We went kart racing this past weekend at buttonwillow raceway’s big track, layout 13cw. For those not familiar with shifter karts we where topping out at 104 mph and my best personal lap time for the weekend was a 1:55.6 second lap! to put that time in perspective a fast spec miata lap is around 2:06, the gt3 lap record according to SCCA’s web site is a 1:58.2. The racing was pretty close most of the day with the series points leaders starting at the front of the pack. I pitted with some friends and fellow racers from SoCal; Todd Cameron (fr125 race class) and Troy Starheim (skusa class). Todd was fast out of the box and set the pace early in the day. Troy helped me change the alignment and steering ackerman on my kart and it came to me before the first race. I started towards the back, but Todd started even further back and read the traffic smart on the first lap, avoiding a turn one incident where a kart got airborne and i had to check up to avoid what i thought would be nasty. Todd led this race and pulled away from us putting on a road racing clinic! Todd finished first overall and I finished first in class after a close couple laps with Michael LaGrone and Doug Ring.
I started on pole for the second heat and charged 100% on the out lap. Todd got me early on but was not pulling away from me this time. I slowed my hands down to not scrub speed and slowly started pulling Todd in some of the tighter corners. With a couple laps to go i was right on his bumper and traded the lead with him a few times until ultimately retaining the overall lead. It was a successful weekend with Todd winning his class, and i won both heats for the stock shifter class… and the overall win! I walked away 45 dollars richer with some gift certificates and have a shinny trophy waiting at the next event! Joking aside the event was a lot of fun, the track was smooth as glass and the layout was enjoyable in a kart; as always NCK put on a great race.
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