A beautiful Saturday night just outside of Indiana, PA was the place to be for the final points race of the KUAS season. This race, the John Smith Memorial, is raced as a tribute to a fallen driver in the region and as the second national 1/4 points race of the season, The Keystone All-Stars were joined by the Empire UAS region. Great racing action was about to unfold.
Sixteen muscle karts were there to challenge for max points. The KUAS title was also on the line, as several drivers could see the championship and others were trying to adjust the end of year standings.
The track had come out incredibly smooth, however getting grip would be an issue for most drivers.
The drivers were split into A and B heats, with John Garde sweeping both the A and Denny Furlow taking both of B.
Time for the feature and the fences filled quickly as spectators were getting in position to feel and see the rumble of the muscle karts. Green flag and restart master John Garde tried to get the advantage over Furlow, but the 77F was a beast off the line. Garde tried a few more times after a couple cautions before he became one himself - loosing the handle on the 72. Long stretch of races and Furlow checked out on the field, on a rail and flying to his first win of the KUAS season. Garde crossed the line in the 8th position, placing both himself and Furlow in a tie for the title. Going to the posted rules for tiebreakers (last year was almost a 3 way tie), the first breaker is total wins on the season. John Garde tallied 2 (Red Rock & Stoneybrook) while Denny Furlow won once (Blairsville). This means that John Garde came out as the series champion for 2016.
Here's the finishing order for the John Smith Memorial:
Congratulations to John Garde on the championship and all the drivers, friends, family, sponsors, track owners/promoters that have us out each and every year! Also, a shout out to Administrators Ben Taft of the Upstate NY UAS and Bobby Baldwin of the Empire Region for working out schedules so that we can put on the shows with pretty solid kart counts. Without any of you, this would not be possible!
The year is not over! All though the points have been tallied, there is another race for bragging rights, fun, testing, or what have you when we head to Goodhope Speedway on August 27th. This was our last "Wild Card" race of the year, but with no rainouts, this race would be great for those looking to have a good time and maybe test or practice for the upcoming Northeast Divisional.
Thanks everyone for all you do to keep muscle kart racing alive and thriving in the area!
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