Suggest to Meeanee Maulers stockcar driver Regan Penn his team might be underdone for this weekend's New Zealand Teams Champs in Stratford and you get a quick response.

"We could have had more teams races but we're not underdone," Penn replied.

The Maulers have had only two outings this season, a win against the Gisborne Gladiators at Meeanee last month and a third placing at a Huntly teams event in November.

Cancelled meetings have prevented other outings.


However the work the team of Brandon Symes, Brett Loveridge, Andre Stenson, Cameron Swift, Penn and sixth driver Daniel Melling have been putting in as individuals has been top shelf.

Symes received plenty of help from Stenson and Loveridge on his way to winning the Hawke's Bay championship last month.

Penn, Swift, Melling, Stenson and Loveridge all impressed in the win against the Gladiators which saw Swift and Penn finish first and second respectively.

Penn, Swift and Joshua Trott all qualified for the top tier at last weekend's national championships in Tauranga.

Penn and Swift (both 19) were among the Bay qualifiers at the Meeanee-hosted North Island championships in December.

"Cameron [Swift] and I have been working well as a pair lately," Penn joked.

The apprentice automotive technician at Euro City agreed this weekend's meeting, which begins tonight and continues tomorrow night, will be the biggest of his two seasons in the class.

"It's definitely the biggest weekend and there's a bit of pressure there but I'm really excited at the same time," Penn said.


Like Swift, Penn, will be racing at the national teams champs for the first time. While they are likely to come up against more experienced opponents Penn isn't fazed.

"We just need to work on our own stuff. I haven't seen the other team lists yet but their drivers are just like us ... they have cars with four wheels and a steering wheel."

It's obvious he continues to receive the right advice from his grandfather, former national superstock champion Bryce Penn and uncles, retired two-time national superstock champion Shane Penn and former national stockcar champion Jason Penn.

"There are no teams you don't want to race and to be the best you have to beat the rest," Penn said.

He pointed out there has been little talk regarding tactics this week as they won't know which two teams they face tonight until the draw is done at the track.

"Basically we've just refreshed ourselves after last weekend. There's no need to change what has been working ... we will keep it the same."

Points accumulated from tonight's top two races will determine the top eight for tomorrow's quarter-finals. Semifinals and the final will also be raced tomorrow night.

Thirteen teams will chase the title.

Defending champions, the Stratford Stormers, with the likes of 1NZ Tyler Walker and 2NZ Mark Duthie will be hard to beat on their home track.

Last year's runners-up Wellington Young Guns boast plenty of talent in Ethan and Keegan Levien, Taylor Lampp, Brendon Tye, Josh Kahui and sixth driver Paul Gaskin.

Other teams are the Canterbury Crushers, Auckland Alleycats, Rotorua Rascals, Whanganui Vulcans, Greymouth Grizzlies, Baypark Bulldogs, Waikato Raiders, Kihi Kihi Crusaders, Gisborne Gladiators and Palmerston North Pumas.

Hawke's Bay speedway fans unable to travel away to support the Maulers will be able to take in an action-packed night at Meeanee tomorrow.

The 26-car Hawke's Bay superstock championship will be the feature event.

Hawke's Bay's 1NZ Jason Long will attempt a second consecutive Bay title. Other Hawkeyes capable of winning it include Quinn Ryan and Randal Tarrant.

Former 1NZ William Humphries and fellow Palmerston North-contracted drivers Andy McCable, Chad Ace and Scott Penn all have the potential to upset the locals. Rotorua's Lance Elsworth and Pat Westbury are other fancied visitors.

Eighteen drivers will start in the Meeanee-hosted round of the Oval Superstars Minisprint Series.

The respective 1NZ and 2NZ, Christian Hermansen and Shane Dewar of Palmerston North, and Huntly's 3NZ Ben Vaughan have all tasted success at Meeanee in the past.

Hawke's Bay's three-time national champion Bradley Wilson-Dean will start as the favourite in the Hawke's Bay solobike championship.

Denmark's Thomas Jorgensen is expected to provide him with his toughest competition.

The Hawke's Bay production saloon championship will be the other title up for grabs tomorrow night.

Whanganui's Jason Pointon, the defending champion, and Hawke's Bay's Denton Hodgkinson are the favourites.

Ministocks and sidecars will be the support classes.