The second season of Micro Sprint racing kicks off Saturday at Millbridge Speedway. Born out of the success of the TRD Micro Showdown in 2019, the division has quickly become one of the biggest and most popular at the Salisbury, North Carolina facility.
The Micro Sprints joined the Millbridge Speedway lineup in 2020, alternating between winged and non-winged races for the machines. The addition has been a tremendous one, putting on great racing with stellar car counts.
Fans can expect plenty more exciting Micro Sprint racing in 2021 at Millbridge. There are currently 31 nights of 600cc Micro Sprint racing on Millbridge’s 2021 calendar, not including a Micro Sprint race tentatively planned for November 2-3 with more details to be announced at a later date.
Throughout the 2020 season, 38 different teams competed in points-paying Wednesday night events for the Micro Sprints at Millbridge Speedway, with 44 teams partaking in Saturday Micro Sprint points races.
Some of the drivers who competed in those events included big names around the racing world. Racers such as Christopher Bell, Max McLaughlin, Hailie Deegan and Chase Cabre took part in weekly events at Millbridge, particularly on Wednesday nights when the mid-week racing fit into their busy professional schedules.
The star power only increased for the biggest race of the year, the TRD Keith Kunz Motorsports Giveback Classic presented by Rowdy Energy. Bell competed with the likes of Kyle Larson and Ricky Stenhouse, dirt racing standouts such as Daison Pursley and Cannon McIntosh, as well as top Micro Sprint racers in a field with more than 100 entries.
That event produced incredible racing as well as a storybook finish, with Brian Carber taking the win and turning down the opportunity to race in a Keith Kunz Motorsports Midget at the 2021 Chili Bowl Nationals to focus on his personal racing efforts. Fellow racers rallied together to fundraise for Carber to still take part in the Chili Bowl, where he finished 12th in the A-Feature on Wednesday night and qualified for Saturday’s C-Feature.
While plenty of big names took part in the Micro Sprint racing at Millbridge, just as notable were the young, up-and-coming drivers who put themselves in the spotlight there.
Gavan Boschele won the Wednesday track championship, competing with – and winning against – all of the big names Millbridge had to offer.
Brent Crews was another winner at Millbridge this year, finishing third in the Wednesday points battle. Crews proceeded to also finish third in the Non-Winged portion of the Tulsa Shootout earlier this month against another collection of top Micro Sprint talent from across the country.
The division also provided thrilling racing throughout the season. Perhaps no finish was more exciting than October 15’s Micro Sprint feature, which saw Boschele and another rising star, Carson Kvapil, battle to the finish. At the line, Boschele edged Kvapil by 0.018-seconds per electronic timing and scoring.
What will a second season of Millbridge Micro Sprint racing produce? The best place to find out will be Speed51.TV, which will broadcast racing from the Salisbury, North Carolina facility throughout the 2021 season.
Click here to become a Speed51.TV subscriber today and watch the kickoff to the 2021 season Saturday at Millbridge Speedway. Beginner Box Stocks, Box Stocks, Junior Wings and Intermediate and Open Outlaw Karts will join Winged Micro Sprints on the schedule Saturday.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo