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.
Saturday, Motor Mile Speedway hosted drivers from all around the area for a 4-cylinder Open for the UCar and Pure 4 divisions with a top prize of $2,000 for the winner in the 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, John Ketron came out with the trophy and the biggest paycheck.
Brandon Sutherland and Blake Gordon rounded out the top 3.
The speedway also welcomed a visiting race series, The Virginia Mini-Cup, which brought its cool looking small race cars to buzz around the track. The cars are so small the drivers have to use an opening in the roof to get in. Six of these 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. The race with the highest car count of the afternoon was the Enduro class. Just like the open 4-cylinder class, the 100% stock car set-up Enduros had a shot at $2,000 to win. These cars are not actually race cars and can be any car 1965 or newer, have 4 to 8 cylinders, stock tires and rims that are original for the make and model.
A broken rule disqualified initial winner Tyler Murray along with the third- and fourth-place finishers.
So Jason Ketron was declared the winner of the race after post-race inspections. He was followed by Jason Lawson and Matt Trump.
The weekly racing series returns on April 23 with twin 50-lap races for the Late Model Division, twin 30-lap races for Sportsman. Super Streets, Mod-4’s, and the U-Cars and Pure4’s will combine again. The traveling ‘Southern Ground Pounders’ Vintage Racing Club will visit the track. They will be racing vintage modified and sportsman cars from the 1950’s to the 1980’s.