TILLSONBURG, ON – Each competitor at Tillsonburg’s indoor facility has worked his or her way through 33 individual races in the Summer Series alone, totaling points from each night to determine what drivers were most consistent with top results. We have watched drivers develop and improve all season and often the ones that were clearly superior at the beginning of a series were less noticeable by the end as the group improved with each night’s racing.
The Beginners continued to learn new things this week as new drivers that joined late in the season created new situations for the kids to adapt to. With more karts on the track, there was more “racing” to be done with more traffic to deal with. This is a great, late season lesson for the kids, as a couple of them prepare to move to Junior next year. As for the night, #45 Nick Sheridan was able to claim top spot with three wins with # 5 Tom Pellizzari taking second. In the battle for third place, Rayse Meyer and Paige Smith were oh-so-close, but # 8 Tristan McClay took the position. Next up for this group is the 75 Lap Thanksgiving race, a long and tiring end to the season.
Jacob Sheridan (#52) continued to dominate the Juniors this week. Despite the track having some rough spots, the whole group took it in stride and adjusted their lines as needed. This week it was #66 Colby Bennett that grabbed second with #0j Johnny Miller solidly in third. Great racing, with harly a caution, from a great group of kids.
The Seniors, with the closest standings in the series, took a long time to sort things out. No one was willing to give an inch but each knew they had to do well in every race and a DNS would drop them totally out of contention. The final 35 lap race was indicative of how hard this group runs as Austin Giles (#93) spun in the first start and was sent to the rear for the restart. Attempted start number two was foiled when the same fate fell onto # 26 being driven by Kassy Streng this week. Alex Hill (#77), who was hoping to move up a couple positions in the standings was able to win the race but was hounded to the end by #39 Kate Courtnage and # 79 Bea Courtnage.
Both wanted past but neither was willing to risk a spin. Earlier in the night Hill’s luck was different though as the team tried a new gear ratio. Part way through the 15 lap sprint Hill’s chain derailed after or before being bumped from behind. It was hard for the officials to know whether the contact had caused the derailment, and when in doubt, both drivers went sent to the rear for the restart. Brad Perrott (#87) needing a great night to get back into the top three for the series finished second this week behind Bea Courtnage but in front of Kate Courtnage.
The Experts had a rough start in their 10 lap sprint as a four-car, first corner pile up caused a delay. A broken spindle from the incident took the # 34 of Scott Chesterman out of contention which opened up the night for anyone brave enough to go for the win. With two wins and a second in Qualifying, # 1 Holly Porter finished first overall with # 37 Scott Kelly claiming second following last weeks win and starting from the rear this week. Cody Coburn (#19) was looking to take second but after a mid race spin moved him back two spots, he had to settle for third.
Next race is on Saturday October 6, with Sign In starting at Noon. This is a stand alone non point’s race but all rules apply for various classes.
From Dave Chesterman / Chesterman Power Products