K & K MOTORSPORTS…HOT NEW DRIVER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM!

As racers we all know that there is nothing in racing that is free…and if it is most of the time it is either wore out or no good…but K & K  Motorsports is a HOT, NEW, and Exciting racing driver development program suited for younger up and coming racers…No, its not free but if you are looking to invest in your racing future you seriously need to take a look at this program…it has all the bells and whistles that you need to be trained in as well as some answers to that 64 million dollar question we all have, how do I attract sponsors?

I have had the honor to be asked to be a field rep in finding prospective clients for the program…if your interested in more information, please contact Terry Bridges at psaudioservices@gmail.com or phone me at 503-851-3907.  Below is an outline of what K & Motorsports can offer you.  I encourage you to look this over, these are quality people that are offering a quality service. You owe this to yourself if you or your racer is wanting to “Take the next step”…So your great new journey starts with this one step!..Enjoy!…

Thank you for your interest in K & K Motorsports. The following outline provides an overview of our career consulting and driver development programs. K & K Motorsports is not a driver school or rent-to-ride program. Our goal is to provide racers an avenue to attract potential funding sources by assisting with Marketing, PR, Media, career guidance and Sponsorship management. We also provide driver development and field competitive race teams from USAC Ignite Midgets and Legends up through NASCAR sanctioned stock car racing series.

We understand all drivers are at different levels in their race programs. We offer several different types career consultation packages to accommodate the entry level drivers up to fielding our own race teams to develop professional racing careers. Our Career Consulting and Driver Development Programs are as follows: 

Taking the Wheel
Full Throttle
K & K All Stars
K & K Race Teams and Development Drivers

Taking the Wheel-
This program is perfect for the younger driver, driver’s just getting started in racing, or driver’s racing on a local level seeking small sponsorship opportunities. The K & K Team assists the driver to effectively brand their unique personality in a professional manner to fans, media, and potential funding opportunities. K & K assists with marketing materials, web campaigns, driver promotions, and public relation strategies.

Package includes the following:

• Discounts for K & K off-season training classes and workshops
Website Design and updates
• Marketing package to distribute to potential funding opportunities
• Driver resume
• Driver cards
• Newsletter template, content and distribution guidance
• Career Guidance

Full Throttle-
The Full Throttle program is for driver’s seeking marketing and PR assistance with their established racing career. Specifically for drivers ready to take their racing programs to the next level and begin developing long term corporate sponsorships. The K & K Team assists the driver with effective branding, public relation strategies, marketing materials, web campaigns, driver promotions, negotiations, deal closings, social media and trackside campaigns.

Package includes the following:

• Discounts for K & K off-season training classes and workshops
• Website Design and updates
• Marketing package to distribute to potential funding opportunities
• Driver cards
• Newsletter template, content and distribution guidance
• Press Releases
Social media guidance
• Apparel design (shirts and hats)
• Courses on marketing, branding, and managing a racing career
• Fitness Program
• Career guidance

K & K All Stars
This program is specifically for K & K team drivers and driver’s racing competitively in other series outside of our stable seeking direct assistance with corporate sponsorship management. To become a K & K All Star, you must submit a resume and go through an interview process. K & K All Stars receive all the same benefits as our team drivers and are featured in all K & K marketing materials, website, social media, and work closely with the K & K sponsorship management team. K & K Race Teams and Development Drivers
Our philosophy at K & K Motorsports is to train our drivers to become competitive racers and provide an avenue to a professional racing career. We assist them to build a resume that impresses teams. However, upper tier teams typically won’t look at a drivers resume unless the driver is bringing money or sponsors. K & K assists each driver to develop marketing partners and B2B relationships within the professional racing arena to get them to the next level in their racing career. We are the “racer’s connection” for teams and sponsorship.

The K & K race team develops drivers primarily in Legends, USAC Open Wheel, AND Modifieds & Late Model types of race cars and series, most successful drivers entering professional careers come from these particular areas.

K & K Motorsports – 2014 Racing Series (subject to change):
NASCAR K & N Pro-Series East (some West); alliance with Biagi-DenBeste Racing
Lucas Oil Series – Modifieds
NASCAR All American Series – NorCal Whelen Modifieds
USAC Ignite Midget Series – East Coast
Legends – Lucas Oil and Southern and Northern California

K & K works with the All Stars and team drivers to generate sponsorship. We have team sponsors assisting to offset our typical racing costs. Some sponsors provide in-kind product and some provide cash, or both. These funds are allocated to each driver’s programs accordingly.

All Star and Team Driver’s – Career Planning:
Each driver comes into our development program at a different stage in their racing career. We work with the All Star and team drivers to establish three and five year career plans. The K & K team monitors progress to ensure the driver is getting the training needed in all areas to succeed. All areas including, but not limited to: driving ability, speaking skills, interaction with sponsors, social media skills, people skills, and marketability.

Attracting Sponsors:
The ability to attract sponsors is imperative to a successful racing career. At K & K, our All Stars and team drivers develop a brand around their own personality. Each driver has something unique about them and we work to capitalize that uniqueness into a trait that appeals to sponsors. Corporate sponsors look for a story and a personality that fits their goals and company image.

Sponsorship Management and Promotions:
When managing sponsorship’s, the work doesn’t stop with a decal on the race car. K & K develops promotions and events for each or our partners and All Star and team driver’s sponsors. We work hard to create new business to business opportunities, increasing sales and bringing a measurable return on investment. This ensures continued relationships and marketing partner’s long term.

Seminars, Workshops and Cup Team Tours:
The K & K Team hosts seminars, workshops and Cup Team tours. We also provide marketing, sponsorship, and chassis tuning classes. The seminars and workshops are held in the off-season in January and February. Workshops focus on the following areas:

Driver Development/Sponsorship
• Proven strategies to land sponsors
• Connecting a sponsor with the right driver
• Transitioning from amateur to professional athlete
• Fitness training
• Driver interviews, speaking skills and public relations
• Working with a spotter
• Fan interaction and networking with sponsors
• Networking with key career contacts

Motorsports Marketing – Value to a Sponsor:
• Channels for business-to-business (B2B) networking
• Established methods to drive measurable sales to consumers
• Demonstrated ways to expand distribution
• Powerful brand building concepts
• Proven ways to engage company employees, customers, vendors & prospects

Racing Connections:
Bill Lyons (William Lyons Associates) and K & K Motorsports have formed a business alliance. Bill works with NASCAR and most of the major Professional race teams and has managed professional athletes for over thirty years. Bill also managed the Yellow Transportation award winning NASCAR sponsorship for over eleven years. Bill has the ability to make connections and manage corporate relationships with prospective teams, NASCAR officials, co-sponsors, the media, and much more. Bill monitors all of the All Star and team drivers. Bill provides guidance as our drivers make the transition from amateur to professional athlete. Bill will introduce a driver to a professional team when he feels the driver is the “real deal” and ready to make the next step in his/her career.

All Stars and Team Drivers – Media, Driver Marketing and PR Management:
The K & K team assists our All Stars and team drivers with managing existing marketing partners and attracting new sponsors, developing long term relationships and a brand identity for the driver. K & K manages and utilizes professional alliances and firm(s) to create a brand image and related marketing materials for our drivers in the most professional manner possible. This includes the following:
• Driver Web-site Layout and Design
• Web-site domains and hosting
• Driver Web-site updates and changes
• Professional Driver Resume
• Marketing presentation package
• Driver Hero card design
• Driver business card creation
• Press releases
• Press release web-site postings
• Social media management
• Monthly newsletters
• Team and driver apparel

Next Steps to become an All Star or Team Driver:
• Submit Driver Resume to Kim Walmer: kim@kkmotorsports.com
• Schedule conference call with Kim to discuss driver’s career path and goals
• Discuss options and determine if K & K Motorsports is a good fit for the driver and K & K race team, if it appears to be a good fit…
• Discuss series to race over next to three to five years, create marketing and PR plan, establish goals and milestones.

