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Central States Challenge Attacks Gateway International Raceway
Thursday, 01 July 2010 12:03
The second event of the season for the Superkarts! USA Central States Challenge took competitors from across the Midwest to the arch city - St. Louis - and the Gateway International Raceway for round three of the series. Contested over two days, racers competed on a temporary circuit inside the facility that incorporated the oval, road course and other paved areas. Drivers were given plenty of track time Saturday to get accustom to the long and challenging course before qualifying took place at the end of the day. Two heat races and the main event on Sunday decided the winners for the event.

Evan Walters was one of the winners to leave Gateway as he made his first series start and scored the feature victory in S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto. The event began with Derek Crockett as the driver to beat following qualifying with a 52.275-lap time. Walters was second in the order with point leader Lukas Johnson third. Crockett however would be unable to compete in the races following an engine failure Sunday morning during warm-ups. Johnson took advantage as he would go on to win both heat races. In the final, Johnson and Walters went back and forth for the lead. Lap traffic would come into play and Walters took advantage. Taking the lead, he would hold on to the checkered flag to score the victory over Johnson and Kyle Gnau.
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Kistler Scores Debut SKUSA Mountain Region Victory at IMI
Friday, 25 June 2010 00:00
The second round of the Superkarts! USA Mountain Region took place this past weekend (June 19-20) under perfect Colorado weather at the very fast IMI Motorsports Complex in Dacono. The two days of action was a clean of any rough driving or series incidents, sending everyone home safe Sunday evening. Topping the result sheets at the end of the weekend were debut victories by Matt Kistler and Rory Mackey in the competitive S2 and TaG Senior categories while Christian Schurman scores win number two on the season in S5.

Taking a two-year lay off of racing for college, the talented local shifterkart driver returned to make his debut at the SKUSA MR program in S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto. His debut put him at the top of the time sheets as he secured the pole position with a 51.656-lap, over two-tenths quicker than Cory Milne and Christian Bird. Kistler went flag-to-flag in both 10-lap heat races by a comfortable margin over Milne with round one winner James Michael Sullivan and Sabre Cook each running third. The 20-lap main event was all Kistler as he led each lap to score the victory by 12-seconds over Cook with Milne taking the final podium spot over Logan Jones and Sullivan.
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Johnson and Batt Split Central States Challenge Double Opener at New Castle
Thursday, 20 May 2010 07:47
The 2010 season got underway for the Superkarts! USA Central States Challenge (SCSC) regional program. Rounds one and two were contested over the weekend at the New Castle Motorsports Park - one of the leading facilities in the United States. The weekend brought together over 100 entries total for the two days with goal of great racing and good times accomplished for the traveling series.

New for 2010 was the format of the race structure to fall in line with the Superkarts! USA format while giving racers more track time in return. The Qualifying, Heat 1, Heat 2, Feature format was implemented to the delight of the racers in attendance. On track, a number of drivers used the new structure to gain maximum points toward the year-end championship, sweeping the day with a couple drivers sweeping the weekend.

The most competitive class of the weekend was the new S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto. The action was close from the first official qualifying session as the top two were separated by just 94-thousandths of a second. Local driver Evan Batt edged out former series champion Derek Crockett, posting a 53.838-lap on the short 0.8-km course utilized for the weekend. Crockett grabbed the holeshot to lead the first three laps of the first heat before Batt retook the spot and earned the win. The two were joined in the second heat by Lukas Johnson - who picked up the pace with his back-up powerplant after seizing an engine during Friday practice. Batt led early before Johnson knifed his way to the point to score the win with Crockett running a close third. Both Batt and Crockett got the jump on the rookie Johnson as the flag waved to begin the 20-lap feature race. On cold MG Tires, Johnson shined as he quickly took care of both to assume the lead by the end of lap three. Crockett was able to challenge early, taking over the lead near the halfway mark however Johnson put it in high gear in the closing laps. Johnson took over the top spot and cruised to a three-second victory. Batt was unable to match the pace set by the top two, settling for the final podium spot.
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SKUSA Mountain Region Kicks Off 2010 at Pikes Peak
Thursday, 13 May 2010 00:00
In the early years of the Superkarts! USA regime, the SKUSA Mountain Region was a strong presence in the sport of karting. Fast forward to the present time and the new era of SKUSA, the organization is looking to build the solid core of regional racing across the country once again. With that, the rebirth of the Superkarts! USA Mountain Region series took place over the weekend at the Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colorado. The two day event took place on a 9/10-mile temporary circuit on the grounds of the PPIR facility. A full day of racing kicked off the season with the opening round contested on Saturday, following Friday’s practice runs.

“It was a very safe weekend of racing and we could not have pulled this off without the help of the local karters connected to the Pikes Peak Kart Racing Club from Colorado Springs,” commented SKUSA Mountain Region Race Director Curt Kistler. “My hat’s off to all the workers, support staff from SKUSA and the leadership team of the SKUSA Mountain Region organization. We look forward to growing this region to its full potential in the next three rounds.”

Leading the way in the top two shifterkart categories were Senior rookie James Michael Sullivan and Masters driver Mike McDonough. Sullivan made his Senior debut with a sweep in the competitive S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto category, where as McDonough lead the way in the S4 Masters Stock Moto division. With the two classes running together, McDonough and Sullivan were the top two drivers in qualifying with McDonough’s 45.627-lap time best in the session. Sullivan was just a tick off the fast lap, with fellow S2 drivers Christian Bird and Cory Milne within a tenth of the rookie’s time.
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EKN One-on-One Audio w/ Tom Kutscher - Superkarts! USA
Written by eKartingNews.com   
Wednesday, 31 March 2010 15:53
The sport of karting is preparing to enjoy the debut of three ‘new’ national championship programs in the month of April. As the newly-rebadged WSK version of their inaugural program of 2009, Championship Karting International (CKI) will kick things off at New Castle Motorsport Park on April 9-11, while the Pan American Rotax Max Challenge makes its entrance on the scene during the April 23-25 weekend. To keep the EKN community up-to-date, we have an interview with CKI’s Kevin Williams on tap for this Friday and we will be contacting Rotax officials soon to chat with them about their own event package.

In between these two races, the Superkarts! USA crew will launch the rebirth of the popular ProMoto Tour, with the new series being dubbed the SKUSA Pro Tour. The inaugural SpringNationals at Infineon Raceway’s Jim Russell Int’l Karting Center on April 16-18 will begin the race to the SuperNats, adding a national series to the organization’s growing regional platform. EKN Editor-in-Chief Rob Howden sat down with SKUSA president Tom Kutscher on Tuesday to discuss his new Pro Tour, the program’s regional growth efforts and the exploding popularity of the SuperNationals. Kutscher goes into detail on the motivation and the development behind the new three-race national series, including the introduction of the new TaG Cadet class. It’s an information interview that eventually includes Kutscher’s thoughts on the schedule conflicts that have plagued the 2010 racing schedule.

Please visit eKartingNews.com to download Audio file.
 


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