Preston Peltier wins at Charlotte, drives away with the championship. Concord NC-Preston Peltier ends his sophomore season with a win at the Lowe's Motor Speedway in an incredibly exciting race! WKA Sprint 1 left the grid after a lengthy delay...
Preston Peltier wins at Charlotte, drives away with the championship.
Concord NC-Preston Peltier ends his sophomore season with a win at the Lowe's Motor Speedway in an incredibly exciting race! WKA Sprint 1 left the grid after a lengthy delay due to communication and scoring problems, only to be hampered by several red flags in the beginning laps. Peltier got a good start taking his CKT Honda powered Allkart right to the front from the second starting position with Corey Clayton and Chad Donner following in his draft. On the second lap, Peltier held a commanding lead as the red flag was displayed for an incident in turn 5 where Tim Richardson lost control of his CKT powered DAP kart and hit the wall. Ten minutes later the race was completely restarted with Peltier once again assuming the lead. Two laps later, the race was once again red flagged for an incident in turn 5. The karts were pulled down pit road and stopped and the race was called. As the competitors crossed the scales, they were informed that the race was incomplete and that they would have to run the race in a ten minute shootout later that afternoon.
Immediately the crews went to work on their karts making last minute changes to improve the performance of their karts for the ten minute shootout. Once again the field was gridded up and restarted with Peltier this time unable to squirt out into the lead. For the next several laps, Peltier, Chad Donner and Corey Clayton swapped the lead several times a lap running two sometimes three wide. With one minute to go, they crossed the finish line with Peltier in the lead and Clayton and Donner just inches behind. For the final time, they entered turn 5 and Peltier's kart jumped sideways as he got into the throttle early to get a good run off the corner. Clayton tried to take advantage of the situation and drove to the outside of Peltier, the two teammates tangled as Peltier chased his kart up the race track. As Peltier and Clayton headed to ward the wall in NASCAR turn 1, Donner accelerated off to take the win unchallenged with Mastine finishing second and Pete Johns rounding out the top three. Clayton stopped just short of the wall and was unable to continue.
Peltier barely able to steer his kart drove off from the incident with smoke billowing from his kart to complete the final lap and win the championship. "It's unfortunate that the race had to end that way" Peltier stated. "The championship came down to the last race between Corey and I and we both knew that in order to win the championship that we would have to finish in front of each other. I've never seen him (Corey) drive that hard in my life. He was desperate so I can't blame him for trying to pass me there."
WKA Sprint 2 was a real nail biter. From the drop of the green, the scramble was on with Jason Ellis launching out front to an early lead only to have it evaporate due to the great equalizer-the draft. For the first 15 minutes of the race, the lead was swapped several times a lap between the four lead karts of Peltier, Clayton, Steve Mastine and Jason Ellis. By halfway, Peltier hooked onto the back bumper of the lead kart Mastine and the two started to pull away from Clayton and Ellis. With 10 minutes to go, Peltier pulled out of Mastine's draft to take the lead as the two karts continued to pull away from the field. Peltier led the final lap as Mastine exerted a valiant effort to pass in the final corner as a lapped kart may have been the deciding factor. Mastine pulled to the inside of Peltier and was unable to get back into the throttle early when the two split the lapped kart with Peltier scooting off to another victory with a one two three finish for CKT Racing Engines, with Steve Mastine finishing second and Corey Clayton third.
The North American Karting Championships are a big deal to many karters across the United States. For Peltier it's even more so as it's his home track. "There was a lot of pressure on us to perform this weekend and I think that we did our jobs well." You can see the CKT race team in action over the Thanksgiving weekend at Road Atlanta in the CIK race trim, running both the CIK 125 race 1 and 2, and the SKUSA feature on Sunday.