The Elite League Championship will be a step nearer to a climax tonight as Coventry and Belle Vue clash in the first leg of the play-off final.
The top two clubs booked their place in the two-legged shoot-out by winning one-off home matches against Peterborough and Eastbourne last week, and now go head to head for the top prize.
Coventry should be at full strength after being without Sebastian Ulamek last Monday due to a re-arranged Polish fixture, but Belle Vue have to cover for the absence of Danish star Kenneth Bjerre who injured his thigh in a recent crash in his home country.
The Aces have led the way for the majority of the season whilst the Bees have dramatically risen the table after enduring a miserable first month, which included a heavy home defeat against Belle Vue.
But a couple of team changes, and other riders dramatically improving their form, transformed their season and owner Avtar Sandhu has paid tribute to the club's staff and riders, especially skipper Scott Nicholls, for getting this far.
Sandhu said: "There were some very dark days early on when things did not look good at all, but we stuck together and believed in our team. Peter Oakes and Colin Pratt had purposely worked towards a young line-up.
"Every single rider has put in so much effort to get us to where we are now, and I wish to thank each and every one of them for what they have done.
"I do not know everything about the club's past, but supporters who have been coming for years approach me
and they say that Scott Nicholls is the best captain we have ever had - and I know there have been some great names here in the past.
" Scott goes through the pain barrier for us and nothing is too much for him. The work he does with the youngsters is unbelievable and they all look up to him and follow his lead."
Bees will be looking for a good lead on their home track tonight ahead of next Monday's return fixture at Kirkmanshulme Lane.
Meanwhile, Wolves continue their Craven Shield campaign at Oxford tonight, and have called upon their asset Peter Karlsson to deputise for his injured brother Mikael Max.
Karlsson (pictured) should prove to be a more than adequate replacement, as he recently anchored his Peterborough team to an away win at Cowley with a crucial lastheat win over dangermen Greg Hancock and Billy Hamill.
Fredrik Lindgren returns to Britain with a bronze medal from the World Under-21 Final - but exactly how much satisfaction he gained from it is debatable, as the meeting finished after 12 of the 20 qualifying heats due to rain.
Lindgren, with seven points from his three rides, was still very much in with a chance of winning the meeting as he was just one point behind joint leaders Krzysztof Kasprzak and Tomas Suchanek, but conditions were impossible and a halt was called at Wiener Neustadt at the interval stage.
Kasprzak was then apparently the winner of a coin toss to round off a totally unsatisfactory event - and questions should be asked as to how such a major competition could be reduced to a farce in that fashion, when a re-staging would clearly have been a preferable option.