WILLISTON, N.D. — After a month of competing with Destiny Motorsports, Parker Price-Miller is pleased with how things are progressing to-date as he makes strides against the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.
The 19-year-old took the reins of the Destiny Motorsports No. 4 from veteran Paul McMahan ahead of the Night BeFour The Crowns at Eldora Speedway in late September, and has since qualified for nine Outlaws features, including a best finish with the team of 11th at New York’s Ransomville Speedway after contending for a top-10 spot.
Having already picked up his maiden Outlaws victory at Tri-State Speedway in May with Agee Motorsports, Price-Miller was quick to point out that the Destiny crew is working hard night in and night out to give him a quick race car, but he needs to do a better job of making less mistakes.
“(Most recently) at Lakeside, things didn’t go our way, and in the feature I was trying to find some different lines and it slowed us up a little bit,” said Price-Miller. “We were good in Salina on Saturday night, but I just made too many mistakes.”
Friday night at Lakeside Speedway, the Kokomo, Indiana young gun kicked the night off by timing the MonDak Portables/Ft. Union Supply and Trading/Townline Variety No. 4 entry in 23rd during time trials.
Getting penalized in heat race action for jumping a start, Price-Miller ended up with a sixth-place finish and was relegated to the Last Chance Showdown, but a run from fifth to third placed him in the night’s feature event.
Taking the green flag from 23rd, Price-Miller quickly began searching around the Lakeside four-tenths-mile, trying some different things in hopes of making a run forward.
Able to pick up a few positions, Price-Miller finished the night in 19th.
At Salina on Saturday, Price-Miller timed in 16th-quick and the team made wholesale changes to the Agee Farms/Champion Brand Lubricants/All Star Performance machine.
Stronger yet in his heat race, Price-Miller’s sixth place finish locked him into the feature, where he took the green flag from 16th and the race came to life.
Price Miller quickly worked his way to 12th, chasing after Daryn Pittman on the slick surface.
But with his tires going away on the abrasive track, a late restart plagued Price-Miller’s solid run, ultimately dropping him back on the final two-lap dash to a 15th-place result.
Still, however, the young gun was optimistic about the overall pace that he and the Destiny team have been able to find in recent weeks.
“I needed to capitalize on that last restart, and I ended up losing spots,” Price-Miller said. “I hate it for these guys, but I am happy with the speed we have been showing. Thanks to Rick and Barb Rogers for believing in me, and hopefully we can continue to progress in these final couple of weekends.”
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series heads next to Dodge City Raceway Park on Oct. 27-28, before concluding the season with the Textron Off-Road World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Nov. 2-4.
CREDIT: Destiny Motorsports