Kaiden Butler Scores Third Open Intermediate Triumph Of 2017
Kaiden Butler has been having a season to remember at the Cycleland Speedway in 2017. Racing full time in both the 250 Intermediate and the Open Intermediate Classes, he has now scored a total of five Main Event Wins in 2017.
Kaiden Butler started on the Pole of the Main Event and had what looked like the fastest kart on the race track for much of the first half of the race. What Kaiden didn’t know though, was that while he was tearing up the outside of the racetrack Josh Wooten was on the charge through the field working the bottom of the track. The track had begun to take a little rubber on the bottom and Butler was unaware. Wooten was clicking off laps a half a second faster than Butler. He finally caught him and tried to make the pass off turn four. The car stepped out sideways on him though and he fell back in line. That move showed the line to Butler who promptly dropped from the top of the track down to the bottom where the rubber was. He proceeded to then pull away from the field once again. Butler would cross under the Checkered Flag just under a second ahead of eventual second place finisher Colton Raudman. Raudman was the Hard Charger of the Main Event as he charged ahead eight positions from his tenth place starting spot to finish second. Last week’s winner Josh Wooten faded a little bit in the closing laps of the race and finished in the third position. Keagan Medieros had his best run since Points Race #5 when he picked up the win. He would finish in the fourth position in the Moore Performance Engines #81 kart. Josiah Ribeiro made his second OI start of the season and recorded his second top five finish of the season by way of finishing in the fifth spot rounding out the top five.
The night began with 17 drivers signing into the pit area for the eighth points race of the season. Fresh off his Main Event win last weekend, Josh Wooten set Fast Time with a lap of 11.486 seconds. It was his first Fast Time of the 2017 season.
Heat Race competition saw Kaiden Butler pick up his first heat win of the season. Which scored him the Pole Position for the Main Event that he went on to win as well. Dawson Hammes picked up the second and final Heat Race win. The win marked the third of the season for the driver of the RFC Karts #55D.
Trophy Dash competition saw Keagan Medieros pick up his first Trophy Dash win of the season. It was a great opportunity for the young driver to thank all of the people that have helped to keep him on the racetrack this season. The young driver will look to build on this performance and hopefully pull off another Main Event win before the season is over.
Thru eight points races Kyle Woodcock sits atop the points standings still in the Open Intermediate Class in his Grandpa George Motors #9 kart. Josh Wooten though continues to close the gap as he now sits only as he now sits only 35 points behind Woodcock for the Points Lead. Kaiden Butler closed in a little bit with his win as well Saturday night. He now sits just 63 points out of the lead in the third spot. Colton Raudman and Dawson Hammes flip flopped positions this week as Raudman now sits fourth in the standings, 127 markers out of the lead. While Hammes is now fifth, 142 points back.
We will be back in action at the Cycleland Speedway this Saturday night, June 24th, with Points Race #9 of the 2017 race season. We have reached the halfway point of the year and the Championship battles are all beginning to take shape. The second half of the year will be ever important to the drivers going for the Championships. Hot Laps are scheduled to begin at 5:30PM with qualifying to follow. For ticket information and/or directions to the racetrack please visit www.cyclelandspeedway.com.