Cleavelin Lands CRG-USA in Victory Lane at Superkarts! USA SummerNationals
TaG Master driver pilots CRG machine to a win at inaugural Modesto Grand Prix
The CRG-USA race team traveled to the second stop of the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour, visiting the inaugural Modesto Grand Prix. The northern California city opened its city streets to the largest SummerNationals ever, with nearly 250 drivers on hand. Making the journey from its Grand Junction, Colorado facility, CRG-USA fielded a large contingent of CRG drivers, both in the Stock Moto divisions as well as the competitive TaG categories. Keeping the winning tradition intact, TaG Master driver Billy Cleavelin piloted his CRG kart to victory during the GP weekend.
The weekend started out difficult for Cleavelin after contact in a practice session on Friday forced him to switch frames. Missing two practice sessions that closed out the day, Billy went to work Saturday morning with the new ride and jumped into the top-five during qualifying. He was up to the second position by the completion of the two heat races, and fought for the lead early on in the main event. At the checkered, Cleavelin ended up in the runner-up position for the second straight round. Billy started Round Four in the same position where he left off the night before, lined up on the outside of row one for the lone heat race. He dropped back to third, but pushed his CRG back into the lead by the checkered flag. The feature race was a four-driver battle for the entire 14 laps. Cleavelin’s CRG-USA entry proved to be too fast and the veteran driver scored his first ever Pro Tour victory.
Five-time world karting champion Davide Fore joined the CRG-USA race team in Modesto, competing once again in the S1 Pro Stock Moto division on his SwedeTech powered CRG while also providing the team with technical and driver coaching support. On-track, the Italian driver earned his first podium result of the season, ending the weekend third to bring home the $250 check to CRG-USA. Throughout the weekend, Fore was among the top contenders and was in the hunt for a podium result Saturday evening. After a red flag, Davide fought the remainder of the shortened 10-lap event for the third position, coming home fifth. The following day, Davide was among the top-five contenders once again, coming up just short of the victory but earned a runner-up result.
Defending Pro Tour champion Joey Wimsett struggled early on during the weekend. The Oregon driver wrecked in the opening practice and was forced to move to a new CRG frame. The struggles continued into Saturday, with Wimsett unable to finish the main event. Sunday was a good turnaround as Joey showed top-10 speed all day. Wimsett fought his way up into an eighth place result, his best finish of 2014. Sabré Cook, Alec Gumpfer, and Jimmy McNeil each suffered mechanical issues during their main events, as all three were unable to complete the features after showing speed throughout the weekend.
Darren Elliott was the top CRG-USA performer in the S4 Master Stock Moto division. With support from Musgrave Racing Company, Elliott was a top-three performer over the weekend. The Round Two Pro Tour winner was in contention from the start, and secured a main event runner-up spot late in the race. A set-back during Sunday’s lone heat race put him outside the top-five on the feature grid. The veteran knifed his way forward to finish fifth, for a third straight top-five result on the season. The rest of the CRG-USA S4 contingent showed speed – including Robert Marks, Darrell Tunnell, Rob Van Deren, Victor Jimenez and David Levy – but a number of issues kept the group from recording results as they hoped.
The weekend was challenging for S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto driver Tase Flores. Pushed back to the tail of the field after a DQ in Heat #2 on Saturday, he was caught up in a wreck in the main event which ended his weekend prematurely. TaG Master driver Kurt Fisher struggled with engine issues on the weekend, unable to record the results he hoped for entering Modesto. Evan Roshak survived the street course to earn two top-10 results in the S5 Junior Stock Moto category, as the young driver continues to learn on the national level.
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Located at the Grand Junction Motors Speedway in Colorado, CRG-USA is the newest importer for the CRG chassis brand. In only their second year of operation, they became the #2 CRG distributor in the world for 2013. Operated by Stacey Cook, the company will focus their distribution and marketing on the western and central portion of the United States. In addition, the operation is fielding a national race team program through the 2014 season at all the major karting events on the year. If you want to race with the best product in karting, jump on board with CRG-USA today. Contact us today at email@example.com or phone 855-TEAMCRG (832-6274).