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LOS ANGELES KARTING CHAMPIONSHIP RACES TO HALFWAY POINT

Nine drivers rack up perfect weekends at Round Five

FONTANA, CA (July 3, 2014) - The Los Angeles Karting Championship hosted racers and teams this past weekend for the fifth round of the 2014 season. The LAKC is a premier karting series in Southern California that holds its races at the CalSpeed Karting Center located outside the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. The season's fifth event saw nine drivers sweep their respective classes, as well as several drivers extending their already impressive championship lead at the halfway point of the season.

Eric Molinatti stretched what is already an impressive point lead in the Buddy Rice Karting TaG Senior field. Molinatti owned Round Five on Sunday as he dominated from qualifying to the main event. After edging out Jin Bai for the pole position, Molinatti went on to lead flag-to-flag and grab the Prefinal win ahead of Bai and Dylan Palatin. The main event began with Bai jumping out to the lead on lap one and maintaining the spot in strong fashion. Bai lead from the opening lap until lap 14, which is when Molinatti reclaimed the lead and drove to the win. Bai completed a successful weekend by coming home in second ahead of Cody Ensign. Aaron Schmitt and Nikita Lastochkin completed the top-five.

Tony Rossetti continued to work on closing the gap on Erik Jackson by sweeping Round Five in the PSL So Cal TaG Masters category. Rossetti scored max points on Sunday from qualifying to the final, staying on top throughout the day. Rossetti beat Roy Steele and Peter Mokran for the pole position in qualifying and kept the position through the Prefinal. After a poor start to begin the main event, Rossetti slipped from first to third. Steele took the point with Jackson running second. Lap three is when Rossetti made his move and reclaimed the lead. Rossetti drove to the victory with Peter Mokran climbing up to finish a close second. In third was Nicolas Esguerra, while Tim Meyers was fourth and Harin De Silva was fifth.

The S1, S2 and Open 125 group session saw all three of the classes get swept by three talented drivers. Billy Musgrave added yet another win to his long list at Round Five. Musgrave swept the weekend in the 7G S1 Pro Stock Moto Class by beating out Matias Podboj each of the race day's three official sessions, from qualifying to the main event. Kolton Griffin continued to show drivers in the 2 Wild Karting S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto how to get around CalSpeed Karting Center. The Arizona driver outran Cameron Jocelyn and the Travis Nicklas for the class pole position. Griffin was solid in the Prefinal, enough to track down and pass S1 race leader Billy Musgrave for the overall win. Griffin duplicated the feat in the main event as he grabbed not only the S2 class win, but the overall victory as well. Behind Griffin in S2 was Pete Yerkovich Jr. and Jocelyn. Slava Prikhodko kept Kris Valdez and Chris Curtis at bay as he swept the day in the TM Racing USA Open 125 Shifter category.

Jagger Jones scored his first win of the 2014 season in the RPM TaG Cadet class, and he did it in dominating fashion. Jones swept the action in Round Five staying out front all day. After beating point leader Myles Farhan for the pole in qualifying, Jones went on to lead every lap of the Prefinal. No body had anything for Jones in the Final as he drove to his first main event victory of the season. Behind him on the podium was Farhan and Ryan Schartau, while Colin Queen and Jagger's brother Jace completed the top-five. KC Cook grabbed his third win of the season this past weekend in the Mike Manning Karting PRD Senior Pilot class. Cook was the class of the field sweeping the day. Behind Cook in the finishing order was Luis Perez and Michael Manning. Bryce Murphy and Jin Bai completed the top-five.

Paul Bonilla was working on a perfect day in the D Power Racing PRD Senior class after going two for three in official on track session. Bonilla was on top of the leader board in qualifying and then led the whole Prefinal heading to the win. At the start of the main event, Matt Johnson got around Bonilla for the top spot. Bonilla came back the next lap to retake the position and then engage in a battle with David Vasquez for the next several laps. Vasquez and Johnson then demoted Bonilla, and shared the battle for the win. Johnson would end up scoring his second straight feature win over Vasquez. Bonilla joined the top two on the podium, while Jordan Robertson and Derek Zimmerman filled out the top-five. Bonilla would redeem himself in the Phil Giebler Racing PRD Masters class. Bonilla ran away with the class victory sweeping the day from qualifying to the main. Behind Bonilla in the Final was Mike Johnson and Bryan Bender on the podium. Steve Hansen and Robert Montgomery completed the top-five.

