Statesville, N.C. – Story By Tom Baker – September 4, 2013 – The Mini Outlaws (known to some as Sprint Karts) took center stage last night at the Iredell County Fairgrounds in Statesville, N.C. as round one of the East Coast Nationals for the division got underway as 50 entrants competed in four divisions of exciting dirt track racing.
When it was all said and done, the biggest winner was Jimmy Elledge as he took home the Outlaw division fast qualifier award, dash win and the $1500 for winning the A-Main as well!
With 30 racers entered in the Outlaw division including NASCAR K&N Series winner Ryan Gifford, the racing was expected to be tight and aggressive and indeed it was! Although Elledge swept all the of the hardware, he had to fend off the challenges of several other racers throughout the night in order to do so.
“Topside Tommy” Hubert was the biggest challenger, finishing second in the dash and the feature event. Hubert, a road racing specialist who is a past winner at Millbridge Speedway in the No. 30 Outlaw Kart, kept Elledge on his toes throughout the evening. In the main event, Tommy Brown also charged to third and looked like a contender but just ran out of laps to mount a challenge. Max McLaughlin finished fourth and Kyle Beattie fifth in a race that was, although it was filled with caution flags, a highly contested affair.
We were able to get a few words with Elledge in victory lane and we’ve posted it here for you to check out!
In the Beginner Box Stock class Gage Painter got the win, besting a very aggressive Estella Sawyer. “The Black Widow” as she’s known at the track, is a young lady who can get an Outlaw Kart around the track and she’s not afraid to mix it up with the boys when she has to! Sawyer finished second and showed she’ll be a threat on Friday at Millbridge and again on Saturday when the series returns to the fairgrounds.
Jacob Hammock took home the checkered flag in the Box Stock A-main. Hammock held off a determined young racer named Slater to earn the victory.
In the 125 division, Ryan Millington threw everything including a small kitchen sink at leader Mike Sveda throughout the event but couldn’t find a way by him…until the last lap that is. Coming to the checkers, Millington threw his machine into turns three and four and came out with the lead in a surprising ending as Sveda’s machine spun sideways but ended up second.
Round two of the East Coast Nationals will be Friday night at Millbridge Speedway located on Route 150 between Mooresville and Salisbury. The series finishes up on Saturday night back at the Iredell County Fairgrounds, which is right on Route 115 (North Main Street) in Statesville.
For more information visit www.MiniOutlawSeries.com.
PHOTO CREDIT: Lenny Batycki – PRN’s At The Track