State?s richest day brings out the best

By Lee Gaskin

LIKE any 15-year-old, Bundaberg's Corey James' eyes light up at the thought of winning a cash prize.

So when he won more than $500 from his victory at the NewsMail Dash for Cash, he was understandably over the moon.

James was one of more than 100 competitors who battled it out for a share of $12,000 at Dromeside Raceway yesterday.

After he took out the Junior Nationals division at the Queensland Closed Titles last month, James continued his fine form when he won three of his four races to collect the Junior National Light title yesterday.

The event is the largest prize pool in Queensland, and James said he was unsure how he would spend his winnings of $540.

"There's a few things I want, but I haven't decided yet," James said.

While he took both the pre-final and final from pole position, he said there was some good, close racing throughout the day.

"Justin Smith pushed me pretty hard, but after a few laps the gap kept getting bigger and bigger," James said.

Another who made a profitable visit to the track was Gladstone's John Grother, who collected his second winner's cheque in as many years when he won the Leopard Light division.

"Going back to back is a good feeling," Grother said.

"I made a clean sweep of all four races, which made it even more special."

Working at the mines at Emerald, any time behind the wheel the 25-year-old can find is all too precious. But he made the most of his opportunity yesterday.

"Even though they are sprint races, they are still pretty physical," he said.

"There's no room for error and you can't make any mistakes."

Meanwhile in other events, Bundaberg's Jeremy Landt took out the Rookies, Darren Ey claimed the Rotax Heavy and Josh Krahenbring claimed the Rotax Light.

Ryan Fulcher proved too strong in the Sportman Super Heavy, Clinton Marcon was successful in the Sportman Heavy and the Sportman Light category was taken out by Cian Fothergill, who also claimed the Senior National Light's.

Ben Stewart survived a large field of drivers to be crowned the Junior National Heavy winner, while Bundaberg Karting Club president Kel Treseder showed his form in taking out the Leopard Heavy division.

Youngster Dayne Lehmann was consistent enough to win the Midgets, while Brett Hagerdorn went through undefeated to claim the Senior National Heavy title.



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