Rock Island Grand Prix

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Cal Stewart, Remo Ruscitti and Josh Lane score multiple wins as records fall at Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix powered by Mediacom

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. ? The 22nd annual Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix powered by Mediacom, the world?s largest karting street race, saw lap records fall in 12 classes ? sometimes multiple times within a race ? as racers wowed throngs of spectators at this year?s event Sept. 3-4.

Ideal weather contributed to a fast track and large spectator turnout, which was also encouraged by the promotional package offered by new naming rights sponsor Mediacom. Last year?s six-win performance by Tony Neilson was followed up by a five-win fist full by Cal Stewart while Josh Lane and Remo Ruscitti each collected two wins. Lap speed records fell left and right including the 10 year-old record for the fastest lap ever run on the track set by Kyle Wiegand in 2006. It was broken by three drivers in this year?s Jim Murley Memorial King of the Streets race. The new track mark was set by Texan Austin Wilkins (Sodi/stock Honda/MG) with a 31.084 on his way to a third place finish in the open shifter category.

This year?s Travis DeVriendt Memorial Race for Briggs LO206 Heavy sponsored by Gett Industries was run in memory of the kart racer who died last year. It honors his long-time participation at Rock Island and in an effort raise awareness of suicide prevention. It featured a 38 kart field and afforded Stewart his first win at Rock Island over Scott Kleman by just .046 of a second. At the Xtream Awards Ceremony there was not a dry eye as Stewart presented his Rock trophy to Ron DeVriendt, Travis? father.

Stewart also won LO 206 Medium, Yamaha Heavy and Medium and LO206 Heavy 2. ?This is one of the greatest days I?ve had in karting so far,? he told the media. ?You?re only here once a year and it?s all about getting the Rock.?

The late former SuperKarts! USA director was remembered with the running of the Jim Murley Memorial King of the Streets race sponsored by LeCont tires to crown the top gearbox street racer. While Wilkins broke the 10 year-old fast lap record for the class, the race was won by Canadian Italkart pilot Remo Ruscitti with the reigning King of the Streets Josh Lane second. Ruscitti also won the TAG Senior race. Californian Ethan Wilson returned to claim the win he lost in tech last year, taking home the TAG Masters title

Other karting icons who died this past year, Gus Traeder and Don Janowski, were remembered during Sunday?s Opening Ceremonies.

Vintage kart racing also became a bigger part of the event this year with three vintage classes on the card featuring karts from 1985 or older. They were won by Tom Day in the Mac class, Randy Duncalf in Sportsman and Jerry Nagel in Open.

Tony Neilson added to his growing win total by taking wins in the Yamaha Heavy 1 and LO206 Masters races ? the first coming by just .024 over Michael Dittmer. Neilson now has 14 career wins at Rock Island. Connor Lund also added a win to his total in Clone Heavy.

"The competition level here this year, everybody stepped up their game," Neilson said. "Cal Stewart, congrats to him. It was an all-around good weekend.?

Margay Racing again showcase its Ignite spec racer package which features the Margay K3 chassis, the Briggs & Stratton sealed 206cc 4-cycle engine and Bridgestone tires. There were a solid 22 entries in the Senior Ignite Shootout class which was won by Texan Jeffrey Dolian. While the Junior Ignite class was small in its first appearance at Rock Island, the drivers demonstrated exceptional racing talents in a close battle won by local driver Ashton Wheeler over Spike Kohlpecker of St. Louis.

There were 12 new class speed records set on the weekend and Anthony Honeywell went home with three of them in TaG Masters (32.852), TaG Senior (32.173), and a half-second faster than the old mark in 125 Masters (31.994) ? the only class he won.

The event also marked the return of the 80cc shifters to Rock Island. The class was won by Josh Lane, but he gave his Rock to second place finisher Devon Smith-Harden, saying he wouldn?t have run the class without Smith-Harden?s invitation and support.

Sponsors include Mediacom, AT&T, Jumer?s Casino Rock Island, O?Reilly Auto Parts, Jack?s Brake & Alignment and Modern Woodmen Bank. Race sponsors include Briggs & Stratton Racing, Modern Woodmen Financial agent Joe Schurr, CBS4- TV, Schurr Power Racing, Sunbelt Rentals, LeCont Tires, AMT Ambulance, Johannes Bus Service Inc., Gett Industries and Margay Racing.

