Flamboyant Kris (pictured chasing his own oxygen courtesy of Corey Gibson) is disappointed that his team has not reached the lofty heights they planned back in October when team budgets were set for Kris, 45, and racing nephew Nick 26.

The two drivers have rebuilt their cars from the ground up for the Easter Trail series that commences at Avalon on Good Friday before visiting Mount Gambier on Easter Saturday and Warrnambool the following night.


“We’ve found a new way of introducing ourselves to adversity this summer, but in this business you can turn around your luck in one meeting,” Kris quipped this week.


The Lacey family tradition dates back two generations to former Australian sprintcar ace Ray and son Brett who won the national championshipin 1987 after podium success four years earlier when Brett and Ray finished 2-3 behind the mercurial Garry Rush.


Avalon spokesman Jeff Drew confirmed last night that the Raceway had been buoyed by the huge influx of big name teams and drivers representing NSW.


Max Dumesny, son Matt, Sammy Walsh, Jackson Delamont and Ian Loudoun head the Harbour City front runners while Steven Lines, Jamie Veal and Daniel Pestka top pre-race favouritism.


Supporting the Easter Sprintcar classic, sponsored by Geelong Harley Davidson and Camden Signs will be a rule deficient Demolition Derby and the K-Rock Fireworks spectacular.