One lucky driver will have the chance to take home more than $30,000 Wednesday night at the QRC Speed51 Open presented by HMS Motorsport, the richest Outlaw Kart race in America, at North Carolina’s Millbridge Speedway.
The QRC Speed51 Open pays a cool $5,151 to the winner of the 51-lap Open Division Outlaw Kart race on Wednesday, May 23. But one driver will be given the chance to take home an additional $25,000 if they take the “Back Row Bonus” and win the race.
Here’s how the Back Row Bonus works: the driver who wins the pole shuffle on Wednesday night will be offered the opportunity to start at the rear of the field for a chance at $25,000. If they are able to drive through the field and win the race from their back row starting position, they will win the $25,000 bonus. However, if the first driver offered the bonus decides to keep his/her starting spot, the bonus will be offered throughout the field until one driver accepts the challenge.
Nick Hoffman, the defending winner of the QRC Speed51 Open, is not eligible for the Back Row Bonus, but he said it would be cool to see a fellow driver leave Millbridge Speedway on Wednesday with a lot of money in their pocket.
“As a racer, it’s really cool to be able to see someone potentially walk away with $30,000,” said Hoffman. “For Outlaw Kart racing as a whole, and even racing in general, there’s very few races where you can even think about walking away with $30,000. I race a lot of Late Models and Modifieds and even $30,000 in Modifieds is unheard of besides one or two races a year. For Outlaw Karts, it brings a lot of people to town and creates a lot of buzz for sure.”
The winner of the 2016 QRC Speed51 Open, NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson, attempted the Back Row Bonus in 2017. Larson won the pole through the pole shuffle over Hoffman and elected to start in the rear of the field to try to win the additional $25,000. Larson failed to win the Back Row Bonus in 2017.
Despite failing to win the bonus one year ago, Larson said that he’d likely give it another shot this time around if he’s able to win the pole shuffle.
“I’d give it another try for sure. Why not? I’d say I’d probably need a little different approach than last year,” Larson admitted. “After starting in the back, I tried to go really hard the first lap and I should just expect that there’s going to be a huge crash in all of these races on the first lap. I got into all of them last year on the first lap and just destroyed my car. If I could win the pole shuffle this year, I’d probably be a little more patient around the bottom for a couple laps.”
Race fans can watch a deep field of the best Outlaw Kart drivers in North America go for the big money in the QRC Speed51 Open presented by HMS Motorsport live on Speed51.com via a Pay-Per-View broadcast. Fans can purchase their online video tickets by clicking here.
The QRC Speed51 Open presented by HMS Motorsport will also air on network television on MAVTV. Speed51.com will produce the MAVTV broadcast, which will air on a tape-delayed basis as part of a series that will be announced at a later date.
About Millbridge Speedway
Millbridge Speedway has been in existence for more than 25 years. The Burnetts took over the speedway in 2011 to transform it into a premier Outlaw Kart track. Over the years the Burnetts have added banking, built new walls, put up new lights, and made numerous changes to the speedway to make it one of the best Outlaw Kart tracks in the country. Millbridge Speedway has been featured on national television multiple times over the past few years, including two televised races over the past two years, with drivers from all over the US and Canada coming to race.