Queenslanders Score Big Grafton Wins

The second race meeting of the 2022-23 season at Hessions Auto Parts Grafton Speedway was fought out on Saturday night, and the major wins resulted in the NSW Modlites Title going the way of Queenslander Corey Stein and the return of the V8 powered Late Models scored by fellow Queenslander Carter Armstrong.

In what was his maiden victory in the Modlites class, Stein, from Toowoomba, made it even more memorable due to the fact it was an NSW Title. How Stein’s winning performance played out, he managed to qualify on pole position for the NSW Title deciding feature race and went on to pace the field for the entire 25-lap distance.

Behind the jubilant Stein at the fall of the chequered flag in the NSW Title decider was defending NSW Champion and another Toowoomba resident Rodney Pammenter in second, while the podium was completed by Rodney’s son Mitch Pammenter in third.

Three-time NSW Champion Klinton Hancey finished just off the podium in fourth ahead of two-time Australian Champion Terry Leerentveld in fifth. The top-10 finishers were rounded out by Trent McLean, Callum Beerling, Joshua Herne, front-row qualifier Tyson Snow and Chris Fing.

The action in the Late Models was thick and fast, but when it was all done and dusted, Armstrong proved to be the form driver and by virtue of this came away with the feature-race spoils. The 20-lap event resulted in Armstrong leading from start to finish and at the fall of the chequered flag defeated NSW’s David Robertson and fellow Queenslander Aaron Van Zeeland in second and third place respectively. The Queensland-based duo of Steve Van Zeeland and Daniel Bennett completed the top-five finishers.

In the support classes, the RSA Street Stockers resulted in the feature race going the way of Jakob Lesha who downed Steve Hall and Nathan Diews, NSW Champion Jordan Biviano claimed the Production Sedans feature race by defeating Stuart Fawcett and Aaron Hall, Jaiden Santin scored the RSA Junior Sedans All Stars feature-race win after he outpaced Jeremy Wade and Brock Stubbs to the chequered flag, and in the RSA Junior Sedans New Stars feature race Luke McNabb emerged triumphant ahead of Jackson Bailey and Poppy Airey.

With the busy Christmas-New Year period just around the corner, it’s certainly going to see Grafton Speedway feature heavily. On the night of December 29, they will host the opening round of the Super Dirt Series for the V8 Dirt Modifieds along with the support classes of AMCA Nationals, RSA Street Stockers, RSA Four Cylinder Sedans and RSA Junior Sedans. The following night (December 30) the Super Dirt Series for the V8 Dirt Modifieds returns with the second and final round, while the support classes are going to be made up of AMCA Nationals, RSA Street Stockers, RSA Four Cylinder Sedans and RSA Junior Sedans.

Grafton Speedway would like to thank Hessions Auto Parts for their support throughout the 2022-23 season. Based in Grafton, along with their nearby Coffs Harbour location, Hessions Auto Parts stock a wide range of parts and accessories at competitive prices.
To find out more about Hessions Auto Parts, contact them on 0266 423 085 (Grafton) and 0256 456 361 (Coffs Harbour) or visit their website at hessionsautoparts.com.au.

For more information, contact Grafton Speedway promoter Mick Corbett on 0427 310 009. You can also visit their website at graftonspeedway.com.au or LIKE them on Facebook by searching Grafton Speedway.

Photo courtesy of Butcher Photography