AURS & SEKA Season comes to end with the Will Frank Memorial Race
NASHVILLE, Tenn.,–Mike Curran of Murfreesboro, Tenn., was two laps away from winning his second Kart feature race of the season on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2010 at the Nashville State Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tenn., to end his challenging racing season on a high note. Curran’s challenges included rebuilding after his Kart racing shop was devastated by a fire.
Unfortunately, he said his Kart got tight and he watched David Baker pass him for the victory in the Floor America Clone Pro Oval (Medium) 20-lap feature race. This feature was among several in the South East Karting Alliance and Amped Up Racing Series finale, the Will Frank Memorial Race. The event paid tribute to Frank, a lifelong Kart racer, who lost his battle with cancer May 3,2012 at his home in Nashville, Tenn. Frank, the District 5 trustee for WKA and supporter of many forms of karting, including dirt, sprint and road racing,
Baker, who started in third said he “felt bad” passing Curran to take the win in the field of five racers. He noted he got underneath Curran on the second turn of the quarter-mile oval track and finished his pass between turns three and four. Baker also won the class’ season point’s championship plus the Clone Pro Oval (Heavy) and Clone Oval Maxxis EL SR point’s titles.
Curran won the Clone Pro Oval (Heavy) 20-lap feature earlier after starting from the pole. Chad Lee won the Hoosier 125cc Shifter 10-lap feature on the road course and the class’ point’s title. He won five out of the six feature races.
Lee, who got the hole shot in the field of 13 racers, said the feature “was very exciting.”
“I struggled getting the kart where I needed it to be set up wise so I could really push it. Fortunately it was enough…barely,” said Lee.
Lee is referring to staying a few feet ahead of Carter Thompson the entire race. “I could hear him back there and a couple times with lapped traffic we got together but we both managed to keep them straight and continue on,” said Lee.
The remaining points title champions were Ty Porter in Triton Construction Kid Kart, Noah Scott in Clone Junior Oval, Sean Schubert in Dura-Framefence.com Tag Sr./Yamaha, Matt Skaggs in Green with Envy Clone Sr. Sprint, Elijah Skaggs in Star Fence Clone Jr. Sprint, Charles Adams in 4-Cycle Outlaw and Stuart Towey in Pro Mix.
The other winners of the Will Frank Memorial Race were Clay Thompson in Triton Construction Kid Kart, Scott in Clone Junior Oval, Jordan Towey in Dura-Framefence.com Tag Sr. /Yamaha, Joseph Skaggs in Green with Envy Clone Sr. Sprint, Danny Freeston in Star Fence Clone Jr. Sprint and Jayme Parish in 4-Cycle Outlaw.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Clay Greenfield stopped by to sign autographs and talk with his fans. Clay was surprised at the speed of the karts. “These guys are turning lap times as fast or quicker then Legends cars at this track”, said Greenfield.
The Series will host eight races next season with the first event to held in March.