SKUSA: SCSC: Series Delmar round five preview

CENTRAL STATES CHALLENGE RETURNS TO ACTION AT 61 KARTWAYS Month-long break recharges Superkarts! USA regional program for end of the season run ST. LOUIS, MO (August 4, 2009) -- One of Superkarts! USA regional programs - the AMB i.t. Central ...

CENTRAL STATES CHALLENGE RETURNS TO ACTION AT 61 KARTWAYS
Month-long break recharges Superkarts! USA regional program for end of the season run

ST. LOUIS, MO (August 4, 2009) -- One of Superkarts! USA regional programs - the AMB i.t. Central States Challenge (SCSC) - is gearing up for the final two events of its 2009 season, both set for the month of August. The fifth round will take the series back to the popular 61 Kartways in Delmar, Iowa on the August 8-9 weekend. The fairly new 6/10-mile course incorporates a number of twists and turns with some intense elevation changes, and the track owners will be unveiling some improvements this weekend, all designed to improve the racing.

With the recent announcement of the 2010 SKUSA North American Pro Tour, the SCSC is certainly excited about the upcoming opportunities for the region. A number of drivers have shown great interest in the new program and the SCSC is in full support. For the Delmar event, the class lineup will have some additional local option classes as the TaG 4 Stroke, Yamaha, and Clone divisions joining in on the Central States Challenge fun.

The penultimate round will only increase the intensity on the track with many of the championship chases still up in the air. With two wins a piece, the tightest fight is in the S3 category with just 30 points separating Derek Crockett and Matt Zeis for the championship lead. Zeis got the better of Crockett at the last round at TNT Raceway and is looking to continue that momentum to jump over for the standings lead. In a similar situation is the top of the TaG Masters category with Brit Phillips leading Jim Donahue. The two have also split the feature wins with Donahue looking to make it two in a row at the Delmar event.

Crockett holds a 95 point advantage over Kyle Gnau in the TaG Senior however Crockett has gone winless in the last two outings, thanks to Justin Vancil and Chris Berg - who could be a factor in the championship chase when the two race drop rule is calculated. Gnau, despite not recording a feature win, has used consistent results to hold the top spot in the S1 division. TNT Raceway round winner Carly Mandarino sits second with Crockett holding in third. Rick Freund has a strong hold on the S4 field heading into Delmar, with 135 points separating him and Kyle Donahue.

The S5 Junior shifter division sees Lukas Johnson in control following his three straight feature wins. He holds a 156 point gap over Kaylee Granberg in the growing division, which was included in the class lineup for this year's SKUSA SuperNationals in Vegas with the class champion, along with the other SCSC titlists earning a free entry into the November event. Drake Ostrom has a similar advantage in the TaG Junior division with 140 the difference between himself and Kevin Donahue. The Delmar event could be the deciding factor in who has the edge toward the championship.

Kyle Donahue has three feature wins to his credit and leads the way in the TaG 60 championship chase. Zach Bohmer, a feature winner himself, sits second and with the tight fields each round nothing is out of the question. The champion however will earn a free entry into the TAG World Championships, set for Oklahoma in October. The popular Kid Kart division has two drivers locked up for the title with Grant Greisbach and Jacob Winslow at the top. Winslow has two feature wins to Greisbach's one however Owen Leatherberry and Nicholas Cory are sitting on the outside, looking in with a chance to shake up the order with good results in Delmar.

The 61 Kartway will be open for practice Friday from noon to 10pm, running under the lights, for those looking to gain some extra track time. Saturday will begin with official SCSC event with practice and qualifying taking place during the day before the Prefinal and Final action runs on Sunday. 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.

-credit: skusa

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