A triple threat will come from the USA this Friday and Saturday at Perth Motorplex for the Di Candilo Steel City Late Model Nationals.
Some of the world’s best drivers will be taking the seats of the 800 horsepower sedans, striving to succeed in a big 26 car field.
If experience counts, Steve Francis will be difficult to beat. The driver known as the ‘Kentucky Colonel’ has 34 years of racing Late Models under his belt and has taken over 100 career heat race wins. The nickname isn’t just a marketing trick – Francis was named an official and honourary Colonel by the state of Kentucky because of his speedway achievements. He was named in the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame in 2014.
This weekend marks the first time Francis has been in Australia for two years and he will be competing for the Michael Holmes Racing stable.
Joining Francis will be one of the young guns, Devin Moran. At 22 years of age, Moran has much catching up to do on the experience of Francis, but he’s no rookie.
In 2013, Moran etched his name into the record books, winning his first national touring event with the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series. It was the start of a landslide as he earned 18 wins during the course of 2014 and has since continued the success.
While in WA, Morgan will be driving for Moyle Race Parts and Jason Moyle Racing, the same team Moran drove for in his last trip to Australia two years ago.
Finally Jason Fitzgerald of Middleburg, Florida, will be making his inaugural trip to Australia to drive with Halliday Racing.
The man known as The Jax Juggernaught, after having a successful career racing at the Jax Raceway in Jacksonville, Florida, is a current house car driver for GRT Racecars and has won a number of main events in his home state.
The Di Candilo Steel City Late Model Nationals gets underway from Friday with racing through to Saturday night. Kids 17 and under can spectate for free on both nights of the event.