Grand Junction, Co – SKUSA has done it again by putting together a great racing event at the very nice Grand Junction Motorsports Park. This was the second stop for the SKUSA ProTour, and leading up to the event, there was excitement in the air.
A number of SwedeTech customers made the trip to Colorado for this event and many of our customers walked away with new hardware for the trophy collection. Great results come from a combination of items including race preparation, driver ability, chassis tuning, and SwedeTech is proud to supply the fast and reliable power plants for these drivers.
Saturday’s event schedule started off with qualifying. In the Tag Jr class, Jim McKinney put in a very nice qualifying effort and put his Jr Leopard package off pole. The Honda Stock Moto S4 class was next to hit the track, and the 38 year old from Visalia, Jimmy McNeil, put his SwedeTech Honda on pole. Nick Firestone put in a great effort to place his machine off pole. Not a bad way to start the weekend for these two SwedeTech drivers. The TaG Sr drivers would have their shot at qualifying, and Martin Plowman placed his Iame Parilla Leopard off pole.
After the qualifying sessions, the heat races rolled off. Jim McKinney backed up his qualifying effort with a strong second place finish. Our S4 guys dominated the heat one with a 1-2-3 sweep, with McNeil, Robert Marks, and Firestone securing the spots. Heat 2 produced the same results in the S4, with the same three drivers finishing in the same order. Martin Plowman had to fight his way back after a bad Tag Sr heat 1 result, finishing 3rd in Heat 2.
Qualifying and the heat races set you up for the big show, the Main Event. Jimmy McNeil continued his streak of wins in the S4 class. Robert Marks and Nick Firestone worked hard to make sure it wasn’t easy for Jimmy. Saturday was a SwedeTech sweep in the S4 Main Event. Tag Sr driver Martin Plowman put his heat 1 woes behind him and drove a great race to finish second overall.
As Saturday wrapped up, the action in the pits was the focus on Sunday’s event. Some drivers had a big bullseye on the back of their machines, and others were gunning from them.
Some S2 drivers worked hard on Saturday night to make sure they were a part of the conversation on Sunday. Arie Luyendyk Jr placed his Zanardi chassis on pole, with his SwedeTech Honda package. Right next to him was teammate, and the reigning SuperNationals S5 Champion, Daniel Langon. In the S4 class, Jimmy McNeil captured another pole position and Nick Firestone qualified third. In the Tag Sr class, Martin Plowman placed his SwedeTech Leopard powered Zanardi chassis in the top spot.
After qualifying, the heat race action began to take shape. In the S2 class, Daniel Langon held on to the second position while teammate Arie Luyendyk Jr finished 3rd. In the S4 class, McNeil drove on to another victory and Nick Firestone finished a strong third, with Robert Marks in fourth. Tag Sr Heat 1 results noted Martin Plowman with a second place finish.
Heat 2 racing action in the S2, Arie was able to pick up a spot to finish 2nd. In the S4 class, McNeil won with Robert Marks and Nick Firestone finishing fourth and fifth. Martin Plowman maintained a second place finish in the Tag Sr heat.
Sunday’s Main Events would have some of the same names upfront. McNeil continued his domination of the S4 class with a Main Event win. Robert Marks tried hard to chase is Team Visalia teammate down, but didn’t have enough. Nick Firestone rounded out the top 5. The top two Tag Sr drivers put on a display of driving talent and a good show for the crowd. At the checkered, Martin Plowman would take the victory. In the S1 main event, Nic Leduc overcame his weekend gremlins and managed to drive his SwedeTech powered Team MKP kart to a strong 2nd place finish. This was a very nice drive to salvage the weekend for Nic.
The next round of SKUSA ProKart action will take place in Buttonwillow, CA. Here is a call out to ALL SwedeTech S4 engine customers within driving distance to Buttonwillow. If you finish in front of Jimmy McNeil, there will be a special prize heading your direction. I am working on the details. I have a few ideas that I am throwing around. I will start a thread on EKartingNews.com with more information. Tom Kutscher and a few others have also sweetened the pot and have opened up prize money to anyone that beats Jimmy.
On a side note, I would like to thank EKartingNews.com for the great coverage. I was able to look up the results on Facebook and listen to Rob live on www.ekartingnews.com/live. Thank you for the great media coverage.
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