Landon Brooks Extends Points Lead with Second Win of the Season
(July 13th, 2020)…..Despite what had been a dominant three week run for the #3c of Casey Schmitz, Landon Brooks has slightly increased his points lead each week because of his great qualifying efforts. This week he was finally able to couple that with a Main Event win to open his points lead up to the largest it’s been all season.
The Open Main Event had two of the young stars in the field on the front row. Carly Holmes and Tyler Matheny would lead the field to the Green Flag. Carly Holmes would get the early advantage as she would lead the opening seven laps of the race in her Durango RV Resort #22c. Casey Schmitz found his way to the front of the field on Lap 8 and began to open up an advantage over the field. Landon Brooks finally worked his way into the second position on Lap 16 and would have just nine laps to try and track down Schmitz for the win. In the final three laps, Brooks and Schmitz would wage war on each other. Slider after slider the two drivers never came even close to touching, racing each other with a lot of respect as the Championship contenders. In the final corner, Schmitz would make one last attempt to slide up in front of Brooks but the Factory QRC #60L was just too strong on the outside and was able to power to the Checkered Flag for the Victory. Casey Schmitz would cross the line a bittersweet second, while Kinden Peacock rounded out the podium in the third spot.
In the Box Stock Class, Jett Barnes was able to undo Racin Gramps stranglehold on Main Event Wins. Barnes has a commanding Championship Points Lead, but it’s been all Racin Gramps the last three races. Jett would have none of that though during Points Race #7, not only winning the Main Event but the Trophy Dash as well. Racin Gramps would end up finishing second, crossing the line more than three seconds behind the winner, Barnes. KC Nystrom, continued his spectacular start to the season as he earned a third place finish in kart #36kc.
In the 250 Intermediate Class, Eric Botelho won his second straight Main Event after a WILD final lap. Jennifer Osborne took the lead on Lap 4 and held it all the way until the White Flag flew. Osborne was one lap away from her first 250 Intermediate Win when her kart suddenly lost power coming out of turn two. In an effort to miss her slowing kart, second place running Rowdy Gramps spun to the infield. That allowed Botelho to sneak by and pick up the victory! He had to hold off a last stitch effort by the #9L of Luke Hayes as the two motored to the finish line. Rowdy Gramps recovered from his adventure through the infield to finish in the third position.
In the Open Intermediate Class, Points Leader, Luke Hayes earned his second Main Event win of the season. The Dunnigan, CA driver is having a great season in both the 250 Int. Class and the Open Int. Class as he currently leads the points standings in both. Second place in the Main Event went to the #98 of Dominic Gorden who made a rare start in the Open Int. class. He was followed by the #88 of Blake Burgess who would round out the podium in the third position.
The Sportsman Main Event saw yet another epic battle between John-Michael Bunch and Michael Helwig. The duo has now finish 1-2 five times this season in seven races. This week though, Michael Helwig would finally get back to his winning ways as he held off a haymaker from Bunch on the final lap to win by a half a kart length. Bunch would come home second by .107 seconds. The pair were followed across the stripe by the #33 of James Grant rounding out the podium in the third position.
We are back in action with Points Race #8 on Saturday, July 18th before taking a weekend off from Outlaw Karts. We will have Flat Track Motorcycle races taking place on Saturday July 25th.