By SCOTT STEVENS
Motor Mile Speedway
Easter weekend racing at Motor Mile Speedway included some Easter fun for the kids. Before the race cars fired up their engines, the little ones got to hunt for easter eggs with prizes inside around the back of the grandstands. But the big prizes of cold hard cash were still to come on the racetrack.
Motor Mile Speedway hosted drivers from all around the area for a ‘4-cylender open’ for the U- Car and Pure 4 divisions with a top prize of $2000 for the winner in their 100-lap feature. That kind of prize is not typically seen at that level of racing. It was a race that saw Joshua Gobble leading early on before a mechanical failure put him in the wall. Instead, it was John Ketron who came out with the trophy and biggest paycheck. Brandon Sutherland and Blake Gordon rounded out the top 3.
The speedway also welcomed a visiting race series, The Virginia Mini-Cup, who brought their cool looking small race cars to buzz around the track. They cars are so small, the drivers have to use an opening in the roof to get in. 6 of these little cars brought big action to the track for twin 25 lap races. Tyler Warriner was the winner of both races, even with an inversion between the first and second, and Nate Thomas finished second in both races. Third place was swapped between Tyler Roach in the first race and Nathen Reynolds in the second.
Finally, the race with the highest car count of the afternoon, was the Enduro class. Just like the open 4-cylindar class the 100% stock car set up Enduros had a shot at $2000 to win. These cars are not actually race cars. They can be any car 1965 or newer, 4, 6 or 8 cylinders. Must have stock tires and rims that are original for the make and model. There are other rules to keep it fair. Some of these rules were broken, intentionally or otherwise, and disqualified the winner, Tyler Murray. The third and fourth place finishers were also disqualified. So, it was Jason Ketron who was declared winner of the race after post-race inspections. Followed by Jason Lawson and Matt Trump.
The weekly racing series returns on April 23rd with twin 50 lap races for the Lade Model Division, twin 30 lap races for Sportsman, plus Super Streets, Mod-4’s and the U-Cars and Pure- 4’s will combine again. The traveling ‘Southern Ground Pounders’ Vintage Racing Club will visit the track. Racing vintage modified and sportsman cars from the 1950’s to the 1980’s. First green flag at 3 pm.
A complete list of all the upcoming events at the Motor Mile Speedway and Rusty Wallace Racing Experience can be found at https://www.motormilespeedway.com/