The 2017 Summer Pitt Race Rental Karting League, concluded with the final race on July 23rd coinciding with a round of the Pitt Race Karting Series. The rental league was hotly contested with the largest field ever for a rental league with 19 pre-registrations for the entire series. Twenty-Nine total racers battled through five rounds of racing with Kody Johnson coming out on top taking top spot with 141 total points. Josh Nessel finished the series in second with 125 points. Collin Thomas ranked third with a grand total of 118 points.
The series winner was in no way clean cut and clear. Johnson came out strong in the first round with a win, Thomas taking second and Chad Hawks making an appearance in third. Round Two was dominated by newcomer Rocco Tarli followed with a tie between Johnson and Thomas, leaving fourth to Warren Croyle. Round three kept the theme of mixing it up. Croyle came in motivated by his round two finish to jet to the top of the podium. Nessel followed up with a second place and Johnson kept his momentum with a third podium finish in a row. By round four, the leaders of the series had found their rhythm and finished in a mixed three, Nessel taking top honors, Johnson pulling a second place, and Thomas sliding into third. The final round of the Summer Rental League took place during a round of the Pitt Race Karting Club Racing Series. Tarli must have been motivated by this exposure the PRKS racers as he returned to the top of the podium. Johnson racked up with a second place finish and Nessel added to his points with a third place podium.
The 2017 Summer Rental League shows real promise for the future of racing in Western PA with a sold out field and many of the racers looking to step up to the world of Club Racing in PRKS. The goal of the Rental League is to give aspiring racers some exposure to competitive karting as well as provide them access to club racing and racers. This was certainly accomplished with the excitement and competitiveness shown by newcomers such as Chad Hawks (4th place overall) and Jake Hall. Pitt Race locals continue to push the competitiveness of the rental league, led by Johnson, Nessel, and Thomas. And the presence of three racers, Johnson, Tarli, and Hall, coming in under the age of 16 shows the potential for future years of racing here at Pitt Race!
This camaraderie is great to see and we expect a great field for the Fall Rental League starting September 29 and introducing a Saturday morning format. We look forward to seeing you at the track!