There is no rest for the Superkarts! USA staff as they wrap up the closing details from the recent SKUSA SpringNationals, and the focus now turns towards the ProKart Challenge North. The program will return to action on April 30-May 1 at the Jim Russell International Karting Center, competing on the ‘Sprint’ course. The Sonoma, California circuit saw a number of PKC North competitors walk away with hardware and cash from the national series debut – with many set to return to continue their chase at regional titles. Perhaps also a number of newcomers will jump in, riding off of the excitement of the SKUSA Pro Tour event.
The headline S1 Pro Stock Moto category at the recent SKUSA SpringNationals was full of PKC North regulars. Point leader Fritz Leesmann scored the inaugural victory on day one of competition, matching that with a runner-up finish the following day to earn a $1,000 check for his efforts. Turning his focus back on the regional fight, Leesmann has two-time podium finishers Tommy Thompson and Brett Buckwalter chasing him, along with round two winner Nic LeDuc. Another NorCal star bested the S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto field at the SKUSA Pro Tour opener. PKC North point leader Matt Alcorn swept the action on the weekend, scoring two main event victories. Alcorn currently leads Jared Woolf and Cameron Pringle in the PKC North title chase.
Jeff Smith certainly has produced some solid results in the last three months. The S4 Masters Stock Moto point leader swept the action in the series’ first two rounds and pulled nearly the same feat at the SKUSA SpringNationals with two more victories. Smith will look to continue the momentum to retain his point lead over Alex Keith and Brad Shaffer. Ethan Wilson is another NorCal star to record two victories at the SKUSA Pro Tour opener. Wilson bested the TaG Master field both days, beating the same two drivers chasing him in the PKC North point standings – Jeff Deehan and Craig Corwin. With his consistency in the first two rounds, David Harwin currently holds the lead in the PKC point standings for the competitive TaG Senior category. With the uncertainty of the group, consistency could play into the hands of those looking to be crowned champion at the end of the year. No doubt Harwin will battle for victory as he did at the SKUSA SpringNationals, along with championship contenders Larry Fraser and Devin Lindsey.
Niki Luna will be putting the SKUSA Pro Tour opener behind him quickly, as the weekend was a tough one for the current PKC North TaG Junior point leader. He will look to bounce back in round three of the regional series, with Deven Sanchez and Kathryn Cornell giving chase. Cornell has been perfect in the HPV-2 Junior category in the region, and is coming off a huge win in the TaG Junior category at the recent national event. She will look to continue her perfect score in round three, with Jack Freese and Jonny Norris looking to upset her streak. Fresh off his first national victory on Saturday of the SKUSA Pro Tour, Daniel Langon will look to extend his S5 Junior Stock Moto point lead in round three. The S3 Novice Stock Moto category is still looking to grow throughout the year, as the class continues its inaugural season at the regional level. Chris Yettito holds the top spot in the championship chase with David Gwin, Matt Chase and Kassy Loving in the mix.
The third round of the six-race PKC North championship series will begin on April 30 for a practice day, with the track hot from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Following will be a complimentary BBQ dinner at the track, courtesy of an anonymous PKC sponsor and PKC friend Scott Jeffery who will be cooking it up at the grill. Race pre-registrations are currently being accepted, with racers able to save $35 on their entry fee by submitting an entry prior to midnight on Wednesday, April 28. SKUSA memberships and specific color number plates will be mandatory for the event; all event information, downloadable forms and online registration are available on the new superkartsusa.com website. No reserved pit spots are required for this event. Camping and overnight parking of trailers on site will be permitted, starting Friday night at no charge. The EconoLodge in Novato (415.883.2406) is offering special pricing on rooms when mentioning ProKart Challenge at booking.
A live scoring feed as well as blogging will be available Saturday during the racing action. For more information on round three – including the tentative race day schedule – or anything related to SKUSA and the ProKart Challenge, visit www.superkartsusa.com or call the SKUSA head office at 951-491-0808.