Ken Gore Is The 5th Different Winner! August 17, 2009 Race Report by Jeremy Queener
Front Row Challenger Thomson battles Gore for the win!
The event started with mayhem but led to amazement. A 12 car Talledega
style pile up in the last practice session led all to believe the night
would be filled with wrecks. To everyone's surprise, it was the best
racing Go Kart World has seen. Kristlyn Queener set fast time in
qualifying with a 12.702. Scott Dodd and Ken Gore timed in 2nd and 3rd
with their 12.735 and 12.790. Three heats took place with 6 drivers in
each and 3 transferring to the huge 75 lap feature. Heat 1 transfers
were C.J. Gansen, Queener, and J.D. Laird. Heat 2 saw Dodd, a very
strong Bryan Wiggins in second, and John Crow was the last transfer to
the feature. Gore, Brandon Thomson and Jim Ryan made it through heat 3.
John Harjo won the Semi Main in good fashion with Jeremy Drew in
second. Drew with a few unlucky breaks, was pushed to last at the
beginning of the semi but made a usual strong run to the front with
Cody Laney on his bumper for the final transfer. Unlucky transfers were
Charlie Butcher, Reed Broschart, Carla Laney, Nick Bartell, Brett Laney.
The creativity of the Summer Shoot-Out led to the next 2 events. The
trophy dash of Champ karts was 6 strong this night. Thomson took the
victory while Dodd was spun on the first lap and finished 6th. The new
double seat race was next on the schedule. Four teams of 2 raced for
ten laps around the very slippery Slick track. Charlie Butcher and
partner was the winning pair. Cody Laney/ Molly Mann took second,
Thomson/ Broschart third and rounding out the field with a terrible
dump truck push was the Dodd/ Laird team.
The 75 lap feature was what the entire crowd including all of the
Laney, Kirby, Mann family were waiting for. The inversion was set for
just the front row of Gansen and Dodd. Thomson took the front row
challenge from the 6 starting spot. The front row challenge gives the
opportunity for the top 6 to tag the back of the field for the start.
If said person wins the feature, he will not only receive a respectable
trophy, respect, bragging rights, he will also receive a free entry to
the next event. With only one spin on a racing related accident, there
was no reason for any cautions in the long race. Dodd, and Gansen took
off as the leaders until Gore found a good line and eventually passed
them both. Gansen was spun shortly after. Thomson was surely the show
from his chosen twelfth starting spot. Gaining 1 or 2 spots a lap, he
caught Gore, Dodd, Queener, Cody Laney. While Thomson Passed 2nd, 3rd,
and 4th, Gore broke through to a half track lead. Gore caught lapped
traffic around lap 60 and allowed Thomson to cut the distance. At lap
65, Thomson took the lead from Gore for a few laps. Gore cleanly took
the lead back. Thomson had 5 laps to seal the deal. He pulled to the
bottom of Gore and battled for a few more laps until the lapped car of
Gansen lost brakes going into turn 1 beneath Thomson resulting in contact. Thomson fell 1
spot to Queener and finished 3rd. Gore wins the event and becomes the
fifth different winner of the 5 events.
Go Kart World officials as well as myself would like to thank all the competitors and spectators for joining us.
Finish: Gore, Queener, Thomson, Co. Laney, Wiggins, Ryan, Crow, Dodd, Drew, Harjo, Laird, Gansen
Sprint Kart Points:
1.Kristlyn Queener- 123
2.Jim Ryan- 120
4.Jeremy Drew- 107
The next Go Kart World event is on Monday August 24 at 6:15 for the first annual Champ Kart event. Go to Go Kart World Racing for more information.