ROUND 2 ACTION HEATS UP IN ARIZONA

ROUND 2 ACTION HEATS UP IN ARIZONA

Round 1 winner Brody Eggleston had the lead at the end of lap one in his #514 mod, ahead of Madix Bailey, Connor Barry, Cole Keatts, and Mia Chapman #534 in her MTRV8 / Xtreme kart.

A rollover by Bailey in turn two on lap two brought out a full course yellow, and with Bailey at least able to continue at the tail end of the lead lap, it was now Eggleston, Keatts, Barry, Chapman, and Trey Gibbs in the #515 KICKER machine in the top five for the restart.

Gibbs then made a very nice inside pass on Chapman at turn three to move up to fourth on the restart lap, and with Chapman then running wide out of the corner, Chris Nunes was also able to pass her and move up to fifth in the #502 California Kid/RebelCore kart.

Up front, Keatts was right on Eggleston at the end of lap three, and things then tightened up even more just afterwards, as the entire rear axle came out from under Jaden Uribe’s kart, forcing a full course yellow.

After a lengthy yellow flag period, Nunes and Gibbs battled for fourth on the restart lap, made some strong side to side contact into and through turn three, before the two of them hooked together briefly into turn four, which caused both drivers to slow and lose several spots.

Chapman and Chance Haugen moved up to inherit those fourth and fifth places, but when Haugen then ran too wide at turn two on lap six, Nunes got by easily on the inside to move up to fifth.

Three laps later, Keatts got by Eggleston and into the lead in his #553 Mod Kids USA/Xtreme machine, before a rollover by Luke Knupp on lap ten led to a full course caution.

Knupp was righted and was able to continue, but a botched restart by the field forced officials to call the drivers back and make them do it again. On that second attempt, Chapman got by Barry in turn three to move up to third, with Nunes then passing Barry in turn four to grab fourth spot.

Nunes then ran wide out of turn three on the next lap and dropped two spots to sixth, with Barry and Gibbs going by and up to fourth and fifth.

On the final lap, Barry hit Chapman and she biked into turn two, did a half spin, and then came to a stop and was unable to re-fire as the field streaked by.

One corner later, and Nunes then passed Gibbs to get into fourth. At the checkered flag, it was Keatts who got his first Modified Kart class win in the National Series- congratulations Cole! Second went to Eggleston, third to Barry in his #529 CBR Performance Products kart, fourth was Nunes, and fifth was Gibbs.