Exciting Racing Highlights TX Prokart Challenge Weekend in OK
Rounds seven and eight held at Oklahoma Motorsports Complex
KATY, TX (August 29, 2012) – The Texas ProKart Challenge -
presented by 3G Kart Racing/Burger King®/Fernelius Alvarez
Attorneys/Dallas Karting Complex - hosted round seven and eight
on August 16-18 at the Oklahoma Motorsports Complex. Revered as
one of the top circuits in the country, Superkarts! USA and
United States Rotax Max Challenge competitors from the southern
states took on the challenging 8/10-mile course as the ten-round
championship series looks to close out the 2013 season.
The weekend welcomed perfect racing conditions, with cooler than
normal temperatures through the tree days in Norman, Oklahoma.
Friday evening provided a great meal, courtesy of Rey Ferreyro
and his local Chick-fil-A. All podium finishers received Motul
products, with top end rebuild kits for the Stock Moto
categories courtesy of Honda Performance Development, and three
sets of Mojo tires to three Rotax drivers. In total, over $2,500
in awards and prizes were handed out on the weekend, including
free entries and free hotels to the season finale. Of course,
the weekend went smooth thanks to the great hospitality provided
by the Berryhill family at the OMC facility. On-track, many of
the usual suspects were found on top of the podium throughout
the weekend, as the championship chases turned another page.
Garrett Boone and Ryan Kinnear continue to show the way in the
Pole Position/DR Kart S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto division, as the
two split the wins on the weekend. Kinnear led the way in round
seven qualifying, as he edged out Boone by just two thousandths
of a second, with Miguel Lopez just 44 thousandths off the fast
time as well. Through the two 10-lap heat races, Kinnear held
the advantage as he won both races, setting up for a main event
battle. Boone gave a strong challenge early on in the 16-lap
event, but fast laps over the course of the race would provide
Kinnear with a 2.8-second advantage. Behind Boone, Lopez would
finish third. Overnight, Boone found that extra speed to put
himself on the pole position for round eight, with Kinnear and
Lopez just a tick slower. Boone led early in heat one, but
Kinnear was able to score the race win. They battled once again
in heat two, with Kinnear scoring the win again. The final
16-lap event of the weekend was a hard-fought, clean battle
between the two. Exchanging the lead numerous times, Boone was
able to capitalize at the end and earn his second feature of the
season. Kinnear settled for second with Lopez once again in
third, setting up for a three driver battle for the championship
at the season finale in October.
Former SKUSA SuperNationals winner Chris Jennings extended his
point lead in the SwedeTech S4 Master Stock Moto championship
chase, adding his fourth and fifth victories on the season.
Saturday was a perfect score for Jennings as he swept the day
from qualifying to the main event, while posting fast lap of the
race. Championship rival Jordon Musser was second with Milton
Rivera in third, making a return to the series after two
runner-up finishes at the season opener. Jennings began round
eight on top, securing the pole position in qualifying but was
shuffled back in the heat race with Musser pushing past for the
race win. Jennings came back in heat two for the win, and
continued on to score the victory in the main event. Musser once
again was second with Jorge Galvan third. Chance Kelly ran
uncontested in the Blancken Insurance Group S3 Novice Stock Moto
class on the weekend.
Nathan Adds and Jesse Woodyard split the weekend in Junior
action, each taking a victory in the J&T Racing S5 Junior Stock
Moto and Champion Racing/Intrepid Rotax Junior classes. The S5
category continues to display a number of talented young drivers
in the region. Raul Guzman was the top driver in qualifying and
through the heat races. The wins were not easy, as the top four
drivers finished within six tenths of a second in the final
heat, including Jacob Loomis, Adds and Woodyard. Numerous lead
changes in the 12-lap race led to Woodyard taking over the top
spot with two laps remaining. From there, he held off Adds for
his third victory of the season. Adds however was penalized two
positions for contact with Loomis. This moved Guzman up to
second and Loomis third in the results as Adds was classified
fourth. Adds fought back on Sunday to lead the entire day. From
qualifying to the main event, Adds was at the front all day.
Guzman challenge Adds early in the main event, but when the
checkered fell it was Adds with his fourth victory of the year.
Woodyard would finish second with Loomis and Guzman close
Saturday was Woodyard’s day, as he scored the victory in Junior
Max. Quickest in qualifying, he went on to win heat one.
Woodyard led heat two, but was passed by Adds for the win with
one lap remaining. Adds would be found to have an improper
carburetor, and was removed and moved Jarret Voorhies on the
pole position for the main event, as he worked past Woodyard on
the final lap. The feature would all Woodyard, taking the lead
from the drop of the green and stretching out to a four-second
advantage. Voorhies finished second with Thomas Beaudoin third.
