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EKN Trackside: SKUSA Pro Tour Mothers® SummerNationals - Sunday Report
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Sunday, 17 July 2011 23:00
The fourth round of the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour completed on Sunday as the Mothers® SummerNationals wrapped up at the Grand Junction Motor Speedway in Colorado. An interesting day of weather surrounded the area with rain storms pushing their way around the facility throughout the racing action, allowing for a dry but hot day around the 9/10-mile course. The racing action picked up, as you typically see in the final day of events, producing some great racing. Stamping his name in the championship chase was S1 driver Tom Dyer as he piloted his Aluminos entry to the win and event victory while IndyCar Series driver Martin Plowman scored the TaG Senior win.

S1 Pro Stock Moto
The S1 Pro Stock Moto category was positioned as the headline class for Sunday’s action, last to hit the track for qualifying. On his out lap, Kiwi driver Daniel Bray (GP) took the provisional pole with a 52.796. Rookie Lukas Johnson (GP) struck back the next lap to take over the spot. At the same time, Saturday winner Brad Dunford (GP) moved into second. Lap three was Bray’s for the taking as he retook the pole position and held it through the end of the session. His 52.282-lap was best with Johnson pushed back to second. Tom Dyer (GP) was last to hit the track and moved up to third on his second circuit, moving Dunford down to fourth and Ryon Beachner (Tony Kart) rounding out the fast-five.

Bray and Dyer got the best jump at the start of heat one as Johnson dropped back to third. Dunford was quick to attack and put Johnson into fourth with a move through turn five. Dyer kept the pressure on Bray early and would not stop. By lap three, Dyer was into the lead with a move in turn 10. At halfway mark, Dyer and Bray were out ahead by one-second with Johnson back up to third over Dunford and Schoombee with Beachner right there. The battle for third heated up on lap eight and continued to the checkered flag. Dyer took the win with Bray in second. Johnson came across in third with Schoombee fourth and Dunford fifth.
Once again, Dyer and Bray raced out of the starting blocks to the opening corners. After running side-by-side, Bray was stuck on outside and lost the lead to Dyer. Schoombee was up to third and challenge Bray for the second spot, helping Dyer to gap the field. Then Schoombee came under fire from Johnson, allowing Bray to break free in second. The field ran static for most of the race as Dyer and Bray ran 1-2 once again. Johnson held on for third after scraping with Schoombee and Nic LeDuc (Birel) for the position after Dunford retired on lap three with engine issues.

The feature was filled with drama for nearly everyone, except Dyer. After grabbing the holeshot, Dyer pulled out to a solid lead early and extending the gap lap-by-lap. Before the green flag waved, Dunford was left on the sidelines with his engine unable to start. Behind him, the rest of the field battled for the challenger role with Schoombee up to the position early on. After contact between Bray and Schoombee, LeDuc was brought back into the mix. The group lost its second driver as Johnson retired on the exit of turn two on lap three. Dyer’s lead was just over two-seconds at the halfway mark with Bray continuing to lose ground to a closing LeDuc as Schoombee and Don McGregor (GP) kept on the pressure. On lap 13, Schoombee made a slight error through the esses and it cost him the race, retiring in sixth. Just three laps later, Bray began slowing on track. While he continued on, he would end up finishing fifth with a broken shifter lever. This moved LeDuc up to the second spot and McGregor up to third. Dyer would go on to take the win by over four-seconds ahead of LeDuc - who ended the weekend with the fast lap of the race and a podium finish. The win gave Dyer the weekend victory and the $1,000 check. McGregor ran his best laps of the weekend to finish a solid third with Beachner in fourth. Bray’s results put him second on the weekend for $500 and Schoombee in third for $250.

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