SKUSA: CS-C: Odessa I-70 preview

GRANJA 500 TRIP TO BE AWARDED AT CENTRAL STATES CHALLENGE EVENT One lucky driver will earn trip to Brazil while championship fights heat up as series heads west ODESSA, MO (September 25, 2008) -- It's not everyday that you can go to the race...

GRANJA 500 TRIP TO BE AWARDED AT CENTRAL STATES CHALLENGE EVENT
One lucky driver will earn trip to Brazil while championship fights heat up as series heads west

ODESSA, MO (September 25, 2008) -- It's not everyday that you can go to the race track and walk away with a free trip to Brazil. One driver will be able to do that this weekend at the SKUSA Central States Challenge event at I-70 Speedway in Odessa, Missouri. During the fifth round of the six-event Superkarts! USA regional series, the program organizers will draw one name of a competitor who will earn a prize to travel and compete at the Granja Viana 500 in Sao Paulo, Brazil to race alongside Formula 1 and other superstars of the motorsports world. The trip -- set at near $10,000 in value courtesy of MG Tires - will be awarded to one of the drivers who competed in all of the events leading up to this weekend.

In addition to the exciting award to be handed out, the fight for the class championship fights will continue to heat up as the series heads toward the end of the season. With the series counting the best four of six races, no class will be decided until the final lap at the series finale at I-55 Speedway in Pevely, MO in October. This weekend in Odessa, many are focused on gaining as many points as possible toward the championship.

The S3 category has the eyes of many in the paddock with current point leader Rick Freund showing the way. Freund is pressured by two-time winner Matt Zeis, who will benefit from the drop races after missing the opening weekend. Not far behind also is Round #4 winner Adam Lyon.

Derek Crockett has the advantage in the S1 and TaG Senior categories. Joe Sturm has challenged Crockett all year in S1 while Chris Berg and Kyle Gnau are giving chase in TaG Senior. Angela Hannah is the point leader in TaG Masters, although Greg Watters is in position to challenge along with newcomers Al Cram and Jim Donahue.

Kaylee Granberg has the top spot in the two Junior categories, TaG and S5 shifter. In TaG Junior, she is challenged by another female, Natalie Fenaroli, as well as Gregory Gerst. In the shifter division, Granberg and Joe Reed have gone back and forth all year with another great battle set for this weekend. In TaG 60, Coltan Brooks has the lead after four rounds with three wins while Cole Hannah - the only other winner - sits second in the standings.

Official practice will begin 9:00 am and run to 1:00 pm on September 27 with Qualifying and Prefinals to take place later in the day. Sunday begins with a morning warm-up and the Finals are set to get the green at 1:30 pm.

For more information, including everything you need to know to become part of the SKUSA Central States Challenge, visit their website at www.thecsss.com.

-credit: skusa

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