U.S. 13 Kart Club
Friday, May 11, 2012
Denton Driver Doubles in Club Competition
by Bruce C. Walls
DELMAR, Del. -- With $200 waiting at the finish line for the Special Pro Junior I winner competition last Friday night (May 11th) at US-13 Kartway in Delmar, DE, competition was especially tough. A mire 1/2 - second separated pole winner Jarrod Millman (11.892) from last place starter Jimmy Tyre, Jr. who dialed in a 12.398-seconds lap on the 0.150-mile track.
Piloting a Kevin Colborn hand built custom Fire Hawk Briggs & Stratton Animal racing engine, 11-year-old Trent Reed, of Denton, MD was second fastest qualifier dialing in a fast time of 11.908-seconds on the 0.150-mile clay oval.
The Pro Junior 1 race with its $200 purse is just one of the special events US13 Kart Club President Matt Aichinger says he’s planning to encourage racers to compete at his facility.
Reed’s first trip to Victory Lane came earlier that evening where he beat pole winner Garrett Himmighoef to the stripe by just 0.082-seconds. When the green flag flew Himmighoef left the 9-racer field in the dust with Reed quickly closing the gap. After several laps Reed’s kart came in. He reached Himminghoef’s rear bumper. Reed found a way around Himminghoef .Then began building a huge lead. When the checkered flag flew Reed was first across the stripe followed by Logann Horvath and Jarrod Millman for the top five.
“The competition was pretty tough out there tonight,” Reed offered, “I want to thank to Kevin Colborn for a strong motor and Mike for the tires they hooked up quickly.”
In all 12 classes were offered the 101 racers who came to compete. Fourteen entered Flathead 370. Aaron Headley earned the pole with an 11.972-second rounding. But when it was over third fastest qualifier Jonathan Balas comfortably cruised across the finish line with a 0.304- seconds advantage over Joe Haughey.
Rounding out the rest of Flat Head Heavy’s top five were, Headley, Kevin VanVorst, Jr., and Jason Hamilton. From Junior 3’s pole, Makayla Johnson led a 12-racer field of Junior 3 across the stripe. Johnson earned the pole touring the track in 11.592-seconds. From the pole Johnson roared across the stripe with Austin trailing just 0.621-seconds.
Sixteen competitors entered the Animal Heavy battle. Joe Morris cranked out the fastest qualifying lap with an 11.352 –seconds run. JB Loomis was second fastest at 11.406-seconds, just 0.054 seconds off pace. The two battled back and forth during the early laps. Loomis broke away from the pack. Salisbury, MD based Bryan Bradford battled his way into second bringing Michael Allaband with him in third. When they crossed the stripe for the final time Loomis fell short by 0.847-seconds.
Instead of qualifying Junior 1 Rookie racers raced a heat to determine their feature grid. Jesse Rogers earned the pole beating Sawyer Hill by 0.277-seconds. Garrett Ickes was third fasted followed by Cole Reed.
In another large field of top competitors , Joe Morris earned Animal Medium’s pole with a 0.515- seconds qualifying run followed by the feature race where he strolled across the finish line this time with a comfortable 0.169-seconds advantage over Loomis. Jaime Gordon, Nick Helgason and Connor Toomey completed the top five.
The only thing in Super Heavy that slowed down Brett Savage down was the checkered flag. Savage spun the qualifying lap in 0.039 seconds. From there he rocketed off the pole with Allen Larsen just behind him. Racers traded positions battling around the track. On the final lap Larson made it back to second, Jordan Justice crossed fourth with Alan ‘Bunky’ Whiting completing the top five.
Matt Fitzgerald did the same in a smaller Clone Class. He earned the pole rounding the track in 12.084-seconds. Then when the green flag flew so did his kart. At the finish line Ellswort closed the gap to 0.0.258-seconds. Crossing close behind him in the top five were Ellwswort, Mark Ruark and Joe Haughey.
Two smaller classes competed. Taylor Pleasantor led a trio of Outlaw racers across that finish line with Penny Patchsett and Chris Toomey completing the field. Likewise, Norman DuPont dominated Flathead Super Heavy. Dupont clocked a 12.566-seconds qualifying lap for the outside pole. DuPont put down a couple of feature laps and it was clear who the winner would be. Dupont quickly came by Johnson
US 13 Kart Club racers are off this Friday May 18th so that track officials can get the facility ready for this month’s State’s race scheduled for Saturday where gates open at 7 am.