Towles Sweeps Two Mains in Barnesville Debut
The calendar may have said Mother’s Day weekend. But the temperature felt like the 4th of July. The Maxxis 4 Cycle Sprint Series made the first of two stops at the legendary Lamar County Speedway in Barnesville, Georgia for Race #3 of the season.
Much to the surprise of many, successful racer, Corey Towles, was making his first appearance at the historic facility. And like most other facilities, Towles took no time to master the legendary track, taking both LO206 Senior class presented by Andy Jones Motorsports and LO206 All Pro class.
Towles swept the top qualifying honors in Senior competition early in the day, then added on by winning the heat race, to take the pole for the evening main. Towles won the main under the lights, finishing ahead of Tyler Lloyd, Aren Lloyd, Austin Williamson, and Tyler Swann. With his second place run, Tyler Lloyd now leads over brother Aren by a slim one point margin as the season reaches the halfway point.
The LO206 All Pro main was a mirror image of the Senior competition, with Towles checking in for his second win of the night, topping Tyler Lloyd, Aren Lloyd, Austin Williamson, and Tyler Swann. Swann now leads the All Pro points by 41 over Aren Lloyd, with Tyler Lloyd and Williamson the top four in the standings.
After winning the season opener in Jacksonville in the LO206 Cadet class presented by Brad’s Karts and Parts, Buice struggled in race #2 at Kershaw. In race #3, Buice got her mojo back, taking down her second Cadet win of the season and earning $250 payday, An additional $75 from Lloyd Racing was added to the purse, bringing Buice’s total winnings to $325. Owen Lloyd continued to maintain his consistency in the class, coming home second, for a $200 payday. Brently Miller earning $140 for his third place finish. Lane Littleton also earned $35 for fourth place, with Peyton Bridges rounding out the top 5. Lloyd now holds a slim one point margin over Cameron Weinberg. Brently Miller and Lanie Buice just four points back. Bridges rounds out the top 5, only nine points in arrears.
Elmer Edmonson made it two wins in a row in the LO206 Junior class presented by Brad’s Heating and Cooling, topping points leader Will Meeler. Edmonson made a clean sweep. Edmonson looks for redemption as he returns to Jacksonville, the only track on the series that has escaped him to date. Meeler currently holds a 41 point edge over Edmonson after three races.
People say, “It only takes two karts to make a race.” The Maxxis Kid Kart confirmed this saying over the past weekend. After two races, young Jaydyn Wilson has steadily gained confidence and increased driving ability. Jaydyn was able to use those tools against newcomer, Milo Chiecchio. While the pair ran under the lights for the first time, the Barnesville course threw its challenges at the young duo. Many times throughout the races one would stop on the track if the other spun out, allowing for the other to recover and make it a race. This show of sportsmanship continued into the main event. Whether it was by accident or plan, the actions of these two young drivers sent a resounding and spirited message to those who watched the event. While young Milo claimed the win, it was clear on this night, there were two winners in more ways than one! Special thanks to the parents of these fine young drivers for providing wonderful entertainment and true sportsmanship to the crowd that was proud to watch them.
The LO206 Masters class presented by Diversified Plumbing topped the evening off with a spirited four kart battle for the lead. Troubles in turn one late in the event, spread the field out. After taking down the club event earlier in the day, veteran, Bob Barthelemy, showed his prowess on the Lamar County Speedway surface, taking his first Maxxis win of the season. With his second place finish, Miller holds a slim three point edge over Hastings, with Tyson Swann just 12 points back in third.
In the ongoing battle for chassis supremacy, Razor scored three wins, thanks to Buice in Cadet, Towles in Senior, and Barthelemy in Masters. Towles gave Comet their third win of the year with his win in All Pro action. Here’s a look at the updated Chassis Standings:
A special thanks to Steve and Stacy Roberts of Roberts’ Kart Shop for providing awards and $50 to each of the top qualifiers.
With the third race in the books, the series makes a return trip to 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida. The LO206 Masters Class will run for a $500 to win payday, second place cashes $250, and $125 going to third.
Additionally, the series will add a Pro Gas Class for the LO206 Cadet competitors. Drivers will run through the same process as the points classes, 3 rounds of practice, qualify, heat race, and main event. Since this is a Local Option class, competitors will not be required to come to qualifying with a new set of Prime tires. Entry fee will be set at $20.
With a return to Jacksonville, which also hosts several 2 Cycle classes, local drivers are welcome to attend and be part of the Jacksonville program, which serves North Florida Kart Club latest points race.
For more information on Race #4, as well as any info on the Maxxis 4 Cycle Sprint Series, contact Buddy Long at [email protected]