SKUSA: PKC-S: Apple Valley found three preview

ROUND THREE OF PROKART CHALLENGE SOUTH ON THE HORIZON Championship battles to take shape as series looks forward to Grange Motor Circuit TEMECULA, CA (March 26, 2009) -- The third month of the year will take the Superkarts! USA ProKart Challenge...

ROUND THREE OF PROKART CHALLENGE SOUTH ON THE HORIZON
Championship battles to take shape as series looks forward to Grange Motor Circuit

TEMECULA, CA (March 26, 2009) -- The third month of the year will take the Superkarts! USA ProKart Challenge South program to the Grange Motor Circuit in Apple Valley, California. The March 28 event will be the third of a seven-round championship battle, with exciting racing beginning the series in the first two rounds of the '09 season. The Grange event is forecasted to be no different, with a stellar line-up of drivers slated to compete and the new Spring weather providing perfect racing conditions.

The Grange event will see the debut of the KF2 division added to the PKC South class line-up. The new engine package is becoming widely known across the country, and a number of supporters of the program will be in attendance next weekend - with nearly a dozen entries to participate.

Looking at the early championship contenders, the S3 category is wide open, with a number of drivers in position challenge. Defending S3 Light champion Bobby Legate tops the standings after two rounds, despite not earning a victory as of yet. Round one winner Alex Barron did not compete in round two, where Jacob Neal took the honor. Neal sits fifth in the standings behind Patrick Cushenberry, Jimmy McNeil and Clinton Schoombee. TaG Senior sees veteran Howie Idelson leading feature winners Brett Felkins and Billy Cleavelin as they head into Grange.

The S4 category is another class with many drivers in the thick of the early chase, with a consistent Jeff Smith showing the way after the opening two rounds. Rob Whitley sits second in front of round one winner Peter Workum, with Jason Attwood and Ken Schilling running a close fourth and fifth. Round two winner Phil Conte is sixth in the order, despite missing the opening round at CalSpeed. Jason Campbell and Troy Butts are currently the drivers to beat in the G1 category. Both have a feature win; however, Roy Montgomery and Brad Dhesi are looking to add their names to the win column.

The TaG Master standings currently sees three in the driver's seat of the championship chase, with Steve Wiener leading Mike Kelley by a slim margin of two points -- with Ken Manning looking in. Peter Abba holds the point in the S1 division after his round one victory and runner-up to Jacob Neal at round two. Gregory Liefooghe and Imran Husain currently stand second and third ahead of Neal who sat out the feature in round one. The S4 Magnum category made its debut at the Willow Springs event, with Luke Bianco taking the inaugural win ahead of Tony Morrison and Jim Miller. In the Junior categories, Austin Schimmel leads in S5 with Max Zacky showing the way in TaG Junior.

Friday prior to the event will host a full day of practice from 9am to 5pm. A complimentary dinner following the practice day will be provided by the PKC organization to those in attendance. Pre-entries will be taken up until midnight, March 25, with competitors able to save $35 on the entry fee by registering early. PKC is taking reservations for reserved pit spaces along with arranging special pricing at two local hotels. For more information on the event or the Superkarts! USA's ProKart Challenge itself, head to www.prokartchallenge.com

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Drivers Peter Workum , Alex Barron , Imran Husain , Mike Kelley , Jeff Smith