SKUSA: CSC: Season finale new location announced

CENTRAL STATES CHALLENGE FINALE MOVES LOCATIONS Facility issues force series final round to relocate to I-55 Raceway ST. LOUIS, MO (August 17, 2009) -- Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Superkarts! USA AMB i.t. Central States Challenge ...

CENTRAL STATES CHALLENGE FINALE MOVES LOCATIONS
Facility issues force series final round to relocate to I-55 Raceway

ST. LOUIS, MO (August 17, 2009) -- Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Superkarts! USA AMB i.t. Central States Challenge (SCSC) will move its season finale - set for August 29-30 - to the I-55 Raceway in Pevely, MO. The original location of the Kansas Speedway with the BP Motorsports Group encountered unforeseen issues that have caused the program to transfer the location of the sixth and final round of the 2009 championship to the nearly 6/10-mile course south of the metropolitan St. Louis area.

"I must apologize to all of the Central States Challenge competitors for the late announcement regarding the series finale," expressed series coordinator Pam Freund. "We had all intentions of making a return trip to the Kansas City area however situations out of our control arose in the last few days that have forced us to move the event to a new facility. With our close relationship with the I-55 Raceway, we were able to keep our original date for final round. I would like to thank all of the competitors for their understanding during this ordeal and hope each enjoy the 2009 closer."

The sixth round of the series will decide the champions for the 2009 season with the best four races of the year counted toward the standings. With his win at the last round in Delmar, Richy Yates has made the chase for the TaG Junior championship intriguing. Trailing leader Drake Ostrom by 45 points when considering the drop races, Yates' second half charge has put him in contention and another win could help him towards his title hopes. Ostrom, with two feature wins already to his credit, will look for a third to clinch the championship. Lukas Johnson however has clinched the S5 Junior title with his fourth straight feature win at the 61 Kartway event. The fight will be for the runner-up spot with Kaylee Granberg, Kevin Donahue and Joe Reed battling it out for the standings position.

Counting the two drops already, Matt Zeis and Derek Crockett are separated by just 25 points heading into Pevely. Zeis has three feature wins to Crockett's two but a weekend sweep could land the challenger with enough points to steal the title from the current point leader. Crockett also trails in the S1 category when factoring the drop races with Carly Mandarino jumping to P1 from P3 with current point leader Kyle Gnau falling to third. Separated by just 80 points, the top three will sort things out at the final round with the weekend winner projected as the champion.

Crockett however does lead the TaG Senior with a solid lead over Kyle Gnau, needing to record just enough points over the final weekend to secure the title. Forty points is all that separates Brit Phillips and Jim Donahue in the TaG Masters scrap. Donahue may have some home track advantage at Pevely but things won't be settled until the final checkered flag. Rick Freund has all but wrapped up the S4 championship with Kyle Donahue still mathematically in the hunt. Kyle Donahue is looking in good shape in the TaG Cadet division with three feature wins to his credit and a solid lead in the standings over Zach Bohmer and Cole Hannah. Same goes for Jacob Winslow in the Kid Kart division, leading Grant Greisbach and Owen Leatherberry.

The I-55 karting circuit will be open for practice the Friday before the event (August 28 - times to be announced) with free camping available for the weekend. The host hotel will be the Comfort Inn in Festus with $75 room rates with the Central States Challenge discount - call 636-939-2888. Action begins Saturday with official practice, leading into qualifying with the Prefinal and Finals taking place Sunday. The entry fee for the event will be $75 - which included the driver pit pass. To pre register for the event or to become part of the SKUSA Central States Challenge, visit www.centralstateschallenge.com The series would like to thank the following sponsors for their support in 2009; AMB i.t., MG Tires, Car-Car Motorsports, Crockett's Mobile Car Wash, Digatron, Nado Alley Printing, PG Racing, Russell Karting, and Unique Heating and Cooling.

-credit: skusa

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