Twenty Senior Champ karters came to the historic 3/8 mile paved oval of Citrus County Speedway in Inverness on Saturday night, April 24, to take their shot at winning the race sponsored by:
2010 SECKS Series Sponsors:
VEGA Tires from http://www.TSRacing.com, and
IMPACT Racing Apparel and Products, at http://www.impactraceproducts.com/
J. Hite Exterminating at http://www.hiteexterminating.com,
PBS Sales and Service of Tampa at http://www.pbssalesandservice.com,
TOP DECK Concrete, Inc. of Riverview
National Semi-Trailer at http://www.nationalsemi.com/
MCKINNEY Powder Coating, at http://www.mckinneyracingproducts.com/powder.htm
BS POWERHOUSE Racing Engines at WEBSITE
Two eight-lap heat races were held, with the odd pill draws running in the first heat, and the even pills in the second.
- Tim Simmons grabbed the lead in the first heat from his pole position, leading the first seven laps. However, heading into turn one on the final lap, Kenner Brown III passed Tim on the low side, bringing Rusty Chancey with him. They would remain in this order to the line, with Kenner, Rusty and Tim collecting the top 3 spots respectively.
- Six-time SECKS feature winner Dustin Chisholm moved to the point in the second heat, pushed from behind by ten-time WKA National Shifter Kart Champion and former Hooters Pro Cup driver Chad Dokken. With two laps to go, Chad dipped under Dustin to take the lead. However on the final lap, Dustin regained the lead and grabbed the win. Chad Dokken finished in 2nd, followed by Paul Letourneau in the third position.
The feature rolled out onto the track at approximately 8:00pm. The SECKS Series racing family could be seen standing along the backstretch grandstand as the field circled the track for it’s pace laps!
When the green flag flew, Billy “The Kid” Smith surprised many in attendance, as he quickly moved from his 9th place starting position to the lead, followed closely by veteran Dustin Chisholm.
However, one driver wasn’t so fortunate, as Doug Schmidt, winner of the Triple Crown race at Citrus County Speedway earlier this season, suffered a mechanical failure, and dropped out of the race in the opening laps.
As Smith and Chisholm set the early pace, a battle was being waged from the third position on back, with numerous drivers trading positions on every lap.
As the race developed, Dennis Mace started to march forward from his last row starting spot, reaching as high as fourth position during the event!
On lap 9, a caution flew, as Phil Harp, Paul Letourneau and Ed Brilhante got tangled together going into turn 3. All three karts were able to continue racing.
When the green flag flew for the restart, the complexion of the race began to change. Although Billy Smith continued to lead, the pack was forming two-wide behind him.
As the pack continued to race two-wide behind them, Joey Coaxum suddenly slowed… his engine had died!
Coming off of turn 4 on the final lap, Billy made one last attempt to pass Tim, but fell just short at the line. Kenner Brown III finished 3rd, while Rusty Chancey and Andy Whah rounded out the top five.
Congratulations to Tim Simmons for scoring his 2nd-career SECKS Victory!!!
IN ADDITION to the winners trophy and cash payout, Tim won a FREE VEGA Tire from TS Racing for scoring the win with Vega tires on his kart!
And amazingly, 18 of the 20 karts finished on the lead lap, in what may have been the most competitive field, from the first place finisher to the last, in series history.
And congratulations also to Billy Smith for scoring his first SECKS podium (top 3 finish)! In addition, a bottle of Junior Johnsons Lighting Lemonade Moonshine had been posted to any first-time podium finisher! Since Billy is a minor, he gifted the bottle of Moonshine to his father Bill, to thank him for his support.
1) Tim Simmons
2) Billy Smith
3) Kenner Brown III
4) Rusty Chancey
5) Andy Whah
6) Ryan Walters
7) Alan McKinney
8 ) Wesley Gonzales
9) Paul Letourneau
10) Phil Harp
11) Romay Venta
12) Caylyn Brown
13) PJ Letourneau
14) Ed Brilhante
15) Dennis Mace
16) Mitch Stevens
17) Dustin Chisholm
18) Chad Dokken
19) Joey Coaxum
20) Doug Schmidt
If anyone has any questions about the series, please contact series director Phil Harp at 727-510-5401. Contingency and race sponsorships are always welcomed by Phil for each race. This group is very appreciative of all the race sponsors and supporters for the 2010 season!
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