CHAMPIONSHIP WRAPPED UP IN CHANDLER

CHAMPIONSHIP WRAPPED UP IN CHANDLER

This was an extremely close championship this year. Trey Gibbs and Cole Keatts came into this weekend separated by just two points in the title race.

Gibbs added one point to his lead by qualifying first in the morning, and despite a six-position inversion, Gibbs leapt from sixth to first by the exit of turn two.

Gibbs still led the way after lap one in his #515 KB Engineering/MTRV8 machine, ahead of Mia Chapman in the #537 MTRV8/Xtreme Machine & Fabrication entry, Keatts, Luke Knupp, and Brody Eggleston. Eggleston got past Knupp early on lap two to move up to fourth in the #514 kart, with Keatts then passing Chapman for second going into turn three.

On lap four, Ricky Gutierrez got into the top five after passing Knupp for fifth early on the lap, before Chapman then ran wide at turn two, which allowed Eggleston to pass her for third. Gutierrez then closed right in on Chapman at the end of the next lap, and ahead of him, Keatts then muscled his way past Gibbs at turn two on lap six to move into the lead.

Keatts and Gibbs made contact coming out of turn three on the next lap, with Keatts spinning out and with nowhere to go, Gutierrez smashed into him. Gutierrez flipped and wound up on his side, and as the field circulated under the subsequent full course yellow, replays showed that Gibbs got into and helped Keatts around on his spin. However, after review by race officials, the incident was ruled a no call, and as the causes of the yellow flag, both Keatts and Gutierrez had to re-join the field at the tail end of the pack.

After the restart, it was Gibbs, Eggleston, Chapman, Trey Eggleston #590, and Madix Bailey in the top five, and these five drivers then held their positions over the remainder of the race.

Brody Eggleston got very close to Gibbs in the race for the lead at the end of both laps nine and eleven, but was just too erratic to make anything happen, and so it was Gibbs who got the win, as well as the 2017 Mod Kart Championship. Second was Brody Eggleston and third was Chapman, first national win in mods.