EKN Trackside: Rock Island Grand Prix – Saturday Report
Musser bags pole position in King of the Streets, Lawson marks return with three as does Chelootz
The opening day of the 2013 Rock Island Grand Prix went into the books on Saturday as the over 200 entries took to the streets of the Quad Cities for the first day of action. The weather was hot, and the track was fast as a number of new track records were recorded during the day’s qualifying session, to line up the 15 classes for Sunday’s main events.
The fan-favorite King of the Streets category saw defending champion and two-time winner Jordon Musser secured the pole position. His 32.023-second lap set a new track record for the Stock Moto category, as he edged out fellow Texan Connor Iseli. All-time race winner Gary Lawson returned to the Rock after a two year hiatus, earning three pole positions in the four categories he entered. LO 206 Medium and both Clone classes will see 22-time Rock winner staring from P1, with Connor Lund capturing the other pole position. Mason Chelootz, another former winner, garnered three pole positions as well on the day. Leopard, TaG Senior and Pro Open – with a standard Rotax engine – will have the Texan on the front row for three main events Sunday.
Top Kart USA drivers Bill McLaughlin Jr. and Chase Jones split the Yamaha SuperCan categories, with father/son duo Lance and Josh Lane taking top honors in 125 Shifter Masters and Open Shifter. John Dixon (TaG Masters) and Killian Keaveny (TaG Junior) rounded out the top qualifiers on the day. The Vintage karts put on a great show during intermission, with roughly 20 karts from all different decades competing around the streets, while Mason Chelootz won the TaG charity race, which benefitted the local food bank – including over 1500 pounds of food donated by Top Kart USA and Cacciavillani family from Canada.
Main events are set to begin at 11:30 CDT as the 15 divisions will fight for Rock trophy and a portion of the events 19 history. Tune into www.ekartingnews.com/live to hear live audio coverage from EKN’s Rob Howden throughout the day.