Route 66 Sprint Series Set to Close Out 15th Anniversary Season in Dousman
Finale weekend set for Badger Kart Club’s Briggs & Stratton Raceway Park on September 11-13
Route 66 Sprint Series heads to Briggs & Stratton Raceway Park in Dousman, Wisconsin for the series finale on September 11-13 (Photo: Kathy Churchill - Route66kartracing.com)
The 15th anniversary season of the Route 66 Sprint Series is set to close out this weekend at the Briggs & Stratton Raceway Park in Dousman, Wisconsin. Home of the Badger Kart Club, the historic facility west of Milwaukee will welcome over 210 entries to finish what they started in April back at the Mid-State Kart Club circuit. The five event, 10-round championship series hosts the final two stages on September 12 and 13, with Friday practice giving the racers a chance to dial things in for the finale. With two drops given to drivers in the final tally for the point standings, many of the titles are still up for grabs.
TJ Koyen has the RLV Yamaha 100 Senior division nearly wrapped up for the championship, heading to his home track. Four victories in the last five main events put him 278 markers ahead of Collin Griffin, who has just one victory on the season. Griffin will need to win both this weekend in order to have a chance at demoting Koyen when the final tally is calculated. The Franklin Motorsports Leopard Senior title is no where from being decided. Kindra Hurlbert leads the standings over Josh Hotz and Colton Ramsey. Hurlbert however will not be driving due to a medical condition and has selected veteran Mike Giessen to be used as a substitute driver per the rulebook. The same situation for Ramsey, who was injured in Round Eight, and is unable to compete in the finale. His relief driver is Brandon Lemke. Those two will be fighting for wins and the chance to earn the championship for their respective drivers, with Hotz right in the middle of everything, looking for his first win of the season for a chance to claim the title himself.
Dillon Schwanbeck has yet to stand at the top of the podium in 2015, but enters the finale as the championship leader in Woltjer Racing Engines Yamaha 100 Junior. Schwanbeck has five runner-up finishes on the year, holding a 155-point advantage over two-time winner Michael Paterno. Four-time winner Alex Bertagnoli missed the opening two rounds, and currently sits third but has the advantage when factoring in the drop races. Matthew Northrop and Stephen Dial are within 190 points of Schwanbeck, making it a five driver fight over the next two rounds for the title. Bertagnoli is at the forefront of the CKT Racing Engines Leopard Junior title race, thanks to five wins in that division. Alex has won four straight to increase his point lead to 245 points ahead of Porter Weisensel.
The Express Karts & Parts Komet category has seen Stephen Dial win seven of the eight rounds, but Ryan Weyer is only 130 points back. Two wins and some help for Weyer could make the title chase tighten up by Sunday. Sam Mayer has three victories in the Haddock LTD/Comet Kart Sales Komet Cadet class to lead the championship heading to Dousman. Mayer has finished in the top three in all eight rounds of 2015 to give himself an 185 point advantage. Round One winner Kyle Thome has finished in the top-three five times, and will need to add to his win column for a chance to better Mayer in the final tally of the championship points. Mayer has established a solid lead in the Switch Racing Engines Yamaha Cadet fight, entering the weekend 300 points ahead of Aidan Harrington. Mayer has four wins to his credit with three runner-up results. Harrington has two wins of his own, but only one other finish inside the top-three.
KartLift Yamaha 100 Rookie class has the closest battle for a championship going into the finale weekend. Aidan Hinds has just a 25-point gap over Ben Chejfec. Each have two wins, while Hinds has one more third-place result and a runner-up finish over Chejfec. Every position gained in the two main events on the weekend will decide who leaves as this year’s champion. Hinds has a chance to score two championships on the year, as he also leads the Tony Kart Micro Rok standings. Aidan has won the last four main events, making his total six on the season with Keegan Bosch the only other race winner, besting the field in Round Two and Round Four. Bosch trails by 135 points entering Dousman. Adam Brickley will look to continue his Hollywood Crane Service Kid Kart division win streak, currently at six. The point leader missed the third event of the season, but his six victories put him at the top of the standings by 46 points over two-time winner Indy Ragan.
Pre-registration for the September 11-13 finale weekend at Briggs & Stratton Raceway Park ends Wednesday, September 9 at Noon CDT. For more information on the Route 66 Sprint Series, head to route66kartracing.com.
Route 66 Sprint Series would like to thank the following companies for their support; L&T Clutches, MG Tires, Vortex Engines, Schwanbeck Racing, PKTAxles.com, IAME USA East, KartSport North America, Haddock LTD, MTEC, Target Distributing, Innovative Performance, Look Trailers, and Wings Etc Restaurant.