SALISBURY, N.C. – Story/Audio by RaceChaser Online Senior Editor Tom Baker – Photo by Kyle Magda –
California mini outlaw racer Logan Seavey started pole and led flag to flag to win last night’s 30-lap open division feature at the 2nd Annual QRC Speed Sport Challenge presented by JGRmx at the Millbridge Speedway in Salisbury, North Carolina. Seavey had to fend off the challenges of Ryan Millington and NASCAR star Kyle Larson en-route to the win.
79 cars attempted to qualify for the 24 starting spots in the main event, first through time trials and then through heats and a series of “alphabet soup” style mains.
When the green flag was dropped on the main event, Seavey took the early lead with Millington and Adam Welch right on his tail. The race was marred by several multi-car yellows, the first of which took place on lap two when Steve Sierniak and Colby Copeland ended up together on the back straightaway. Copeland pitted and returned to the race.
A lap after the restart, Shane Stewart and Greg DeYarmon tangled in turn three and the yellow flag flew again. Last year’s winner, Mike Wheeler, pitted during this yellow for an adjustment and returned at the back of the field.
Seavey, Millington, Welch, Tanner Thorson and Ryan Foster were the top five at this point. Thorson made a bid for third on the restart and got by Welch momentarily but the SKE Karts No. 71 took the position back with a textbook slide job a lap later.
As the race went toward the ten lap mark, Kyle Larson began to make his presence felt, sliding into the top five.
The first red flag of the race was necessary on lap 12 as a pile-up in turns three and four involved numerous cars. Most returned to action, but some, most notably the No. Z8 of race favorite Max McLaughlin, suffered inhibiting damage.
The green was waved again, but it took just three laps before a double-flip on the back straightaway again led to another quick red at the race’s halfway point. Kyle Beattie and Maria Cofer each rolled their machines while McLaughlin got hit from behind, stopping to the inside of the wreck.
Beattie’s crew was able to strap a new wing on the top of his kart and get him back out without losing a lap, but Cofer was done for the evening.
Track officials allowed the teams to refuel and make minor adjustments under the red flag, and everyone hit the proverbial “reset” button for the final 15-lap dash to the finish.
Seavey took advantage of his combination of a fast kart and clear track in front of him to speed away from Millington, whose back tires were rapidly deteriorating. Larson got by the talented 13-year-old for second on the 18th circuit and set sail after Seavey. Millington began to have his hands full with teammate Bricen James from Oregon, who moved in to challenge for third.
When the double checkers flew it was Seavey first to the finish line with Larson, James, Millington and Welch rounding out the top five. Racers from across the USA and Canada had come to challenge the tight 1/6-mile dirt track, but when it was all said and done the state of California would be the one represented in victory lane!
LOGAN SEAVEY “WinnerView”
BRICEN JAMES – 3rd Place
RYAN MILLINGTON – 4th Place