Eves notches all four victories in Senior – Southern and d’Orlando double in Junior
The final day of the McLaughlin Motorsports Nationals completed at the New Castle Motorsports Park. The sixth round of the WKA Manufacturers Cup Series wrapped up Sunday at the Indiana facility, escaping the threat of rain late in the day to complete qualifying, two rounds of heat races and the main events for the eight categories competing on the weekend. The weekend were marked with double winners in a number of the age levels, including Braden Eves winning all four Senior main events.
Eves (MDD / Kosmic) was the target throughout Saturday in the KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior class. It became Austin Garrison on Sunday as the CompKart driver won each of the heat races after Eves set fast time in qualifying. Garrison was able to get away from the 23-driver field when the green flag waved to begin the 16-lap main event. Eves was able to reclaim the second spot after dropping to third, and cut into the lead Garrison established. Eves took over the lead on lap 10, and the two ran nose to tail the entire way. Garrison was unable to match the straight speed of Eves heading to the checkered flag, with Braden crossing the stripe first for the victory. Robby Seward (Birel ART) rebounded from a DQ on Saturday to drive his way to a third-place podium finish at his home track, beating out Alexander Kardashian (Top Kart) and hometown driver Zach Holden (Tony Kart).
It was another close battle in the Fullerton Karts USA Yamaha Senior division, decided by three drivers in the end. Eves swept the on-track action leading up to the main event, with a group of drivers right behind him all day. Four drivers took a turn at the point, including Alexander Kardashian (Top Kart), Brandon Lemke (Merlin) and Dakota Pesek (Top Kart). Kardashian lost the driver in the closing laps, leaving just the three others to decide the winner. Pesek led as the field took the white flag and Eves waited until the final straight to make his move. Pesek went inside, and Eves drove around him on the outside, crossing the line six hundredths of a second ahead for the victory. Lemke finished third with Kardashian fourth and Mike Giessen (Merlin) – subbing for Jake Venberg – in fifth.