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EKN Trackside: 2021 SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals – Sunday Report
Tuesday, 17 August 2021 05:10

Hannah Greenemeier added her name to the list of SKUSA Pro Tour champions with the title in X30 Senior (Photo: EKN)

Sunday was the sixth and final round to the 2021 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour with the 11th running of the SummerNationals hosting the series finale. What began in March in New Orleans, was completed at the New Castle Motorsports Park with the sixth and final round of this year’s championship program. The New Castle, Indiana facility provided an amazing day for racing, with all nine categories deciding just who would end up with the coveted SKUSA #1 plate in their respective classes. History was made throughout the day, including the second ever female series champion, the first three-time shifterkart headline title winner, and the first driver to record six career championships at the SKUSA Pro Tour.

The title chase in the Rolison Performance Group X30 Senior division was done to just two drivers. Branyon Tiner (RPG / Kosmic) held a slight advantage over Hannah Greenemeier (RPG / Kosmic) heading into the final round. Greenemeier nearly grabbed the 10 bonus points for fast time in qualifying but was edged out by Saturday winner Nate Cicero (RPG / Kosmic). He along with Greenemeier and Ryan Norberg (RPG / Kosmic) decided the Prefinal with four-time champ Norberg earning the win. Tiner was making his way forward inside the top-10 when contact put him off the track and eventually out of the race. That set up for a scenario for the championship to be in the hands of Greenemeier depending on the results of the main event. Norberg was able to get away from the field at the start of the Final as Cicero was shuffled off in the opening corners and then collected in a multiple kart pileup in turn three, ending his day. Norberg set his ride on cruise control, running consistent times over the 16-lap race to drive away to a 4.680-second advantage. Greenemeier was in the fight for a podium position behind Norberg. She along with Pauly Massimino (RPM / Kosmic), Braden Eves (MPG / WPK) and Thomas Annunziata (MDR / Tony Kart) were in the fight. Annunziata was able to edge out Massimino and Hannah at the line for the runner-up spot. Massimino was given a pushback bumper penalty, thus dropping him to fifth and Thomas Nepveu to fourth in his Trinity Karting Group / Kart Republic debut weekend. And it also promoted Greenemeier to the third step of the podium, clinching the SKUSA Pro Tour championship, becoming only the second female champion in the 12-year history of the program. Full story on eKartingNews.com