertainers.
Drivers will be split into two sections for qualifying on Friday and Saturday nights with the top 96 cars to compete on Sunday for chance in the 24-car, 40-lap finale.
Tim Kaeding - USA
An electrifying driver who produces bold moves and isn’t afraid to test the boundaries. Won the 2014 Classic and is the most experienced of the five Americans in the 2019 field.
Cory Eliason - USA
In his third stint in Australia and feels at home on the Premier Speedway track. Led the World Series Sprintcars round at Allansford on New Year’s Day before James McFadden jumped ahead with three laps to run.
James McFadden - Australia
Drives an eye-catching yellow car to go with his eye-catching ability. A crowd favourite who wants to add a second Classic crown alongside his 2017 victory.
Jamie Veal - Australia
The ‘Real Deal’ calls Warrnambool home and has a strong following. A past Classic champion who will fancy his chances in his SWI Racing number 35.
Gio Scelzi - USA
Part of the next generation, this 16-year-old ace became the youngest driver to earn a Knoxville Nationals A-Main berth when he achieved the feat in August.
Corey McCullagh - Australia
The reigning champion was a surprise winner in 2018, coming from ninth to win in front of his home crowd. A perfectionist who leaves no stone unturned.
Carson Macedo - USA
The Californian is back for his third Classic attempt after finishing second last year. An emerging driver who is a consistent performer.
Parker Price-Miller - USA
Young American who got his first taste of the Classic 12 months ago. Races on the famed World of Outlaws circuit.
Kerry Madsen - Australia
The ‘Madman’ is a daring driver who is based in America and loves making a statement when he returns home. Chasing a fourth Classic title.
Brooke Tatnell - Australia
A three-time Classic champion who also has nine podium finishes to his name, including third place the past two years.
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