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Champions Weekend at Mountain Creek

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Photo: Whitney McIntosh

The buzz around Championship Weekend didn’t disappoint as all of the seasonal outlaw kart champions were crowned Sunday evening at Mountain Creek Speedway. Fans packed the hillside grandstands with a lot of focus on the junior classes with tight championship implications and it didn’t take long for the drama to unfold quickly.

Seventeen cadets signed into compete with the class being split into A and B mains. In the Cadet B-main it was Caden Outz holding off closest competitor, Jaxon Walawender. Walawender would lead for a lap until getting sideways giving the top spot and victory back to Outz. The Cadet A-main went green to checkered with Tucker Nash taking down the win with a hard charging Easton Thomas in second. Thomas started the race in fourth and chipped away at the leaders interval but ran out of time at races conclusion. TJ Pursley completed the podium. Will Spencer who finished with a top ten in eighth, locked up the 2021 Cadet division championship.

Just two points separated Chase DeMarco from Brexton Busch, son of NASCAR Cup Series Champion, Kyle Busch. The deficit completely disappeared with DeMarco earning two points for a heat win, tying Busch for the point lead going into the A-main. The stage was set and the tension was building. Whichever driver finished in front of the other would win the title. Demarco would bring the field to green but it was Reed Cregger getting the advantage on the outside taking an early race lead with Liam Kane filing into second, Konner Leicht, Beckham Malone and DeMarco falling to fifth with Jackson Darnell and Busch in tow. Busch passed Darnell for sixth as DeMarco also picked up a spot, moving to 4th. The top six would run like that for the majority of the race until Liam Kane passed Cregger for the lead with two to go with a caution immediately following. A green-white-checkered set up the final scenario for the title as Kane held on for the win with Reed Cregger second and Beckham Malone third. By virtue of his fourth place finish, Chase DeMarco wins the closest Beginner Box Stock championship in Mountain Creek Speedway history by just ten points over Brexton Busch.

Wyatt Miller and Karter Beattie both had a mathematical shot at point leader, Cole Thomas for the Box Stock championship. The three title contenders would bring the field to green with Beattie on the pole, Miller outside and Thomas starting third. Beattie would lead through two restarts but left the top lane open for Zoey Smith, who came from sixth to take the lead with an outside pass into turn one. Smith would lease the remaining laps for the win with Beattie second, Wyatt Miller third, Calan Parks fourth and Rhylen Watkins fifth. Cole Thomas ran a respectable seventh, securing the points championship by just twenty-one points over Karter Beattie.

A division many will look at next year with great anticipation is the Yamaha Stock 450 division which has doubled in size in as many weeks. Lou Mattesen led the field to green with fast qualifier and speedway owner, Adam Stewart in hot pursuit in second. Stewart would take himself out of the feature as he would spin far enough into the infield, keeping the race green. Mattesen would have to hold off the advances of newcomer Stanley Travis for the win with Sam Miller third and the brothers Mattesen, Wade and Andrew completing the top five.

The next event on the 2021 schedule at Mountain Creek Speedway will be the End of Season Point Celebration for all Saturday/Sunday divisions where we will crown our 2021 champions. The event will run from 2pm to 6pm. The track will also be available for testing and practice days throughout the year. Those wishing to reserve rental or testing days can contact Jason Queen at (828)413-6890 for details and availability.

10/10/21 Results 
Cadet

  1. 89 Tucker Nash
  2. 86 Easton Thomas
  3. 09 TJ Pursley
  4. 96G Easton Jarrard
  5. 11L Lily Ihrke
  6. 27 Cameron Hyler 
  7. 9e Emily Dietrich 
  8. 7s Will Spencer 
  9. 11e Ellie Messer

Beginner Box Stock 

  1. 29 Liam kane 
  2. 100 Reed Cregger
  3. 2 Konner Leicht
  4. 9 Chase DeMarco
  5. 23 Beckham Malone
  6. 18 Brexton Busch
  7. 02 Wyatt Coffey
  8. 6 Jackson Darnell
  9. 9p John Marshall Pursley
  10. 9f Nolan Fohr
  11. 5 Owin Halpain
  12. 11 Judson Craven
  13. 1m Maverik McCall
  14. 52 Ethan Halpain
  15. 8 Braxton Cade

Yamaha 450 Stock

  1. 1m Lou Mattesen
  2. 029 Stanley Travis
  3. 9m Sam Miller
  4. 15 Wade Mattesen
  5. 5m Andrew Mattesen
  6. 61h Nick Hatton
  7. 77 Dave Bregoli
  8. 4 Adam Stewart 
  9. 7 Kyle Shano

Box Stock 

  1. 44 Zoey Smith
  2. 7b Karter Beattie
  3. 73 Wyatt Miller
  4. 29 Calan Parks 
  5. 23w Rhylen Watkins
  6. 317 Jayden Cordell
  7. 26 Cole Thomas
  8. 1a Addison Lowery
  9. 02 Wyatt Coffey
  10. 3 Ryder Hughart
  11. 15 Alison Johnson

Champions Weekend at Mountain Creek

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The final points race of the 2021 season at Mountain Creek Speedway is being headlines as “Championship Weekend at the Creek” Saturday and Sunday, October 9th and 10th. Track championships will be decided in all flat kart and outlaw kart divisions. This year, track owners and promoters Adam and Rebecca Stewart decided to invest with improvements to the facility over the winter and experiment with a schedule of flat karts on Saturday and outlaw kart on Sunday afternoons producing positive reviews.

