Jay Howard’s Motorsports Driver Development program is making waves on the national karting scene as Braden Eves stole the show in the X30 Senior class at the Superkarts! USA (SKUSA) SpringNationals. Taking place at the Phoenix Kart Racing Association (PKRA) facility in Glendale, Arizona this past weekend, Eves drove to the front of the talent filled-field and never looked back to score one of the biggest victories for himself and Jay Howard’s Motorsport Driver Development program.
Improving throughout the weekend, Eves was close to the front of the X30 Senior field but was lacking a little speed throughout Saturday’s wheel-to-wheel competition. Working hard on his Kosmic chassis during every on track session and overnight on Saturday, Eves emerged Sunday morning as one of the drivers to beat. Fine tuning his equipment session after session and utilizing the driving experience, knowledge and advice from Driver Coach Jay Howard, Eves emerged victorious at the end of the weekend.
Saturday would see the young driver qualify in the fifth position before finishing fifth in the main event. Remaining consistent throughout the day, Braden had a hard fought battle at the front of the field leading multiple laps of Saturday’s final before eventually crossing the strip in P5 as rain effected the final outcome. Sunday would see Eves improve on his qualifying effort to the inside of row two. Once again, a hard fought fight at the front of the field would see Eves find his way to the point as he went on to take the win leading all sixteen laps of the main event en route to the fastest race lap and would stand atop the podium later that afternoon.
“Braden drove great all weekend,” explained Jay Howard. “We didn’t practice Thursday, but we were immediately fast the first session on Friday morning. Braden executed the final perfectly, couldn’t have done it any better myself. I am very proud of him and how much he has improved as a driver since joining the MDD program and I am looking forward to the rest of the year as he will be a contender everywhere we go.”
“I have to thank Jay and my Dad for all of their hard work throughout the weekend,” explained Braden Eves. “Without these two, I would not be where I am today.”
In the Micro Swift class, MDD driver Danny Dyszelski would consistently run inside the top ten throughout the weekend. A first lap incident would cause him to drop to the tail of the field but a strong drive forward would solidify a good finish as he shifts his focus to the SKUSA SummerNationals at New Castle Motorsports Park in July.
For more information on Jay Howard’s Motorsports Driver Development program, please contact him via e-mail to Jay@JayHoward.com or visit him online at www.JayHoward.com.