Norway, Ill. (August 10, 2012) - Zach Holden raced his Comet Kart Sales No. 2 Arrow to his seventh win of the 2012 World Karting Association Manufacturers Cup Series this past weekend at round five of the national circuit at Concept Haulers Motor Speedway, the track popularly referred to as "Norway" just west of Chicago in Sheridan, Illinois.
Holden, who competed in the five Junior Sportsman categories, recorded the win in Saturday's Komet Sportsman main. The victory marked Holden's first of the season in the Komet Piston Valve-powered division, and it gives him the point lead in the division over Brandon Lemke with one race remaining.
The win was a hard-fought one. Holden ran fifth and then fourth throughout the opening circuits of the 14-lap final. Once he cleared Garrett Moran for fourth, the 12-year-old shoe ran down the top-three drivers and made it past David Malukas for the third position on lap six.
Holden ran behind Leonardo Stoia and Lemke until the final lap, when he past Lemke for second in the Monza corner and darted his Arrow inside of Stoia in the final corners. The pair drag-raced to the checkers with Zach edging Stoia by just 0.072 seconds.
"The KPP (Komet) race was definitely exciting," Holden reflected after the weekend. "I just kept working as hard as I could, and by midrace I knew we had a shot at the win. After running sixth and ninth in the two finals earlier Saturday, the Komet win definitely made up for it. It's a tough class and any time you can come away with the win you feel good."
With his Komet victory at CHMS, Zach now has at least one feature win in each of the four - Cadet, Komet, Yamaha 1 and 2 - Jr Sportsman Man Cup divisions in 2012.
He is the only driver who can make that claim.
The rest of Holden's Norway weekend was consistent. With an eye on the points and a shot at the elusive WKA Triple Crown championship, Holden finished no worse than 11th in the other four Jr Sportsman finals.
He opened the weekend with a sixth-place result in Cadet Final 1. A ninth-place finish in Yamaha Sportsman 1 preceded his Komet victory.
On Sunday, Holden was 11th and Cadet Final 2 and closed the weekend with a fifth-place run in Yamaha Sportsman 2.
With one race remaining on the 2012 WKA Man Cup circuit - a Sept. 14-16 date at Holden's home track, New Castle Motorsports Park - Holden has a legitimate shot at, at least three WKA national championships.
"The points are close, and we're hoping to win some championships," Holden commented. "Everyone is racing hard and trying to win. We've won seven races and that's great, but we've let some get away that I wish we could have back. Everyone on our team has worked so hard, and there isn't another track I'd rather go to try and win some championships than New Castle. I want to say thanks to my dad, Comet Kart Sales, Kyle Ludwick and KartSport North America. Without all their help, this wouldn't be possible."
Next up for Holden is the WKA Great Lakes Sprint Series season closer Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at New Castle. He'll close out the Man Cup season a couple weeks later at the aforementioned New Castle show Sept 14-16.
Zach Holden is an 11-year-old go-kart racer from Greenfield, Indiana. He's a budding young star in the Cadet, Komet and Yamaha Sportsman classes in the WKA Manufacturers Cup Series, his primary focus. He's also a regular in the Great Lakes Sprint Series and KRA Series at New Castle. Holden races Comet Racing Engines-powered Arrow chassis for his family-owned team.