those names graced the leader board on the East Course Tuesday.
The heavy rain generated puddles
as deep as the hubs but did not
dampen the spirits of these young
competitors. “It was a blast,” said
Julian Garfield, and Jesse Seeley was
“totally soaked,” but thought the
course was “really grippy.” Kevin
Teague, who was fourth on day one,
was on rain tires for the first time ever.
Rachel Saunders was the standout
driver on the first runs. Her 69. 3 set
the benchmark. Using considerable
back and forth body motion to help
accelerate the kart she started a trend
picked up by the announcer and other
competitors to make the most of the
clutch grip in the wet. Also quick were
Garfield at 70.0 and Teague at 70.1.
But the course was drying for the
subsequent runs and times started to
drop. Garfield and Seeley laid down
66.5s on their second runs. Third runs
ramped up the excitement with the
top spot temporarily going to Garfield
in kart No. 98 with a 66.2, but Seeley
was right behind in No. 99, crossing
the line with a heat-leading FTD of
66.072, beating all the fendered,
full-sized cars by a sizeable margin.
The karts were incredibly quick on
the West Course, zipping through
slaloms that were challenges for cars
but almost straightaways for these
little buzz bombs. Garfield laid his
claim on the course early with a 64.1.
Only the Montelo brothers, Joey and
Michael, could come within two
seconds of that time. Seeley was three
Garfield really got down to business
on run two knocking 1.2sec off his
time, then took another 0.8sec off on
his last shot to end the day with the
fast time of 62.129 and a total of
128.347. Seeley improved to a 63. 3,
holding on to finish second against a
late charge by Zach Moore.
By a margin of 1.088sec, Garfield
has now won every year Formula
Junior has been contested at Nationals,
four straight, two in FJB and two in
FJA. That ties him for first among the
undefeated – tying the mark of Bob
Hayes some 30 years ago.
FORMULA JUNIOR A
1. Julian Garfield WDC Arrow AX- 9 4S 128.347
2. Jesse Seeley Atl Birel JS2010 129.435
3. Zach Moore Milw Haase Blizzard 131.011
4. Devin Teague CSCC Renspeed 133.100
5. Rachel Saunders Tex VMT Shark 133.572
6. Joey Montelo/Chi (Biesse); 7. Michael Montelo/Chi (BRM); 8. Kate Regganie/Chi
(BRM); 9. Jackson MacLeod/Det (TopKart); 10. Jeremy Ellerby/Iowa (Birel); 11. Dana
Gill/MidS (Haase); 12. Kencey Christopher/CSCC (Renspeed); 13. Jackson Bartling/
Hous (Margay); 14. Willy Taylor/Colo (Margay Puma).
FORMULA JUNIOR B
1. Tom Regganie Chi Margay 138.654
2. Kevin Jung CSCC Birel AR28 142.165
3. Zak Kiesel SanD Nelson Special 144.596
4. Trey White/BlRg (Invader); 5. Neelu Yeoh/CSCC (Birel AR28); 6. Carson Garfield/
WDC (CRG Cadet); 7. Riley Heaton/Neb (Margay); 8. Kaila Kiesel/San D (Nelson
Special); 9. Connor Hughes/CN Y ( Trick Kart).
FORMULA JUNIOR A Julian Garfield Washington DC Region OG Racing/King Yang’s Magic Trailer Arrow AX- 9 4S
FORMULA JUNIOR B
Formula Junior B
The FJB drivers faced the same horrendous conditions as their
bigger brothers and sisters on Tuesday.
And famous names peppered these
results sheets as well, with two Keisels,
a Garfield and a Regganie in the mix.
First drivers, first runs saw Carson
Garfield the only driver in the 70s, but
as the rain relented, second drivers
stormed to the front. Zak Kiesel ran a
76.0, defending winner Tom Regganie
a 75. 9 and Kevin Jung all by his
lonesome leading with a 74.3.
“I think I could have done a little
bit better but I was pushing it to its
limits,” Jung said. “The rain tires
But second runs set the story for
the whole event. Regganie smoked the
field with a 70.063 and no one could
come within three seconds of him.
Jung was a distant second at 73. 5. Zak
Keisel stood on his first run to end the
day in third.
Wednesday’s West Course saw
much nicer weather and much closer
times. Keisel took top time of day with
a 68.571 with Regganie a mere
0.020sec behind and Jung was just
0.029sec behind that. Jung’s last run
might have taken the day but a spin at
the finish after an impressive
four-wheel drift resulted in a DNF.