2013 IKF 4 Cycle Sprint Grand Nationals ”Elite” battle for “Duffy” Supremacy!

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NW Race Report-  After a two stop Eastern Washington swing and a Northern California venture, the 2013 IKF 4 Cycle Grand Nationals returned back to the Pacific Northwest bringing it’s yearly elite event to McMinnville Raceway Park, home of the “Mac Track” in McMinnville, Or.  The Mac track is the home of the Portland Karting Association, which hosted the International Karting Federation’s most prestigious event in 2004, 2006, and 2008. At .7 tenths of a mile and nine turns, the ground thumping diggers were turning laps in the high 43’s low 44’s, with the some of the Juniors getting down into the low 43’s.

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GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPION:     ALAN CATHEY 

SCREAMING EAGLE POLE AWARD:    44.020  ALAN CATHEY 

Briggs & Stratton Motorsports sponsored World Formula Medium & got things rolling on day one by putting up a 500.00 “winner take all” incentive.  That was incentive enough for nine time national champion Alan Cathey as he put his R & L karting Wild Kart on the pole putting down a 44.020 and taking the first of his two screaming eagles for the week.  Cathey’s brother in law Brett Lucas, made it a family affair joining him on the outside of row one. Cathey went bell to bell to take the pre-final, and sleeper Max Mulkey in the runner up spot. Tim Lawrence followed Mulkey across third. In the final it was once again Cathey taking the checkers and winning his tenth IKF Duffy and putting five hundred cool, crisp “hunskies” in his pocket to boot.  Boise, Idaho’s Terry Lawrence another ten time Duffy winner, followed Cathey across in the runner up spot, and Californian Tyler Agan third. Max Mulkey, and Brett Lucas rounded out the top five. 

2. Terry Lawrence 3. Tyler Agan 4. Max Mulkey 5. Brett Lucas 6. Pederson 7. Holmboe 8. Smalley 9. Worley

 

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SCREAMING EAGLE POLE AWARD:  45.743  ENRIQUE JAIME

Following World Formula Medium on day one was the start of what would be an epic battle between two up and coming young champions…Justin “The Bandit” DeMars and Enrique “Frio” Jaime.  War was declared when DeMars struck first by snagging the pole by .200 with a 45.543 to Jaime’s .743.  Austin Ray Chalman the hard charging countryman from Cheyenne, Wyoming was third quick, but a bit off the pace .932 behind the front row duo. In the pre-final it was DeMars out first on the drop of the green with Jaime, Chalman, Kunz, DeMars cousin Zach Franzke, and Cam Raymond in pursuit…give lap one to DeMars as Chalman and Kunz rage a battle back for third and fourth..Kunz gets by Chalman at the top of the hill on lap two and looks like he may have something for the leaders… On lap four, leader DeMars has his rear axle break in two sending him spinning off the front straight a way and into the Scribner barriers, handing the lead to Jaime…On lap five, Carson Kunz brings out the red flag when his brake rotor explodes under braking sending him head on into the back stretch Scribner barriers… Kunz walked away a little sore and his attention grabbed.  Jaime takes the checkers with the ‘Wyoming Whiz” Chalman second. Zach Franzke, Cam Raymond, and Kunz rounded the top five.

After taking full advantage of the long break, DeMars rolled out in time to make the grid for the final new axle and all.  Kunz would not return.  On the wave of the green it was DeMars rolling early picking up three spots in the first three quarters of a lap making sure that the Medford Missile Jaime did not get away.  On lap two DeMars gets Jaime at the end of the front chute and leads the next thirteen laps with Jaime working every angle possible trying to get by…at the end of the back chute with two to go Jaime digs deep and pulls a “Super Frio” quick and stick pass on DeMars on the exit of turn six and holds on to take the win with DeMars stunned, but right behind.  Give the Junior One UFC title bout round one to Jaime…Two rounds remain.  DeMars has trouble in tech with to long of a rocker arm and is DQ’d giving second to the “Wyoming Whiz” Austin Ray Chalman, Cam Raymond in his first ever grand national was third, and Zach Franzke also in his first ever grand national was fourth. Jaime’s 45.544 was quick lap.

2. Austin Ray Chalman 3. Cam Raymond 4. Zach Franzke DNS- Kunz DQ- DeMars (Rocker Arm) ** Enrique Jaime obtains IKF Expert Status**

 

 

 

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GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPION:  KEITH FOUX

SCREAMING EAGLE POLE AWARD:  46.230  KEITH FOUX

When it comes to four cycle racing, the name Bryan Green has become synonymous with passion, competition, and winning.

“I’m here because I like competition, I like to race people.  What I’m not, is here to just ride my kart around…that would be no fun for me, I Iove the challenge of trying to out think and be faster than the other guy…That’s why I’m here” —Bryan Green

Green backed up his statement by taking the pole from practice speedster Keith Foux by a mere .003 with his 46.227. Foux joined Green on the outside of the front row with his 46.230 and 7 time IKF national champion Roger Cathey stuck his R&L karting AMV ride on the inside of row two with  a 46.569.  Jeff Havens joined Cathey on the outside of row two and Richard James took the inside of row three, joined by Mike Schorn who was fighting gremlins and did not qualify.

In the pre-final it was Green on his Arrow Chassis handily took the checkers 1.247 seconds over runner up Schorn, who drove his CMC/Swiss Hutless all the way through the field from his sixth starting spot and put down a 45.996 quick lap, .231 quicker than Green’s Pole time…Cathey on an AMV chassis followed Schorn across in third, Foux had the handle of his ITAL chassis go away and he faded back following Cathey across

in fourth. Jeff Havens was fifth.  Come final time all money was on Green as the favorite, but after Schorn’s pre- final performance he was in the running and couldn’t be overlooked.  The real question mark was that of Foux who was blazing fast in practice, but fell off quite bit by the end of the pre-final…

It was Green controlling the majority of the final with Foux proving he could step it up as he stuck his Ital kart into second, Cathey third, and Mike Schorn fourth. Jeff Havens and Richard James were fifth and sixth. The moral to this story is you can run, but just

don’t win the class that your sponsoring, it will get you every time as Green has issues in tech giving up the win and the screaming eagle to Keith Foux and moving everybody up one spot.  Foux put down quick lap with a 45.855.

2. Roger Cathey 3. Mike Schorn 4. Jeff Havens 5. Richard James DQ- Green (Engine Tech)

 

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GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPION:  STAFFORD SMITH

SCREAMING EAGLE POLE AWARD:   44.317  STAFFORD SMITH

For some day one was all about getting rid of the pre national jitters and travel lag, while for others it was about getting right to work…and for Stafford Smith it was about going to work.  Right out of the gate, Smith rolled up his sleeves and got right putting his OTK/Lawrence Racing engines ride on the pole .538 of next best Canadian Kyle Adams on his Alpha Mondai/Interior Kart Center entry. Smith who regionally has been in a tight battle with arch rivals Tyler Besuyen and Jacob Gulick as well as IKF expert David Schorn who all were in attendance…First timer Adam Smalley put his Kosmic on the inside of row two a half second off second quick Adams.  Besuyen and his Dougherty Ford/Swiss Hutless joined Smalley on the outside of row two. Gulick and Schorn made up row three on a  pair of Gulick Trucking-CMC/Swiss Hutlesses and Dylan McKay and Smalley’s teammate Spencer Kunz made up row four.

The pre final it was ALL Stafford Smith as he demolished the field taking the checkers almost two seconds ahead of runner up Kyle Adams, and over six seconds ahead of the third place Tyler Besuyen.  Gulick was four seconds behind  Besuyen in fourth, and

Smalley rounded out the top five. Dylan McKay was sixth, David Schorn and Spencer Kunz were seventh and eighth.

The final was more of the same with Stafford Smith being the unit of measure as he continued  where he had left off in the pre final.  Smith set a blistering pace driving the rubber right off the tire for all 16 laps and taking the checkers 5.612 seconds ahead Canadian Kyle Adams.  Smalley and Gulick were both sent to detention for not passing tech which made the final order Schorn third, Dylan McKay who drove his best race of his young career fourth, Spencer Kunz fifth, and regional Junior 2 Gas Animal point leader Tyler Besuyen sixth.   Smith’s 44.307 was quick lap.

2. Kyle Adams 3. David Schorn 4. Dylan McKay 5. Spencer Kunz 6. Tyler Besuyen  DQ:  Adam Smalley (Choke Cover)  Jacob Gulick (engine)

 

 

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GRANDNATIONAL CHAMPION:  SCOTT BARLEE

SCREAMING EAGLE POLE AWARD:  45.323  SCOTT BARLEE

In 2012 Scott Barlee won World Formula heavy and0 his first ever National Championship.  It was a win that was heart felt through pit area to anybody that knew Scott and his family…It was a win that came with a loss, a huge loss. The loss of his biggest fan…Mom.  A lot of wins come and go…even championships but this is one that will be there forever…and he was back at Mac on the attack, ready to duke to prove that 2012 was no fluke.  With just one race under his belt, a race just two weeks prior at Portland Karting Association’s annual regional stop, Barlee was all business and he wheeled his Ital-Kart to a screaming eagle with a 45.323.  Joining Barlee on the front row was Albany, Oregon’s Greg Normandin ( Crazy that his initials G.N. also stand for Grand National!) Normandin has had a solid 2013 and was fifth in last years

elite annual and he piloted his G.N.S./T-Plus Steel Fabricators entry .525 seconds behind Barlee with 45.848.  Another first timer, Mark Westcott who cut his teeth in karting by running a weekly rental kart series offered by the Pat’s Acres Racing Complex in Canby,Oregon stuffed his Birel/Westcott Motorsports into the inside row two starting spot and was joined by Idaho’s Glenn Young. CEO & Company president John Shearer of the class sponsor KartCover.com was fifth quick, Mark Reece Sixth, and Gregg Wick seventh.  Spencer DeGranpre was DQ’d as he forgot to eat breakfast and weighed in 1 pound shy of the minimum limit…This is SuperHeavy right?

In the pre final it was all Scott Barlee as he drove off and never looked back, finishing 3.392 seconds ahead of runner up Westcott who had gotten by Normandin early. Normandin was third and his 45.568 was quick lap of the race…Normandin had the question was could he beat Barlee’s experience?  Glenn Young and Spencer DeGranpre who picked up three spots from his eighth starting spot rounded out the top five….In the final it was once again Barlee in control and basically unchallenged as he

went flag to flag to capture his second straight “Duffy” and obtain expert status, Mark Westcott stepped up his game some in the final as he followed Barlee across second, 1.080 seconds ahead of third place Greg Normandin.  Spencer DeGranpre was fourth and Glenn Young fifth.

 

2. Mark Westcott 3. Greg Normandin 4. Spencer DeGranpre 5. Glenn Young 6. Mark Reece 7. John Shearer 8. Gregg Wick  Quick Lap: 5-Westcott 45.423

 

 DAY 2….FRIDAY JULY 19, 2013…..

 

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GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPION:  BRETT LUCAS

SCREAMING EAGLE POLE AWARD: TIM LAWRENCE

 Briggs gas animal kicked things off for day two…. Qualifying picked up right where the racing left off…It was close and with the top four separated by .208.  Tim Lawrence took the pole stopping the tickers at 45.291, just .131 seconds ahead off pole sitter Myles Pederson.  Pederson who has been literally leaving a path of destruction at just

about every track he has been this season, finally seemed to be back to form after being surprisingly quiet.  I’m sure most were surprised ( and honestly, probably happy) that Pederson had been as quiet as he was. The other surprise was that Alan Cathey qualified fifth quick .577 off of pole sitter Lawrence..Trust me Cathy very rarely is that far off…and I mean rarely.

Lawrence looks awesome and like the one to beat as he goes flag to flag with Lucas from his inside row two position .223 behind at the stripe. Pederson who started P2 fell to fourth where he stayed until he got by Agan on lap 8 for third, Justin Smalley would inherit fifth as both Alan Cathey and Keith Foux retired early. So it’s Lawrence, Lucas , Pederson, Agan and Smalley the top five. Foux would be credited with sixth and Cathey seventh.

On the start of the final, Lucas gets a great start getting by pole sitter Lawrence and leads the first four circuits…Lawrence wants a view from the front and takes a quick peak as he leads lap five.  Lucas quickly decides he likes the view better from the point and goes back by Lawrence for the point and stays there for then next four laps…meanwhile Agan does away with for third, and Cathey sends Pederson back one more

spot to fifth, then does away with third place Agan, second place Lawrence. Lawrence leaves a little to much daylight off of turn six on lap seven and Agan tries the bottom side under Lawrence and the two get together both sliding up and over the embankment in turn seven.  Lawrence has a man to man with Agan expressing his thoughts of the try and gets himself tossed the weekend.  All the while, Cathey has run down and gotten by leader Lucas and takes the point for laps ten and eleven…Lucas retakes the point on lap twelve where stays to win his second national championship with the “If it’s junk, I’ll WILL IT where I want it” Alan Cathey following his brother in law under the checkers second. Pederson salvages third, Keith Foux fourth, Smalley fifth, and Agan sixth.

2. Alan Cathey 3. Myles Pederson 4. Keith Foux 5. Justin Smalley 6. Tyler Agan DQ’d:  Lawrence ( Unsporting conduct)  Quick Lap: Alan Cathey 45.236  55.708mph

 

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GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPION:  ALAN CATHEY

SCREAMING EAGLE POLE AWARD:  44.348  ALAN CATHEY

World Formula heavy was yet another class not only splitting hair close, but loaded with talent…Anytime you have not one, but two ten time national champions competing in a class well, let’s just say it don’t get much tougher than that.  The smooth and quietly quick Alan Cathey picked up another screaming eagle when the stopped the watches with a 44.348.  One of the toughest and fastest guys that you probably have never heard of ( but you will guaranteed) Max Mulkey took the outside of the front row .100 off Cathey with a 44.448…Terry Lawrence, the former Sodi factory driver took the inside row two spot with a 44.697, and Canadian Scott Barlee in only his second outing of the season took the outside row two spot and two cycle ace Scott Holmboe put his CMC/Swiss Hutless on the inside of row three with his fifth quick 44.836 effort.