Anthony Sawyer earned the victory in the Mack Motorsports PRD Junior 2 class. Chance Skaufel opened up the racing action with a win, working by top qualifier Aaron Aguirre for the Prefinal triumph. Sawyer, who qualified second, completed just one lap in the Prefinal and was forced to start from the 18th grid position. A great start put him into the top-10 early, and by lap six, he was into the top-five. Sawyer continued the stellar drive, reaching the lead with two laps remaining. He held on to take the checkered flag by over a second ahead of Jake Drew and Jonathon Eshom, while Aguirre and Jordan Turner completed the top-five.

Dominic Gorden and Cole Keith Cotham battled in the Empire Karts Junior 1 Comer Pilot class. Cotham got the day going by grabbing the pole position in qualifying ahead of Gorden and Jalen Mack. Cotham kept the ball rolling in the Prefinal by outrunning Mack, who raced with Gorden to gain the second spot, which dropped Gorden to third for the start of the final. Cotham looked to add to his point lead by completing the sweep of the day, but Gorden had other plans. With less than five laps to go, Gorden took the lead away from Cotham and drove to the victory. Cotham crossed the line three seconds back with Shea Weston third over Rylee Martinez and Ryan McElwee.

The Fleming Racing Engines Junior 1 Comer category had a different driver hold the top spot in each on-track session Sunday. Point leader Jagger Jones grabbed the pole position in qualifying ahead of Myles Farhan and Colin Queen. The Prefinal was a back and forth race between the top two qualifiers as Farhan took the lead on lap three and held it until Jones reclaimed the top spot. Farhan regained the top spot with one lap to go and took the win. Jones came back to lead the first nine laps of the main event until Farhan and Queen began mixing up the order. The trio put on a great show, exchanging the lead with each circuit until Queen edged out Jones by 28 thousandths of a second for the victory. Farhan settled for third with Marcus Rodriguez and Oliver Calvo making up the top-five.

Action in the Pure Karting Honda Kid Karts class has been some of the best at the LAKC program this year. Following Cooper Hicks' Round Five victory this weekend, he and Chance Gibson are locked in a dead tie for the championship lead. Hicks began the day by grabbing the pole in qualifying ahead of Carson Morgan. Hicks maintained the lead in the Prefinal until two laps remaining when Morgan drove past for the win. Hicks grabbed the lead off the start of the main event, and led each and every circuit en route to the victory. Carson Morgan received a two-position penalty after crossing the line second, moving Gibson to the runner-up spot and Dane Idelson behind in third. Morgan was scored fourth and Sheldon Andrews earned the fifth position.

As they have all year, the S4, S4 Magnum and S5 racers shared the track at Round Five this weekend. The competition in S4 has been so close all year. Willy Musgrave scored his first Musgrave Racing Company S4 Masters Stock Moto victory of 2014 after being out of the mix most of the day. Qualifying went to Darren Elliott with Musgrave failing to get out for the timed session. Elliott led the field for the first five laps until he and Erik Jackson - who had been competing at a race in Utah the day before - took the lead with four to go and checked out for the win. Jackson was on point in the final as he led every lap and drove to the checkers first with Willy Musgrave crossing the line closely behind in second place. Unfortunately for Jackson, a one-position penalty was assessed for a loose bumper, handing Musgrave the win. Jackson finished second while Mike Mantel, Rick McAllister and Alex King rounded out the top-five. There was plenty of parody in the Acceleration Kart Racing S4 Magnum as a different driver was on top each session. Jeff Krogstad got things going by grabbing the pole position in qualifying. Krogstad got a bad start in the Prefinal and fell to the back of the pack while Delcoure drove to the win. Much like in S4, the Prefinal winner crossed the finish line as the winner in the Final. Unfortunately just like is S4, the win would not stand. Delcoure was disqualified for coming across the scales light and Steve Donia was named the winner. Nicky Hays dominated the competition in Nash Motorsportz S5 Junior Stock Moto class. Hays spent the day at the front competing for the overall win in the Prefinal and Final. Anthony Sawyer finished second while Noah Grey stood on the podium in third.

The LAKC's unique and fun Team Series championship closed up after the action during Round Five. The Smokin Fast Motorsports team of Matt Johnson, Myles Farhan, Luis Perez and Mike Johnson left the weekend as the point leaders ahead of Kolton Griffin, Jagger Jones, and Pete Yerkovich's Pure Karting team.

