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French finds a way to win in S1 over Carlton

Jake French was the class of the field in S1 for the Pre-Final, but had his hands absolutely full of Gary Carlton in the Final.

French led for the opening 17 laps before the Formula K pilot finally reeled in the Texan and overtook the lead into the slippery downhill corner of turn three. French would not go quietly into the night, as he seemed to have a horsepower edge over 

Carlton down the straights. The two would swap the lead a handful of times over the closing 6 laps until it ultimately led to a drag race over the last 1000 feet. With just enough draft, French would squeeze by for the win by .02 and most likely securing the championship he's gone after for years.

Danny Formal and Mathias Ramirez each had their karts in third, but both eventually retired with mechanical failures, leaving Kyle Kalish to join the top two on the podium after a 10 month hiatus from the sport. Sonoma winners Nic Leduc and Billy 

Musgrave raced Kalish hard for that podium spot, but came up short in the end.

2017 SKUSA SummerNationals Saturday S1 Final

Pos Driver Laps Total Time Difference Gap Best Time Best Lap
1 JAKE FRENCH 25 1:02.600 12
2 GARY CARLTON 25 0.020 1:02.549 17
3 KYLE KALISH 25 7.287 1:02.754 21
4 NIC LEDUC 25 7.697 1:02.640 20
5 BILLY MUSGRAVE 25 8.137 1:02.666 16
6 AUSTIN WILKINS 25 8.996 1:02.809 14
7 BRIAN KECK 25 9.812 1:02.823 15
DNF MATHIAS RAMIREZ 22 2 Laps 1:02.623 8
DNF DANNY FORMAL 16 9 Laps 1:02.736 10
DNF HUNTER PICKETT 16 9 Laps 1:02.979 9
DNF HUNTER KELLY 2 23 Laps 1:05.098 2

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