TILLSONBURG, ON (May 11, 2017)- I would like to welcome new Beginner racers Allison Jackson, Skye Giles and Shelby Gee to the club. It sure is fun to see 5 and 6 year old’s progress from putting around the track at a snail’s pace to racing with other racers in only a couple weeks.
Returning beginner Zack Stewart won the Sprint but Allison Jackson figured out how to get to the front in the next two. She took the overall in her first night out.
As it stands, the Box Stock Championship is up for grabs in this division.
Rayse Meyer set fast lap in the Sprint and first feature but had to sit out the main. I have stated all winter that Paige Smith could be the Champ this year and she made me look Physic by winning the overall and 35 lap feature. Having said that, the spoiler could well be her younger sister, Aubry who led most of the Main and cut through traffic better than Paige several times. She also won the Sprint. Rayse won the middle race. It is still early and Ashton VanEvery and Keiran MacDonald are just adjusting to the extra power and in a week or two, the wins could go to anyone.
The Open division has the biggest increase in Kart count this year. We split the group into a Rookie half and an Old Geezer half. It worked and there was close to zero carnage in either group.
The Rookie half of the group really didn’t look like Rookies and they were no more off the pace than I am on any given night. That bodes well for the group as we start to merge them into the bigger group. John Jackson Junior won both races with Nick Sheridan and Austin Roes each taking a 2nd. Tom Pellizzari and Warren Heckford each grabbed a third. That’s a good mix.
In the Old Geezer group, it was youngsters John Smibert and Scott Hall going 1-2 in the first race. The feature race had five laps added to compensate for the shortened first race and had it not been for that, Brent Smith would have grabbed the first feature of the year but fell 6” short on the last lap. Considering he melted his motor three days earlier, that’s a pretty good result with the same engine.
Holly Porter had to settle for third. When you factor in the new point system that awards drivers for completing laps, we ended up with what might be considered almost a tie from second to eighth, separated by just 13 points.
Next race at Coyote Raceway, May 16, 2017