Sunday began with Christian Duarte as the fast driver in
qualifying, nipping Woodyard by 16 thousandths of a second. Adds
fought his way forward in heat one, coming from mid-pack to the
win. Woodyard struck back in heat two, edging out Adds and
Voorhies. Trailing Woodyard in the first half of the main event,
Adds moved to the lead and would not relinquish the position en
route to his second of the year, and second total for the
weekend. Completing the Junior categories was Champion
Racing/Intrepid TaG Junior. New York driver Anthony Gangi Jr.
was the class of the field all weekend. He swept the opening
day, earning his first series victory of the season and was on
his way to another dominating result when his bumper detached
from his chassis. Ignoring the meatball flag, Gangi crossed the
line first but was docked one lap to hand the win to Paige Evans
with championship leader Rodrigo Rejon placed second.
Max Waithman scored three victories on the weekend, including a
clean sweep of the Micro Max category. Earning fast time in
qualifying both days, Waithman drove to the win in each heat
race for both rounds of racing, and led at the checkered flags
to earn each main event victory. Saturday, Marcello Garcia ran
second with Ethan Arndt third. Sunday, Arndt gave a good battle
but Waithman proved to be too strong and pulled away at the end.
Arndt finished second, and recorded the fast lap bonus in both
main events, with Garcia placing third in Sunday’s feature.
During Sunday’s TaG Cadet action, Waithman overcame a DQ in heat
one for a clutch issue to score victory. He would drive from
11th on the grid to first in just eight laps, earning the pole
position for the main event. From there, he led all the laps to
the victory over Arndt and championship leader Luis Alfonso
Perez Pena. Saturday was a first victory for Jak Crawford. Riley
Dickinson and Pena were the drivers to beat throughout the day,
but Crawford was lurking. Challenging Pena for the lead, he
secured the position with two laps to go and held on for the
win. Dickinson slid past for second with Pena back to third.
The Enertech/Chase Racing Mini Max category saw Parker Chase put
himself back into the title hunt with two victories in Oklahoma.
Max Hewitt began the event as the top driver, posting fast lap
in qualifying and winning both heat races. He and Chase battled
in the first half of the main event until Hewitt retired early,
allowing Chase a clear path to the victory by over four seconds
ahead of Riley Dickinson and Luis Alfonso Perez Pena. Sunday,
Chase turned the victory into a dominating performance all day,
as he led the class in all on-track action. Hewitt ran three
seconds back in second with Pena placing third. TaG Senior saw
eight drivers on the weekend, as the category continues to draw
solid numbers. Hector Alvarez made his series debut, and
dominated the weekend with a clean sweep. Alvarez earned a
perfect score Saturday, followed by Derek Proctor and Richy
Yates. On Sunday, it was the same picture with Alvarez out front
and scoring the victory. Luke Waller ran second with
championship leader Michael Bartholomew third. Rotax Senior had
Conner Clay and Ronnie Price taking the victories, each earning
their first on the season. Price was the driver to beat through
the first half of the day, leading the way in qualifying and
heat one. Championship leader Alex Tartaglia drove to the win in
heat two, with Clay following him through for second. Both had
off-track excursions, with Clay able to recover and last all 16
laps for the win. Tartaglia was second with Troy Cowart third.
On Sunday, Price dominated the day as he led all on-track
sessions to his first victory of the year. Tartaglia was second
with Clay third.
Tartaglia did score one win on the weekend, taking top honors in
the DD2 category. He and Nathan Mauel fought for the top
position all day in round seven, with Tartaglia outlasting the
field for the victory. CJ Cramm was second with Mauel third,
retiring three laps early. Cramm was the driver to beat Sunday,
coming back from a DQ in heat one. After earning the fast lap in
qualifying, Cramm won the opening heat race but was too wide on
the rear width. Mauel led the field in heat two as Cramm drove
to second, and took the lead and victory in the main event over
Tartaglia and Mauel. Lance Lehrman ran uncontested in the DD2
Masters sponsored by Dallas Karting Complex.
The series will now turn toward the season finale, set for
October 4-6 at the NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans. Rounds
nine and ten will be contested, and will also serve as a great
warm-up weekend to the Rotax Pan-American Challenge
international event scheduled for the following weekend. To find
out more about the Texas ProKart Challenge program and event
details for the season finale, be sure to visit
www.texasprokartchallenge.com and ‘Like’ them on Facebook.