OSKCS Race #3 - Recap

MacTrack in McMinnville, OR was host to the third of ten races in the 2017 Oregon State Kart Championship Series. The day could not have been nicer for the racers as temperatures reached well into the 80s.

A few improvments completed over the Winter awaited the racers as they filed in through the gates.  The most significant of which is that there are no longer any hay bales used at the track.  Scribner Barriers are now used throughout the faicility, including double-height barriers in key locations.  In addition to added safety, the track surface in the new T8 has been leveled to remove the uneven surface that was difficult to avoid.  However, the surface is now incredibly smooth with even grip levels making the racing on the new configuration better than ever.

The highest participation was seen in the LO206 Jr. I and World Formula Heavy classes, but there was great racing throughout the day in the seven other classes represented, including Tag Sr., Rotax Sr., LO 206 Sr., Shifter S2, Shifter S4, Jr. I Briggs Gas Animal, and Kid Kart.

LO206 Jr I

In LO206 Jr. I, the championship lead was up for grabs with the absence of a few of the lead drivers.  After qualifying, Brennen Gregg appeared to be the odds on favorite with a 2 second gap back to Greyson Shobert with Corey Rau, Jaedynce Poole, Bryce Smark, and Clyde Cass rounding out the field.

After the dust settled, Brennen Gregg held off the competition and kept his composure sweeping both heats and the main to bring home the win and take the lead in the OSKCS championship.  Bryce Smark managed to turn his 5th place qualifying position into a 2nd place podium finish, and made some great passes throughout the day.  Greyson Shobert started from the rear of the field in the main and moved himself up to 4th place by consistently improving his lap times throughout the race.  Jaedynce and Corey raced each other hard all race with a gap of around a second all race long.  Clyde finished in 6th position getting valuable laps as he gets comfortable in the LO206 after moving up from Kid Kart this season.

World Formula Heavy

With the largest field of the year, the racing was bound to be intense from the front to the rear of the grid.  Nineteen karts took to the track in World Formula Heavy with five drivers making their first appearance in OSKCS this season.  Unfortunately, the championship leader, Mark Westcott was not in attendance, which gave other top drivers an opportunity to take the championship lead.

Although after qualifying, the top chamionship leaders, Bryan Green and Greg Normandin, were sitting back in 4th and 5th with part time drivers: David Schorn, Troy Schulz, and Michael Schorn taking the top three spots on the grid for Heat 1.  The rest of the top ten were: Steve King, David Thayer, Jamie Elmer, Tim McKinney, and Gregg Hall.

When the flag flew at the end of the day, David Schorn led the way with a four second lead, with Michael Schorn, Troy Schulz, Gregg Hall and Bryan Green finishing within a second of each other at the flag.  Championship contenders Greg Normandin and Tim McKinney had an incident on Lap 3 knocking them both out of the race and dropping them down the championship order.  The rest of the top ten were: Mark Reese, Steve King, Steve Reidy, Tyler Prichard, and David Thayer.

The Rest

While the other seven classes had lower kart count, it was great to see a number of close battles in these classes as well.  If you have a 2-cycle kart that hasn't been to the track in a while, dust it off, tune it up, and bring it on out.  We'll find a spot for you to run and with a little help we can build some momentum in these classes and give us something to talk about.

What's Coming

The next race in the region is a NW Gold cup event, May 26th to 28th at Boise, ID.  That is sure to be some fast an furious action and I look forward to hearing the race reports.

The next OSKCS race will be a night race Saturday, June 10th at PARC.  Hope to see you there!