Timmy Nye recovered from a flat tire suffered in his heat race to score the 600 Micro Sprint win Saturday at Millbridge Speedway to cap off the track’s Winter Series. He started second in the 30-lap main event and battled up front all race, taking the lead on lap 18 and holding off Matt Francis over the final laps for an elusive return to Millbridge’s victory lane.
It was the latest of a string of bad luck for the New York-born driver, who had his feature race end early last week after a mechanical issue suffered during a test session wasn’t fixed. However, Nye wouldn’t let the flat tire alter his day Saturday afternoon.
“We tested two weeks ago and had a freeze plug come out of the motor. We thought we had it fixed for last race and it was about six laps into the feature and I saw it smoking,” Nye told Speed51. “This week I had to thrash to get it right and make sure it was good.”
Nye was one of the competitors during the TRD Micro Showdown when Micro Sprint racing first came to Millbridge and finished in the top 10 in Millbridge’s Micro Sprint Wednesday and Saturday track championships in 2020. With the talent immersed at the 1/6th-mile oval, he wasn’t sure if it would come.
“I was here at the beginning of this 600 Sprints at Millbridge and to see what Ashly and Jeremy (Burnett) have done with the series and the track and how much it’s strived to become, I think it’s one of the toughest competitions in all of the south with the 600’s.
“To win tonight, I never know when the next win will be, if ever. These kids are so good, they come out of the Outlaw Karts and they have as much talent as I’ve seen in a long time.”
Matt Francis would stave off Caden Englehart for the runner-up spot. Blake Hunt and Joey Robinson rounded out the top-five.
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo Credit Speed51/Brandon Zumbach
Millbridge Speedway – Micro Sprint Feature Results:
- Timmy Nye
- Matt Francis
- Caden Englehart
- Blake Hunt
- Joey Robinson
- Coen McDaniel
- Hunter Kohn
- Rick Goss
- Neal Allison