WOO: Parker Price-Miller Bests The Outlaws At Haubstadt

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Parker Price Miller, seen here earlier this season, won his first-ever World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series race Sunday night at Tri-State Speedway. (Carey Akin photo)

HAUBSTADT, Ind. — All the stars aligned for 18-year-old Parker Price-Miller on Sunday night at Tri-State Speedway, as he held off a star-studded field for his first-career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory.

Inheriting the lead on lap 18 after Sheldon Haundenschild ran into trouble and spun in lap traffic, Price-Miller held off defending Haubstadt winner David Gravel for the $10,000 score.

The young Hoosier and defending MOWA Sprint Car Series champion started the season out at the DIRTcar Nationals in February and continued with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series tour through mid-April.

Though he eventually tailed off from full-time competition with the tour, Price-Miller knew it was going to be a steep learning curve early in the season before he found his footing.

“We knew going into the season we were going to get our butt-kicked,” Price-Miller said. “But (we also knew) this was going to make us better as a team. This surely has paid off … making me better as a driver, getting our car better and making us overall better as a unit.”

Price-Miller has shown speed over the last several weeks, having set quick time at Plymouth Speedway on April 28.

Entering the special Mother’s Day race at Tri-State Speedway, Price-Miller’s career best Outlaw finish was a third-place, appropriately coming at Tri-State last year.

This time, he did two spots better.

“I can’t explain how I feel right now. Whenever you can get an Outlaw win you take it. Whether it’s on a slick, heavy, small or big [track].”

CJB Motorsports entered Tri-State Speedway as the team everyone was looking to knock off. Each of the last three-years, the team has ended up in victory lane at the high-banked quarter-mile.

Starting from the pole for the evenings 40-lap feature, Gravel quickly shot out to an early lead, but it wasn’t long before he was being challenged by Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender Haudenschild.

Haudenschild used the top-side of the race track to work his way by Gravel on lap six, shooting out 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 the second position.

At that point was when Haudenschild got tangled up with a slower car, sending him into a complete 360 spin and dropping the young rookie back in the running order.

The yellow flag would eventually come out for a stopped car in Turn 1, setting Price-Miller up in front.

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, he had the first opportunity to pick his way through traffic.

With under 10 laps to go and then in heavy traffic, Gravel started to close the gap on Price-Miller, setting up the defending race winner with a chance to go back-to-back at Tri-State Speedway.

And yet, it wasn’t quite enough.

“Sheldon [Haudenschild] and Parker [Price-Miller] could really run the cushion pretty aggressively,” Gravel admitted. “In open track they were faster and had us beat … but in traffic I thought I could run the bottom and we were pretty good.”

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  1. Wasn’t able to make the show but, interested in knowing more about PPM. Looks like that young man has got a future in the sprint cars or even beyond. I have also never been able to see MOWA run but, understand they put on one hell of a show also ! Where in Indiana is Parker from ? I realize that at his young age his credentials can’t be overwhelming at least not yet. I live in the area of Tri-state Speedway and often get to attend their events. I really prefer non-winged because that’s what I grew up watching in the “King” and “Slammin” Sammies young careers. Can’t wait for Indiana Sprint week and especially “The Haubstadt Hustler” ! Thanks !

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