Updated: Nov 21
MADISON, Illinois, July 21, 2020 --- The first half of the racing season has been nothing but successful for the Bobby Krug Racing Team. The driver of the #51 Margay Ignite K3 sits on top of the points standings in the Gateway Kartplex Ignite Series, Margay Racing Ignite Challenge Series and the United States & Canada Briggs Weekly Racing Series.
The first race of the Gateway Kartplex Ignite Series was not looking promising for Krug as he qualified seventh on the regular layout but was able to make up ground in the pre-final and final to finish second behind 2018 Ignite Series Champion, Evan Stamer. Krug packed up and headed to the first race of the Ignite Challenge Series at Whiteland Raceway Park in Indiana. Krug competed in the club race the night before and finished P6 recovering from contact early in the final. With a fresh start, Krug qualified P5 for the first feature race and quickly made his way to P3 in the opening laps. On lap 4, race leader Eric Fagan spun in the hairpin which forced second place driver Matt Chubb to go high and Krug passed both drivers using the inside line. Krug had to defend the lead for the remaining 15 laps while Eric Loddeke challenged him lap after lap. The checkered flag flew and Krug took his first ever win behind the wheel of an Ignite kart.
"I can't believe it, I wanted to be able to win not only to prove it to myself but because of all the hard work behind the scenes," Krug said with tears of joy.
Krug would start and finish P2 in the second feature as Fagan pulled away from the field and Chubb was too far back. Krug left Whiteland as the points leader in Ignite Challenge by 34 points. Race 2 and 3 at the Gateway Kartplex were ran as a double feature in the backwards direction, a layout that has been very good and bad to Krug in the past. Krug started second for the first feature and won as he was able to pull away from the rest of the field as battling ensued behind him for the second place spot. In the second feature, Krug was able to win again but not as easily as Adam Crepin kept him honest throughout the 15 lap race. Courtsey of Adam Ward and his teammates, champagne and confetti flew over the podium celebration as Krug took home 3 back-to-back wins and took the points lead over from Evan Stamer.
Most recently, the Gateway Kartplex hosted another double feature race weekend for Race 4 and 5 on the track extension layout. Krug qualified on the pole for both features but did not have great starts as he would lose spots early on in both races. In the first feature, Krug would take the lead for a short period of time but lost the lead after avoidable contact with Hunter Richardson which moved Krug back to P4. Krug fought his way back up to P2 as Trevor Eggemeyer would get his first Ignite Senior class win. In the second feature, Krug fell back to P3 on the start but was able to pass Loddeke and hold off Eggemeyer to pick up his fourth win this year. With five races in the books in the Gateway Kartplex Ignite Series, Krug is the points leader by 297 points over Eggemeyer.
Next up for the Bobby Krug Racing Team is the Ignite Challenge races at TNT Kartways on August 8 and Mid-State Kart Club on August 9. Bobby Krug Racing Team would like to thank their sponsors and partners: Margay Racing, Skip Barber Racing School, Gateway Kartplex, What's That Like? Podcast, Mark Schwigen Photography, Three Two Designs and Global Force Kartsport.