Series News: Braun Threatens Cooke’s Championship Run with Stock Car Steel/SRI Championship Series Round Four Victory
Colin Braun, Chuck Tate, Mark Nahrstedt and Alex Pacheco all took home wins in Round Four of the Stock Car Steel/SRI five-week championship series at Mooresville Motorplex (MMX). Highlighting the night was the Stock Car Steel/SRI Championship Series parking lot Car Show, where the top-three Fan Favorite vehicles were able to make a pace lap around the track during Opening Ceremonies. The Fan Favorites included a 1960 Ford Thunderbird, 1967 Pontiac GTO and a 2006 Ducati PS 1000.
Stock Car Steel/SRI Championship Series Round Four – TaG Senior Division
Round One winner, Colin Braun, found victory lane once again in Round Four of the Stock Car Steel/SRI Championship Series TaG Senior division. Braun sat on the pole for the 25-lap final and held onto the lead early on in the race. However, it was second place, Jack Weprin, who was turning the fastest laps on track and closing in on Braun.
By lap eight, Weprin was able to pass Braun in the hairpin turn, but Braun passed him right back with a bold move in turn one the next lap. As Braun and Weprin were battling for the lead, it allowed Tyler Cooke to try and sneak by in the hairpin turn. Cooke got around the leaders, but Weprin collided with Cooke in the next corner, sending both karts through the grass. A disappointed Cooke pulled his kart into the pits. Cooke has won the previous two rounds in the TaG Senior division. Braun went on to take the win, while Dan Roeper and Nick Losito rounded out the top three.
In the championship standings, Braun was able to close in on Cooke’s lead, narrowing the points battle to a mere 10 points.
TaG Masters Division –
Chuck Tate grabbed the top spot on the TaG Masters podium following the exciting 20-lap final race. The race began with an intense end-over-end flip in turn one on lap one. After Jeremy Fuller spun entering the corner, Tim Shutt collided with Fuller, sending Shutt into the air flipping. Luckily, Shutt was able to walk away from the accident unhurt.
Following the accident, Fuller took the lead, but Sampson and Fuller made contact on lap two, resulting in a penalty for Sampson who went on to win the race, but was docked four positions at the end of the race. Following the penalty, Tate was scored as the winner. Timmy Hill and Justin Halliday followed behind in second and third, respectively.
Rental Kart League Light Division –
Alex Pacheco took home the points win overall in the Rental Kart League Light division. Pacheco finished 40 points ahead of Ross Chastain. Joey83 won Heat One, Pacheco won Heat Two and Chastain stole the Heat Three victory. However, it is MattMan who continues to lead the championship points standing for the series with 1,490 points over Chastain’s 1,370 points.
Rental Kart League Heavy Division –
It was a close battle in the Rental Kart League Heavy division that resulted in a tie for the points win overall for Round Four. Kaz Grala and Mark Nahrstedt tied with three, top-three finishes and 530 points. However, the tie-breaker win was given to Nahrstedt for winning the final, Heat Three. Jabo won Heat One and Grala won Heat Two. Nahrstedt continues to lead the championship standings overall for the series.
Stock Car Steel/SRI Championship Series Car Show –
The parking lot Car Show during Round Four of the Stock Car Steel/SRI Championship Series was a hit with several different types of vehicles entering the event. Following a ballot voting process by the fans, the top-three Fan Favorite Award winners were: Eric Taylor’s 1960 Ford Thunderbird, Bill Brunker’s 1967 Pontiac GTO and Mike Lyda’s 2006 Ducati PS 1000.
Stock Car Steel/SRI Championship Series Round Five – The Stock Car Steel/SRI Championship Series will conclude with the finale race event during Round Five at MMX next Wednesday night, June 19. Special for Round Five, we will crown four divisions of karting champions after the conclusion of the race events. The drivers with the highest points totals, including one ‘drop race,’ will be crowned the Stock Car Steel/SRI Series Champions!
Each round of the Stock Car Steel/SRI Championship Series consists of two practice sessions, a qualifying session and final races under the lights for the TaG classes. The Light and Heavy Divisions of rental kart league racing will have three heat races, each scored for points. Gates open at 3 p.m. with final races set to begin at 7:30 p.m.
There is a $10 Facility Entrance Fee for all spectators and kids 10 and under are FREE. Individuals who have a MMX membership will not be charged a Facility Entrance Fee.
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