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Rocketship and Nitro Sheriff wheelstanding all the way to Portland


Portland’s Fuchs South Coast Raceway will become the first regional track to host wheelstanding Funny Cars when Josh Leahy’s Nitro Sherriff and Dan Donelly’s Rocketship go head-to-head on 3 January.

Series manager Steve Bettes said the wheelstanding cars are a real fan favourite and will be a draw card for the first event of 2015.

“Last year the Nitro Sheriff was amazing in its own right, but two wheelstanders with flames bursting from the exhausts of their supercharged engines and full length wheels-up action is something else,” Bettes said. 

“The kids at Sydney Dragway couldn’t get enough of these cars and I think both Leahy and Donnelly signed more autographs than anyone in the pits. 

“It’s about providing something for everyone and this is a great way to keep the whole family happy,” Bettes said.

“It will be great to have them at South Coast Raceway. It’s a great venue and at that time of year, it’s full of families on holidays, enjoying their Christmas break, so whilst the nitro cars keep Dad happy, the wheelstanders are the real highlight of the night for the little ones.”

The Portland track has been resurfaced since the last Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars’ last visit.

South Coast Raceway spokesman, Scott Cleary, said he is looking forward to building on the success of last year’s event.

“We refer to it as ‘the best little drag strip in Oz,’ and that’s also why we continue to make improvements,” Cleary said. 

“We have improved the racing surface from last year and the Outlaw Funny Car show has grown too, so fans can expect even more than what we delivered last year.” 

The eighth mile track will also host the opening round of the 2015 Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series 17-18 January. 

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