Parker Price-Miller Picks Up First All Star Win
By Brian Liskai, ORRVILLE, Ohio (April 18, 2015) – Just a week ago Parker Price Miller, 16, would record his first ever 410 sprint win. The 16-year-old would make it two in a row and would claim his first ever University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions victory at the Wayne County Speedway Saturday, April 18th.
The UNOH All Stars have held two point races to open this season and both have been claimed by drivers recording their first ever series wins. Ryan Smith claimed his first All Star win earlier in the month at Attica Raceway Park and now Price Miller scores his first at Wayne County.
It wasn’t easy for Price Miller who is a junior at Kokomo (Indiana) High School. He had to hold off a charging Rob Chaney who grew up racing at Wayne County Speedway, as the pair battled through lapped traffic.
“I can’t believe we won. This is unbelievable. When we got the win last week at Fremont against that tough group I would have never imagined following it up with an All Star win,” said Price Miller beside his PPM Titanium/Indy Race Parts/Triple X Racing backed #9P.
And to make it even more of a challenge, the team lost an engine the previous night competing at Attica Raceway Park.
“Things just fell right for us tonight. I started third in the dash and was just hoping for a top four and ended up in the lead on the first lap. On the start of the feature Palker (Andrew) slid me in one and two and I gathered it back up and got him back in three and four. The track was tricky and I decided to try and stay around the bottom. Then we got into lapped traffic and with two laps to go here comes Rob Chaney. I had to settle down and just hit my marks. I can’t thank Rick Ferkel enough for all he’s done and all he has taught me,” added Price Miller.
For Chaney, a second place run continues a solid start to the 2015 season.
“We gained a lot of momentum at the end of last year. And rather than try to build new cars and go that direction we decided to keep the momentum we had and carry it to the start of this year and it’s working,” said Chaney of his Stan Cortad Racing/Jon Wright’s Custom Chrome Plating backed machine.
“This kid (Price Miller) has a lot of talent. I got a run on him down the front stretch with a couple of laps to go and I could have tried to slide him but we probably would have both ended up crashing. I left him a little lane and hoped he would make a mistake and he took it and didn’t bobble. I’m amazed at how he handled lapped traffic,” added Chaney.
Andrew Palker, a two time Wayne County Speedway champion, would bring his Seneca Energy/King Inspections/Kistler Engines/Kistler Racing Products backed #57x home in third. Coupled with his second place run at the All Star event at Attica, the Lodi, Ohio driver leads the All Star points.
“My dad is fully retired and I have to pay all the bills on this deal now. Without my sponsors it would be impossible. We are building consistency and that will lead to wins,” said Palker.
“That kid (Price Miller) is going to be something. He has pure talent. After I slid him at the green, he kept his head and drove back by. I kept waiting for him to make a mistake in traffic and he didn’t. I realized I only had a second or third place car. I must be getting older and wiser. In my early years I probably would have tore up the car trying to get by him. I took what I could get and I’m leading the points,” added Palker.
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 9P-Parker Price-Miller; 2. 9X-Rob Chaney; 3. 57X-Andrew Palker; 4. 59-Danny Holtgraver; 5. 10H-Chad Kemenah; 6. 45-Tim Shaffer; 7. 81-Lee Jacobs; 8. 49-Cole Duncan; 9. 89-Cody Darrah; 10. 1-Dale Blaney; 11. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild; 12. 4-Danny Smith; 13. 16-Danny Mumaw; 14. 40-Caleb Helms; 15. 38K-Brad Haudenschild; 16. 15H-Mitchell Harble; 17. 94-Ryan Smith; 18. W20-Greg Wilson; 19. 19P-Paige Polyak; 20. 11N-Randy Hannagan; 21. D12-Jason Dolick; 22. 9-Jac Haudenschild; 23. 11-Shawn Hubler; 24. 23-Nick Patterson
B Feature (12 Laps): 1. 38K-Brad Haudenschild; 2. 11N-Randy Hannagan; 3. W20-Greg Wilson; 4. 16-Danny Mumaw; 5. 11-Shawn Hubler; 6. 23-Nick Patterson; 7. 91X-Aaron Middaugh; 8. 787-James Pooler; 9. 7-Troy Kingan; 10. 50-Robert (Bob) Lime; 11. 5H-Jordan Harble
Dash (8 Laps): 1. 9P-Parker Price-Miller; 2. 57X-Andrew Palker; 3. 59-Danny Holtgraver; 4. 9X-Rob Chaney; 5. 49-Cole Duncan; 6. 45-Tim Shaffer; 7. 10H-Chad Kemenah; 8. 89-Cody Darrah
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 45-Tim Shaffer; 2. 10H-Chad Kemenah; 3. 40-Caleb Helms; 4. 4-Danny Smith; 5. 15H-Mitchell Harble; 6. D12-Jason Dolick; 7. 23-Nick Patterson; 8. 91X-Aaron Middaugh; 9. 7-Troy Kingan; 10. 5H-Jordan Harble
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 9X-Rob Chaney; 2. 59-Danny Holtgraver; 3. 57X-Andrew Palker; 4. 9-Jac Haudenschild; 5. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild; 6. 1-Dale Blaney; 7. 787-James Pooler; 8. 11-Shawn Hubler; 9. 50-Robert (Bob) Lime; 10. 5T-Travis Philo
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 49-Cole Duncan; 2. 9P-Parker Price-Miller; 3. 81-Lee Jacobs; 4. 89-Cody Darrah; 5. 94-Ryan Smith; 6. 19P-Paige Polyak; 7. 38K-Brad Haudenschild; 8. 11N-Randy Hannagan; 9. W20-Greg Wilson; 10. 16-Danny Mumaw
Qualifying: 1. 89-Cody Darrah; 2. 10H-Chad Kemenah; 3. 9P-Parker Price-Miller; 4. 11N-Randy Hannagan; 5. 9X-Rob Chaney; 6. 57X-Andrew Palker; 7. 49-Cole Duncan; 8. 21-D.J. Foos; 9. 81-Lee Jacobs; 10. 5T-Travis Philo; 11. 45-Tim Shaffer; 12. 59-Danny Holtgraver; 13. 19P-Paige Polyak; 14. W20-Greg Wilson; 15. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild; 16. 5H-Jordan Harble; 17. 40-Caleb Helms; 18. 94-Ryan Smith; 19. 23-Nick Patterson; 20. 9-Jac Haudenschild; 21. 15H-Mitchell Harble; 22. 4-Danny Smith; 23. D12-Jason Dolick; 24. 11-Shawn Hubler; 25. 38K-Brad Haudenschild; 26. 16-Danny Mumaw; 27. 787-James Pooler; 28. 91X-Aaron Middaugh; 29. 7-Troy Kingan; 30. 50-Robert (Bob) Lime; 31. 1-Dale Blaney