AUDIO/Tom Time Blog: SPEED SPORT Challenge at Millbridge Speedway A Huge Success!

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Blog and Photo By RaceChaser Online Senior Editor Tom Baker — In my last edition of “Tom Time” I spoke of this week being a “magic” week to be a race fan.

Not only do we have pinnacle races in nearly every one of the sport’s “major leagues” (Indy 500, F1 Grand Prix of Monaco and NASCAR Coca-Cola 600) but tracks of all shapes and sizes local and regional have special races as well.

I had the privilege of attending one of those special races last night.

Last night’s Speed Sport Challenge at Millbridge Speedway in Salisbury, N.C. was, by all accounts, a huge success and a blast to be a part of.  57 Outlaw Karts lined the pit area along with competitors in the beginner box stock, box stock and the new sportsman division.

My compliments to the “chefs” of this tasty dirt-track dish – our media colleagues at Speed Sport News, who (along with Ashley, Jeremy and the Millbridge “team”) whipped up a huge batch of slideways stew featuring some of sprint car racing’s top stars including Joey Saldana, Rico Abreu, Paul McMahan and Kevin Swindell along with NASCAR racer J.J. Yeley taking on the mini-outlaw division’s finest from across the nation.

RaceChaser Online’s Managing Editor Jacob Seelman (our version of the Energizer Bunny) worked his tail off last night and in the coming days will be bringing us audio feature interviews with Rico Abreu, Ron Hornaday, Kyle Larson, Tyler Reddick, Sammy Swindell and Sprint Car’s King “Steve Kinser” just to name a few.

Of course, Jacob also caught up with race winner Mike Wheeler, who was part of Ryan Foster’s multi-car operation that drove all the way from California/Oregon to compete at this event.  I’d say it was worth the trip!

I caught up with “Quick Nick” Hoffman after he clocked fast time in the Open class in the Max McLaughlin team car CraZ8.  He would later go on to finish 7th in the night’s feature.  Here’s the audio…

I’ve never seen so many people at Millbridge.  It was a night that could have gone either way – very good or total disaster.  Nobody I talked with had even a single complaint.  As a past track promoter I can attest to the degree of “little ingredients” that go into putting on a show of this magnitude, surely the largest undertaking in the history of this facility, which the aforementioned Ashley and Jeremy Burnett have taken to levels nobody could have ever imagined.

You’ll see plenty of coverage elsewhere on our site over the next few days but let me just tip the RaceChaser cap to everyone from Speed Sport News and Millbridge Speedway who no doubt worked tirelessly for countless hours to put this most enjoyable show together.  It was, as legendary variety show host Ed Sullivan would have said, “A really big shew”!

If you missed it, no worries – make sure you have MAVtv as it will be televised there as part of Speed Sport’s show on June 5.  AND, you will probably get a second chance to get a “live” helping because they’re already talking bigger and better things for next year’s edition!

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