Missouri State Fairgrounds Coliseum
Saturday, December 21, 2002
Three Fulton drivers find finish line first in Coliseum action
by Race Author
SEDALIA, Mo. (Dec. 21, 2002) - As with speedway karts routing their way around the 1/8-mile high-banked Coliseum dirt track faster each week, so does the complete racing program.
Even though the kart count was a bit lower than most times, due mainly to the biggest holiday season coming up four days later, 78 entries churned out 49 events that started at 5:10 pm and was all over in 3 hours and 10 minutes during the seventh out of 19 scheduled Saturday nights in the 2002-03 Coliseum Indoor Winter Speedway Kart Racing Series.
The only weekend off between now and through the third weekend in March, racing this coming Saturday night will NOT hold the event due to the holidays. They'll return to go at it again the next week, Jan. 4, 2003.
Still proving to be the most competitive class out of the thirteen divisions, the Anderson Racing Kart Engines Rookie Beginners found a sixth different winner out of seven race nights. Elsberry, Missouri's Graden Lovelace claimed his first ever feature out of a 10 kart field made up of true rookies: 5 though 8 years old.
In the other five Junior classes, three wins were posted by Fulton, Mo., drivers. Jordan Holland took honors for the second week in a row in the Goody's Steakburger Junior 1 Lights, the Busso AA Muffler Junior 1 Heavy trophy was garnered by points leader Ethan Burke and another class points king, Patrick J. Mahnken, copped his third feature of the year -- his first on the TCI Tires Center Junior 2 Heavy side.
"Mr. 2-Cycle" Mike Floyd from Jefferson City pulled down both blue smokin' mains: the Russell Karting Specialties 2-Cycle Controlled and the KDKD-FM “Checkered Flag” Open.
We've said it this way before, and we'll do it again for the racing team from Lohman: the "Bunches." They won in bunches as Jamie Bunch took both the super-tough Stock Mazzio's Pizza Medium and Fairfield Motor Service Heavy main affairs. In was Gary (Dad) Bunch that won the top honors in the Dale's Tow Stock Super Heavy run.
The world's loudest class of karts, known at the Coliseum as the Kix Kountry Krazy Kage Karts, again had a ding-dong battle in their main event. After experiencing two different leaders, Laurie's Jon Herndon stepped into the lead and resultant victory for his second time this year.
Tyler "Pooh Bear" Blank, all the way from California (Mo.), came out on top by winning the Yeager's Suzuki Stock Light laurels.
The racing fans out for their wintertime need for a different kind of horse-powered speed will have to make it through two weeks as this coming Saturday night will see no activity due to the major holidays. They'll all return next year on Saturday night, Jan. 4.
Admission to the grandstands for adults is $5, 6-10 years olds are $3 and under 6 years of age are admitted free. The pit office starts taking sign-ins at 1 p.m., the grandstands are unlocked at 3 and hot laps circle at 4 with the first qualifying heat flagged for 5 p.m.
For the latest Coliseum Indoor Kart Series information, call Wayne Campbell of Campbell Promotions at (660) 827-1043 or Jim Smith at (660) 826-2719. The CIKS also has a website at www.coliseumkarts.com.
STOCK 4-CYCLE CLASSES (16 and older)
YEAGER'S SUZUKI STOCK LIGHT: 1). Tyler Blank, California; 2. Trenton Nelson, Fulton; 3. Neal Buso, Sedalia.
MAZZIO'S PIZZA STOCK MEDIUM: 1. Jamie Bunch, Lohman; 2. Daniel Strader, Edwards; 3. Derick Samson, Marshall.
FAIRFIELD MOTOR SERVICE STOCK HEAVY: 1. J. Bunch, 2. Jon Corbin, Carrolton; 3. Brandon Hurt, Boonville.
DALE'S TOW STOCK SUPER HEAVY: 1. Gary Bunch, Lohman; 2. Kerry King, Shawnee, Kan.; 3. Billy Hurt, Boonville.
ANDERSON KART ENGINES ROOKIE BEGINNERS (ages 5-8): 1. Graden Lovelace, Elsberry; 2. Zachary Kronk, Cole Camp; 3. Mason Shoemaker, Fulton.
TERRY'S OSAGE EXPRESS ROOKIE ADVANCED (ages 5-8): 1. Ben Wolf, Lenexa, Kan.; 2. Blake David, Fulton.
GOODY'S STEAKBURGER JUNIOR 1 LIGHT (ages 9-11): 1. Jordan Holland, Fulton; 2. Austin Crane, Ashland; 3. Ethan Burke, Fulton.
BUSSO'S AA MUFFLER JUNIOR 1 HEAVY: 1. Burke; 2. Holland; 3. Brad Roberts, Mora.
SCHILBY'S AUTO CENTER JUNIOR 2 LIGHT (ages 12-15): 1. Josh Fisher, Smithton; 2. Erin Larimore, Green Ridge; 3. Patrick J. Mahnken, Fulton.
TCI TIRE CENTERS JUNIOR 2 HEAVY: 1. Mahnken; 2. Adam Hall, Columbia; 3. Drake White, Moberly.
RUSSELL KARTING SPECIALTIES 2-CYCLE: 1. Mike Floyd, Jefferson City; 2. Ryan Shorthose, Jefferson City; 3. Dennis Sheler, Sedalia.
KIX COUNTRY 105.6 KAGE KART: 1. Jon Herndon, Laurie; 2. Melody Simpson, Eudora, Kan.; 3. Matt Simpson, Versailles.
KDKD-FM “CHECKERED FLAG” OPEN: 1. Floyd; 2. Wendell Shorthose, Jefferson City; 3. Bobby Snow, Sedalia.