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LEADING EDGE MOTORSPORTS READY TO ATTACK SKUSA SPRINGNATIONALS

4/29/2014


Solid driver roster for LEM squad, ready to chase Pro Tour titles with opening rounds at Dallas Karting Complex

LODI, CALIFORNIA (April 29, 2014) – Leading Edge Motorsports is preparing to kick off another successful Superkarts! USA Pro Tour season with the fifth annual SKUSA SpringNationals quickly approaching. Greg Bell leads the Lodi, California operation into the Lone Star State for the next two weekends as they prepare to challenge for a number of race wins and championship chases when the LEM hauler arrives at the Dallas Karting Complex in Caddo Mills. A total of eight drivers spread out across five classes will compete at the May 2-4 event, with a good number of them taking part in the tune-up race this past weekend during the opening stop of the Texas ProKart Challenge.

“This lineup is possible one of the best we have had in the last few years,” stated Greg Bell of Leading Edge Motorsports. “The work put in by the drivers and our crew over the last few months has us feeling confident in the product we will put on the track in Dallas. We have worked hard with our partnership with SwedeTech Stock Moto engines and the national championship winning in-house TaG packages over the winter to give our drivers the edge they need to place up front.”

Ryan Kinnear will lead the way for LEM in the ultra competitive S1 Pro Stock Moto class, while Jess Peterson and Kyle Martin will contest TaG Senior. LEM shifter ace Trevor McAlister will return home to the Lone Star State to contest the S4 Master Stock Moto class alongside Richard Heistand. Jack Freese and Brandon Frank will race in S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto in Dallas, and Hunter Kelly will compete in TaG Junior with LEM support.

Kinnear will join the elite ranks of Superkarts! USA S1 Pro division this season after a successful 2013 that saw the Texan win the S2 championship at his home Texas ProKart Challenge. He also showed very well on the national stage last season, as he finished on the podium both days at the 2013 SpringNationals in Tucson, Arizona, followed up by a victory at the SummerNationals in Colorado. Kinnear will be the sole LEM pilot in the S1 class, piloting a new 2014 Intrepid chassis, and looking to capitalize with the first stop of the Pro Tour taking place in his home state around a very familiar facility.

Superkarts! USA’s second premiere class is TaG Senior, with LEM drivers Jess Peterson and Kyle Martin set to do battle. Peterson is coming off of a very strong 2013 Pro Tour after finishing 10th in the point standings, highlighted by a fourth place performance at the SuperNationals in Las Vegas. The veteran is ready to contend for the series championship, proven the LEM Praga chassis is among the best packages in the paddock. Along with Peterson will be the return of Kyle Martin to the national karting stage. The 2000 Shifter Kart Illustrated Driver of the Year and 2001 SKUSA World Finals winner has been away from the sport for a number of years, and set for a return aboard a LEM Praga package.

LEM drivers Jack Freese and Brandon Frank will be chasing for S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto victories in Dallas. Freese has been apart of the Leading Edge Motorsports roster for quite some time now, and the hard work is beginning to yield worthy results. Most recently Freese was found standing on the podium collecting hardware after driving through a rain-soaked Lone Star Grand Prix, where he posted an impressive third place finish against current S1 and S2 drivers. Frank returns to the sport after a few years away. He has experience racing at the national level and will be teaming up with the LEM organization for the first time at the SpringNats.

McAllister is a veteran of the karting world who has experience in the business of winning. A longtime driver for Greg Bell, when McAlister is teamed up with LEM the duo is tough to beat. ‘T-Mac’ will be returning to his home state of Texas from California for the second time this year, after already visiting back in March where he finished third in the Lone Star Grand Prix. Joining LEM’s S4 driver roster will be Richard Heistand. The pair of LEM drivers is sure to yield results, as both drivers will be able to consult and improve as the weekend goes on.

Hunter Kelly is jumping up the SKUSA ladder system, with the 2012 Pro Tour TaG Cadet champion joining the LEM squad to contest his rookie TaG Junior campaign. The decorated Cadet racer has proven from his accomplishments that he is well suited for the challenge. Teaming up with LEM for the first time is sure to produce the speed that Kelly needs to replicate his TaG Cadet success in TaG Junior this year.

To learn how you can be a part of the growing operation that is Leading Edge Motorsports and working with veteran Greg Bell, contact Bell directly at 209.369.0921 or e-mail leadingedgeguy@sbcglobal.net and be sure to visit www.leadingedgemotorsports.com

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About Leading Edge Motorsports:
Since 1995, Greg Bell and his Leading Edge Motorsports outfit have provided the foundation for a number of the sport’s champions. Based in Lodi, California, Leading Edge Motorsports is a full-service kart shop providing the best equipment for all levels of the sport, providing industry leading Intrepid, OK-1 and Praga chassis brands. The combination of LEM, Bell and driver Brett Felkins scored the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour TaG Senior championship in 2011. LEM was recognized as the national Team of the Year by eKartingNews.com in 2001, and in 2006 in cooperation with Champion Racing. Bell added a Mechanic of the Year award that same season. From arrive-and-drive programs and kart preparation to driver coaching and parts supply to get you on the track, Leading Edge Motorsports is the answer to the question of success. Winning never gets old.

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