Aeroflow Sportsman racers ready for final Winternats, Eastern Conference stand

Following a huge day of action in front of a packed house at Willowbank Raceway, the NDRC’s Aeroflow National Sportsman Championship racers are tonight preparing to make their final stand in the race for both Eastern Conference and Gulf Western Oil Winternationals glory.

The Aeroflow National Sportsman Championship competitors took to the track today alongside qualifying for what is the final round of the 2023/2024 NDRC Top Fuel, XPRO Nitro Funny Cars, Top Doorlsammer, Top Fuel Motorcycle, Pro Alcohol, Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle and FuelTech Pro Mod championships. For a full wrap-up of their qualifying, please click here.

Matt Watts (Cackling Pipes)

The Aeroflow National Sportsman Championship competitors were also on track today, giving it their all to put on a great show for race fans. 

With qualifying and the first Junior Dragster and Super Sedan elimination rounds completed on Friday, it was a full day of racing for the 12 NDRC Aeroflow National Sportsman Championship brackets, plus non-championship bracket, Factory Xtreme, with Sunday to host the conclusion of their battles for both event and Eastern Conference glory.

Amongst a long list of impressive racing performances put on today by the sportsman racers were race winning runs by Modified Bike Top Qualifier, Alan Annis Jnr, and Top Sportsman Top Qualifier, Neil Maxwell, who are both still in the running heading into Sunday’s final day of racing.

This weekend’s strong performance is a confidence booster for Annis Jr after having a few years away from Modified Bike.

Alan Annis Jnr (Cackling Pipes)

“I didn’t really expect to be the top qualifier, this is the first Winters I have been to in three years as I had three years off and only just came back, so I didn’t expect it, but the bike is running better than we thought it would,” Annis Jnr said.

“Today has gone really well, the weather is perfect, and everything seems to be running pretty close to where it should be running.

“I am feeling confident ahead of tomorrow, but not over-confident as I have been off the bike for quite a while and there are a lot of good racers in this class, so it normally takes something pretty special to beat everyone, so we will just go out there and do our best.”

Maxwell is taking a one-race-at-a-time approach and is enjoying racing in front of the packed Willowbank crowd.

Neil Maxwell (Cackling Pipes)

“I was very proud to top qualify, and today the car is going perfectly,” Maxwell said.

“I had a bit of luck in the round of racing we had today too, with the poor bloke in the other lane blowing the tyres off it!

“There was an absolutely unbelievable crowd out there today, and that was really, really good to see. To race in front of a packed house like that is definitely something special and we are looking forward to tomorrow, where we will be taking it one race at a time.”

The Gulf Western Oil Winternationals concludes Sunday where the Aeroflow National Sportsman Championship event and Eastern Conference winners plus the inaugural NDRC Top Fuel, XPRO Nitro Funny Car, Top Doorslammer, Top Fuel Motorcycle, as well as Pro Alcohol, Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle and FuelTech Pro Mod champions and event winners will be celebrated. 

For tickets, go to https://bit.ly/WINTERNATIONALS
For event information and to learn more about the NDRC, visit www.ndrc.tv

Denis Ryan (Cackling Pipes)

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