The biggest paying race of the year is rapidly approaching at Mountain Creek Speedway as the North Carolina dirt track gears up for the Sunday Sizzler presented by Randy Marion Automotive on Aug. 27.
The race will be $1,000 to win for the 600 non wing micro sprints. It is the biggest purse of the year at the “Cage at the Creek.”
Several Mountain Creek regulars lended their thoughts on the upcoming event.
Local driver Ryan Zima has yet to win race this season, but his consistency is beginning to pay off.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” Zima said. “Adam and the crew put on good, fun races and so of course I’m gonna try to go out there and win it.”
Past Mountain Creek winner Ryan Repko, who also has one top five and three top 10s at the facility this season, added his take on the $1,000-to-win event.
“I think it’s great for the sport of micro sprint racing in this region to have these types of events,” Repko said. “I’ve seen it work out to where people travel from far away to run them and then end up liking the track so they come back for local shows. Then of course everyone local shows up as well. $1,000 goes a long way racing these micros.”
Micro sprint veteran Tim Nye also expressed his support of the speedway.
“I really enjoy racing at Mountain Creek and it’s great to see the class grow in this area, and excited to have some bigger paying races involving 600 micro sprints,” Nye said.
Nye has competed at all but one race this season at Mountain Creek.
The No. 9 micro sprint driver, Nigel Standish, has been competitive each time he unloads at Mountain Creek. He recently welcomed a new addition to the family, but looks to be entered in the Summer Sizzler nonetheless.
“My wife and I welcomed our first child on July 30 and even she signed off on me competing at the big race at Mountain Creek,” Standish said. “This will be the first event we’ll compete in since mid-July.”
One driver they’ll likely all be keeping an eye on is Neal Allison.
He is the only driver to win multiple times (2) this season.
“I really enjoy racing at Mountain Creek.” Allison explained. “The staff always runs a good show and have done a lot to welcome micros. Hopefully we can replicate success and speed we have had earlier this year.”