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Johnston and Kelley Make it a 1-2 Finish For P1


“P1 Engines powered Maddox drivers steal the show yet again”

Article By: Race Tech Development

August 9, 2010 – Position One Motorsports drivers Nick Johnston and Bobby Kelley lived up their expectations this past weekend at the International Karting Federation (IKF) Region 7 event held at the Santa Maria Kart Track in Southern California. The duo of drivers claimed the top two positions in all official event action including qualifying, prefinal and the final throughout the event weekend.

With the event being hosted by the Santa Maria Karting Association, Johnston and Kelley would need to be on their game as RLV Inc. owner Art Verlengiere announced earlier in the week that he would pay $1000.00 to any driver who could dethrone the pair from their recent string of victories. With the “Bounty” being put on the pilots for the remaining three IKF Region 7 events, multiple challenges were made on the pair but to no avail.

“Both Nick and Bobby have been on fire lately,” expressed Position One Motorsports owner Luis Martinez. “They have utilized their equipment to the fullest and taken advantage of all the opportunities that have presented themselves. Most races usually come down to these two drivers and they always race each other clean and battle hard for the win. Seeing the Maddox chassis dominate the TaG class is something that we have been looking forward to for quite some time and we are looking forward to continuing the success.”

Johnston would get the best of the pair in qualifying as he managed to just nip his teammate and rival Kelley for the pole position. Kelley would rebound in the prefinal though to take the checkered flag and the pole position for the main event. From the action in both qualifying and the prefinal, the run for the top step of the podium would be a good one as the duo would look to fight for the win as well as hold off the advances of fellow competitors looking to out battle them and take the $1000.00 of cash that sat at the podium.

The main event was nothing but excitement from the time the green flag flew until the end of the final lap as Kelley and Johnston went head to head for the win. Johnston led early as his teammate would be glued to his bumper for the first half of the main event. Just past the halfway mark, Kelley looked to mount an attack for the lead and began stalking his closest competitor corner after corner. The pair of drivers drew away from the field and made it their own race as fans and fellow racers lined the fences to watch the battle ensue.

With two laps remaining, Kelley made a bid for the lead in the fourth corner only to have Johnston take it back the very next corner. Driving a defensive line for the final circuit, Johnston would take home the race win well Kelley would cross the line in the second spot making it another Position One Motorsports one-two finish.

Position One Motorsports drivers Nick Johnston and Bobby Kelley will both attend the next IKF Region 7 event and look to keep their streak alive. The “bounty” on the pair may go up, stay tuned….

The next on track action for Position One Motorsports will be the Pro Kart Challenge North/South Shootout on August 13 – 14th. The event will take place at the Santa Maria Kart Track.

Position One Motorsports would like to thank their 2010 supporters: King Taco, Eibach Springs, Molecule, Jan’s Towing and P1 Engines.

For more information on Position One Motorsports, race team opportunities, Maddox and/or Avanti product lines as well as information on how to get into karting, please visit Position One Motorsports online at www.position-one.com or contact them at 626.814.2008.

Article Credit: Race Tech Development
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