SALISBURY, N.C. – Micro sprint veteran Brian Carber picked up one of the biggest victories of his career with a wire-to-wire performance in the TRD Micro Showdown Wednesday at Millbridge Speedway.
Carber, who earned the pole with a perfect preliminary score of 600 points after leading his qualifying flight, winning his heat race and winning his qualifier, jumped out to the lead at the start of the 30-lap winged micro feature at the sixth-mile dirt oval and never looked back after that.
The Pipersville, Pa., native mastered lap traffic in the second half of the event, holding off a pair of determined Bright brothers down the home stretch to bank the $5,000 winner’s share.
Carber, whose brother is a front-end mechanic on the No. 9 NASCAR Cup Series Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 of Chase Elliott, crossed under the checkered flag .824 seconds in front of Tuesday night victor Alex Bright.
“I guess I can afford to live here for the week now,” Carber joked in victory lane. “Man, I’m just happy to be out here. Gable’s Service Center, Evo Fuel Injection, Hyper Racing and Factory Kahne gave us a great package here tonight, and we hit on a lot of great things that I think will help us going forward.
“Hopefully we can get to Tulsa (for the Shootout) and we can get something going there in January.”
After the race, Carber stopped short of calling Wednesday’s score the biggest win of his racing career, but admitted that it’s “right up there.”
“I’m pretty excited; all my buddies are here, along with my brother and my family,” Carber noted. “That all combines to make this really special. Last year we went out and won the Non-Wing World Championship, and now to come here and win this deal is amazing. Everyone behind me let me run wild this week and we made it all pay off tonight to take home the big payday.”
Brenden Bright passed his brother Alex for the runner-up position just past the halfway point of the 30-lap main event, but tagged the outside wall off turn two on the final lap to give the spot back up.
“It was lap traffic,” said Brenden Bright, who finished third, of what cost him a shot at the win. “I don’t know what they were doing trying to race everyone, but it’s just the way it happens sometimes. We were fast, but congrats to Brian. He was fast all night and he deserves this. He runs good everywhere he goes and this was awesome for him. I just wish we could have pulled it off for our team owner Bob Hummer. He gave me an awesome car to come down here with.
“I tried to make most out of this one, but it just didn’t happen the way we wanted it to tonight.”
Austin Quick crossed the line fourth and 15-year-old Indiana young gun Emerson Axsom was fifth.
Jaxon Bishop, Ryan Timms, Scotty Milan, Daison Pursley and James Morris, who rebounded from a wild Tuesday night flip and barely stole a B-main transfer spot to make the show, completed the top 10.
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