John Michael Bunch Electrifies Crowd with Two Main Event Victories!
(July 19th, 2020)…..Points Race #8 was the John Michael Bunch show in the Open and Sportsman Classes. Bunch put together a brilliant night of racing and scored wins in both classes he entered. It was kind of a rough and tumble night all around, that saw Main Events run past midnight. In the end though we saw some great racing all throughout the night.
In the Box Stock Class, Racin Gramps won his fourth Main Event in his last five starts. Racin is having a spectacular season in his SRT Karts entry. Finishing second, more than four seconds behind Gramps was the #88 of Kinser Bell who had a great night. The third and final podium finisher was the #25 of Logan Reeves who had his best run since his season opening victory.
In the 250 Class Tater Reich scored the victory in his #3t entry. Rowdy Gramps led at the White Flag, but contact from Reich in the final corner sent Gramps into the wall and flipping wildly. Rowdy was ok, but would be scored 14th in the Main Event. Second place, behind Reich went to the #08h of Samuel Harper. Eric Botelho’s Main Event Win streak came to an end as he finished in the third spot.
In the Open Main Event, John Michael Bunch jumped out to the lead on the opening lap and never looked back. He would lead all 25 laps en route to his 10th career open main event win at Cycleland. Casey Schmitz gained some points in the Championship chase as he finished in the second position in his Tri-C Machine #3c. Points Leader Landon Brooks rounded out the Podium with a third place effort in his Factory QRC #60L entry.
The Sportsman Class saw more of the same from John Michael Bunch. He got out front on Lap 2 and would lead the remaining 19 laps to get the victory. It wasn’t easy though as he had to hold off hard charges from Michael Helwig and James Grant. Helwig would finish second, making this the sixth time in eight races this duo has finished 1-2. James Grant crossed the line in third but was disqualified for having an illegally soft tire on the kart. He would be moved to last, while Darin Spencer was moved up to the third and final podium finishing position.
In the Open Intermediate Class, Blake Burgess soared to the victory in his Grandpa George Motors #88 entry. That wasn’t the most impressive part of his night. The most impressive part were the donuts after the win. Blake looked like a Tasmanian Devil spinning on the front stretch before getting out of control and flipping the kart in a spectacular celebration. Second place went to the #24k of Koa Crane. Crane led some laps early in the race, but the pace on the outside of the track from Burgess was too much to hold back. The third and final podium position went to the #47 of Carter Patterson who was somewhat of a surprise contender at the front of the field.
Outlaw Karts are off this weekend, July 25th as Cycleland will be hosting Flat Track Motorcycle Races! The karts will be back in action on Saturday August, 1st with Points Race #9.