Auckland's Brock Maskovich survived a late scare to win the inaugural midget eliminator race at WXC Speedway - Western Springs on Saturday night.
The 24-year-old grabbed the lead early on in the race while last-placed drivers were being eliminated behind him, and held it until fellow Aucklander Chris McCutcheon provided a late challenge.
Maskovich scraped in for the win though as McCutcheon crawled over the line with a mechanical issue; Ben Drummond was third.
"I could see Chris behind me and I know he's always strong on a slick track, his car is always hooked up so I kept an eye on him on the big screen," said Maskovich.
"Each restart I was trying a different line to see where I could get the jump on him and just really happy that we came away with the win."
Hamilton's Dean Brindle took out the sprint car feature ahead of Tokoroa's Keaton Dahm and Aucklander Jamie McDonald, while Adam Dobbs won the F2 midget event.
The other two feature races were family affairs as Ryan Baker beat brother Scott in the TQ midgets and Palmerston North father-son combination of Derek and Matt Ramsay won the sidecar final.