TWENTY cars are now locked into the second round of the Maddington Toyota Triple Crown that will be held at the Perth Motorplex this Saturday night.
The event is the penultimate sprintcar round for the season at the Kwinana Beach venue, with all drivers looking to finish the season on a high.
Much of the attention for this show will be on Jason Kendrick who recently wrapped up back-to-back championships in the season-long Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series.
He is also the early leader in the mini Triple Crown series that will wrap up, after this weekend, at the Motorplex on April 13.
Kendrick will no doubt be looking to continue the red-hot form he has enjoyed in the second half of the season.
But as the usual story goes when it comes to sprintcars, always expect the unexpected.
And always expect someone else to be just as hungry for victory.
The Maiolo brothers – Jamie and Brad – who are both previous championship winners – have enjoyed solid performances for most of the season, but they have struggled a bit in the past few shows when it counted.
Brad unfortunately had engine issues and didn’t even make it out for the series grand final at Bunbury recently.
Jamie on other hand, dropped back in the order after starting from pole around the Bunbury bullring, but not before showing there is still plenty of fight left yet in the beautifully-presented #99 machine.
Kaiden Manders, fresh from his second win in the Australian 360 Sprintcar Championship at Kalgoorlie a few weeks back, will go into the bout with plenty of confidence.
He has looked in good form in the latter part of the season and will be chasing his second major feature race win – on the back of his maiden victory – at Collie over the festive period.
Callum Williamson, based in Geraldton, only recently returned to racing after a long lay off and looked racy in the new-look and new-numbered #3 – expect him to look strong this weekend with a bit of extra seat time behind him.
Shaun Bradford, now living in Dalwallinup, is also looking to finish off the season strongly in the #57 after not quite capturing the form this season that he enjoyed over the previous 12 months.
Tom Payet is one driver who has garnered a lot of attention in his debut sprintcar season – looking very competent behind the wheel of the Merger Contracting-backed #79.
Those who have watched Payet race just about anything in speedway in recent years knew he was going to hold his own and another podium finish could beckon before the season ends.
And speaking of podiums, Mitchell Wormall is another who is aiming for a good placing in the final two shows – this guy has done a lot of racing again this summer all over the country and a solid finish will be reward for a big season behind the wheel of the Wormall Motorsport #97.
AJ Nash, who this year won the WA 360 Sprintcar championship, has continued to show plenty of pace and improvement – unfortunately it has also been marred by a few big hits – something that is character-building for the young gun who continues to work on his craft and is becoming a major threat to his rivals on the local scene.
Taylor Milling, based out of Kalgoorlie, has done a lot more local racing this year and has been rewarded with a podium finish and some consistent results – hopefully he too finishes the season with two more solid runs under his belt.
Daniel Harding had a massive crash in the early part of the season and only recently returned to the #12 and if he can get back into his groove early this Saturday night, a top five result will be a serious option.
Add in journeyman Jason Pryde, Danny Porter from the Northern Territory, Daniel Hartigan, Ben Van Ryt, Todd Davis, Robert Watson junior, Sam Borlini and the debut of teenager Thomas Callaghan and it is sure to be another top night of sprintcar racing.