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2009 WKA ManCup - Daytona Internatioal Speedway

Daytona International Speedway would be the site for the first round of the 2009 WKA Manufacturers Cup. My dad and I arrived on Christmas Day so we could see some sites and spend some time at the beach. Unfortunately my mom and sister couldn’t make it this year as my sister had a basketball tournament to attend.

Practice day went well, with our times in the top three in all classes. Jamie made a big change on the Cadet for the last round and picked up six tenths. I was very confident for the races the next two days.

First up was Cadet, and we qualified right on the Pole. I would go on to win the Pre-Final and take my first National win of 2009. HPV was next. We would qualify 5th, move up to third in the Pre-Final and finish 3rd in the Final.

Day two qualifying for Cadet saw us getting nipped by Gresham Wagner on the final lap for Pole. Gresham and I would pull away in the Pre-Final with Gresham taking the win by a nose. The final would see Gresham, myself and Aidan Landauer pull away this time. Gresham and Aidan got together with a few laps to go, sending Gresham off the track and ending his day. I was able to get by Aidan and take the lead. Coming down the back stretch on the last lap I ran the inside line but Aidan was able to sneak inside of me on the last turn, sending me off the track and thru the grass. Aidan took the checkered/black flag and I was able to hold on for second. Aidan would be penalized for the incident with Gresham and I was awarded the win. Not the way I wanted but I’ll take it.

Our luck would run out in Yamaha. After qualifying 4th and finishing 5th in the Pre-Final, I would be off the track twice in the final, falling back as far as 18th at one point. By the checkered flag, I had charged back to seventh. Not the way I had hoped to end the weekend, but still pretty content.

I have to thank Jamie Sieracki and my Dad for keeping my Merlin chassis’s awesome all weekend, Jim Perry and Gary Woltjer for supplying the power and George Sieracki for keeping me fed and hydrated. Also a big thanks to Gary Osterholt from Go Designs for helping out with anything that needed to be done.

See everyone in South Bend.