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MIINCH ON THE PODIUM AGAIN AT CKI CALIFORNIA "Miinch puts himself in good position for championships" August 12, 2009 -- Miinch Motorsports pilot Taylor Miinch was up front again this past weekend at the third round of the...

MIINCH ON THE PODIUM AGAIN AT CKI CALIFORNIA
"Miinch puts himself in good position for championships"

August 12, 2009 -- Miinch Motorsports pilot Taylor Miinch was up front again this past weekend at the third round of the Championship Karting International (CKI) event at the CalSpeed Karting Center on the grounds of the famed California Speedway. Noted as one of Miinch's best and most liked tracks, the Top Kart pilot was up to speed early as he ran in the top five in times throughout Friday's official practice sessions.

Working with tuners Wesley Boswell and Cory Pollock, Miinch could only turn the fifth quickest time in the KF3 qualifying session and was one more position down the running order in IAME Junior with a sixth place run. Looking to setup a better starting position for Sunday's events, Miinch would have to move forward throughout Saturday's heat races and score consistent race results.

"Friday afternoon's qualifying was a bit tough for us," expressed driver Taylor Miinch. "The track was a little different than practice, and I was unable to get a good lap down. Tomorrow will be important for us to score good results and ensure we start up front on Sunday in both classes."

In KF3, Miinch would use all three heat races to gain positions in his quest for a main event victory. After claiming the win in the first heat race, Miinch had to settle for fourth and fifth place results in heats two and three. With the points calculated through the heats, Miinch would start Sunday's prefinal from inside the second row in the third position.

Switching back and forth between karts and classes, Miinch was back on track in his IAME Junior machine looking to improve on his sixth place qualifying result. Just like in the KF3 class, Miinch progressively moved forward scoring a third and two second place results to set up a second place starting spot.

Looking to maintain his prefinal starting spots, Miinch drove two perfect races in both KF3 and IAME Junior scoring solid second place results. The results would set Miinch up for an outside front row starting spot in both classes, giving him a good shot at another double race win.

In the KF3 main event, Miinch had some trouble keeping pace with the leaders as a slight miss on the kart setup would see him fall down the running order. By the time the checkered flag had flown, Miinch was mired back in the fifth position but scored some valuable championship points in his quest for the title.

The IAME Junior final provided a bit more action for the young Californian as his outside front row starting spot was quickly turned into a mid race position after Miinch was shoved off the track on the exit of turn one. With one of the fastest karts on the track, Miinch began to continually march his way towards the front of the field as he managed to turn the second quickest lap time. The main event drama came on the final circuit as Miinch made a bid for the lead as he and a fellow competitor charged towards the checkered flag. With some minor contact, Miinch managed to get ahead of the leader and take the win by .046 but later had it taken away with a one position penalty for rough driving.

"I'd like to thank everyone for all their support to date and onwards in 2009," expressed Miinch. "It was incredible to have a great family friend Denny Stover at the track with our team."

-credit: mm

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