AUDIO/RECAP: Speed Sport Double Down; Kyle Beattie Fastest in Both Qualifying Groups at Millbridge Speedway

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SALISBURY, N.C. — Report and photo by Race Chaser Online Senior Editor Tom Baker — Audio by Tom Baker and Kyle Magda —

For most of the year, Millbridge Speedway is a neat little dirt track nestled quietly between Mooresville and Salisbury, just north of Charlotte, N.C.

However, on Wednesday nights and some Saturdays, the track plays host to mini-outlaw racing, a scaled down version of a World of Outlaws sprint car with almost identical horsepower to weight ratio (in the Open division).

You never know who you’ll see at Millbridge, racing or watching. So far this season, Kenny Wallace, Ricky Stenhouse and Kyle Larson have been among the NASCAR stars who’ve turned laps on the tight little oval. Joe Gibbs, Austin Dillon, Trevor Bayne and many more have been seen walking around, enjoying the action.

Once a year, the neat little dirt track becomes a small city in itself as several thousand people converge for what this year is the second annual QRC Speed Sport Challenge Presented by JGRMX, a pressure cooker of a race dreamed up by our media colleagues at National Speed Sport News.

Last year’s first attempt was so successful that this year the car count was nearly double that of the inaugural running and drivers from across the nation and Canada have traveled in to compete.

A total of 78 open division racers took time Tuesday night.

Due to the car count, the program was expanded to a two-day show for this year. Tuesday night’s qualifying session for the Open division was divided, for scoring purposes, into two groups, with two cars going on the track at a time for a two-lap time trial.

Because World of Outlaw sprint car racers Shane Stewart and Paul McMahan and others were not going to be able to attend Tuesday’s qualifying, others were allowed to qualify their machines for them as a courtesy.

Other national racing stars racing this year include Tanner Thorson, Rico Abreu, Chase Briscoe, Max McLaughlin (son of “Magic Shoes” Mike McLaughlin) Nick Hoffman and last year’s winner Mike Wheeler.

Local racer and mini outlaw builder Kyle Beattie of Locust, N.C. had himself quite a successful evening. He time trialed teammate Nick Tucker’s No. 70 in group one and set fast time for that group. Then he took his own No. 21 Global-CFS Financing machine out in group two and not only set fast time for that group but he knocked out the only 10.1 second lap of the evening to be fast time overall.

NASCAR and open wheel star Kyle Larson also had a multi-car effort — fielding machines for himself, California’s Colby Copeland and Shane Stewart.  Stewart was busy racing his World of Outlaw sprint car (along with McMahan) at New Egypt Speedway in New Jersey, so Larson timed Stewart’s No. 15 in fourth quickest overall and his own No. 1k in sixth overall.

Copeland, who attended last year’s event and was excited at the chance to come back and team with Larson, was third quickest.

Today’s Millbridge schedule will see gates opening at 3 p.m., with practice starting at 7 p.m. Only the open division will be in action tonight, with heats, 15-lap last chance qualifiers and the 30-lap A-Main.

Fans should be aware that after 5 p.m., parking will be at the fire department just up the road from the facility. Parking is free, and shuttle buses will be provided. Admission is $15 adults and $10 for kids.

For complete heat race lineups, along with track information, visit Millbridge Speedway’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MillbridgeRacin.

 

Audio with fast timer Kyle Beattie:

Audio with third-quick Colby Copeland:

Audio with 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year and sixth-quick Kyle Larson:

 

RESULTS: QRC SPEED SPORT Challenge; Open Division Qualifying; Millbridge Speedway; May 19, 2015 

  1. 21B Beattie – 10.190
  2. 70 Tucker – 10.202
  3. 2C Copeland – 10.209
  4. 15S Stewart – 10.234
  5. Z8 McLaughlin – 10.246
  6. 1K Larson – 10.251
  7. 03S Smith – 10.255
  8. 19M Mitchell – 10.255
  9. 13J James – 10.287
  10. 1ST Surniak – 10.308
  11. 17M Millington – 10.328
  12. 2S Setters – 10.336
  13. 71W Welch – 10.402
  14. 88S Seavey – 10.404
  15. 16C Hagen – 10.414
  16. 88T Thorson – 10.447
  17. 7B Burnett – 10.465
  18. 81H Hoffman – 10.467
  19. 3E Elledge – 10.494
  20. 15G Gray – 10.505
  21. 51S Seavey – 10.509
  22. 08B Boutot – 10.517
  23. 57C Cofer – 10.525
  24. 21F Foster – 10.537
  25. 22D Deyarmon – 10.543
  26. 32B Boat – 10.553
  27. 38T Thackeray – 10.553
  28. 93C Coomes – 10.558
  29. 25W Wolfe – 10.563
  30. 51W Woodward – 10.570
  31. 19RFC Moberley – 10.583
  32. A51 Hays – 10.590
  33. 4D Desbiens – 10.593
  34. 1W Wheeler – 10.617
  35. 03J Ball – 10.621
  36. 83JR Carrick – 10.621
  37. 24X Briscoe – 10.629
  38. 98 Abreu – 10.649
  39. 1KT McMahan – 10.661
  40. 2Y Yeley – 10.674
  41. 96P Philips – 10.715
  42. 33 1/3 Brown – 10.717
  43. 34C Chesterman – 10.72
  44. 9G Goss – 10.723
  45. 47R Riggins – 10.736
  46. 6K Mahoney – 10.741
  47. 33B Brown – 10.761
  48. 33A Ashe – 10.764
  49. K11 Knudson – 10.767
  50. 7NY Allen – 10.769
  51. 4W Whitley – 10.773
  52. 6H Houston – 10.783
  53. 77H Hudson – 10.785
  54. 77H Huisenga – 10.787
  55. 62R Richards – 10.806
  56. 7B Barker – 10.819
  57. 8F Ferrell – 10.823
  58. 2K Knupp – 10.825
  59. 32T Tuckhorn – 10.827
  60. 86V Vardell – 10.835
  61. 77X Park – 10.841
  62. 3M McIntire – 10.856
  63. 16D Dees – 10.861
  64. 00 Benge – 10.879
  65. T1 Taylor – 10.887
  66. 9T Tuxhorn – 10.909
  67. 24S Siliker – 10.946
  68. 33S Mingus – 10.964
  69. 7M Miller – 10.997
  70. H22 Horn – 11.042
  71. 7C Chesterman – 11.047
  72. 62A Allison – 11.078
  73. 15C Smith – 11.083
  74. 20R Hilling – 11.187
  75. 76M Maynard – 11.199
  76. 21A Ashley – 11.255
  77. K98 Shano – 11.274
  78. 86J Colwell – 16.00

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