Carson Sousa Returns to Cycleland, Picks Up Third Win of 2017
Carson Sousa has only run seven races at the Cycleland Speedway in 2017 but he has made the most of his appearances at the track, as he now has three Main Event wins in the 250 Intermediate Class in that span. He returned from a few weeks off and picked right back up where he left off, at the front of the Main Event.
For the second straight week we saw Mariah Ede and Evan Burrola on the front row of the Main Event. Last week it was Ede who got the jump and led the race. This time though Burrola got the advantage on the opening lap and looked to have the race pretty well in his grasp. He was up front and in charge, looking for his third win of the season. Carson Sousa though, had other ideas, as he was looking for his third win of 2017 as well. With less than five laps to go he had caught up to Burrola and the two raced hard for the top spot. With three to go they were side by side down the front straightaway, and when they got in to turn number one they both went for the same spot on the racetrack. Contact ensued and it looked as though they were stuck together and would both lose out. Sousa was able to get his kart to break free though and he was able to continue on with the lead. Burrola however, spun to a stop, thus ending his chances at a win. On the restart Sousa had to hold off six-time winner Preston Carr to pick up his third win of the season. Carr crossed the line in second for his 10th top five finish of the year. Tyler Matheny worked his way to the front by way of avoiding the mayhem throughout the field, and he came home in the third position. Evan Burrola would rebound from his late race spin from the lead to finish in the fourth position. Kaiden Butler rounded out the top five in fifth. His eighth top five finish of the 2017 season. Rylan Ragan was the Hard Charger of the Main Event starting last (18th) and moving all the way up to an 8th place finish in the #19 kart.
The battle for the Championship Points Lead in the 250 Class is still a great one, as Preston Carr is clinging to the top spot. He currently holds a 22 point advantage over second place driver Raymond Baldez. Kaiden Butler is currently third in the standings. He sits 116 points behind Carr for the top spot. Tyler Matheny has been moving up the standings over the last five weeks. He now sits fourth in points, 243 points behind Carr. Jack Phillips rounds out the top five in the fifth position. He is 266 points out of the lead.
Points Race #14 is on tap this Saturday night, July 29th, 2017. Hot Laps for the Open Cars are scheduled to hit the track at 5:30 PM. That will be followed immediately by Qualifying for all classes. For ticket information and/or directions to the racetrack please visit our website at www.cyclelandspeedway.com.
Points Race #13 Results
QUALIFYING: RAYMOND BALDEZ – 10.654 (4)
HEAT RACES: MARIAH EDE (3), EVAN BURROLA (7)
TROPHY DASH: KAIDEN BUTLER (2)
MAIN EVENT: CARSON SOUSA (3)