Kart racing continues at Speedway
By Nancy Jennings
Monday, August 28, 2017
MORGAN’S CORNER — While other local racing series are wrapping up for the year, Albemarle Speedway remains in the midst of the racing season.
However, Mother Nature has not been kind, and to date the speedway has missed six races due to rainouts and now, with only five events left in the season, racers are focusing on strong finishes in the hopes of winning a points championship. With the multiple racers who have won events in more than one class this year, there is the potential for a few racers to take home more than one championship trophy.
The STUMO Racing EL Heavy class provided the night’s main excitement.
This group of experienced racers battled it out for first place, with a gap of less than a second between the first four karts as they went for the win. Jared Sawyer (#167) managed to take the checkered flag followed by Cody Carlton (#94) and Cullen Roberts (#127).
However, the race was not without a few on-track incidents that later led to heated discussions at the scales and in the pits once the race was over.
Braxtan Parrish (#78) of Currituck, had a great evening with wins in both the Brown’s Land Developing Jr. 3 Light and Accupraise Jr. 3 Heavy classes. In the Light class, Parrish was followed by Tyler Walston (#37) in second place and Paso Lewis (#5) in third.
The Jr. 3 Heavy class was red flagged just after the halfway point as Logan Brown (5X) hit the fence hard coming out of turn four.
Once Brown was checked out and racing resumed, Parrish took the checkered flag with Lewis finishing in second place and Walston rounding out the top three.
Tyler Walston’s father, Mike Walston (#37) also decided to race this week for the first time in recent memory, finishing a respectable 5th place in RNM Stock Heavy.
In addition to Parrish, other double feature winners included Alton Weaver (#3) in EL Medium and Predator 375A.
Weaver is currently sitting at the top of the points standings in both classes.
Olivia Scott (#75) picked up a win in both Jr. 1 Light and the Stallings Farms Trucking Jr. 1 Heavy classes. With six wins in the last nine races in Jr. 1 Light, Scott is well on her way to winning the championship in the Light class while in the Jr. 1 Heavy class, Patrick Wells, Jr. (#5) currently sits atop the standings with Scott right behind him.
Jonathan Mullett (#95 & #29) took the checkered flag in both EL 425 and Champ Animal. Mullett looks good to win the championship in EL 425, with five wins so far this year.
Justin Balance (#35) crossed the line in the first position in Predator 375B with Eric Kellar, Jr. (#13) behind him in second place. However, both Balance and Kellar were disqualified once the race was over leaving John Bradley (#18) with his third win in the last three races. Branson Atkins (#03) ended up in second place with Joseph Ayer (#7) in third.
Other feature winners this week included Cullen Roberts (#27) in the Dylan Brockwell Memorial Champ class, Will Pritchard (#23P) in Limited Modified, Josh Ayer (#38) in Clone Heavy HT3, Chris Peck (#84) in Stock Medium, Dominic Guarry (#9) in RNM Stock Heavy, Cody Carlton (#94) in Clone Medium HT3 and Farrah Morris (#13) in Jr Stars.
The racing season continues to mid-November with a special event October 7th.
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