Steve Lines blasted his way to victory in the return of World Series Sprintcars to Albany's Attwell Park Speedway last Friday night, delivering locally-owned teams Halls Motorsport a hometown win that had eluded them for several seasons.
Lines, who is the full time driver for Albany's Halls Motorsport team owned by Brian Hall, was sensational in the 30-lap final as he negotiated his way through lap traffic superbly to score the win from WA hard charger Ryan Farrell and American Kyle Hirst.
Lines started from pole position courtesy of his win in the gold shootout earlier on and jumped straight to the lead where he would stay for the entire journey which was completed without a stoppage.
Farrell closed in on Lines in the final five laps of the feature race but the man out in front did not make a mistake in front of his adopted hometown fans and went on to win back-to-back WSS rounds after his success in round 8 of the series at Murray Bridge Speedway.
Lines' performance was so dominant that he lapped the majority of the 20-car field in the final, including Australian champion Dave Murcott and star competitor Brooke Tatnell.
The South Australian was elated to win in front of all the Hall family and their loyal local sponsors.
"Hally has been trying to win that race for a bit now so it was really good to do it for him," Lines said.
"It was great for him and all our local sponsors and also good for us as a team too.
"I just had to pick my way through the traffic, I knew Ryan was there, but the track was pretty good and you could move around."
James McFadden crossed the line in fourth place ahead of Ian Madsen, who recovered from seventh to salvage a top five result.
Shaun Bradford was the only other driver of the 18 cars to finish the final not to be lapped by Lines.
McFadden crashed his NQ25 machine in the back straight after the completion of the race but walked away unscathed.
Brent Aprile and Matt Egel were the only to cars not to finish the final.
In time trials young West Australian Daniel Keen rolled over coming onto the main straight but Farrell, who won the Albany round of WSS last time they visited in 2013, set the quickest time with a 12.335 second lap.
South Australian Daniel Pestka drew first blood in the heat races, claiming the opener from Ryan Jones and a very quick Farrell.
Heat 2 went to WA star Shaun Bradford, who held off WSS contracted driver Darren Jensen and Robbie Farr, before Lines came from fifth position in heat 3 to storm through the field and claim a comfortable win.
Jones downed Bradford and Farrell in heat 4, McFadden prevailed over Pestka and Aprile in heat 5 and Daryl Clayden won the final preliminary from Egel and Lines.
Hirst won the bronze shootout and then progressed along with Bradford to the gold shootout after being the two quickest in the silver.
Lines claimed the gold shootout and Farrell would join him on the front row after finishing second.
Hirst continued his charge to finish third in the gold shootout and Bradford was fourth.
A huge crowd was on hand to witness the WSS event, which was the first of Western Swing, with extremely competitive racing on display throughout the night on a terrific track surface.
The next meeting at Attwell Park Speedway will feature the GWN7 Modified Sedan Series on Saturday, March 7.
Steve Lines on his way to victory in round 9 of World Series Sprintcars in Albany for Halls Motorsport. Picture: Jody Shanhun