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Finale Weekend for Texas ProKart Challenge Set for June 29-July 1 in Denton
Tuesday, 26 June 2012 00:00
The Texas ProKart Challenge (TPKC) presented by 3G Kart Racing/Burger King™/Fernelius Alvarez Attorneys will close out its inaugural season on the June 29-July 1 weekend. The North Texas Kartways will be the site of rounds five and six as the North Texas Karters host competitors in the Superkarts! USA and United States Rotax Max Challenge programs under the TPKC banner. Racers will complete the three event series with the championships coming down to the best five of six rounds counted toward the final standings.

The North Texas Karters operate the North Texas Kartways circuit. The 1/2-mile course is nine turns, and provides a great challenge for racers. The facility hosted the Rotax Grand Nationals in 2003 and has groomed a number of top drivers in the sport today. On the line for the champions will be a paid entry and guaranteed starting spots for the SuperNationals XVI in Las Vegas on SuperSunday in the SKUSA categories, while Rotax drivers will earn a paid entry to the US Rotax Grand Nationals in August. With a drop race calculated into the final championship standings, anything can happen in the final two rounds to decide just who will stand on the P1 step of the championship podium.

The championship fight in Miller & Brown LLP S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto division has four drivers in the running - Ryan Kinnear, Connor Wagner, Jordon Musser and Garrett Boone. Kinnear leads the standings by just 58 points over Wagner, each with a victory. Musser has yet to stand P1 on the podium, but heads to a familiar track where he earned one of his four Rotax Grand Nationals titles. Boone leads with two feature wins to his credit, and with one drop race still to factor may shoot up the order come the final checkered flag. Chris Jennings has a solid lead in the LCG Discovery Experts-sponsored S4 Master Stock Moto class thanks to his four wins in four events. Steve McCaffrey is the closest contender, 270 points behind and needing help in Denton to challenge for the crown. Andres Rodriguez has control in the Margison Graphics S3 Novice Stock Moto division, leading Matt Stephenson by a sizable margin. S5 Junior Stock Moto rookie Patricio O’Ward is in the driver’s seat for the Turbo Lube Motul-sponsored championship. With four feature wins, he leads Andretta Young by 200 points.

SKUSA SuperNationals podium finisher Robby Mott leads the chase in the TaG Master division, sponsored by Gulf Coast Karters. Paul Jones trails the three-time feature winner by 195 points with round three winner Patrick Roth sitting third in the standings. The fight in TaG Senior is still up in the air. Despite Gill Lipton scoring four straight feature wins, he only leads Cody Freeman by 100 points with two rounds scheduled for Denton in the CT Customs-sponsored class. The tightest battle in the TaG categories goes to the Iron Rock Motorsports-sponsored TaG Cadet division as the top two are only separated by 45 points. Max Hewitt leads Max Waithman heading into Denton, each with a feature win to their credit. Ryan P. Lewis and Ryan C. Lewis - not related - trail both, looking to take advantage in the final two rounds.

The Rollo Insurance Micro Max class holds the distinction of smallest point margin at the top of the standings throughout the Texas ProKart Challenge. Landen Wilkins leads Max Waithman by just five points as the series travels to Denton. Max Hewitt leads in the Aquajet Mini Max category. He leads Michael D’Herde by 145 points thanks to three straight podium finishes. Jesse Woodyard and Patricio O’Ward will end their battle for the Rotax Junior championship, sponsored by J&T Racing. Woodyard has two wins and two runner-up finishes to lead O’Ward by a mere 58 points. CJ Cramm has a handle on the Rotax Senior title moving into the final rounds of the Crown Financial-sponsored championship, leading Sheridon Odom by a sizable advantage thanks to three feature wins. David Pergande will look to wrap up the title in Rotax Masters, sponsored by North Texas Karters. Steve Clark trails by 210 points, needing a perfect weekend to steal the crown.

Pre-registration ends Sunday, June 24 with at-track registration opening during practice on Friday. Be sure to visit http://www.texasprokartchallenge.com or http://www.superkartsusa.com/regional/texas-pkc.html for more information on the TPKC and also add them to your Facebook pages by searching texaspkc.