ALCORN AND CORWIN CONTINUE PROKART CHALLENGE NORTH WIN STREAK Superkarts! Northern California region continues on to second half with an amazing event SONOMA, CA (July 12, 2008) -- It just keeps getting better and better for the Superkarts!...
ALCORN AND CORWIN CONTINUE PROKART CHALLENGE NORTH WIN STREAK
Superkarts! Northern California region continues on to second half with an amazing event
SONOMA, CA (July 12, 2008) -- It just keeps getting better and better for the Superkarts! USA ProKart Challenge North program. Round #4 at the Jim Russell International Karting Center at Infineon Raceway provided another spectacular event this past weekend -- with great weather and a great show being put on by the staff and the drivers themselves on the Sonoma, California circuit. After a popular debut in Round #3, the 3/4-mile national track configuration was run in the reverse direction once again, producing another successful and unique event for this first-year program.
Two drivers have been on their game this season at the PKC North events: Matt Alcorn and Craig Corwin. Both had perfect records heading into Round #4, and despite a few hiccups, they prevailed -- with their fourth main event wins on the year. In S4, Alcorn took the pole position and then the provisional heat one victory -- until it was removed in the tech barn. Once he remedied the situation, he bounced back from the tail of the field to the heat two win. This set him on the pole for the 20-lap main event, in which he paced the field to a seven-second victory over Jared Woolf and Alexander Keith.
Corwin was edged in qualifying for the first time on the year by Ethan Wilson, his closest rival. Wilson ripped off a lap just 0.017-seconds faster than Corwin to take the inside of the front row for the first heat race. The start would not bode well for Wilson, however, as he would not make it around for the opening lap, allowing Corwin to pace the field to the win. Corwin would remain on the winning track with a victory in the second heat race, following it up with his fourth main event triumph. Wilson battled back to third in the main, fighting with eventual second place finisher JP Cadoux.
As was the case in Round #3, the TaG Senior group again headlined the show with an exciting performance throughout the day. The field was tight in qualifying, with the entire 16-kart group within half a second of each other, led provisionally by Brett Buckwalter until he was removed in tech with a broken silencer. This gave Wes Phillips the pole for the opening heat race, with Larry Fraser starting on the outside. Round #3 winner Alex Speed got the jump on the field from the third starting position, as Fraser did not make it around for the opening lap. Phillips slotted back into second and ran that way throughout the 10-lap heat #1 race. Championship leader Jason Toft came from 12th to third, with Buckwalter following him through to fourth.
The second heat was a five-man show at the front, with Will Martindale joining the mix. Phillips took the win over Speed, Buckwalter, Martindale and Toft, all crossing the line within a second, setting up for an exciting final. The fight went down to just four competitors on lap two as Speed retired early with an expired engine. The remaining quartet put on a 20-lap exhibition with a last lap pass for Martindale to take the victory -- now being heralded as one of the best drives of his career. Buckwalter crossed the line second with Toft and Phillips in tow. Phillips, however, was bounced from the results after he skipped the tech barn, moving Tom Dyer to fourth and Cameron Pringle to fifth.
Returning for their second outing with the PKC North program, the HPV 2 Junior group had 12 drivers shuffling around the Infineon circuit. David Vasquez led the field in qualifying, just 0.012-seconds quicker than Dylan Lupton. Vasquez led the field through the opening lap of heat one, as Lupton retired before crossing the line. The driver on the move was Brett Felkins, as he came up from fifth to assume the point by lap five and take the win. Felkins would lead green-to-checkered in Heat #2 -- along with the 20-lap main event. However, he would have the win taken away after an illegal clutch was found during post-race tech inspection. This gave second place finisher Vasquez the win, with Lupton moving up to second. Donavon Wheeler completed the podium.
Alex Speed and Rob Soares were the only drivers to enjoy clean sweeps on the day. Speed took all the S1 honors, including a six-second main event victory over Jess Peterson and championship leader Cody Hodgson. Soares returned from a broken hand suffered in Round #2, pacing the TaG Masters field all day. Helmar Beregszaszy and Steve Elo rounded out the podium. Jason Toft was the man in S3, though he fought hard to hold off Marc Elliott and Steve Reasoner for most of the day. Misfortune struck Elliott in the main, when he was forced to retire early with electrical problems. This allowed Toft to take his third win in a row, with Reasoner finishing 2nd and Neil Joseph 3rd. In TaG Masters Light, Herman Ip also had his perfect streak come to an end on Saturday, with Jim Zootis getting the two heat race wins before Ip regained the point in the final to take the victory.
Weekend highlights also included a complimentary Friday night BBQ sponsored by the PanaVise team, as well as a rockin' post-podium raffle drawing, MC'd by PKC and SKUSA owner Tom Kutscher.
Next on the docket will be Round #5 at the Infineon circuit on August 8-9, running the clockwise direction of the national configuration. For more information about this event and to check out the line-up of year-end prizes available to ProKart Challenge competitors, head to www.prokartchallenge.com.