Once again the JR206 Class were the kings of the speed charts at this years event. With Michigan’s Nick Sheppard posting the fastest lap at 49.898 during his third place run in the 15 lap feature. Sheppard finished behind winner, Minnesota’s Jayden Larson, who pulled off a pass of second place finisher Liam Letzsch of Colorado on lap 13, Letzsch had led the first twelve laps of the event followed closely by four karts with fast laps just .433 seconds apart. Parker Abed and Cole Thompson rounded out the top five spots. Thompson was the lucky Pre-registered driver to win a 2000 Watt inverter generator thanks to “Class Sponsor” Briggs and Stratton Racing. A second inverter was also won by Logan Proctor. A special thank you goes out to Briggs and Stratton for their continued support of the event and the Kid Kart class.
The three day event featured 37 drivers and 43 karts from all four corners of the country. Chicago’s James Lynch had an unfortunate incident in practice Friday that cut his race weekend short. However his spirits were lifted when he was awarded the title “Assistant Event Coordinator” at Sundays drivers meeting. His family was also well represented when his little sister Sinead stepped on the podium in the Restricted class in fifth place. Top honors in Restricted went to Indiana’s Dylan Hill with Wisconsin’s Camirin Cass, Cameron Christ of Missouri, and Tennessee’s Robert Hatcher beside Miss Lynch. Dylan and Sinead both came from the back of the pack as Dylan had post race issued in the pre-final and Sinead had engine problems and missed the pre-final all together. Thanks go out to “Class Sponsor” PKT Axles as well.
By Sunday afternoon the weather was as hot as the action but this was not the case Saturday as the staff, parents, drivers and crews all worked together to get the facility back in condition after a Monsoon of a storm rolled through about noon and destroyed several canopies with high winds and buckets and buckets of rain. After the delay qualifying was completed as scheduled.
Sundays “Main Event” the Unrestricted final was well worth the wait. With twenty three karts taking the green flag for 15 laps there was no shortage of action. Iowa’s Talan Drake took the point in a battle with Jayden Larson and Gage Rodgers of Michigan for the first six laps . But by that time eventual winner Parker Abed had already climbed from his thirteenth place starting spot to fourth place and was on a mission. Parker was in third by lap seven and moved up to second by lap nine with just one thing on his mind. And in the twelfth lap he made his move and claimed the top spot . This was an impressive drive past 12 karts in 12 laps as Parker was fast all weekend, but a mistake by his crew in the Pre-final forced him to start deep in the pack. The rest of the podium was filled out by second place finisher Kyle West, with Rodgers hanging on to third , Drake forth, and Luca Roma all the way from Oceanside California in Fifth. Congratulations to Aaron Abel and Excel Racing who were also the “Class Sponsor”. Their team hauled a lot of trophies home with them this weekend.
A very Special thank you goes out to Team CRP Racing as this is their forth year as “Title Sponsor” for this event. Kevin and his team have been a big part of the success and growth of the Kid Kart Nationals. Thanks again Kevin from everyone at SLKA and from me personally.
SLKA Kid Kart Nationals
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