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.
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
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**
GAS ANIMAL MASTERS
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)
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)
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…..
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
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
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
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
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…..
BRIGGS ANIMAL MEDIUM
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
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
BRIGGS WORLD FOMULA MASTERS
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
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
JR 2 BRIGGS WORLD FORMULA
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.
In 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
AND A VERY WARM AND SPECIAL THANKS TO:
On behalf of EVERYONE who attended the 2013 IKF 4 Cycle Grand Nationals, a HUGE SHOUT OUT to Ernie “Flags” Fisher and Richard “Mr.Karting” Kennedy and the entire gang of
AND TO ALL THE GREAT CLASS