In the pre final Ricky Worley had a rough go of things early falling from his seventh starting position to twelfth on lap one. Glenn Young picked up two spots and moved into the tenth spot, Spencer DeGranpre, a promising up and comer in his first grand national event also picked up two spots going from his eleventh spot to ninth. Mark Westcott picked up a couple to eighth, and both Greg Normandin and Myles Pederson  picked up three spots as they took over the fifth and sixth spots….Barlee lost three spots in the early going falling to seventh…and that is where the top seven would stay the rest of the way, except for Worley who drove the wheels off his newly acquired Veloux machine making up four of his five lost spots on the start to salvage eighth. It was Cathey going flag to flag finishing 1.567 seconds ahead of runner up Mulkey, with Lawrence, Lucas and Normandin rounding out the top five.

With the Mexican hat dance complete, it was final time with Alan Cathey and Max Mulkey leading the 15 ground pounders to the green…Cathey with another flawless start lead the thundering heard out of one up the hill towards turn two. Lawrence hitched a tow and followed Cathey up the hill second, Mulkey third, Lucas fourth, and Myles Pederson fifth. Lap two Pederson looks like he may be heating back up when he gets Normandin for fifth, then gets by Brett Lucas for fourth. Scott Holmboe who retired early in the pre final after some early contact, started well back in the field in the final and called it day on lap three. Scott Barlee and Ricky Worley swapped the seventh and eighth spots, and Mulkey gets by Lawrence for second on lap five. That’s way it would stay the rest of the way. Cathey with another dominating flag to flag win.

2. Max Mulkey* 3. Terry Lawrence 4. Myles Pederson 5. Brett Lucas 6. Greg Normandin 7. Ricky Worley 8. Scott Barlee 9. Mark Westcott 10. Spencer DeGranpre 11. Glenn Young 12. Mark Reece 13. John Shearer 14. Gregg Wick 15. Scott Holmboe   *Quick Lap: 7- Max Mulkey 44.487  56.646 mph

 

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GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPION:  JACOB GULICK

SCREAMING EAGLE POLE AWARD:  44.964  ADAM SMALLEY

Adam Smalley stood up and commanded attention as he grabbed his first ever screaming eagle on a last lap run to bump Stafford Smith out of the P1 spot. Smith looked like he might have things covered when he posted a 45.101 that held until Smalley laid down a 44.964 qualifying effort, and sent Smith packing to the outside of row one. Jacob Gulick, Tyler Besuyen, and Canadian Kyle Adams rounded out the top five.

In the pre final its Smalley out of the gate first tangled, as Stafford Smith gets caught up in a altercation and falls from the outside of row one to fourth. Smalley leads laps one and two Gulick is second for the first two circuits and then is relegated third where he

stays…Before lap one is over Smith has caught the field and is back to third. On lap three smith is back to the top spot and never looks back…Schorn is fourth for the first couple circuits, then falls to fifth on lap three when Tyler Besuyen gets by to take over fourth where he will stay.  Canadian Kyle Adams works his up from deep in the field and gets as high as fifth where he stays for three laps until Schorn arrives again to take over fifth where he will stay until the end…Adams is sixth until lap nine when Dylan McKay (who I might add by the way had one of the best races I’ve ever seen him drive) would take sixth away from Adams.

The final has Stafford Smith on the point and he is gone right from the get go but only makes it two laps and retires with an engine failure. That hands the lead to Smalley who leads until lap seven when Gulick tries his hand at the top spot for a one lap look…Smalley back on top on lap nine,,,Lap twelve when Smalley and Gulick meet in turn six with Smalley really taking the brunt going from first to sixth in one corner…Gulick, in the clear, motors on  to win his first grand national championship. Besuyen took advantage of the chaos and moved into second behind Gulick, but could not hold off the charge of Schorn, who got by in turn six and went on to follow Gulick under the checkers in the runner up spot.

2. David Schorn 3. Tyler Besuyen 4. Dylan McKay 5. Spencer Kunz 6. Adam Smalley  Quick Lap:  8  45.021 / 55.974 mph Jacob Gulick

 

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GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPION:  TYLER “the Instructor” AGAN

SCREAMING EAGLE POLE AWARD:  46.434  TYLER AGAN

  Briggs and Stratton Motorsports put up the second of two $500.00 winner take all payouts for the competitors in the Briggs LO206 class.  Gas Animal Medium was the other, and Alan Cathey took home the ca$h for a nice little payday for hard days work.  One would think that with five hundred cold hard smackers for the taking that the class would be a knock down drag out, and the scurry and search for a LO206 hot and heavy…Not the case this time though, as five competitors vied for the for the prize. The “Instructor” Tyler Agan won the screaming eagle pole award with his effort of 46.434.  Veteran Mike Schorn was just a tic off the pole with his 46.630. Bryan Green and Jeff Havens made up row two and Terry Lawrence had some issues and was well off the pace qualifying 1.155 seconds behind Agan to take the fifth qualifying spot…

In the pre final Green followed pole sitter Agan through turn one up the hill and wasted no time going by Agan at the end of the back straight and lead the first two laps.  The “Instructor” regrouped and went back by Green at the end of the front straight and lead until lap seven.  Lawrence and Schorn rubbed pods going through the chicane, with Schorn getting the short straw as Lawrence shuffled him back to fourth…what goes

around comes around as Lawrence has issues and retires after 2 laps, and Schorn pedal down after the rest of the group…Flashing a little dough does wonders for the heart, as Schorn runs down the field and passes Agan on lap eight and goes on to the checkers with Agan, Green, and Jeff Havens following.

With five “Hunskies” on the line and the final to go, Schorn jumps out strong and leads the first ten of the sixteen lap feature..Terry Lawrence who you can never count out, especially when there is cash on the line, drives up from fifth to third…on lap five Surprises the “Instructor” Agan to take over second…the two trade places for three more laps, and then “The Instructor” decides that it is lesson time and goes around Lawrence for the last time, then gets by leader Schorn and never looks back on his way to a national championship and five hundred “Hunskies”…Schorn, Lawrence, Green, and Havens finish out the top five spots.  “The Instructor” gains his IKF Expert status with his second national title.

2. Mike Schorn* 3. Terry Lawrence 4. Bryan Green 5. Jeff Havens *Quick Lap: 13- Mike Schorn 46.448  54.254 mph 

 

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GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPION:  ENRIQUE JAIME

SCREAMING EAGLE POLE AWARD:  45.617  JUSTIN DeMARS

Round two of the “Battle at Mac” between Enrique “Frio” Jaime (pronounced “Hi-mee”)

and Justin “The Bandit” DeMars…It was DeMars again landing the first blow by taking the pole and the screaming eagle with his 45.617 54.998 mph effort. Jaime put his Birel on outside of DeMars..The ‘Flyin’ Wyoman” Austin Ray Chalman took the inside row two spot joined by freshman Zach Franzke…By the way in case you didn’t catch it before…(Franzke and DeMars are cousins)… Carson Kunz and another freshman, Cam Raymond made up row three.

The pre final is as basic as it gets…DeMars jumps out early with Jaime falling in second, Chalman third, Kunz fourth, Franzke fifth and Cam Raymond sixth….that’s how it stays until Franzke and Kunz trade spots on lap 9…otherwise, call it academic as DeMars is desperate for some hardware after his Thursday last lap heart breaker..

