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Pole and win for Morad in Charlotte! Daniel Morad gains valuable points in Stars Eastern Championship CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA -- Markham teenager Daniel Morad, once again came back from the United States with some impressive hardware. The 14...

Pole and win for Morad in Charlotte!
Daniel Morad gains valuable points in Stars Eastern Championship

CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA -- Markham teenager Daniel Morad, once again came back from the United States with some impressive hardware. The 14 year old karter, competed in Round 3 of the 2004 Snap-on Stars of Karting Stars of Karting East National Event #3 at Lowes Motor Speedway, last weekend.

Morad was quick out of the box on Saturday qualifying second at a 43.461, less than a tenth of a second off the pole. "I had a good lap in the Maple Leaf Mortgages Birel, but not a great lap, and I think that was the difference in qualifying," Morad said.

In the pre-final and final, Morad made no mistake by winning both races. In the pre-final, he won by a 1.2 second margin, and in the final, he crossed the line 1.3 seconds ahead of second place.

"We really needed a win to get back in this championship," Morad said. "This is a big help, hopefully tomorrow will be just as good. This was a team win, and hopefully we can keep this streak for the Maple Leaf Mortgages Birel going."

On Sunday, Morad started the day with a qualifying effort of a 42.571, nearly a second quicker than Saturday. The problem was this time left him third on the grid. "It was a timing thing," Morad said. "We came in too late for a pressure change, and didn't have time to get back out to set a fast lap."

Morad bounced back to win the pre final by a just over a second, but then, a less than perfect start cost him the lead in the final. "I could probably have taken the lead, even with my start, but the risk was I'd take us both out," Morad said. "Then I made a little mistake later on and that was that. I had to settle for second."

With the win and the second, Morad is right in the hunt for the Eastern Championship in F80jr. Next up, Morad will travel to Dousman for the WKA GrandNationals in two weeks.

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