SALISBURY, N.C. – Story By RaceChaser Senior Editor Tom Baker – Photos By Kara C Photography –
Saturday night was a fun night at Millbridge Speedway. Blue skies, sunshine and hot summer temperatures provided a nice night for racing on the 1/6-mile dirt track. Three drivers made the trip all the way from Canada to compete in the Open Outlaw division. A tight group of 270cc and 600cc Micro Sprints sponsored by NAPA of Kannapolis along with Legend Cars made the night enjoyable for everyone who attended.
When the final checkered flag fell, winners included Tiffany Claridge, Matt Carr, Hunter Richards, Greg DeYarmon, John Galati and Tim Nye.
The Beginner Box Stock division got things kicked off. Tiffany Claridge had already been the winner of her heat race earlier, and now she was chasing an elusive feature win. She put her No. 12T out front early and had to hold off the challenges of a much improved Tyler Dolack and “veteran” beginner (if there is such a thing!) Hunter Kohn.
Tiffany proved she was up to the challenge, taking home top honors in a tight race with Dolack and Kohn second and third. Nic Goss was unfortunately unable to start the race due to an accident at the end of his heat race.
The 270cc Micros were next on the agenda, and it was Carr shooting off his pole position out to an early lead. His lead was momentary, however, as he got sideways in turn two, allowing Fred Prosperi in his No. 05 to take the top spot. It took car most of the race to get back to the leader, but when he did the pair put on a show before Carr finally came out on top.
Prosperi finished second with Daniel Neigal and Tim Williams following in that order.
Hunter Richards is one of the area’s many talented up and coming racers. Making a nice transition from INEX Bandolero cars on pavement to the Mini Outlaw Karts on dirt, Richards has proven to be a smooth and steady racer on either surface. He was able to gain some valuable seat time in the Intermediate class on Saturday, getting the win in the process.
The Open Mini Outlaw division saw seven competitors racing it out for the win in the 20-lap race. Chaz Woodward had a fast machine but had a mechanical issue in the race’s early stages and dropped out. Greg Price was also running well with his NO. 7 before the DNF bug bit him as well, but the star of the show turned out to be the sharp-looking No. 22 of Greg DeYarmon.
DeYarmon took control and never relinquished it, bringing home the checkered flag in a stellar run. Ethan Mitchell stormed from the back to second place, with Canadians Holly Porter, Scott Chesterman and Brent Smith rounding out the top five.
Casey Traxler threw everything including a small kitchen sink at the No. 13 of John Galati in the Legend Car feature, but Galati was up to the challenge. Traxler worked the bottom of the track throughout the entire race but just couldn’t find the grip to get by. Galati, Traxler and Darrell Hoffman finished 1-2-3 at the line.
The nightcap saw a field of 9 600cc Micro Sprints take to the track for what turned out to be an exciting race. Tim Nye grabbed the lead at the start and tried to get away, but behind him Joshua Rummage, Dan Jones, Rick Goss and others were dicing back and forth throughout most of the race. Jones eventually made his way to second spot and set sail after Nye, but was unable to find a way around the high-flying No. 42.
Nye took home the win with Jones, Rummage, Jason Brown and 14-year-old Rookie Jackson Wellman rounding out the top five.
Millbridge Speedway is now off until Saturday, September 6th, which is the finale of the North Carolina Race Week. NC race week begins on Labor Day, September 1st at the Iredell County Fair with Rebels and Rednecks United Lawn More Racing.
Wednesday, September 3rd is the East Coast Nationals for the Open Mini Outlaw Karts, paying $1500 to win. DNQ Karts will also be on the card that night.
Thursday, September 4th is the Beginner Box Stock, Box Stock and Intermediate Outlaw Karts plus the Davis Mini Cups at the Fairgrounds.
Friday, September 5th sees the Open Mini Outlaws return again for their second big show of the week, paying $1000 to win. The Intermediate Karts also return to compete for the second straight night.
Saturday, September 6th is the grand finale for the week and it brings everyone back to Millbridge Speedway. All Mini Outlaw classes will compete and the opens will run for $2500 to win. An after-show featuring a party and fireworks will take place as well, presented by the House of Fireworks.
Gates at the FAIRGROUNDS open each night at 5pm, Monday-Friday.
Gates at Millbridge on Saturday swing open at 5pm.
Pit passes at the FAIRGROUNDS will be $10 plus $5 fair admission on Monday-Friday.
Pit passes at Millbridge on Saturday will be $12.