Veal Shines In Grand Annual Prelim

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Jamie Veal, seen here at Eldora Speedway in 2015, won Saturday's Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic preliminary feature at Premier Speedway in Australia. (Paul Arch Photo)
Jamie Veal, seen here at Eldora Speedway in 2015, won Saturday's Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic preliminary feature at Premier Speedway in Australia. (Paul Arch Photo)
Jamie Veal, seen here at Eldora Speedway in 2015, won Saturday’s Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic preliminary feature at Premier Speedway in Australia. (Paul Arch Photo)

WARRNAMBOOL, Australia – Jamie Veal extended his red-hot form at Premier Speedway Saturday to claim night two honors during the 44th Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.

In a repeat from night one, which saw James McFadden end the night in victory lane, the initial start of the Saturday’s feature saw a quartet of cars involved in a turn two pile up that somehow only eliminated Mitchell Gee, despite the fact he was joined in the melee by Bryan Mann, David Murcott and Toby Bell-Bowen.

When the 30-lap journey eventually got underway it would be Veal who would open up a commanding early race lead, despite the best efforts of a hard charging Jamie Maiolo and defending Classic champion Kyle Hirst.

On lap 10 Veal was brought back to the field when a spinning Bryan Mann saw the yellow lights blink on in an incident that saw Jason Kendrick making slight contact with the turn three wall as he tried to avoid the stranded No. Q16 of Mann.

The result of the impact was a broken rear arm aboard the No. W11 entry, which would also ensure that the popular West Aussie would join Mann as a spectator for the remaining 20 laps.

From there it was a case of Veal trying to stamp his name on the field, leading Maiolo and Hirst lap after lap as Randy Hannagan, who initially shared the front row with Veal, began to dial into the racy high banks.

On lap 18 Hirst got by Maiolo and set after Veal, a task that was made a lot easier when the yellow lights again came on this time for Chad Ely, who was left stranded in a rather precarious position on the exit of turn two, which resulted in a once clear path for Brendan Guerin becoming somewhat of a road block.

The ensuing contact resulted in both cars being parked.

When the green flag waved for the restart it was all Veal in the SWI Engineering Maxim going on his merry way, eventually winning over Hirst aboard the No. W17 Milwaukee Tools entry and Hannagan.

Finishing fourth was Jamie Maiolo, while American Kraig Kinser finished fifth after transferring to the feature from the B Main.

Rounding out the top 10 were Robbie Farr, Jason Sides, Steven Lines, David Murcott and Garry Brazier.