Track Talk: Final chances for speedway action before long winter!
It’s a long winter – so can I point you in the direction of two more meetings at Monmore Green before the doors close on the 2019 season?
I’ve always enjoyed speedway on a Sunday and I’m planning to take my young lad to the meeting between Wolves and Peterborough a week tomorrow, October 20.
Yes, it’s a dead rubber and yes, it’s going ahead simply to fulfil the official fixtures, but what a fantastic offer - £10 admission (£1 kids) for 15 heats of Premiership Cup action plus the British Youth Championship afterwards.
It’s a wonderful opportunity and I hope a good turnout rewards club bosses for organising it. Not only that, if you’ve never sampled live speedway before then why not come along and join us for an enjoyable Sunday afternoon / early evening.
Then there is the very last action of the season when Cradley host the Golden Hammer individual event, also promoting the fine work of Dudley Stroke Association.
It’s during half term so hopefully it will be an opportunity for the family to come along and enjoy racing under the lights.
Monday October 28 is the date and the field is full of riders who love racing at Monmore so the race for the prestigious ‘Hammer’ is really wide open.
Max Clegg has been brilliant for the Heathens this season and personally I would love to see him win it because I know what it would mean to him.
But Nathan Stoneman bagged a load of points when he visited with Kent in the league and Tom Perry, still a firm favourite with Heathens fans, will also fancy winning it.
It’s 12 riders over 15 races plus a Grand Final shootout and normal admission prices apply £13 adults, £11 concessions and kids go free because of the school holidays.
As I have already stated, we then head into the long, cold winter and I don’t know about you but when we get to Christmas I start casting an eye towards next season and the enthusiasm grows.
But I’m looking forward to two great meetings at Monmore to round the season off – a season where both Monmore Green teams, Wolves and Cradley, made the play-offs.
And both share a common theme. It was a remarkable achievement to make the top four but the play-offs were just one stage too far. Well done to both teams, though.
At this stage it’s unlikely I’ll be involved with Cradley next season because of my hectic schedule, but I do hope the great name lives on into the future in some way.
Finally for this week, a quick plug for an event I’m hosting at the Cleveland Arms in Wolverhampton on Thursday November 21.
Isle of Man TT stars John McGuinnes (23 times winner!) and track record holder Dean Harrison will be on stage and tickets are selling fast I’m told, only standard £12.50 tickets remain.
Visit the Stow Heath Lane venue for yours or call 01902 451021.