Miller Preps for Sandy Hook with Kershaw Junior Trifecta
As the Maxxis 4 Cycle Sprint Series heads to the second half of the season, and prepares for its newest venue in July at Sandy Hook Speedway in Street Maryland, Whiteford, Maryland Junior competitor Collin Miller is prepped and ready to defend his home turf next month, after sweeping the Coyote Motorsports/ Brads Heating and Cooling Junior class activities recently during the Southern Nationals weekend at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, South Carolina.
Joining Miller in the multiple win column were Georgia driver Peyton Bridges in the Brads Karts and Parts LO206 Cadet class, while Florida veteran Tim Clark maintained his #1 status in the Kart City Performance LO206 Masters class with a sweep of the weekend’s activities. Also checking in for a pair of wins was Georgia driver Greg Redd, a double winner in the Swann Mechanical Vintage Limited Modified class, while Moe Edmonson graduated to the Senior ranks with a win in both the SSi LO206 Senior and EK Chain CIK LO206 Senior ranks on the final day of competition.
As they say in racing, it only takes 2 karts to make a show. And the Kershaw weekend began with a bang, as Miller and Moe Edmonson put on an absolute driving clinic, with the pair of drivers trading the lead multiple times during each lap in the 206 Junior Money event Friday evening. Setting a great example of tremendous sportsmanship and respect among the 2 drivers, Miller eventually nipped Edmonson at the line, with newcomer Lauren Brallier, one of the top female competitors in the south, coming home third in the event. Despite a change in the eventual race finish, following post-race tech, which placed Brallier second and Edmonson third, the stage was clearly set for the weekend, as Miller and Edmonson displayed some of the greatest, most respectful side by side racing in the history of the sport.
By meeting the minimum age requirements for Senior competition, Edmonson moved up the balance of the weekend to compete in the LO206 Senior and CIK Senior classes, with great first race results. Despite Edmonson’s absence, Brallier picked up the intensity on Saturday, shadowing Miller the entire 15 lap distance on Saturday, with Miller taking the win. Miller polished off the weekend with the Sunday Junior win.
While Edmonsons first day in the Senior class didn’t net the results he had been accustomed to, with a 4th place finish in the SSi LO206 Senior class on Saturday, the Florida driver quickly adapted to his new surroundings in the Maxxis program, taking the Day 2 win in the class over current points leader Caylyn Brown, with Michael Clark coming home third. Not to be denied his run for the title, Brown took the Day 1 victory over Clark, Paul Rice, and Edmonson.
In the EK Chain CIK LO206 Senior action, Georgia driver Austin Williamson looked like he was running on rails, taking the Day 1 win over an impressive field of drivers, with veteran Chris Carroll coming home second, followed by Jaob Duvall, Alexander Searle, and Tyler Lloyd. Completing the top ten were Kyle Banovit, Wayne Lee, Lenny Airtime, Todd Horton, and Tyler Swann. On Day 2, Edmonson rebounded from issues in the heat race to win an exciting 3 kart battle over Williamson and Carroll, with Jacob Duvall and Alexander Searle rounding out the top 5. Completing the race order were Tyler Lloyd and Tyler Swann.
Following a somewhat frustrating weekend at his home track in Barnesville, Georgia the previous race, Peyton Bridges rebounded nicely, sweeping the wins in the Brads Karts and Parts LO206 Cadet class over a stellar field of Cadet racers. Bridges took the Day 1 win over current points leader Owen Lloyd, with Lane Littleton, Brady Atwood, and Darryl Moglia completing the top five. The balance of the top ten were Bryce Sanders, Josey Chambers, K Mike Chidester, Mason Donahue, and Alyssa Vascocu. Feeling the bulls eye on his back didn’t prevent Bridges from roaring back for another win on Sunday, as Lloyd once again shadowed the the Georgia driver to the line. Following the duo were Maryland competitor Brady Atwood, Sanders, and Chambers, while Donahue, Adam Wein, Emma Kate Scarbrough, Chidester, and Moglia rounding out the top 10.
For yet another weekend, a strong contingent of Vintage drivers converged on the Kershaw course, with Greg Redd securing a pair of wins in the Swann Mechanical Vintage Limited Modified ranks. While Jason Shoffner has practically owned the Limited category, Redd would not be denied on Saturday, as the pair ran nose to tail the entire distance, with Cameron Plyler, Bob Barthelemy, and Ken Eversole completing the top 5. Redd returned on Sunday for the sweep, topping Eversole, Barthelemy, and Plyler.
Much like Caylyn Brown, Tim Clark is another Floridian chasing a respective title, this being in the Kart City Performance LO206 Masters class. Not to be denied, Clark topped Tim Skinner, Brad Farmer, John Seglem, and Barry Hastings on Day #1, with Skinner again chasing Clark across the stripe on Sunday. Seglem improved to third on Sunday, with Hastings and Farmer rounding out the top 5.
In the Moe Racing LO206 Kid Kart class, the competition continues to improve immensely, as defending champion Jaydyn Wilson scored the Day #1 win over Texas racer Sawyer Chambers, with Lillian Scarbrough, Sydney Miller, and Caleb Wilson making up the top 5. With Sunday being Fathers Day, and many racers having commitments, the Wilson duo were unable to compete. Chambers was able to improve on Day 2, securing the win over Scarbrough and Miller.
Much like 206, the Mikim Motorsport Pro Gas Cadet class displayed some stout competition with Owen Lloyd coming away with the first day win, topping Lane Littleton, Peyton Bridges, Brady Atwood, and Mason Donahue. Littleton, strong all weekend long, was able to finally park his Pro Gas machine in victory lane. After suffering a broken arm during the Barnesville weekend, Littleton clearly was on the mend, taking the win over Bridges, Lloyd, Donahue, and Atwood.
In the Dyno Cams Vintage Open Modified ranks, Duke Zink scored the opening day win, in a tussle over points leader Tyson Swann and Kenny Buff, while Swann rebounded for the Day 2 win.
The ARC Racing Vintage Stock class continues to boast great numbers, as a strong 14 kart field battled on Saturday with Dirt Racing legend Kenny Buff taking the hard-earned win over Greg Redd, while Tyler Swann, Todd Horton, and Steve Loftin completed the top 5. Rounding out the top ten were Eugene Neese, rebounding from a heat race flip, while newcomer Archie Kennedy, Ken Belue, Brandon Neese, and Shannon Hudson completed the top 10. While some of the Vintage drivers can only run one day, due to Sunday commitments, one of those Saturday drivers, in the form of Todd Horton, hung around, and kept his win streak alive by taking the Sunday show. Redd, coming off his best weekend yet, again was second, followed by Buff, Kennedy, and Swann.
With Race #3 at Kershaw in the books, the focus now turns to the Summer Nationals July 19-21 at Sandy Hook Speedway in Street, Maryland. The new venue for the Maxxis Series will kick off with a full day of practice on Friday, topped off by a $500 to win Money race for the LO206 Senior and CIK Senior competitors, sponsored by Barnes Paving. Second place will get $300, with $200 going to third. A full weekend of national racing will be complimented by 3 Local Option Classes, including TaG Senior and Junior, as well as Clone Modifieds, making for a 13-race program each day.
For more information on the Sandy Hook event, contact Buddy Long at email@example.com.
A special thanks to all sponsors for the Kershaw event, including Todd Miller for the purse in the Junior Money Race, not to mention the outstanding Pole Awards sponsored by Stevie and Stacy Roberts with Roberts Kart Shop.