Whether you’re a race fan or a member of the media (I am both, but always a fan first!) a night such as last night is a real treat.
I hopped into the RaceChaser and headed to the Millbridge Speedway, located just outside “Race City USA” Mooresville, N.C. There, the “Outlaw Karts” dish the dirt every Wednesday night in an atmosphere that’s as intense and exciting to watch as it likely is to be part of as a racer.
Being at Millbridge on a Wednesday is a little like being at a mid-week motorsports throwdown where racers and racing people from across the sport’s spectrum get together for a good time served with some exciting racing on the side.
Motorsports media members Lenny Batycki (PRN’s At The Track Show) and Mike Neff (Frontstretch.com Writer) man the microphone and keep the action moving. Flagger Nick Hoffman (21-year-old dirt racer/chassis builder) is the brother of Ashley Hoffman-Barnett, who leases the facility with her husband Jeremy.
NASCAR’s Brett Bodine has a couple of kids racing there. Arrive and drive specialist and talented racer Kyle Beattie builds karts (SKE Karts) and has several of them competing there. Former NASCAR Crew Chief Jimmy Elledge builds karts (QRC Karts) and races quite capably himself.
Last night was a special night because it featured World of Outlaws Sprint Kart racers Joey Saldana (driving the No. 21 for Beattie) and Paul McMahan (driving for Elledge) along with young Texas racer Kade Taylor (Elledge) all making guest appearances to mix it up with the best the area has to offer.
All of this adds up to everything the die-hard Saturday night race fan needs to get a racing fix in the middle of a long week of work.
Unfortunately, Mother Nature didn’t cooperate and most of the features were rained out and rescheduled for June 5th.
If you want to know more about Millbridge Speedway, jump on Facebook and look them up. It’s a family-friendly facility with racers from 8 to 68 and a good time guarantee.
Amid all the other on and off-track action this week in the Charlotte area, Millbridge should be as much a part of the tourist’s calendar as any of it.
Now it’s Thursday. Sprint Cup Qualifying and Legends action dominate the “big track” at Charlotte. Tomorrow, the dirt track heats up with World of Outlaw Sprint Cars and NDRA Crate Late Models.
Get out, enjoy it and have a safe weekend!