JAMIE Maiolo is the new leader in the Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series.
Heading into round 10 at the Perth Motorplex next Saturday night Jamie has 1578 points, 16 better than younger brother Brad on 1562.
Jamie claimed the outright lead after he finished fourth in round 9 at Bunbury Speedway on New Year’s Day.
The Maiolo’s were level on 1436 points heading into the Bunbury bout and Brad was a strong chance to become the outright leader when he started on the front row with defending series champion Jason Kendrick.
Unfortunately, when leading and in lapped traffic, he ran into the back of a slowing Chace Karpenko, flipping the #77 that was unable to restart.
Kendrick, who was right behind Brad at that stage, went on to win the race from American duo Mark Dobmeier and Parker Price-Miller.
Kendrick is still in third on 1424 points but in his favour is his Joker card that will be played this Saturday night.
The Maiolo’s have played their Joker cards where a driver doubles his feature race points for that night – but they must declare it at the start of the night.
Kaiden Manders is expected to be one of the drivers to watch when round 10 of the Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series is held at the Perth Motorplex this Saturday night.
He is currently fourth in the championship points on 1284.
Manders, like Kendrick, is yet to play his Joker card where they will double their feature race points for a round.
A feature race win pays 150 points, with 146 for third, 144 for third- and two-point drops for each position after that.
Manders didn’t have the best start to the season in the series, claiming a DNS and a DNF.
He finally completed a feature race at the King of Wings (ninth) and then took a fifth in the WA title before another fifth and a DNF at the Motorplex.
In the two Bunbury rounds he has been fifth on both occasions, but his biggest moment was the win in Collie on December 27.
Kaiden Manders, who finished fifth at Bunbury, moved up from fifth to fourth and is now on 1284 points – he is also yet to play his Joker
Kye Scroop will be looking to continue his upward path in the points in the Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series.
Scroop is currently equal fifth with Tom Payet on 1204 points each after he took a ninth in the last round at Bunbury Speedway.
In the Motorplex rounds so far Scroop has claimed a third, an eighth, a pair of 10ths and a DNF.
Importantly at the last round for Scroop is that he played his Joker card – doubling his feature race points for the round.
Andrew Priolo is another in the top 10 who is yet to play his Joker.
In the top 10 in points, drivers yet to play their Jokers are Jason Kendrick, Kaiden Manders and Andrew Priolo.
All drivers who haven’t played their Joker cards yet – they must declare it at the start of the show – will have it automatically played for them at this round.
American Harli White, who finished seventh at Bunbury, will be one of the drivers locked into next Saturday night’s field – she is in WA until the end of the month and will be racing back at Bunbury the following weekend and in a round of the Make Smoking History 360 Power Series at Esperance Speedway on the Australia Day long weekend.
Jamie Maiolo leads the points tally on 1578 from brother Brad on 1562 and Jason Kendrick on 1424.
Jamie Maiolo 1578
Brad Maiolo 1562
Jason Kendrick 1424
Kaiden Manders 1284
Tom Payet 1204
Kye Scroop 1204
Chace Karpenko 1112
Andrew Priolo 1084
Jason Pryde 928
Jamie Oldfield 862
Mitchell Wormall 846
Taylor Milling 834
Ben Ellement 788
Shaun Bradford 684
James Inglis 622
Parker Price-Miller 572
Ryan Lancaster 474
AJ Nash 414
Ben Van Ryt 402
Mark Dobmeier 394