Abie Rodriguez, Jill Pauly, Garrett Boone, Jordon Musser, Dave Pauly, Nicholas Brueckner and Tim Lobaugh celebrate their achievements at the SuperNationals XVII podium ceremonies (Photo: Kevin Hill)
The 3G Kart Racing operation, supported by Burger King®, completed the 2013 season at the prestigious Superkarts! USA SuperNationals XVII in Las Vegas. The November 20-24 event outside the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino welcomed over 600 racers to the finale event for the 2013 SKUSA Pro Tour. It was a battle against fierce competition from around the world, and against Mother Nature as rain plagued the event for three of the five days, and the main events races were the first time karts hit the track on dry tires since Wednesday practice, so set-up was a big gamble for all contenders. The Katy, Texas-based team kept it together, performing well under wet and dry conditions, en route to podium results and strong finishes in the point standings.
Jordon Musser drove to the runner-up finish in the S4 category (Photo: On Track Promotions – otp.ca)
S4 Master Stock Moto driver Jordon Musser was among the contenders all week, finishing the year with a runner-up on SuperSunday to claim the SKUSA Pro Tour championship. The Texan began the event placing second in the timed session to line up the field for the three heat races. Through the three qualifying races, Musser piloted his 3G Birel to a second and two wins over the course of the three motos. That set him up for an outside front row starting position for the main event on SuperSunday. With the holeshot, Musser led the opening half of the race. He would eventually be run down by the polesitter, who took over the lead. Musser, aboard his 3G Birel, would keep pace with the leader for much of the remainder of the event, just losing a little bit of ground. The Texas PKC vice-champion held onto the runner-up position to the final lap, taking the checkered flag and securing the SKUSA #1 plate for 2014 in the S4 division.
3G Birel driver Garrett Boone held the point lead at one time during the 2013 SKUSA Pro Tour championship season, and was able to come through after the SuperNationals as the vice-champion in the S2 Semi-Pro division. Boone had a solid qualifying effort, sitting eighth overall in the 62-driver field. The opening heat race was not as hoped, dropping to 22nd overall. The last two on Saturday morning saw the Texas driver place seventh in both. These results put him 18th on the grid for SuperSunday. After a clean start, Boone began working his way forward through the field, running the quickest laps of the race aboard his 3G Birel machine. After 20 laps, Garrett put himself into the eighth position to help him earn the second spot in the S2 championship standings, and the coveted #2 SKUSA plate for 2014.
What better way to celebrate then at the Burger King® Whopper Bar at the Rio (Photo: Kevin Hill)
The S5 Junior Stock Moto category had two drivers carrying the 3G Birel team colors – Texas drivers Andretta Young and Graig Alvarez Jr. The growing junior shifterkart category for SKUSA featured some outstanding talent from the LoneStarState, with both 3G drivers improving as the season went along. Young qualified 13th overall, improving her position in each of the three heat races to earn an 11th place start for the main event. Alvarez ran into trouble during the first two heat races after qualifying 14th overall, but ended with a solid eighth place run in his final heat race to line up 18th for the main event. His feature however was cut short from a broken coil wire after what began as a solid race for the young driver.
Three drivers entered the ultra competitive TaG Cadet division with Nicholas Brueckner leading the way. Despite a 29th overall in qualifying, the former Micro Max national champion drove his way to top-10 results in the heat races to score an 11th place start in the main event. The young Texan drove his way up into the top-five, running as high as second for a number of laps, and held on to finish third for his first SuperNationals podium finish. Harrison Hoey made his first start at the SuperNationals, and fought his way through the Last Chance Qualifier to make the SuperSunday show. Hoey was ranked 57th in qualifying, but worked his way to 45th overall after the heat races. The SuperNats rookie climbed his way into one of the six transfer spots from the eight-lap battle under the lights to start 39th the next day. He would gain another 12 positions in the 15-lap main event to finish out the event 27th against some of the top drivers in the country and around the world. Jak
Crawford completed the 3G Birel Cadet lineup, unable to qualify for the feature race, but showed great determination throughout the challenging five days.
The 3G Kart Racing operation, supported by Burger King®, is set to continue the great momentum into the 2014 season. Arrive-and-Drive programs are available for the 2014 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour and the Texas ProKart Challenge. For more information, visitwww.3gkartracing.com or find them on Facebook.