Hunter Brown (age 6-7), Nico Hasenack (8-9), Breyden Scholtz (10-12), Bransyn Kiefer (13-14), and Kylee Nazarenus (15-17) won division titles during Division 5’s Jr. Championship event at Bandimere Speedway in late June.
Golden, Colo., racer Brown got the automatic nod in the 6-7 age-group final when Parker, Colo., competitor Brenna Shannon red-lighted. Brown ran a 17.050 (17.25 dial) on his victory lap.
The 8-9 final round was also decided on a foul start. This time, Sterling, Colo., runner Trevor Schropner left the starting line early, turning on the win light in Hasenack’s lane. Hasenack, who also won a Division 5 championship in 2018, powered his Pueblo, Colo.-based entry to a 12.330 (12.25) en route to victory.
Lakewood, Colo.’s Scholtz left the starting line first by more than six-hundredths in the 10-12 title round, and he turned the advantage into an 8.964 (8.91) to 8.979 (8.95) win against Arvada, Colo., driver Logan Duhachek.
Kiefer made the trip from Kimball, Neb., pay off when he bested Lakewood, Colo., racer Robby Swartwood in the 13-14 class final. Swartwood was better on the Tree, but he carried too much momentum and broke out with an 8.069 (8.11). That opened the door for Kiefer, who turned on the win light with an 8.882 (8.87).
Nazarenus, of Westminster, Colo., added another Division 5 championship to her list of accomplishments when she outlasted Michael Scileppi IV in the 15-17 age group. Scileppi fouled out in the final to give Nazarenus the automatic win. Nazarenus ran right on her 8.04 dial on her victory lap.