Article By: Terry Bridges-Pro Sound Audio Services
May 5, 2010 OSKCS #3 McMinnville Raceway Park- A cool and brisk morning greeted competitors of the Oregon State Karting Championship Series Sunday morning at McMinnville Raceway Park in McMinnville, OR, but the racing heated things up as the small but “racy” turnout of competitors put on one heck of a show!
Qualifying got underway just a bit before 11:30 with the JR. 2 WORLD FORMULA& JR.2 SUPER SPORTSMAN and it was the hard charging Nick Ferguson taking the pole with a 44.292 and the “Racing Radish” Max Mulkey from Monmouth, OR taking 2nd quick honors with 44.622 and the young veteran David Schorn 3rd with a 44.401 effort and impressive newcomer Matt Edelston and the “Racing Entrepreneur” from Lincoln City Jonathon Brown rounding out the top five with 44.992 and 45.037 qualifying efforts. In the JR.2 SUPER SPORTSMAN, it was lone competitor and hometown driver Jayden Ward stopping the clocks with respectable 44.182 lap. During race action it was pole sitter Ferguson who after checking out in heat race # 1 spun in turn 6 at the end of back straight and allowing Max Mulkey to take the win with Edelston, Brown, Schorn and Heizenrader rounding out the top 5…Heat race #2 was Ferguson coming all the thru the field after starting in the 7th spot to take the win…and in Main Event action, Ferguson once again in dominating fashion ran way to take the win with Max Mulkey, David Schorn, Matt Edelston, Jonathon Brown, sophomore Grant Heizenrader, and Ryan “The Razor” Gillett struggling with the finding the handle on his machine finishing in the 7th spot. In JR. 2 SUPER SPORT action, it was all Jayden Ward as he was the lone competitor but was impressive behind the wheel taking his 100cc Yamaha to victory and earning his first win of the season.
JR.1 BRIGGS GAS ANIMAL was a close one with arch rivals Justin DeMars and Andy Anderson doing battle on the .730 of a mile road coarse…It was the red hot “Bandit” from Sandy, OR Justin DeMars and his Freeborn Racing Engines machine edging out Andy Anderson for the pole…Taylor Coulson and Tyler Besuyen were 3rd and 4th quick respectively…Heat race #1 was the usual DeMars vs. Anderson war with DeMars taking the both heats and the Main Event for a clean sweep in Jr. 1 with Taylor Coulson from Hillsboro taking the final podium spot and Tyler Besuyen a close 4th. In ROTAX MINI MAX it was once again the smooth Marco Eakin from Beaverton, OR taking the top spot in qualifying, the pre-final and Main Event action….and in TAG CADET it was the “Little Rocket” Conner Robustelli backing up his big NW GOLD CUP win by earning the pole, and taking the main event….The ever meticulous Edward Portz from Corvallis, OR took heat race #1 in TAG CADET when Robustelli and hard charging Hunter Melahn got caught up in a turn 2 excursion while batting heavily for the lead, which allowed the “right place, right time” Portz to take the win…But in the end it was Robustelli backing up his Tri-Cities NW GOLD CUP win with a dominating drive in the main event to take the win, hard charging Hunter Melahn runner up and the meticulous Edward Portz claiming the third and final podium spot. In 2 CYCLE JR, it was hometown racer Kasen Ward taking the win with a nice drive on his new chassis and engine package in his first outing of the season.
In KID KART action it was Cameron Raymond taking his #0 hot rod to the win, with Jacob Hudson from Keizer, OR, finishing 2nd, Corvallis racer Jonathon Portz 3rd, “Downtown” Andrew Brown 4th in his first outing of the season, Summer Melahn 5th, and the “Action Gal” Deana Moss finishing in the 6th spot ALL of these awesome young guys and gals put on a one heck of a show and it is really awesome watching them all improve each and every race!! ....Way to go young racers! In ROTAX/TAG JR….Hot up-N-comers Joseph Schwager and Austin Hudson had EVERYONE on the fence with absolutely incredible race action with both drivers swapping the lead lap after lap with looked to be only a “sliver” of daylight with Hudson taking the pre-final with a daring late braking move at the end of the backstretch and Schwager taking the main with superb and also daring “déjà vu” pass on Hudson heading into the “S’s” after Hudson overtook him in same place the lap before…incredible race action by two of the very best young talents in the Northwest……In TAG JR it was the hard working Laura Freeman earning her first pole position of the year out qualifying one of the hottest Female racers in the Northwest Kailia Walter….In race action however, it was ever improving Kailia Walter taking her Walter Racing/Break the Chain sponsored Birel to the win….Long time karting veteran and IKF Expert Phil Pfau was in the Walter pit coaching and tuning the Female Phenom….so keep your eyes on that team as they can only go to the front with that addition!!...
ROTAX MASTERS, ROTAX INTERNATIONAL & TAG SR.... awesome as well with 2009 OSKCS Champion Alex Harrold taking the pole by .5 over the “Action man” Tim Moss…..Just as looked like Harrold who was dominate most of the day was going to take the win…had a motor mount come loose at the end of the backstretch ending his day and handing the win to Moss…Lee Taylor took the familiar #V5 machine to the runner up spot, with Dan Thayer 3rd, the impressive Tony Partain 4th, and newcomer Jeff Kuust from Dallas, OR finished 6th….Harrold after leading finished in the 5th spot…..In ROTAX INTERNATIONAL a spectacular show by drivers Chase Earle and Eastern Oregon’s Tim Griffin had those in attendance up on the fence and cheering wildly and the two waged and absolute war which included several amazing passes and fierce wheel to wheel action all day long….It was the much improved Chase Earle and his CMC powered machine besting Griffin for the win….TAG SR saw “The Clatskanie Flash” Adam DeYoung take the win in his brand new Ital-kart chassis in his 2nd outing of the season…..Last but certainly not least was the WORLD FORMULA HEAVY & SR. SUPERSPORTSMAN division…It was 2009 IKF Champ Brian Green who took the pole over rival Chris “Grape Knee High” Hatch….and that’s the way it would be all day with Green proving to have the best handle all day….Hatch who builds the engines for Bryan Green finished in the runner up spot all day with Greg Normandin (also running a Hatch built engine) finishing 3rd, the much improved “Red Chassis” racer Steve King 4th and the always Classy Greg Wick rounding out the top five…Ryan Kiste who was running very well spun in the “S’s” late in the pre-final collecting Greg Normandin and Super Sportsman driver Steve Ward…both Ward and Normandin would continue….But the mishap ended the day for the much improved Kiste with the damage being to much to make the feature event…..Steve Ward won the SR. SPORTSMAN in his first outing of the year with is usual smooth, hard charging and fun to watch style….and Dean Wolf also did not start the World Formula Main event.
Although maybe light in numbers, all competitors where HEAVY in both race action and great sportsmanship
A HUGE “hats off” to Mike Schorn who is the Portland Karting Association President, IKF Board member, and now acting as the Sprint Vice President….and did a GREAT job keep the day organized and rolling….as did all of the VOLUNTEER workers....WELL DONE!!!! GUYS & GALS….another fine Oregon State Karting Championship Series Event in the books….Round #4 of the 10 race series will be Saturday June 5th again at McMinnville Raceway Park….Gates and Registration will open at 7am with the first practice scheduled to get under way promptly at 9:00am….So push, pull, or drag your race machine out and enjoy some great fun, and racing!....For more information contact the Portland Karting Association at www.portlandkarting.com for race dates, times , schedules and more!!!...It is a real privilege to be a part of this great sport and all of the FANTASTIC racers, fans, and Volunteers that make it all happen!....Until next time……….