Multi-title modlites champ Hancey on track
QUALITY FIELD: It will certainly not be the biggest field to have ever contested the V8 Dirt Modifieds King of the Ring but it could be among the fastest.
Today's feature will mark 10 years of the King of the Ring, which was first won by Luke Oldfield in 2008 and has an honour roll featuring stars Scott Cannon and Andrew Pezzutti.
Maryborough Speedway president Wayne Moller said he was excited to see how the 2018 edition of the annual race would play out.
"It's not a huge field of cars but it's a quality field,” he said.
"Sometimes quality is better than quantity as they say, and we're looking forward to seeing the V8s run around again on the new surface and seeing what times they can put in.”
New track records in various classes have already been set on the new surface, and there could be a number of new marks set tonight.
The field features household names from the modlites circuit like Terry Leerentveld and multi-time champion Klinton Hancey.
Hancey won the first Victorian modlites title last week, adding to his growing collection of honours.
The Kawana Waters driver is the reigning Australia, Queensland, South Australian, NSW and Western Australian title holder, he won the Queensland Pro Series, the Cowboy Country Cup and the Archerfield Speedway track championship.
He was also named Maryborough Speedway's Champion of Champions for 2017-18.
Leerentveld will pull double duty on the night, as he races up in the modlites category.
"I'd be watching out for our local guys like Phillip Roberts. It's his second season in the dirt mod ranks and he's really starting to come on,” Moller said.
"With a good field of cars out there I think he's definitely one guy to watch this weekend.”