SALISBURY, N.C. – Story by RaceChaser Online Senior Editor Tom Baker – Photos by Kara Campbell –
The Millbridge Speedway in Salisbury,North Carolina held two highly competitive nights of racing this week (Wednesday and Saturday) for the mini outlaws, one of the fastest growing divisions in all of motorsports. Nick Hoffman (Wednesday) and Nick Tucker (Saturday) picked up victories in the track’s top division, the Open Outlaws.
Saturday evening’s racing followed a mid-day rain which turned the infield into a shallow pond but left the racing surface favorable for the competitors. Bryce Richards got the feature festivities started with a victory in the Cadet class after winning his heat event earlier in the day.
The Beginner Box Stock class was a fantastic race! Caden Kvapil in the No. 35 got out front but the No. 12 of Tiffany Claridge made him work for it early on. The No. 11 of Brent Crews raced his way up to second and made a late race run for the win that had the place buzzing. Kvapil hung on with Crews second, Claridge third, Aiden Turner fourth and Tyler Dolak finishing fifth.
In the Box Stock division, the 10 of Rich Gould dominated an otherwise competitive field of cars. Leading from start to finish, Rich took the checkered flag with Preston Huntley, Cole Hilton, Olivia Peeney and Eli Bodine rounding out the top five.
The No. 15 of Roy Hayes had his finest hour behind the wheel of his No. 15 Intermediate division racing machine, taking the early lead and fending off the challenges of multi-time winner Carson Kvapil for many laps before Kvapil finally found the combination to get by after a restart and go on for the victory. Hayes, who had gotten his first win at Charlotte Motor Speedway in a bandolero early in the week, finished a strong second with his younger brother George Hayes coming home third and the 71 of Ashlynn Brewer fourth.
Nick Tucker led flag to flag to win the Open division main event in his No. 70. While Tucker was keeping a safe distance out in front of the field with his SKE prepared machine, Sean Vardell and Zach Wolfe were battling for second and third with Hunter Richards riding fourth in his Bo Beeker Motorsports No. 62.
Richards, the older brother of earlier winner Bryce Richards, was fourth on the last lap when something broke on his car forcing him to stop on the back straightaway. He was pushed to the pits and out of the event, a disappointing ending for the talented young driver.
At the checkers it was Tucker, Vardell, Wolfe, Greg DeYarmon and Brandon Dean in the top five.
Going back to this past Wednesday’s action, Caden Kvapil got it done in the Beginner feature that night as well, defeating Skylar Chaney, Aiden Turner, Mason Dellinger and Ethan Burdett.
Rich Gould also scored the Box Stock win on Wednesday, besting a strong running Ty Gibbs to take the checkers. Multi-time race winner Kyle Campbell finished third with Gavin Boschele fourth and Jason Gibbs rounding out the top five.
Caleb Moore drove a spectacular race with his No. 54 to claim top honors in the Intermediate feature event. Kyle Campbell kept Moore honest for a second place finish, holding off the challenges of Carson Kvapil in the process. Kvapil was third, Alex Bodine fourth and Roy Hayes finished fifth.
Nick Hoffman started on the inside pole and led flag to flag to win in the Open division. Ryan Millington held on for second despite a broken radiator that was spewing hot fluid on the driver’s legs throughout the race. Max McLaughlin tried valiantly to take second spot away from Millington on the last lap in traffic and the pair put on some spirited race moves right to the finish, with McLaughlin settling for third. Dylan Smith and Tom Hubert completed the top five.
This Wednesday, July 22nd at Millbridge, the DNQ Karts and SS Late Models will run on the infield track known as SKE Speedway. The mini outlaw divisions will have the night off. For more information, including directions and scheduling, search Millbridge Speedway on Facebook.