America’s best to take on WA drivers

Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times
Brad Maiolo
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The two American drivers for this year’s USA v WA Sprintcar Speedweek series have been announced and the local competitors are set to have their hands full.

Parker Price-Miller and Ryan Smith will be the visitors for the three-event series, which begins at the Perth Motorplex on Boxing Day and continues at the QUIT Bunbury Speedway on December 30 before the final on January 6.

Price-Miller is an 18-year-old driver from Kokomo, Indiana, who has already achieved a World of Outlaws A-Main victory which came at the Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Indiana in April.

The young driver was the 2013 Rookie of the Year for the POWRI Midget Series and was Rookie of the Year at the 2014 Chilli Bowl Nationals.

In 2018 Price-Miller will race the entire World of Outlaws schedule for Destiny Motorsports.

Smith will head to WA after coming off a great 2017 American campaign where he finished runner-up in the All Star Circuit of Champions driving for Phoenix Racing.

Smith has six career victories with the All Stars and one World of Outlaws win which came at the Port Royal Speedway in his native Pennsylvania.

QUIT Bunbury Speedway promoter Ron Krikke said he was pleased with the calibre of the two American drivers.

“It is the pinnacle of the season other than World Series Sprintcars,” he said.

“These are some of the best drivers to hit our shores.

“They are young talent, so they are going to be hard to deal with.”

Krikke said the local contingent of Jamie and Brad Maiolo, Scott Chatwin, Jason Kendrick and Kyle Scroop would have a good chance of victory if they used their local knowledge and raced well during the series.

There is set to be more than 20 drivers competing in the Bunbury round, which will be one of the strongest fields for the season.

“It will be the best outside of the Krikke Boys race and the World Series round here,” Krikke said.

“Make your way down there because there is going to be some good racing and a good support program.”

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