LOORRS – Round 8

LOORRS – Round 8

In the first race of the day, yesterday’s winner Trey Gibbs led the way at the end of lap one in his #515 kart; Brody Eggleston ran in second, with Chris Nunes third, Ricky Gutierrez fourth, and Trey Eggleston fifth. Lap three saw a full course caution for on-track debris, and on the restart lap, both Nunes and Gutierrez got by Brody Eggleston down the inside at turn one to move up to second and third. However, Eggleston got back by them both before the lap’s end, with Nunes falling to fifth, and Mia Chapman moving ahead of him for fourth.

Cole Keatts, just outside the top five, was marching forward after falling victim to a spin by Gutierrez on the opening lap (Keatts piled into the scene and had nowhere to go after Gutierrez span in front of him, and that dropped Keatts to last). Thanks to the full course caution, Keatts had caught back up to the pack, and on lap four, he got by both Nunes and Chapman to move up to fourth. Two laps later, Gutierrez spun while trying to miss Brody Eggleston as the two charged into turn nine, but the spin didn’t affect Gutierrez’s position in the running order.

Two laps after that, Gutierrez then breezed past Eggleston for that second place, making the pass look easy in the #578 kart. On lap nine, Keatts and Chapman then collected late in the lap in one of the right handers and dropped well down the order, with Luke Knupp and Nunes moving up to those fourth and fifth positions. However, these two were then passed by Koen Crawford and Mason Prater on the final lap, while up front, Gibbs breezed to his third win of the season, ahead of Gutierrez in second, and Brody Eggleston in the #514 kart in third. Crawford finished fourth in the #548 kart, and Prater was fifth in the #505 Rokblokz Rally Mud Flaps/Grizzly Coolers machine.