DYER AND FRASER TRIUMPH AT THIRD ROUND OF PROKART CHALLENGE NORTH Veterans prevail in headline categories while Langon doubles up in Junior ranks SONOMA, CA (May 1, 2010) - Riding off the momentum from the debut of the Superkarts! USA North...
DYER AND FRASER TRIUMPH AT THIRD ROUND OF PROKART CHALLENGE NORTH
Veterans prevail in headline categories while Langon doubles up in Junior ranks
SONOMA, CA (May 1, 2010) - Riding off the momentum from the debut of the Superkarts! USA North American Pro Tour, the ProKart Challenge North continued its season at the same facility in which the SKUSA SpringNationals were held. The Northern California regional series returned to the Jim Russell International Karting Center in Sonoma for the third round of the program. Veterans Tom Dyer and Larry Fraser took home the gold in the two headline classes - S1 Pro Stock Moto and TaG Senior - over two of the strongest fields. Coming off his first national victory at the Pro Tour, Daniel Langon continued his winning ways by scoring the win in both S5 Junior Stock Moto and the competitive HPV-2 Junior division.
Dyer was making his first start of the 2010 season, and the defending SKUSA SuperNationals Stock Moto champion found himself in chase mode following qualifying. Brett Buckwalter scored the pole position with a lap of 47.791 to better the times set by round two winner Nic LeDuc and Dyer. From the third grid spot in heat one, Dyer was quick on the cold MG Tires, knifing his way to the point in the opening circuit. LeDuc dropped in to follow in second as Tommy Thompson advanced up to third, dropping Buckwalter to fourth. The field stayed that way for the eight-lap heat, with Dyer taking the win. Dyer and LeDuc were able to break away from the rest of the field in heat two. Dyer led early until LeDuc took over the spot on lap six, which would be the winning pass. The third spot was hotly contested, with current point leader Fritz Leesmann earning the spot after the eight laps. The holeshot was all Dyer needed to help him claim the feature victory, as he got off the line cleanly and ran consistent lap times for the 20-lap race. LeDuc and Leesmann engaged in a heated battle for the runner-up spot. Contact was made during one instance where LeDuc was trying to overtake Leesmann. The result of the contact allowed LeDuc to secure the second spot to the checkered flag, until officials docked him one position for the infraction. That put Leesmann up to the second step of the podium and LeDuc to third.
For Fraser, the win would come easier compared to Dyer's, sweeping the action in the TaG Senior category despite a strong contingent of young up-and-coming drivers in the field. Qualifying was the closest anyone came to Fraser on the day. Round two runner-up Bobby Kelley came up a scant 0.075 seconds short of stealing the pole position away from Fraser, who posted a 49.096 lap time. Fraser's speed would not fall off as the day went on. Taking the heat wins by three-seconds each, Fraser led all 20 laps of the main event to score win number two on the year and inherit the point lead. Kelley ran second to him all day long until the final lap of the day when Jess Peterson snuck by for the runner-up spot. David Harwin - point leader heading into round three - experienced a tough race day and then retired midway through the feature race when a broken spark plug damaged his engine.
The S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto category witnessed its third different main event winner in as many races, with Neil Joseph earning the checkered flag. Point leader and SKUSA SpringNationals winner Matt Alcorn set the tone early with a solid qualifying lap (48.696) to earn the pole position. Going on to score the opening heat win by two seconds, Alcorn ran into trouble in heat two when he retired on lap five with a broken coil wire. Cody Diede would go on to take the win ahead of Joseph and Jared Woolf. Coming from the tail of the grid, Alcorn was on a charge in the first half of the feature race. Diede and Joseph exchanged the lead a number of times, allowing Alcorn the opportunity to close in by the halfway mark. From there, Alcorn quickly put himself at the point - with Joseph and Diede in tow. With two laps to go, Joseph made his move and brought Diede with him to drop Alcorn back to third. Holding on to the checkered, Joseph earned his first victory of the season, edging Diede by 0.141 seconds - with Alcorn half a second back to round out the podium.
Daniel Langon is making a name for himself thus far in 2010. Coming off his first national victory at the SKUSA SpringNationals, Langon ran unchallenged in the S5 Junior Stock Moto category for win number one on the day. Competing also in the HPV-2 Junior class, Langon battled throughout the day for his second win. The fight was one with another SKUSA SpringNationals winner - Kathryn Cornell - who won the TaG Junior main event on Sunday a few weeks back. Langon got the edge in qualifying, by a slim 0.082-second margin over Cornell. Langon was shuffled back early in the opening heat, leaving Cornell to take the win - with Jared Wolff sliding in between for second. Langon fought back in heat two, coming up just short at the line with Cornell scoring the win. Cornell and Langon ran 1-2 to begin the feature race, that is until lap four when they made contact, taking Cornell off track for a bit. This gave the lead to Langon as he would cruise to the victory - his first in the class - with Jack Freese scoring second and Cornell fighting back to stand on the podium in third.
Cornell will still lead the HPV2 Jr standings - having won the previous two rounds - and was also able to walk away with a victory in TaG Junior, her second straight win of the season. Austin Dement edged her out for top honors in qualifying by just 0.027 seconds. Cornell grabbed the lead in the opening lap of heat one, going on to take the win and matching the same wire-to-wire performance in heat two. With Dement getting shuffled to the back of the field in lap one of the main event, Cornell cruised to victory over point leader Niki Luna. Dement fought back to cross the line third; however, he would be found incompliant in tech for an improper cylinder head. That moved PKC newcomer Sean McDonald to the podium in third.
In Masters racing, both Jeff Smith (S4) and Ethan Wilson (TaG Master) carried the momentum gained at the SKUSA SpringNationals. Smith was perfect on the day, taking the main event victory by seven seconds over Alex Keith and Jim Inglebright. The win was his third straight to extend his point lead. Wilson also earned maximum points for the day, en route to his second main event victory of the season over Peter Workum and Jeff Deehan. Chris Yettito and Terrance Seto went back and forth in the S3 Novice Stock Moto class, with Yettito claiming the feature win after Seto retired early.
Now at the halfway point of the season, the ProKart Challenge North series will return to the Infineon Raceway facility on June 11-12 for round four. The SKUSA crew will first head to the Streets of Willow circuit for round four of the ProKart Challenge South on May 14-15, partnering up with the Gatorz Karting Cup for a joint event on the 1.8-mile course.