There are seventeen different divisions competing on regular Saturday/Sunday events. Six of them are growing into big battles for the track championship at Mountain Creek Speedway. With just seven points separating them, Adalynn Owens holds a slight 690 to 683 advantage over Carson Hammil in the Cadet 206 division but don’t count out Blaise Keene sitting forty markers behind with a mathematical shot at the championship. It’s a family affair for the 206 Medium championship as cousins Matt and Mark Hammill will battle it out for the title. Matt holds a forty-six point advantage over Mark going into the final race of the season.

It has turned into a two horse race for the track championship in the 206 Junior Gold division. Only thirty points, 652 to 622 separate Kaidyn Passour from Mekhi Harshaw as the two will battle it out for the 2021 track crown. Theres still a fight for the third position in points as Cole Gudmestead is ahead of Jackson McCleary by just ten markers. Cliff Lovendhal leads the points standings in the Predator 375 division with 532 points but there are four drivers with a mathematical shot at the title with Ashton Johnson sitting second just thirty points back, David Lindsay thirty-seven points behind and Dustin Cade forty points out of the lead.

In the outlaw kart classes it appears to be a lock for the Yamaha 450 title for Lou Mattesen and Colt Currie in the Open division. The battle in the junior classes are quite different as it has become a three kart race for the Box Stock division title between Cole Thomas, Karter Beattie and Wyatt Miller. Point leader, Thomas leads with 763 points with Beattie in second, thirty-three points back. Wyatt Miller sits in third forty-five markers behind but still with a legitimate opportunity for the track championship.

All eyes are going to be on the Beginner Box Stock division as they have closest battle for the Mountain Creek Speedway track championship. Brexton has a scant, two point lead over Chase DeMarco going into the final race of the season. The Beginner Box Stock and Box Stock have proven to be the two classes with the toughest competition. A lot of eyes will be watching both classes to see who walks away as this years division champions.

Gates for the Championship Weekend at the Creek will open at 3pm, Saturday October 9th for all flat kart competitors with practice beginning at 5pm. Gate for all outlaw kart competitors will open Sunday October, 10th at 1pm with practice beginning at 3pm. The track will also be available for testing and practice days throughout the year. Those wishing to reserve rental or testing days can contact Jason Queen at (828)413-6890 for details and availability.

Mountain Creek’s 9/11 Memorial Weekend Results

Five different divisions took to the 1/6th mile Mountain Creek Speedway Sunday afternoon to close out the 9/11 memorial weekend at the speedway by the creek. There was a moment of silence in remembrance and a playing of Taps for those who lost their lives on this 20th anniversary of the 9/11 World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks. Competitors all donned commemorative decals on their karts honoring those we’ve lost.

In the Cadet A-main, Cameron Hyler took his second win of the 2021 season. Hyler started on the outside pole and never looked back in the 15 lap main event. Tucker Nash and Ellie Messer completed the podium. Fourth and fifth were Lilly Ihrke and TJ Pursley. Chase DeMarco and Brexton Busch battled for the top spot most of the race in the beginner box stock division. DeMarco lead the majority of the race until he left the bottom open coming off turn four, opening the door for Busch. The son of the NASCAR Cup Series Champion survived two quick, late race restarts to hang on for the win. Beckham Malone was third while Reed Cregger and Jackson Darnell completed the top 5

It was an exciting day for the Thomas family. Cole Thomas was the man to beat as he came through the field in the box stock main event. Thomas then used a series of restarts to work his way past Gavin Marlin, Karter Beattie then Wyatt Miller for the top spot. Thomas then held on for a final green-white-checkered restart to take his first win of the 2021 season. Wyatt Miller and Gavin Marlin occupied the top three. The win was made all the more sweeter for the Thomas family as youngest son, Easton won the Cadet B-main.

Defending Open division track champion, Lou Mattesen continued to extend his point lead in his quest for the Yamaha 450 Stock championship. Mattesen lead wire to wire and parked it in the Kelly Stewart Agent, Farm Bureau Insurance victory lane. Travis Stanley finished second for the second week in a row. Sam Miller, Adam Stewart and Nick Hatton comprised the top five. Colt Currie picked up his sixth win in a row and seventh so far this season as he lead flag to flag in the open division. Speedway owner and promoter Adam Stewart while mechanical troubles sidelined Justin Barger who was declared third.

The next and final race on the 2021 schedule for outlaw karts at Mountain Creek Speedway will be Champions Night October 10th. Gates open at 1pm with practice starting at 3pm. The track will also be available for testing and practice days throughout the year. Those wishing to reserve rental or testing days can contact Jason Queen at (828)413-6890 for details and availability.

Contact information:
Mountain Creek Speedway
5237 Little Mountain Rd.
Catawba, NC 28609
Phone: 828-244-7249
Website: www.mountaincreekspeedway.com
email: info@mountaincreekspeedway.com

Cadets
Cameron Hyler
Tucker Nash
Ellie Messer
Lilly Ihrke
TJ Pursley
Adalynn Owens
LaQuan McCoy
Will Spencer
Eastton Jarrard

Beginner Box Stock
Brexton Busch
Chase DeMarco
Beckham Malone
Reed Cregger
Jackson Darnell
Nolan Fohr
John Marshall Pursley
Braxton Cade
Stetson Swink
Judson Craven
Maverik McCall
Wyatt Coffey

Box Stock
Cole Thomas
Wyatt Miller
Gavin Marlin
Karter Beattie
Calan Parks
Ryder Hughart
Rhylen Watkins
Billy Corsa
Wyatt Coffey

Yamaha 450 Stock
Lou Mattesen
Travis Stanley
Sam Miller
Adam Stewart
Nich Hatton

Open
1 Colt Currie
2 Adam Stewart
3 Justin Barger DNS