TWO of the world’s best speedway sprintcar drivers will take on Tasmania’s best over two big nights of racing at Carrick Speedway tomorrow and Saturday in the Tasmania v USA Sprintcar Challenge.
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Lucas Wolfe and Paul McMahan last visited Tasmania two years ago and thrilled large crowds and will be sure to do the same again.

On their last visit, they dominated the locals at tracks at Latrobe and Hobart, but did not race at Carrick.

However, on this trip they will race exclusively at the Northern venue in an attempt to rack up a clean sweep of victories on Tasmanian tracks.

The talented pair both finished in the top 20 in the unofficial world championships of sprintcar racing, the Knoxville Nationals in the US, just before their last visit to Tasmania and have lost none of their magic.

Wolfe, 24, is one of the newer generation of up and coming American sprintcar stars and a former rookie of the year in the world’s premier sprintcar series, the World of Outlaws.

McMahan is an experienced racer, who takes no prisoners on the track and his aggressive racing style is sure to thrill local fans.

Racing for sprintcars on both nights will feature two rounds of heats and a qualifying shoot-out, with a 20-lap final on Friday night, with all points carrying over to Saturday night in the build-up to a big 30-lap final on Saturday night.

Support class racing on Friday night will include action from V8 AMCAs, Formula 500s and junior sedans, with gates open at 4pm and racing from 7pm.

On Saturday night, the support programme will include the Tasmanian Modified Production Sedan Championship and the Lightning Sprint Tasmanian Masters, plus racing for V8 AMCAs and street stock sedans with gates at 3pm and racing from 6pm.

Tasmanian sprintcar drivers will welcome the chance to measure themselves against some of the best in the world, with Launceston drivers Jamie Bricknell and former State champion Kurt Luttrell looking to continue their recent strong form.

Smithton driver Mark House will also be out to improve on his second placing at Latrobe with a strong performance against the Americans.

Launceston’s Tim Austin has also shown some glimpses of brilliance in recent outings and will be fired up for a big performance on his home track, while brothers Damien Robbins, of Devonport, and Shaun Robbins, of Ulverstone will also make their presence felt near the pointy end of the field.

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