After restructuring within the team, KLS Racing headed into Reno, NV for the second stop on the SKUSA ProMoto Pacific Tour. AJ Allmendinger moved from the K1 class to the S1 class after the Phoenix race. Gary Carlton, a local favorite, moved into...
After restructuring within the team, KLS Racing headed into Reno, NV for the second stop on the SKUSA ProMoto Pacific Tour. AJ Allmendinger moved from the K1 class to the S1 class after the Phoenix race. Gary Carlton, a local favorite, moved into the Jr. 80 class for his first national level race in a shifter kart to join Kyle Krisiloff. Kyle Rassuchine remains in the S1 class, Ricky Luther goes solo in S2, and Brett Buckwalter will lead the K1 program for KLS Racing with Kirk Jeffery, Steven Reasoner, and Jason Berry. KLS Racing also had local team members Reed Rinehart (K1), John Pence (K1), and Nick Geranio (S2) join us for the Reno Stop. We hope they will join us for the remainder of the tour.
With many eyes focused on KLS Racing and the newly restructured team, we showed up prepared and ready to win. After the practices, KLS Racing was favored for the weekend to podium in all the classes we had entered. Strong qualifying and heat race performances by AJ Allmendinger, Kyle Rassuchine, Ricky Luther, Brett Buckwalter, and Gary Carlton insured good starting spots for the main event. Going into each main is where the racing began.
Our Jr. 80 team on Friday had its ups and downs, literally. Gary Carlton was in the top five during practice on Friday for his first national level race aboard his 80cc machine. Kyle Krisiloffs luck was not so good. During a practice session, he was involved in an incident, which removed him from the racing program. The most important thing is that our young driver is ok and we look forward to seeing Kyle in Santa Maria. Gary Carlton had strong performances in all heats and was picked as a favorite for Sunday's main event. Unfortunately, a racing incident ended his race early. Our young Jar 80 team learned a lot in Reno and will be back in full force for Santa Maria.
Our K1 team on Friday was scattered throughout the field. We had a total of 6 drivers in this field being lead by Brett Buckwalter and Steven Reasoner. Brett was in the fight for the top position after qualifying third. The top three K1 qualifiers were only separated by 1/100th of a second. Brett won one heat race and Steven was within the top five in all heat races. In the main event, Brett had gained the lead and was pulling away. He was forced to pull to the side due to mechanical failure. Steven was involved in an incident ending his day. Kirk Jeffery placed the highest out of all the KLS Racings K1 drivers to finish in 9th.
In the S2 program, Ricky Luther was in the hunt. During practice he had ripped off some fast times and won a heat race on Sunday. He was involved in some racing contact on the start, which set him back a few spots. He finished 8th in the main event and is also second in points for the S2 class in the Pacific Zone. Look for KLS Racing and the Luther's to improve the S2 program to be a contender for the S2 Title.
The S1 class took to the track as the last main event on Sunday and AJ Allmendinger was clearly the favorite to win. He had qualified on pole and was over 2/10ths faster then his nearest competitor. This was AJ's S1 debut aboard his KLS Racing MBA. He was the first Pacific Zone Driver to sweep the pole position and all his heat races. K&N awarded AJ with $600.00 for the K&N Clean Sweep Award. He went on to win the race by over 50 karts lengths. Kyle Rassuchine was also right there aboard his MBA 125 with a top five finish in all of his heats. Kyle showed what he is made of by being consistent and smooth throughout the weekend placing him in 6th for the finish of the main event. This is a great finish for Kyle considering he has been going to school full time and racing against peers with thousands of more laps in their 125 machines. Keep an eye out for Kyle as his already a national champion in other forms of karting.
<pre> KLS Racings Drivers for Reno ProMoto #2
S1 AJ Allmendinger Kyle Rassuchine
S2 Ricky Luther Nick Geranio
K1 Brett Buckwalter Kirk Jeffery Steven Reasoner Reed Rinehart John Pence Jason Berry
Jr80 Gary Carlton Kyle Krisiloff