CONCORD, N.C. – Hayes Motorsports started 2016 on the pavement in Florida, racing their legends and bandolero cars in the U.S. Legends Winternationals Series.
Team drivers Roy, George and Stanley all showed plenty of speed, and Roy had some strong top ten runs with his new legends car.
Once they got back to North Carolina, it was time to start prepping their Mini Outlaws cars for last week’s season opener at Millbridge Speedway, located just outside the Charlotte area.
Wednesday night would be the first time that all three brothers competed in the same mini outlaw class, running in the Intermediate division. Stanley, still adjusting to the speed of the class, fell to the back of the field, learning more about controlling his racer at that speed every lap and working on his consistency.
Roy would start sixth in the main event, George rolled off from ninth place and Stanley 11th.
When the feature was over, Roy had a fine fourth place finish, George came home in seventh and Stanley tenth. It was not a bad night for the trio, who will be jumping back and forth between the dirt and the pavement all season long, running shows up and down the East Coast with a focus on the Southeast.
“Kyle (Beattie) is doing a great job with us drivers I think,” Roy said. “His setups are really good and I trust what he says. Tonight was pretty good overall I would say.”
Roy on their time in Florida during Speedweeks
“I learned a lot in Florida about driving a legends car and being with their ARCA team at Daytona. George and Stanley were fast, too. Being down there so long gives you a chance to get a lot of laps and run a lot of races. It helps you get a jump start on your season.”
Roy on their overall progress as drivers “I think we’re all doing pretty good. I feel a lot more comfortable in the legends car now but I am still learning. George always races hard and he has wins to show he can do it. Stanley is getting better every time he gets in a car and he pays attention to what everybody is telling him. I think we can all win races this year if we focus on what we do and learn from our mistakes.”
All three boys compete on dirt, racing mini outlaw cars at tracks such as Millbridge Speedway in Salisbury, North Carolina in mini outlaw cars, where Roy and George both got wins in 2015.
They also compete on pavement, racing a combination of bandoleros and legends cars at tracks such as Charlotte Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway and numerous NASCAR Whelen All-American Series tracks throughout the Southeast.
Roy won his first Bandolero race at Charlotte Motor Speedway during the 2015 Bojangles Summer Shootout Series, having already won at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Georgia and Bethel Motor Speedway in New York State previously.
SKE / Kyle Beattie Racing provides maintenance and at-track setup assistance for all of the team’s cars.