By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
TRENTON, NJ — The first day of the second annual East Coast Dirt Nationals took place on Thursday night at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, New Jersey. The event featured 600cc Micro Sprints, along with Slingshots.
The winner and the runner-up of the Micro Sprint advanced to Saturday’s feature main. As of this moment, eight drivers are qualified.
Brian Carber won the first qualifier of the night for the Micro Springs. He held off Billy Covert, who was 0.546 seconds behind. Lavar Smith was the third-place finisher, as he was 0.995 seconds behind Carber.
From this qualifier, Carber and Covert advance to Saturday’s feature.
Whitey Kidd III was the winner of the second qualifier. He defeated Doug Snyder, who was 0.836 seconds behind. Pat Bealer was the third-place finisher, as he was 1.482 seconds behind Kidd.
Kidd III and Snyder joined Carber and Covert in Saturday’s feature.
Erick Rudolph — who has won at this facility previously in a TQ Midget — won the third qualifier. He held off Brett Altemose, who finished 1.462 behind. Damon Paul was 4.481 seconds behind the New York native.
“[Friday], we don’t hit the track at all,” Rudolph said. “It would have been a really long day worrying about what’s going to happen on Saturday. We still have a little bit of work to do on Saturday to make sure that we have a good spot for the A-Main. It’s definitely a relief that we know we’re locked in for Saturday’s main event.”
This qualifier also featured Ryan Flores, who finished seventh. He is a driver when he’s not serving as a crew member for Ryan Blaney’s racing team.
Collin White was the winner of the fourth qualifier. He held off Ryan Greth, who was 0.648 seconds behind. Andrew Hannula was the third-place finisher, as he was 1.065 second White.
Two of the four qualifiers, who advanced into Saturday’s feature, also won 10-lap heat races. Rudolph won the third heat, holding off Johnny Smith IV and Jason Muldowney.
White also won heat five. He held off Kidd III, who was 0.245 seconds behind White for second-place. Ryan Greth was the third-place finisher, as he was 0.455 seconds behind the winner.
Craig Whitmoyer won the 20-lap Slingshot feature to end the night. Whitmoyer outlasted 19 other cars, as he defeated Danny Buccafusca, who was 0.640 behind in second-place. Anthony Raiser finished in third-place and was 1.807 seconds behind.