CONCORD, N.C. – Roy Hayes scored Wednesday night’s Intermediate division mini outlaw win at Millbridge Speedway and finished sixth in a rough and tumble 50-lap Open division race that featured some of the top NASCAR and open-wheel stars in the nation going against the track’s regulars.
In the Intermediate feature event, Roy started outside pole next to younger brother George after both racers won their qualifying heats. George jumped out to the early lead, with Carson Kvapil sneaking into second as Roy settled into third.
George and Carson battled back and forth for several laps, putting on a show for the fans in the process, until the pair made contact going down the back straightaway resulting in George’s No. 17 being turned hard into the outside wall.
George was a bit shaken up, but otherwise OK. Kvapil had to restart at the tail of the field, and Roy, determined to win the race for George and the team, got the job done, outdistancing a fine comeback by Kvapil, who ended up second.
“I am glad to get another win but even happier that George seems to be OK,” Roy said afterward. “He hit so hard. I was worried about him for a little bit there. I can’t thank my family and SKE Karts enough for all their help to make us fast. I’m looking forward to the Open race now.”
The start of the “split” 50-lap Open race (the race was split into two 25-lap segments) saw Roy begin from the 4th position.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racer Kyle Larson and top open-wheel racers Rico Abreu, Brad Sweet and Bryan Clauson were all in competition on this night, making the competition even tougher for Roy and the rest of the Millbridge regulars.
The race was filled with cautions and the attrition rate got higher and higher as Roy was doing his best to stay out of trouble and learn in only his second “Open” division start at the track.
He ran in the top ten throughout the entire distance, racing with Larson a bit in the process, swapping spots between sixth and tenth all race long.
In the closing laps he took advantage of some opportunities to claw his way back up to a fine sixth place finish, proving that even with his lack of experience and a smaller motor than most, he was capable of competing against the best at the speedway.
“That was so much fun,” he smiled afterward. “I just tried to watch what was going on around me, race as hard as I could and not make any big mistakes. I know I have a lot to learn still, so I’m really happy with sixth.”
Youngest brother Stanley had a faulty horseshoe on Wednesday night, getting collected in a crash in his Box Stock feature and ending up out of the action.
The Hayes Motorsports team will be joining Kyle Beattie Racing and SKE to travel to Hartville, Missouri for a major race this weekend at the Hartville Saddle Club’s arena.
Their next race at Millbridge will be on Wednesday, October 21st.
You can follow the team’s progress on Facebook by searching Hayes Motorsports.
The team’s new website is also receiving the finishing touches but is online at www.HayesMotorsports.net.