John Barbagallo will be one of the highlights at Benaraby Raceway this weekend when the first ever Pro Stock race hits the track.
John Barbagallo will be one of the highlights at Benaraby Raceway this weekend when the first ever Pro Stock race hits the track. Contributed

Big boys ready to race as Pro Stock action starts

PRO Stock cars will highlight the Benaraby Nationals in the first appearance of the category at the Benaraby Raceway circuit when the competition begins this afternoon, despite the local association not getting the turnout it may have expected.

Hoping for eight or more of the Pro Stock racers to be on hand for the Nationals, Central Queensland Drag Racing Association (CQDRA) is still pleased to have the category as the main event for the two days of racing.

With five drivers competing in the bracket at the Nationals, CQDRA President Glenn Williams said for the first time at Benaraby Raceway, he is glad to have possibly the best four racers in the country going flat out to win in front of the Gladstone crowd.

"The headline event is the Pro Stock cars, we didn't get as many as we hoped," Williams said.

"Four of them are the best four in the country."

Series veteran John Barbagallo is one of the five entrants, along with Aaron and Tyronne Tremayne and local driver Rob Nunn plus Mackay's Scott Porter.

Part of the action all over the country, which includes rounds in Perth, Alice Springs, Darwin, Willowbank and Sydney, Barbagallo was on board immediately when the ANDRA series decided to include Benaraby.

"I haven't been to Benaraby before, but I have lots of customers who race there and I am very excited to come to Central Queensland with our Pro Stock Cars," he said.

"I'm hoping to see safe racing with numbers early being very quick.

"I've been around the Pro Stock category now for quite some time. It's important to be at these events and meet the promoters and most importantly the fans."

The veteran will not have the running to himself, and is certain to be under pressure from his competitors.

Not usually a Pro Stock competitor, Nunn is this weekend changing his tack to be in the event.

"Rob has taken 200kg out of his car to race in the Pro Stock," Williams said.

In addition to the big inclusion of the Pro Stock, CQDRA is also welcoming a record field in the ever exciting Supercharged Outlaw bracket.

Double the previous best numbers are entered for the event, which kicks off this afternoon, a change from the usual plans to avoid any ill-weather cancelling the competition, with an extra day on Sunday available if rain does intervene.

"We have a massive Supercharged Outlaw bracket," Williams said. "Come and see some of the best cars in Australia go around."



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