Stock Moto driver recovers from bad qualifying to score Prefinal and Final wins
Article By: Great Lakes Pro Series
ANDERSON, IN (June 30, 2011) – The Great Lakes Pro Series put round four into the books this past weekend as the Indiana-based series traveled to the Casey’s General Store Goodland Grand Prix on June 25-26. In conjunction with the Southern Indiana Racing Association (SIRA), the two-day event ran as part of the weekend-long town festival that included Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels as the Grand Marshall. The 7/10-mile street circuit welcomed karters from all over the area, vying for a piece of the total GLPS/SIRA purse of $8,400 and a case of Barney Funk Popcorn to all the feature winners. Taking home the first place prizes for GLPS were Nic LeDuc, Alex Conlin, Dan Monahan, Colton Aldridge, Peter Cook, and Drake Woodward.
In the mixed shifter group, including 125cc Pro, 125cc Stock Moto and 125cc Masters, Colton Aldridge led the way in the short session with a 44.611-lap in his Stock Moto package. Anderson winner Joe Ruch was second overall, just ahead of Masters driver Kurt Mathewson. Alex Conlin led the way in Pro over Riley Turk for the overall fast-five.
Mathewson got a great jump as the green flag waved to begin the Prefinal race, shooting out in front of both Aldridge and Ruch to lead overall. Both, however, worked back by the Masters driver to the front until just a few laps later when the two made contact. The result brought out a red flag on the race. Ruch was unable to get restarted while Aldridge made repairs and rejoined the race. This however allowed Stock Moto driver Nic LeDuc to recover from recording no laps in qualifying to move forward. At the restart, he and Mathewson would check out from the rest of the field to score the win in their respective classes. Turk edged out Conlin for third and the win in class with Eric Sove placing fifth overall and second in Stock Moto.
Grabbing the holeshot to begin the 20-lap main event, Mathewson led the way early with LeDuc slotting in behind. LeDuc quickly reassumed the top spot as the front two drove away early on. Charging through the field however was Colton Aldridge. By lap six, Aldridge was into the third overall position and closing in on the top two. On lap 12, Aldridge was able to work by Mathewson for the second spot and begin his chase for the leader LeDuc. As the laps clicked off, LeDuc’s lead became smaller and smaller, With the fast laps of the race, Aldridge closed in on LeDuc in the final laps but was unable to make a pass. LeDuc would score the overall and Stock Moto victory by 0.080-seconds over Aldridge. On lap 14, Mathewson came around corner six to find a spun kart. Unable to avoid it, Mathewson made hard contact. Able to get out and re-fired, Mathewson rejoined the race, losing a number of positions. Conlin drove on to finish third overall and the win in Pro with Turk retired on lap six. Dan Monahan was one of the karts to also pass Mathewson while he was stalled on track, going on to score his first ever GLPS feature win in the Masters class. Eric Sove completed the Stock Moto podium, fifth overall, with Mathewson six and second in class ahead of Terry Riggins.
Aldridge ran double duty, competing in the TaG Senior category. In qualifying, Aldridge top the charts with a 46.720-lap with John Dixon and Alex MacAllister second and third. In the Prefinal, Aldridge drove away to a four-second win over Dixon with MacAllister third. Keeping up the torrid pace through the main event, Aldridge would once again post the fast laps of the race en route to a six-second victory in the 20-lap race. MacAllister completed the podium with Peter Cook running uncontested in the TaG Master category.
Drake and William Woodard made up the TaG Junior field for the GLPS program, running with the Unlimited category of the SIRA. Drake held the advantage after qualifying with a 49.356-lap time. William struck back in the Prefinal, scoring the win by two seconds. Drake, however, was too strong in the 15-lap main event, earning the victory over William by just 0.182-seconds. Both left having a great time chasing the faster Unlimited karts.
All the racers enjoyed the festivities the Goodland event had to offer, including a fish fry and pork chop dinner, live music and entertainment each night and a tremendous fireworks display. The race welcomed the largest spectator crowd in the event’s history, thanks to the support of the Goodland and Dillon Hall workers.
The Great Lakes Pro Series will be back in action next month as they will co-host a double-header weekend at the popular New Castle Motorsports Park with the Superkarts! USA Central States Challenge program on July 23-24. GLPS would like to thank the 2011 supporters: MG Tires, Alden Engine Components, eKartingNews.com, National Kart News, Streeter Superstands, Bush Trophy Case & Embroidery, 2nd II None Racing, Evolution Karting, Janowski Insurance Group and Margison Graphics. For more on the Great Lakes Pro Series, contact Terry and Shirley Riggins - (765) 643-2752 and also visit their website - www.glproseries.com
About Great Lakes Pro Series:
The Great Lakes Pro Series presented by MG Tires is a six-weekend, eight-race regional program promoted by Terry and Shirley Riggins. Their purpose and focus is on providing a great atmosphere for the competitive karters while also introducing the younger generations to the sport. As young as eight, and as old as 60, the GLPS offers classes for TaG and shifter kart packages along with their GLPS Rotax Series on race tracks ranging from short temporary circuits to 2-mile road race courses.