A kiss from dad capped off a remarkable result for a son-of-a-speedway gun on night two of the South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.
Marcus Dumesny, 20, was proud to salute at Premier Speedway - the track which honours his dad Max with a hill named after him - on Saturday night.
The emerging driver edged out high-quality duo Kerry Madsen and Cory Eliason in Saturday night's 30-lap feature, sending his team, including three-time overall classic winner Max, into celebration mode.
"It is a bit phenomenal at the moment, (with the) chequered flag I was like 'I just won that, that's pretty cool'," Dumesny said from the in-field.
"It hasn't really sunk in but it's cool to be up here where our name belongs."
The Sydney-based Dumesny, who started the A-Main on pole, said his dad, who hails from Nullawarre, had inspired his racing career.
"I'm sure he's stoked, to see his boys (Matt and I) running laps around the place he dominated for most of his career and it's just good to be here," he said.
He had talented field on his tail - Kerry Madsen, Eliason, Tim Schaffer, Steven Lines, Ian Madsen, Jamie Veal, Corey McCullagh, Lachie McHugh and Kalib Henry rounded out the top-10.
"It was hard work but we did what we needed to do. It was close at the end there but we got it done," Dumesny said.
"To finally knock a win out around this joint is a big confidence boost really."
Three-time winner Brooke Tatnell was forced to pull in with 24 laps to run.
Kalib Henry, 20, is among the young Americans testing themselves in the classic.
Henry, who calls Sacramento home, said he was enjoying his first trip to Australia.
"So far it's been a wonderful trip. I've picked up a couple of wins. We got one at Valvoline and then one at Simpson," he said at Premier Speedway on Saturday night.
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"It's been something I've dreamt of since I was a little kid so to even be on the radar to come over here and race for these guys is going to be a good opportunity for me and hopefully it turns into something back home.
"I can't thank the Perrett family as well as the Green family, if it weren't for them I wouldn't even be here, as well as our sponsors."
Henry, like many racers, is following a family tradition.
"My dad (Mike) raced and I kind of wanted to follow in his footsteps in a sense and he was pretty pronounced in California for his time," he said.
"He won a lot of races and championships and whatnot so I have always looked up to him. Maybe I could surpass him and go further in my racing career."
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