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Dickerson shines for Full Throttle Karting at SpringNational 
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Dickerson shines for Full Throttle Karting at SpringNationals

May 4, 2011 (Orange, Calif.) – With the wintertime Gatorz Challenge of the Americas wrapped up in March, Full Throttle Karting – led by owner Andy Seesemann – traveled to Musselman Honda Circuit in Tucson, Arizona to compete in the kickoff of the SKUSA ProTour, the SpringNationals.

Aboard their Arrow Karts powered by FTK built Rotax engines, the SpringNationals would provide drivers Dakota Dickerson and Jeremy Kane, competing in TAG Senior, and TAG Masters drivers Scott Falcone and Seesemann the opportunity to size up the competition in their respective classes and get acclimated to competing on the MG rubber used by SKUSA.

The big hero for FTK would be Dickerson. Competing for the first time in a Senior race, Dickerson qualified fifth for the Saturday race and raising eyebrows considering the level of talent in the TAG Senior field. He would continue to be fast, finishing second in both heat races, and finished the main in third place as he battled with the leaders throughout the twenty lap main, setting the race’s fastest lap.

Sunday would be more challenging, as he could only muster a 15th in qualifying. Staying out of trouble at the start of each heat, Dickerson finished the first one in ninth and the second one in fifth, putting him in contention for another podium. From fifth place he marched forward, leading for a short period before being shuffled back again but he would ultimately cross the finish line in second place, scoring his second podium in two days and finishing second overall for the weekend. His driving earned him a $500 check from SKUSA.

Kane would have a challenging weekend in TAG Senior, with his qualifying effort on Sunday of ninth being a highlight until he was sent off track in the second heat race. He would finish Saturday’s main in 23rd and Sunday’s in 21st.

In Masters, Scott Falcone showed plenty of spend but luck seemed to elude him by the time the mains rolled around. He qualified third on
Saturday, was well inside the top five in the heat races, and while battling for second place in the main he was pushed off the track with five laps remaining. He would cross the line in tenth, but Seesemann wouldn’t see the finish line after he was caught up in a vicious crash while running in ninth place that sent him out of his kart. Battered and bruised, Seesemann escaped without any serious injury but would not take part in Sunday’s races.

Falcone bettered his qualifying effort from Saturday by qualifying second on Sunday, finishing the first heat race in third and the second heat in second. Falling back at the start of the main, Falcone would go off track again while running in fourth place, ending his bid for a podium position. He would finish the main in eighth place.

“This was a very, very competitive race weekend,â€

Mon May 09, 2011 3:19 pm
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