STREET, Md. — Collin Miller drove to a pair of feature wins while Brady Atwood, Mason Donahue, Ryan Hall, Thomas Nichols, John Price and Justin Sherbert all scored one win Saturday at Sandy Hook Speedway during Round 5 of the 2021 Maxxis 4-Cycle Sprint Series.
After a tough outing last month at Charlotte, Collin Miller redeemed himself at his home track with a sweep of the LO206 Senior finals on his No. 08 MGM Espionage.
In Senior Heavy, Miller led series newcomer and speedway dirt karting standout Hunter Curtis across the finish line by a tight 0.248-second margin. Brody Kellner was third on his MGM while Cale Martin crossed the stripe fourth and Legacey Cavanaugh rounded out the top five of seven starters.
Miller also led the way in the Senior Medium feature. The Maryland racer dominated this one with a healthy 6-second gap over Curtis at the finish. Kellner again took third with Carson Brown fourth and JR Petrella rounding out the top five of eight starters.
Atwood and Donahue split the junior main events
Atwood and his No. 6 MGM would score the win in Junior Yellow but he had to work for it with Will Loller close behind on his Margay. Atwood crossed the stripe 0.205 seconds in front of Loller to continue his streak of feature wins in Maxxis competition after winning three of the four junior finals last month at Charlotte. Hudson Brown crossed the stripe third on his Coyote with Donahue settling for P4. K-Mike Chidester made the long trip to Maryland from his Georgia home and completed the top five of nine entrants.
Donahue was another driver making a long drive to the Hook, and the Jacksonville racer was rewarded with a feature win in Junior Black. Donahue wheeled his No. 18 Coyote Zenith to the victory by a close 0.266-second margin over fellow Coyote driver Hudson Brown. Chidester was third and Atwood fourth.
Ryan Hall wins second of the year in Kid Kart
Georgia’s Ryan Hall was a Maxxis Kid Kart winner for the second time of 2021. Adding to his feature win in May at Barnesville, Hall proved he could win at a track he’d never seen before Friday. The youngster raced his Chase Elliott-themed No. 9 Razor to a solid 4.7-second victory over Lanie Thigpen. Parker Stewart was third with Barrett Turley fourth and Canon Love completing the five-kart field.
Sherbert, Nichols win in Cadet
Seven drivers took the green in Cadet Green and for the first time of 2021 Justin Sherbert became a Maxxis feature winner. Sherbert wheeled his No. 85 IONIC Edge to a dominating win over Colton McQuade, who was making his first series start of the year. Sherbert crossed the stripe 4.667 seconds in front of McQuade for the score. Series regular Will Franklin was P3, Hudson Williams P4 and Sydney Miller P5. Mason Chadwick and Landen Osborn completed the finishing order.
Only two cadets entered the Cadet Yellow division and Florida racer Thomas Nichols took the win on his Razor. The Hook marked Nichols’ third win of the year in the Cadet Yellow category after he won the Jacksonville opener and the Saturday final at Charlotte. Franklin was second to give him two podiums on the day.
John Price takes Masters
John Price joined Donahue as a Sandy Hook winner on a Coyote. Price drove his Zenith to the win in Masters in his first series appearance of the season. Fellow Coyote driver Chris Cirillo crossed the stripe just 0.152 seconds back of Price but was disqualified in post-race tech. Cirillo’s misfortune gave second to Charlotte Masters winner and class points leader Neil Moore. Brandon Hollenbaugh was third and Roy Avery fourth on a pair of MGMs.
Eli Smeltzer won the four-kart TaG Senior local option over Kevin Shive. Sebastian Fleischer and Spencer Shive completed the field.
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MGM, Razor tied in chassis points
The 2021 Maxxis Series chassis points are going down to the wire. Razor entered Sandy Hook two wins ahead of MGM (14 to 12) and MGM drivers scored three wins Saturday to Razor’s two. But disappointing for Razor, one of their wins Saturday was in the two-kart Cadet Yellow class. With Maxxis having a three-kart minimum rule for a feature win to count, Razor will only be credited with Hall’s Kid Kart win.
The two American chassis manufacturers will now enter the final points event of the year next month at Carolina Motorsports Park tied at 15 wins apiece. Coyote’s two wins at the Hook put them third with 7 wins on the year and Sherbert’s win Saturday gave IONIC Edge its first Maxxis win of the year.
With Razor strong in the Kid Kart and Cadet divisions and MGM’s strength in Senior and Masters, it may come down to the two Junior finals to decide the 2021 manufacturer points.
Round 6 and the final Maxxis points event of the year will take place August 13-14 at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, S.C. Pre-registration is now open for the event. Click here for the direct link.
The series will close with their annual non-points Grand Nationals November 19-21 at the 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Fla.
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