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Hession’s Auto Parts Grafton Speedway will be opening its gates for the first time since its ownership change this Saturday night, hosting a huge race meeting to get their 2018-19 season underway, which will be headlined by the Clarence Valley V8 Dirt Modified Spring Cup and the NSW Demo Derby Title.

Having changed hands to new owners Mick and Cindy Corbett, who purchased the track’s lease during the off season, there has been plenty of preparation in terms of finalising what will be a season of banner events for the showground track, with this Saturday night’s race meeting being no exception.

Leading the charge in the V8 Dirt Modifieds for their Clarence Valley Spring Cup will no doubt be local driver Andrew Firth, who last season proved that Grafton Speedway was a happy hunting ground for him, taking out a pair of feature-race wins. Firth will be joined on track this season by his teenage daughter Taylah, who will be hoping for a strong debut.

Corbett brothers Chris and Dale are no strangers to Grafton Speedway, having both experienced consistent runs there in the past, with Dale having also won last season’s final hit out at the track in the V8 Dirt Modified Rumble. Josh Rose also drove to victory at Grafton last season, emerging victorious in the Stampede, and he will be hoping to repeat that feat this time around.

Former NSW Champion Phil McNamara will also be one to watch, along with the likes of Lee Gorton and Trevor Wiley.

No doubt sure to attract a huge crowd, the NSW Demo Derby Title will be an action-packed affair, which will see one driver outlast his rivals to claim top honours, while the RSA Street Stockers will be contesting the opening round of their Grafton Speedway Track Championship, which will reward the overall point score winner a $1,000 prize at season’s end.

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Photo: Tony Powell Speedway Photos

Also, on the support program will be AMCA Nationals, RSA Junior Sedans, RSA Outlaws Sedans, RSA Limited Sedans, RSA Fender Benders and Stock Rods.

A live band named ‘Yeah the Boys’ will also be performing from 3.30pm in order to raise money for men’s mental health awareness.

Grafton Speedway would like to thank their naming-right’s sponsor for the 2018-19 season: Hession’s Auto Parts. Based in Grafton, Hession’s Auto Parts stock a wide range of parts and accessories at competitive prices. To find out more about their products, contact them on 0266 423 085.

Track entry prices are as follows: family (two adults and two high school aged children) $65, adults $25, pensioners (age and TPI) $20, high school children (with card) $15, and children (under 12) FREE.

Gates for Saturday night’s season opener will open at 3pm, with racing to commence at 6pm.

Hession’s Auto Parts Grafton Speedway is located at the Grafton Showground on Prince Street in Grafton, NSW.

For more information, contact Hession’s Auto Parts Grafton Speedway Promotions Manager Troy Saville on 0455 948 802. You can also visit their website at www.graftonspeedway.com.au or LIKE them on Facebook by searching Grafton Speedway.

2018-19 Season Schedule:

September 29
V8 Dirt Modifieds (Clarence Valley Spring Cup), Demo Derby (NSW Title), RSA Street Stockers, RSA Junior Sedans, AMCA Nationals, RSA Outlaws Sedans, RSA Limited Sedans, RSA Fender Benders, Stock Rods

October 27
V8 Dirt Modifieds (Stampede and Sportsman Challenge), Wingless Sprints, RSA Street Stockers, RSA Junior Sedans, RSA Fender Benders

November 24
AMCA Nationals (Grafton Cup), RSA Street Stockers, RSA Junior Sedans, RSA Fender Benders, Stock Rods

December 30
New Year’s Fireworks and Laser Spectacular - V8 Dirt Modifieds (Christmas Cup), Wingless Sprints, RSA Street Stockers, RSA Junior Sedans, RSA Fender Benders

February 9
SSA Junior Sedans (NSW Title), V8 Dirt Modifieds, Wingless Sprints, RSA Street Stockers, RSA Junior Sedans, RSA Fender Benders

March 16
V8 Dirt Modifieds (Rumble), RSA Street Stockers, AMCA Nationals, RSA Junior Sedans, RSA Fender Benders

April 19
Easter Dirt Weekend Night 1: V8 Dirt Modifieds, AMCA Nationals (Andrew Walker Memorial Cup), RSA Street Stockers, RSA Junior Sedans, RSA Fender Benders, RSA Outlaw Sedans, RSA Limited Sedans, Stock Rods

April 20
Easter Dirt Weekend Night 2: RSA Street Stockers, RSA Junior Sedans, RSA Fender Benders, RSA Outlaw Sedans, RSA Limited Sedans, Stock Rods