The Hart and Huntington Off Road Trophy Kart Program has finally come full circle. During the off season, the boys worked hard to step up their competitive prowess. Tuning the karts for maximum performance, running countless laps at Milestone Motorsports Park, and even expanding the team with a new team mate, Dean Duro driving a JR-1, the Hart and Huntington Karts are looking sharp with blue highlights and a new San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Title Sponsorship. When racing in the Lucas Oil Off Road Series you know you are competing against the very best. The Modified and JR-1 divisions are no exceptions. Since the 2010 season began in early March, the lap times and results have shown great improvements over the learning curve of the 2009 season. Brandon Vermillion, pilot of the #585 San Manuel Hart and Huntington Modified Trophy Kart has pushed through the ranks. Showing dedication, resilience, and talent, Brandon drove through a stacked field of drivers that are known for being the future stars of off road racing to take 2nd place in Round 3 and collected the very first Trophy Kart Podium for the Hart and Huntington Team.
To call these little guys the future stars is a bit misleading as they are a big part of the show currently. In this day and age, Trophy Kart Racing is the first step into the area of short course off road racing. These youngsters understand the opportunities and what is at stake. Always looking sharp, meticulously maintained race cars, and top of the line safety equipment, the kart programs are fashioned after the big guys just on a smaller scale. They carry themselves with just as much professionalism if not more than their older counterparts. For the kids, crew, and fans it is real deal racing, however it is a lot of fun to race against all of your best friends.
Qualifying for Saturdays Modified Race was a typical scenario and found each racer pushing their Kart to the edge. Vermillion was 7th fastest while Anthony Busnardo took the 10th qualifying position. Round 3 began with a fury of karts buzzing around the Speedworld configuration like a swarm of Honey Bees that are often found in the Arizona Deserts. Flying around the track at speed reaching 90 MPH, the front runners quickly battled for position.
The Hart and Huntington drivers took advantage right from the green flag pushing through the field and acquiring positions lap by lap. By Lap 5 Vermillion was in a heated 3 way battle hunting Blake Lenk with Trenton Briley chasing the #585. On the restart after the competition caution, Brandon powered up and catches several Karts slipping in front. Trophy Kart Allstar Sheldon Creed had raced from the very back row and was now challenging Brandon who had just collected the 2nd position. With the laps winding down, Vermillion was able to fight off Creed and drove to a solid podium position.
Mike Vermillion, Trophy Kart Crew Chief shared his excitement after the race. Just like in the professional events, this was a awesome race full of wheel to wheel competition. The Karts are near evenly matched and the only advantage available is the skill and talent of the pilot behind the wheel. Brandon really pulled it together.
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians / Hart and Huntington Trophy Kart Team is thrilled on the great finish and awesome race. We congratulate Brandon and extend gracious appreciation to all our crew and supporters for their efforts and participation.
About the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series: The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series is the evolution of the long standing support of short course racing by Forrest Lucas and Lucas Oil Products.
Steeped in the Midwest tradition of short course off road racing infused with a West Coast influence, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing brings intense four wheel door to door action to challenging, fan friendly tracks. Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series: This is Short Course. For more information please visit LucasOilOffRoadRacing.com
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This professional motorsports organization is the product of numerous individuals and support of strong companies brought together to create an off road racing powerhouse. The brands like Hart & Huntington, General Tire, Lucas Oil, Baileigh Industrial, Geico Powersports, Liquid Graphics, Alltrade, Powerbuilt, Chronic Tacos, Flawless Vodka, Weekend Warrior Water, K&N Air Filters, and Simpson Race Products will ensure a number of achievements & results throughout the 2010 season. Additional support from King Shocks, VP Racing Fuels, KMC Wheels, Gator Wraps, JSTAR Motors, National Concrete Cutting, Century Collusion Center, Screen Works, Corona Millworks Racing, constantly through the season