Salisbury, NC – The stars have aligned for a unique short track racing event to be held at Millbridge Speedway in 2016. Announced by track officials on Thursday, the inaugural Speed51 Open for Outlaw Karts will take place on May 24-25 at the 1/6-mile clay oval located in Salisbury, North Carolina. The event will be presented by QRC Factory Karts and JGR MX.
“We are excited to be teamed up with Speed51.com for this epic event,” said track promoter Jeremy Burnett. “Bob and his crew produce a top-notch product and QRC Karts and JGR MX are helping make all of this possible. The Speed51 Open will have the premier Outlaw Kart drivers in the country battling it out for the biggest payout in Outlaw Kart racing to date!”
The Speed51 Open will pay a whopping $5,151 to the winner of the 51-lap Outlaw Karts Open Division main event. $500 will also go to the winner of the Intermediate Class, as well as the winner of the non-qualifier race.
Big names from the short track racing world and beyond are expected to enter the event and take their shot at earning bragging rights in the biggest Outlaw Karts race of the year.
“We’ve had a great partnership with Jeremy, Ashly and everyone at Millbridge Speedway for the past few years and this brand of racing is just as exciting as watching the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at any track in America,” said Speed51.com owner Bob Dillner. “It is really catching on and that is why you see stars such as (Kyle) Larson, (Rico) Abreu, (Joey) Saldana and more compete in the Outlaw Karts. Speed51 is proud to continue the partnership with Millbridge Speedway through this event.”
Millbridge Speedway’s extra-distance event during the month of May has been won by the likes of Mike Wheeler (2014) and Logan Seavey (2015) in recent years.
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.
If you would like to be part of one of the rising forms of racing in the US, contact QRC Factory Karts through its website at www.qrckarts.com. JGR MX has all the latest products and parts for the Motocross industry; visit their website at www.jgrmx.com.
For more information on Millbridge Speedway, visit www.millbridgespeedway.com.
-51 Sports Press Release