WKA: Race National report

VINCENNES, IN - Six double winners gobbled up nearly half of the 23 classes offered at the WKA/Bandit Racing Chassis Speedway Pavement Series Rage Nationals August 2-4 that had 410-racers competing at Fast Track Speedway in Vincennes, IN. Local ...

VINCENNES, IN - Six double winners gobbled up nearly half of the 23 classes offered at the WKA/Bandit Racing Chassis Speedway Pavement Series Rage Nationals August 2-4 that had 410-racers competing at Fast Track Speedway in Vincennes, IN. Local Vincennes racer John Ivers was among the dominating double winners.

Ivers posted wire-to-wire wins in Saturday's Seigler Motorsports Star Champ and Beam Distributors/United Express Line Briggs Super Heavy.

"The Phantom kart worked good and the Heath Speed Shop motor was awesome," Ivers said after winning the first Star Champ class he'd ever entered. "I don't get to race here very much even though it's my home track and I have to rely on my customers to give me setup and tire information.

In the event's closest finish Schu-Powered New Hyde Park, NY based Titan T-3 pilot Jesse State edged out Nervo Coggin/RCCCA Briggs Junior Sportsman Champ pole winner Statesville, NC based, Tod Miller Racing Engines powered Phantom kart pilot Jake `The Snake' Crum by a mire 0.001-hundreths of a second. Crum, who produce a 14.456-seconds lap for the pole, took the early lead while State worked his way from third taking second from outside pole winner Sam Christie. Once he secured second State set his sites on Crum. On lap three State swept by Crum for the lead. Two laps later Crum was back in command of the 17-racer field. State hung on in second until the final lap and then as they exited turn four heading for the checkered flag he stuck his nose past Crum just enough for the tight win.

"The kart was a little loose in the beginning and then came in at the end when it mattered most," State said.

State had another close contest with Crum in Sunday's Briggs Junior Sportsman-2 Heavy. Crum captured the pole again, this time with a 12.634-seconds lap, and hustled into the early lead over State. Just as Crum had put some distance between himself and State the first of three cautions waved. Crum led the 23-racer field back to the green flag again and next time around State shot by him for the lead. But before State could book a full lap caution wavy for the second time returning the lead back to Crum on the restart. State recaptured the lead on the next lap and held it until the next caution, which forced the race to be concluded on time.

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Series Kart
Drivers Tod Miller