Traxxas' Mitchell DeJong Earns
Back-to-Back LOORS Champ Titles!
Fresh off his ASCC Championship win in Arizona, 15-year-old Mitchell DeJong just added another championship to his resume by taking the 2011 LOORS Modified Kart title. Mitchell raced in 2011 as the reigning 2010 champ, and his repeat victory makes him the first-ever back-to-back champion in LOORS history.
The championship finale could hardly have been scripted more dramatically. Brock Heger started up front and led the field after lap one, with Kyle Hart second, Mitch Guthrie Jr. third, Jeff Hoffman fourth, and Scotty Steele fifth. On lap two, DeJong moved his #1 Traxxas/Red Bull machine into the top five, while farther up in the order, Hart moved into the lead. Guthrie and DeJong each picked up a spot on lap three, and after Heger rolled truck on in turn four, Guthrie and DeJong battled in second and third as they vied for the overall championship. DeJong passed Guthrie just before the competition yellow, and as the green flag waved again, Bradley Morris moved up into the top five. On the final lap, as the field barreled into turn four and the entrance to the “either-or” section, Morris came into the corner too hot and took out Guthrie, the championship points leader. Several drivers sped by before Guthrie could get going again, pushing Guthrie back to tenth. With Guthrie in tenth and defending champion Mitchell DeJong holding second place, DeJong secured a 4-point advantage and moved into first place in season points. The checkers came out as Kyle Hart picked up the race win and Mitchell DeJong earned his second LOORS Modified Kart title.
Mitchell finished the season with six wins, twelve podiums, and five pole-positions, and a place in the record books as the first-ever back-to-back championship winner in LOORS history.