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EKN Trackside: 2018 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour SummerNationals – Saturday Report
Friday, 10 August 2018 23:00

Brandon Jarsocrak scored his second straight victory at the SummerNationals (Photo: EKN)

The final event for the 2018 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour completed the opening day of racing at the New Castle Motorsports Park. The ninth edition of the SummerNationals ran without any weather issues, however, the day was along with LCQs and delays due to red flag during practice. The seven main events wrapped up just before 7pm with the sun setting over the pond straight, followed by the podiums. It was an exciting day as the fifth round of the championship chases were completed on Saturday.

The 78-driver field in the X30 Senior were split up in qualifying, while running two separate Prefinal for all the drivers. Former SuperNationals winner Marco Maestranzi (Top Kart) was able to end the fast group as the top qualifier with last year’s SummerNats winner Brandon Jarsocrak (KSNA / Kart Republic) in second. Ironically, the two made contact in a weird circumstances at the end of the session in turn 13. Both suffered mechanical issues, but were back on the grid for their Prefinals. Jarsocrak managed to score the win in the opening Prefinal, holding off championship contender Ryan Norberg (PSL / Birel ART). In the second Prefinal, former SuperNationals winner Jonny Edgar (Tony Kart) grabbed the win over SpringNats victor Dante Yu (CompKart). Maestranzi dropped down the order, placing 16th and forced into the LCQ. Leading the second chance race, Maestranzi suffered an engine failure, and did not transfer. The main event began with Edgar and Jarsocrak on the front row. Norberg and Luke Selliken (RPG / Kosmic) joined them at the front. Selliken moved himself into the lead and looked to have a handle on the race. Jarsocrak and Norberg slipped past him to settle the score. Jarsocrak was able to fend off Norberg in the final corners, scoring his second straight SummerNationals victory. Edgar was able to slip by Norberg for second at the line by four thousandths of a second. Selliken ended up fourth with Alex Bertagnoli (FMS / Kart Republic) in fifth. Read more on eKartingNews.com