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Points races in the stretch run

Albemarle Speedway

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Connor Morgan (#95) is all smiles after earning the pole position in Jr.1 Light and Heavy classes.

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By Nancy Jennings
Correspondent

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

MORGAN’S CORNER — With only four races left in the 2017 season, the championship winners in some classes are beginning to become obvious while the points in others are just too close to call.

The battle for the lead in a few classes will continue to the final night of the season, making for some exciting racing over the next couple of months.

Connor Morgan (#95) earned the pole position with the fastest qualifying lap in Jr. 1 Light but it was Olivia Scott (#75) who brought home her seventh win this year and is well on her way to securing the points championship in this class.

At this point in the season, Scott has more wins in a single class than any other junior racer.

Morgan, however, quickly rebounded from the loss in Jr. 1 Light and was definitely not done for the night.

After also qualifying in the first position for the Jr. 1 Heavy class, Morgan brought home the checkered flag making this his fourth pole and win in Jr. 1 Heavy this year.

Alton Weaver (#3) had another great night of racing with wins in both Limited Modified and Stock Medium.

There is a tight battle for the championship in the Limited Modified class and determining a clear winner will likely have to wait until the final event.

With six pole positions and three wins, Weaver currently holds second place in the points battle behind Will Pritchard (#23P) who has earned three poles and six wins in Limited Modified so far this season.

In addition, appears Weaver will wrap up the points championship in the Predator A class with nine straight wins so far this year.

Although he didn’t bring home the win Saturday, Weaver also had a decent fourth place finish in EL Medium and currently sits at the top of the standings in that class as well.

For the first time in recent memory, a racer has the chance to win the points championship in three different engine classes. It will be interesting to see how this plays out for Weaver over the next few races.

Double feature winner Paso Lewis (#5) had his best night of the racing season earning the pole position and the checkered flag in the Accupraise Jr. 3 Heavy and Brown’s Land Developing Jr. 3 Light classes. In both classes, Lewis was followed by Tyler Walston (#37) in second place and Quinn Dougharty (#95) in third.

Other double feature winners included Cody Carlton (#94) and Jonathan Mullet (#95).

Carlton brought home the win in both EL Medium and STUMO Racing EL Heavy while Mullet had wins in both EL Super Heavy and Sr. Champ Animal. Mullet’s win in Sr. Champ Animal was his second win as fill-in driver in the #29 kart owned by Paul Maxon.

Hopefully Maxon’s regular driver can keep up the winning streak when she returns to racing.

Nick Reichard (#18) took home first place in RNM Stock Heavy while Mason Ferrell (#23F) held on to win first in the Jr. Stars class.

Other feature winners included Cullen Roberts (#27) in the Dylan Brockwell Memorial Champ class, Justin Jones (#98) in Clone Medium HT3, Cody Clamp (#00) in Predator A, John Bradley (#18) in Predator B, and Josh Pierce (#198) in Clone Heavy HT3.

Once again, the racers had another great racing surface this week.

Even after all the rain, Tate Vermillion was able to provide an awesome track for the event.

Albemarle Kart Club will be hosting its 3rd Annual Halloween Havoc event October 28th at Albemarle Speedway.

With a total purse of over $12,000, this event draws racers from all over the region and will likely be the largest event held at the speedway this racing season.

With a Halloween costume contest and “trailer or treat” (the racer’s version of trick or treat) for the younger racers, this will be a fun day for all. To learn more about this event and other upcoming races, log on to albemarlekartclub.com or follow the club on Facebook.

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