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Crockett Motorsports to Sponsor Round 5 of Central States Challenge
Friday, 12 August 2011 00:00
The Superkarts! USA Central States Challenge regional program is moving toward the final two stages of the 2011 season. The last two events of the year will be hosted at the series home circuit - I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Missouri. Round five of the six-race program, set for August 20-21, will be presented by Crockett Motorsports - a long-time series support and GP Kart dealer for the Midwest. The event will also set the stage for the final push for series championships and host the final process for the Mazda Road To Indy Scouting Combine program.
 
The I-55 Raceway is located just south of downtown St. Louis and holds a 1/3-mile dirt oval that hosts many big events on the season. It is also home to the St. Louis Karting Association and their 1/2-mile road course, featuring an 800 ft. long front stretch, “Thunder Valley” with hairpin turns, a banked Monza and a tight esses section that creates a challenge to each driver.
 
The championship fights have been mapped out over the course of the first four events and the final two rounds will decide this year’s champions. Last year’s SKUSA Pro Tour S2 champion Derek Crockett moved to the S1 category for 2011 and has run uncontested to this point in the SCSC season, joining the S2 battle on track each weekend. Joe Ruch is currently leading that championship chase with four straight feature wins over Kyle Gnau and Nick Lougee. Ron Petersen has the advantage over Kris Dickson in the S4 Master Stock Moto category.
 
The SCSC has developed one of the largest followings for the S5 Junior Stock Moto category in the country with five drivers in the hunt for this year’s title. Jenna Grillo currently leads the standings with two feature wins. Joe Reed has been consistent, holding the second spot in the chase with Erik Nelson and Collin Willis each scoring a win this year as Colt Masewich rounds out the top-five. Kyle Koetters holds the top spot in TaG Senior comfortably ahead of Mary Kae and Brand Winkelmann as Ryan Joehl leads the TaG Cadet point standings over Austin Mayton. 
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Superkarts! USA Announces Details for Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 08:25
As announced in May, Superkarts! USA and the City of Lancaster, California will be working together this year to promote the 2011 edition of the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix, and plans are well underway in taking the race to the next level. The three-day karting festival will take place on the October 7-9 weekend and will serve as a final tune-up for the organization’s Pro Tour finale -- the SKUSA SuperNationals XV in Las Vegas in November. This year’s Streets of Lancaster GP will feature an updated schedule, a new class structure and a new track design for the third edition of the popular event.

The biggest change coming from the transition to SKUSA management will be an all-new and much safer track layout. The new course is a five-turn circuit that will come in at just over a 1/2-mile, highlighted by more run-off room and the elimination of the chicanes that caused many incidents last year. SKUSA will be bringing in their full supply of barriers, the same system used at the SKUSA SuperNationals, to outline the course in an effort to ensure that it will be safe for all competitors and spectators. The City of Lancaster is preparing the course area by repaving a larger percentage of the sections that will be used for the track, solidifying their support of the event for this year and beyond.

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Lane and Batt Victorious at Central States Challenge/Great Lakes Pro Series Combine
Monday, 01 August 2011 00:00
For the second time on the season, the Great Lakes Pro Series and Superkarts! USA Central States Challenge programs joined forces at one location for another exciting weekend of racing. Over the July 23-24 weekend at the New Castle Motorsports Park in Indiana, both series co-hosted a double-header weekend to include two rounds of racing towards each series championship. Renewing the friendships made in May at the Anderson Mayor’s Cup Grand Prix, the competitors from both series joined again to provide some great shifterkart and TaG racing.
 
Leading the way in the Stock Moto category on day one was Illinois driver Josh Lane. Scoring the pole position over 12 other drivers, he and second qualifier Kyle Ludwick battled for the Prefinal victory. Local driver Ludwick came away with the win and the pole position for the main event. Lane got the jump from the outside row one grid position and led all 15 laps to the victory. Ludwick kept close, crossing the line just four-tenths back. Winning a great battle for third was Eric Batt as he edged out fellow Indiana drivers Joe Ruch and Evan Batt. The next day, Eric Batt shined above the others with Ludwick not competing and Lane having issues throughout the day. Batt posted the fast lap in qualifying and had a race long battle with Tennessee driver Brian Fisher for the entire 15 laps. At the checkered, Batt took the victory by seven-tenths over Fisher with Kelly Johnson scoring the third spot over Ruch and Nicholas Lougee.
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Central States Challenge Celebrates 50th Anniversary of TNT Kartways
Tuesday, 21 June 2011 00:00
The Superkarts! USA Central States Challenge regional got back to action over the June 11-12 weekend with the second round of the 2011 season. TNT Kartways in West Quincy, MO was the location of the event, with the facility celebrating it 50th season hosting kart races. The historic and challenging course set up for another weekend of great racing for the regional program feature TAG and shifterkarts. Current SKUSA Pro Tour S1 Pro championship contender Lukas Johnson earned his first regional victory of the season while Joe Roch scored his second straight in the competitive S2 Semi-Pro category.
 
The S1 Pro Stock Moto category, sponsored by Crockett Motorsports, held three of the top shifterkart drivers with defending SKUSA Pro Tour S2 champion Derek Crockett posting the fast lap in qualifying. He edged out fellow S2 graduate Lukas Johnson by just 0.006-seconds with a 27.628-lap in the session. Californian Nic LeDuc, a former top-10 in the eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings now living in Indiana, was unable to record a lap due to engine issues. Johnson grabbed the holeshot and led all of the 15 laps of heat one with Crockett trailing, matching the same results in heat two. LeDuc continued to have engine issues and was unable to make a lap until the main event. Able to get rid of the gremlins, LeDuc shot off the line and was into the lead by the completion of lap one with Crockett and Johnson right behind. LeDuc led until lap eight when Johnson was able to work by for position. The top two ran nose to tail with Johnson prevailing with the victory. LeDuc was a close second as Crockett had to settle for third.
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Central States Challenge Gearing Up for Return to TNT Kartways
Thursday, 09 June 2011 00:00
Round two of the 2011 Superkarts! USA Central States Challenge (SCSC) season is just around the corner as the program returns to the historic TNT Kartways in West Quincy, Missouri. The June 11-12 event marks the last series race before the second round of the SKUSA Pro Tour - the SummerNationals - in Colorado with a number of SCSC regulars using the weekend in Quincy to prepare for that trip while also shaping the championship hunt for the regional titles.

Built in 1961, TNT Kartways is one of the oldest karting circuits in North America with a rich history of the sports legends competing on its grounds. Just across the bridge over the Mississippi River sits Quincy, Illinois, the city that was host to the famous Grand Prix of Karting in South Park. The current track at TNT is at 4/10-mile, providing a challenging circuit for competitors. Friday, June 10 will be an optional practice day for competitors with the official event practice starting Saturday morning. Qualifying and the Prefinal will take place Saturday afternoon with warm-up and the Main Events scheduled for Sunday.
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