WKA: IRL SoK: Desert MINI round two preview

West Division of the Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the IRL Heads to the Desert MINI Grand Prix Seattle, WA (June 1, 2006) -- The West Division in the Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the IRL will head to the Buffalo Bill's Resort...

West Division of the Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the IRL Heads to the Desert MINI Grand Prix

Seattle, WA (June 1, 2006) -- The West Division in the Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the IRL will head to the Buffalo Bill's Resort and Casino in Primm, NV this weekend (June 2-4) for the Desert MINI Grand Prix, round 2 in the West Division Calendar. The temporary circuit laid out in the parking lot of the casino promises hot and arid conditions over the three days of racing action where driver fitness will be put to the test.

In the Cytomax ICC (shifter) class Jordy Vorrath (Leading Edge/Champion Intrepid) has to be considered the favorite heading into the weekend after coming off a sweep of the New Castle rounds two weeks ago, and having won three of his last four races. Atop the points standings however is Italkart's Tad Funakoshi who has shown strong form all year along with David Jurca (Tony Kart) who lies 30 points back in second. Trackmagic's Gary Carlton will try to carry forward his momentum from the Tucson event where he took victory for Trackmagic and Fritz Leesman (KLS GP Racing) hopes to continue on with his impressive start to the season.

Colby Jenn (Italkart) enters the race atop the ICA (direct drive) standings but Canada's Nick Tonkin (Birel) and Tyler Dueck (Leading Edge/Champion Intrepid) are in close pursuit. Costa Rica's Juan Sanso (CRG) showed speed in Tucson as did Jess Peterson (Intrepid) who sits fifth in the West Standings. Defending West Division ICA Champion Joel Miller rebounded from a hard luck start to the season by taking victory in New Castle two weeks ago and will try to bring that form to Nevada with him to kick start his season in the West.

This season has seen some great battling at the front of the Spec Racer class between Canadian Devon Sandeen (First Kart) and Texan Jordon Musser (Birel) and the duo looks to bring that same form to the temporary circuit here in Nevada. Musser is tied for second in the standings by teammate Justin Miller who showed in Tucson that he did have the speed to take a win. Nick Fairney (First Kart) and Chris Guimarra (Biesse) who round out the top five in the points standings heading into the weekend.

Garrison Masters (CRG) made a lot of people stand up and listen after he swept the PCH Motorsports JICA class in Tucson and it will be a mighty task for him to repeat that Tucson success here. Of course it was Gustavo Menezes' (Tony Kart) who Masters beat to the line by only inches in Tucson's Sunday race and the JICA category rookie will aim to transfer that form and speed to the temporary layout at Buffalo Bill's. One impressive newcomer in the class this season has been Taylor Miinch (DPK-Birel) and the Dave Thompson tuned driver looks to be a front-runner for the entire season. No one doubts the ability of likable Canadian Brendan Langlois (Maranello) and he seems to be overdue for a win this season. Italkart's Michael Hogg has surprised a lot of people and sits fourth in the points standings with Californian Connor DePhillipi (KRT) looking to breakthrough this weekend in Nevada. Last year's West Division Champ Brett Smrz had rough start to the season, but reaffirmed his ability with a win in New Castle two weeks ago. He will no doubt still be considered one of the favorites heading into the weekend.

As always the King Taco Cadets are sure to provide some of the closest fought racing of the weekend and Oscar Tunjo Sanchez (Nevoso) leads the point standings for the West Division heading into the weekend. Racquel Martinez (King Taco Top Kart) is no stranger to the front of the pack and will use all of her determination to improve upon her second place finish at Sunday's Tucson round to notch her first victory in Snap-on Stars competition. Top Kart teammates Mason Marotta and Sage Karam come into the weekend as strong contenders and Devin Jones (Nevoso) will try to repeat his Saturday victory at the last West event in Tucson.

All in all the hot conditions and temporary layout will be factors that will emphasize fitness and adaptability over the course of the weekend in Nevada where temperatures are forecasted in the triple digits all weekend. Any promotional inquiries about the event can be directed to jeff@starsofkarting.com.

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Series Kart
Drivers Bobby Rahal , Bryan Herta , Chris Guimarra , Tony George , Jordon Musser , Brett Smrz , Tyler Dueck , Oscar Tunjo , Michael Hogg , Sage Karam , Gustavo Menezes , Devin Jones