 

Sixteen laps of rumble for the final…once again its DeMars strong and swinging early and looks poised to score some bronze hardware as the “Bandit” leads laps one through thirteen. Jaime is trying every where outside for a way by against the defensive low line of DeMars. Jaime works his “Wheel-a-Dope” and surprises DeMars on lap fourteen with a quick inside stick and move.The two touch and rub, Jaime again surprising DeMars in the late going and taking the checkers for his second straight national championship. DeMars again is strong early, but stripped and stunned late. “He Rolls smooth like a butterfly, his moves sting like a bee…count em’ one, two and he’s going for three…remember the name Enrique Jaime.”  Also notable was the freshman performance of Zach Franzke who ran a strong third in the final.

2. Justin DeMars 3. Zach Franzke 4. Carson Kunz 5. Austin Ray Chalman 6. Cam Raymond  *Quick Lap: 4- Enrique Jaime 45.784 / 55.041 mph

 

DAY 3….SATURDAY JULY 20, 2013…..

 

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GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPION:  TERRY LAWRENCE

SCREAMING EAGLE POLE AWARD:  44.121  TERRY LAWRENCE

Day three got underway with Briggs Animal Medium…A different tinge in the smell of the morning air as the racers had their bowls of methanol and cornflakes to nourish their bodies for the day.  Terry Lawrence announced this would be his final grand national, and took the pole by just .026 over newly crowned IKF expert Brett Lucas. 

Max Mulkey, who most definitely now had the attention of all the front runners, worked a deal with engine builder Tim Lawrence and strapped on some LRE power for his day three outing, and he stuck his Mulkey Farms/Lawrence Racing engines machine on the inside of row two. Joining Mulkey on the outside was another newly crowned IKF expert, “The Instructor” Tyler Agan.  Agan’s nickname “the instructor” comes from his occupation as a driving instructor at the Skip Barber driving school.  Alan Cathy took the inside of row three, joined by Keith Foux who is one of the classiest and nicest racers that you ever want to meet.  Row four was filled by Myles Pederson who still was trying to get his mojo back. The pre final is uneventful with Lawrence going bell to bell along with the other six positions…where they qualified was where they stayed for the eleven lap pre final.

The final was a better show with Lawrence and Brett Lucas getting together early on the exit of turn six, Lucas getting the worse of it and retiring on lap 6.  Mulkey, Cathey, Agan, and Pederson raced hard for the remainder of the final, but in the end it was Terry Lawrence getting a storybook ending in his last grand national event. Lawrence will retire with an amazing eleven national championships, and to many regional and local titles to mention here.  A fierce and classy competitor, the sport loses a great representative and he will be greatly missed.  Mulkey with another strong and impressive showing took the runner up spot. Rolling over the scales it was discovered

the choke on Mulkey’s machine worked its way loose and was sticking in the open position and he still rolled second…Alan Cathey once again proved why he is a twelve time national champion, as he “Willed” his not quite perfect ride to a third place finish. Tyler Agan followed Cathey across the stripe fourth, and Myles Pederson just couldn’t find his misplaced mojo, but stilled salvaged a fifth place finish.

2. Max Mulkey 3. Alan Cathey 4. Tyler Agan 5. Myles Pederson 6. Keith Foux 7. Brett Lucas   Quick Lap:  14- Terry Lawrence  44.093 / 57.152 mph

 

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GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPION:  ALAN CATHEY

SCREAMING EAGLE POLE AWARD: 45.470 TYLER AGAN

Tyler Agan captured his second screaming eagle of the week topping the timing charts with a 45.470, but it wasn’t by much….just a mere .088 of a second quicker than who else?…Alan Cathey.  Cathey was only .105 quicker than his brother in law Brett Lucas who stopped the tickers at 45.933. Ricky Worley was fourth quick .506 off of pole sitter Agan. Myles Pederson and Justin Smalley were fifth and sixth quick.

Showing just how important track position and how close the competition is, the pre final was pretty much uneventful most of the way.  It livened up a little laps six through ten as Agan and Cathey took turns swapping the lead until lap nine when Agan re-took the point for good, taking the checkers by .277 over Cathey.  Justin Smalley wound up third with a little help from Lucas who had issues and did not start. Pederson followed Smalley across fourth and Worley closed the top five.

Brett Lucas made it back for the final and from his sixth starting position improved three spots to take home the third. Worley, who now had switched chassis hoping to find something better, did find a little something as he followed Lucas across fourth. Leaders Alan Cathey and Tyler Agan took turns playing follow the leader, with Lucas early even poking around wanting to play.  Cathey got by Agan on a deep late brake at the end of the back chute to take the lead and the checkers for yet another national championship…it was an amazing twelfth national championship for the Boise, Idaho racer..Yes, I said twelfth!  Three national championship wins and two screaming eagle pole awards, pretty impressive for a single event. When you consider that’s more than most racers will ever get in a career it looks even more impressive. For you young racers out there, that shows you exactly what hard work and dedication will get you, if you have discipline and focus.

2. Tyler Agan 3. Brett Lucas 4. Ricky Worley 5. Justin Smalley 6. Myles Pederson  Quick Lap: 3- 45.478 / 55.411 mph Brett Lucas

 

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GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPION:  MIKE SCHORN

SCREAMING EAGLE POLE AWARD:  MIKE SCHORN

Mike Schorn aboard his CMC/ Swiss Hutless, grabbed the screaming eagle pole award in World Formula Masters by .065 seconds out dueling four cycle legend Bryan “Rowdy” Green. Right there to take the inside row two spot was newcomer Greg Normandin aboard his T-Plus Steel Fabricators entry.  Not often anymore do you see

a non factory chassis able and willing to run up front, but if its possible Greg Normandin is the type of racer that will make it happen. That’s the type of racer Normandin is.

Everything is tidy and in order for the pre final…Normandin follows Schorn through on the green leaving Green no other choice but to fall into third. From there its a pre final with everyone behaving and staying put with except for Mark Reece who decides he doesn’t like the view from fifth and goes up to see what

fourth place looks like moving around Glenn Young early. Reece decides he likes the view and enjoys it until lap seven, when Young decides Reece is right the view is not that good in fifth and goes back by Reece. Young decides it’s much nicer view and stays put….Meanwhile Gregg Wick at the same time decides to compare views and goes around  Havens…Wick enjoys the view until lap ten when John Shearer decides he wants a peek and goes around both Havens and Wick to take over the view in seventh,  Normandin wants a peek from the top spot, but that is all that Schorn allows is a peek as he rolls on to take the pre final.

In the final, Mike Schorn in impressive fashion taking some searing heat from both Bryan Green and Greg Normandin rolls green to checker to capture another national championship. Normandin did try  everything trying to get by Schorn..everything except for crashing him, you can bet the thought probably did cross his mind…but Normandin is just not that type of racer.

Green would finish third, Mark Reece with a great freshman performance was fourth, Glenn Young fifth. Another freshman, Kevin Keller looked impressive finishing sixth

2. Greg Normandin 3. Bryan Green 4. Mark Reece 5. Glenn Young 6. Kevin Keller 7. Jeff Havens 8. Gregg Wick 9. John Shearer 10. Richard James  Quick Lap: 2- Greg Normandin 45.198 / 55.755 mph

 

 

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GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPION: JUSTIN ‘the Bandit” DeMARS

SCREAMING EAGLE POLE AWARD:  45.506 ENRIQUE JAIME

Numbers can sometimes be misleading, especially when you have to read it and not there to witness it.  A bit of a run away, I’ll give it that…it had nothing to do with the talent level like it does in most cases. It was more missed set ups, and maybe some lack of experience…but nothing close to lack of talent, because all these young men are super talented and poured their heart and soul into each and every event.

