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ProKart Challenge South Coming Down to the Wire
Friday, 18 June 2010 12:06
The chase for the 2010 ProKart Challenge South titles are heating up as the series prepares for the fifth round of the six-event series. On June 25-26, the Superkarts! USA Southern California regional program will head to the Buttonwillow Raceway Park to compete on the challenging 7/10-mile kart track. The fifth round will be important for those looking to establish themselves as the championship leader, with the program counting all six rounds toward the title standings. With points counted each time the drivers hit the track, Buttonwillow will sort out the contenders from the pretenders.

As it should be, the headline category – S1 Pro Stock Moto – has the closest battle heading into Buttonwillow. SKUSA SpringNationals race winner Clinton Schoombee holds the point lead by a slim five points over Tommy Thompson. Schoombee has two feature wins to his credit, while Thompson has yet to taste victory but has been the more consistent driver over the first four rounds. Lurking behind are Brad Dunford and Peter Abba, waiting for the top two to make any mistakes and capitalize on them. TaG Senior has been just as close, with the veteran leading the young rising star. SKUSA Pro Tour championship leader Phil Giebler holds the top spot in the PKC South chase as well, holding a 28 point advantage over Kyle Shriver. Giebler has one win along two other podium finishes, while Shriver has yet to score a victory.

Billy Musgrave has a slight stranglehold on the S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto, with a lead of 115 markers after the first four rounds. He will have to make sure not to slip up at Buttonwillow, with Bryce Miller and Ryon Beachner giving chase. Three drivers are in contention in the S4 Master Stock Moto category with Wayne Mello, Willy Musgrave and Jeff Littrell separated by just 12 points. Mello has zero wins thus far, while both Musgrave and Littrell have tasted victory once each. Looking for his fifth series title, PP Mastro holds the advantage going into round five in G1. Coming from behind in the final stages of the season last year, Mastro needs to be aware of Roy Montgomery – who may return the favor come the final round.

With two wins on the year, Ron Rossetti is showing the way in TaG Master. He holds a respectable lead over Allan Svela and Kim Ryan. Luke Bianco and Marc Lewis will continue their battle in the S4 Magnum division. Bianco has shown to be the driver to beat; however, Lewis has shown great speed thus far on the season. In S3 Novice Stock Moto, Jason Attwood is leading the point chase – with Tristen Orear and Jessica Sollberger still in the hunt. In Junior competition, Matias Podboj is the one to beat in S5 Junior Stock Moto with Scott Phillips in the challenger position, while Chris Cricca and Andrew Wiener will continue to fight for the top spot in TaG Junior.

The fifth round of the six-race PKC South championship will begin on June 25 with a practice day, as on-track activities will take place from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Race pre-registration is currently being accepted, with racers able to save $35 on their entry fees and also guarantee their fuel and tires by submitting an entry prior to midnight on Wednesday, June 23. SKUSA memberships are mandatory for the event, and forms are available on the SKUSA or ProKart Challenge websites. Trailer parking is available starting Thursday afternoon. Pit spot reservations are available for $30, and those interested are encouraged to contact the SKUSA office. Camping on site will be permitted starting Thursday night at $50. A tentative schedule for race day, host hotel information along with more information on the event can be found at the PKC event page:

The Buttonwillow event will be the last PKC round before the next stop on the SKUSA North American Pro Tour, the SKUSA SummerNationals – set for July 16-18 at the USA International Raceway in Shawano, Wisconsin. Following the Pro Tour date, the regional programs will return to action at the famed ‘ProKart Challenge West Coast Shootout’, which will host the fifth round of the North Program and the final round of the South program at one facility. The North vs. South shootout will take place August 13-14 at the Santa Maria Kart Track.