Media partners include The Dispatch and Rock Island Argus newspapers, CBS4, Fox 18 and Quad-Cities CW, eKartingnews.com, and radio stations Q106, Fox Sports QC, WOC and WLLR. Other sponsors include Rock Island McDonald?s restaurants, Holiday Inn Rock Island, Courtesy Car City, Verizon IndyCar Series, Miller Trucking and Excavating, Meier Trucking, Gas & Electric Credit Union, Rogan Scale, J&J Camper, 61 Kartway, Triple E Sales, and Zimmerman Honda - Alpha Romeo ? Fiat.

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The Xtreme Rock Island Grand Prix powered by Mediacom is hosted by the Downtown Rock Island Arts and Entertainment District which features retail shops, excellent restaurants, live entertainment, dinner theater, art galleries and comedy clubs all within walking distance of the host hotel. Jumer?s Casino & Hotel is just a short drive away. Rock Island is located on the Mississippi River three hours west of Chicago in an area known as the Quad-Cities which straddles the river and the Illinois/Iowa border. It is at the intersection of Interstate highways 74, 88 and 80 and is served by Quad City International Airport in Moline, Ill. (www.ridistrict.com)

Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix powered by Mediacom

Briggs & Stratton Local Option 206 Heavy 1

Travis DeVriendt Memorial Race

Laps: 15. Best lap time: Scott Kleman, 36.264

Pos Name Hometown Diff

1 Cal Stewart DeKalb ---

2 Scott Kleman Novi, MI .046

3 Connor Lund Davis, IL 2.768

4 Tony Nielson Delmar, IA 2.863

5 Matt Pewe Davenport 2.990

6 Jordan Bernloehr Lakeville, MN 6.072

7 Robby Warner Quincy, IL 11.516

8 Garritt Powell Danville, IN 11.658

9 Marvin Borntreger Elroy, WI 11.776

10 Derek Hastings Columbus, IN 11.965

11 Logan Smith St Charles, IL 13.685

12 Allen Borntreger Elroy, WI 12.782

13 Michael Dittmer Davenport, IA 21.791

14 Ryan Otterman Cedar Lake, IN 22.353

15 Nick Ockenfels Bettendorf, IA 22.458

16 Mike Welsh Bettendorf, IA 22.701

17 Nick Denny Indianapolis, IN 22.744

18 Daniel Seaman Streamwood, IL 23.694

19 Nathan Rossiter Marseilles, IL 23.837

20 Andrew Wilson Anacortes, WA 25.837

21 Ken Williams High Ridge, MO 30.638

22 Paul Enlow Browsburg, IN 31.193

23 Derich Cutshaw Indianapolis, IN 38.146

24 Jesse Pritchett Arlington, TN 1 lap

25 Travis Allard na 1 lap

26 Chad Kepner Indianapolis, IN 1 lap

27 Nelson Ullinskey Kewanee, IL 1 lap

28 Anthony Munson Rock Island, IL 1 lap

29 Travis Kepner Indianapolis, IN 3 laps

30 Phil Weber Allen, TX 3 laps

31 Carson Thye Bedford, TX 4 laps

32 Greg Jasperson Rosemount, MN 7 laps

33 Joseph Rapp Bettendorf, IA 10 laps

34 Dan Dahlgren Rock Island, IL 10 laps

35 Chris Rossiter Marseilles, IL 11 laps

36 Mahlon Borntreger Elroy, WI 13 laps

37 Jaden Coulter Quincy , IL 14 laps

DNS Shawn Ross Adkins, TX

Yamaha Heavy Super Can Heavy 1

Laps: 20. Best lap time: Michael Dittmer, 34.580

Pos Name Hometown Diff

1 Tony Nielson Delmar, IA ---

2 Michael Dittmer Davenport .024

3 Morgan Schuler DeWitt, IA .15

4 Carter Pease East Moline, IL .456

5 Tony Jump Chicago, IL .759

6 Tim Goettsch Bettendorf, IA 4.419

7 Alex Angel Speedway, IN 11.849

8 Jason Ewers Fishers, IN 12.404

9 Brant Carter Davenport, IA 13.444

10 Casey Jacobs Colona, IL 13.934

11 Erin Dunn Clinton, IA 16.614

12 Shane Wells Bettendorf, IA 22.529

13 Drew Fisher Milan, IA 22.605

14 Garrett Nimmick Clinton, IA 25.111

15 Troy Porter Rock Island, IA 25.389

16 Mike Welsh Bettendorf, IA 6 laps

17 Josh Fisher Milan, IL 6 laps

18 Aaron Bromberek Lemont, IL 8 laps

19 Weston Moon Ft Wayne, IN 14 laps

20 Richard Bolander Burlington 19 lap

4-Cycle Clone Heavy

Laps: 15. Best lap time: Tony Nielson, 36.242

Pos Name Hometown Diff

1 Connor Lund Davis, IL ---

2 Matt Pewe Davenport, IA 1.730

3 Tony Nielson Delmar, IA 1.965

4 Ty Schurr Orion, IL 28.079

5 Chad Kepner Indianapolis, IN 40.231

6 Mark Petersen Clinton, IA 1 lap

7 Rex Kepner Fowler, IN 1 lap

8 Casey Newmarch Long Grove, IA 1 lap

King of the Streets

Jim Murley Memorial

Laps: 20. Best lap time: Austin Wilkins, 31.084 (RIGP track record, previously set by Kyle Wiegand, 31.176, 2006)

