Two Americans with vastly different levels of experience, but with bucket loads of talent are amongst the latest entrants for the 2019 South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.
The Classic Champion of 2014, Tim Kaeding, who comes from San Jose, California will again be piloting the Wayne Cole backed VA6 entry with support from Nelson Asphalting, Fitzgerald Builders and Yarra Valley Towing.
In 2018, Kaeding contested the Classic for Cole, keeping all in attendance captivated with his all or nothing approach as he fielded a damaged car after an early heat race incident.
His Sunday night charge concluded with a 20th place finish in B Main 1.
His American season yielded some great results, in what were essentially part-time rides, including fielding a second car for good friend Jason Sides.
His World of Outlaws Record for 2018 comprised of just ten starts, five of which were Top 5’s, while nine of the 10 produced top ten results.
His time at Knoxville Raceway in August was most productive with a tenth-place finish in the Knoxville 360 Nationals, a result which paled when compared to the following week when he finished fifth in the Saturday night A-Main behind Brad Sweet, Donny Schatz, Kyle Larson and Aaron Reutzel.
Kaeding would also power his way from 11th to second in what would become the final World Challenge event.
A late season broken ankle, put paid to his racing year, just as he was producing some more brilliant form in his native California.
No matter where he runs, Kaeding will be one to watch at the Classic, however he may have a rival for excitement in another Californian in Gio Scelzi.
At just 16 years of age, Scelzi, is fast…. Very fast and showed all and sundry the immense talent he possesses by becoming the youngest ever World of Outlaws Feature event winner at Williams Grove in Pennsylvania on September 28, 2018. Incidentally he also became the youngest A-Main winner at the Famed Williams Grove in the process.
Having contested 63 races in 2018, Scelzi recorded 3 wins and 20 top 5’s from 31 top 10 finishes.
He claimed Rookie of the Year Honors at the 2018 Chili Bowl, the same award he collected at the National Open as well as becoming the youngest ever driver, eclipsing the previous mark as set by Jeff Gordon, to qualify directly into a Knoxville Nationals A-Main, where he would pilot the Bernie Stuebgen Indy Race Parts 71 car, eventually recording a 14th place finish.
The Indy Race Parts USA71 of Gio Scelzi will be one to watch at the Classic as he is destined for big things, with car owner Bernie Stuebgen having been quick to identify the talent that Scelzi possesses.
Joining the pair of hard charging Americans in another posse of Australian Talent all eager to make their mark on the 47th running of the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.
Amongst those to have recently entered are:
V2 Domain Ramsay: Chassis: Triple X Engine: KRE Sponsors: Indy Race Parts, American Racing Tyres and C & H Trucking. 2018 Classic Result: 16th in B-Main 1.
NS4 Max Johnston: Chassis: Engine: Morrison Sponsors: Patti’s Hire, DTM Motorsport, A & T Puckle, Active VAC and Globe Boxall. 2018 Classic Result: Did Not Qualify.
S27 Daniel Pestka: Chassis: J & J Engine: Maxwill Motors 410 Sponsors: Camden Signage and Building Services, Salt Building, Commercial Hotel, Revolution Racegear, Maxwill racing Engines and Down Under Graphics. 2018 Classic Result: 10th in B-Main 2.
V53 Andrew Thompson: Chassis: Eagle Engine: Maxwill Sponsors: Central Vic Earthworks, Adams Transport Equipment, Tuckett Motorsport and Fletchers Auto Electrical. 2018 Classic Result: Did Not Compete.
V73 Charles Hunter: Chassis: Maxim Engine: Gaerte Sponsors: Main Street Caf�, Winchelsea, Paintworx, Buzzard Engineering, SRJB Roofing, Parr Motorsport and Lids Welding. 2018 Classic Result: 7th in C-Main 1.
V81 Robbie Paton: Chassis: Triple X Engine: 410 Sponsors: AB Tech Plumbing and Excavation Services. 2018 Classic Result: 14th in C-Main 1.
VA88 Grant Stansfield: Chassis: Maxim Engine: Kistler 410. Sponsors: Spikin’s Engineering, Classique Homes, P.A Bahl Cartage Contractor, Tuff Lift and Lowe’s Auto Repairs. 2018 Classic Result: 13th in C-Main 2.
S97 Matt Egel: Chassis: Cool Engine: Inglis Sponsors: Mainline Dynalog Dynamometers, Moore Mechanical, Sherwood Motors, Whyalla Earthworks, Hooligators and Hoskin Steering. 2018 Classic Result: 11th in A-Main.
The 2019 47th edition of the South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic will be supported by the following sponsors; Performance Racegear, KRE Race Engines, GJ Gardner Homes, The Lady Bay Resort and KFC.
Copies of the 2019 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic entry form have been forwarded to the 2018 entrants while a PDF version is available for download from the Premier Speedway website www.premierspeedway.com.au. Pre-Entries are due to close off on January 7.