Championships on the line at sixth round of Superkarts! USA regional program
Article By: Superkarts! USA
TEMECULA, CA (September 2, 2011) – The Superkarts! USA ProKart Challenge North program will make its first ever visit to the Tom Dash Memorial Speedway next weekend – September 9-10 – as the series completes its sixth and final round of the 2011 championship. The 9-turn, 1/2-mile course will be run in the counter-clockwise direction, providing a solid challenge to the drivers and tuners. The Atwater Kart Club will welcome racers from all across Northern California as the title chase in the eight categories comes to a close.
The Peterson Wealth Management-sponsored TaG Senior championship chase will come down to the final lap in Atwater. Austin Elliott holds the lead in the championship by 104 points, but when factoring in the drop race, the margin is much less. That has TJ Fischer, who sits second, in a strong position to steal the title in the final round. After starting the season with a win each, Elliott and Fisher have yet to return to the top of the podium. The driver who stands higher after Saturday’s main event could be crowned the champion as well. David Harwin and Jess Peterson remain in the hunt mathematically. Harwin has been consistent on the year, and a victory could send him to the top of the order. Peterson scored the win at his home track in Reno, but needs a solid performance for any chance at the title. The Leading Edge Motorsports-sponsored S1 Pro Stock Moto class will see the title come down to Jason Toft and Brett Buckwalter – with Toft holding the 25-point advantage.
Jared Woolf has kept himself at the head of the class all season in the Sunshine Daydream Creations-sponsored S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto category. Starting the year out with two straight feature wins, Woolf has continued to be one of the quickest drivers on the track. Jamie Wilson has attempted to keep pace with Woolf, both on the track and in the point standings. The gap between the top two in the standings is 209 before the drop, but shrinks when factoring in the worst results thus far. Wilson, recording a highest finish of third three times, will need to step up the pace for the finale. Chris Ouimet remains mathematically in the chase, but requires some additional help to move into the top spot.
Ryan Rasberry has the advantage heading into Atwater in the S3 Novice Stock Moto championship chase. His three wins, including last month at the PKC West Coast Shootout, have him ahead in the standings by 128 points over Chris Yettito. The two will finalize their season-long battle at the series finale. The same can be said for the duo in the Fastech Racing-sponsored S4 Master Stock Moto standings, with Jim Kidd and Nick Galante nearly even after five events. Kidd has two wins to Galante’s one, with Casey Scherer and Robert Marks stealing the other two. Just 14 points separate the two before the drop, with a lot riding on the results of the finale weekend.
The Cambrian Go-Karts-sponsored TaG Master class has produced some great racing on the season that is likely to continue in Atwater. Glenn McKinnon has been impressive on the season, and enters the finale with a 130-point gap over defending SKUSA Pro Tour champion Ethan Wilson. McKinnon has three feature wins on the year, thanks to his victory last month at the PKC West Coast Shootout, with Wilson at two. The wildcard will be the battle for third between Paul Hohlbein and Randy Froom. Both have continued to improve as the season progresses, and may be a factor for the feature win next weekend.
Austin Dement travels to the finale with a comfortable lead in the Bordogna Racing Engines-sponsored TaG Junior championship. At a 260 point advantage before drops, Dement should lock up the title in Atwater – despite being heavily challenged at times throughout the season. The fight for the runner-up spot comes down to Nick Sommers, Blaine Rocha and Jack Freese, all just separated by 129 points.
The fight in the Cambrian Go-Karts-sponsored TaG Cadet division is too close to call at this point. Hunter Corbitt enters the finale with the championship lead by 65 points over Davey Manthei Jr. Hunter Kelly is just another 86 points behind him, with Scott Huffaker and Danny Rubino within 39 points of Kelly. Garrett Dixon is not too far back in sixth, with a shot at moving up into the top-five of the standings. Also on the line for the Cadet drivers is the chance to win a trip to Italy to compete at the Rok Cup International Final, with the four-race mini-series wrapping up as well at this event. Corbitt currently leads over Huffaker by 18 points, with Kelly just 23 markers back.
The ProKart Challenge entry and race tire rate is available for $295 to racers who register online. Pre-registration pricing applies if completed before the midnight deadline on Wednesday, September 7 at www.skusastore.com. Signup at the track will be allowed, but will cost racers $85 more than the pre-race entry fee. Move-in and open practice begins Friday with on-track action taking place from 9am to 5pm. Class sponsors will have the option to move-in Thursday afternoon. More information regarding round six of ProKart Challenge North with the Atwater Kart Club can be found at the following link (www.superkartsusa.com/regional/pkc-north/round-6-2011.html).
For more on anything related to the ProKart Challenge or Superkarts! USA, visit their website – www.superkartsusa.com – or call the SKUSA head office at 951-491-0808.
About Superkarts! USA:
Established in 1995, Superkarts! USA is dedicated to shifterkart and TaG racing and is the leader in the field, currently promoting five regional racing series. Racing programs are currently running in Southern California, Northern California, Hawaii, Colorado, Missouri and Iowa, in cooperation and support from official tire supplier MG Tires. In 2011, the organization is promoting the second edition of the SKUSA Pro Tour, which features a pair of major events in Arizona and Colorado, all leading up to the annual SKUSA SuperNationals, the biggest shifter kart race in the world, held every November in Las Vegas, NV. For more information on SKUSA, please visit www.superkartsusa.com.