Carter Williams finished in the top-five in four features in two classes, Nick Neri had a pair of sixths in TaG Senior, Ethan Wilson drove to a sixth in TaG Master and Trenton Sparks had a seventh in TaG Cadet to lead Phil Giebler Racing in the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour SummerNationals at Grand Junction (Colo.) Motor Speedway on Saturday and Sunday (July 20-21).
Williams of Clovis, Calif., was second on Saturday and third on Sunday in S5 Junior Stock Moto and fifth in both TaG Junior features. Saturday, he qualified third, and was third and second in the two heats in S5 and qualified seventh and finished 12th and fourth in the heats in TaG Junior. Sunday, Williams was sixth fastest in qualifying and third and fourth in the heats in S5 and 10th in qualifying and ninth and fourth in TaG Junior.
“Carter drove well to get four top-fives for the weekend,” team owner Phil Giebler said. “He had great standing starts off the line, but lacked a little horsepower in S5. He gained solid points for the championship in TaG Junior. Carter was fast enough to get a podium in TaG Junior, but fell a little short after a lot of tough racing.”
Neri of Palmetto, Fla., had mechanical problems on both days. He was sixth fastest in qualifying and fourth in both heats Saturday and qualified in 13th position and was seventh and fourth in the heats Sunday.
“Nick’s transponder broke off in the feature Sunday and he drove one handed and holding the airbox the entire race,” Giebler said. “It was very impressive. He had an electrical misfire all day Saturday.”
Wilson of Campbell, Calif., had a rough Saturday, a 17th DNF in the first heat and a 16th DNF in the feature, but showed his speed with a fourth in the second heat. He regrouped to qualify in fourth position and finish second and third in the heats.
“Ethan finished sixth after having contact battling for third,” Giebler said.
Sparks of Bakersfield, Calif., was seventh in qualifying and third in his first heat but a 25th DNF in the second heat put him far back in the field on Saturday. He finished 11th in the feature. Sunday, he qualified in 10th position and was ninth and fourth in the heats.
“Trenton made a great recovery from the DNF on Saturday and not having a strong qualifying o Sunday,” Giebler said. “He had good races with lots of nice passes.”
Noah Grey of Dana Point, Calif., was 11th in both features and Jake Preston of Renton, Wash., was 17th in both features in TaG Junior. Grey qualified in 14th spot, was a 24th DNF and sixth in the heats on Saturday and was eighth in qualifying and sixth in both heats on Sunday. Preston was 19th in qualifying and 20th and 17th in the heats Saturday and 19th in qualifying and 14th and 17th in the heats Sunday.
“Jake didn’t come to grips with the track until it was too late in the weekend,” Giebler said. “He finally got the hang of it and got the engine tuned better, but he’d lost too much track time to move up.”
Austin Dement of Reno, Nev., finished 14th in TaG Senior on Saturday and was a 41 DNF Sunday.
“Austin had lots of bad luck all weekend,” Giebler said.
Emily Maddison of Calgary, Canada, started at the back in both TaG Senior features and climbed to 16th on Saturday and 22nd on Sunday.
“She had very strong races and recovered well for having such little track time this year,” Giebler said. “Her data was also impressive at times.”
It was a difficult weekend for Mason Daughters of Polo, Mo., in TaG Senior.
Daughters, a Level 5 Motorsports development driver, finished 28th Saturday and 41st DNF on Sunday. He also had a DNF in Sunday’s first heat.
“Mason had a mix of bad luck and trouble with tuning the engine at high (4,593 feet) altitude,” Giebler said.
Connor Wagner of Dallas was 14th in Saturday’s S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto.feature. He qualified in 15th position and finished 12th and 13th in the heats. Sunday, he was ninth in qualifying, 14th in both heats and was 37th DNF in the feature.
“Connor didn’t find the balance on the power of the engine and he got caught out several times in the races that dropped him way down the order,” Giebler said. “It was a tough weekend for a talented driver.”
Phil Giebler Racing feature results in the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour SummerNationals at Grand Junction (Colo.) Motor Speedway, July 20-21.
July 20: S5 shifter—2. Carter Williams, Clovis, Calif.; TaG Junior—5. Williams, 11. Noah Grey, Dana Point, Calif., 17. Jake Preston, Renton, Wash.: TaG Senior—6. Nick Neri, Palmetto, Fla., 16. Emily Maddison, Calgary, Canada, 28. Mason Daughters, Polo, Mo.; 41. DNF Austin Dement, Reno, Nev.; TaG Cadet—11. Trenton Sparks, Bakersfield, Calif.; TaG Master—16. DNF Ethan Wilson, Campbell, Calif.; S2 shifter—14. Connor Wagner, Dallas.
July 21: S5 shifter—3. Williams; TaG Junior—5. Williams, 11. Grey, 17. Preston; TaG Senior—6. Neri, 14. Dement, 22. Maddison, 41. DNF Daughters; TaG Cadet—7. Sparks; TaG Master—6. Wilson; S2 shifter—37. DNF Wagner.
Owned by the 2007 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year, Phil Giebler Racing is based in Anaheim, Calif., and competes nationally at the highest level of karting in the United States. Giebler is a resident of Huntington Beach, Calif. The team uses Fernando Alonso and Tony Karts and is a major dealer of OTK brands FA Kart, Tony Kart, Kosmic and Exprit.
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