No matter which way you roll the dice only 18 drivers will make the field for the annual President’s Cup sprintcar classic at Avalon Raceway on Wednesday evening.


Problem number one is 60 drivers from as far as from Norman, Oklahoma, Knoxville, Iowa, Forrest Lake, Minnesota and coast to coast have entered for the annual $10.000 to win event.


That means 44 drivers are going home hungry.


The mid-week stoush between the best sprintcars and drivers from the US and Australia has grown into one of speedway’s most sought after prizes.


Tempers between the combatants is never far away from boiling point because of the pressure involved.


Raceway spokesman Jeff Drew said last night the entry list was growing significantly each summer but added he wasn’t interested in 100 cars and two nights of racing.


American pros Christopher Bell, Kyle Hirst, Terry McCarl, Randy Hannagan, Jac Haudenschild and Danny Holtgraver will lead the US challenge, but the Australian and Victorian welcoming party in particular, will hold their own.


Form duo Jamie Veal, Steven Lines and David Murcott are in stove hot form as they will need to be to beat Brooke Tatnell, James McFadden and Daniel Pestka who won the Victorian title in his last start at Avalon.


The Essendon Ford sponsored President’s Cup will start at 6:30pm with time trial qualifications, heat races and two final chance semis leading in to the Cup classic.