Saturday night, LAKC introduced their Econo 100 class before Round Five action took place. Tyler Coffman held off Josh Kurtz for the inaugural race of the class at the LAKC. The July LAKC race for the Econo 100 class will be open to anyone 15 years and older and is open to any karting 100cc air cooled 2-stroke engines (no gearbox), with open clutch or direct drive, any brand or compound for tires and open kart exhaust. Weight will be separated by specific types of engine makes. The cost is just $15 to cover your pit pass fee with cash prizes set to be awarded. For more rule information, visit the LAKC website.

The Los Angeles Karting Championship will resume racing later this month on July 27 as the program prepares for Round Six. With four weekends of racing left on the 2014 calendar, the LAKC is preparing for the best racing of the season as the championships will be decided with every lap. The LAKC will also be hosting a free BBQ for teams and drivers during the July race, following practice Saturday night. For more about the Los Angeles Karting Championship, please visit LAKC.org and Like them on Facebook.

About the Los Angeles Karting Championship (LAKC): Since 1985, the Los Angeles Karting Championship series has provided a family-friendly, sprint kart racing environment for all ages in the Southern California region. Our mission is to provide the most competitive, largest sprint kart classes in the region at the lowest prices in the industry. We are extremely proud of averaging of 2,400 competitive entries per year. Our series operates from the CalSpeed Karting Center located at the AAA Speedway in Fontana, CA. This premier, super-clean karting center provides our series with four race configurations. For more information about the Los Angeles Karting Championship please visit LAKC.org and Like them on Facebook.

Updated 08 Jul 2014 11:38
 
  Round Four of Los Angeles Karting Championship Welcomes Repeat Winners   PDF   Print   E-mail  

ROUND FOUR OF LOS ANGELES KARTING CHAMPIONSHIP WELCOMES REPEAT WINNERS

Five drivers sweep the weekend in Fontana

TaG Cadet drivers get ready for the green flag at Round Four of the Los Angeles Karting Championship (Photo: LAKC.org)

FONTANA, CA (May 22, 2014) - A full paddock of racers filled up the CalSpeed Karting Center this past weekend (May 18) as the Los Angeles Karting Championship hosted the fourth round of their 2014 race season. The LAKC has become one of the most successful regional karting clubs in the country and continues to gain momentum. The year has been a strong one for the LAKC as the club has seen large fields in all of its classes. They welcomed 179 drivers across 16 categories to the Fontana, California facility. Five drivers swept their respective divisions during the fourth event of the season with a number of repeat winners adding to the list of victors on the day.

The largest class of the weekend was the Mack Motorsports PRD Junior 2 category. Hannah Grisham entered the weekend fifth in points and made her name known as she beat out Christian Brooks, and 19 other drivers for the pole position in qualifying. Brooks slipped at the start but rebounded to take over the lead from Jake Drew with three to go. Brooks drove to the win ahead of Drew and Jonathan Eshom while Grisham settled for a fourth place finish. Brooks led the way in the main event from the drop of the green flag to the checkered flag. Leading all 14 laps, Brooks scored the victory with Aaron Aguirre six seconds back in second place. Andrew Murowatz completed the podium. Top qualifier Grisham and Eshom filled out the top-five.

A special guest joined the series regulars in the Buddy Rice Karting TaG Senior class at Round Four in the form of Gustavo Menezes. The California native is a two-time champion at the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals and is one of the most decorated karting pilots of his generation. Competing in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship in 2014, Menezes proved this past weekend that he can still wheel a kart. Menezes grabbed the pole in qualifying, edging out point leader Eric Molinatti by two tenths of a second. The Prefinal checkered flags waved on Menezes first, but unfortunately the win would not stand. An issue with Menezes’ air box would remove him from the results, handing the win to Molinatti with Andrew Wilson and Vincent Tam moving up the order. In the Final, Molinatti led all 14 laps for his third victory of the season. Menezes drove the wheels off of his kart, coming from the back of the pack to pass over 10 karts to finish a solid fourth behind Tam and Wilson.

 Billy Musgrave swept the S1 division once again (Photo: LAKC.org)

Fifteen drivers filled the grid for the PSL So-Cal TaG Master class. Erik Jackson has been stellar throughout 2014 as he entered the weekend with the point lead over Nicolas Esguerra. Jackson started off Round Four earning the pole position in qualifying ahead of Tony Rossetti. Jackson was solid in the Prefinal as he led all eight laps for the win. Rossetti ran in the second position behind Jackson the entire race up until the final lap when Brian Phillipsen came from the middle of the pack to take over the runner-up position. Jackson led the opening three laps of the main event while Phillipsen hung tough on Jackson’s bumper. Phillipsen took over the lead on lap four and drove to the victory with Jackson back by half a second at the line. Rossetti joined the pair on the podium while Peter Mokran and Roy Steele completed the top-five.

