American dream alive in Bunbury

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Shane Stewart is one of three Americans who is keen to chalk up a feature race win in Bunbury.
Camera IconShane Stewart is one of three Americans who is keen to chalk up a feature race win in Bunbury. Credit: Richard Hathaway

American trio Harli White, Bud Kaeding and Shane Stewart all have an opportunity to start 2020 with a bang at the Make Smoking History Bunbury Speedway on New Year’s Day.

Despite each of them showing promise at times during the opening rounds of the USA v WA Speedweek competition, all three have been unable to finish on top of the podium so far.

Stewart looked solid for much of the round two feature, before coming to a sudden halt during lap 21. His compatriot White suffered a blow 11 laps earlier after being involved in a crash which put an end to her hopes.

White, who spent last summer racing in WA, has developed a cult-like status among the South West’s speedway community, with the announcement of her return warmly received.

However, one man who will be desperate to showcase his talents in the South West for the first time is Kaeding, who has recorded two DNFs so far in the series.

From a proud speedway family, 40-year-old Kaeding tasted success from a young age and will be keen to repay the faith Geoff Kendrick has put in him.

But in order for the USA to break WA’s vice-like grip on the series, they will need to defeat several drivers who are in excellent form.

Fresh from his feature win in round two, Mitchell Wormall will be eyeing off a double, while Jason Kendrick and Geraldton’s Callum Williamson also will fancy their chances.

Gates will open at 4pm, with racing set to start at 6pm.

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