Pos Name Hometown Diff

1 Remo Ruscitti Burnaby, BC, Canada ---

2 Josh Lane Pingree Grove, IL 1.489

3 Austin Wilkins Texas 3.293

4 Colton Aldridge Indianapolis, IN 4.726

5 Anthony Honeywell Tulsa, OK 7.444

6 Sky Finley na 8.330

7 Scott Barnes Pembroke, Bermuda 15.673

8 Alex Conlin LaPorte, IN 15.846

9 Zachary Schiff na 20.112

10 Cody Elliott Lake Geneva, WI 22.769

11 Colin Long na 23.037

12 Lance Lane Algonguin, IL 23.422

14 Tony Malito Carmel IN 1 lap

15 Josh Martin Carmel, IN 1 lap

16 Brady Ross Lavernia, TX 2 laps

17 Joe Ruch McCordsville, IN 10 laps

18 Eric Riggs Downers Grove, IL 14 laps

19 Michael Vitkus na 15 laps

20 John Meier Bellevue, IA 15 laps

21 Derek Crockett Millstadt, IL 16 laps

DNS Miles Miller Avon, IN

TaG Masters

Laps: 20. Best lap time: Anthony Honeywell, 32.852

Pos Name Hometown Diff

1 Ethan Wilson Santa Clara, CA ---

2 Chuck Kocan Naperville, IL 6.331

3 Gary Roehl Seattle, WA 6.621

4 Peter Cook Orland Park, IL 8.185

5 Dean Leifheit N. Aurora, IL 8.408

6 Brian Wake Davenport, IA 12.249

7 Anthony Honeywell Tulsa, OK 2 laps

8 Jason North Bermuda 19 laps

9 Christopher Wilberg N. Vancouver, Canada19 laps

Briggs & Stratton Local Option 206 Medium

Laps: 15. Best lap time: Scott Kleman, 35.950

Pos Name Hometown Diff

1 Cal Stewart DeKalb, IL ---

2 Mike Welsh Bettendorf, IA .060

3 Scott Kleman Novi, MI .197

4 Tony Nielson Delmar, IA 3.831

5 Jeremy Remick St. Peters, MO 15.342

6 Derich Cutshaw Indianapolis, IN 15.440

7 Brodie Myer Leanington, Ont. 16.299

8 Kevin Janders Gig Harbor, WA 17.031

9 Chase Allard Bristol, IN 18.251

10 Garritt Powell Danville, IN 18.886

11 Mahlon Borntreger Elroy, WI 26.026

12 Nick Denny Indianapolis, IN 28.200

13 Robby Warner Quincy, IL 39.101

14 David Borntreger Blue River, WI 1 lap

15 Greg Jasperson Rosemount, MN 1 lap

16 Mark Bollaert Oak Grove, IL 2 laps

17 Jeffrey Dolian Plano, TX 4 laps

18 David Duyvejonck Andalusia, IL 4 laps

19 Carson Thye Beford, TX 8 laps

20 Connor Lund Davis, IL 11 laps

21 Allen Borntreger Elroy, IL 13 laps

DNF Matt Pewe Davenport, IA

DNF Josh Lockhart Columbus, IN

DNF Michael Dittmer Davenport, IA

DNF Phil Weber Allen, TX

DNS Chuck Karau Rochester, MN

Yamaha Super Cam Medium

Laps: 20. Best lap time: Cal Stewart, 34.813

Pos Name Hometown Diff

1 Cal Stewart DeKalb ---

2 Tony Jump Chicago, IL 4.215

3 Tony Nielson Delmar, IA 4.367

4 Devon Smith-Harden Nashville, IN 13.177

5 Mike Welsh Bettendorf, IA 13.875

6 Garritt Powell Danville, IN 15.712

7 Erin Dunn Clinton, IA 23.962

8 Aaron Bromberek Lemont, IL 24.034

9 Josh Fisher Milan, IL 1 lap

10 Kevin Tong Oak Park, IL 2 laps

11 Tim Goettsch Bettendorf, IA 8 laps

12 Chad Clay Lisle, IL 17 laps

DNF Carter Pease East Moline, IL

DNF Drew Fisher Milan, IL

DNF Michael Dittmer Davenport, IA

DNS Weston Moon Ft Wayne, IN

Margay Ignite Senior Shootout

Laps: 15. Best lap time: Jordan Bernloehr, 34.441

Pos Name Hometown Diff