I’m a total believer that you cannot always judge your performance by how you finish. Performance has a lot of different sub headers underneath it, in other words you can not win and still have a great performance that is the case with ALL these young racers. In the third and final round of the US Jr.1 heavyweight championship of the United States, it was Enrique Jaime drawing first blood by taking the pole by almost a half second over his rival DeMars….45.506 for Jaime and a 46.001 for DeMars. The Judges have it scored

two rounds Jaime, 0 rounds DeMars…Crazy how you can lead the most laps, capture two poles, and still come out on the short in end of the deal…DeMars has yet to lead the most important lap of all…Two weeks earlier, DeMars was a heavy favorite in my eyes…and that is nothing bad on Enrique Jaime, just hadn’t really seen him all year and never really gave it second thought…After witnessing what I did, I can assure you that will not happen EVER again.

Chalman was third quick…he was “there” all weekend, but that’s about it just “there,” never really finding the set up that allowed him to become with one with his machine. Sophomore sensation, (Freshman sensation grand national wise), Zach Franzke grew a bunch right before your eyes in just  three days of racing, and will be much better for this experience the rest of this season as well as next season. He qualified fourth. Carson Kunz and Cam Raymond were fifth and sixth.

In the pre final, Chalman uses his Wyoming wit and snookers Jaime on the start and leads the first two circuits…DeMars would follow him through putting pole sitter Jaime third just like that.  DeMars wastes no time and goes around Chalman on lap three with Jaime following DeMars through to second…Jaime making up for the poor restart, goes by DeMars to lead lap four…Lap five, it’s the “Bandit” DeMars going back around Jaime and leads the next two…Lap seven, Jaime goes back by DeMars to take the point…Chalman is third and Franzke goes by Carson Kunz to take fourth…Lap eight, DeMars goes back by Jaime to take the point once again, but on lap nine, Jaime retakes the lead from DeMars…DeMars not taking anything but a win, recaptures the top spot from Jaime, and takes the checkers if you can believe this…015 seconds ahead of Jaime….Believe me when I say these boys were ROLLIN’ and that is NO JOKE…It was a total nail biter the entire way…WOW!

In the final bout…it was DeMars striking first and Chalman once again using his Wyoming wit to snooker Jaime for second straight time on the wave of the green. This time however, Jaime instantly retakes second back from Chalman…Lap one is DeMars, Jaime, Chalman, Kunz, Franzke and Cam Raymond.  Kunz would hold to on to fourth until lap 7…When Franzke goes by and is there for good…Something about that lap seven for Franzke, as that was the same lap he went by Kunz in the pre final. As they cross the stripe at the half way point, it’s still DeMars, Jaime, Chalman, Franzke, Kunz, and Raymond. Jaime has been every where except off the race track trying to get by DeMars who now is in “win or blow” mode and has coolly and calmly handled everything Jaime has thrown at him.

This time however, DeMars will not be denied as he leads every lap of the final and after two days of heartbreak by Jaime, gets to return the favor as he crosses under the checkers for this third national championship in two years.. Enrique Jaime finishes second , the Wyoming Whiz Austin Ray Chalman third, Zach Franzke fourth in a fine freshman appearance (with much more to come without question), Carson Kunz climbing back aboard the bronco that tried bucking him off on Thursday was fifth, and Cam Raymond another first timer finished off the top six.

2. Enrique Jaime 3. Austin Ray Chalman 4. Zach Franzke 5. Carson Kunz 6. Cam Raymond   Quick Lap: 10-45.660 / 55.191 mph Jaime

 

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GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPION:  KYLE ADAMS

SCREAMING EAGLE POLE AWARD:  43.101 STAFFORD SMITH

Stafford Smith captured the pole with a blazing 43.141 for another screaming eagle pole award.  Second quick was Canadian Kyle Adams with a very respectable 43.492. Adam Smalley continued his impressive performances taking the inside row two starting spot. IKF expert David Schorn joined Smalley on the outside of the second row. Tyler Besuyen who coming into the grand nationals is the current regional Jr. 2 point leader, along with fellow competitor and new crowned IKF grand national champion Jacob Gulick made up row three.  Spencer Kunz and Dylan McKay made up the fourth and final row.

In the pre final it is Stafford Smith GONE leading all eleven laps taking the checkers  7.385 seconds ahead of runner up David Schorn. The runner up was easy chore as Schorn patiently dealt with Canadian Kyle Adams going by on lap three. Then it was Smalley, and after running down the runner up, Schorn did away with Smalley on lap seven…Far to gone was Smith. Tyler Besuyen quietly from his seventh starting spot rolled his way to fourth behind Canadian Adams.  Jacob Gulick who was ripper fast, broke early on the start and watched the pre final from infield seating area.

The final…all I can say is oh my goodness!…after the go signal Canadian Kyle Adams in his Interior Kart Center/ AB racing engines Alpha machine leads the field into one.  Smalley gets by Tyler Besuyen for third on lap one… Lap two, Smith who once again had problems on the start, gets by Schorn for sixth…Lap four, Smith spins by himself and falls back to eighth…also on lap four Smalley gets Gulick for for second where he will stay until lap fourteen…Lap six, Spencer Kunz shows up from out of no where, and takes third away from a now wide eyed and surprised Gulick..Lap eight, both Schorn and Smith who are waging war go by Dylan McKay for sixth and seventh…Lap nine, Smith goes by Schorn for sixth…

Lap thirteen, all hell breaks loose…Smalley tries Adams for the lead with a deeeeep late brake and the two get together sending the leader Adams for a ride through the grass…Gulick goes by Smalley and Adams heading into turn seven…Adams, some how gathers his Alpha up off the grass and slide jobs Smalley as he goes into turn seven…Gulick on the entry of the turn eight chicane and Adams, dive bombing from downtown McMinnville, stuffs it in the inside of Gulick, (the crowd erupting like a bunch of frightened, screaming passengers on a crashing airliner)as the two pound pods…but somehow Adams (who for all reasonable purposes was done) manages a miracle recovery and goes on to capture his first grand national championship

Happy and stunned all in one was the feeling after watching that finish. Gulick was so close as he took runner up honors, Smalley also has a miracle finish some how finding a way to finish third,  Tyler Besuyen fourth, Stafford Smith who was the favorite finished fifth..Somehow.  WOW!  

2. Jacob Gulick 3. Adam Smalley 4. Tyler Besuyen 5. Stafford Smith 6. David Schorn 7. Dylan McKay 8. Spencer Kunz

 

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From the Desert to the Mountain…NWGC Rolls West for Round Three

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Dallas, OR-   With rounds three and four in the books, Northwest Gold Cup competitors loaded up and left the desert and made the long roll back west to the base of Mt. Rainer for rounds five and six, as they made way to Spanaway, Washington home of the Puget Sound Go-Kart Association. The PSGKA is one of the oldest standing and still running associations in the nation, with over 50 years helping aspiring racers in their steps to the big time. The weather was happy, allowing partly cloudy skies and balmy temperatures the entire weekend. Late Sunday morning it looked a bit “Iffy”, but by pre-final time the sun was back out giving a great Sunday of afternoon racing, and a perfect ending to a weekend of Northwest Gold Cup racing.

