Millbridge Speedway added a new division to the track’s roster in 2020, including Micro Sprint racing in its weekly program. The division proved to be a strong one, with stout fields every time the gates opened at the Salisbury, North Carolina facility. It also produced a handful of rising stars, adding their names to the list of young guns to watch in the coming years.
One of those rising stars is Gavan Boschele, who edged out Brent Crews for the first Wednesday Micro Sprint track championship at Millbridge Speedway. It was a crowning moment in a career at Millbridge that surprisingly goes back nearly a decade for Boschele.
“I think it’s just because I’ve been racing there so long,” Boschele told Speed51. “Some of those people have been racing there forever. I’ve been racing there since I was three, it’s crazy.”
The year started out as merely an opportunity for Boschele to gain familiarity with the Micro Sprint cars, seen around the country in events such as the Tulsa Shootout.
“I’ve gotten so much more comfortable in the cars, getting the feel and stuff. Once you’re more comfortable in the car, you’re more comfortable to learn.
“At Millbridge, we started running it. We started out just trying to get comfortable in the car. Then it turned into a whole-year thing and played out pretty great. It started out okay, but by the end of the year it turned out great.”
Boschele was part of a cast of Millbridge racers who took it one step further at season’s end, competing in the Tulsa Shootout a few weeks ago. While Boschele was admittedly disappointed with his personal results at the event, the experience was an enjoyable one.
“The Shootout was a whole another thing. It was incredible. I didn’t do the greatest, but hopefully I can get back out there next year.”
The success of Millbridge racers at the Tulsa Shootout helped draw eyes to the North Carolina bullring heading into the 2021 season. The venue was also in the Micro Sprint spotlight last November with the TRD Keith Kunz Motorsports Giveback Classic, drawing more than 100 competitors to that event.
Riding that wave of momentum, Boschele believes the racing will be even better at Millbridge in 2021.
“I think the KKM race got the word out, for sure. I think there will be more people at Millbridge, and we’ll see better racing.”
Race fans can watch Speed51’s interview with Boschele on “The Bullring” from Monday morning by clicking here.
The season opener for Millbridge Speedway takes place Saturday, January 23. Race fans will also be able to watch that live on Speed51.TV with a monthly or yearly subscription by clicking here.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo