Austin Yarbrough in victory lane Saturday night with promotors Dave & Amy McGraw after winning the marquee Pro Clone Heavy feature. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com
The checks have been signed, the trophies handed out and the dust has settled – well actually the dust and the dirt have been hauled away and the Senator Bob Martin Agricultural Center has been turned back over to its original state. Another year in the books for what I am learning is one of the biggest spectacles in dirt kart racing in the region and Austin Yarbrough is able to etch his name into the record books beating out some of the best in the business if you will.
I Came, I Saw, I Conquered – should be motto over at Austin Yarbrough racing after the young man won four of the five races during the Saturday night portion of the Indoor Dirt Kart Championships in Williamston, North Carolina – taking trophies home in three more events the night before – winning seven of the eight races over the weekend he competed in. Qualifying third for the feature out of 45 karts (only 20 made it into the show) with a time of 9.733 seconds. The pole however set by Colby Horner just six hundreds of a second faster at 9.670. Now if my sources are correct in telling me the track was a 1/10th mile oval that pole speed was an average of 37.229 MPH. If you were there and saw the track you would know that was flat hauling the mail.
Pro Clone Heavy Starting 5;
1. #15x Colby Horner | 9.67
2. #154 Cody Sieber |9.714
3. #811 Austin Yarbrough | 9.733
4. #20 Adam Beville | 9.786
5. #100 J.L Furrow | 9.805
For the past eight years kart racers from all over the east coast make the trip to Williamston, North Carolina for the Maxxis Tire sponsored indoor championships. Over 700 karts racing in more than 30 different classes, over two days, all fighting for more than $18,000 in prize money. The weekend felt very much like Martinsville for Late Models, everyone fighting for that big pay out. The Weekly Racer made the trip this year, as it’s pretty obvious our interesting in dirt karting has certainly grown over the past year. Just like in stock car racing you have your big names who come out to the big races. Drivers like Jonathan Cash, Monk Newsome – even some names you may know from stock car racing like J.D. Eversole (South Boston) and Spencer Davis (K&N Pro East).
Sixteen races scheduled for the Friday portion of the weekend. With an early check in of 9 AM it gave teams plenty of time to settle in, set up, and run their karts through technical inspection. The day was action packed with two rounds of controlled practice, time trials and feature races. Timing issues much like at this years Martinsville Late Model race also plagued the day. Crews spent more than an hour before practice could start working at the stripe to ensure everything was in working order. Once fixed it was a nonstop train of karts on the track dialing in their machines for the feature.