Thirteen year old Korbyn Hayslett had a full weekend of racing. With rain in the forecast for Saturday threatening the chance to race, Hayslett Racing made a last minute decision to travel 4 and a half hours Friday to Chandler Motor Speedway in Chandler, Indiana.
He would enter the Midwest Lightning Midget Series Non Wing class. This class is a mix of two different horsepower motors. Hayslett would have the disadvantage with his 1000cc motor up against larger motors, but he was just looking at getting more seat time. There would be 11 drivers in this class, split between the two types of cars.
Hayslett would finish second in his heat race after starting fifth out of six drivers.
This would place him in the 4th starting position for the feature race. He would learn the best line to drive at this three-eighth mile dirt track quickly making his way up to 2nd place where he would run most of the race only to be passed by another driver late in the race leaving Hayslett to finish third for the night. He was only be beat by two midget drivers [larger motors].
After getting home in the early morning hours, cleaning the mini sprint, and switching it around to race with the wings, Hayslett Racing traveled South to 35 Raceway in Frankfort, Ohio for the Saturday night race.
The rain moved in just after hot laps (practice) and soaked the track. Track officials worked hard for two to three hours working the dirt enough to get the feature races in. With no heat race, Hayslett would start last in 11th position by pill draw. Unknowing what the wet track was going to be like, Hayslett crew decided to have him drive like practice, stay back off the pack and learn the corners. After several laps in, Hayslett would find comfort in the high line and drive a little harder.
With some cars pulling off and just the right amount of cautions, Hayslett would find himself fighting for a top three spot. Closing the gap between him and the leader, he would drive a smooth line to make the pass with four laps to go. The caution would come out with two laps to go, he would pull away from the pack at the drop of the green and finish the night with his first victory in his Lightning Sprint.
“I had a good night Friday night,”Hayslett said of racing at Chandler. “Then to come to 35 Raceway and win Saturday night was awesome! I can’t think my dad enough for all his work he puts in to getting the car ready throughout the week and at the track. A huge thank you to all my family and friends that support me from all over and to my sponsors: Skinner Powder Coating, Simpson Race Products, 1 Shot Scrap & Recycling, J&T Photos, and R&R Racewear.”
Hayslett will be back at Waynesfield Raceway on Saturday for the Non-Wing Mini Sprints vs. USAC Midgets.
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