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Kistler Scores Debut SKUSA Mountain Region Victory at IMI
Friday, 25 June 2010 01:00
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.

The TaG Senior division was a more hotly contested battle for the top spot with Mackey and Cook, as the talented female driver ran double duty. Mackey struck first, edging out Cook for the pole position in qualifying by 87-thousandths with a lap time of 54.255. Cook got the jump to begin the first heat race, leading all 10 laps to edge Mackey at the line by just 13-thousandths for the win. Mackey returned the favor in heat two, getting the run from outside row one to take the lead and score the win by 0.835-seconds. The two continued their fight into the main event where they exchanged the top spot a number of times. On lap 12, Mackey secured the spot for good and was able to stretch away for the victory in his series debut. Cook would settle for second with Garrett Edmunds completing the podium.

Another driver making his series debut was Cole MacEwen in the largest class of the weekend - S5 Junior Stock Moto. MacEwen showed the way in the qualifying session, posting a 53.049-lap to secure the P1 grid spot for the opening heat over Austin Schimmel and round one Schurman. Getting a great start off the line, Schurman was into the lead following the first lap though MacEwen and Schimmel would not surrender quietly. Both dropped Schurman back to third the following lap and the three engaged in a tough battle for the remaining laps. Schurman would take over the lead from MacEwen on lap nine and take the win with Schimmel in a close third position. In the second heat, Schurman would go backwards, falling to fourth behind MacEwen, Schimmel and Ryan Rudolph. Working his way forward, Schurman managed to get to second but unable to catch MacEwen, who won by over two-seconds. The feature would be a dual between MacEwen and Schurman. MacEwen showed the way for nearly the entire time until Schurman made his move with two laps to go. Taking the lead, he would hold on to score victory number two of the season by 0.399-seconds over MacEwen. Schimmel was close in the early stages but fell off the pace in the closing stages, holding on to end up third.

The S4 Master Stock Moto division looked to be a second straight win for series leader Mike McDonough. Taking top honors in qualifying, McDonough would come away with wins in both heat races despite pressure from Jet Davis. The main event however would be all Davis as he got away clean at the line and began posting fast laps to outrun McDonough for his first series victory. Charles Gordon took third for a second straight event to keep himself in the chase for the point title. In TaG Master, Ron Reed had the event sweep in hand heading into the feature race when he encountered a mechanical issue, leaving Scott Berryman to score the victory. David Conyers (G1), Xavier Romero (S3 Novice Stock Moto), Jacob Edison (TaG Junior), Tate Holleran (TaG Cadet) and Lucas Hannabass (Local Option Cadet) all went unchallenged to victories in their respective classes.

Many of the SKUSA MR drivers and teams will be traveling east to the second round of the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour for the Mother’s Polish SummerNationals at the USA International Raceway in Shawano, WI on July 16-18. The SKUSA MR region will take the month of July off for that event and return to action in August. With the second round originally scheduled for Grand Junction but moved to IMI due to an unforeseen issue, the SKUSA MR management has worked a deal with the western Colorado facility to host round three of the series on August 21-22. More information will be released on Round 3 - with an invitation sent out to Utah racers - in the near future regarding that event.

For those who have questions or would like to find out more information about the SKUSA Mountain Region program, visit or It is recommended that regional competitors submit their membership and license applications to SKUSA headquarters as soon as possible. These forms are available on