A total of 25 drivers were on track when the Junior 1 Comer and Junior 1 Comer Pilot classes hit the track Sunday. Twelve drivers contested the Fleming Racing Engines Junior 1 Comer class. Colin Queen had a fantastic Round Four with the LAKC as he led the pack most of the day, en route to scoring the main event win. Queen began by scoring the pole position in qualifying with Jagger Jones, Tanner Hudspeth, Myles Farhan, and Daniel Inzunza completing the fast five. Jones made his move at the start of the Prefinal and took control, holding it until the end of the race. Farhan advanced to second while polesitter Queen dropped to third. Queen came back in the main event, taking advantage of his inside row two starting spot to reassume the lead at the start. Farhan slotted into second and ran behind the leader for the majority of the race. With four laps to go, Farhan took the lead over and held it until Queen fought back on the final lap. Queen drove to the checkered flag to score the victory as Farhan settled for second with Jones ending up third. Inzunza and Dakota Tate rounded out the top-five. In the Empire Karts Junior 1 Comer Pilot category, Dominic Gorden had a solid Round Four in which he captured the Prefinal and Final win after qualifying second behind Cole Keith Cotham. Placing behind Gorden at the end of the day was Ryan McElwee and Nathen Gutierrez. Kasey Gillis finish fourth with Shea Weston fifth.

Billy Musgrave continued his reign of dominance over the LAKC this past weekend. Musgrave scored the clean sweep on the weekend in the 7G S1 Pro Stock Moto class. Musgrave battled with Matias Podboj all day in the premiere shifter class. Musgrave grabbed the pole position and drove on to the Prefinal and main event wins to strengthen his already stout point lead. Along with Musgrave in S1, Kolton Griffin swept the fourth round of competition in the 2Wild Karting S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto class. Griffin kicked off the day by beating out Chandler Campbell for the pole position in qualifying. Griffin was solid in the Prefinal, leading the race the entire way. Third place qualifier Alan Michel advanced up to second while Travis Nicklas finished third as Campbell slipped out of the top-three. Griffin remained perfect on the day as he led field from green to checkered in the main event for the victory. Michel and Nicklas filled out the S2 podium while Campbell and Cameron Jocelyn finished fourth and fifth respectively. Slava Prikhodko was perfect Sunday as he swept the day in the TM Racing USA Open 125 Shifter class. Behind Prikhodko all day was Willy Axton and Kris Valdez.

 Matt Johnson triumphed in the PRD Senior category (Photo: LAKC.org)

Matt Johnson entered the May race weekend sitting third in the points for the D Power Racing PRD Senior class, and was able to capture the victory to close up the championship chase. The day began with Paul Bonilla grabbing the pole position ahead of Robby Stanovich by a slim two hundredths of a second. Bonilla led the way in the Prefinal as Jordan Robertson drove up to finish in second. The main event was all Bonilla for nearly the entire race. Bonilla paced the field until the final lap of the main event. Johnson, who spent the early part of the race dueling with Nathan Seegrist, stalked Bonilla with the fireworks coming on the final corner. It was a four-wide race to the stripe with Johnson reaching the checkered flag first. Robertson slipped up to second with Seegrist and Bonilla alongside.

 Paul Bonilla added to his impressive win total at the LAKC by capturing the win, and sweep, Sunday in PRD Masters racing (Photo: LAKC.org)

Bonilla would rebound on the day however as he scored the win and sweep in the Phil Giebler Racing.com PRD Masters category. Bonilla beat out point leader Mike Johnson for the pole position in qualifying. John Bush and Ron Rossetti qualified behind in row two. The front four stayed the same through the Prefinal as Bonilla drove to the win with the others close behind. Bonilla was perfect in the main event as he led every lap and scored the win by seven seconds over Johnson with Rossetti completed the podium. Kalvin Chen and Steve Hansen battled for most of the race, with Chen coming out on top, grabbing the fourth position while Hansen settled for a top-five.

KC Cook came off a second place finish at Round Three last month to score the win at Round Four this past weekend in the Mike Manning Karting PRD Senior Pilot field. Cook started off the day by qualifying second behind Andrew Lemons, who led the way in the Prefinal. Jacob Pope took over the second position on lap four as Cook slipped at the start, but drove back to third at the finish. Cook worked quickly in the main event, taking over the lead on lap two from Lemons. Cook checked out from there and drove to a one-second margin of victory. Luis Perez drove from fifth up on the podium in third along with Lemons. Pope and Bryce Murphy rounded out the top-five.

