EKN Trackside: 2018 WKA Man. Cup Series – New Castle Saturday Report
Jarsocrak scores KA100 victory in substitution role while Garrison adds to win total in IAME
The 2018 World Karting Association Manufacturers Cup Series program is hosting the fifth event of the season. The Nitro Kart Nationals at the New Castle Motorsports Park are hosting Round Nine and Ten, with Saturday the first of two days of racing. Today began with heavy fog in New Castle, Indiana area, so much that you could not see the entire track when warm-ups began. The haze lifted by the time qualifying began and the two heat races along with the main events were contested in perfect weather conditions.
Brandon Jarsocrak was not scheduled to compete at New Castle this weekend. When KA100 Senior point leader Blake Hunt suffered a broken collar bone last weekend in a mountain bike race, he called on Jarsocrak to fill in as a substitute driver in his KartSport North America/Kart Republic entry. The KA100 competition was close all day, as Emory Lyda (Merlin) set fast time in qualifying while Colin Neal (Kosmic) and Jarsocrak won the heat races. Lyda and Jarsocrak led the way in the Final, with Jarsocrak leading the majority of the race. It was not as easy with Lyda pulling the trigger on the final lap, working past Jarsocrak. Neal was right there, fighting Jarsocrak for second, however, Lyda left the door open going into I-70. This allowed Jarsocrak to slip inside, grabbing the lead and holding on to the checkered flag, giving Hunt his third victory on the season and extending his point lead in the championship. Lyda held on for second with Neal in third. Taylor Stanford (CompKart) slipped past Brad Brittin (Merlin) for fourth on the final circuit.
Austin Garrison (Fullerton) grabbed his fifth victory of the season on Saturday in IAME Senior. The day belonged to Alexander Kardashian, who was subbing for an injured Terrin Odom (CompKart). Kardashian, a student at nearby Purdue, set fast time in qualifying and won both heat races comfortably. Garrison ran second to him in both heat races, lining up on the front row for the Final. Garrison jumped out to the lead at the drop of the green flag with Kardashian, Colin Neal (Kart Republic) and Matthew Mockabee (Kart Republic) trailing. Kardashian took the lead for one lap until Garrison reclaimed the spot, leading the remainder of the race for the victory. Kardashian gave Odom his best result of 2018 with the runner-up spot while Mick Gabriel (Tony Kart) charged forward late to grab third ahead of Neal and Mockabee.
Ashley Rogero (Parolin) made a return to the seat, driving in the Yamaha Senior class. Her and Matthew Mockabee (Energy) battled all day long. It came down to them in the Final with Rogero edging out Mockabee at the line by 84 thousandths of a second. Blake Korth (Kosmic) completed the podium with Hunter Peri (FA Kart) fourth and Caden Taylor (Energy) fifth.
For the second time in five starts, Luca Mars (Tony Kart) secured victory in the IAME Junior division. Mars swept the action on the day, leading from qualifying through the two heat races and the Final. Mars was joined at the front in the main event by Garrett Adams (FA Kart). The Junior rookie kept pace with Mars, leading one of the 15 laps. Mars would make sure to hold off Adams on the final lap, scoring the win by two tenths of a second. Bryson Morris (Kart Republic) ran solo in third for his first podium in his first start. Connor Zilisch (Tony Kart) was shuffled back to 15th at the start, and fought his way back to fourth, ahead of Connor Ferris (Top Kart).
It was nearly two wins on the day for Luca Mars (Kosmic), as he was the driver to beat in throughout the day in the Yamaha Junior division. Mars was at the top of the results sheet in qualifying and each of the heat races. Mars was shuffled back to fifth early on with championship leader Kaden Wharff (Top Kart) jumped up, coming from the back in Heat 2 to finally lead in the main event. Garrett Adams (FA Kart) was in the hunt, trailing for much of the race. He led two laps before Wharff regained the spot just prior to the white flag. The point leader held on through the final lap to score his sixth victory of the season. Adams held on for second with Mars placing third, earning fast lap of the race. Tyler Ferris (Top Kart) was fourth with Garrett Davis (FA Kart) in fifth.
Brent Crews (Nitro Kart) did win two classes of his own. The first victory came in Yamaha Sportsman where Crews swept the action. It was a fight in the Final with Logan Adams (Benik) challenging for the win. Adams led early and then again late, only to have Crews work past him at the I-70 corner, scoring the victory by 55 thousandths at the line. Adam Brickley (Nitro Kart) ran third with Annie Rhule (Energy) and Addison Ianniello (Nitro Kart) rounding out the top-five.
The second for Crews came in the Briggs 206 Cadet division. Crews was among the top contenders all day, winning the second heat to earn the pole position for the Final. Nitro Kart teammate and Heat #1 winner Ben Maier led the first five laps until Crews took over. They would run 1-2 until the checkered flag. Maier however was removed from the results after tech for a loose exhaust. This promoted Aryton Grim (Nitro Kart) to second, with Danny Dyszelski (FA Kart) to third. Adam Brickley (Nitro Kart) was fourth with Cade Jaeger (Nitro Kart) in fifth.
The third victory for Crews came 57 thousandths short in the Mini Swift. Crews started the main event in third with pole sitter and two-time heat winner Jeremy Fletcher (Kart Republic) and Mateo Rubio-Luengo (Parolin) in the lead group. They ran static for the first half of the race and then began shuffling around for the lead. Mateo was able to secure the lead on the final circuit, reaching the checkered flag first to earn his second win of the season. Crews settled for second with Fletcher in third. Danny Dyszelski (Parolin) was a close fourth with Annie Rhule (Energy) in fifth.
Adam Brickley (Nitro Kart) was on a mission all day to finish on top in the Micro Swift class. Championship leader Ben Maier (Nitro Kart) started out on top in qualifying before Brickley won both heat races. Brickley was able to get away at the start of the Final, leading all 13 laps for the victory, his first of 2018. Maier went off track twice in the Final, dropping him out of the top-10. Cameron Weinberg (Nitro Kart) was runner-up in his series debut with Hoyt Mohr (Nitro Kart) moving up to third in the final lap, ahead of Cameron Myers (Margay) and Aryton Grim (Nitro Kart).
Hudson Floyd dominated the day in the Kid Kart division, highlighted by a 39-second advantage in the Final. Landon Buher won the battle for second over Casey Quinn with Holden Harder and Beckham Lewis completing the top-five.