FAR North Coast drivers face a tough task overcoming the strong interstate challenge in the AMCA Sedan New South Wales Championship at Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway tomorrow night.
The leading drivers in the state have entered - headed by defending titleholder Shane Newstead of Casino - and all are familiar with the Lismore track.
However, they will need to be at the top of their game in the wake of an interstate entry list that includes drivers from Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and even the Northern Territory.
The man looming as the biggest threat is Victorian Tim Reidy, who comes to Lismore as the Queensland, South Australian and Northern Territory champion.
Reidy is one of the best drivers in the country and, with his winning record over the past few seasons, he enters the state title as the outright favourite.
Another Victorian, Jamie Collins, also has reached state title status following his victory in the Tasmanian championship.
The biggest out-of-town entry list comes from Queensland with 15 drivers nominated.
Drivers the calibre of Matt Ingrey, Jason Dreaver, Matt and Russ Hardy lead the charge from the Sunshine State.
Newstead is aware of the enormous task he faces in his bid to retain the trophy.
"It is going to be very hard," he said.
"I believe you have to be in the top eight or 10 qualifiers to have a real chance."
Meanwhile, NSW driver Nick Stubbs comes into the championship as the most recent main event winner following his victory last weekend in the Andrew Walker Memorial race at Trevan Ford Grafton Speedway.
Stubbs is in good form and was always going to be the man to beat as he led Zac McDonald and Tim Gamble to the chequered flag.
Organisers have received 41 entries for the 2013 AMCA Sedan Championship - one of the strong-est fields assembled for the state title.
The Australian Motor Contest Association (AMCA) Sedan category represents a lower-budget entry class into speedway.
The cars run to a strict set of specifications with little engine modifications allowed.
All cars use the Holden 253 V8 motor fitted with a 500 Holley carburettor in order to ensure competition is even.
A good, competitive AMCA can cost as little as $10,000 to put on the track and, for that reason alone, the class has appeal across the country.
In addition to the AMCA championship, a demolition derby is on the program tomorrow night.
The event represents a bull-fight on wheels and is a survival of the fittest.
The main objective is to eliminate your opponent until the last car running is the winner.
Some of the best metal-crunching exponents on the Northern Rivers have entered.
Also on the program are Street Stocks, Junior Sedans, Wingless Sprints, Modlites and Classics.
Gates will open at 3pm and the first race is at 6pm.