After stalking the race leader for some time and asking the question on a couple of occasions, Kendrick made a pass that stuck and set up the win from Gessner and the American pairing of Dominic Scelzi and Brian Brown in the second round of the Wormall Civil USA v WA Sprintcar Speedweek.
The winning margin at the end of the 30-lap race was just 1.240 seconds.
Gessner hardly put a foot wrong in the feature race and led for much of the race but was unable to match Kendrick in the last couple of laps.
Ben Ellement, who was the big mover in the knockout rounds and started in the first couple of rows, struggled with the #44 machine in pits bend in the first lap before spinning the car at the other end of the track seconds later for the first restart.
When the cars raced away David Priolo jumped the start and was put back by the stewards on the next restart, when Trent Pigdon, who was subbing in the Troy Lawson #83, spun in turn four on lap nine.
Mitchell Wormall, who started from midpack, was one of the big movers and had got himself up to third at one stage, enjoying a good race with Scelzi who eventually won the battle and Wormall posted a DNF on lap 21 after hitting the fence.
Kendrick first closed the gap on Gessner on lap 17 but had to wait his time to produce the winning move.
David Priolo, who was second in Bunbury the night before, was fifth and followed over the line by Kye Scroop, Taylor Milling, Brad Maiolo, Pigdon, James Inglis, Ellement, Danny Porter, Lee Redmond and Jamie Landrigan.
It was a good result for Scroop who played his Joker and doubled his points for the sixth-place finish.
Priolo started the night by winning Victory 1 Performance Quick Time while heat race wins went to Brad Maiolo, Kendrick, Ellement and Priolo.
The third round of the USA v WA Series will be held at Quit Bunbury Speedway on Friday night, before the mini-series final is held at the Perth Motorplex next Sunday night, January 1.
It was quite a finish in the Quest Apartments Late Models!
Jamie Oldfield won the 20-lap feature race from brother Jamie and Kye Blight but didn’t show his hand until the latter stages of the main event after sitting back a bit off the pace in the first half of the final.
He started from P5 and it wasn’t until there were a handful of laps remaining that it became obvious of the challenging he was mounting.
The field bunched up late in the race when Brent Vosbergen spun around in turn two and Jamie was tucked in nicely behind Warren, separated only by Paul Stubber.
After disposing of Stubber on the restart he set about chasing his brother when Stubber lost a tyre on the 31 machine, forcing another restart.
Warren, who led for most of the race and was running the low line, was passed on the last corner by Jamie who ran the high line to perfection.
Blight, who started from P7, drove well in the latter part of the race as well to take third.
Troy Johnson set a new 20-lap track record for the Alltools Formula 500s, shaving 11 seconds off the old benchmark, when he won the Alltools Formula 500 feature race from Glenn Carstairs and Jamie Nardini.
Johnson started from pole and was never challenged in an event that was highly entertaining with some great duels down the order.
Carstairs started from P3 while Nardini started from P6.
Chris Dymock, who started from P2, was a DNF on lap 12.
Chris Griffiths claimed the Pool Shop Group Speedcar feature race on Tuesday night, on the back of a win he claimed at the same venue last season.
On this occasion he won the event from Alfonso Guadagnino and Keenan Fleming.
Griffiths and Travis White were the earlier heat race winners.
There was plenty of crowd interaction on the night, with this lucky fan winning the signed helmet from Cam Gessner. How’s the commitment to the dirt with the goggles as well…
The speedway gets only a short rest before the USA vs WA action returns on New Years Day for the Sprintcar Muster.