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It was the opening round of the Texas Sprint Racing Series (TSRS), and it was a podium filled for Trackside Karting Services. Taking place at NOLA Motorsports Park, TKS stood on the blocks in multiple different classes showing the speed to compete against some of North America’s best karting drivers.

“What a great weekend for TSRS and TKS,” explained Tim Lobaugh. “The series continues to grow bringing more competition, teams, and drivers in, and that is great for karting. The Cadet and Junior classes were well attended, and the level was high. In our program, we had speed in almost every class to fight for wins but left with several podium finishes which have made us hungrier and motivated for more at round two.”

In the 206 Cadet class, it was Trackside Karting Services Tanner Barsch who was able to convert his second-place qualifying effort into a main event victory holding a host of hungry drivers behind him. Putting a pair of drivers inside the top-five, the 2023 Cadet champion Aston Wyatt crossed the line fourth after finishing all three of his heat races in the top three while Marshall Steve, TKS newcomer showed great speed qualifying third and finishing seventh in the weekend’s main event, just ahead of the eighth place finisher of Tyler Morawiec who was the winner of the Cup Karts North America event last month at NOLA Motorsports Park. 2023 Kid Kart winner Brennan Barsch made his move to the Cadet ranks and in his first race finished in the 18th position.

It was a double podium for TKS in the 206 Junior class as Robert Arana and Chris Tracey fought hard to assert themselves at the front of the field. Arana earned the pole position followed by first, second, and third in the three heat races before finishing the main event in second, just ahead of Tracey who went second, third, and fourth in his three heat races before ending strong on the podium in third. It was a great showing for the pair of Junior drivers.

With only one competitor in the 206 Heavy class, Madison Knox had a trio of top-three heat race results before finishing the day fourth overall.

A four-driver strong 206 Senior class saw the likes of Ragan Saville, Jacob Oliver, Brayden Robertson, and Noah Murphy fly the Trackside Karting Services colors as the quartet showed speed. Leading the way on the results sheet for the team was Saville who climbed to the top step of the podium while Robertson moved forward from his P10 qualifying effort to add another podium for the Texas-based program in third. Oliver, in his first race with TKS, showed great speed and potential finishing just outside the top-ten as Murphy, who recently moved into the Senior class, improved throughout the weekend and ended his race in P20.

In Mini Swift, TKS earned another podium finish at the hands of Kade Kasper who moved up from racing Micro in 2023. Qualifying sixth, Kasper drove to a solid third-place result in the main event.

TKS entered a trio of drivers into KA100 Junior with Gage Bailey, Jaxon Young, and Tyler Roberts all battling hard.  Both Young and Roberts improved on their qualifying efforts to finish nose to tail in fourth and fifth and can easily battle at the front of the field if an improvement in qualifying can be made. Bailey ran in the top-ten all weekend long until bad luck bit him in the main event and forced him into a DNF. Look for him to return to the next round and fight at the front.

One of TKS’s strongest performances on the weekend came from the KA100 Senior drivers as Jesus Vasquez led laps in the final, eventually finishing on the podium in third. Landon Skinner, last season’s winner in the Junior ranks, finished fourth in his first race as a Senior and first race with TKS after winning a heat race. Brayden Robertson was in the lead pack and in contention for the win before getting together with another competitor resulting in a tough result after a promising weekend.

Trackside Karting Services would like to thank all of their customers, drivers, suppliers and supporters. A huge thanks to Austin Garrison, Jason Birdsell, John Russell, and Gary Carlton, Woljter Racing Engines, Stewart Racing, and P1 Racing Engines for their continued support.

For more information on Trackside Karting Services or to compete with the Texas-based team, please contact Tim Lobaugh at 269.519.7593 or via e-mail at

Photo Credit: Studio 52

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