IRL SoK: Series crowns national champions

Stars of Karting Crowns National Champions The Snap-on Stars of Karting Series would like to congratulate all of our 2008 newly crowned National Champions. In what can be considered a great season of racing and wheel-to-wheel competition, the...

Stars of Karting Crowns National Champions

The Snap-on Stars of Karting Series would like to congratulate all of our 2008 newly crowned National Champions. In what can be considered a great season of racing and wheel-to-wheel competition, the Snap-on Stars of Karting has begun to move forward into 2009 and is taking the necessary steps to ensure an even more successful racing season.

Claiming the Intercontinental C (ICC) championship was Cameron Motorsports pilot Michael Vincec. The talented Canadian driver had the perfect year of consistency and was able to rise to the top to take the National title. On the strength of a victory at the Race of the Americas at New Castle Motorsports Park and multiple podiums throughout the season, Vincec garnered the championship by a mere one point over two-time national champ Gary Carlton.

Puerto Rican pilot Victor Cabrera managed to steer his J3 Competition Kosmic chassis to the Stars TaG National title. Taking his points from the East division championship where he claimed three victories, Cabrera headed to the final with a 40 point margin and the favorite to claim the title. Battling hard through the National Finals weekend, Cabrera was able to hold on to two top ten results and earn enough points for the championship.

Top Kart USA Kartel Motorsports driver Brendan Phinny headed to the National Finals with a 50 point disadvantage but when his rivals fell to the wayside, Mini Phinny took charge. The popular junior driver worked his way forward from a disappointing qualifying result to score some decent heat race finishes. Phinny finally got everything up to speed just in time as he claimed a fifth place result in the first final. A quick calculation of the points deemed Phinny and two other competitors within two points, making it an all out shootout during the last final of the year. As the race wore on, Phinny again progressed forward and finished in the top five to beat all other championship contenders and claim the National title by five points.

The most dominant pilot all season would have to be Merlin driver Trent Hindman as he was on a tear from the opening event. Claiming multiple Snap-on Stars of Karting Cadet victories, Hindman entered the finale with a 50 point advantage over his closest rival. Though the Cadet pilot struggled on the opening day and a half of the national finals, he and his team put it all together on championship Sunday to score the title. Hindman started both finals in the seventh position and used two fifth pace results to secure enough points and claim Merlin and Dreamworks first National championship.

Leading Edge Motorsports Intrepid pilot Brian Eady used the strength of his Western division title to score the TaG ICC National championship. Eady used consistent heat race finishes in the National Finals to score a front row starting position and turned that into two solid podium results including a victory in the first of two finals. Showing his true speed and natural ability, Eady was able to also turn the quickest lap of both finals on his way to becoming the first ever TaG ICC National Champion in Snap-on Stars of Karting competition.

-credit: starsofkarting

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