Dack, the son of Top Doorslammer drag racer Marty Dack, has been a convert to the clay oval since taking a friend’s Sprintcar for some laps in Geraldton.
“A long time family friend decided to go Limited Sprintcar racing so I decided to go and give him a hand,” Dack explained. “The opportunity arose to take it for a spin and from then on I was hooked! I purchased a car and a Limited engine and instantly knew this was for me, but I wanted more power so I stepped it up to a 360.
“Coming from a drag racing background the step into speedway was definitely a shock to my family and peers. Some of the crew still can’t even get over the fact that we are doing this!”
With years on the quarter mile as part of his Dad’s supercharged team, Dack said the hunger for more power must be running in his blood.
“Racing has been a big part of Dad’s life and I’m just trying to follow his footsteps,” he said. “The 360 served us well but the drag racing experience came out in full and I needed that extra power, so the 410 is now where we are.
“Going into the last meeting we tested with the 360 at a Wednesday test night but the temptation got the better of the team and in went the 410 for round five of the Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series. The hot laps for the City of Kwinana Cup were the first time I have driven with the power of the 410 and it’s a whole new animal and I’m just trying to tame it.
“I think there is a big difference between the two, even though on the track it doesn’t look like a lot. You can really feel it in the car.”
Well aware that his driving experience is limited, Dack said he has been trying to get as much seat time as possible and taking his time to learn what it takes for speed in circles, as opposed to straight lines.
“I think the key to going fast at the Motorplex is definitely to try and be as smooth as possible and let the car do the work. We are new to corners and clay but the crew is adapting and slowly getting the car’s set up to exactly where it needs to be.
“Realistically this is our first season, as I only got to do one show last season. We haven’t had a perfect start but we are having a great time and can’t wait to see what the rest of the season holds.”
Dack is keen to be alongside some of Australia’s greatest speedway drivers, including Kerry Madsen, and maybe picking up a few tips along the way.
“It’s really exciting to be out there racing against all the great talents of the sport. I think it definitely pushes you to a new level knowing they who’s racing by your side but at the same time I’m just racing my own race and trying to get the best result for the team that I can.”
The WA Sprintcar Title takes place as part of a triple header that also includes the $50,000 John Day Speedcar Classic and Team GB vs Team Australia Speedway Solos in what promises to be one of the best events of the season at Perth Motorplex. The action starts from 5pm and tickets are available online at motorplex.com.au.
Story Credit – Luke Nieuwhof
Photo Credit – Peter Roebuck