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Americans take 1-2


THE American duo of Ryan Smith and Parker Price Miller dominated the second night of the USA v WA Sprintcar Speedweek at Quit Bunbury Speedway on Saturday night, claiming a 1-2 finish in the 30-lap feature race, with Perth’s Andrew Priolo putting in a solid effort to take third.

For Smith it was redemption after he failed to finish the first feature race in the four-night series at the Perth Motorplex on Boxing Day.

For Price-Miller it was another great effort after taking the win in Perth a few days earlier.

Smith started from P4 in the final after being fourth quickest in qualifying that was then converted into a heat race win.

Price-Miller was fifth in qualifying and also enjoyed a heat race win to start from P5 in the final.

Priolo, enjoying the benefits of having brother David working the spanners in his corner, was sixth in qualifying and had a best result of a third in the heats to start from P10.

Daniel Keen, in his first WA race for the season, and Adrian Haywood, started on the front row with Jason Kendrick, who had earlier claimed the Victory 1 Performance, Inc. Quick Time award and won a heat race, starting from P3.

Within two laps Smith was in the lead from Haywood and Kendrick before Troy Beckingham hit a hole in pits bend and went over, putting him out for the night.

As the field got away again Jamie Maiolo rode the wheel of another car and was lucky to turn the car in time to avoid the fence in turn one and at the same time Kendrick raced into second spot.

With 10 laps in the book Smith was leading from Kendrick and Price-Miller, with a big gap back to fourth.

Just under half-race distance Scott Chatwin's car failed to turn coming out of pits bend and slammed into the fence hard, but did not flip over.

As the race resumed this time, Price-Miller traded places with Kendrick who was equal to the challenge, claiming the position back but it all counted for nothing for the latter who pulled infield with suspected electrical issues on lap 19.

Priolo by this stage was in third but with a handful of laps remaining was lucky to control the car as it became crossed up going out of pits bend.

Jamie Maiolo took fourth from younger brother Brad, and they were followed over the line by Jamie Oldfield, Daryl Clayden, Keen, Jamie Landrigan and Haywood.

Heat wins went to Kendrick, Smith, Price-Miller and Oldfield.

Stephen Adley was out of action in the first heat after rolling in pits bend, suffering too much damage to continue.

Round three of the series will be held at the Perth Motorplex on Monday night.

Qualifying: Jason Kendrick 13.265, Jamie Maiolo 13.315, Brad Maiolo 13.321, Ryan Smith 13.329, Parker Price Miller 13.440, Andrew Priolo 13.579, Daryl Clayden 13.613, AJ Nash 13.891, Troy Beckingham 14.084, Jamie Landrigan, Jamie Oldfield 14.113, Adrian Haywood 14.118, Stephen Adley 14.561 and Daniel Keen 14.593.

Heat 1: 1st Jason Kendrick, 2nd Brad Maiolo, 3rd Daryl Clayden, 4th Parker Price-Miller, 5th Jamie Oldfield, 6th Scott Chatwin, 7th Troy Beckingham, DNF: Stephen Adley.

Heat 2: 1st Ryan Smith, 2nd Jamie Maiolo, 3rd Andrew Priolo, 4th Adrian Haywood, 5th Daniel Keen, 6th Jamie Landrigan, 7th AJ Nash.

Heat 3: 1st Parker Price-Miller, 2nd Ryan Smith, 3rd Jason Kendrick, 4th AJ Nash, 5th Troy Beckingham.

Heat 4: 1st Jamie Oldfield, 2nd Daniel Keen, 3rd Daryl Clayden, 4th Brad Maiolo, 5th Jamie Maiolo, 6th Andrew Priolo, 7th Jamie Landrigan, 8th Scott Chatwin.

Feature: 1st Ryan Smith, 2nd Parker Price-Miller, 3rd Andrew Priolo, 4th Jamie Maiolo, 5th Brad Maiolo, 6th Jamie Oldfield, 7th Daryl Clayden, 8th Daniel Keen, 9th Jamie Landrigan, 10th Adrian Haywood. DNF AJ Nash (28 laps), Jason Kendrick (19 laps), Scott Chatwin (13 laps), Troy Beckingham (2 laps).
 
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