There was no catching 17-year-old Dylan Duhaime, as he showed that a good handling car coupled with a highly skilled driver made for a nearly unbeatable combination.
Duhaime, technically a rookie in the Wicked Cool Midget series, chose to start last in the 8-lap heat and finished second A three-car invert put him on the outside pole for the 25-lap feature. He battled polesitter Christian Briggs for a few laps, then passed him and quickly showed why he was a Dirt Midget Association star as he ran away with the race.
The rest of the field was left to battle among themselves, with Christian Briggs, Richie Morrocco, Mike Ordway, Jim Cataldo, John Townsend, Ben Mikitarian, and DJ Moniz following. On Lap 22 Briggs, running 2nd, slapped the 4th turn wall and was done for the day. A restart with three laps to go didn’t deter Duhaime, as he once again pulled away for the win.
Duhaime and 14-year-old Ben Mikitarian are the latest young guns to join up with the Wicked Cool Midgets. Mikitarian is a longtime quarter midget racer who is now stepping up to full midgets, and he showed with his skill that he will soon be running up front.
The Midgets had a meet and greet on the front stretch, which was a big hit with the fans, as many kids got to sit in the cars and dream, and many parents tried to figure out how to save enough money to be a car owner. Everyone got WCM logo stickers and t shirts were given out to the kids. Building a fan base is one of the priorities of the new series.
The Wicked Cool Midgets will be back at Star Speedway on Saturday, June 6 with more exciting racing.
-Wicked Cool Midgets Press Release & Photo