LYON EARNS FIRST CENTRAL STATES CHALLENGE VICTORY AT 61 KARTWAY A busy and exciting event in Delmar sees first-time winners DELMAR, IL (August 12, 2008) -- It was an exciting weekend for the Superkarts! USA Central States Challenge regional ...
LYON EARNS FIRST CENTRAL STATES CHALLENGE VICTORY AT 61 KARTWAY
A busy and exciting event in Delmar sees first-time winners
DELMAR, IL (August 12, 2008) -- It was an exciting weekend for the Superkarts! USA Central States Challenge regional program as it entered the second half of the season with round four at the 61 Kartway in Delmar, Iowa on August 9&10. The two-day event saw the weather change throughout the weekend, keeping the drivers and crews busy.
Qualifying began on Saturday in wet conditions with the weather clearing up for the popular SuperLap qualifying session that saw 21 drivers take advantage of open 45-minute session. Later that night, the Prefinal action took place in dry but chilly conditions under the 61 Kartway's light system. Thankfully, Sunday rolled around with bright sunshine for the main events. The extra kink on the weekend was running the 1/2-mile circuit in the reverse direction, a first for the SCSC.
S3 continues to line the fences with spectators with exciting races being held throughout the opening rounds of the series. This continued at the fourth round with two-time winner Matt Zeis leading the field across the line for the Prefinal win. His run at the front would be short-lived, however, as a flat left rear tire put him around and off on lap two of the Final. This gave Adam Lyon the point and he would not relinquish the spot to go on to take his first victory of the season. Championship leader Rick Freund would come back from an early spin to take second while Jack Kloeber finished third for a second straight event.
TaG Senior saw the SuperLap come into play with Lincoln Eppard using the dry track to improve his time and take over the pole position from championship leader Derek Crockett. They ran 1-2 in the Prefinal with first time series competitor Johnny Johnson running a strong third. The trio went at it early on in the 16-lap Final with Johnson eventually prevailing before the halfway point, cruising to a five-second victory. Crockett won the battle for second as Eppard rounded out the podium.
Crockett would, however, extend his S1 win streak to four after another heated battle with his PG Racing teammate Joe Sturm in the quickest class on the schedule. Al Cram was unfortunately unable to complete a lap but was still classified third.
The TaG Masters division saw its fourth different winner in as many events with Jim Donahue earning a close victory over Al Cram. With most of the drivers sitting out the wet qualifying, Cram took to the track and earned the pole, leading into a Prefinal victory over Donahue. In the main event, Donahue got the jump from outside row one at the drop of the green to take the lead. Despite the fact that Cram was on his bumper for all 16 of the main event laps, Donahue would be able to hold him off for his first victory of the season. Tim Koch would finish third ahead of new championship leader Angela Hannah.
Natalie Fenaroli was another driver who took advantage of the SuperLap session to take the pole in TaG Junior. That performance would put her up front in the Prefinal until Sebastian Peters stepped up to assume the point and earn the win. Peters appeared to have the Final in hand until mechanical issues put him on the sidelines on lap seven, handing the lead to Gregory Gerst who had charged from the tail of the field. After three laps leading, Gerst would join Peters on the sidelines with a broken exhaust header. This allowed Synjun Bauer to inherit the lead and go on to take the win. Angela Donahue won the fight for second over Fenaroli and championship leader Kaylee Granberg.
Granberg continued her fight in S5 Junior Shifter with Joe Reed as the duo has gone back and forth in the opening rounds. In Delmar, it was all Granberg as she swept the weekend to take her third win of the season to stretch out her point lead over second place finisher Reed. Kevin Donahue did not have a transponder on his kart but ran well enough to cross the line third, joining Granberg and Reed on the podium.
Colton Brooks is now three-for-three in TaG 60 Expert with his third win of the year. Brooks took a five-second victory in the 12-lap Final over Cole Hannah and Tristan Peters. Another first-time winner saw Kiersten Kock take the Powder Puff victory ahead of three other female pilots.