Hayward Tabs Carber For Select USAC Midget Events

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Brian Carber will drive for Hayward Motorsports in select races this year. (Jacob Seelman photo)

INDIANAPOLIS – Brian Carber has teamed with Hayward Motorsports to compete in select events during the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series season.

The pairing’s first outing together will be during the April 9-10 T-Town Midget Showdown at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

From Pipersville, Pa., Carber has been a standout in micro sprints, recently winning in both the Stock Non-Wing and Winged A-Class at the Tulsa Shootout in January.

Carber broke through nationally just prior to that, scoring the victory in last November’s $15,000-to-win KKM Giveback Classic at Millbridge Speedway in North Carolina.

Given the choice to accept the prize money or a ride with the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team for the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, Carber opted for the money.

However, through a groundswell of fan support, a GoFundMe was set up to put him in the KKM ride for the prestigious January indoor midget racing event.

Carber had a fine showing during his midget racing debut, finishing 12th in his preliminary night feature, then finishing 12th in the C Main on the final night.

Now, Carber will jump into the potent Hayward midget, a team which has collected a total of six victories in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget competition over the years.

Hayward Motorsports won twice with Bryan Clauson in 2016 and four times with Tanner Thorson last year. That winning pedigree has Carber eager for his new opportunity.

“(I’m) looking forward to running the Brodie and Sarah Hayward owned, B&H Contractors midget throughout this season, with Austin Wenrich as crew chief, as well as multiple other supporters,” Carber said. “Hayward Motorsports has been one of the top teams in USAC for the last few seasons and the car showing up 100 percent nightly will never be in question.”

The Chili Bowl served as Carber’s first look at the midget side of racing, where he admits he learned quite a bit and anticipates the learning curve to be eased somewhat with the people and crew that surround him at Hayward Motorsports.

“(I) learned a lot about midget racing and can only get better racing night after night with the Brodie Hayward owned team,” Carber noted. “Finding feel and momentum should come easy working with Austin. We have known and worked together for years (in) various dirt open wheel racing (series).”

While Carber, the 2013 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum 360 Sprint Car Rookie of the Year, relishes the chance to compete in midgets, team owner Brodie Hayward also shares the same sentiment and sees a lot of upside with what Carber brings to the team.

“(We’re) excited to give the Brian the opportunity to race with us,” said Hayward. “I see tremendous potential in his driving ability, and I cannot wait to see what he does over selected events this season.”