Stars of PGP! Round one. In a word “Professional”
Article by: Northwest Karting News
New track, new year, new series. Saturday morning saw the opening round of the Stars of PGP 2010 race series. The Pacific Grand Prix Raceway is uniquely located within Pacific Raceways, a motorsports complex. Similar to Sonoma’s Infineon raceway this complex contains an NHRA dragstrip, 2.1 mile road course, as well as a motocross park.
The completion in mid year 2009 of this 15 corner multi configuration, state of the art kart track was the perfect addition to an already well appointed race complex.
Early morning trailers were being unloaded as pleasantries were exchanged among the participants. Eleven classes would be contested today. Team Northwest Race karts was in town sporting a new look as well as a new sponsor “Hammer Nutrition”.
Racing went flawlessly under the direction of TJ Milton who laid out a clear set of do’s and don’ts in the driver’s meeting. Tim Musch headed up tech, as the race was called from the tower.
Rotax Micro/ Mini Max
It was a great run for the #51 of Jake Preston as he ran the table throughout the day. Preston came out of the gates with a fast qualifying time of 1:05.40 and continued the lead though the day, taking home the first place spot. Conner Robustelli followed in second, with Caleb Daniells in third.
Rotax Junior was dominated throughout the day by two local hot shoe’s Parker McKean, and Brandon Scheiber. While Mckean, fresh off his successful Gatorz run may have had a tick more speed all day, Brandon had no intention of conceding the victory without a day long battle. This was wheel to wheel back and forth racing at its best. Today the nod went to Parker McKean.
Jacob Delavergne drove a great race and came in 3rd, with Tessa Daniells, and Niko Pagones rounding out the top five.
This was the largest field of the day, and as it would turn out this group would provide the crowd with some great racing up front as well.
Qualifying saw Brad Richards take the poll followed by A.J. Fugitt, Cameron Grimes, Drew Revord, and Brandon Cusack to round out the top five.
Pre final would see a shake up in the front runners as Revord, and Cusack made early moves to get around Grimes. Meanwhile Fugitt and Richards went back and forth allowing Revord to get up and into the battle. After multiple exchanges it would be Revord who would take the checkered followed by Richards, Fugitt, Cusack, and Jim Baratto.
Action continued in the main up front as Cusack would make an early move on Fugitt to take the third spot. Meanwhile Richards was all over Revord trying to make the pass, a determined Revord was having none of that for the moment. Fugitt would get back around Cusack to claim the third spot where he would remain for the race, finally with several laps to go Richards gained the lead and drove to the checkered. Grimes would round out the top five.
Stock Moto Heavy/ Junior Moto
The junior moto main event may have pegged the excitement meter. This was a battle between leader Dorion Ford, and second spot Madison Musch. Musch never stopped her charge as she may have redfined the word “determined” Although neither racer had any quit in them, Ford would eventually give way under the intense pressure Musch was handing out. With just a few laps to go Musch finally pulled off the pass, never to look back. She would hold that lead to the checkered and in just her first attempt in the shifter class she brought home the win. Dorion Ford took home second, followed by Dean Facianein, and Bruce McKean in the Stock Moto Heavy class.
Stock Moto Light/ Open
It was quite the day for the #45 of Craig Sender as he was able to hold off a very fast Sean Naslund till the end. The two went back and forth throughout the day putting on a great show. As much as Sender had his hands full, he managed to take home the win, with Naslund right behind him in second, followed by Benoit in third, “Hammer Nutrition’s” Brian Frank in fourth, and Cangie finishing out the top five.
An awards ceremony concluded a truly spectacular day of racing, as the drivers gathered around to collect their trophies and congratulate one another.
See you all May 8th for Round 2 of the exciting new Stars of PGP Series!