Even though the ground has been close to frozen all winter long in North Carolina, that hasn’t stopped the owners of Millbridge Speedway from making even more improvements to the 1/6-mile clay oval in Salisbury, North Carolina as they prepare for the 2017 Speed51 Open and their weekly racing season.
Ashly and Jeremy Burnett, the owners of Millbridge Speedway, have been making upgrades to the track every year in an effort to make the facility better for competitors and fans alike, and this offseason has been no exception.
During this offseason, Millbridge Speedway has paved its pit area for its competitors, added more seating on the frontstretch and a new grandstand in turn three that can hold 400 people to make the facility even more fan-friendly for the Speed51 Open and all of Millbridge’s weekly racing events.
The 2016 event saw Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson take home the $5,151 check. The Burnett’s also found a way to make the Speed51 Open bigger than ever before this year with the introduction of the “Back Row Bonus.”
If a driver is to start at the rear of the field for the 51-lap feature event and win, that driver will receive a $25,000 bonus to go along with the $5,151 in guaranteed money.
Speed51.com powered by JEGS will offer a live pay-per-view broadcast of the Speed51 Open for the second straight year for those that cannot make it out to the 1/6-mile clay oval in Salisbury, North Carolina.
The Speed51 Open is a two-day event on May 23-24. Millbridge Speedway is located just up the road from the NASCAR events held during “May Speedweeks” in North Carolina.
The Speed51 Open will be a 51-lap Outlaw Kart Open Division main event. $500 will also go to the winner of the Intermediate Class, now on the Wednesday night card, as well as the winner of the non-qualifier race.
Millbridge Speedway’s extra-distance event during the month of May has been won by the likes of Mike Wheeler (2014), Logan Seavey (2015) and Kyle Larson (2016) in recent years.
Racing kicks off at the Speed51 Open on Tuesday, May 23 with open practice and qualifying for the Open and Intermediate divisions. Support classes including the Beginner Box Stocks and Box Stocks 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 performance by the band “Dirty Grass Soul.”
Wednesday night’s schedule includes the Open Division for the Outlaw Karts, as well as the $500 to win Intermediate race. Open Division heat races are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and will be lined up based upon Tuesday night’s time trial results.
There will be a “Revenge Draw” for heat race winners. That draw will line up the grid for the “Pole Shuffle” to determine the front part of the starting line-up for the Speed51 Open.
Following the Pole Shuffle, several other preliminary main events will help set the field for the main event.
More information about the live pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51 TV, as well as the event itself, will be announced soon.
For more information on Millbridge Speedway, visit www.millbridgespeedway.com.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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