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Octane Raceway Scottsdale,AZ 2014 Winter League Final
Racing NewsTwenty Eight out of a possible 36 racers braved the early morn of Sunday March 9th to compete in the 8 race Winter league series Final put together by Octane Raceway’s James Gibbins who was the Competition/Race Director understudy at the former F1 Race Factory/Octane Raceway when the gas powered karts were still in play. The present and future of Indoor karting now stands at the threshold of being solely powered by battery and I must admit I do not miss the fumes given off by the fossil fueled karts. Low end torque has become the great equalizer but raw talent and skill still brings the best to the front of the pack.

Not much has changed even though there were some new faces able to step onto the elusive 3 step podium stand throughout the season. Ariel Rubio and Jessie Nino got to visit the podium and yours truly made a 2nd place appearance the first week and got to stand on nosebleed step numero uno for race #7. Of course the regular owners of that real estate, Chaz Baca Jr, Kyler Repella and Jason Burstein took possession on any given week more often than not. With 8 total races and 2 drops allowed, (not the Final) the points battle was far from settled. Sure, Chaz owned the most points but Kyler was only 3 points off the mark and Steve Lattanzi was only 10 points off Kyler and 13 points off the coveted sure road to fame and fortune. Lattanzi could not relax too much as he had Ariel Rubio sitting 15 points off the 3rd step and Jessie Nino only 19 points away from stealing the 3rd and final step. Jason Burstein was a long shot at 21 points off 3rd but never count him out till the fat lady sings. Jason had a plan, he misses two races, scores zero’s and gets to drop no points. Great plan until he incurred the dreaded Black Flag, during a qualifier in a previous race date, for blocking the King of Speed, Chaz Baca Jr and fell deeper into the points battle abyss. If it wasn’t for the black flag thrown Jason’s way during a qualifier???? for blocking Chaz he would have been a much bigger threat to one of the top 3 spots overall. Of course Jason saw the incident(s) from another perspective but was overruled and the penalty stood. We witnessed another Jason incident but denial has become his mantra. Hmmm, maybe he could run for office and become a career politician. He would fit right in.

Back to the Final action. Chaz B Jr takes his heats, Kyler R takes his even though during one of the heat qualifiers he complained of his kart losing power but still managed to put it on pole with a fast time in 4 laps. Steve L takes 2nd in both his qualifiers and is chasing Jason B and has Charlie Ohnstad glued to his rear bumper for both 10 lap Heats. Thank You Charlie for not taking any unnecessary risks to move up one spot. If it wasn’t the Finals I would have let you have the spot…yeah right. The Mains are set and the “A” Main has most of the heavy hitters. Baca on pole, Burstein,Repella,Lattanzi, Jessie Nino,Don Angel,Charlie Ohnstad and Travis Parry. The pressure is off Lattanzi as he now has wrapped up 3rd overall and can finish no lower than 8th place inn the Main. Chaz & Kyler can still trade places but Chaz does what Chaz does and stays out front to become the 2014 Winter League Champion for the 11th consecutive time. Kyler once again takes his rightful place in 2nd and Steve Lattanzi is thrilled to be back on the podium even though the age disparity is huge.

Trophy’s awarded, gift cards handed out, pictures taken, handshakes exchanged and promises of next time are heard from all that will return to the best electric kart indoor competition in AZ. See you all when the 2014 Spring League returns to Octane Raceway.



Keep The Rubberside Down,
and The Sunnyside Up!

Steve "Kandyman" Lattanzi
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