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Crews claws his way to the win in Mini Swift

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Posted by SuperKarts! USA on Sunday, November 18, 2018

It was yet another Mini Swift event that came down the the final lap as we watched Brent Crews hold back six karts to win gold here in Las Vegas. The pressure came from each direction on the final lap, but the kid from Denver did not stumble.

Crews started from fifth and was quickly into third as he led a trio of drivers trying to catch Kai Sorensen (Supertune USA / Tony Kart) and Nikita Johnson (AKT / Energy) out front. It wasn't until Carson Morgan (RPM / Kart Republic) had moved into the third position that the second group was able to run down the leaders.

The lead group went from two to five as they joined together out front. Lap thirteen proved to the turning point in the 18-lap feature when Crews went from third to first. The Nitro Kart pilot led at the stripe each lap from there on out, despite at times having side-by-side battles but always coming out ahead.

Amid the chaotic closing laps, Johnson had fell to fourth with three to go, but was able to jump up two spots on the penultimate lap and hold that position to the end. My pick to win, Alex Powell (Speed Concepts / Energy), did not appear to have the pace to win, but he kept it close with smart driving and help from the battles ahead of him. The Jamaican kept his nose clean down the stretch and moved into the third spot at the checkered.

Fourth place went to a charging Jace Park, up 12 spots. Sorensen eventually came home fifth after leading the first 13 laps.

Race Results - Top Five

2018 SKUSA SuperNationals XXII Mini Swift Final
Rnk # Driver Gap Best Time
1 #112 Brent Crews Winner! 48.197
2 #123 Nikita Johnson 0.067 48.224
3 #117 Alex Powell 0.355 48.381
4 #2 Jace Park 0.445 48.042
5 #3 Kai Sorensen 0.738 48.218
Full standings
Rnk # Driver Gap Best Time
6 #108 William Macintyre 0.892 47.957
7 #1 Carson Morgan 1.006 48.164
8 #103 Diego LaRoque 2.78 48.147
9 #125 Brandon Carr 3.066 48.44
10 #130 Vinicius Tessaro 3.275 47.891
11 #127 Freddie Slater 3.372 48.252
12 #101 Jack Jeffers 3.452 47.935
13 #118 James Egozi 5.104 48.29
14 #122 Jeremy Fletcher 5.2 48.236
15 #174 Enzo Deligny 9.588 48.629
16 #146 Alex Stanfield 9.823 48.494
17 #172 Andres Castro 10.61 48.366
18 #187 Vinnie Phillips 12.029 48.393
19 #121 Mathias Coito 14.515 48.509
20 #149 Noah Baker 12.329 48.386
21 #171 Paul Bocuse 15.667 48.363
22 #129 Parker DeLong 16.355 48.337
23 #105 Miguel Costa 17.227 48.359
24 #133 Felipe Bernasconi 17.329 48.64
25 #102 Coskun Irfan 13.052 48.518
26 #151 Elliot Cox 18.737 48.441
27 #196 Jakub Kolar 19.267 48.344
28 #177 Christian Miles 19.355 48.741
29 #114 Enzo Swan 19.516 48.671
30 #111 Michael Costello 21.708 48.711
31 #113 AJ Zarcone 21.843 48.703
32 #110 Jimmie Lockhart 22.468 48.805
33 #170 Annie Rhule 22.573 48.869
34 #144 Jesus Vasquez Jr. 22.606 48.588
35 #157 Logan Toke 22.711 48.293
36 #188 Danny Dyszelski 22.974 48.864
37 #119 Jake Santalucia 25.495 49.346
38 #199 Aden Rudolph 29.564 48.643
DNF #124 Santiago Hernandez
DNS #125 Brandon Carr
DNS #122 Jeremy Fletcher
DQ #137 Paolo Milan 8.175 48.279
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