As momentum builds towards NASCAR’s only dirt race of 2023, dirt racing saw plenty of its regulars making noise both on and off the track.
The Cup Series regular was arguably the biggest surprise when the newly-formed High Limit Racing tour announced its inaugural class of regulars.
The mid-week sprint car tour, paying purses that exceed even those of the standard World of Outlaws program, is the brainchild of sprint car powerhouse Brad Sweet and Kyle Larson. For those interested in following the High Limits tour, the series kicks off 2023 at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas next Tuesday (April 11). The tour’s entire season will be carried on Flo Racing.
The Cup Series regular pulled double duty at Millbridge Speedway in North Carolina Wednesday night (March 29), experiencing two different nights across two classes. In the winged micro sprint class, Busch won the second heat race and finished runner-up in the feature.
The same could not be said in the track’s headline micro division. Collected in a heat-race incident that stuck him in the second B-main, Busch ended up in a battle for the final transfer spot with young Aiden Price, a driver who just so happens to assist with Brexton Busch’s own racing efforts at Millbridge. Busch ran a very clean event and in doing so missed a transfer to the A-main by one spot.
The Xfinity Series regular again ran up front for the entirety of the wingless micro program Wednesday at Millbridge, out-dueling Cannon McIntosh to win the third heat race and finishing third in the main event. Creed, who is expected to run the majority of the races at Millbridge this season, does have a little reason to be concerned though, as Brent Crews was able to outrun him over the course of 30 laps.
The Truck Series regular saw his night at Millbridge end before it began, taking a wild tumble during hot laps for the wingless micro sprints.
The former Truck Series regular opened his 2023 season with a win, going from ninth to first to win the Delaware Super Trucks feature at Delaware International Speedway Friday night.
The Xfinity Series regular ran the wingless micro division at Millbridge Wednesday night, but the highlight of his evening was a heat-race incident that forced Kyle Busch to check up and ultimately played a role in Rowdy being relegated to a B-main. Jones also had to run a B-main and came up five spots short of a transfer.
The former Cup Series regular ran with the World of Outlaws Friday and Saturday night at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas. Kahne comfortably made both features this weekend, though he also fell victim to a narrow track surface that both nights kept passing at a premium. Kahne started and finished 14th on Friday, then 10th on Saturday.
Kahne had more success as an owner though, with driver Sweet winning Friday’s feature event.
See Alex Bowman above. Larson will also be contesting the full High Limit Racing schedule in 2023.
The former Cup Series regular did not manage to race this weekend, with his scheduled modified appearance at Centerville Super Speedway in Arkansas rained out. However, this writer missed Schrader’s dirt racing exploits a week ago, so for those fans out there know that Schrader ran his modified at the Springfield Raceway in Missouri on March 26, winning a heat race and scoring a top-five finish.
The former Cup Series regular ran his own modified at Schrader’s I-55 Raceway in Missouri Saturday night, finishing 19th after a rough outing in the feature. Anyone that’s familiar with Wallace (and the Driver Diary he used to author here at Frontstretch) knows he loves to talk, so we’ll let him tell his own story.
The Truck Series regular got off to a great start in wingless micro competition Wednesday at Millbridge, leading the first five laps of the first heat. However, disaster struck on lap 6 when Wood overdrove turn 1, climbed the wall and came to a stop, collecting second-place Crews as well. Wood failed to qualify for Wednesday’s feature.
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