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NO LOVE WILL BE SHOWN AT VALENTINES DAY SPRINTS
Christchurch, New Zealand
Love is unlikely to be in the air on Valentines Day at the Ruapuna Powerbuilt Speedway in Christchurch
on Thursday night (February 14 ) when the opening night of a three race International Sprintcar Series kicks off and two of the visiting American drivers Jim Siegel and Steve Buckwalter are promising a night of ‘tough love’ for their kiwi counterparts.
The two youngsters are part of the ‘Pennsylvania Posse’, a name given to drivers from that region who traditionally give the famous World of Outlaws drivers their toughest challenge in the seventy race series that weaves its way around America each year.
Buckwalter has already out qualified the Outlaws at two meetings on his home track, the daunting half mile circuit at Williams Grove and he is promising that Christchurch is not a holiday destination for him. “I’m here to clean up. Why else would I fly half way around the world” said the feisty thirty year old who’s recent antics after he was crashed out of a big event by a rival were caught on national television in the USA.
“We race hard, but clean. I haven’t really met any of the guys that I’ll be racing against down here but we will have a healthy respect for them.”
Ricky Logan, a veteran of the American Sprintcar scene will also be in action on Thursday night, and he has racked up a string of feature wins during his recent appearances throughout the North Island. Logan has competed at Ruapuna several times before, and is keen to continue on his winning ways.
A number of North Island drivers will also be competing on Thursday night, which serves as a lead up to Saturday nights New Zealand Sprintcar Grand Prix. Among those arriving for an early shakedown are the Salter Motorsport team headed by former truck racing star Ron Salter, who has eight times national champion Kerry Jones, and Dean Brindle as his team mates.