The USAC Karting Battle at the Brickyard had to be rescheduled, restructured, and completely revamped just to be pulled off in 2020. Thankfully, the USAC Karting team did a fantastic job to once again put on one of the biggest 206 races in the country, and the IONIC Edge chassis drivers were out in full force.
Jayelynn Kerr and Carter Pryor came into the summer stretch of racing with a lot of positive momentum. Kerr led the duo with a solid P6 in qualifying, and Pryor put in a respectable P11 effort. Carter then went on to move up 6 spots in his heat race to finish P5. Unfortunately, the heat race didn’t go so well for Kerr, as an early crash in the hairpin caused significant damage to her motor forcing a DNF.
In the Pre Final, Jayelynn drove forward to P18 from P31, and Carter maintained his Top 10 speed to finish P7. From there, they both would end up around each other throughout the lengthy main event, with Pryor leading early before getting shuffled down to 8th on the final lap. Kerr ended up benefiting from the madness after a fantastic start, getting as high as 4th before crossing the checkered flag in 6th.
Jeff Scott led the IONIC Edge brigade in the 206 Masters division, qualifying an impressive P6 in one of the largest fields on the weekend. Chris Cline and Matt Skaggs had decent qualy runs on their own going P20 and P26, and Ryan Vaughn started off a learning weekend with a P53 result.
The heat race was good to the four, especially Skaggs. He moved up a number of positions to finish P7, with Scott moving up to P4. They both carried that momentum into another pair of top 10 results in the Pre Final, setting up a good start for the main event. Unfortunately, Cline didn’t fair as well as after a P22 result in the Heat race, he DNFed the Pre Final — sending him all the way to a P59 starting spot for the Final.
In the main event, Jeff Scott hung in the lead pack and maintained his strong pace from early on in the weekend to snag a Top 5 in a 60+ kart grid. Skaggs slipped back slightly to finish P14, while Cline drove past 22 karts to finish a respectable P37. Vaughn ended his weekend P51.
It was the Scott trio that flew the IONIC Edge flag in 206 Heavy. While problems plagued Riley Scott’s start to the weekend, Avery and Jeff were able to work together in qualifying to lay down P19 and P21 efforts.
Unfortunately, that would be the only good break of the weekend for Avery, as he was sent backwards in the Heat race to P33, finished the Pre Final P34, and ended the weekend with a DNF in the Final, officially scored P49.
While Avery went backwards, Jeff was able to steadily chip his way forward, moving up from P21 to P14 in the heat race, then moving forward to 8th in the Pre Final. Riley Scott was moving forward as well, as he drove up to P37 in his heat race and then put on an incredible show to finish P12 in the Pre Final.
Jeff and Riley battled in and out of the Top 10 throughout the main event, but ultimately they finished P10 and P11 — still a very impressive drive for the pair, especially considering Riley’s issues in qualifying.
Riley and Avery Scott also competed in the 206 Medium class, joining Cam Ebben. Ebben had a good qualifying run to have him start 11th for the opening heat race, while the Scotts struggled early.
Sadly, none of the three fared well in the heat race. All three were involved in some opening lap carnage that had them fighting back through the field in the short race, with Ebben rebounding to P25, Avery to P31, and Riley to P35. The Pre Final wasn’t any better, as more bad luck sent Ebben down to P44, Riley to P48, and Avery P32.
Starting that deep in the field is more about survival than racing, and the odds were certainly not in favor of Ebben or Avery, as they both were unable to finish the main event. Riley Scott did put on an impressive drive through the field, passing the most karts in a single session of any IONIC Edge driver on the weekend to go from 48th to 18th.
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