Jason Bowles Hits the Jackpot! Every year North America' s premiere shifter kart pilots come together in Las Vegas to compete in the most prestigious shifter kart races of the year. This year's edition featured the toughest field of competitors...
Jason Bowles Hits the Jackpot!
Every year North America' s premiere shifter kart pilots come together in Las Vegas to compete in the most prestigious shifter kart races of the year. This year's edition featured the toughest field of competitors in many years, including top Indy Car, Formula Car and American LeMans Series racers. All joined on a temporary facility set up at Sam Boyd Stadium to create a level playing field on which to compete for the Supernational title.
Thursday marked the only day of testing for the drivers and as with all temporary circuits it would be critical to be on the pace right from start. Right out of the box Jason was on pace and one of the quickest racers. This was a confidence builder for Jason as he spent the entire season out of karts, running the F2000 Zetec Championship and garnering Rookie of the Year honors along with a 4th place finish in the year end point standings. As Thursday's practice sessions came to an end, Bowles had placed himself inside the top 5 and showed improvement in each session on track. He was confident and looking forward to Friday's qualifying and heat race action.
Friday started with a 10min warm-up with Jason again putting himself comfortably in the top 5 going into qualifying. For qualifying, Bowles knew that putting in a good lap was going to be important to get a solid starting spot for the pre-final. At the start of the 15min session Bowles immediately went into the 5th position. During the session Bowles was not able to improve on his time and ended the session in the 11th position. After returning back to the pits disappointed with his effort, Jason and the team realized that they had missed the jetting, costing him at least 2/10s down the very long straight back straight, the difference would have put him in the 4th starting position for the pre-final.
Saturday consisted of a warm-up and a pre-final that determines your starting position for the final. The pre-finals were split into two groups, evens and odds and whichever winner had the fastest lap time would earn pole position for the final. Bowles would start his pre-final from the 6th position ... As the lights signaled the start; Jason made a great jump and was able to move into the 2nd position by the end of the first lap. Bowles was never able to make a move for the first position and finished 2nd. At the scales after the race the winner was 2lbs light and disqualified, giving Bowles the win and the pole position for Sunday's final event.
For Sunday's Final Jason would be starting from the first position and was picked by many as the favorite to win. As the green light came on Bowles got off to a slow start with a little contact in turn one, sliding back to the 3rd position. For the next few laps Bowles battled with the 2nd place driver eventually making his way by and setting his sights on the leader. By lap 12 Bowles had started to close the gap on the leader but was put back to the third position when Alan Sciuto made a move for second, putting on the drive of his young career. Jason was not about to let Sciuto get away and set a blistering pace, The duo were able to track down the leader, who in the first half of the race had opened a comfortable gap while the other competitors battled for position behind him. Both Sciuto and Bowles were able to pass the leader and pull out a comfortable gap. With only one lap remaining Jason was able to close the gap to Sciuto, going down the back straight Bowles looked to go inside of Sciuto when Sciuto's motor seized. Once passed Sciuto, Bowles was able to take over 1st place and bring home the prestigious victory.
"This was a really great win and I would like to dedicate it to my late team owner Ron Huber who passed away on Saturday night. This week was competed under extremely hard conditions. Our team would have made Ron proud with all of the hard work, commitment, and sacrifice, all of the things he tried to inspire in us.
I would also like to thank my other sponsors Tony Kart, Vortex, Sparco, Beta Tools, CZ chains, Courtney Concepts, Aim Sports, Oakley and Freestyle Watches."