2015 4-Cycle Super Showdown Another Success
Five drivers score triumph in Briggs & Stratton-based event at PKRA
The 2015 4-Cycle Super Showdown held in Glendale, Arizona, October 23-25, was the largest yet. Sixty racers from different parts of the country ventured to the Phoenix Kart Racing Association facility to take part in five Briggs & Stratton categories ranging from Cadet to Masters. The format for the event is unique to any other race in the country. Competitors were given a full day of practice Friday, before going into the progression heat races. Each race increased in laps, going from 10 laps to 18 laps, as did the points earned. The sixth and final heat race was 20 laps, in the opposite direction (clockwise) on the same layout.
The largest class and the class that grew the most was the LO206 JR1 Cadet with 22 competitors, up from 15 last year. With Diego LaRoque taking first place for the third year in a row. Austin Torgerson placed second, Toby Longenecker behind in third with Ashton Torgerson and A J Hernandez rounding out the top-five.
The World Formula JR2 class grew from just two drivers in 2014 to 11 entries this year. Max Peichel took the top position on the podium, ahead of Austin Torgerson and Shawn Harmon. Zoey Edenholm ran in the first Super Showdown in the LO206 JR1 Cadet class and placed second that year, ending up fourth this year. Rounding out the top-five was Arie Venberg from Minnesota.
World Formula Masters was a new addition this year, featuring 10 drivers. Paul Lemaire took top honors to become the inaugural winner. Richard Cordova placed second, his third podium in three years. Richard just has not been able to climb to the top of the podium; yet, at the Super Showdown, but was able to beat out Paul for the top spot in the inaugural running of the Spring Showdown earlier this season. Rounding out the top-five was Eric Vanderford, Keith Sears and Scott Cebulski.
The LO206 Senior class grew to nine entries. Chris Slinden took his third victory at the Showdown, his second straight in the category. Second place went to Mike McKinney, his first time competing after watching his son Jim race in the 2014 Super Showdown and the 2015 Spring Showdown. Another of the 11 Minnesota drivers landed on the podium, with Andy “Finch” Guenther earning the third spot. Brian Odello and Jeremiah Davis from Iowa completed the podium.
The World Formula Medium class entries fell off the most. Out of the nine that did enter, Alan Michel stood on top of the podium with the first place price. Second place went to Minnesota member Alexander Kardashian. Last year’s Heavy class winner Jim McKinney ended up third ahead of Curtis Ruth and Micah Hendricks.
For complete results, visit the Super Showdown website. All the drivers left the event with at least one opportunity to pick a prize or given a prize from the many sponsors, including AZ Kart Werx, Surfer Kart Parts, Arizona Auto Wash, Innovative Karting, Fastech Racing, Burris Racing, RLV, Target Distributing, Maricopa County Sheriff Memorial fund.
Prize money and gift certificates totally over $5,000 where given out to the top 6. $900 of that given out randomly to nine drivers from Briggs & Stratton as part of the ‘Briggs Bucks’ for the three classes that had the most entries. The other cash prizes came from Terrell Battery Corp., Northwest Valley Towing, Trivium Logistics, and money raised through the raffle that had these prizes; Heavy Duty X Kart Stand donated by RLV, a set of tires donated by AZ Kart Werx and MG Tires, World Formula Motor donated by Showdown Racing, two complete auto detailing certificates and five car washes each by Arizona Auto Wash. Tony Stewart 2005 Championship Jacket and collectibles, a Matt Kenseth Daytona 500 painting collectible donated by the Maricopa County Sheriff Memorial fund.
The next Showdown Racing event will be the Spring Showdown sometime in March or April at the same PKRA facility in Glendale, Arizona. This one-day event tests drivers and machine, competing on six different configurations per class. It was a blast this year, so it will be ran again. Go to www.ShowdownracingLLC.com for the most current information.