CENTRAL STATES CHALLENGE INVADES NEW CASTLE Series visits Central Indiana facility over Memorial Day weekend ST. LOUIS, MO (May 24, 2009) -- The state of Indiana is a popular racing location during the month of May and the AMB i.t. Central ...
CENTRAL STATES CHALLENGE INVADES NEW CASTLE
Series visits Central Indiana facility over Memorial Day weekend
ST. LOUIS, MO (May 24, 2009) -- The state of Indiana is a popular racing location during the month of May and the AMB i.t. Central States Challenge (SCSC) made the Memorial Day weekend its choice to travel to the New Castle Motorsports Park for its first ever visit. The 1-mile circuit, located just south of the downtown district of New Castle, is among the top facilities in North America karting with many of the SCSC competitors eager to tackle the course for the first time. Though numbers did not match the opening round in St. Louis just two weeks prior, the field at round two produced new winners in nearly every category.
Once again, Derek Crockett was a double winner as he came away with the S3 victory while adding the IAME Challenge class to his roster as well. Round one winner in S3 Matt Zeis was Crockett's closets competitor as the two ran close together throughout the weekend with Crockett coming out with the victory. Chris Thomasson ran third to complete the podium. The IAME Challenge event garnered more entries at the New Castle event with Crockett and Jacob Sekey at the front of the field. Sekey led the first four laps until a mechanical problem put him on the sidelines, allowing Crockett to earn his second win of the weekend over Kaylee Granberg and Chris Berg.
Sekey - a regular at NCMP - however had the edge in the TaG Senior category as he would sweep the categories on-track action, outrunning Crockett and Kyle Gnau in the feature to nearly a 30-second margin of victory. Another home town driver scoring victory was Jason Lee in the S4 category. Lee missed Saturday's qualifying action but returned Sunday to drive from the tail of the field to win the Prefinal and go on to win the Feature over round one winner Jack Kloeber with Rick Freund finishing on the podium once again. A driver that was not local was the S1 winner Gregory Liefooghe. The Californian traveled to NCMP to warm-up for a future event at the facility and was on his game from the beginning as he swept the class action, taking the win over Crockett and Gnau. Dave Hannah was another driver to sweep his division - TaG Masters. Brit Phillips and Jim Donahue kept it close but would not be able to track down Hannah as he took his first win of the season.
SCSC newcomer Robby Seward was another first time winner on the weekend as he swept the TaG Junior action. The fight on-track however was for second with Drake Ostrom edging Donahue for the spot at the line. Lukas Johnson picked up the pace in round two to improve his third place run at round one to the top of the S5 Junior Shifter podium at New Castle. With Johnson running such a blistering pace, Gateway winner Kevin Donahue and defending class champion Kaylee Granberg had to settle for second and third. The TaG Cadet category continues to provide high numbers and great racing. Kyle Donahue produced his second straight victory but it would not come easy. Cole Hannah earned top qualifying honors and fought Donahue for the Prefinal win, missing by just two-tenths at the line. The two swapped the top spot once again until Donahue stretched out to a near two-second margin for the victory with Zach Bohmer completing the podium.
The next round for the Central States Challenge will take the series back to the state of Illinois for the Mid-State Kart Club facility in Springfield on June 6-7. A group of Yamaha engine based divisions will be added to the weekend program for the event for Senior, Junior and Cadet drivers. To pre register for the event or to find out all the details on the 2009 season and other information you need to know 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, PG Racing, Russell Karting, and Unique Heating and Cooling.