SKUSA: Central States Challenge Quincy round three summary

ZEIS SWEEPS AS CROCKETT ADDS TWO WINS AT SKUSA CENTRAL STATES CHALLENGE Round three of the new Midwest regional series hits TNT Kartway in Quincy QUINCY, IL (July 20, 2008) -- Battling extremely hot conditions, the competitors of the ...

ZEIS SWEEPS AS CROCKETT ADDS TWO WINS AT SKUSA CENTRAL STATES CHALLENGE
Round three of the new Midwest regional series hits TNT Kartway in Quincy

QUINCY, IL (July 20, 2008) -- Battling extremely hot conditions, the competitors of the Superkarts! USA Central States Challenge put round three of their seven-race schedule in the books following activities at the historic TNT Kartway in Quincy, Illinois this past weekend. A full two days of racing with temperatures hitting 100 degrees had the drivers battling the conditions as well as the tough competition on the 4/10-mile circuit, which is located along the Mississippi River. The new SuperLap qualifying session brought out roughly one driver per class and although no one was able to improve their lap time, everyone lined the fences to watch. Leading the victory total on the year is Derek Crockett, who logged two additional wins from round three, while Matt Zeis was also on form, earning his second straight S3 triumph.

Nine drivers attempted to earn the pole position in S3 with Zeis taking the spot as the lone driver under the 29-second mark. Still running fast laps, Zeis used the pole position to get a clean start in the Prefinal, breaking away from the field to leave the rest of them to battle for second. He repeated that same feat in the Final, battling the S1 drivers on the track at the same time on his way to the S3 win. Round one winner Rick Freund won the battle for second in front of Jack Kloeber, Adam Lyon, and Brit Phillips.

Crockett earned his first win of the weekend in S1, battling Joe Sturm all weekend. Crockett had the advantage in qualifying, however, he retired after just three laps in the Prefinal. Starting at the tail of the S1 and S3 fields following the DNF, Crockett charged his way through to the top spot on lap 16 of the 18-lap feature to earn the win with Sturm right on his bumper. Challenged again in GMC2Racing-sponsored TaG Senior, Crockett was second to Justin Vancil in qualifying. From the outside of row one, Crockett took the lead at the start of the Prefinal to lead all eight laps with Vancil on his tail. For the 16-lap Final, Crockett stepped it up and out ran the field to a nine-second victory. Kyle Gnau edged Vancil for third at the line.

It was a close battle in the TaG Masters division between Greg Watters and Angela Hannah. Hannah took top honors in qualifying as Watters sat the session out and just edged him by 0.097-seconds to the line in the eight-lap Prefinal. The two went back and forth again in the Final, this time with Watters getting the advantage by only 0.633 seconds at the line after 16 laps.

TaG Junior was close early on with Natalie Fenaroli - who was featured in a recent Autoweek article of upcoming female racers - and Gregory Gerst. Fenaroli took earned the pole in qualifying and won the Prefinal with Gerst right there. In the opening laps of the final, Gerst got out in front with Fenaroli chasing until dropping a tire in the dirt. Making up ground by running the fastest laps of the race, she dropped a wheel of the track again in the closing stages of the race. This allowed Gerst to cruise to the win and Kaylee Granberg the opportunity to get by for second. The young Fenaroli will chalk up the race to experience as the young 12-year old has many races to redeem herself.

In the Car-Car Motorsports S5 class, Kaylee Granberg swept all on-track sessions on her way to her second win of the season. Joe Reed continues to improve each time out and ran second to Granberg. TaG 60 was like a deck of shuffled cards with a different driver on top each session. In qualifying, Coltan Brooks lead the way before Kaleb Allison took his turn up front with the Prefinal win. Early on in the final, Cole Hannah ran at the point before Brooks return to the spot and went on to the win by three-seconds over Hannah and Allison. The popular Powder Puff division saw three drivers take on the track, all with comparable lap times. When the checkered flag fell, Sheree Kulp went home the winner with Dana Granberg second. Mandi Carlton was third despite making only seven of the 10 laps.

Round four will take the teams back to the 61 Kartway in Delmar, IA, however, the program will run the course in the reverse direction while under the lights during the August 9-10 weekend. For more information with everything you need to know to become part of the SKUSA Central States Challenge, visit there website at www.thecsss.com

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Series Kart
Drivers Joe Sturm