Local Area Youth In Thick Of Action At Jackson Area Kart Club
EDITOR’S NOTE – Results and story courtesy of Stephanie Isaacson, Jackson Area Kart Club
JACKSON, MINN – Sunshine and breezes met the twenty-one drivers who came to the Jackson Area Kart Club for racing action sponsored by United Prairie Bank. Taking home first place honors were Brady Olson in the putt-putt class; Colten Long topped the rookie field. Jr. I winner was Blaney Markman. Derek Steen swept the Jr. II class. Joseph Richter was victorious in the adult division.
Seven young putt-putt drivers took to the dry, slick track at the Jackson County Fairgrounds for racing action. Brady Olson and Destiny Burgy sat on the front row awaiting the green flag for the 8-lap feature event. Andy Baumann found his was to the lead from outside second row followed by Burgy and Blair Nothdurft rounding out the top three. Baumann increased his lead as Nothdurft and Olson moved past Burgy. The top four with Blake Hanson running in fifth ran in the same order for the final three circuits with Baumann taking the win. Olson was the winner of both heat races.
Four rookie drivers took the green flag in their ten-lap feature event. Nathan Krug and Logan Bannister led the field to the green with Krug taking the early lead. On lap two, Colten Long moved ahead of Bannister for second place. At the halfway point, Bannister spun just in front of the leader, bringing out the caution. Long gave challenge to Krug and when they came up on Hayden Rossow, Long was able to move around for the top position with only two laps remaining. Long would hold off Krug for the win, followed by Rossow and Bannister. Krug won both heat races.
Three competitive Jr. I drivers took to the track for the ten-lap feature event. Miles Veen and Blaney Markman started on the front row with Cole Lusk giving chase from row two. Veen would get the line going into turn one and take the race lead from Markman who pulled in front of Lusk. On the second lap, Markman spun in turn two just ahead of Lusk but kept running, falling nearly half a lap down to the leader. As the race continued under green, Veen and Lusk remained out front with Markman slowly chasing them down. With three laps remaining, Markman moved to the inside of Lusk coming out of turn two and took the second position and set her sights on Veen. As the field took the white flag, Veen had a slight lead over Markman. Coming out of turn two, Markman got position under Veen and took the top spot going into turn three hard. As Markman raced out of turn four, she drifted a little high, but Veen was not able to move back to the lead and Markman took the victory. The heats were won by Veen and Markman.
The Jr. II class had three drivers race for the trophies with Derek Steen and TreyLynn Bannister on the front row ahead of Brandon Dalen. Steen was able to get the lead from Bannister and Dalen also moved past. Steen drove a fast smooth race and consistently put more and more distance between him and the other racers. Dalen tried to keep pace with Steen, running a tight line around the inside of the track. Nobody was able to challenge Steen as he cruised to the victory. The feature win gave him a hat trick as he also topped won both heat races.
The afternoon concluded with the ten-lap adult feature. Ron Meine and Joseph Richter led Josh Richter and Lance Frerichs to the line. Meine powered his way into the lead with Joseph Richter right on his back bumper. The top two would remain nose to tail with Josh Richter and Frerichs falling back. On the fourth lap, Joseph Richter saw a chance to take the lead out of turn four when Meine slid up from the grove, but was unable to capitalize. Two laps later, Joseph Richter did not let the opportunity pass him by again as he drove under Meine out of turn four and took the lead. Meine would stay close, but was not able to challenge Joseph Richter for the top spot. Meine, Josh Richter, and Frerichs followed Joseph Richter across the line. The heat winners were Joseph Richter and Meine.
The Jackson Area Kart Club will again be in action on June 29. Hot laps are at 12:30 with racing to follow at 1.
Putt-Putt (7 karts)
1- 8x Andy Baumann; Springfield, MN
2- 76 Blair Nothdurft; Sioux Falls, SD
3- 3 Brady Olson; Wallingford, IA
4- 75 Destiny Burgy; Jackson, MN
5- 99 Blake Hanson; Lawton, IA
6- 88 Owen Sidles; Milford, IA
7- 21 Weston Long; Cylinder, IA
Heats Flight 1: Olson, Flight 2: Olson
Rookie (4 karts)
1- 42 Colten Long; Cylinder, IA
2- 3 Nathan Krug; Estherville, IA
3- 31 Hayden Rossow; Lake Benton, MN
4- 50 Logan Bannister; Lakefield, MN
Heats Flight 1: Krug, Flight 2: Krug
Jr. I (3 karts)
1- 77z Blaney Markman; Jackson, MN
2- 34 Miles Veen; Worthington, MN
3- 96 Cole Lusk; Jackson, MN
Heats Flight 1: Veen, Flight 2: Markman
Jr. II (3 karts)
1- 22s Derek Steen; Lakefield, MN
2- 17 Brandon Dalen; Jackson, MN
3- 30 TreyLynn Bannister; Jackson, MN
Heats Flight 1: Steen, Flight 2: Steen
Adult (4 karts)
1- 14 Joseph Richter; Trimont, MN
2- 7 Ron Meine; Springfield, MN
3- 17 Josh Richter; Trimont, MN
4- 07 Lance Frerichs; Lakefield, MN
Heats Flight 1: Joseph Richter, Flight 2: Meine