SKUSA: DKC: Tucson season finale preview

DESERT KART CHALLENGE TO CLOSE OUT 2008 SEASON Superkarts! USA regional program will wrap up campaign at P1 Kart Circuit this weekend PHOENIX, AZ (June 20, 2008) - The Superkarts! USA Desert Kart Challenge will put its 2008 season in the...

DESERT KART CHALLENGE TO CLOSE OUT 2008 SEASON
Superkarts! USA regional program will wrap up campaign at P1 Kart Circuit this weekend

PHOENIX, AZ (June 20, 2008) - The Superkarts! USA Desert Kart Challenge will put its 2008 season in the books on June 21 with the sixth and final round at the P1 Karting Circuit in Tucson, AZ. Concluding its second season of competition, the Southwest region has seen solid growth in the program, both in numbers and competition level with the largest turnout forecasted for this finale weekend. The class with the most entries will see the winner receive $300, plus an annual membership to the P1 facility that includes two free practice sessions. PKRA will also be giving away a $100 credit bonus to an unannounced winner during the weekend.

Heading into the final event, the popular TaG Senior championship comes down to a pair of drivers locked at the top. James Rooke and Bud Grossenbacher are tied for first place points after five events so this sixth round will decide the championship. Each driver has two wins on the year with both of Grossenbacher's wins coming at the P1 Karting Circuit. Rooke took the last round victory at the PKRA facility, which may put Grossenbacher in the driver's seat. The third place battle is tight as well with Taylor Monnig holding a 32-point advantage over Chad Brassfield. With a maximum of 320 markers up for grabs, anything is possible.

The S1 shifter championship sees just 50 points separating first and second heading into the final event. Peter Workum - despite not earning a win all season - holds the top spot on the standings thanks to consistency. Workum sits ahead of the double-duty running Grossenbacher, who has three wins on the year after missing the opening round. If Grossenbacher earns the maximum amount of points while Workum runs second in all the sessions, the two will end up tied with Grossenbacher winning the tie breaker thanks to his victories. Should Grossenbacher get topped in even a single session, Workum will have the upper hand.

Just 70 points is the difference in the S3 fight with Paul Flori and Harley Owen set as the two title contenders. Like Workum, Flori has a zero count in the win category, but he sits atop the championship. Owen joined the class in round three, but remains in the hunt thanks to a pair of victories on the year. However, Owen will need some help this weekend if he wants to knock Flori off the top of the standings.

Despite winning all five feature races on the year, Dave Van Gordon still has not mathematically clinched the S4 championship. Van Gordon has a 270-point lead heading into round six over Pete Pittman with Tommy Baker in a solid third spot. Roger Culver has a similar situation in the TaG Masters category. Even though he has yet to win, he is 260 points ahead of double winner Mike McKinney. The growing TaG Junior division has Tyler Cerbo with a 162-point advantage over Chance Stephens with Landon Cling in position to move into second in the standings.

-credit: skusa

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Series Kart
Drivers Peter Workum , Chad Brassfield