HAUBSTADT, Ind. — Parker Price-Miller was in the right place at the right time to earn his first World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory Sunday night at Tri-State Speedway.
It was the second victory in as many nights at the quarter-mile oval for Price-Miller, who won Saturday’s Midwest Open Wheel Ass’n event at the track.
Price-Miller was second when leader Sheldon Haudenschild tangled with a lapped car on lap 18. Price-Miller inherited the lead and held off David Gravel for the victory.
Price-Miller started the season with the Outlaws in Florida and raced with the series through mid-April when he returned to the Midwest.
“We knew going into the season we were going to get our butt kicked,” Price-Miller said. “But this was going to make us better as a team. This surely has paid off making me better as driver, getting our car better and making us overall better as a unit.”
Price-Miller has shown speed over the last several weeks, having earned fast qualifier at Plymouth Speedway. Entering the special Mother’s Day race at Tri-State Speedway, Price-Miller’s career best Outlaw finish was a third-place, coming at Tri-State Speedway in 2016.
“I can’t explain how I feel right now,” he said. “Whenever you can get an Outlaw win you take it. Whether it’s on a slick, heavy, small or big [track].”
Starting from the pole for the evening’s 40-lap feature, Gravel quickly shot out to an early lead. It wasn’t long before he was being challenged by Kevin Gobrecht Rookie-of-the-Year contender Sheldon Haudenschild. Haudenschild on the top side of the race track worked his way by Gravel and rocketed to a commanding lead.
“I knew Sheldon was going to have a [quick] pace and it was a 40-lap race so I was going to let him do what he wanted to do and wait for lap traffic and catch back up,” Gravel said.
While Haudenschild was checking out with the race lead, the battle for second heated up with Price-Miller forcing the issue on Gravel. Just shy of the halfway mark Price-Miller was able to get by Gravel for second.
It was on lap 18 when Haudenschild was working his way through lap traffic that he got tangled up with a slower car, sending him into a complete 360-spin dropping the young rookie back in the running order. The yellow flag eventually waved for a stopped car in turn one.
Taking over the lead for the restart and getting the jump, Price-Miller went right back to the top side of the track. Setting sail from the rest of the field, Price-Miller had the first opportunity to pick his way through traffic.
With under 10 laps to go and in heavy traffic, Gravel starting to close the gap on Price-Miller; setting up the reigning race winner with a chance to go back-to-back at Tri-State Speedway.
“Sheldon [Haudenschild] and Parker [Price-Miller] could really run the cushion pretty aggressively,” Gravel said. “In open track they were faster. In open track I think they had us beat but in traffic I thought I could run the bottom and we were pretty good.”
Price-Miller seemed to able to point his No. 2x machine wherever he wanted, eventually steering him clear of the lapped traffic and runner-up finisher Gravel en route to his first World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory.
“When you’ve never won an Outlaw race and you’re leading, you just go as hard as you can and that’s what I did,” Price-Miller said. “Luckily we pulled it off.”
Jason Johnson, Shane Stewart and Brady Bacon rounded out the top five.
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