Series News: Braun Secures Stock Car Steel/SRI Championship After Epic Battle with Cooke

Braun Secures Stock Car Steel/SRI Championship After Epic Battle with Cooke

Stock Car Steel-SRI MMX logoColin Braun, Chuck Tate, Ryan Shattuck and Mark Nahrstedt were all crowned champions during the Stock Car Steel/SRI Championship Series finale at GoPro Motorplex. Jack Weprin, Randy Sampson, Evan York and Shattuck secured the last round of victories in Round Five of the Wednesday night series featuring TaG Senior, TaG Masters and Rental Kart League Light and Heavy divisions.

Over $7,000 in championship prizes were awarded to the champions and top-three finishers in all divisions during a special ceremony following the final races. Championship prizes included GoPro Motorplex Memberships, GoPro® HERO3 Black Edition cameras, Vega Karting Series helmets and many more.

Stock Car Steel/SRI Championship Series Round Five – TaG Senior Division
In the TaG Senior division, Jack Weprin got his first win of the series in the 25-lap final event. However, it was the epic battle for the championship between Colin Braun and Tyler Cooke that stole the show. Weprin was able to take the lead early on and Braun followed behind in second, but it was Cooke who was turning the fastest laps on track from the third position. Cooke was eventually able to maneuver around Braun to take second place in turn one by lap nine.

Cooke continued to crank out the fastest laps of the race and was catching the leader, Weprin. With seven laps to go, Cooke had closed onto the bumper of Weprin who, at one point, had over a second lead on the field. Initially, Cooke wasn’t able to make the pass for the lead, which gave Braun time to catch back up to his bumper. The two championship contenders were bumper-to-bumper with four laps to go. The highest finisher between Braun and Cooke would win the championship. Braun made a bold pass on Cooke in the bowl turn as they were coming to take the white flag. Weprin grabbed the win for Round Five, followed by Braun and Cooke.

“GoPro Motorplex is such a cool place for all of us to race,” said Braun. “Justin and all of his staff have done a great job to make a place that is so fun to informally, but yet still formally race. It’s really fun to race against guys who can race clean and hard like Tyler Cooke. Plus, this trophy is easily the coolest trophy I have ever won in all of my racing. So, special thanks to Stock Car Steel/SRI for getting such a cool piece of hardware made up for us.”

TaG Masters Division –
Randy Sampson was able to secure his second win of the series in Round Five, but it wasn’t quite enough to overtake Chuck Tate for the TaG Masters Championship. Tate trumped Sampson by just 15 points in the championship standings.

Despite the close championship battle between the two, both drivers made a clean run for the win in the final race of the series. For the majority of the race it was a game of cat and mouse between the two drivers who were running identical lap times. However, Sampson was able to slowly add a small gap between the two and went on to take the win, followed by Tate and Peter Michel.

Rental Kart League Light Division –
Ryan Shattuck perfected his strong run for the Rental Kart League Light Division Championship with a win overall in Round Five, giving him enough points to secure the Light Division Championship. Ford Martin came in second place overall for Round Five, followed by Slow Stig.

Rental Kart League Heavy Division –
Evan York took home the Round Five win overall for the night, but it was Mark Nahrstedt who was awarded the Heavy Division Championship. Speedr and Kaz Grala came in second and third for Round Five.

The entire GoPro Motorplex staff and management would like to extend a huge thank you to series title sponsor, Stock Car Steel/SRI for their help in creating a successful series. We would also like to thank each and every one of the drivers who chose to compete in the Stock Car Steel/SRI Series and offer a sincere congratulations to all of the points champions!

Next Up at GoPro Motorplex –
GoPro Motorplex is proud to announce they will host the 2013 Rotax GoPro® Summer Shootout on July 5, 6 and 7. We expect competitors from across the country to attend the event in preparation for the U.S. Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Nationals that will be held at GoPro Motorplex later that month on July 31- August 3. GoPro Motorplex has also added a $2,500 to win Rotax Senior race to the Sunday, July 7 event schedule.

About Stock Car Steel & Aluminum, Inc.:
Stock Car Steel & Aluminum, Inc. (founded 1996) is a full-line steel and service center. Based in Mooresville, North Carolina, it offers an extremely large and very diverse metals and plastics product line. With fantastic prices, no minimum order requirements, quality packaging and lightning fast shipping, it caters to the needs of everyone- from NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams – all the way to savvy internet material buyers. You can visit their website at, or get connected with Stock Car Steel by visiting and

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