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Kendrick wins Bunbury and Speedweek


JASON Kendrick claimed his second feature race in a row, this time at Bunbury Speedway on Tuesday night, and in doing so he also won the USA v WA Sprintcar Speedweek championship that was held over four nights.

Kendrick crossed the line ahead of Americans Mark Dobmeier and Parker Price-Miller in the 30-lap final, earning enough points to win the mini-series from Price-Miller and local heroes Brad and Jamie Maiolo.

Heading into the final round (with two previous rounds at the Perth Motorplex and one at Collie Speedway), Kendrick was 12 points behind Brad Maiolo with both starting on the front row.

Maiolo was the early leader in the feature race until on the 15th lap he clipped a slowing Chace Karpenko in lapped traffic, ending his night - his first major blemish of the season.

Kendrick who was closing in on Maiolo, then inherited the lead on the restart and opened up a commanding lead for the majority of the run to the checkers, until he ran too high on the last lap, slightly opening the door up for Dobmeier who was closing in.

The margin as they crossed the line was 0.582 of a second.

Over the four nights Kendrick claimed a fourth, a sixth and a pair of wins.

Dobmeier was very impressive in the final and made up some serious ground after starting from P7.

It was a strong finish after posting two DNFs and a fourth in the series.

In one of the rounds the team changed motors and a rear-end and moved towards the front of the field before the bleed-off valve on the left rear fell out.

The other DNF was the result of contact with Price-Miller that knocked the driveline out of the car.

Price-Miller, who started from P3, struggled with the car after a motor plate broke, making it a handful to drive, but he still managed third, albeit 5.7 seconds off the win.

He started the show by claiming the Victory 1 Performance Quick Time award.

Over the four nights of the series he had a second, a fifth and a pair of thirds for 572 points - eight behind Kendrick’s winning tally of 580.

Despite his DNF, Brad Maiolo was third overall on 568 points - thanks to two wins and a second leading into the Bunbury round.
The feature race was only two laps old before the first restart when Kye Scroop spun out in the first turns.

After the restart Dobmeier slipped into fourth and Maiolo’s early-race speed saw him into lapped traffic by lap eight.

Unfortunately it counted for little when he made contact with Karpenko and both cars were dragged to the infield.

Dobmeier disposed of Price-Miller of lap 15 and held second spot for the rest of the race.

Jamie Maiolo, who started from P6, finished fourth, ahead of Kaiden Manders who started from P4 and took fifth.

Ben Ellement was sixth after starting from P8 while the third American in the field, Harli White, finally finished her first feature race on WA soil, taking seventh after starting from P9.

Andrew Priolo came from P13 to finish eighth in another strong drive, while Scroop, despite his early spin, converted a P11 start into a ninth place.

On the back of three eighth places in a row, Taylor Milling took 10th after starting from P7, with Todd Davis the only other finisher in 11th after starting from P10.

Heat wins went to Price-Miller, Kendrick, Brad Maiolo and Dobmeier.

Sprintcar racing returns to the Perth Motorplex on January 12 for the 10th round of the Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series.

Qualifying: Parker Price-Miller 13.646, Jason Kendrick 13.744, Brad Maiolo 13.800, Kaiden Manders 13.883, Taylor Milling 13.953, Jamie Maiolo 14.037, Andrew Priolo 14.057, Mark Dobmeier 14.2098, Ben Ellement 14.209, Sean Zemunik 14.210, Kye Scroop 14.244, Harli White 14.266, Chace Karpenko 14.404, Todd Davis 14.519 and Tom Payet 14.596.

Heat 1: 1st Parker Price-Miller, 2nd Brad Maiolo, 3rd Taylor Milling, 4th Ben Ellement, 5th Kye Scroop, 6th Tom Payet, 7th Chace Karpenko, 8th Andrew Priolo.

Heat 2: 1st Jason Kendrick, 2nd Kaiden Manders, 3rd Jamie Maiolo, 4th Mark Dobmeier, 5th Harli White, 6th Todd Davis, 7th Sean Zemunik.

Heat 3: 1st Brad Maiolo, 2nd Todd Davis, 3rd Jason Kendrick, 4th Jamie Maiolo, 5th Kye Scroop 6th Andrew Priolo, 7th Sean Zemunik. DNF: Tom Payet.

Heat 4: 1st Mark Dobmeier, 2nd Chace Karpenko, 3rd Kaiden Manders, 4th Harli White, 5th Parker Price-Miller, 6th Ben Ellement, 7th Taylor Milling.

Feature: 1st Jason Kendrick, 2nd Mark Dobmeier, 3rd Parker Price-Miller, 4th Jamie Maiolo, 5th Kaiden Manders, 6th Ben Ellement, 7th Harli White, 8th Andrew Priolo, 9th Kye Scroop, 10th Taylor Milling and 11th Todd Davis. DNF: Brad Maiolo, Chace Karpenko and Sean Zemunik. DNS: Tom Payet.

Speedweek points: Jason Kendrick 580, Parker Price-Miller 572, Brad Maiolo 568, Jamie Maiolo 562, Kaiden Manders 546, Mark Dobmeier 540, Taylor Milling 532, Andrew Priolo 530, Ben Ellement 524, Tom Payet 432, Harli White 432, Kye Scroop 386, Jamie Oldfield 324, Sean Zemunik 302, Chace Karpenko 268, Ben Dickson 186, AJ Nash 132, Daniel Hartigan 130, Todd Davis 128, Sam Borlini 126, Ben Van Ryt 122.
 
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