Littleton, Bridges Score Triple Wins in Maxxis 4 Cycle Return to Charlotte
The return of 4 Cycle racing to the famed Sprint Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway provided some of the best racing in the short history of the Maxxis 4 Cycle Sprint Series. A crop of over 200 entries crammed into the newly revived infield sprint course at Charlotte, with Georgia young guns Lane Littleton and Peyton Bridges leading the charge with 3 wins apiece over the weekend.
Littleton’s success began in the Pinehill Discount Trophies 206 Junior Class on Saturday as the series points leader charged to an impressive win over fellow Georgia stalwart Owen Lloyd. The Peach State was well represented in the top 5 as Aiden White, in his best performance of the season came home third, followed by Emma Kate Scarbrough and K Mike Chidester. Sundays action found a mirror image in the top 2, with Littleton again coming away with the weekend sweep, with Lloyd a tight second, as Mason Donahue, Scarbrough, and Chidester chased the top 2 across the stripe.
Littleton completed the trifecta with a Sunday win in the Mikim Motorsports Pro Gas Junior class, with Lloyd again on his heels for a second-place finish, followed by Donahue, Scarbrough, and Chidester. Not to be denied victory lane, Lloyd found his way to the top spot on the podium in Saturdays Pro Gas Junior main, with Littleton taking second, followed by Donahue, Chidester, and Scarbrough.
Much like Littleton, Peyton Bridges began his weekend assault with a victory in the JLS Machine Cadet Yellow class. As has been the case all season long, Bridges endured a race long battle with Maryland competitor Brady Atwood, with Atwood coming home second, followed by Adam Wein, Will Franklin, and Wesley Sweatman. Sundays Cadet Yellow race was a carbon copy of Saturday, with Bridges sweeping the weekend class over Atwood, Wein, Franklin, and Sweatman.
The outcome in the Kalvinator Engines Cadet Green class on Saturday was heading in the same direction, until a late race scuffle between Bridges and Atwood opened the door for Keelan Harvick to snare his first career Maxxis Series win. Making his first ever appearance of the season with Maxxis, the son of current Nascar Cup Series points leader Kevin Harvick slid by the intense battle for first, taking the Saturday win, with Wein, Atwood, Bridges, and Franklin making up the top five.
Bridges retuned to form Sunday in the Green Slide class, taking his third of the weekend, with Atwood again shadowing the winner in second. Completing the top five were Harvick, Franklin, and Lillian Scarbrough.
Several other drivers found their way to victory lane more than once, as Georgia veteran Stevie Roberts swept the action in the ARC Racing Vintage Limited Modified class. Roberts topped Duke Zink on Saturday, with Cameron Plyler, Ricky Bryant, and Austin Jones completing the top five. Roberts returned to victory lane Sunday, topping Bryant and Zink for the weekend sweep.
For nearby Charlotte, and national competitor Duke Zink, his double success came in the Swann Mechanical Vintage Stock Medium class. After having to leave the July Barnesville, Georgia event early due to concerns back home of a tornado near his home, Zink scored a popular victory in front of many well-wishers, topping Todd Horton, Thomas Neese, CJ Usry, and Josh Loftin on Saturday. On Sunday, Zink continued his winning ways, besting Tyler Swann, Usry, Loftin, and Chris Usry for the win.
The Georgia theme continued in the Tillotson T225 Class, as Aren Lloyd won the battle over Florida teammate Jacob Duvall on both days. The two drivers were the front runners for a chance to go to the T4 World Finals in Jesolo, Italy October 1-3. While the award was scheduled to go to the eventual 2020 class champion, the global pandemic forced Maxxis and Tillotson Officials to revise the qualifications for the honor, with the points leader following the Charlotte event gaining the opportunity, which went to Duvall by 5 points over Lloyd. Lloyd actually was a three-time winner as well, taking the Tillotson Money race Friday evening, thus collecting a $600 payday for his efforts, with Duvall coming home second for a $300 paycheck.
For South Carolina veteran Chris Carroll, his double wins came in a pair of classes, as Carroll took the top honors Saturday in the EK Kart Chains CIK LO206 Senior Medium class, besting Indy winner Moe Edmonson and Lauren Brallier. After just moving up into the Senior ranks for this event, northerner Brody Kellner was impressive, taking the fourth slot, with Collin Miller rounding out the top five. Carroll added some weight on Sunday enroute to his second win of the weekend in the SSi sponsored CIK LO206 Senior Heavy class, topping defending Heavy champion Caylyn Brown, with Michael Clark, Aren Lloyd, and Eric Fagan completing the top 5.
On the previous day in Senior Heavy competition, Fagan came away with his first win of the weekend, topping Aren Lloyd in a spirited battle, with Brown, Matthew Grooms, and Raphael Leon completing the top 5. And in the Sunday Senior Medium finale, not to be denied, Maryland hotshoe Collin Miller held off the efforts of fellow Maryland competitor Brody Kellner for his first win of the weekend, with Brallier, Edmonson, and Geno Pasquale making up the top 5.
While most every finish was right at the line all weekend long, one of the many impressive finishes was in the CK Packaging Solutions Vintage Stock Heavy class, where Billy Johnson barely fended off points leader Tyson Swann by the narrowest of margins. Coming home third was Doug Rink, followed by Chuck Watkins and Steve Loftin. On Sunday, Swann found his way to victory lane, with not so close a finish as the previous day, with Rink, Watkins, Loftin, and Mike Grigsby completing the top 5.
For yet another weekend, the Kart City Performance CIK LO206 Masters Class was absolutely stacked with talent. And for local product Tim Skinner, he left the track all smiles, taking the top honors over outside invader Jamie Bradford, with Tim Clark, Chris Cirillo, and Chad Chandler completing the top five. Later that evening, in yet another most entertaining race, Skinner took the $300 in the Masters Money Race, just edging Paul Rice to the stripe for the win, with Jamie Bradford, Kenny Buff and Tim Clark completing the top 5. On Sunday, Bradford continued his top 5 mastery of the weekend, topping Skinner for the win, with Cirillo, Chris Dugan, and Barry Hastings rounding out the top 5.
As an added treat for the weekend, fans had the pleasure of witnessing some 2 cycle action, as the KA100 Junior class was on hand Sunday. Taking the top honors was Jack Bierman over Collin Hayes, with Ian McFarlin, Griffin Lynn, and Collin Teague completing the top 5.
While the August race would normally mark the end of the points season for the Maxxis Series, the pandemic, which forced the postponement of events in March and April, has the the Maxxis Officials extending the season. The next event for the series will be at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida September 25-27, which will serve as points race #4. Following that, the series will move on to Sandy Hook Speedway in Street, Maryland October 30-November 1 for the season points finale, with the Grand National set for November 20-22, back in Jacksonville, Florida. Entry info the September event will be available online shortly.
GoldspeedUSA would like to thank everyone for their patience and support of all the 2020 events. While it has been a tough season for all, the Charlotte event has helped to enhance a better than anticipated 2020 season, in light of all the world circumstances. Those wishing any information on the series can either go to the Maxxis webpage, www.maxxiskartracing.com/sprint-series, or contact Buddy Long at firstname.lastname@example.org.