JR.1 Gas Animal kicked off Saturday’s round five racing action with Carson Kunz starting off what would be a sweep of the weekend with a pole, pre-final win, and a finals win. He battled a couple of hard charging brothers in Noah and Josh Holloway, Joseph Olsen, and Cam Raymond.  Olsen had a strong showing as did the Holloway brothers and Raymond struggle a bit in Saturday’s action, but he would regroup to take the runner up spot in round six on Sunday, making his first ever NWGC podium finish.  Kunz had a little trouble with the Holloways on Saturday and was unchallenged on Sunday in route to his sweep of Junior 1.

JR. 2 Gas Animal  rolled out seven very tough competitors for Saturday’s action, pitting the hottest two JR.2 drivers in the series Stafford Smith and first year man Tyler Besuyen.  Besuyen who won the series opening event back in April at Tri-Cities, has been a thorn in the side of four time NWGC winner Stafford Smith.  Smith came back from an altercation in the series opening round to win day two’s action and has went on to win the last three straight rounds, winning both rounds in Boise, ID and Saturday’s round in Spanaway, WA.  Besuyen has been right there however along with hard charging Adam Smalley, his teammate Spencer Kunz, Jacob Gulick, and IKF Expert David Schorn.  Schorn struggled most of the day Saturday and was never really a  factor. Teammate Jacob Gulick a tick better, but both drivers had a tough Saturday.  That left the quad of Smith, Besuyen, Smalley, and Kunz battling for the win. When the smoke settled, it was Smith on top with his fourth straight NWGC Junior two win and his nemesis Tyler Besuyen in the runner up spot. Sunday’s action started out a carbon copy of Saturday with Smith taking P1 in qualifying. Schorn found something overnight as he came back strong to take the final Sunday podium spot. Smith took the pre-final and looked poised to win a fifth straight,but had trouble going into turn one of Sunday’s final, and fell back as far as seventh before composing himself…handing the point to Besuyen who took full advantage driving wire to wire, capturing his second win of the season and the point lead heading into round seven. Smith drove his way back through the field to salvage the runner-up spot.  This is a class to keep an eye on, it’s a bit too early to say anything other than it’s going to be real interesting to see how everything turns out.

World Formula Heavy always “Brings it” as far as racing goes with a very strong and competitive field of quality competitors.  Myles Pederson who swept the weekend in world formula action in rounds three and four, would have a much bigger test in rounds five and six. Pederson did win Sunday’s World Formula Medium out dueling Justin Smalley for the top spot, Saturdays World Formula Heavy was a different story as Bryan Green re-emerged from a one race layoff to take the win.  Dana McDonald dusted off his machine and little rust as he came out of partial retirement and showed the field that he still had a little something as he ran solid all day long, but would have issues in Sunday’s action along with Mark Reese as both retired early in the SUPERHEAVY final.  Bill Gulick was third both days, Pederson in the runner up spot in Saturday’s heavy action and Mark Westcott making a quick Saturday night jaunt from Portland, Oregon for Sunday’s SUPER HEAVY action.  Westcott made the drive worthwhile taking the runner up spot behind Green, Gregg Wick had a nice run and finished fourth.

Rotax Mini Max was a run away with Auburn, Washington’s Conner Wick dominating Mini Max all weekend.  Elle Musgrave is determined young lady that has really made big strides behind the wheel and is on her way to what looks like a pretty promising career, with more seat and drive time being needed, as is the case with most all young up and coming drivers. She made the podium on Sunday.  Carson Kunz as well is promising young wheelman and he too had some issues that cost him a better weekend in Mini Max, after his stellar performance in JR. 1 Gas Animal.  Revolution Racing’s newest driver, Tanner McGuire continued his strong improvement in Mini Max as he captured a runner up podium spot on Sunday. A note of interest, Conner Wick is also attempting to capture a spot in the Rotax Max Invitational, and event for Mini and Micro Max drivers that is run in conjunction with the Rotax Grand Finals coming up later this season.

Rotax Jr. provided a first on Saturday as Bryce “No luck, but stick to it tough” Peterson was for the most part unchallenged as he dominated and took Saturday’s round five win.  It was such a deserving win for Peterson who has endured some of the most devastating and unbelievable luck ever seen in racing (Most would have tossed the kart first, and then jumped right behind it) but has fortitude of immeasurable amounts the way he has hung in and continued to compete.  It was Peterson’s first ever pole and win for the never say die racer, and it was awesome watching everybody help him enjoy his first win.  Peterson was in the runner up spot on Sunday,  as Adam Smalley took the win and Job “Peanut Butter” Kandris taking Sunday’s final podium spot with some “WOW WEE” moves in the final that might have made things interesting had he stuck them, but without question a very much improved and mature Job Kandris.

Rotax Senior was a clinic on how to roll Mountain High Raceway by clinician Brandon Cusack.  Cusack who has run a limited schedule in 2013, was for the most part unchallenged and swept Rotax Senior for the weekend. Andy Halbert had the house seat in Doug Huggler’s HRE Top Kart and was solid all weekend, just not enough experience to completely handle the roll by Cusack.  Might we see Halbert in a HRE Top Kart seat in the near future?..for right now we wait and see. Revolution Racing’s “Front Row” Joey Miller took Saturday’s podium spot, and Paige “They come no tougher than me” Wallin took Sunday’s podium spot in her first 2013 NWGC outing. Also notable was the run by Myles Pederson, who along with Jason G. Halls Team Xcell Racing warriors, stayed up most of Saturday night putting together a new Veloux Chassis complete with engine for a first time Rotax try.  Hall was very impressed with Pederson and offered him the ride if he could get it together…they did, and he rolled to a fourth place finish with less than 20 laps of practice.  Pederson is no joke.  He is very hard working, mature, and has extremely good decision making skills on the racetrack and I believe a talent if he chooses to stay with it.

Rotax Masters was a shootout between Tim Moss, Tim Rice, and new hot shoe Jonathon Brown.  It was Moss proving just too tough as he went on to win both Saturday and Sunday’s Masters events, with Rice and Brown respectively following Moss under the checkers.  Jonathon Brown brings a very interesting story to the series by being one of the few young drivers that pays entirely for his racing endeavors.  Brown, at 16 years of age has owned and operated his own window washing business for the past three plus years, and for that same duration entirely paid for all his racing efforts.  His Father Bill, (Who by the way is an outstanding cook) spots him a tank of gas to the event, but from there the young entrepreneur picks up the tab. He competes in both asphalt sprint and dirt speedway and from trailer to karts, from tires to his crew chief’s pit pass, this young man pays for it all.  It’s not surprising to see young athletes make commitments to their respective sports, but to have to keep that commitment AND have to pay for it through the ups and downs is a whole different story, however this hard working young man has lived and done it and should be commended for a remarkable achievement.  It is certainly something that gets easily overlooked or assumed otherwise…Congratulations Jonathon Brown on a remarkable racing journey thus far in your young career, I’m certain that there is more in store for this fine young man and racer. Mark Briant gets the weekend’s hard luck stick to it award as he battled brake issues all weekend but managed to make the final finishing fourth.  Paul Kandris did not start.

