BARNESVILLE, Ga. — Round two of the 2021 Maxxis 4-Cycle Sprint Series will find the series at another historic kart track this weekend, May 7-8, after opening the season just a few weeks ago at the 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Fla.
The second weekend of May has the Maxxis Series holding the Mike Atkins Memorial at Lamar County Speedway in Georgia, affectionately known for years simply as, “Barnesville” for the small town the track is located just outside. Barnesville first opened in 1959 and was expanded to its current 0.27-mile size and configuration in 1965. For years throughout the late 1960s and ‘70s the speedway — located about 60 miles southeast of Atlanta — played host to the Winter Nationals each March which soon became one of the biggest races in the early days of national karting. IKF and WKA each held numerous national events at the track over the years with the Winter Nationals being the marquee event.
Over the last few decades the Georgia Sprint Karting Association (GSKA) has consistently promoted their club series at Lamar County for both 4-cycle and 2-cycle karts. About 10 years ago WKA revisited the track a few times with their now defunct 4-cycle Gold Cup Series, and AKRA promoted a couple of races there with their Southern Sprint Tour that lasted only a couple seasons.
In more recent years the Maxxis Sprint Series has been the only LO206-based touring series consistently running at Barnesville, and such is the case in 2021 as Maxxis’ May 7-8 show will be the lone opportunity for LO206 racers to compete for national wins and hardware at the famous bullring.
“Lamar County Speedway has a lot of history and we’re proud to continue to give racers the opportunity to compete on a national level at the track,” Maxxis Sprint Series promoter Buddy Long said. “It’s a challenging, tricky little track, and many of the best racers in our sport’s history once battled for national wins on this circuit. Our entire Maxxis group enjoys giving racers a shot at national laurels at Barnesville, and we’re all looking forward to some great racing next weekend.”
Click here to view an on-board video at Lamar County from a 2020 GSKA club race.
Friday, May 7 will be a full day of practice followed by the return of Big Boy Bash for the Vintage Stock Heavy class and the LO206 Senior Heavy Money Race, paying $300 to the winner, $150 for second and $50 for third.
Saturday, May 8 will be a jam-packed day with full slate of 206 points classes for Kid Kart, Cadet Green and Yellow, Junior Black and Yellow, Senior Medium and Heavy and Masters plus three vintage divisions — Vintage Stock Medium, Stock Heavy and Super Stock. Entrants in each LO206 division will compete through qualifying, two heat races and a main event while vintage divisions will qualify, run one heat and a main. Finals for LO206 classes will be 20 laps, Vintage divisions will run 15-lap mains and the kid karts will have a 12-lap main.
After Round 1, Camden Clay (Kid Kart), Adam Wein (Cadet Green), Thomas Nichols (Cadet Yellow), Mason Donahue (Junior Yellow), Brently Miller (Junior Black), Moe Edmonson (Senior Medium and Heavy), James Inscoe (Masters), Billy Johnson (Vintage Medium), Tyson Swann (Vintage Heavy) and Kenny Buff (Vintage Super Stock) will enter the Barnesville round as points leaders.
Pre-registration is still open for the event. Click here for the direct link to online pre-entry for Barnesville.
For more information on the Maxxis 4-Cycle Sprint Series, visit their series website here.