 KC Cook stayed near the front all day, and scored the win in PRD Senior Pilot (Photo: LAKC.org)

Nicky Hays scored another sweep at LAKC, pacing the field in the Nash Motorsportz S5 Junior Stock Moto class. Hays bested Anthony Sawyer and Cruz Fiore for the pole in qualifying. From there, Hays was untouchable. He was the top dog in the Prefinal, beating Sawyer for the win. The main event was all Hays, as he threw down consistent laps, and worked the nuances of the Nuovo configuration at CalSpeed to establish a seven-second victory. Fiore was the runner-up with Anthony Sawyer retiring from the race after only one lap Heck stood on the S5 podium in third.

The racing in the Musgrave Racing Company S4 Masters Stock Moto category this year has been exceptional. The first two rounds were won by point leader Erik Jackson with Darren Elliott scoring the win in Round Three. Willy Musgrave was the man to chase at the beginning of the day as he laid down the fastest lap of the qualifying session. The Prefinal featured Jackson working his way to the front, grabbing the win and main event pole position ahead of Elliott and Jason Chott. The 14-lap S4 main event was a great show as Jackson and Elliott battled the entire race. Elliott grabbed the lead at the start and led the opening three circuits. Jackson then took his turn at the point for the following three laps. At lap six, Elliott returned to the point and held on for the remainder of the race to earn his second straight victory. Jackson was back by a little more than a second with Chott joining the pair on the podium, while John Crow and Rick McAllister rounded out the top-five. Gary Delcoure swept the day in S4 Magnum – presented by Acceleration Kart Racing. Delcoure would have to contend with Jeff Krogstad at the start of the main event. Krogstad led the opening circuits of the main, but by lap four Delcoure had reclaimed the lead. Krogstad hung tight to Delcoure’s bumper for the rest of the race, ultimately finishing less than half a second behind Delcoure. John Reikes and Stanley Nikkel completed the running order for the S4 Magnum class.

 After battling for the lead early in the S4 Magnum main event, Gary Delcoure scored the win, and completed the clean sweep (Photo: LAKC.org)

Through three rounds of racing so far in 2014, there has been a different youngster crowned the winner in the Pure Karting Honda Kid Karts class. Round One was conquered by Cooper Hicks who became the first repeat winner of the season. Hicks started his second winning weekend by qualifying second early in the morning behind point leader Dane Idelson. At the drop of the green flag, Carson Morgan made a move from the inside of row two to take over the lead. Morgan led the field for the first three laps before Hicks asserted himself at the front of the pack. Hicks drove to the win by three seconds ahead of Idelson and Nick Curry. The main event belonged to Hicks as he led all eight laps, scoring the win by three seconds ahead of Curry. Morgan, Chance Gibson and Anthony Quinones competed the top-five.

Anthony Willis recorded a great day in the RPM TaG Cadet class. Willis started the day by qualifying third behind brothers Jagger and Jace Jones. Willis moved up to the second position quickly and followed Jagger for the length of the Prefinal race, until the white flag flew. Willis took over the lead on the last lap and won the pole position for the Final. The main event started and nearly ended with class point leader Myles Farhan at the front. Farhan took the lead on the start and went to work on pulling away from the field. Willis would not let Farhan get away that easily though. As the race stretched on, Willis kept Farhan right in front of him while Jagger Jones stayed close behind in third. On the final lap, Willis made his bid for the lead and passed Farhan for the top spot, and the victory. Farhan settled for second, while polesitter Jagger Jones rounded out the podium. Jace Jones finished fourth and Colin Queen finished fifth.

The LAKC will now take its annual month long break until they resume racing. The fifth round of the 2014 season will be held on June 29 at the CalSpeed Karting Center in Fontana, California. The LAKC would like to extend a big thank you to all of its sponsors who have made the 2014 season possible.

About the Los Angeles Karting Championship (LAKC): Since 1985, the Los Angeles Karting Championship series has provided a family-friendly, sprint kart racing environment for all ages in the Southern California region. Our mission is to provide the most competitive, largest sprint kart classes in the region at the lowest prices in the industry. We are extremely proud of averaging of 2,400 competitive entries per year. Our series operates from the CalSpeed Karting Center located at the AAA Speedway in Fontana, CA. This premier, super-clean karting center provides our series with four race configurations. For more information about the Los Angeles Karting Championship please visit LAKC.org and Like them on Facebook.

Updated 04 Jun 2014 12:44
 
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