McKenzie Smith

2020 Heartland Heat Dirt Kart Speedweek Recap


McKenzie Smith

2020 Heartland Heat Dirt Kart Speedweek Recap

2020 Heartland Heat Dirt Kart Speedweek

Speedweek started out at Thunder Hill Speedway in Menomonie, WI, for their 2-day show. Night 1, Heat 1, I drove up to 2nd but got too high on the last corner and went over the cushion and finished 9th. In Heat 2, I started in the back and with the invert and missed the setup a little. I was able to gain two positions and finished 7th. With my combined Heat finishes, I started 7th in the B-Main. We changed the setup and I was able to drive up to 2nd in the B-Main and transferred into the A-Main. In the A-Main, I started 12th and drove up to a top 5th finish. The next day I got my kart cleaned up and ready for Night 2 at Thunder Hill. I didn’t have the best luck on the second night. My chain came off in Heat 2 sending me into the B-Main. We missed the setup a little bit and I did not make it into the transfer spot for the A-Main.

The second track of Speedweek was Mississippi Thunder in Fountain City, WI. Night 1 was difficult since it was my first time there and we didn’t have any setup notes for this track. Qualifying didn’t go as well as I wanted it to. I qualified 7th out of 18 karts. We made a lot of changes to the setup for the Heat race. I had a faster kart for the Heat race, but got airborne going over some bumps on the track and the kart stepped out from under me and I finished 9th. We made more major changes to the set up for the Feature. In the Feature, I passed 4 karts in 2 laps then my chain came off ending my night. Night 2 at Mississippi Thunder went a lot better. After chasing the setup all night to get more speed out of it, I got it handling good by feature time. After a rain delay, we were able to run our Heat races. I made the 6 kart Dash with my two Heat race finishing positions of 4th and 5th. I started 6th in the dash and finished 5th. The Feature was 30 laps. We ran 15 laps then stopped for a fuel break, then 15 more. I finished 5th in the A-Main.

The last track of Speedweek was my home track of English Creek Speedway. I was excited to be racing at my home track again. Night 1 started out good with being 5th fastest in Hot Laps out of 31 karts in my class. I finished 2nd in Heat 1. Heat 2 was inverted, starting 8th. I had a good run on the high side passing for 4th and the kart I was passing slid up the track and hit my left rear tire knocking my chain off ending my Heat race. Since my chain came off it put me in the B-Main. The 2nd night at English Creek Speedway was all the Mains. I started 3rd in the B-Main and won it, transferring me to the A Main. I started 11th for the big race at home. On the first corner of the first lap, the kart that started in front of me spun and I got some damage from it. It bent my right nerf bar, right front spindle and king pin. Thankfully I was able to continue. I had to be patient throughout the race and was able to drive through the field and finished 4th. With only 6 races in the Open Class before the Dirt Kart Speedweek, I was happy that I could run up with some of the fastest karts in the country.

Thank you to all my partners that make it possible: Gregg Young Chevrolet Norwalk, TruBank, Sky Zone Des Moines, SKE Chassis, Adam’s Performance, Velocita-USA, MyRacePass, EBU, Ellis Greenhouse, Jocko’s Sprint Parts, Central Iowa Insurance Services, Mahaska Hog Wash, Midwest Balloon Services, Sign Creations, Van Meter Inc., Speed Sport, MPI – Max Papis Innovations, Walker Performance Filtration, Bell Racing, Compass Racing Development, Clem’s Helmets, Speedbear Fasteners, Grandparents.

Submitted By: McKenzie Smith

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