Race Recap: Karting Challenge Presented by Hoosier Racing Tire Round 7, Aug. 15
A total 88 competitors entered Round 7 of the 10-round GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge Presented by Hoosier Racing Tire club series today. With the exception of a quick afternoon thunderstorm, the 80 degree weather and partly cloudy skies made for a perfect day for karting.
In the Kid Kart division 10-lap final race, top-qualifier, Jett Miller (51.861s), paced the field early. However, exiting the Hoosier Hairpin, Caleb Gafrarar overtook Miller. Gafrarar went on to take the win, followed by Miller and Sam Corry in third.
Rental Karts - Light & Heavy Division:
In the Rental Kart division 15-lap final, both the Light and Heavy divisions compete at the same time, but are scored separately per their divisions. The Rental Division of the Karting Challenge features a modified course layout for an added challenge for the drivers. Both divisions had a tight battle between the top-two drivers, bumper-to-bumper for most of the race. In the Heavy division, brothers James Strowd and Zack Strowd battled hard with James edging out Zack at the line for the win. For a finish, it was Charlie Williams (Light) and James Strowd (Heavy) who mastered the new course to capture the win.
Briggs Cadet Division:
Final 1: In the incredibly competitive Briggs Cadet division, Jacob Graham moved out to the lead early in the race. With just two laps to go, Alex Delemo overtook Jadyn Daniels. With one lap to go, things went awry when some drivers pulled in thinking the checkered flag came out. This gave Delemo the win, followed by Bree Miller and William Robusto.
Final 2: Briggs Cadet drivers served up some more great racing with another tight battle for the top spot in Final Two. Daniels advanced to the lead, but was overtaken by Graham. With just four laps remaining, things got interesting as rain began to fall on the racing surface. Graham scored the win, trailed by Miller and Isabella Robusto in second and third.
Top-3 Champions of the Day: Bree Miller, Jacob Graham, Alex Delemo
MotorsportReg.com Briggs Junior Division:
Final 1: Seth Gentry dominated the race trailed closely by Taylor Stanford in second place. Brian Collins rounded out the top three in Final One.
Final 2: A thunderstorm moved into the area right before the Briggs Junior final, leaving the track completely rain soaked. However, Gentry continued his dominance even on a wet track surface, winning the race over Stanford and Ian Habiuk.
Top-3 Champions of the Day: Seth Gentry, Taylor Stanford, Brian Collins
Hoosier Racing Tire Briggs Senior Division:
Final 1: Ryan Shattuck walked away to an early lead on the field. However, behind him things escalated quickly in a pack battle for second. Stephen Morsillo and Jeff Hasenmayor made contact, sending Morsillo airborne. Luckily, all drivers walked away unscathed. Shattuck took the win, followed by Jacob Donald in second. Billy Duff pulled through with a last-lap pass to take third.
Final 2: On a still rain damp track, Shattuck controlled the top spot again. However, this time Duff and Phillip Eastmead stayed right on his bumper. Duff patiently waited to make his move until the last lap entering the Hoosier Hairpin. Duff overtook Shattuck for the win making Shattuck settle for second and Matthew Turner for third.
Top-3 Champions of the Day: Ryan Shattuck, Billy Duff, Phillip Eastmead
HMS Motorsports IAME Mini Swift Division:
Final 1: In our largest field of competitors, 16 young drivers took the green for their 13-lap final. The top-five drivers began to break away from the field by the halfway point. Leland Honeyman proved to be the driver to beat, stretching his lead over Eli Trull. However, the battle for third was the one to watch with five drivers nose-to-tail. With one lap to go, the action shifted back to the leaders when Trull attempted a pass on Honeyman in Turn One. Honeyman didn’t lose his composure and was able to regain his lead and score the win, followed by Trull and Dante Tekampe.
Final 2: Honeyman wasn’t intimidated by the wet track conditions, pacing the field by over seven seconds to score the win. Gray Leadbetter advanced her way through the field to finish in second and Tekampe rounded out the top three.
Top-3 Champions of the Day: Leland Honeyman, Dante Tekampe, Gray Leadbetter
The Tire Depot IAME Junior Division:
Final 1: In the first of two, 13-lap finals, Alex Verhagen led with Blake Hunt tracing his every move right on his bumper. Hunt patiently waited to make his move until the halfway flags came out. Hunt overtook Verhagen entering Turn Four. However, Verhagen quickly maneuvered back around Hunt to regain the top spot. When the top-two encountered some lap traffic in Turn Four, it allowed for Verhagen to pull away and score the win, followed by Hunt and Brooke Nachtmann.
Final 2: In the second final, Verhagen was back to his winning ways. Hunt was in contention for the win for the first half of the race and made a swift move on Verhagen when they ran up on lap traffic. However, Verhagen made short work of a pass back on Hunt. Verhagen held on for the win, followed by Hunt and Nachtmann.
Top-3 Champions of the Day: Alex Verhagen, Blake Hunt, Brooke Nachtmann.
The Tire Depot IAME Senior Division:
Final 1: Nick Losito was on a rail, checking out early on the field, leaving Jacob Donald, Dusty Davis and Justin Neu to battle for second place. Donald controlled the second position, but Davis let him know he was there with a tap to his bumper in nearly every corner. As laps dwindled, Davis made his move with a pass down the backstretch to take over second place. Losito strolled on to take the win, followed by Davis and Donald.
Final 2: Again, it was the Losito show as he checked out on the field by over five seconds. Neu settled for second and Sam Watson rounded out the top-three.
Top-3 Champions of the Day: Nick Losito, Dusty Davis, Sam Watson
Turn 4 Pizza IAME Masters Division:
Final 1: Nick Tucker paced the field, winning by a huge margin of victory over Matt Giangrande in second and Christopher Hamilton in third.
Final 2: Tucker, once again, scored the victory over Giangrande and Hamilton.
Top-3 Champions of the Day: Nick Tucker, Matt Giangrande, Christopher Hamilton
Race City Golf Cars Yamaha Junior Division:
Final 1: Although Austin Schulz controlled the top spot for the majority of the race, that certainly didn’t mean he didn’t receive heavy pressure from Emory Lyda and Luke Wallace each lap. With four laps to go, the top-three drivers were all over each other, battling hard exiting Turn Eleven. Much was the story for the final lap as well when Wallace charged past Schulz in the Hoosier Hairpin with a race-winning pass. Wallace took the win, followed by Schulz and Lyda.
Final 2: The top-three drivers of Schulz, Lyda and Wallace chased each other yet again. Schulz led the way, but Lyda challenged for the lead with an attempt to pass in the hairpin with just two laps to go. Schulz fended off the pass to stay out in front, scoring the win, followed by Lyda and Wallace.
Top-3 Champions of the Day: Austin Schulz, Luke Wallace, Emory Lyda
Race City Golf Cars Yamaha Senior Division:
Final 1: David Lawrence scored the Final One victory over Abby Sinon and Keith Carlson who was unable to start the race.
Final 2: After not being able to get fired for the first final, Carlson certainly redeemed himself by winning Final Two, followed by Sinon and Lawrence.
Top-3 Champions of the Day: Keith Carlson, David Lawrence, Abby Sinon
The Karting Challenge Presented by Hoosier Racing Tire will return for Round Eight on Saturday, Sept. 12. Pre-Registration will be available prior to the event on MotorsportReg.com.