CROCKETT AND BROOKS DOUBLE UP AT CENTRAL STATES CHALLENGE FINALE S2 and TaG Senior dominated by Crockett as Brooks takes both Junior categories at Pevely PEVELY, MO (September 12, 2010) - The final stage of the 2010 Superkarts! USA Central ...
CROCKETT AND BROOKS DOUBLE UP AT CENTRAL STATES CHALLENGE FINALE
S2 and TaG Senior dominated by Crockett as Brooks takes both Junior categories at Pevely
PEVELY, MO (September 12, 2010) - The final stage of the 2010 Superkarts! USA Central States Challenge program took place at the I-55 Speedway karting circuit over the September 11-12 weekend. The Missouri National Guard was welcomed as the special guest for the event as the SCSC family remembered those fallen during 9/11 and those who are currently serving in the armed forces with free admission to the weekend's activities. On-track, the final surge toward the season-end championships was in full force. Coming away the big winners from the event were Derek Crockett and Colton Brooks as they each took home two victories.
The weekend prior to the Pevely event, Crockett - along with a handful of other SCSC competitors - took to the streets of Rock Island, Illinois for the 16th annual Rock Island Grand Prix. Crockett was primed to contend for the headline King of the Streets title until contact with a barrier early on took him out of race. Bouncing back this weekend, Crockett would run untouched to sweep the S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto proceedings. Crockett's 37.562-lap time was best in the timed session, putting him on the P1 spot for the opening heat race. After losing the lead to Kyle Gnau early, Crockett jumped back to the lead by lap four, scoring the win by over four-seconds. Crockett led all eight laps in heat two for the win, setting up for a wire-to-wire victory in the 15-lap main event. Gnau was able to hold off a charging Carly Mandarino for the second spot in the end. Though Crockett would end the season with two event sweeps, S2 rookie Lukas Johnson earned the title by a slim five-point margin. In the S4 Master Stock Moto, Jack Kloeber returned to the series to score the victory over Kyle Donahue, however, Rick Freund would earn enough points on the season for the championship.
Crockett would add another victory on the weekend, scoring the sweep in TaG Senior as well. He began the event as the only driver below the 40-second mark in qualifying, posting a 39.517. Crockett went flag-to-flag in the opening heat while point leader Brad Winkelmann challenged in the second heat. In the end, Crockett would hold on for the win. Winkelmann got the jump to begin the main event with Crockett sliding in behind for second. The order remained unchanged until lap seven when Winkelmann lost his chain. This gave back the lead to Crockett as he went unchallenged to the win. Matt Brooks would end up as the runner-up while Winkelmann would leave the event having earned enough points for the class title over Crockett.
The S5 Junior Stock Moto title chase came down to the final laps between Colton Brooks and Joe Reed. Brooks won round one, posting the best lap in qualifying (39.382) for ten bonus points. Reed struck back in the first moto, leading all eight laps of the race to gain back the ten points lost. The second heat would see Reed challenge Brooks for the lead on lap four and the two made contact. Reed would watch the rest of the race from the sidelines while Brooks continued on, well behind Colt Masewich who went on to win the race. At the start of the main, Brooks was able to grab the holeshot as Reed quickly returned to the second spot by the completion of the first lap. The remaining 11 laps would see Reed dig deep, trying to reel in Brooks but it would be for not as Brooks took the victory by just under two-seconds. Reed however would win the war as he as he scored enough points on the day to earn the class championship by 30 points over Brooks.
With the TaG Junior championship wrapped up by Karl Weber after the Kansas City event following six straight victories, the fight in Pevely was for second between Colton Brooks, Collin Willis, and Nathan White. Brooks struck first as he earned the top spot in qualifying with a 40.316-lap to score the pole position over Willis and White. The rest of the event would be all Brooks as he led all eight laps of both heat races and all 12 circuits in the main event. With his event sweep, Brooks left finishing second in the point standings ahead of White by four points. Willis finished second in the final but would end up fourth in the final point tally, 15 markers back of White.
All eyes were on the TaG Cadet field when they hit the track with a number of drivers in the hunt for the championship. Kyle Kennedy led the way in qualifying, recording a 43.306 lap time to secure the pole position. Kyle Potts was second with Austin Mayton, making a return to the track following a series auto accident while traveling to the SCSC Kansas City round, in third. Kennedy showed the way in heat one while Potts retired after just one lap, handing second to Mayton with Jacob Winslow up to third. Kennedy and Mayton continued to run up front in heat two while Kamryn Sloan edged out Winslow for third. The main event was all Kennedy as he would go on to lead all 12 laps to score his second victory of the season. Mayton would cross the line in second with Potts able to bounce back and end up third. In the point race, Kennedy and Mayton would end up tied for the top spot and will share the championship title. Ryan Joehl ended the season second over Potts, Sloan, and Jacob Winslow. In the local option Yamaha Jr. Sportsman class, Zach Whaley would win over Sloan. Luke Howard won the Kid Kart feature over Tate Steinmann, Huck Jenkins and Alex Whaley.
Following the event, the SKUSA Central States Challenge announced the news of a new fund that has been set up to help the Mayton family with expenses not covered by insurance following their auto accident in August. SwedeTech Racing Engines will be donating 10% of every rebuild engine they service between now and the end of the year to the fund. More information on the Mayton Family Fund will be available on the Central States Challenge website in the near future.
With the 2010 season complete, series officials will go to work planning the season-end awards banquet. More information will be released at a future date. To find out more about being part of the SKUSA Central States Challenge, visit www.centralstateschallenge.com