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Kokomo racer’s car explodes at Can-Am World Finals

Parker Price-Miller attempts to race NASCAR driver Christopher Bell’s sprint car

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NEED FOR SPEED — Parker Price-Miller didn't end his last race as expected due to an engine malfunction.

Earlier this month, Kokomo-native Parker Price-Miller attempted to race at the season-ending Can-Am World Finals at The Dirt Track in Charlotte, N.C., but unfortunately was unable to finish due to a malfunction of the engine of his sprint car.

Driving the first night of the final event of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, Price-Miller was asked by his good friend and NASCAR driver Christopher Bell to race his No. 21 sprint car that Bell built himself. After agreeing to Bell’s request, Price-Miller was the first driver other than Bell to take the wheel in that entry.

“It was a cool experience because I got to drive for Christopher Bell, a NASCAR driver. I wish it would have went a little bit better,” Price-Miller said.

Bell and Price-Miller grew up racing together, driving in micro races and both working with sprint car racer Rick Ferkel. While having the opportunity to race a car for Bell would be an honor for most drivers, this was a particularly special occurrence for Price-Miller due to their childhood connections.

When Price-Miller was around 10 years old, his stepfather’s business sponsored a local racer, Logan Jarrett. Having never been to a race before, Jarrett invited Price-Miller’s stepfather to attend one of the events. After watching many young racers, his mother suggested to his stepfather that Price-Miller could race one of the junior sprint cars.

“We went racing the next week, and that’s how I got started. We haven’t stopped ever since,” Price-Miller said.

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Besides his junior sprint car, Price-Miller also drove a 600 micro before graduating to a 360 and 410 sprint car, as well as a midget.

Price-Miller earned the POWRi National Midget Series of the Year award in 2013 and the 2014 Chili Bowl Rookie of the Year, both from Lucas Oil. Following that, he picked up his first sprint car win as he came out on top at a preliminary night win during the King of the 360s event at East Bay Raceway Park.

In 2015, Price-Miller was able to break through and win his first All-Star Circuit of Champions feature event, and in 2016 he won numerous races, claiming the Midwest Open Wheel Association (MOWA) Series Championship and the Canadian Nationals.

In 2017, Price-Miller began traveling the country in the World of Outlaws. He scored his first World of Outlaws feature event win and was the driver of the Destiny Motorsports No. 4.

In 2018, Price-Miller was the Western Australia (WA) vs. USA Speedweek champion, overall fastest qualifier at the Grand Annual Spirit Car Classic in Australia, and Knoxville Nationals A-Main qualifier.

Price-Miller has plans to race next year but nothing official yet, he said. He hopes to someday race in the Indianapolis 500 to represent his home state but would ultimately like to be a World of Outlaws sprint car driver fulltime.