Chatter of Kyle Chisholm’s consistency and determination continues to rise every week and Kyle was ready to keep them talking as the day began in Daytona. His home state advantage was clear to see as the practice sessions began. Kyle looked like he had been riding tracks like the one in Daytona all year as he found the fast lines with ease. Kyle posted another top 20 fastest time as the checkers flew in the final session. Kyle lined up with confidence as he was ready to tackle the rough and rutted dirt. He launched off the gate and continued to run near the front in the opening laps. Kyle knew what he had to do and he executed. He would take the qualifying position and head to the Main Event. Kyle knew there was more to be done and when the gate finally dropped for the final time, he rocketed off the gate. He found himself running near the top ten and was determined to keep his position. His ferocity helped him push through the strenuous conditions to finish a season best, 13th overall on the night.
After a tough LCQ last weekend, Cade Clason had one thing on his mind when he got to Daytona and that was to Qualify for the Main through the Heat race. He hit the multi soil race course with joy as he navigated the unique conditions that Daytona had to offer. He would eventually finish with the 21st fastest overall time of the day and head to the races. When the gate dropped for the Heat, Cade did everything he could to edge his way into the first corner. He came out pretty far back and began to do work but would come up just short by the time the checkers waved. Unfortunately, Cade would go, once again, to the dreaded LCQ. Cade knew what he had to do and was ready to execute. When the gate dropped, he found himself running well inside the top ten and was moving forward quickly. He would Make the move into qualifying position with just a few laps to go. He held on inside that top 4 position all the way to the end and was ready for the main. Cade would stride his way through the technical track and he would end his time in Florida with a 19th overall.
Joan Cros continues to ride the spotlight week after week as he is on the bubble of the main event qualifying position nearly every time he’s on the track. In Daytona, Joan was determined to attack the unique Florida soils as it was challenging to be set for all conditions on one track. He made each practice count as he got stronger and stronger. Joan would eventually qualify just outside the top thirty and was ready to go racing in Florida. When the Heat race began, Joan did not get the usual rocket ship launch off the gate. He struggled as they went down the start straight but Joan continued to fight. He would be knocking on the door of a top ten by race’s end. Joan would line up for the LCQ with determination in his eyes. He bolted down the start straight but was unfortunately plagued with another bad launch off the gate. He funneled through the first corner and began to move forward. By race's end, he was only able to make into 11th and was forced to call it a night in Daytona.
Scotty Wennerstrom started his day in Daytona off with lots of tv time on race day live. He was showing some serious aggression which caught the attention of the camera operators. He was looking strong as he circled the track, eventually finishing up just inside the fast 40. Scotty was looking strong and was ready to go up against the elements in Daytona. When the gate dropped for his Heat, Scotty was pushed back quickly as the thick dirt sucked him down. He began to do everything he could to move forward but was running out of time. By the end he was looking at a trip to the LCQ. His jump off the gate was better in this race but unfortunately he would also finish just short of qualifying position.
Josh Greco has been on the up and up as of late. His speed has been steadily improving as he logs more time on the 250cc machine every day. Josh was no different when the day began in Daytona. Josh took to the track with angst as he hammered the whoop section as fast as he could. He would then string his whoop speed across the whole track showing some serious speed. He would qualify a very impressive 33rd out of all of the 450 classmen. The rest of the night was solid for Josh, He had two solid attempts in the qualifiers and was looking like he could go the distance. Unfortunately, he would fall just short of main event qualification and would call it a night.
Brock Papi was excited to get out on the unique track of Daytona when the sun rose on Saturday. He was feeling especially well after a week of intensive training and was ready to turn some heads. Brock began his day by doing just that. His all white subverter was easy to spot as he flew through the tricky conditions. Brock astoundingly qualified 18th fastest in all of 250s and was ready to get the show on the road. In the Heat race, Brock launched off the gate and was running inside the top ten early on. He was showing what he’s got as he ripped through the challenging track. Unfortunately he would miss the cut by just one position. In the LCQ, Brock was a man possessed, by the end he was knocking on the door of a possible win and snuck into his first main of the year with ease. In the main event, Brock was in unfamiliar territory and doing his best to keep it together. He would end up a very commendable 17th in the 250 class in Daytona.
Josh Cartwright has had an up and down 250 season so far this year, sometimes even on the same day but Josh was determined to see a positive day in Daytona. Josh was caught off guard when the track unveiled it on Saturday morning. Josh never quite found the flow he was looking for but nevertheless, his raw talent would give him a top 20 lap time. Josh would go on to the heat with a smile. When this began, Josh was buried quickly and could not recover no matter how hard he tried. Unfortunately it was a similar case when the LCQ began. He got off to another tricky start against some big names. Josh would do everything he could to make up the positions. When the checkered flag flew, Josh had wound up just 3 spots short of the position needed to go to the Main. On to the next week.
Addison Emory came into Daytona with no expectations. He would take the day in Florida as a learning experience and was ready to get the day started. When practice began, Addison was glad to have no mechanical malfunctions and was happy to be out there with the big boys in the 450 class. He Looked strong early on but would unfortunately struggle with comfort. Daytona is a hard one to be thrown into and Addison was a good example of how tough it can be. There is no doubt that he will come back better and stronger next weekend.