2018 Season Recap

The 2018 season was filled to the hilt with karting.   Jason was still Road Race with the Championship Enduro Series and the Dart Kart Club.  He returned the sprint track Cup Karts of North America, formerly the 206 cup.  Even the crew got a weekend of road racing in taking a spin in a borrowed kart for a weekend. (Image: crew chief) 

The Cup Karts of North America had two series(North and Central) and Jason competed in both but did miss 2 in the northern series and 1 in the central series due to conflicts.  Sprint racing started off pretty rough both Jason and crew had to work through pains returning to sprint racing.  He finished just mid pack in a field of 16 at the first series race.   The kart went through a transformation as we made both small and big changes.  As the season progressed, Jason made moved in to top 10 and started to approach top 5 by the Grand Nationals,  If not for some mechanical issues he was on goal to finish the season as one of the top 10 Junior 4 Cycle sprint drivers.  He finished 4th in the CKNA Central Series, 5th in the Northern Series and 24th at Grand Nationals due to failed wheel bolts.  Thanks to Viking Kart Products for sponsoring the Junior Class this season. (Image: Post introductions at CKNA Grand Nationals)

Road Racing was another matter altogether, it’s was a complicated season.  The easiest class to deal with is the Dart 4 Cycle Junior class.  Jason ran unopposed in the class in his Animal Powered sprint kart.  He put in laps with the karts on the track and had some great races, the favorite was at Mid-Ohio with a Senior Super Heavy where they battled till last lap when the other driver was beset by complete chassis failure(Sorry Keith). 

Sprint Junior at both Dart and CES, Jason had some great competition.  The CES races he won handily but at the Dart races the winner was determined by who could field a consistent and reliable kart.  Jason won CES with Sprint Junior by a large margin, however, a single point margin determined his victory in the Dart series.

The highlight of the road season was with the Road kart with the CES and the Animal 370 class.   Jason ran as a Junior but raced with the Senior rules and was more about the progress of his racing skills than series points.  As a junior he was required to start from the back of the field and work his way up.  At the beginning of the season he could only manged to get his kart up to the second pack and move toward the front.   By the end of the season he was able to hang with the front back and started to attack the top five.  An impressive feat for a young driver.  (Image: Gridding at Gateway)

The season was capped off with a trip to the National Corvette Museum for the World Karting Association Road Racing Grand Nationals.  The team fought rain, cold weather, and a some motor issues during practice but Jason was able to fight off strong contenders winning each days feature.  (Image: Grand Nationals F1 winner)

This was a long season with many weekends on the road.  The team had many hardships fighting heat, cold, mechanical issues, and shaking the cobwebs out of the sprint driver but Jason remained positive thorough out.  It was definitely a season with many great memories.   We are looking forward to what 2019 has in store for Jason. 

Overall Series Results

  • Champion Championship Enduro Series: Animal 370 Junior 
  • Champion Championship Enduro Series: Sprint Junior  
  • Champion 4 Cycle Central Road Animal Nationals: Animal Junior 
  • Champion Dart Kart Club : 4 Cycle Sprint Junior 
  • Champion Dart Kart Club: Sprint Junior(Provisional)
  • 1st WKA Road Racing Grand Nationals F1 & F2: Animal Junior
  • 4th Cup Karts of North America Central: 206 Junior 
  • 5th Cup Karts of North America North: 206 Junior 
  • 24th Cup Karts of North America Grand Nationals: 206 Junior

Some Fun Statistics

  • 50 Races(Often 3 a day)
  • 55 Gallons(Drum) of 100% Methanol
  • 6500 Miles travel
  • 12 Quarts of Amsoil 4T
  • 12 Cans of Amsoil Break Clean
  • 10 Sets of kart tires, 6 Sets of Wheels
  • 5 Motors, 5 Rebuilds, 1 total loss
  • 3 Clutch rebuilds
  • 13 Tracks, 4 New
  • 18 Frozen Pizza’s 
  • 4 Pit Guests
  • 331GB of GoPro video(WildDuckRacing YouTube Channel), 3500 Pictures
  • 1 Guys, 2 karts, 1 Truck, a toy hauler, uncountable memories

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