1 Jeffrey Dolian Plano, TX ---

2 Jordan Bernloehr Lakeville, MN .497

3 Ken Williams High Ridge, MO 2.812

4 Nick Todtenhaupt House Springs, MO 2.965

5 Michael Scharf St. Louis. MO 6.781

6 David Cole Comstock Park, MI 9.313

7 Andrew Coulter Quincy , IL 14.983

8 Keith Scharf Kirkwood, MO 16.987

9 Rod Scharf Greenwood, IN 18.797

10 Andy Thompson Tulare, CA 30.808

11 Todd Beckman na 31.283

12 Mike Seebold na 34.831

13 Jon Vernier Mascoutah, IL 39.355

14 Brandin Moore na 1 lap

15 Alexander Koreiba na 1 lap

16 John Noto na 1 lap

17 Rick Skinner na 1 lap

18 Scott Banner Brockport, NY 2 laps

19 Nick Ockenfels Bettendorf, IA 9 laps

20 Paul Fodde na 9 laps

21 James Rucker na 13 laps

DNS Ryan Bettenausen Glen Carbon, IL

TaG Senior

Laps: 20. Best lap time: Anthony Honeywell, 32.173

Pos Name Hometown Diff

1 Remo Ruscitti Burnaby, BC Canada ---

2 Colton Aldridge Indianapolis, IN 1.181

3 Aaron Snyder N. Aurora, IL 4.010

4 Josh Lane Pingree Grove, IL 4.777

5 Andrew Wilson Anacortes, WA 16.435

6 Lane Vascala Spring, TX 17.093

7 Jason North Bermuda 21.546

8 Paige Evans 31.083

9 Gary Roehl Seattle, WA 5 laps

10 Austin Wilkins na 6 laps

11 Anthony Honeywell Tulsa, OK 9 laps

12 Morgan Healy Bradenton, FL 10 laps

DNS Christopher Wilberg N. Vancouver,Canada

Briggs & Stratton Local Option 206 Masters

Laps: 15. Best lap time: Tony Nielson, 37.000

Pos Name Hometown Diff

1 Tony Nielson Delmar, IA ---

2 Mike Welsh Bettendorf, IA .202

3 Ken Williams High Ridge, MO 9.153

4 Robby Warner Quincy, IL 9.310

5 Greg Jasperson Rosemount, MO 9.459

6 Bryan Bernloehr Lakeville, MN 20.455

7 Randy Raridon Tonica, IL 21.422

8 Travis Allard na 21.536

9 Dan Dahlgren Rock Island, IL 28.101

10 Michael Dittmer Davenport, IA 32.614

11 Albert Cram Iowa City, IA 32.889

12 Larry Luedtke Oxford, IA 34.861

13 Jesse Pritchett Arlington, TX 1 lap

14 Rob Downing Jr. Topeka, KS 1 lap

15 Mark Cerk na 1 lap

16 Anthony Munson Rock Island, IL 1 lap

17 Larry Skloss Converse, TX 1 lap

18 Jay Badgley McHenry, IL 1 lap

19 Robert Bromberek Lemont, IL 11 laps

125cc Shifter Masters

Laps: 20. Best lap time: Anthony Honeywell, 31.994

Pos Name Hometown Diff

1 Anthony Honeywell Tulsa, OK ---

2 AJ Noud Greenwood, IN 7.693

3 Ryan Riggs Plainfield, IL 12.249

4 Lance Lane Algonguin, IL 12.430

5 Scott Barnes Pembroke, Bermuda 21.401

6 Josh Martin Tulsa, OK 21.652

7 Terry Riggins Anderson, IN 27.446

8 Troy Smith Norman, OK 13 laps

9 Ethan Wilson Santa Clara, CA 16 laps

10 John Meier Bellevue, IA 17 laps

11 Brad Schmider Mapleton, IL 17 laps

12 Eric Riggs Downers Grove, IL 18 laps

Vintage

Pos Name Hometown Diff

Mac

1 Tom Day Galesburg, IL Not timed

2 Kirk Gustafson na

3 Tom D?Elia. Lewistown, NY

DNS Gary Wlodarsky Wellington, Ohio

Sportsman

1 Randy Duncalf Taylor Ridge, IL Not timed

DNS Jeff Hoff Fulton, IL

DNS Richard Hoff Fulton, IL

Open

1 Jerry Nagel Napoleon, Ohio Not timed

2 Shawn Welte Onalaska, WI

