DELMAR, Del. — official release — Carber Motorsports photo — Despite a bent nose wing, youthful Brian Carber scored his biggest sprint car payoff by winning the 25-lap Kramer Williamson Memorial on Saturday night at Delaware Int’l Speedway.
A long list of businesses posted a variety of bonus money to include an additional $73 to each driver that started the feature. The leader on lap earned an additional $108 and the eighth place car on lap eight also earned $108 bonus, both in memory of Midge Miller who passed away in 2013. Kramer Williamson lost his life in a sprint car racing accident in 2013. Both drivers were being honored on Saturday night. In addition, $528 was posted by Henry Fenimore to the leader a halfway. Carber led the entire 25-lap distance, to earn $4,588 for the win.
Ed Aikin finished second ahead of Davie Franek, Curt Michael and Jason Clauss.
On the start, Carber jumped to the early lead ahead of “The Carolina Kid” Eric Riggins, but by lap five Josh Weller had moved up to third with Aikin hot in the chase. Carber continued to set the pace until lap nine, when the first caution of the race was displayed as Jeff Fithian spun.
When the field restarted, Carber continued to set the pace and led at halfway to pocket the bonus money, but jsut past the crossed flags, on lap 14, the yellow was displayed again, this time for Jonathan Swanson who came to a top in turn three.
The ensuing double-file restart added a touch or excitement when race leaders Carber and Higgins touched, shuffling the balance of the field. The start was aborted however, so as a result, all cars restarted in their previous running order. When the green flag finally fell, Brian Carber once again quickly established a commanding lead.
Eight time URC Champion Curt Michael and previous night’s winner Robbie Stillwaggon were also on a charge to the front with Michael moving into the top five with just five laps to go. At that point, second-place Ed Aikin was closing the gap on the leader but he could never get close enough to challenge Carber for the lead and win.
Two URC heat races took place with Andy Best and Ed Aikin taking the victories.
Next weekend, the Rislone URC Sprints will race at the Grandview Speedway on Sunday night, May 25, with twin 25 lap features on tap.