EXCITEMENT CONTINUES AS CENTRAL STATES CHALLENGE ROLLS THROUGH QUINCY Four drivers record weekend sweeps at TNT Kartways for round four of program WEST QUINCY, MO (June 28, 2009) -- The fourth round of the Superkarts! USA regional program - the...
EXCITEMENT CONTINUES AS CENTRAL STATES CHALLENGE ROLLS THROUGH QUINCY
Four drivers record weekend sweeps at TNT Kartways for round four of program
WEST QUINCY, MO (June 28, 2009) -- The fourth round of the Superkarts! USA regional program - the AMB i.t. Central States Challenge (SCSC) took competitors to the historic TNT Kartways in West Quincy, MO on June 27-28. Nearly 80 entries gathered along the Mississippi River at the 4/10-mile course that has seen many prestigious names in the sport of karting take on the challenging circuit. The weather was simple hot - with temperatures above 100 degrees, matching the racing action on the track.
The Junior divisions continue to be the showcase categories each weekend with S5 Junior and TaG Junior. Lukas Johnson and Drake Ostrom continued their reign as the driver to beat in their respective classes. Johnson was untouchable in S5 qualifying as he put down the only lap in the 28s. Jumping the start in the Prefinal would be the only mistake he would make all weekend long, costing him one position and a clean sweep of the class. In the 12-lap feature, Johnson was nearly a second a lap faster as he recorded a 10-second margin of victory over Kevin Donahue. Junior rookie Colton Brooks was third with Joe Reed recovering from a spin in the Prefinal to finish fourth. Donahue's sister Angela was fifth in the order, placing as the top female driver of three in the category. Ostrom wasn't quite as dominating in TaG Junior as Johnson was however he did record a sweep on the weekend.
Ostrom out-qualified the field by more than two-tenths and continued the pace through both races. In the feature, Ostrom took the win by five seconds over Richy Yates and Kevin Donahue. Colton Brooks was fourth with Greg Gerst fifth. In IAME Challenge at the end of Sunday, Ostrom took the honors for his second victory in one of the most exciting races of the weekend as he narrowly beat out Brooks and Gerst. Ostrom nearly made it three wins however Tucker Cory was able to best him in Yamaha Junior with Gerst recording another third place finish.
Matt Zeis and Justin Vancil were the two Senior drivers on the weekend to record a class sweep in their respective divisions. Zeis was challenged in S3 by point leader Derek Crockett. The two recorded the same fast lap in qualifying, thus reverting to the second fastest lap gave Zeis the pole position. Zeis kept up the fast pace in the Prefinal to take the win while Crockett struggled to keep up. Crockett got the holeshot in the Feature to lead the first seven laps and record the fast lap however Zeis was better in the second half of the race to slide by for the lead and go on to his second victory. Chris Thomasson returned to the SCSC for his second event of the season to run third. Vancil was also chased by Crockett - who came into Quincy as the TaG Senior championship leader as well. Vancil got the top honors in qualifying by just over a tenth of a second quicker than Crockett. Vancil went green to checkered in the Prefinal with Crockett still holding strong in second but in the Feature, Crockett retired on the opening lap with a broken clutch allowing Vancil to run flag-to-flag once again. Andrew Coulter crossed the line second with Chris Berg in third.
The S4 division continues to be a toss-up each weekend with three different drivers showing the way in the classes on-track action. Eric Burkard topped the timing chart in qualifying while Jack Kloeber won the Prefinal as Burkard was unable to complete a lap. In the end however it was championship leader Rick Freund that was on top when it mattered. Freund took the Feature win by two-seconds over Kloeber with Kyle Donahue placing third. First year SCSC driver Carly Mandarino was the quickest in S1 qualifying but it was Derek Crockett who came through with the Prefinal win. Crockett spun out in the opening stages of the race, allowing Mandarino to run unchallenged to her second straight main event victory.
Jason Bridsell scored two victories in his first appearance at a SCSC event. In TaG Masters, Birdsell outran Jim Donahue and Brit Phillips while in Yamaha Senior he edged out Ryan Miller by just 0.171-seconds for the win with Travis Kelle crossing the line third.
Kaleb Allison looked to have the TaG 60 division locked up after posting the quickest time in qualifying and winning the classes Prefinal race. The 12-lap Feature however was a close affair with Kyle Donahue as the championship leader got the jump at the drop of the green flag. From there, the two ran nose to tail the entire time however it would be Donahue that led all 12-laps for his third victory of the season. Allison was just one-tenth back at the checkered flag with Zach Bohmer, Austin Mayton and Kyle Potts completing the top-five. Logan Mitchell was the fourth driver to complete a weekend sweep as he did so in the Yamaha Rookie class, besting Carter Logsden and Tyler King. Jaydon Biles was the victor in the Kid Kart division while Sheree Kulp was the lone Powder Puff participant.
Saturday evening, roughly 20 non-participants took advantage of the Arrive and Drive program provided by Margay Racing products and Car-Car Motorsports. Those who took part in the free service gained a better understanding of what it was like to pilot different packages of karts, ranking from a TaG 60 to a TaG Senior ride.
The series will be off for the month of July, allowing competitors to rejuvenate for the fifth round set for August 8-9 at 61 Kartway in Delmar, IA. To pre register for the event or to find out all the details on the 2009 season and other information you need to know to become part of the SKUSA Central States Challenge, visit www.centralstateschallenge.com. The series would like to thank the following sponsors for their support in 2009; AMB i.t., MG Tires, Car-Car Motorsports, Crockett's Mobile Car Wash, Digatron, Nado Valley Printing, PG Racing, Russell Karting, and Unique Heating and Cooling.