GIBSONTON, Fla. — Fifteen-year-old Indiana driver Parker Price-Miller made an impressive debut in front of a field of experienced veteran drivers and a few other “rookies” opening night of a three-day show to determine the 16th annual King of 360s at East Bay Raceway Park.
After starting sixth in his heat and finishing second, he gained enough passing points to start outside Danny Smith on the front row of the 25-lap winged sprint car feature.
The young driver was able to steer his Wesmar-powered XXX chassis set up to perfection by veteran crew chief Rick Ferkel, around the inside lane and lead every lap despite several serious challenges by third starting Wayne Johnson.
Price-Miller triumphed in only his fifth time in a 360 sprint car. “I could see Wayne sticking his nose inside me a couple of times, but I wanted this win,” he said. “Now that I’m here in victory lane, I’m shocked that I won.”
The race only had one caution flag for Christopher Bell who spun high in turn two on the third lap and with the field loaded with talent like fifth-starting Greg Hodnett, Chad Kemenah, Jason Sides, Danny Lasoski, Jac Haudenschild and Tim Shaffer there was plenty of time for one of those drivers to make their way to the front.
But, as the race played out, it was 17th starter Rico Abreu that caught the crowd’s attention by charging all the way up to sixth position at the end.
The winner’s margin of victory was 0.520 seconds ahead of Johnson at the finish with Smith running a consistent third ahead of Russ Hall and Sides.
Fifty-three cars were on hand.
Parker Price-Miller, Wayne Johnson, Danny Smith, Russ Hall, Jason Sides, Rico Abreu, Greg Hodnett, Bryan Sebetto, Danny Lasoski, Jerod Roller, David Gravel, Etienne Girard, Chad Kemenah, Tim Shaffer, Jac Haudenschild, Christopher Bell, Danny Wood, Carson McCarl, Robbie Smith, Danny Martin Jr