The countdown is on to December 12-13, when Midgets invade Millbridge Speedway for the first time ever in the DiaEdge Carolina Midget Showdown. Anticipation is already building for the event, which will serve as a precursor to the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The event will take place at Millbridge Speedway, a 1/6-mile oval in Salisbury, North Carolina which has become the state’s premier destination for Outlaw Kart racing. Following the successful TRD Micro Showdown in 2019, Millbrdge added Micro Sprints to its weekly program in 2020, building towards the TRD Keith Kunz Motorsports Giveback Classic in November.
That event drew more than 100 entries, giving the facility a wave of momentum towards its first Midget event in December. Both Saturday and Sunday will feature full shows, with Saturday’s main event paying $2,500 to win and Sunday’s feature offering $5,000.
Each night of racing will feature qualifying and heat races, utilizing passing points to set the field for qualifiers as well as B and C Mains as necessary. This will all build towards the night’s feature race.
Entrants will be announced in the coming days on Millbridge Speedway’s social media platforms, but one big name has already been announced adding another jolt of energy to the event. NASCAR Cup Series Champion Chase Elliott is making his Midget debut this winter, competing in the DiaEdge Carolina Midget Showdown before heading to Tulsa for the Chili Bowl Nationals.
While Elliott is looking for seat time in a Midget before the crown jewel event in January, many Midget drivers could see the Carolina Midget Showdown as a chance to tune up at a tight bullring similar to the one constructed each year at the River Spirit Expo Center.
The Midgets will not be the only racers in action during the DiaEdge Carolina Midget Showdown. Both evenings of racing will also feature the Beginner Box Stock and Box Stock Outlaw Karts.
The entry-level divisions for Millbridge’s weekly competition, the Box Stock and Beginner Box Stock classes feature young racers getting their first on-track experience. Many of the drivers who competed in Millbridge’s Micro Sprints and Open Outlaw Karts for wins and championships in 2020 started out in the Box Stock classes earlier in their careers.
Fans unable to attend the DiaEdge Carolina Midget Showdown will be able to watch all of the action on Speed51.TV. Click here for more information about the weekend’s broadcasts.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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