Hendrick employee Preston Peltier wins World Championships at Daytona International Speedway. Daytona Beach, FL-The 29th annual world championships hosted by the World Karting Association at Daytona International Speedway drew a record number of...
Hendrick employee Preston Peltier wins World Championships at Daytona International Speedway.
Daytona Beach, FL-The 29th annual world championships hosted by the World Karting Association at Daytona International Speedway drew a record number of participants. Preston Peltier launched his CKT prepared Honda Allkart from the sixth position of the talent filled field giving him a great opportunity to lead the first lap of the thirty minute race.
At the drop of the green, the field scurried down pit road through turn one without incident with Peltier sliding into the second position behind Lance Lane. Peltier assumed the lead from teammate Lane as they worked through the infield and up onto the 2.5 mile high-banked oval. Quickly, Peltier followed by Lane, Chad Dokken, Chad Donner and Rob Morris pulled away from the rest of the field as they battled for the lead amongst themselves. As the race passed the ten minute mark, Dokken was sidelined due to a mechanical failure limiting the lead draft to four karts. Over the next twenty minutes, Peltier, Lane, Donner and Morris swapped the lead several more times leaving spectators around the track breathless as the group raced three and sometimes four wide.
For the final time, Peltier leading and Lane second, pushed their machines as they entered the final corner. Peltier moved up the banking taking a wide entry with Lane darting to the inside. The two collide as the battled for the same piece of real estate. Both drivers regained control of their karts and scrambled for the finish line with Peltier taking the win over Lane, Donner, Morris and Ron Eaton rounding out the top five.
Sunday CIK 125 sprint 2 was made for television. The excitement started as Lane and Morris jumped out front to an early lead followed by Peltier, Dokken and Tim Richardson. Peltier and Dokken drafted together and chased down the leaders by the fourth circuit of the famous speedway. Once again, a four kart draft developed at the front of the field which was a catalyst for some great racing.
At speeds in excess of 115 mph, the four maneuvered just inches apart. With two laps to go, Peltier lead Lane, Dokken and Morris onto the front stretch as they fanned out three wide through the tri oval. Exiting turn 2, Peltier encountered a major set back due to a mechanical failure causing him to finish a disappointing 15th at a reduced pace. Lane sprinted off to his first victory of the season followed by Dokken, Morris, Ray Spiers and Corey Clayton rounding out the top five.
"I would like to thank Azzurro Wheels, CKT Racing Engines, Allkart and MG Tires for their support." Peltier credited. "They give me superior equipment and that makes my job a lot easier." Visit Preston Peltier and the whole CKT racing team at the Chicago KMI show in February.