The path to becoming the winner of the QRC Speed51 Open presented by HMS Motorsports at Millbridge Speedway (NC) is a long one. With over 40 Open Division Outlaw Kart competitors each year, including some of the biggest names in racing, the racing is fierce just to make the feature field for the chance to compete for $5,151.
The journey begins on Tuesday’s Cook Out Night, as Open Division teams qualify to set the lineups for Wednesday’s heat races. The top three finishers in each of the six heat races will qualify for the A-Main, with the top two finishers in each heat earning a spot in the Pole Shuffle.
In the Pole Shuffle, two qualified cars take the track at the same time, competing head-to-head for two laps. The winner continues on and faces a new opponent, while the loser accepts their new starting spot. The “last man standing” wins the pole position for the A-Main … assuming they do not forfeit it for a shot at $25,000 via the Phantom Racing Chassis Back Row Bonus.
For those who don’t qualify for the A-Main out of their heat races, there will be a couple more chances to make the field. Drivers who finish ninth or worse in their heat race qualify for one of two C-Mains, each scheduled to go 10 laps each.
The top four finishers in the C-Mains advance to the B-Mains, joining the racers who finished fifth through eighth in their respective heat races. Two competitors will advance from each of the B-Mains to round out the A-Main field.
By the time the feature field is set, a strong group of Outlaw Kart racers will be whittled down to the best of the best on Wednesday, May 22. If you can’t make it to Millbridge Speedway to watch all of the action, Speed51 has you covered with a pay-per-view broadcast of both Tuesday and Wednesday for $24.99.
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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