Round #2 NWGC Hosted by Snake River Karters
Because of the long drive and shortness of the track, attendance is usually down, but that does NOT mean that there is no a lot of spectacular racing at this facility. Personally? I love it, a low 19 second, up on the wheel, 6 turn course that offers a down hill left hand off camber turn that deposits you onto the front straight. It makes for thrilling racing, and constant wheel to wheel race action.
Saturday the weather was beautiful sunny skies and warm temps greeted the racers upon their arrival. Junior 1 Animal Light kicked the weekend off and it was Mr. Hollywood Parker Robb ( Nephew to Rotax standout Sting Ray Robb) taking the pole the pre-final and the final in dominating fashion. The closest anybody got to Robb were on the grid and pace laps, otherwise it was all a much improved and impressive Robb stealing the show with Hunter Mezo giving a great performance in his first race after stepping up from the kid kart division. Luke Birkinbine was also a freshman in the class and he would finish third and Carson Kunz who had issues in the final was fourth.
In Jr. 2 Animal Light action it was Stafford Smith taking the pole, pre,and final and was a rocket all day long. Smith has all the attributes that will take him as far as he wants to
go in racing, a nice looking well spoken young man, Smith swept the weekends events with IKF Expert David Schorn filling the runner up sport both days. Spencer Kunz would fill the third spot on Saturday, and Gaetan Ertle on Sunday. One of the hottest Jr.2 drivers going at the moment, Tyler Besuyen from Hillsboro, Oregon filled the fourth spot on Saturday and had a great chance at the win on Sunday, but a sleepy start cost him any chance and he wound up fifth. Jacob Gulick who struggle on Sunday filled the fourth spot on Saturday. Thibout Ertle rounded out Sundays top five.
World Formula Heavy, Gas Animal Medium, and Gas Animal Heavy were won by a smoking hot driver by the name of Myles Pederson from Meridian, Idaho…Pederson took two out of the three pole spots with veteran Alan Cathey taking the pole in Sundays Animal Heavy, with Pederson right there to join him on the front row…In Sundays event, Pederson put on a driving clinic driving his way back through the field to catch veteran Roger Cathey with two to go to take the win on Sunday. Pederson and his team are hitting their peak at just the right time, and are prime to take home some serious hardware at this years IKF 4 Cycle Grand Nationals in McMinnville, OR July 14- 20.
Sundays Super Heavy action saw Jay Cook take the win. Glenn Young took the pole .022 quicker than cook. Young was a rocket early, only to have his set up go away both in the pre final and the final as Jay Cook paced himself and got by Young in the later stages in both the pre final and final, CMC’s Bill Gulick piloted his Gulick Trucking Swiss Hutless to a third both in World Formula Heavy and Super Heavy, Brent Galvan and Adam Smalley filled the top five in Saturdays action, and Don Miller and Trevor Donison filled the spots in Sundays Super Heavy final.
Young speedster Carson Kunz was flawless as he took the Rotax Mini Max checkers both Saturday and Sunday outlasting new comer Tanner McGuire. McGuire improved each and every time he hit the race track, and is the newest addition to Revolution Kart Racing which is owned by his Dad Joey “Show me the Money” McGuire. They are located in Wenatchee, Washington and are one of the northwest’s Birel dealers. It was Kunz’s teammate Adam Smalley securing wins in Rotax Junior both days, as he proved to be just to much for runner up Niki Johnston and second teammate Spencer Kunz who finished third both days.
One of the most impressive drivers as of late is the “Dew Boy” Jonathon Brown, who has very limited time in a 2 cycle power machine and his first time ever at the Boise facility was awesome on Saturday as he took the pole from Rotax Masters veteran “The Action Man” Tim Moss. It was Browns first ever pole in NWGC competition, it was short lived however as Brown encountered problems and finished 6th in Saturdays
final but then put things back together for a second place finish on Sunday, behind first time winner and veteran driver Jerry Pitts. Pitts is a hard charging, seat of the pants driver that is very exciting to watch, and had been so close so many times and was extremely happy as he accepted his hardware, “Finally, I was beginning to wonder if I was ever going to get one of these” said a smiling Pitts as he climbed to his top podium spot. “I’m going to savor it because I don’t when or if the next ones going to come”. It’s a safe bet that will not be Jerry Pitts last ever win, the guy is just to good, and to competitive to be denied another win. Renee Bine was solid both days finishing third and landing himself on the podium two straight days. Clark Kinghorn was fourth both days and Carl Beavers won both TaG Senior events.
Rotax Senior action saw one of the toughest and most consistent drivers of the series finally being able to run at his home track, and he did not disappoint as Michael Gutenberger took the pole both days, the win on Saturday and looked to have things well in hand until his left front tire came rolling off on the exit of turn five leaving him sliding of into the infield disgust. Right before Sundays final, the most ominous dark rain cloud was headed directly for the race track. NWGC officials scurried to get the classes gridded and off racing as quick as possible…but it would be no use, the rains opened up in a down pour of rain and winds that easily had gusts to
60 mph as the race teams switched from slicks to rains. Izak Hayda who finished third in Saturdays action, came unprepared and was without rains. He made a valiant effort to start Sundays final, but the rains would be to much and retired after going 3 circuits in the final…The win would go to Revolution Racings Joey “Show me the money” McGuire and even though he did not take the checkers, Gutenberger had a enough of a lead on the rest of the field ( lapping all but McGuire) that he finished runner up to McGuire. Miller took his second third place finish of the weekend and Hayda who came all the way from Utah, was fourth.
The next stops for the NWGC will be June 7, 8, 9 in Spanaway, Washington and then June 27, 28, 29 in McMinnville, OR. That will be season Grand National Break and they will not be in action again until August with stops in Canada, and Tri- Cities, Washington.
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