WKA: IRL SoK: Taylor Miinch Seattle summary

TAYLOR MIINCH SHOWS SPEED IN SEATTLE "California pilot has strong runs along with bad luck" August 24, 2008 --Team Top Kart USA and Miinch Motorsports pilot Taylor Miinch had another strong outing this past weekend at the Snap-on Stars of...

TAYLOR MIINCH SHOWS SPEED IN SEATTLE
"California pilot has strong runs along with bad luck"

August 24, 2008 --Team Top Kart USA and Miinch Motorsports pilot Taylor Miinch had another strong outing this past weekend at the Snap-on Stars of Karting Western division finale on the temporary circuit near Seattle, Washington. The Alpine, California driver progressed nicely through the heat races to score a fourth place result in final one before a part failure took him out of contention in the second of two finals.

After topping the time charts for much of Friday's official practice sessions, the junior standout headed to 'Gatorz Pole Qualifying' with a shot at scoring the inside front row starting position. Miinch led the session early but was relegated to third as the session began to wind down. He and crew chief, Josh Huff, chose not to re-enter the race track to make a run at the pole but rather save their tires for the three heat races that were to follow later that day.

The first two heat races went as planned for the recent three-time International Karting Federation Grand National winner as he claimed two second place results. Looking to repeat the success in heat three, Miinch made slight contact with the barrier that removed the rear bumper of his ride and he was forced to retire after running in the top five. Even with the poor heat three result, the talented Taylor Miinch would start both Sunday's main events from the seventh position.

As the green flag flew for the start of feature one, Miinch made quick work of some fellow competitors as he quickly moved into the top five. A few laps later Miinch moved into P4 and had his sights set on the lead trio as he began to run them down. Time would eventually run out for Miinch, settling for a fourth place result as the checkered flag flew.

As the predicted rain entered the area, Miinch was excited to show his rain racing capabilities as he looked to improve in feature two. Unfortunately the enthusiasm was short lived as a clutch failure took him out of contention on the opening circuit.

"I am excited heading to the finale," stated Miinch after the weekend's competition. "I am confident heading to Vegas that we can make a run at the National title."

-credit: tmm

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