Noah Wins In TaG 60 Expert Central States Super Series Marshalltown, Iowa
Brother Mario Runs Third
Noah Nigro (8 years old) takes the checkered in the TaG 60 final with Grant Vogel (12 years old) close behind.
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With two races in the record books of its inaugural season the Central States Super Series headed to the cornfields of Iowa and the Iowa International Raceway in Marshalltown, IA
The previous two events had weather issues. In Quincy there was still some lingering snow on the ground and at Carrollton in rained off and on for most of the weekend. But the weather was sunny, dry and perfect for racing at Marshalltown.
Tight competition has been the rule for this Series so far and Saturday’s qualifying sessions showed that this edition of the Series would be no exception. The largest field of the weekend, Tag Senior, had the top 3 separated by a .033 of a second with Stars ICA shoe Johnny Johnson claiming the pole.
Saturday night featured a free concert by the Midwest Band WAGG on a high tech portable concert stage. WAGG performed covers of songs that ranged from Clapton and The Beatles to Counting Crows and dozens in between. Racers, their families and friends lounged on chairs and blankets as the band played for almost four hours. It was a lot of fun. We thank the Finke Family and Jet Karting for welcoming the CSSS to their fine facility and for a well-run, safe, fun event.
By 1pm Sunday it was time for the finals. The first race on track to take their final green of the weekend was the TaG 60cc class. Some drama happened even before the green fell as fast qualifier and pre-final winner, Mario Nigro, had trouble getting his kart started. After some tense moments the kart was fired with an external starter, which by TaG rules, meant that he would have to go to the rear of the field. This would move his brother Noah up to pole and he would lead the field to the green.
Noah led lap
one, while brother Mario was already up to 6th by
that lap and by lap three was in the 4th position. Up
front it was still Noah Nigro in front of Christopher Barngrover
and Grant Vogel. The front four remained in that order until lap
seven when Barngrover spun coming off turn two and fell back to
5th. This moved Grant Vogel to 2nd and
Mario Nigro to 3rd. Up to that point Mario had been
reeling in the leaders, but with Vogel now pressuring the leader
the two picked up speed. Noah Nigro reeled off his fastest lap of the
race in lap 12 which gave him just enough of a lead that Vogel
couldn’t attempt a last lap pass and Noah Nigro picked up the
win, followed by Grant Vogel and in third, with a stellar run
through the field, Mario Nigro.
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