CONCORD, N.C. – Six drivers went under the 47-second mark in Senior Medium’s final practice Friday for this weekend’s Cup Karts North America Spring Nationals at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Fifty-five drivers took time in the class’s final session.
Jacob Donald topped the chart with a 46.888, just ahead of Mick Gabriel at a 46.926. Corey Towles was next best with a 46.938 followed by PPK / Coyote drivers Pauly Massimino and Brandon Jarsocrak at a 46.965 and 46.966, respectively. Those five drivers were all in the EVEN group.
Zach Linsell was the only driver from the ODD group’s final session to go under 47 flat. Linsell led the group with a 46.979 on his MGM. Dylan Amundsen, Colin Warren, Connor Yonchuck and Brandon Adkins were second through fifth and all had fast laps just over 47 seconds.
The EVEN group was also fastest in the 44-kart Senior Light final session. Hayden Jones did a 46.731 on his Nitro Kart. Jarsocrak, Massimino, Towles and Donald were second through fifth and all recorded laps under 47 seconds.
Admundsen led Senior Light’s ODD group with a 47.051. Gabriel, Ashton Wheeler, Warren and Jed Perkins on a Margay were second through fifth.
Eric Fagan led Senior Heavy’s final practice on his No. 678 MGM. Fagan’s fast lap was a 47.537 to top 29 other entrants. Donald was second best with a 47.573 while Elmer Edmonson, Aren Lloyd and Michael Dittmer completed the top five.
Forty drivers made laps in Junior’s final session of practice day. Last week’s GoPro Junior winner Christopher McKeithan and his No. 319 Nitro topped the session with a 47.390. Ben Maier was just a tenth off McKeithan for second fastest. Parker Delong, Spencer Conrad and George Wheeler were third through fifth.
Masters is going to be a good one this weekend with 38 entrants and some great competition. Phil Pignataro topped the charts in the over-35 class’s final practice. Pignataro was fastest with a 47.968. Jeremy Hood was next best and 0.109 seconds off. Michael Dittmer and Paul Rice were third and fourth quick and both less than two tenths off the fastest lap. Jeff Hill rounded out the top five in the session.
The new Legends class 15 entrants and North Carolina’s Tim Shutt was fastest in the fifth and final practice with a 48.308. Florida’s Tim Clark was a mere 0.022 seconds off Shutt in second. Don Newman, Todd Baron and Jesse Samples’ best laps were good for third through fifth in the session.
Cadet is the second largest division of the weekend behind only Senior Medium with 50 entries. Isaac Malcuit led the ODD group’s final practice with a 48.281. Caleb Turner was second fastest in the group with a 48.318. Ayrton Grim, Jacob Schaible and Josey Chambers were third through fifth.
The fastest Sportsman driver in the final session came from the EVEN group. Cade Jaeger went fastest with a 48.080, just ahead of Keelan Harvick’s 48.100. Jase Petty was third, AJ Stoner fourth and Wes Gundler rounded out the top five in the EVENS.
Nine Kid Karts are at Charlotte this weekend and Jaxon Stone was the quickest in the last practice with a 1:00.196. Cooper Mull was second fastest and 0.204 seconds off Stone’s time. Camdon Clay was third, Titus Roberts fourth and Zion Dyer rounded out the top five.
Practice gets back underway at 8am Saturday morning before qualifying and heat races. It should be an outstanding day of racing with some of the best competition we’ll see all year in Briggs 206 4-cycle sprint racing.