It’s time for the final lap of another fun and competitive season for the NHKA Racing Series driven by Checkered Flag Indoor Karting. It looks like rain will be a factor this Saturday, as it was on the Hill Course last month. There were drivers who faired well in the wet stuff, and then there was Tom Prioli. He beat us all like redheaded stepchildren, winning by :40+ second margins in both World Formula Heavy and TaG Masters. Matthew Stearns also put on a rain-driving clinic in TaG Senior, taking the checkers :25 seconds before his closest competitor. Will they dominate again?
This season’s champions pretty much secured their place at the top of the podium for the 2014 Awards Banquet. However, sorting out who’ll be on the 2nd and 3rd place steps will be the order of the day in Race 9. Here are the points races to watch (including the drop race):
TaG Junior: Kent Vaccaro has a solid 40-point lead coming into the last race. That’s good, because before the day is over we might need his dad to perform CPR on the parents of Trevor Randlett, Vincent Fontecchio, Daniel Kubec and Mark Donato who are all within 20 points of 2nd place. What a great year for the juniors!
World Formula Light: While Damnit Dave Nadeau has a lock on the title, Fast Freddie Fawcett’s blow engine put Rick Brown within 5 points in the battle for the #2 step.
TaG Masters: Tom Prioli and Steve Hathaway sorted out 1st and 2nd with some spectacular racing the last time we were on the S3 Lot. However, the battle for 3rd is an exact duplicate of WF Light. Carl Daley popped his engine putting Jim Hendrix within 5 points. (Okay, the similarity there is just too weird.)
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