3 Steve Welte Richland Center, WI

4 Boone Rule Belleville, WI

5 Brad Arp Davenport, IA

6 Jim Yeager Coal Valley, IL

7 Aaron Krueger. Lincoln, IL

80cc Shifter Masters

Laps: 20. Best lap time: Josh Lane, 33.050

Pos Name Hometown Diff

1 Josh Lane Pingree Grove, IL ---

2 Devon Smith-Harden Nashville, IN 15.228

3 Chase Allard Bristol, IN 16.221

4 Tony Malito Carmel, IN 28.032

5 Tyler Sawyers Harrison, OH 1 lap

6 Caleb Smock Plainfield, IN 1 lap

7 Zachary Schiff na 2 laps

8 JR Allard na 2 laps

9 Timothy Sawyers Harrison, OH 2 laps

10 Paul Enlow Brownsburg, IN 6 laps

11 Joe Ruch McCordsville, IN 18 laps

DNF Chris Worthington Franklin, IN

DNS AJ Noud Greenwood, IN

Briggs & Stratton Local Option 206 Heavy 2

Laps: 15. Best lap time: Cal Stewart, 36.414

Pos Name Hometown Diff

1 Cal Stewart DeKalb, IL ---

2 Scott Kleman Novi, MI .463

3 Matt Pewe Davenport, IA 1.506

4 Connor Lund Davis, IL 6.412

5 Tony Nielson Delmar, IA 6.675

6 Allen Borntreger Elroy, WI 7.150

7 Logan Smith St. Charles, IL 7.277

8 Garritt Powell Danville, IN 7.461

9 Mahlon Borntreger Elroy, WI 7.729

10 Marvin Borntreger Elroy, WI 10.023

11 Ryan Otterman Cedar Lake, IN 12.668

12 Greg Jasperson Rosemount, IN 12.928

13 Robby Warner Quincy, IL 15.101

14 Joseph Rapp Bettendorf, IA 15.252

15 Daniel Seaman Streamwood, IL 15.340

16 Travis Kepner Indianapolis, IN 24.186

17 Jordan Bernloehr Lakeville, MN 27.643

18 Derek Hastings Columbus, IN 30.102

19 Randy Raridon Tonica, IL 1 lap

20 Anthony Munson Rock Island, IL 1 lap

21 Chad Kepner Indianapolis, IN 1 lap

22 Carson Thye Bedford, TX 3 laps

23 Michael Dittmer Davenport, IA 3 laps

24 Nathan Rossiter Marseilles, IL 3 laps

25 Larry Luedtke Oxford, IA 4 laps

26 Bryan Bernloehr Lakeville, MN 6 laps

27 Mike Welsh Bettendorf, IA 10 laps

DNS Josh Lockhart Columbus

DNS Chris Rossiter Marseilles, IL

DNS Chuck Karau Rochester, MN

DNS Jaden Coulter Quincy, IL

Margay Ignite Junior Shootout

Laps: 15. Best lap time: xx, 31.994

Pos Name Hometown Diff

1 Ashton Wheeler Donahue, IA ---

2 Spike Kohlpecker St. Louis, MO 1.72

3 Eli Fox Whitestown, IN 1.865

4 Joey Kall Burr, IL 29.003

5 Austin Dahlgren Rock Island, IL 33.418

6 Gage Rucker Truxton, MO 2 laps

Yamaha Super Can Heavy 2

Laps: 20. Best lap time: Cal Stewart, 34.571

Pos Name Hometown Diff

1 Cal Stewart DeKalb, IL ---

2 Carter Pease East Moline, IL .547

3 Tim Goettsch Bettendorf, IA 2.483

4 Weston Moon Ft. Wayne, IN 2.632

5 Mike Clausen na 3.923

6 Tony Nielson Delmar, IA 9.277

7 Casey Jacobs Colona, IL 9.349

8 Alex Angel Speedway, IN 18.017

9 Erin Dunn Clinton, IA 18.293

10 Shane Wells Bettendorf, IA 22.005

11 Troy Porter Rock Island, IL 22.132

12 Garrett Nimmick Clinton, IA 34.479

13 Josh Fisher Milan, IL 1 lap

14 Brant Carter Davenport, IA 4 laps

15 Jason Ewers Fishers, IN 13 laps

16 Morgan Schuler DeWitt, IA 16 laps

DNS Drew Fisher Milan, IL

DNS Mike Welsh Bettendorf, IA