MCKAIL, Australia – After a slow start to his Down Under Tour, American Shane Stewart made it back-to-back wins with the Maddington Toyota Sprint Car Series on Saturday.
Stewart wired the 30-lap feature, held at the .273-mile Albany Speedway Attwell Park dirt oval, for his second win of USA vs. Western Australia Speedweek.
After starting from the pole in the No. USA87, Stewart never trailed and drove away to a 3.477-second margin of victory over runner-up Callum Williamson.
“I knew with the way the track was kind of dirty, that the start was going to be really important,” Stewart noted. “It was a little bit hard to get ahold of all night. The surface was kind of sandy, so the heat races were worth a little bit once we kind of got strung out, as far as figuring out what we needed and where to go. It was hard to maintain position to start with, but we were able to do that and maintain our line.
“I’ve been coming to Australia for a long time; I do this (racing) for a living. And if I didn’t enjoy myself, I wouldn’t leave my family and deal with the flights, you know?” Stewart added. “There’s just a lot that goes into it, but getting some wins like this really makes the travel and the effort worth it.”
Bud Kaeding made it two Americans in the top three at the finish, with Jason Kendrick and Kris Coyle following close behind.
After starting on the front row, Andrew Priolo ended up ninth in the 10-car field, completing just 12 of the scheduled 30 laps. American Harli White retired to a 10th-place result.
Shane Stewart, Callum Williamson, Bud Kaeding, Jason Kendrick, Kris Coyle, Mitchell Wormall, Daniel Harding, Matthew Cross, Harli White, Andrew Priolo.