Stock Cars Australia will take to the track for round one of 2022 with a 14 car entry list made up of cars spanning from 1968 to 2014.
The series describes itself as a category for NASCAR lovers, with the majority of the field born out of NASCAR heritage. In the field will be two Pontiac Grand Prix cars, a make which has been driven to race wins and championships by some of the greatest NASCAR drivers of all time. The Pontiac brand has 154 wins to its name in the premier series, between 1957 and 2003. Famous wins include Richard Petty’s 200th at the Firecracker 400, 31 wins and a championship at the hands of Rusty Wallace, championships for Bobby Labonte and Tony Stewart and one of the closest finishes in NASCAR history when Ricky Craven edged out Kurt Busch by 0.002 seconds at Darlington. Gregory Morris and Corey Gurney will both drive Pontiac Grand Prix cars in Sydney, with Peter Byrnes in a Pontiac GTA.
Aaron Hills and Zac O’Hara will represent Chevrolet in their Monte Carlo’s. The Monte Carlo has won 396 races at the top level, more than any other car ever to compete in NASCAR. Naturally much like Pontiac it has great ties to the sports Hall of Famers, with Dale Earnhardt SR and Jeff Gordon just two of the legends to have taken in championships in this car. Chevrolet is also represented by five Silverado’s in Stock Cars Australia, making it the most featured Manufacturer. Most of these Silverado’s come from the OZ Truck formula that existed in Australian Motorsport just under a decade ago. The trucks are a controlled purpose built machine inspired by its American counterpart, designed for circuit racing as opposed to the ovals. Danny Burgess, Brett Mitchell, Robert Marchese, Stephen Chilby and James Burge will all be seen in action in the Silverado’s.
The Ford Thunderbird will be on scene as well, with an entry from Michael Heppleston. The Thunderbird still to this day holds the record for the fastest qualifying lap in NASCAR, with a 212.809MPH lap clocked at Talladega. The legendary Bill Elliot, or, Awesome Bill from Dawsonville was at the wheel that day in 1987.
Also featuring for the Ford camp is Scott Nind who will bring the most up to date NASCAR vehicle with the Ford Mustang. The Mustang is from the, at the time named, Nationwide series in 2009 when the Car-of-Tomorrow regulations reached the second tier of NASCAR. Nind will run the #16 made famous by Greg Biffle, complete with the same stylization.
Australian Stock Cars also features a muscle car class, which will see two entries. Rod Gurney will be in the oldest car in the field, a 1968 Ford Falcon XT GT, while Laurence Mckinnon competes in a 1982 Ford XE Falcon.
The Australian Stock Cars category will take in three 10 lap races across the February 18/19 event.