Last but certainly not least was the Shifters. Brian Nixon aboard his new Team Xcell Racing Veloux took the overall pole honors and ICC top spot.  Nixon a smooth, crafty driver was flawless all weekend and looked like he was molded into his new ride…Most definitely a plus for Team Xcell Racing Owner Jason G. Hall who has silently been working like a madman orchestrating and nabbing all kinds of quality drivers and getting them into the new rides that he is the new US importer for…You will be seeing much more of this unique racing effort and if curious can check them out on the web at http://www.Xcellracing.com, there you will find all the details on the Veloux chassis, ICC engines, as well as owner Jason G. Hall’s mission statements.  Ricky Worley struggled a bit over the weekend but still managed to pilot is ICC speedster to the runner up spot behind Nixon. Chris Worley started the final but got about 10 feet before trying to avoid 125 stock shifter driver Scott Little who had stalled collecting him ending both racers weekend. It was then the RB 31 Red Bull machine of newcomer Christian Carlson taking advantage of the mishap and holding off the charges of Travis Henson and taking the checkers for his first ever NWGC shifter win. Carlson gave a lot of thanks to SKS (Seattle Kart Supply) for their help… “I would really like to thank Greg and Jeff Garner as well as Tim Rice for making ALL of this possible for me…They have worked so hard putting in countless hours getting me to this point and I most definitely would not be here without them” 

Next stop on the NWGC tour is the Mac Track at McMinnville Raceway Park in McMinnville, OR. The Portland Karting Association is expecting a large turn out because it will be the last event before the Rotax Can/Am Pro Kart Challenge Series rolls into town as well as the IKF 4 Cycle Grand Nationals which are being held at the facility July 17-20.  They encourage racers to arrive as early as possible as pit spots  are first come first serve for all spots not already reserved.  If you would like to reserve a spot in advance or would like to find out more about the upcoming Grand National event, you can contact the Portland Karting Association at http://www.portlandkarting.com for more details.  Until next time…I’m Terry Bridges thanks so much for reading!

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NWGC “Sprints” to Boise, ID then Spanaway, WA

 

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Dallas, OR-  The region 6 Northwest Gold Cup Series made their way to the far east side of the region for round two of the seven round series, visiting the Glen Morgan Kart track in Boise, Idaho.  Hosted by the Snake River Karter’s the .250 of mile sprint course is one of two remaining “True” sprint tracks left in the Northwest. 

Because of the long drive and shortness of the track, attendance is usually down, but that does NOT mean that there is no a lot of spectacular racing at this facility.  Personally? I love it, a low 19 second, up on the wheel, 6 turn course that offers a down hill left hand off camber turn that deposits you onto the front straight.  It makes for thrilling racing, and constant wheel to wheel race action.

Saturday the weather was beautiful sunny skies and warm temps greeted the racers upon their arrival.  Junior 1 Animal Light kicked the weekend off and it was Mr. Hollywood Parker Robb ( Nephew to Rotax standout Sting Ray Robb) taking the pole the pre-final and the final in dominating fashion. The closest anybody got to Robb were on the grid and pace laps, otherwise it was all a much improved and impressive Robb stealing the show with Hunter Mezo giving a great performance in his first race after stepping up from the kid kart division. Luke Birkinbine was also a freshman in the class and he would finish third and Carson Kunz who had issues in the final was fourth.

In Jr. 2 Animal Light action it was Stafford Smith taking the pole, pre,and final and was a rocket all day long. Smith has all the attributes that will take him as far as he wants to

go in racing, a nice looking well spoken young man, Smith swept the weekends events with IKF Expert David Schorn filling the runner up sport both days. Spencer Kunz would fill the third spot on Saturday, and Gaetan Ertle on Sunday.  One of the hottest Jr.2 drivers going at the moment, Tyler Besuyen from Hillsboro, Oregon filled the fourth spot on Saturday

and had a great chance at the win on Sunday, but a sleepy start cost him any chance and he wound up fifth.  Jacob Gulick who struggle on Sunday filled the fourth spot on Saturday. Thibout Ertle rounded out Sundays top five.

World Formula Heavy, Gas Animal Medium, and Gas Animal Heavy were won by a smoking hot driver by the name of Myles Pederson from Meridian, Idaho…Pederson took two out of the three pole spots with veteran Alan Cathey taking the pole in Sundays Animal Heavy, with Pederson right there to join him on the front row…In Sundays event, Pederson put on a driving clinic driving his way back through the field to catch veteran Roger Cathey with two to go to take the win on Sunday. Pederson and his team are hitting their peak at just the right time, and are prime to take home some serious hardware at this years IKF 4 Cycle Grand Nationals in McMinnville, OR July 14- 20. 

Sundays Super Heavy action saw Jay Cook take the win. Glenn Young took the pole .022 quicker than cook. Young was a rocket early, only to have his set up go away both in the pre final and the final as Jay Cook paced himself and got by Young in the later stages in both the pre final and final, CMC’s Bill Gulick piloted his Gulick Trucking Swiss Hutless to a third both in World Formula Heavy and Super Heavy, Brent Galvan and Adam Smalley filled the top five in Saturdays action, and Don Miller and Trevor Donison filled the spots in Sundays Super Heavy final.

Young speedster Carson Kunz was flawless as he took the Rotax Mini Max checkers both Saturday and Sunday outlasting new comer Tanner McGuire.  McGuire improved each and every time he hit the race track, and is the newest addition to Revolution Kart Racing which is owned by his Dad Joey “Show me the Money” McGuire.  They are located in Wenatchee, Washington and are one of the northwest’s Birel dealers. It was Kunz’s teammate Adam Smalley securing wins in Rotax Junior both days, as he proved to be just to much for runner up Niki Johnston and second teammate Spencer Kunz who finished third both days.

One of the most impressive drivers as of late is the “Dew Boy” Jonathon Brown, who has very limited time in a 2 cycle power machine and his first time ever at the Boise facility was awesome on Saturday as he took the pole from Rotax Masters veteran “The Action Man” Tim Moss.  It was Browns first ever pole in NWGC competition, it was short lived however as Brown encountered problems and finished 6th in Saturdays

final  but then put things back together for a second place finish on Sunday, behind first time winner and veteran driver Jerry Pitts. Pitts is a hard charging, seat of the pants driver that is very exciting to watch, and had been so close so many times and was extremely happy as he accepted his hardware, “Finally, I was beginning to wonder if I was ever going to get one of these” said a smiling Pitts as he climbed to his top podium spot. “I’m going to savor it because I don’t when or if the next ones going to come”.  It’s a safe bet that will not be Jerry Pitts last ever win, the guy is just to good, and to competitive to be denied another win. Renee Bine was solid both days finishing third and landing himself on the podium two straight days. Clark Kinghorn was fourth  both days and Carl Beavers won both TaG Senior events.

Rotax Senior action saw one of the toughest and most consistent drivers of the series finally being able to run at his home track, and he did not disappoint as Michael Gutenberger took the pole both days, the win on Saturday and looked to have things well in hand until his left front tire came rolling off on the exit of turn five leaving him sliding of into the infield disgust.  Right before Sundays final, the most ominous dark rain cloud was headed directly for the race track.  NWGC officials scurried to get the classes gridded and off racing as quick as possible…but it would be no use, the rains opened up in a down pour of rain and winds that easily had gusts to

60 mph as the race teams switched from slicks to rains. Izak Hayda who finished third in Saturdays action, came unprepared and was without rains.  He made a valiant effort to start Sundays final, but the rains would be to much and retired after going 3 circuits in the final…The win would go to Revolution Racings Joey “Show me the money” McGuire and even though he did not take the checkers, Gutenberger had a enough of a lead on the rest of the field ( lapping all but McGuire) that he finished runner up to McGuire.  Miller took his second third place finish of the weekend and Hayda who came all the way from Utah, was fourth.

The next stops for the NWGC will be June 7, 8, 9 in Spanaway, Washington and then June 27, 28, 29 in McMinnville, OR.  That will be season Grand National Break and they will not be in action again until August with stops in Canada, and Tri- Cities, Washington.