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  • EKN Trackside: 2018 Texas ProKart Challenge – Dallas Karting Complex

    TPKC 2018 DKC(Photo: Ken Johnson - studio52.us)

    Jaramillo, Hewitt and Jeffers star in exciting season finale

    Heading into the final round of the Texas ProKart Challenge at the Dallas Karting Complex, the forecast was ominous with rain tagged from Thursday to Monday. The expected precipitation hit hard on Friday and Saturday, dumping on the facility on Friday night and then hitting hard again on Saturday afternoon. Thankfully, even with flooding around the track and in the surrounding region, Sunday morning dawned dry and clear, which led to a solid day of competition. The SKUSA regional champions would be crowned, and for those in the X30 and Mini Swift categories which will likely be the class open to 80+ entries, the free pass to the main events at the SuperNationals – known as the Guaranteed SuperSunday Starting Spots – would be locked in.

    TPKC 2018 DKC Jack Jeffers 768x512Jack Jeffers won the battle in Mini Swift
    (Photo: Ken Johnson – studio52.us)
    The Mindshift Financial Mini Swift category led the rotation throughout the weekend, and they were the first to hit the track on Sunday morning for qualifying. For the most part, the track was dry from the Saturday rains but there were still areas where water wicked up from under the asphalt. The short shute between turns 14 and 15 was wet all day, making it a spotlight corner during each and every session. With everyone on Evinco slicks, this would be the key point on the track all day, separating the field into those who could handle the wet section and the run through turn 15 and those who could not. Alex Stanfield (Energy) picked up the tricky turn 15 racing line quickly and qualified on the pole, and he went on to win the Prefinal, as well. In the 15-lap main event, a tremendous four-kart battle ensued as Jack Jeffers (Benik), Chase Gardner (VemmeKart) and Aden Rudolph (Birel ART) were embroiled in the scrap. Stanfield led the entire race until final lap as Jeffers closed to make a bid for the win. With new pressure from behind, Stanfield ran a defensive line into the double-apex left-hand turn 10 and Jeffers ran a wide entry to get inside the leader heading into second apex, taking over the point for good in turn 12. Stanfield remained under pressure as Gardner was right there as well, making a quick move to the inside on the entry into T15 after running through the water stream. Stanfield had pushed wide slightly and opened the door, and Gardner filled it quickly with minimal contact. Stanfield kept the forward bite to hold off Rudolph for the final step on the podium. With Jeffers and Gardner finishing 1-2, Stanfield’s third place result was more than enough to cap off the best season of his young career with the Texas PKC Mini Swift championship.

  • SKUSA Rain Tire Rule Reminder

    RULE 30.3.1 TIRES 

    • In the event that a 'rain race' is declared by the race director, the official spec 'rain' tire is the MG-WT "wet" tire ONLY. If such tires are used during a competition session, they will be marked by the technical officials at the end of the session and will be the only set of rain tires the competitor may use for the balance of the event.

    TPKC does not sell rain tires


     CADETS:  MG WT 4.20" X 4
    JUNIOR/SENIOR/SHIFTER:  MG WT 4.20" X 2, MG WT 6.00" X 2

    Check with your local kart shop to purchase rain tires.
  • EKN Trackside: 2018 Texas ProKart Challenge – North Texas Kartway Report

    TPKC 2018 NTKPhoto: Ken Johnson - Studio52.us
    Baker and Hewitt star for CRG Nordam under the lights in Denton

    June 12, 2018 by Rob Howden

    When it comes to the high heat of a Texas summer, running in the cooler evening temperatures under the lights is always a wise approach. The Texas ProKart Challenge targeted their June 7-9 weekend for just such an night outing, and North Texas Kartway in Denton provided the ideal venue. The half-mile, nine-turn track is an iconic facility that simply comes alive when its lights are fired up, and the racing was stellar thanks to the multiple overtaking opportunities offered by the layout. The event featured Thursday night practice that led into Friday and Saturday night races, and while the temps at the start of each afternoon’s schedule were around 95°F, once the sun set, a more comfortable 85°F was the norm. The Texas PKC program has developed a strong foundation of racers and teams, and the paddock was filled with national level stars and young emerging talent. Of all those in the paddock, the CRG Nordam team had a superb outing, winning six races at the hands of Brenden Baker, Max Hewitt, Rod Clinard and new recruit Tyler Gonzalez.

    TPKC 2018 NTK Brenden Baker 300x200Brenden Baker scored victory in the X30 Senior category (Photo Ken Johnson - Studio52.us)Baker, the veteran national and regional competitor, took the Friday win in the Woltjer Racing Engines X30 Senior class, battling with fellow CRG driver Kaden Gray and Tony Kart pilot Alejandro Jaramillo. Gray was on top of his game all weekend, qualifying on pole before taking the Prefinal win. Despite Gray’s initial pace, Baker was too much in the main and he rolled to a 3.202-second win over his teammate. Jaramillo pressured Gray for a majority of the 30-lap shootout, but he had to settle for a solid third. John Berry (Tony Kart) finished fourth ahead of Pablo Perez De Lara (Tony Kart).