SKUSA: PKC-N: Sonoma season finale preview

ProKART CHALLENGE NORTH READIES FOR SEASON FINALE Eight championships to be decided on Sonoma, California circuit TEMECULA, CA (September 8, 2009) -- The final round for the Superkarts! USA ProKart Challenge North program is set for September...

Eight championships to be decided on Sonoma, California circuit

TEMECULA, CA (September 8, 2009) -- The final round for the Superkarts! USA ProKart Challenge North program is set for September 12 at the Jim Russell International Karting Center in Sonoma, California. The South program completed their 2009 schedule at the end of August with nine championships decided that weekend. For the North program, eight classes will see their champions crowned on the popular 'Reverse National' layout.

The S3 division will see a ton of heavy hitters taking part in the series finale. Point leader Jacob Neal will look to hold off any surprises from Tommy Thompson and Steve Reasoner to leave Sonoma with the crown. Grand-Am driver Memo Gidley will return for the finale, along with SKUSA SuperNationals 2007 winner Tom Dyer -- both grabbing some extra seat time before the big November event in Las Vegas. Defending class champion Jason Toft, fresh off a win in Fontana at the South finale, will be in action as well as PKC North round six winner Daniel Bray. Neal will also be doing battle in the S1 category as he will look to hold off the late season charge from defending class champion Cody Hodgson. Neal has only two wins to Hodgson's three, but Neal has a 10 point advantage when counting the drop as they head into Sonoma.

The TaG Senior fight is down to three drivers as Brett Buckwalter, Will Martindale, and Brett Felkins enter the finale separated by 40 points. Buckwalter has been the driver to beat as of late, with three straight features wins -- but a disqualification in the opening round has cost him points and he enters this event trailing Martindale, last year's championship runner-up. Felkins and Buckwalter are tied, and need to gain 40 markers over the event in order to hurdle Martindale. Just 15 points separate the top two in the TaG Master category, with Steve Elo leading the way over Jim Zootis. Elo has two victories to Zootis' zero, but Zootis has been more consistent on the year. Both need to watch out for Jeff Deehan and Paul Hohlbein, as each have a win and are within striking distance of the top two.

Two drivers are down to the wire in the G1 category, as Jim Kidd and Ethan Wilson will decide who will claim the championship. Kidd has the advantage with three wins -- as Wilson is still searching for win number one. Jamie Wilson has nearly wrapped up the S4 title heading into the finale. His three wins on the year have him steadily ahead of Peter Workum.

The Junior categories have two drivers currently leading the way with solid point leads. Defending HPV-2 Junior champion Kiel Spaulding is set on defending his title as he is enters the finale holding the point lead over Dylan Lupton. On the flip side, Lupton is on top of the TaG Junior standings over Austin Elliott.

Supporting the PKC North program once again, Shawn Thomas is offering a victory lap in a 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Zagato -- which raced at the 24-Hour of Le Mans and is now part of the Tom Price collection -- this time for the TaG Senior and S3 victors, with Memo Gidley behind the wheel. Those not able to attend will be able to view Saturday's action via broadcasting of the scoring feed live -- -- including a micro-blog with updates throughout the day.

The event will begin with a practice day on Friday, September 11 from 9am to 5pm, followed by a complimentary BBQ dinner for all in attendance, thanks to the sponsorship of the Thomas family. Pre-entry cutoff for the event is midnight on Wednesday, September 9, when the $35 savings ends and drivers will be required to enter at the track for the full price. PKC is also asking any KF2 drivers that are interested in racing at the event to contact them prior to the event with a minimum of six racers required for the class to compete. Those who have yet to book their hotel room for the weekend are encouraged to contact the EconoLodge in nearby Novato for a discounted rate when mentioning the ProKart Challenge.

Following the event this Saturday, the PKC North Awards Banquet will take place, honoring those who earn the class championships, scheduled for October 17. More details regarding the banquet along with more information on the program's finale or the upcoming SKUSA SuperNationals XIII can be found at or by calling 951-491-0808.

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Series Kart
Drivers Memo Gidley , Tom Price , Tom Dyer