Gunnedah Speedway promoter Barry Towers might be taking a well-earned break from the driver’s seat but that hasn’t stopped son, Mark, from continuing his winning ways.

Mark delivered another strong performance to win the Outlaw Sedans class on Saturday.

It follows a hugely successful race season early last year where he won 10 of 12 starts with close finishes in the remaining two.

“Other drivers reckon their target is just to beat Mark,” dad, Barry said.

Mark’s win capped off a hugely successful race meet at Gunnedah which featured upwards of 1000 drivers, pit crew and spectators.

Barry estimated almost 800 attended the speedway’s first meet for 2023.

“That’s not including the 150 or so kids running around either,” Towers said.

Newcastle driver Darren Todd won the main event – the NSW Sportsman title featuring modified, open-wheeled V8s.

Home-town drivers Justin Partridge and Matt Cobb also claimed top podium finishes – Partridge winning the four-cylinders and Cobb the Street Stockers race category.

Meanwhile, another regular at the Gunnedah track, Jeremy Keynes, won the ‘Shorty Forty’ Fender Bender race.

The annual memorial event is held in memory of former Gunnedah club member, the late Anthony Rees.

Affectionately known as “Shorty”, Rees was tragically killed in a road crash in 2014.

Barry remembers Anthony as the “always happy” kind of bloke who brought a smile to your face.

Next on the racing calendar for the local speedway is participation in Gunnedah’s Weeks of Speed festival. The annual event held in March features motorsport events held across the shire.

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