The first entries for the $5,151-to-win QRC Speed51 Open on May 25 at Salisbury, North Carolina’s Millbridge Speedway have already been filed, and they’re already coming from all over the place. Oregon, Texas and even Canada are already being represented at the biggest Outlaw Kart event in America.
And not only are the entries coming from all over the continent, the drivers on those entries run a wide span of ages as well. Dustin Pence from Oregon has filed an entry at 36 years old. Jace Hudson from Texas has filed an entry at just 15 years old.
Hudson’s father, Jay, said this is the best event they race all year long and there’s no way he and Jace were going to miss it.
“We try to make the bigger races around the country,” Hudson told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “We went out to Millbridge two years ago and that’s just the best race that we go to. We really like the racing, the race track, the atmosphere and the time frame just fits us really good. So far every year we’ve been out there it’s been a really good event and we can’t wait for it every year.”
While this will be Hudson’s third attempt at Millbridge’s premier race, the QRC Speed51 Open will be Pence’s first ever visit to the 1/5-mile dirt track in North Carolina.
“The closest I’ve been to Millbridge is Myrtle Beach,” Pence said.
Pence said some of his friends who are coming to the race had a spot in their trailer for his kart so he figured it was finally time to make the trip to the Tar Heel State.
“I’m looking to head out there for the experience,” said Pence. “There seems to be a great genre of drivers that will be out there on the track.”
The Medford, Oregon driver said he thinks he has a good chance to take home the $5,151 check.
“I’ve got the motor so I’ve got a shot,” he said. “I’ll probably need a little bit of luck, but I’m looking to be somewhere up front and hopefully win the damn thing. That would be awesome.”
Racing kicks off at the Speed51 Open on Tuesday, May 24 with open practice and qualifying for the Open Division. Support classes including the Beginner Box Stocks, Box Stocks and Intermediate Class will run group qualifying and features only that night. Speed51.com will carry a live PPV video stream of these events.
Following the conclusion of the on-track action there will be an after-party featuring a live band.
Wednesday night’s schedule includes only the Open Division for the Outlaw Karts. Heat races are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and will be lined up based upon Tuesday night’s time trial results. The top-four finishers in each heat race will be inverted with the winner going to the dash, second going to the A-Main and third on back going to the B, C and D Mains.
The Dash will be eight laps and the drivers will line up based upon the “revenge draw,” which allows drivers to draw for starting position and then assign that positon to another driver.
Following the Dash, B-Main, C-Main and D-Main features, the field will be set and the Outlaw Kart racers will buckle in to battle for the $5,151 top prize.
More information about the live pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51 TV, as well as the event itself, will be announced soon.
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-Text By Speed51 Staff.