Austin Yarbrough came to the Appalachian Regional Exposition Center in Wytheville, Virginia with four races on his schedule. He left with more than $20,000 in prize money.
Yarbrough won all four Flat Kart features at the Appalachian Indoor Showdown, earning a $20,000 bonus presented by PRC Chassis for sweeping the classes.
Along with his winnings in the Clone Heavy Pro, Clone Heavy, Predator 400, and Predator 375 features, Yarbrough pocketed $22,300 for his efforts on Saturday night.
Going into the final race of the night, Yarbrough said he was only focusing on the $1,000 that went to the Clone Heavy Pro win during an interview over the public address system. Once he had cleared the final hurdle for the bonus money, Yarbrough was all smiles.
“This is awesome. I had a few guys try to rough me up, but I never let them get to me. I dug deep and showed what’s up.
“We struggled a bit to start the year. It’s been an ongoing process. This is really what we needed, we needed some momentum. Coming down here, going four-for-four, getting the big bonus, it’s unbelievable.”
In three of the four features, Yarbrough led from flag to flag. However, the Clone Heavy feature proved eventful.
In that race, Yarbrough was shuffled from first to sixth after contact with fellow racers. Nonetheless, Yarbrough charged back to the point, passing Cole Wagner for the lead and the win.
Ethan Mitchell was victorious in the headlining event of the night, the Outlaw Kart Open Division feature. Max McLaughlin charged from a B-Main transfer spot to second place in that feature, with Carson Kvapil rounding out the podium.
In the Intermediate main event, Caden Kvapil led from start to finish to score the victory. It was not without trial, as several cautions slowed the pace of the feature, but Kvapil withstood restart after restart for the win.
Jaxon Merrifield won the 15-lap Beginner Box Stock feature, beating out Landon Trent and Cooper Reynolds.
Logan ‘Chubbs” Shockley withstood a late-race restart to lead wire-to-wire in the Box Stock feature, beating Biscuit Williams and Hunter Kohn.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Speed51.com / Madison Mabry