Millington Tops Caraway Season Opener

Ryan Millington celebrates his Money Madness 99 victory at Caraway Speedway on Sunday. He collected $5,500 for his efforts. (Corey Latham/ Photo)

ASHEBORO, N.C. – Ryan Millington kicked off the season at Caraway Speedway with a victory in the 99-lap late model stock car race on Sunday during the Money Madness 99.

Travis Swaim was the pre-race favorite and he backed up the optimism with a pole run in qualifying. Swaim, driving a car prepared by Jamey Caudill, asserted himself as the driver to beat early in the race. He would hold on to the lead through several caution periods and multiple challenges, mostly from Justin Carroll.

Carroll would slip back and was showing some smoke from his car for much of the race, but managed to climb back to second and eventually made his charge for the top spot. On lap 80 he made his move after Swaim had dominated the race and Carroll took the top spot. He brought along with him outside pole winner Millington, who like Carroll had been biding his time and saving his tires.

Millington stayed glued to Carroll and with five laps to go he made his move, assuming the top spot. From there Millington, the 2017 Hickory Motor Speedway track champion, pulled away and picked up the victory that was worth $5,500. Carroll finished second with Swaim third. Ryan Wilson and Nick Leitz completed the top-five in the 11-car starting field.

Mack Little used a little muscle to get by Tommy Neal for the win in the limited late model division. Neal had the save of the day as he drifted his car all the way through turns one and two after contact from Little.

Little would get by him and after surviving a late race restart went on to pick up the win ahead of Josh Lowder, who got by Neal coming to the checkered flag. Jimmy Wallace and Jeremy Clay completed the top-five finishers.

In the Charger class, Austin Harris, son of former late model stock car driver and 2017 602 Tour Limited champion Rock Harris, picked up his first win. Thomas Chappel, John Whaley, David Creed and Anthony Barnett completed the top-five.

A.J. Sanders picked up his second win of the weekend in the mini stock division. He got his first win on Saturday at Southern National Motorsports Park and backed it up Sunday with a dominating performance. Johnny Baker, Michael Lowery, Justin Owens and Doug Rembold completed the top-five finishers.

Tommy Raino picked up the win in the U-Car division. Gregory Williams, Tim Price, Braxton Tucker and Doug Harris complete the top-five.