Night 2 – 2018 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic : Weather Gods Spoil the Party

Regrettably the A-Main result for Night 2 of the 2018 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic has  not been determined.

In a cruel twist, the event was cut short as a result of Mother Nature and her intermittent showers.

The program was “weather-challenged” with light showers on many occasions throughout the night.

791With great persistence shown by Premier Speedway Management, staff and the crowd (and a bit of luck), we were able to toil through the majority of the program …..right up to the A-Main preliminaries …….and then came another shower.

The death knell to the feature !!

The cars had all been engine started and rolled several laps before being directed to the infield while the intent of the Weather Gods was determined.

There was no break in the precipitation and the track surface had become potentially treacherous.

In the interest of competitors safety and car owners capital investments, the very difficult decision was made to defer the 2018 Night 2 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic A-Main until 4pm tomorrow (21st Jan).

That decision came as no big surprise and was really the only direction that made true sense.

While no spectator likes to go home without an ultimate result, the acceptance of the A- Main deferral was underscored by the fact that the crowd offered no verbal exchange when commentator Gavin White diplomatically made the apologetic announcement.

So all good there….and good call Premier Speedway – we will do it all tomorrow at 4pm.

Earlier in the evening USA Driver Parker Price-Miller set overall Quick Time with a time of 10.608 sec
– Not Bad for a young gun that has never raced a lap at Premier Speedway and after just 4 hot laps bagged the quickest rotator award – INCREDIBLE STUFF !

Following are some images of the Night:

She's brewing in the heavens

She’s brewing in the heavens

Here it comes !!!

Here it comes !!!

James McFadden's WA17

James McFadden’s WA17

John Walsh's set up !! (LHS is his transporter side wall)

John Walsh’s set up !! (LHS is his transporter side wall)

Pro photographers discuss Kent Simpson's fold-out weather station and how accurate it is

Pro photographers discuss Kent Simpson’s fold-out weather station and how accurate it is

All good from James McFadden, I think James just likes life no matter what !!

All good from James McFadden, I think James just likes life no matter what !!

The breeze is up

The breeze is up

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General Jack Lee feels the first raindrop on his racesuit

General Jack Lee feels the first raindrop on his racesuit

Drivers await track prep anxiously

Drivers await track prep anxiously

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Ian Madsen (L) does not like what the heavens are brewing up. James McFadden appears unconcerned.

Ian Madsen (L) does not like what the heavens are brewing up. James McFadden appears unconcerned.

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Driver's meeting

Driver’s meeting

Pit gate line up and suspect skies

Pit gate line up and suspect skies

Grey skies build in the distance behind the Jake Tranter S45

Grey skies build in the distance behind the Jake Tranter S45

At the start of the program

At the start of the program

At the start of the program

At the start of the program

Grant Anderson in Qualifying

Grant Anderson in Qualifying

Jordan Brazier decides it not time to hang around

Jordan Brazier decides it is not time to hang around

Parker Price-Miller sets quick time

Parker Price-Miller sets quick time

Flag bearers were current Classic Champ James McFadden (L) and USA's Corey Eliason

Flag bearers were current Classic Champ James McFadden (L) and USA’s Corey Eliason

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The main straight before heats

The main straight before heats

USA Driver Jason Johnson thinks to himself that the weather Gods have the upper hand

USA Driver Jason Johnson thinks to himself that the weather Gods have the upper hand

Young American racer Parker Price Miller set overall quick time of 10.608 sec

Young American racer Parker Price-Miller set overall quick time of 10.608 sec

The Brollies came out !!

The Brollies came out !!

Danny Reidy (R) and Steven Lines review the track curation activities prior the heats

Danny Reidy (R) and Steven Lines review the track curation activities prior the heats

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Mt Max view at the start of the program

Mt Max view at the start of the program

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Prior to heats, the track was affected by water and curation was swung into action

Prior to heats, the track was affected by water and curation was swung into action

Challenging Times !

Challenging Times !

A-Main line up that will now present at 4pm tomorrow (21st Jan)

A-Main line up that will now present at 4pm tomorrow (21st Jan)

Drivers and crowd eagerly await the decision on the A-Main

Drivers and crowd eagerly await the decision on the A-Main

The cars for the A-Main are pulled in field while a decision is made

The cars for the A-Main are advised at 12:30am that the race will now run at 4pm tomorrow (Jan 21) due to unsafe track conditions

12:30 am and the rains are with us

12:30 am and the rains are with us

Words and Images – Paul Griffin

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