Dyer a winner at Superkarts! event
A new day equaled a new result for some of the go-kart drivers in the Superkarts! USA SummerNationals.
Tom Dyer, Martin Plowman and Austin Dement each picked up wins Sunday at the Grand Junction Motor Speedway, one day after mechanical problems took them out of the running.
Dyer, 33, was in line to win Saturday’s Shifter 1 class when the fuel line on his kart was caught in the steering wheel, pulling it off the gas tank. He had to bow out of the race.
Dyer made sure the fuel line was secure Sunday, easily winning the 20-lap race in 24 minutes, 15.347 seconds.
“It feels great,” Dyer said. “We had the ability yesterday, but it didn’t work out for us.”
Plowman, 23, won the most competitive race among the lead drivers in the Touch-and-Go (TaG) Senior class, taking the checkered flag of the 20-lap race in 23:15.585.
It was a bit of justification for him after finishing second in Saturday’s race only to be disqualified for an illegal kart. It was 1/8 of an inch too wide.
The race was stopped about six laps in because of an accident with Austin King and Paige Wallin. King was taken away for further observation with back pain, but it wasn’t life-threatening, according to track officials. Wallin was able to get up and walk back to her pit on her own.
“It made it harder,” Plowman said. “Up until that point, Brett and I were enjoying a safe distance. I was very content sitting there, pushing, saving tires, saving energy. That crash was horrible to see. That was my teammate and I wasn’t sure how he was doing. That put a lot of pressure on me, because all of a sudden I’m back in the danger zone with all the other drivers.”
Plowman and Brett Felkins exchanged leads several times in the race, including one each in the final lap. Plowman led going into the final lap, but Felkins passed him in the S curves. Plowman caught him and passed him on the top corner coming back toward the finish line.
“At that point, I thought the far corners you can’t pass, but I caught him going inside and I went on the outside,” Plowman said. “He overshot the corner and I pinched him down.”
Dement, 15, of Reno, Nevada, won the TaG Junior 16-lap race in 16:7.636 for his second win on the Pro Tour.
He crashed in Saturday’s main race and didn’t finish.
“I’ve been so far back all weekend, I was happy to be where I was,” Dement said. “Taking second today would’ve been terrific, but when I saw an opportunity to take (the lead), I took it.”
Dement battled back and forth with Mason Daughters for the lead all while holding off Parker Thompson, challenging from further back because of a penalty in the heat race.
Cory Milne, 18, of Broomfield won the S2 race for the second consecutive day, putting him in the hunt for the Pro Tour title after a rough weekend at the SpringNationals in Tucson, Ariz. He finished the 20-lap race in 19:41.246.
“We just went out there and I drove my race,” Milne said. “I didn’t know anybody was behind me. I race like there is nobody there. I race like I practice. I trust my tuners and everybody around me. That’s how I won this race.”
Arie Luyendyk Jr., son of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, was on Milne’s tail most of the race and was in position to make a pass, but he ran out of gas on the last lap and came across the line in fifth. He was later disqualified for his kart being underweight. He finished 10th Saturday after beginning the main in 28th spot.
Grand Junction’s Sabre Cook qualified third for the main and had the fastest lap in the heat race, but was involved in a multiple-kart crash on the first corner of the first lap and couldn’t restart.
She finished fifth in Saturday’s race.