ELKHART, Ind. — The father-son duo of Jeff and Riley Scott conquered the 2021 USAC Karting Elkhart Riverwalk Grand Prix this past weekend on the streets of Elkhart, Indiana. Riding their sharp IONIC Edge Chassis built by Kyle Luttrell, the pair combined for four wins and a couple more podiums at the 0.6-mile street circuit.
Jeff Scott continued to show he’s one of the top LO206 Masters racers in the country. With 17 drivers making the call for qualifying, Scott timed fastest with a 48.312, nearly three-tenths faster than his closest competitor, veteran Tony Neilson. Scott and Neilson raced out to big leads in the two heat races and ended up splitting them with Jeff winning heat one and finishing a close second to Neilson in heat two.
In the Masters main, Scott’s No. 73 IONIC Edge pushed Neilson for 14 laps before making a last-lap pass on the backstretch for the win. The lead duo finished more than 13 seconds ahead of third place in the 15-lap final.
It was Riley’s turn for a win in the Briggs Heavy B class, which had over 20 drivers take the green. After Riley qualified eighth and Jeff 10th, both drivers had a lot of work to do in the heat races. After Riley finished P4 in heat two and Jeff P5, the duo was in good position for the start of the main event.
But Riley would get caught up in a turn one melee on the start, the top-three karts were able to move away from Riley in the early stages of the 15-lap final. Riley would spend the next 10 laps working to catch the leaders and began to move up just past lap 10. He’d moved his No. 88 Edge into second with a couple laps to go and make an exciting last-lap pass on the backstretch to score the win by a mere 0.023-second margin over Jonathan Schillinger. Jeff would round out the top five in the class.
In the special 206 Pursuit race, which featured four three-lap segments with drivers eliminated from the race if they lost a position in a segment, Jeff and Riley were again the drivers to beat. The duo would survive each segment without getting passed and go on to a one-two finish in the fourth and final segment with Jeff scoring the win by a tight 0.115-second gap over Riley, who set the race’s fast lap at a 47.617.
In Briggs Heavy A, Riley and Jeff ran up front throughout each round of competition. In the final, Riley would take the last step on the podium with a P3 result, while Jeff settled for P4 and set the race’s fastest lap in the process at a super quick 46.576.
Riley also won the Margay Ignite Senior final. He qualified third in the class and went on to win both heat races and the final over Mike Stephenson.
With the Elkhart Grand Prix now in the rearview, the Scott family will be back in action Labor Day weekend for North America’s premier street kart race, the famed Rock Island Grand Prix on the streets of Rock Island, Ill. The event takes place September 4-5.
Following Rock Island, the Scotts and IONIC Edge Chassis racers around the country will look forward to the biggest national LO206 race of the year, the Cup Karts North America Grand Nationals October 1-3 at New Castle Motorsports Park. Expect a number of Edge racers to be in attendance battling for coveted CKNA Grand National wins.