American Davey Ray touches down in Melbourne this morning and will join the field for the 70th Victorian speedcar championship at Avalon Raceway on Saturday night.

The outstanding dirt track racer from the mid-west, has been a frequent visitor to Australia and New Zealand, winning big events at Kwinana Motorplex in Perth, Western Springs, Auckland and Avalon.

“He is a professional with a capital P and the Victorian title is a must for him as he needs to compete on Australian soil prior to the Australian championship next month,” said Andy Pearce of Speedcars Victoria last night.

“American drivers are eligible to be included in our national title, but they need to qualify for inclusion by driving in another major event here first,” he added.

The Victorian championship dates back to 1934 at Olympic Park in Melbourne and has held at 17 different venues in the State.

This year’s field is perhaps the strongest on record with drivers from five States

Entered, but undoubtedly all eyes will be on Ray (pictured) and his CRC machine.

 Zach Daum (2013) and Bob Tattersall (1960-61-62) are the only Americans to have raised the championship throughout the seven decade history of the race.

 The K-Rock Cup for V8 super sedans and a no holds barred Demolition Derby will also be featured on the Avalon card.