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Ruch Leaves Anderson Mayor’s Cup Grand Prix as Big Winner
Monday, 16 May 2011 23:00
The Anderson Sertoma Club hosted the 17th annual Anderson Mayor’s Cup Grand Prix last weekend outside the Central Indiana city’s Mounds Mall. With their club owned Scribner Plastics, the Sertoma (SERvice-TO-MAnkind) Club hosted the Superkarts! USA Central States Challenge and Great Lakes Pro Series organizations among other racers from around the area for a two day karting event on a 1/4-mile temporary circuit. The two-day race weekend was split into two events. Saturday’s action held the official Anderson Mayor’s Cup Grand Prix event with racers and classes of all types. The day’s proceeds will be used to support the numerous charities the Sertoma Club supports. Sunday was a combined championship round for the SCSC and GLPS programs. A great time was had by those in attendance, including the racers and spectators who lined the fences. Saturday’s weather was perfect, until the final race when rain greeted the area and stayed through Sunday.
 
Seventeen shifters filed around the tight 1/4-mile course with five categories. Alex Conlin was the quickest driver on-track, scoring the win in 125 Shifter Pro. Joe Ruch outran Derek Crockett for the 125 Stock Moto victory with Cole Mathewson placing third. Joe Reed scored the win in 125 Junior Shifter over Jenna Grillo while Terry Riggins took the checkered flag in 125 Masters Shifter over Kyle Donahue. Colton Aldridge dominated the TaG Senior class, winning by 20-seconds over Chase Jones. Tim Bannon took the checkered flag in TaG Masters, lapping the entire field. Steve Knight claimed victory in the competitive Clone Light division with David Daughtery and Matt Browning completing the podium. Scott Hamble was the lone Clone Heavy competitor, placing third overall. Camden Donaldson drove away to victory in TaG Cadet while Austin Mayton edged out Ryan Joehl for second. Other winners include Kris Dickson (125 Master Stock Moto), Scott Parks (Yamaha Sr. Sportsman), Devin Lane (4-Cycle Sr.), Tony Peterson (Jr. Sportsman) and Cylie Starr (Kid Kart).
 
Sunday brought about championship racing as both the Central States Challenge and Great Lakes Pro Series competed on the track for a full round counting toward their point chases. The class to watch on the day was the S2-125 Stock Moto combined class as Joe Ruch and Cole Mathewson fought it out. Ruch took the first round, posting the fast lap in qualifying as he edged out Mathewson by just 0.038-seconds with a 30.461-lap. Mathewson would go on to score the 10-lap Prefinal win to start the 20-lap main event from the pole position. Ruch was able to grab the holeshot and lead wire-to-wire for the victory, outrunning Mathewson by just under a second. Kyle Gnau would win the battle for third over Kelly Johnson. Kurt Mathewson dominated the 125 Masters Shifter division, sweeping the action throughout the day. Terry Riggins drove to an impressive second place run with Harry Alden completing the podium. Ron Petersen and Joe Reed paced the way in S4 and S5 through qualifying and the Prefinal. The Feature wins, however, would go to Chris Dickson and Jenna Grillo. Dickson was able to capitalize on an early mistake from Petersen and held on to score the win. Reed also fell off the pace early in the main event, and eventually retired with a mechanical issue, handing the win to Grillo.
 
Austin Mayton was able to outlast Ryan Joehl in the TaG Cadet category while Derek Crockett (S1) and Alex Conlin (125 Shifter Pro) ran uncontested in their respective categories as did Nathan White (TaG Junior) and Tony Petersen (Yamaha Jr. Sportsman).
 
Up next for the Great Lakes Pro Series will be round four at the popular Goodland Grand Prix on June 25-26. The Great Lakes Pro Series would like to thank the 2011 supporters: MG Tires, Alden Engine Components, eKartingNews.com, National Kart News, Streeter Superstands, Bush Trophy Case & Embroidery, 2nd II None Racing, Evolution Karting, and Margison Graphics. For more on the Great Lakes Pro Series, contact Terry and Shirley Riggins - (765) 643-2752 and also visit their website - http://www.glproseries.com 
 
Round two for the SKUSA Central States Challenge will take the program to the historic TNT Kartways in Quincy, IL on June 10-12. The SKUSA Central States Challenge would like to thank all of the 2011 partners: Crockett Motorsports, Margay, MG Tires, K1RaceGear.com, Mates Concrete, Ostrom Painting and Sandblasting, Unique Heating and Cooling, Riverlake Racing (RLR), Nado Alley Silk Screen and Embroidery, and WaltersWebDesign.com. To follow updates on the upcoming 2011 Central States Challenge, be sure to watch their website - http://www.centralstateskarting.com - and see how you can become of the growing SKUSA regional program.