DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Longtime 4-cycle sprint and road race karter Kevin Colborn out of Georgetown, Delaware, scored one of the biggest wins of his career Wednesday evening to close out WKA’s Daytona KartWeek 2020 with his victory in the 50-kart LO206 Senior Final 2 at the Road Race Championships.
Starting P1 in a huge field of Briggs 206s, Colborn kept his sharp No. 175 MGM Chassis in the lead pack throughout the 25-minute contest and took the lead late in the race with drafting help from teammate Zach Linsell, who only less than an hour earlier finished P4 in 206 Senior at the Daytona Sprint Track before heading to the Road Race for what was the last race of the day and this year’s edition of KartWeek.
Linsell stayed glued to Colborn’s bumper throughout the affair and the pair would make for a tough duo in the lead pack of a half-dozen karts.
Kyle Banovetz, who won Wednesday morning’s LO206 Heavy contest, led for over half the race before he faded late.
Riding second with Linsell in tow, Colborn saw Banovetz’s MGM starting to get loose in the infield late in the race when he decided to make his move. Colborn and Linsell would move into P1 and P2 around the 20-minute mark and would not relinquish the positions over the last couple laps.
Colborn crossed the finish stripe just in front of Linsell with an official gap of 0.063 seconds. Doug Kittleson, John Morris and Rob Wells raced to the checkered flag side by side and would finish a close third through fifth.
The win for the 47-year-old Colborn was special. He’s been coming to Daytona since the 1980s and admits he’s now in the twilight of his racing career.
Listen to Kevin Colborn talk about his victory:
The race was dominated by MGM. Among the top-five finishers, only Morris was not on a Paul and April Rice built kart. MGM karts would net seven out of the top 10 finishing positions.
Daytona KartWeek Road Race LO206 Senior Final 2 Top 20:
1. KEVIN COLBORN, 2. Zach Linsell, 3. Doug Kittleson, 4. John Morris, 5. Rob Wells, 6. Jon Miller, 7. Kyle Banovetz, 8. Jeremy Yancey, 9. Steven Thomas, 10. James-Michael Sullivan, 11. Kyle Bickford, 12. Kevin Darling, 13. Rob Garland Jr., 14. Austin Henry, 15. Ethan Dietrich, 16 John McFarlin, 17. Terry Downs, 18. Joel Negus, 19. Joe Miller, 20. Chris Ball.