Helwig’s Dominance Continues, Now up to 11 Wins in 2017
Michael Helwig has had a near perfect season at the Cycleland Speedway in 2017. He has won all but three Main Events, and hasn’t finished off the podium yet this season. He is definitely the driver to beat each week in the Sportsman Class, and so far no one has figured out how to do it on a regular basis.
Brian Seim started the Main Event on the Pole after winning his Heat Race earlier in the night. Kody Hunderman started to the outside of the front row. At the drop of the Green Flag, Seim would get a good start and lead the opening lap. It was short lived however, as Kris Renaud charged from 5th to the lead in the opening two laps. Renaud was far and away the fastest kart on the racetrack in the early stages of the race. He would run into issues though on Lap 7 as Matt Peacher spun directly in front of him. Renaud with nowhere to go, hit Peacher head on and flipped in Turn four, ending his night prematurely. That would hand the lead over to none other than Michael Helwig. Helwig would dominate throughout the remainder of the race en route to his 11th victory of the season. Travis Henry made it interesting in the closing laps as he closed in and tried to make a race of it up front in Grandpa George’s #23 kart. He would have to settle for second though as they crossed under the Checkered Flag. Brian Seim was able to hang on the the third position for his eighth top five finish of the season. Nate Lynch hopped behind the wheel of Joe Leduc’s #20X kart and had an all around solid night. He crossed the line in the fourth position at the conclusion of the race. Shawn Fogarty would round out the top five with a fifth place finish in his #6 kart. He was also the Hard Charger of the Main Event as he started in the 12th position and was able to get by seven karts en route to his fifth place finish.
Michael Helwig continues to extend his lead in the Championship Standings. He now holds a 195 point lead over Brian Seim and Shawn Fogarty who are now tied for second in the standings. Kody Hunderman is now fourth in the standings, 313 points out of the top spot. Leana Kenyon did not race Saturday night and it cost her as she dropped to the fifth position in the points standings, 321 points out of the lead. Hopefully we will see Leana back on track soon.
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: MATT PEACHER – 10.846 (1)
HEAT RACES: BRIAN SEIM (3), KODY HUNDERMAN (2)
TROPHY DASH: KRIS RENAUD (2)
MAIN EVENT: MICHAEL HELWIG (11)