SKUSA: Shawn Sharkey SuperNationals preview

SHARKEY PODIUMS AT WKA AND LOOKS TO DO THE SAME AT SUPERNATIONALS "Talented Junior set for biggest race of the year" November 13, 2009 -- SCS Racing pilot and Merlin driver Shawn Sharkey scored four top ten results including three podiums...

SHARKEY PODIUMS AT WKA AND LOOKS TO DO THE SAME AT SUPERNATIONALS
"Talented Junior set for biggest race of the year"

November 13, 2009 -- SCS Racing pilot and Merlin driver Shawn Sharkey scored four top ten results including three podiums this past weekend at the World Karting Association Manufacturer's Cup event. Taking place on the grounds of the famed Lowe's Motor Speedway, Sharkey competed in both the Yamaha and HPV classes and could be seen at the front of the pack.

First on Saturday's racing schedule was the HPV Junior Heavy class where Sharkey would qualify his P1 powered Merlin outside the second row. With consistent form all weekend, the New Jersey native finished fourth in both the prefinal final scoring his first podium result of the weekend. The final result on the race day would be Sharkey's overall result in the championship chase as he would end the HPV Junior Heavy class in fourth.

The lower horsepower Yamaha Junior Lite class would also race on Saturday, as a field of 31 competitors would take the green flag. With an unhappy ninth place qualifying result, the Merlin driver would put his head down in the prefinal gaining four positions and setting himself up for a shot at the win. The 18 lap final would come down to some fierce wheel-to-wheel battles as Sharkey hung with the lead group. Some mid-race battles slowed his progress of attaining the top spot on the podium as Sharkey would cross the stripe in the fifth position giving the junior driver enough points to claim the fifth overall position in the WKA championship.

Sunday would see the SCS Racing crew make minor weight changes to Sharkey's Merlin karts as he would compete in the HPV Junior Lite and Yamaha Junior Heavy classes. With a podium result on Saturday, Sharkey would look to better his performance in Sunday's classes and did so right off the bat by circulating the Lowe's Karting Center with the fifth quickest time in the HPV division.

Starting on the inside the third row for the prefinal, Sharkey managed to maintain his position on track and turned a quicker time than he did in qualifying while several of his competitors times slowed. With a few minor setup changes to the kart between races, Sharkey was back on track for the main event where he managed to claim his third podium spot of the weekend and come home fourth.

The Sunday classes at the 2009 Manufacturer's Cup program have been unkind to Sharkey this season as he entered the final event just inside the top ten in championship points. With some unlucky finishes early in the season, the front-runner was looking to leave Lowe's with some momentum heading into 2010. The Yamaha Junior Heavy class was another aspiring run for Sharkey as he moved forward to claim the sixth position. This strong result came after qualifying in the tenth spot but moving to the tail of the field for the prefinal after an engine change. Sharkey started the heat race in the 31st position and had one of the best drives of the weekend as he moved forward to the 11th position.

"The 2009 Manufacturer's Cup series has been a great learning tool for me," explained Sharkey after the events. "I have been able to work with some extremely knowledgeable people that have helped me succeed in what I am doing. 2010 will be my final year in the junior field, and I will be working hard to be at the pointy end of all these classes."

Shawn Sharkey and the SCS Racing crew will now travel to Las Vegas for the 13th annual Superkarts! USA (SKUSA) SuperNationals. Competing in the TaG Junior class, Sharkey will look to take the win at the prestigious event that will be held on the grounds of the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino in Sin City.

-credit: www.ShawnSharkey.com

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