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MRTI: Malukas wins Pro Mazda Race 2, Kirkwood takes USF2000 Race 2 in Portland

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The 2018 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires season came to an end on Sunday with Race 2 at Portland International Raceway, and David Malukas dominated the outing to take his third win of the 2018 season.

Starting second, Malukas jumped into the lead with an aggressive move on the start to take the lead – he shot up the middle between Rinus VeeKay and Parker Thompson to take the top spot.

Malukas went unchallenged from there to win by over three seconds.

VeeKay, the 2018 Pro Mazda champion, finished second, holding off a hard-charging Oliver Askew in the process.

Nikita Lastochkin finished fourth, with Thompson fifth after suffering a cut tire following the opening lap. Sting Ray Robb finished sixth, the last car running, while Robert Megennis and Moises de la Vara dropped out after contact – they were credited with seventh and eighth.

Results from Race 2 are below.


USF2000: Kirkwood caps Incredible 2018 With His 12th Win

Kyle Kirkwood at Portland International Raceway. Photo: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LLC Photography

Kyle Kirkwood completed his remarkable 2018 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda season by scoring his 12th win of the year, and 11th in a row, in Sunday’s Race 2 at Portland International Raceway.

Kirkwood started third, but took the lead on a Lap 7 restart from then leader Rasmus Lindh – Kaylen Frederick was in the mix early on, but nosed into the back of Lindh after an earlier restart. Frederick suffered damage to his front wing and was given a drive-through penalty for the contact.

Back up front, Kirkwood pulled away from Lindh after taking the lead, and won by just under two seconds.

Julian Van der Watt outdueled Igor Fraga in the battle for third, while Lucas Kohl rounded out the top five. Frederick, meanwhile, languished in 15th after the contact and penalty.

Race 2 results are below.


Dean Wilson out for rest of Supercross season
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“Such a massive gut punch on Saturday,” Dean Wilson wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye.”

With that post, Wilson announced that he will be out for the remainder of the Supercross season, which includes races at East Rutherford, N.J. and Las Vegas, Nev. An MRI earlier in the week revealed a shoulder injury. He also sustained damage to his kidney in a Lap 8 accident while he was running in the top 10.

Wilson’s injuries will not require surgery.

Wilson’s season began with a lot of promise. Earning the holeshot in the season-opening race at Anaheim, Wilson led for a time before narrowly missing the podium in fourth.

Two weeks later, Wilson finished fifth overall in the Triple Crown event of Anaheim II. Those are his only top-fives of the season.

“The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year,” Wilson continued.

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Such a massive gut punch on Saturday. Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye. Started off Denver topping free practice then went on to qualify P1 in qualifier 1. Qualifier 2 didn’t get the cleanest laps but ended with a 4th. On to the main event I was running around 7th on lap 7 moving forward and as I came around for the rhythm section I tripled in and something freak happened causing the bike to nose dive after I tripled in and pile driving me into the ground. The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year. It’s tough just hoping to have a ride each year. 2nd part is people saying “wilson’s hurt again, big surprise there” when it was something that wasn’t my fault. It’s a tough pill To swallow.. I injured my shoulder and got a contusion on my kidneys. Got MRI and good news is I dodged a bullet on my shoulder and I am just going to give it a few weeks of rest and therapy and see where we are at. Huge disappointment to end my SX season like this. Thanks to my whole team for everything and everybody checking in on me. I really appreciate it. I will be back.

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Next Race: East Rutherford April. 27, on NBCSN and on NBC Sports Gold

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