Action aplenty as Keen wins

Alexander ScottNorth West Telegraph
AJ Nash during the Heat 2 of the Sprint Car Muster.
Camera IconAJ Nash during the Heat 2 of the Sprint Car Muster. Credit: Alexander Scott

Sprint Car racers from all around Western Australia came to Port Hedland for a night of high-octane action at the Sprint Car Muster last Sunday.

The event saw 12 sprint cars face-off in a 25-lap feature race that got off to a chaotic start.

The feature involved both limited and 360/410 sprint cars and was won by Michael Keen after the race was reduced to 15 laps because of four accidents.

On the first lap, yellow flags were raised after an incident between Daniel Keen, Tim Davis, and Trevor Jolly, with Daniel Keen sent to the back of the field for causing the accident.

The restart was also chaotic with Brodie Minchin being turned around, causing the yellow flag to be raised again.

The race was eventually red flagged to allow pit crews to refuel the cars and replace tyres.

An incident between A.J. Nash and Colin Stannard at the third restart, led to the yellow flags being waved yet again.

Trevor Jolly in action at the Sprint Car Muster.
Camera IconTrevor Jolly in action at the Sprint Car Muster. Credit: Alexander Scott

After the fourth restart, Michael Keen drove away from the rest of the field and never looked back.

Glenn Dickinson and Matt Davis rounded out the top three while Daniel Hartigan was the highest placed of the 360/410 cars in fourth.

Keen said the race was tough, but it was worth it to come away with the win

“It was a tough race especially when you combine the 360 and 410s with the quicker engines than the limited, but once we got out in front we went as hard as we could, I knew the tyres would last, so it was just a matter of me lasting,” he said.

Keen said the stoppages made the long race mentally draining.

“A green to chequered feature race usually takes you ten minutes, and we were out there for over an hour, and with all the stoppages gets to you mentally,” he said.

In the other feature races, the Juniors were cancelled due to time restrictions and the Formula 500 race was won by Tony Samwell.

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