SALISBURY, N.C. – Story By RaceChaser Online Senior Editor Tom Baker – Photos By Kara C Photography – A glorious Saturday night for racing on the nation’s birthday weekend set the scene for five divisions of action at the 1/6-mile Millbridge Speedway in Salisbury, North Carolina. When the final checkered flag was waved, fireworks put the proverbial cherry on top of an evening of family fun and exciting dirt track action.
The Box Stock Mini Outlaws got feature action underway with a flawless race being driven by young Blake Cisneros. Cisneros, one of several drivers who split their week between racing Bandolero Cars on pavement and the Mini Outlaws on dirt, hopped back into his familiar No. 25 and took home the feature victory. The win was his second in a row, having scored top honors last week in his team car No. 63, which was driven this week by another Bandolero racer seeing dirt action for the first time, Cameron Bohlen.
Bohlen would finish third in the feature behind second place finisher Jacob Hammack in the No. 01. Hammack picked up the heat win as well.
The NAPA of Kannapolis 270cc Micro Sprints took to the track next and Fred Prosperi III brought his “A” game with him to the track as he won both his heat and the feature in his No. 05. Jody McCall ran a strong race to finish up in second, with Mark Jones, Gary Jacobson and Brittany Trogdon rounding out the top five.
Matt Carr in the No. 93, like Prosperi, was a heat race winner. Eleven 270’s competed on Saturday as the track continues to build participation in this class for the future.
The Auto House Mini Cups saw 7 cars in action with Eric Cooms and Sean Vardell capturing heat race victories. In the feature it was all Cooms as he led start to finish to capture top honors and the $350 paycheck. Cooms had one of the newer style Mr. 90 Fabrication “Mini Dirt Late Model” bodies on his car, showing off what many in the class hope will be the new look for the division.
Jeff Boyer finished second in his No. 63, with the traditional NASCAR style body on his machine. Third went to Ryan Sharp, fourth to Andy Lombi and fifth was Vardell. Brett Suggs and Mike Mittler rounded out the field.
KC Traxler defeated Gene Traxler in the Legend feature. Gene had won the earlier qualifying heat race.
The NAPA of Kannapolis 600cc Micros rounded out the day’s events in fine style. Dan Jones and Matt Jones scored heat race checkered flags but in the feature it was all the No. 8 of Dan Jones, who picked up his second straight win at Millbridge in the division. Colby Adams had another fine run to pick up second place while Joshua Rummaage, Fred Prosperi III and Mark Jones finished out the top five.
The race was marred by a nasty crash involving the No. 29 of Matt Jones. Thankfully, Matt walked away and we look forward to seeing him back in action soon!
Speaking of being back in action, Millbridge Speedway returns to action this Wednesday, July 9th with a full program for Mini-Outlaws, and then on Saturday, July 19th with a full night of racing as well.
Practice starts at 6:30 with racing at 7:30. For more information, search and like “Millbridge Speedway” on Facebook or visit www.MiniOutlawSeries.com.