Feature wins and solid qualifying performances anchor NorCal squad’s success
Article By: Leading Edge Motorsports
LODI, CALIFORNIA (March 30, 2011) – The Leading Edge Motorsports team logged yet another impressive weekend of competition at the second round of the ProKart Challenge North series, celebrating a pair of wins and several fast laps at the All Star Karting track in Prairie City, CA. The supreme challenge of nasty weather was attacked head-on by the Leading Edge team, who battled through rain and wind to emerge victorious. The new season is definitely off to a great start, as the squad’s drivers are all finding their rhythm on the track.
Carrying the torch for Leading Edge at Prairie City was Jared Woolf, who scored a win in the S2 main event. Woolf’s run started well with the third quickest time in qualifying, as they dialed in his Intrepid for the rain-soaked track. A tough DNF in the first heat left Woolf in need of a strong run heading into the final to repair the damage. The Intrepid pilot delivered big-time with a Heat #2 win and then laid down a dominating performance in the Final. Woolf took the checkers with a nine-second advantage on the second place driver, recording the fastest lap along the way. This was Woolf’s second straight victory in PKC action and he now has a commanding lead in the overall points race.
In the TaG Junior class, Jarred Campbell made his first PKC start of the year and took his Leading Edge Intrepid to the top of the box, giving the squad its second win of the weekend. Campbell was fast straight away, taking the pole in qualifying before struggling with a DNF in the first heat and a mid-pack run in the second. Starting eighth in the Final, Campbell hammered the start and moved into the top three by the third circuit. Hard racing covered the remainder of the event, but Campbell rose to the challenge, scoring a one-second win in his PKC debut. Joining him on the podium in third was Leading Edge teammate Jack Freese, who now sits in the top-five in points thanks to the result. Class rookie Ian Fryer joined Campbell and Freese in TaG Junior, recording an eighth place finish overall to sit eighth in the current point standings. Fryer continues to gain experience and is expected to challenge for podiums as the season progresses.
The podium finishes continued throughout the day, thanks to a gritty performance by Shelby Sander that saw her land a solid third place result in the TaG Senior class. It wasn’t easy getting there, however. After qualifying seventh, Sander’s luck disappeared in the heats, as she failed to finish either of the qualifying motos. Starting from the back in the main event, she pushed for the entire 20 laps and the hard work was rewarded with a move to the final step on the podium in third – her first of the season. Mike Graves was also in contention for a podium, running in third during the main event before losing a chain while attacking the lead duo. It was a disappointing end result, but his show of pace was very encouraging.
Leading Edge had a strong duo in the TaG Master category, but the results were not a true indication of the potential performances. Randy Froom finished second in the opening heat race (having set the fastest time) and third in the second to start on the inside of the second row. Froom was in the position to fight for the win, but his final was cut short far too early when he was forced over the track curbing during a pass, dropping his chain in the process. Paul Holbein would finish sixth in the final tally after being unable to start the second heat race, relegating him to the tail of the grid for the start of the main.
The team also has a lone representative in the TaG Cadet class in Tanner Carter, and the young pilot was on fire in the first heat race en route to a fifth place finish, turning the fastest lap. Carter would end up 10th in the final results for the day, but his speed in the wet was extremely impressive.
“Overall, it was a very good weekend for the team,” said Leading Edge Team Principal Greg Bell. “Woolf and Campbell were impressive and the new members of my team are starting to get their bearings as well. The rain this weekend made things interesting for all of us, but I am very, very happy with how it all went. Our focus at Leading Edge Motorsports is always about consistently improving our program and the performances of our drivers, and this was just another step forward.”
The Pro Kart Challenge North series will now take an extended break to clear the schedule for the SKUSA SpringNationals in late April, where Leading Edge will be out in full force. “We have a lot to do over the next few weeks,” added Bell. “We’re taking a full squad to Tucson for the SpringNationals and it’s a mix of youth and experience. I’m very excited about the Pro Tour and we might have a surprise in store before we head out. Stay tuned for some very exciting announcements in the near future.”
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About Leading Edge Motorsports:
Since 1995, Greg Bell and his Leading Edge Motorsports outfit have provided the ground work for a number of the sports champions. Based in Lodi, California, Leading Edge Motorsports is a full-service kart shop providing the best equipment for all levels of the sport. As an Intrepid dealer, LEM is available to support Northern California customers of the brand. LEM was recognized as the national Team of the Year by eKartingNews.com in 2001 and in 2006 along Champion Racing with Bell adding a Mechanic of the Year that same year. From arrive-and-drive, kart preparation, driver coaching or parts to get you on the track, Leading Edge Motorsports is the answer.