September 17, 2013
Vega Tire Sprint Series at Atlanta Motorsports Park Race #7 Recap
Fall like weather greeted those in attendance for the seventh round of the Vega Tire Sprint Series Saturday, September 14th at Atlanta Motorsports Park kart track in Dawsonville, GA in sharp contrast to the sizzling heat for Race #6. The track was fast with several new track records set. For the first time this season one driver was the fastest qualifier and then went on to win both the pre-final and final races. This incredible feat was accomplished in three classes, TaG Jr., TaG Sr. and Cadet /Yamaha Sportsman!
The first event was Kid Karts. Jack O’Brien and Brayden Huguenard continued their season long battle, with O’Brien nosing out Huguenard. But watch out for Vincent Cortililo. He made incredible progress this week.
This class continues to grow and the competitors continue to lay down some very fast laps. Henry Brass returned after a two race absence while he raced in FL to sweep qualifying and the pre-final and final races. Brass broke Michael Bilyy’s track record in qualifying and then Brass broke his own record in the final race with a lap of 51.469 seconds! Bilyy ran strong in second while Willis Woerheide, Damon Steele and newcomer Hunter Hazelwood battled for the last spot on the podium. Woerheide prevailed with point’s leader Steele coming home 4th. Steele has a healthy point’s lead going into the season ending double point’s race, but Bilyy, Woerheide and Brass all have chances of winning the points championship should Steele stumble.
Season point’s leader Joseph Buffa found his change of engine brands to his liking and duplicated Brass’s feat with a sweep of qualifying and the pre-final and final races. Buffa also broke Jose Garcia’s track record in qualifying with a scalding lap of 51.899 seconds. Alex Sala kept Buffa honest with a strong 2nd place run. Behind Buffa and Sala it was mass chaos as Garcia, Matt Tilden, Nick Lefferdo and Rick Whitlock battled during the early laps of the 15 lap Final race. One by one they were eliminated or fell back in the field due to various maladies. While these guys were battling it out Danny Kay was charging thru the field from his last starting position after a wreck ended his pre-final race. When the dust had settled Kay clawed his way to a well-deserved 3rd place finish and Dev Gore and Sammy Jiger both had their best finishes of the season in 4th and 5th place respectively. So going into the season finale Buffa has the point’s lead over Sala, with Kay, Lee Johnson, Justin Garrison and Garcia still in the chase.
CADET / YAMAHA SPORTSMAN
Ryan Detlor returned after a two race absence while he did some WKA Man Cup racing and in style swept qualifying and the pre-final and final races with a new track record in qualifying of 1 minute 1.903 seconds. Season point’s leader Wills Woerheide remained consistent with a 2nd place finish and Austin Huguenard showed improvement all day and kept himself in the point’s race coming home 3rd. Little brother Brayden Huguenard had a nice debut in the Yamaha Sportsman class with a solid 4th place finish. Woerheide maintains his season point’s lead with A. Huguenard, Detlor and race #6 winner, Enzo Espinosa still in the hunt.
The next race in the Vega Tire Sprint Race Series is the season ending double point’s $12,000 Vega Sprint Nationals October 4 – 6! This race will be huge with $5,000 on the line for winning the highly competitive Tag Senior class. Classes are filling up, so get those entries in if you have not done so already. This will help us finalize plans for the race and make this race an unforgettable experience for you and your family. You can find entry forms and information about our series and the Vega Nationals on the TS Racing Atlanta website and the results on MyLaps: