The DiaEdge Carolina Midget Showdown will boast massive starpower on Saturday, December 13 at Millbridge Speedway. While the event is now invitation-only due to an executive order from the state of North Carolina limiting capacity at the race, many of the major names planning to attend will still take part.
Among the invited and confirmed drivers are a trio of racers with NASCAR connections. NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott will make his Midget debut at the DiaEdge Carolina Midget Showdown, while Kyle Larson and Chase Briscoe will also be taking part in the race.
Those drivers will be going against some of the top open-wheel dirt racers in the country. 2019 USAC National Sprint Car Champion C.J. Leary, three-time POWRi National Midget Champion Zach Daum and 2019 Shamrock Classic winner Cannon McIntosh will be among those taking part in the race.
There will also be some home flavor in the field. Mooresville, North Carolina’s Ethan Mitchell cut his teeth at Millbridge Speedway in Outlaw Karts, but has competed nationally in Midgets throughout the 2020 season. He will be returning to Millbridge for Saturday’s race, competing alongside locals such as Nick Drake and Carson Kvapil. Kvapil will be making his Midget debut in the event.
While Ryan Timms hails from the state of Oklahoma, he picked up a Micro Sprint victory at Millbridge Speedway in 2020. He will be returning to the Salisbury, North Carolina facility, this time in a Midget looking for another trophy.
Other confirmed entries include Matt Linder, Greg Mitchell, Jimmy Glenn, Brent Shearer and Michael Markey.
Due to executive orders from the state of North Carolina, no spectators or media will be allowed for the DiaEdge Carolina Midget Showdown. A limited number of teams will be participating in the event, on an invitation-only basis. Invited teams are required to submit a list of crew members for approval, and only those individuals will be able to enter the pit gates for the DiaEdge Carolina Midget Showdown.
With Sunday’s scheduled racing removed from the DiaEdge Carolina Midget Showdown, the event will now have twin features on Saturday, following practice, qualifying and heat races. A dice roll will be used to invert results from the first feature and determine the lineup for the second feature.
Each feature will pay $500 to the winner, with $200 to second and $100 to third for each race. Points will be tabulated from qualifying, heats and both main events, with the top points earner on the night receiving $2,000.
While fans will not be permitted on the premises, those interested in watching the Carolina Midget Showdown can still do so by purchasing the Speed51.TV pay-per-view broadcast. The broadcast assists Millbridge Speedway in making this event possible without ticket revenue.
Click here to order your video ticket for the Carolina Midget Showdown today.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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