2015 Spring Bash Review
The Spring Bash, Race # 2 of the SEKA/AURS season was looking doubtful for Saturday, April 25th. The weather men had been predicting 90% strong storms for Saturday all week long. We always try to give people plenty of notice so Thursday night we decided to move the race to Sunday, April 26th. Of course, the weatherman could not have been more wrong with Saturday being one of the prettiest days of the year. Sunday was overcast but luckily we did not get rained on and were able to get the race in.
The days events started off with Kid Karts where Courtney Curran picked up her 3rd win in a row, dating back to last season. Walker Porter was running a strong second and had his head down and was gaining ground on Courtney until carburetor issues forced him to retire from the race.
Rolling off second was the biggest class of the day, The LO206 Spec. Shawn Harding started near the front and led every lap of the heat race with Zane Lockwood finishing second. This set up the front row of the feature race with last year’s first and second place finishers in the point championship. The feature was action packed. Harding and Lockwood swapped the lead several times with Jake Bustos, Tony Wilson, Jerry Langston and Michael Williams all battling for 3rd through 6th. This was Pro Motocross driver, Michael Williams first time back on a go-kart in 22 years, when he raced at Nashville in the Tennessee Karting Association in 1993. After turning the fastest lap of the day, Bustos had a mechanical problem and was forced to retire. A little after halfway, Harding was bumped by Lockwood at the tire turn sending Harding around. 2 laps later, Harding waited up for Lockwood and cut over into him to let him know He didnt appreciate the contact. Lockwood was able to continue but it cost him the lead on the track. Tony Wilson inherited the lead and was able to hang on for the win followed by Lockwood and Michael Williams with Jerry Langston in 4th. After Tech, it was deemed that race winner, Tony Wilson and 3rd place, Michael Williams had the wrong clutch for the Spec class. This changed the final results to Zane Lockwood getting the win followed by Jerry Langston in 2nd and Morgan Harbin missing every wreck and coming from the back to finish 3rd. Kevin Preston finished a strong 4th on his new Comet Eagle with Brian Mead finishing 5th.
Next up was the LO206/Clone Jr. Sportsman class. Ty Porter rebounded from race #1, winning both the heat and the feature and leading every lap. Ryan Chance finished 2nd for the second race in a row with rookie, Brandon O’Connor in 3rd. Champ Webb drove a great race to finish 4th in his first ever start and Lucas Leidig came home in 5th.
The Shifter class was up next with Kerry Graham getting his first win of the year followed by Chad Lee and Jason Brown.
LO206/Clone Jr.Pro hit the track next with Denny Freeston showing the way over Max Porter and Elijah Skaggs. Once again, these 3 competitors ran nose to tail lap aftet lap just waiting for one to make a mistake. Denny held on for the win with Max finishing second and Elijah third. Jake Graves finished 4th.
Next up was the LO206 Senior class. Mike Curran borrowed Matt Skaggs’ backup Ionic Edge Chassis and made him pay for it winning the heat and the feature turning the fastest laps of the day. Skaggs was able to finish 2nd and stay in the points lead. Tony Wilson finished 3rd edging out Jody Covington in 4th and Shawn Harding came home in 5th out of the 10 kart field. It was great to see Jody Covington back on the track in a kart and it looks like He will be a force to be reckoned with running that good his first time back.
The last road course race of the day was the Yamaha JR Sportsman. Max Porter showed the way on his Arrow chassis followed by Elijah Skaggs in 2nd and Ty Porter in 3rd.
Then it was on to the oval where David Baker’s #122, returned to the fairgrounds and picked up right where he left off winning the Clone Medium Pro Class. Chase Walls ran a strong 2nd in his first asphalt start with Justin Shanes finishing 3rd. Race #1 winner, Blake Ownby gave Baker a race in the heat but had to go to a back-up motor in the feature and came home 4th out of 8 entries.
Connor Walls picked up the win in the Pro Mix class with Kyle Smithson in 2nd. The Outlaw Class was won by Peyton Nightingal. The LO206 Oval class was won by Walter Anderson. Jake Graves once again won the Clone Jr.Oval class. The Champ class was won by Mike Curran making that 2 in a row in that class and 2 wins on the day.
Clone Maxxis EL class was up next and David Baker once again got his tires hooked up and was able to pick up yet another win giving him 13 wins on the all-time wins list which is the third most. Chase Walls was 2nd with Nate Donchez coming home in 3rd. Last up was the Champ Kart Heavy class on the 5/8 mile where Mike Curran got his third win of the day followed by Peter Buie and Derrick Chenault. Mike is the first ever driver to win 3 features in the same day at a SEKA/AURS event moving him up 3 spots on the all-time wins list with 9 wins.
Thanks to everyone who came out for the rescheduled date and made this event a success. Our next race will be A double point race at Twin Fountains Raceway in Shelbyville,Tennessee. June 20th. 2015. Please make plans to attend.