|June 30, 2005 News
|Race Report: IKF 2 Cycle Sprint Grand Nationals - Day 1
Story by Sean Buur – Go Racing Magazine
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The 2005 IKF 2 Cycle Sprint Grand Nationals kicked off in what can only be called beautiful weather for Beaumont, California this time of year, low 90’s and a slight breeze. The Moran Raceway, aka the Full Wood Kingdom, saw plenty of action on track, while the tech tent had some action of their own. Tech was a bit behind for the first day, with classes just being cleared the next morning before the podium presentations. Thus putting a delay on official results being released as Day 1 results were released yesterday morning. Day 2 results will be available this morning sometime. Officials are unsure as to when official results will be available for today’s Day 3.
The first day of racing boasted nearly 150 entries, most of those being regular Region 7 competitors. Region 11 came with many of their heavy hitters, Hawaii has a small contingent, but other than that only a few scattered entries came from other areas.
TaG started things off and it had the makings of a good race between Travis Irving and Cory Pollock. Unfortunately Pollock wasn’t able to answer the call as he got a flat tire late in the race. Irving held the lead for most of the day, while the positions flopped behind him. “Hot Rocks” Irving crossed the line first but came up ˝ pound light at the scales handing IKF Expert Jess Peterson his first win of the day.
| Earning 2 Duffy's in day one was Jess Peterson in TaG and HPV 4|
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Peterson needed no gifts in HPV 4, as he drove his butt off in the most exciting finish of the day. Smart driving by Peterson allowed him to catch the lead pack, but the battle that ensued between him, Josh Harris, and track owner Rocky Moran Jr. was epic. Harris led coming down to take the white, but Jr. made the pass heading down into turn one. Harris slid back under Moran entering two, but slight contact for the win put Jr. off into the marbles. Harris was slowed, and Peterson got a mega run going down into the tight hairpin. Again racing contact was made, this time Harris getting the short end of the stick. Peterson went on to land his second Duffy of the day.
As the classes go, the Cadets once again pulled the biggest numbers, and HPV 1 came down to a five wide sprint to the finish between Gustavo Menezes, Taylor Miinch, Zach Zimmerly, Kyle Shriver, and Justin Coplen. The last lap was spectacular with an excited Coplen taking a huge win. The problem was that he lost a side pod on the next to last lap and finished the race with only one, handing the win right over to Menezes.
Joey Barros landed his first Duffy in Yamaha Heavy over John Crow and Jordan Bianco. Crow, and Lucas Wilkinson pressured early, but Barros was able to gain the advantage when the two of them started trading paint. Barros drove the race of his life, never making a mistake, and taking how the big win for the little bronze man.
| Joey Barros earned his first Duffy in Yamaha Heavy|
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Senior Sportsman was a great one at the finish. Mike Botelho Jr. was able to gain an early advantage on the start, but Chris Wesson and Jesus Vasquez were able to run him down by the halfway point. The lead trio then proceeded to trade the top spot until the drop of the white flag. Once the white flag came out, the gloves came off, and it was a mad dash for the finish. Once the dust settled Vasquez emerged as the race winner, followed to the line by Wesson and Botelho. Vasquez was docked two spots for the altercation on the last lap, dropping him back to third, moving Botelho up to second, and Wesson up for the win.
Junior Super Sportsman came off better than expected. The Full Wood Kingdom is known for tight finishes, and this was no exception. Dylan Albiani, Billy Goshen, Alexander Rossi, and Luis Martinez looked like they were going to be the class of the field, but as the lead started changing, the pack closed in. James Kennedy moved up a ton of positions, as Goshen got shuffled back. The four kart train remained four karts, but some of the players were different. The white flag again was signaled to beginning of the free for all, but this time the race wasn’t decided after the flag. Rossi led coming off the final corner, and looked like he had enough momentum to keep it to the finish line, but Martinez was moving up on the inside. With a bump from Kennedy Martinez was able to steal the Duffy right out from under Rossi. Both drivers crossed the line with their hands in the air signaling victory, but the win went to Martinez.
All in all it was a pretty good day of racing. Barros was the only driver to score a walk away win, while the other classes were exciting right to the finish. As always, tech and the race officials played a part in the outcome, but that’s to be expected at the Grands, and is just part of playing the game.
Day two was equally exciting even though entries fell to 121 in the six classes. Race report for Day 2 will be online later.
Day 1 Results
|8.||18||Joey Barros||11||--7 Laps--||1:06.450|
|9.||66||Brian Bartolero||7||--11 Laps--||1:07.664|
|10.||98||Wesley Phillips||6||--12 Laps--||1:07.755|
|11.||84||Jeremy Drew||5||--13 Laps--||1:06.714|
|12.||33||Grant Hebner||4||--14 Laps--||1:06.786|
|13.||20||Ryan Payne||2||--16 Laps--||1:07.143|
|6.||91||Boomer De Roads||18||15.560||1:09.355|
|DNF||32||Denis Valente||13||--5 Laps--||1:12.150|
|DNS||50||Patrick Mc Cawley||0||-||No time|
|5.||31||Boomer De Roads||18||6.790||1:08.472|
|11.||98||Neil Mc Coy||17||--1 Lap--||1:08.545|
|12.||47||Rayond Tobin||17||--1 Lap--||1:10.465|
|13.||63||Travis Lowe||16||--2 Laps--||1:10.095|
|14.||79||Joshua Brander||14||--4 Laps--||1:08.879|
|15.||18||Joey Barros||10||--8 Laps--||1:08.764|
|16.||93||Bobby Stout||5||--13 Laps--||1:08.323|
|DNS||36||David Lowe||0||--18 Laps--||No time|
|2.||67||Mike Botelho Jr.||18||0.459||1:14.465|
|20.||46||Jesie Oldenberg||7||--11 Laps--||1:15.731|
|21.||20||Neil Otto||0||--18 Laps--||No time|
|22.||42||Derek Zimmermann||0||--18 Laps--||No time|
Jr. Super Sportsman
|26.||27||Tyler Brooks||13||--3 Laps--||1:11.933|
|27.||51||Jacob Engle||5||--11 Laps--||1:14.172|
|28.||40||Adam Zeen||1||--15 Laps--||No time|
|29.||71||Craig Hlavka||1||--15 Laps--||No time|
|30.||32||Jessica Brunelli||1||--15 Laps--||No time|
|31.||31||Tyler Wamre||0||--16 Laps--||No time|
|32.||44||Joshua Linton||0||--16 Laps--||No time|
|DNS||21||Dylan Stires||0||--16 Laps--||No time|
|6.||22||Donny St. Ours||16||5.655||1:10.125|
|26.||23||Johnathan St. Ours||16||50.682||1:12.455|
|30.||1||Marcelo Montore||12||--4 Laps--||1:12.190|
|31.||83||Joshua Goshen||10||--6 Laps--||1:11.337|
|32.||7||Conner Ford||5||--11 Laps--||1:14.209|
|33.||35||Devin Jones||3||--13 Laps--||1:11.016|
|34.||17||Cubby Puett||3||--13 Laps--||1:10.677|