Battle in the Karts

At Brighton Speedway with the sun beginning to set on the kart racing season track officials prepared the little clay oval for the Kiwanis of Trenton sponsored racing this past Thursday night.  A look back on the season shows us nights full of excitement with kids from the ages of 5 to 15 competing regularly in 6 classes of karts.  Many valuable lessons have been learned by every kid in the pit area – from working on their machines to kart control while on the track and respecting others.  Racing is a great sport!

Up first as usual the Box Stock class rolled off the grid with Rhys Massey and Brody Davidson leading the way.  Davidson took off using the high side on multiple laps building speed and pulling from the field, the 80 of Brock Beattie and the 29 of Colby Butcher charged their way forward to the 2nd and 3rd spots.  As the laps counted down Davidson was able to get through lapped traffic without issue and picked up his 1st win of the season. Davidson was followed by Butcher, Beattie, and the Massey team rounding the top 5.

Rookie 1 was next to come down the front stretch and get a green flag, Coleson Gregory and Gabe Miller swapped spots in the first couple of laps until finally Gregory found his line and pulled out front. Miller kept the line tight as they pulled to a 5 kart length advantage.  A hard battle lap after lap by the 89 of Kolby Ellis and points leader Ethan Dobb as the 2 kept the fans entertained.  Checkers fell and it was Gregory with the win, Miller 2nd, Ellis 3rd, Dobb 4th and Ethan Humphry 5th.

Brighton’s Trevyn McCrillis and Jacob Down of Carrying Place led the field of 7 Junior Sportsman 2 karts to GO.  Wild action on the 2nd corner brought the field to yellow early with a spinning 57 of Down losing out on the deal and being forced to the pits for repair. A nice move by McDonald Homes kart of Cooper McKeown put him to the lead on the restart and he never looked back pulling on the 71 of McCrillis.  At the line it was points leader McKeown with the win, McCrillis 2nd, Gordie Miller 3rd, Tyson Cooper charging to a 4th on the night and the 48 of Ryan Greig making it to 5th before time ran out.

 

Rookie 2 class took to the track in fine form.  Callie Mahoney and Ashton Sanderson held the field even coming out of corner four awaiting starter Leslie Mowat’s green flag!  It was a neck and neck battle until 26 of Mahoney edged into the lead.  Hard charger Tyson Gregory coming from the back of the pack was able to challenge for the second spot late in the race but couldn’t quite get it done.  Across the line it was Mahoney, Gregory, Geoffrey Boates, Sanderson, and Rush Waite picking up a fifth-place finish.

 

A field of 8 Junior Sportsman 2 racers pulled on the track –Cameron Bristow and new comer Carter Rhodes had eyes on the flagstand as they rounded turn 4.  Early on it was the 99 of Bristow and 92 of Turner with the top spots pulling hard off the inside line. A mid race restart reset the field and any spot was up for grabs with some great 2 and 3 wide racing mid pack.  When the dust finally settled it was Bristow winning, followed by Rhodes, after that it was 21 of James Markland, 66 Carson McKee and 55 Carson Down in the 5th spot.  All racers in this class should be rewarded for their efforts – it was definitely the race of the night!

 

High powered Junior Restricted racers took to the track next.  After a rough week last week, Holly Denard and Chandler LeClair set out to redeem themselves on the little oval.  Early on Denard and LeClair set the pace as the rest of the field jockeyed for position, constantly being swapped in the eight-kart field.  Points leader Holly Denard was uncontested for the 15 lap race and picked up the win. Hard charger Anthony Rinaldi has been hitting his marks late in the season crossed the line 2nd, 48 of LeClair 3rd, Kyle Anderson made it to 4th and Koen O’Hara rounded the top 5.

 

Only 1 more points night remains on the Kiwanis of Trenton kart schedule – come out and see the action this Thursday August 30 – $ 5 for a night of fun.  Racing starts at 7 pm.

Kart Klub racing action will resume for a special event on Saturday September 29, one day before the popular DAY of DESTRUCTION at the Brighton Speedway. Checkout www.brightonspeedway.com for details.