Burris Circle Tour mid-season notes 2003-07-25

Forty-six different drivers have stood in victory lane at the Burris Circle Tour this year. Stiff competition in all classes is setting up a second half run for the Championship that is sure to be close all the way until October. The top 7...

Forty-six different drivers have stood in victory lane at the Burris Circle Tour this year. Stiff competition in all classes is setting up a second half run for the Championship that is sure to be close all the way until October. The top 7 drivers are within 30 points in the Overall Series Championship battle with Colton Clevenger and Jordon Thiel tied for the lead.

The Jr. Sportsman Champ class is chock full of feature winners to match the tight points standings. Colton Clevenger, from Cherry Valley, IL, has won three times and leads the class points with 1175. Yorkville, IL driver Dylan Barbosa has won once, earning the second spot, just 5 points back at 1170. Mackenzie Piller has yet to post her first win of the season, but consistent podium finishes have her in third place 15 points behind the leader. Finally, Tyler Blume, an Oregon, IL student has 2 wins to his credit to round out the top four in class points at 1150.

Jordon Thiel, from Appleton, WI leads the Jr. 3 Lites with 1175 points. Billy Hulbert and Mason Hadley are tied at 1146 and both hail from Channahon, IL. Nick Chiapetta, from nearby Downers Grove, IL is in fourth place with 1117 points.

Alex Stumpf and Derrick Gough are both closing in on Jr. 1 points leader Andy Jones. These young drivers are learning skills like drafting, passing strategy and patience in their bid for the top spot. Other top Jr. Drivers include Dylan Hobbs - Jr. 2 Lite, Jessica Brannam - Jr. Yamaha, Matt Vice - Jr. Champ Karts and Elliott Prichett - Kid Karts.

The Senior Division Classes have featured some of the most exciting finishes of the year. Eric Freiberg leads in the Sr. Medium points and is also the leader is Yamaha Sportsman. However, the competition is closing in with several finishes that were won by a few thousandths of a second. Ryan Rockhold, Brandon Eash and Kris McCarty have all won Sr. Medium feature events proving they have what is takes for the second half of the season. Seth Lootans, from Bristol, IL has 3 Yamaha feature wins to his credit and is in second place in that class.

Brandon Eash leads the Sr. Heavy's and Shane Morrissey is out in front of the Sr. Lites. Joe Chiapetta, Dean Daul and Stan Guess have each won 2 feature events this year in the Sr. Sportsman Class with Joe leading in the points.

Nicole Phillips and Jim Maher are both in contention for the Sr. Champ Kart prize with only 30 points separating them. Nicole has won three feature events, with Maher, Jacob Finney, and Jason Lynch earning one win each.

The first half of the BCT season was marked by close points, close racing and close finishes. Many drivers still have the Championship in their sights. As the weather heats up in the summer months, the competition is sure to heat up as well. Check out all the action and results from the Burris Circle Tour at www.karts.net/burriscircle

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Drivers Eric Freiberg , Andy Jones