LISTEN: Speedway gun Simmons sizzles to second
SPEEDWAY: Gladstone's Cody Simmons had every reason to celebrate in unfamiliar territory.
The talented 21-year-old speedway driver finished second in the recent Northern New South Wales AMCA Nationals in Lismore also in its 50th year of speedway.
"It was pretty good and first time at the track there and there was a fair bit of local talent down there with all the guys that race in their competition," Simmons said.
It was a hard-fought out 20-lap feature as Simmons and Aaron Knox battled it out at the front.
Simmons led for the first 11 laps before Thomas Vickery seized his moment to take out the race that left Simmons to second, Knox out of the podium finish and Steve Price in third.
"We had a pretty good run at the start of the race and was leading for a while and Thomas Vickery has been racing there for many years and he's an excellent driver and smart driver at that," Simmons said.
Simmons has recently moved from the 253 engine to a 350 Chev engine.
"We've had pretty good luck last season with the 253 and the way the classes were going, we figured, if we are going to do as much travelling as we do around the country, then we thought it was probably not worth to stick with the 253," he said.
"And so we moved onwards (to a 350 engine)." Simmons also competes in South East Queensland.
"The Brisbane competition has got the Country Cup going on which we will head to on November 17 in Toowoomba," he said.
The driver said he has received a lot of support from his family and friends as well as sponsors Burton's Auto Parts, TCM Mechanical, Lowes Petroleum Services, Signtek Gladstone, Gladstone Flooring Xtra, Simmons Glass and Aluminium and Tom's Fabrication.