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12-Year-Old Micro Sprint Driver Jake Andreotti Takes on Pros and Comes Out Ahead

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22 cars started the Super 600 30-lap feature with Jake Andreotti starting on the pole and leading lap one in a good start for the rookie

22 cars started the Super 600 30-lap feature with Jake Andreotti starting on the pole and leading lap one in a good start for the rookie

Jake Andreotti is only 12-years-old and in just his second Super 600 Micro Sprint Car race he has successfully beaten seasoned professional World of Outlaws racer

Jake Andreotti is only 12-years-old and in just his second Super 600 Micro Sprint Car race he has successfully beaten seasoned professional World of Outlaws racers on a 1/7th mile dirt oval

Jake Andreotti is only 12-years-old and in just his second Super 600 Micro Sprint Car race he has successfully beaten seasoned professional World of Outlaws racers on a 1/7th mile dirt oval to the checkered flag. The recent pre-season Super 600 Special at Delta Speedway exhibition race pitted an all-star roster of professional drivers in borrowed Super 600 Micro Sprint cars against some of Delta Speedway’s fastest up and comers. Noteworthy entries in the Super 600 Special at Delta Speedway in Stockton, California included World of Outlaws points leader Shane Stewart, Turkey Bowl winner Colby Copeland, and even USAC National Champion Bryan Clauson. Two of the most anticipated Pro drivers, Michael Faccinto and David Gravel, each had problems that forced them to throw in the towel.

Jake Andreotti qualified well for the evening’s heat races managing to qualify in the top ten. Andreotti was placed into a stacked heat race which included both Shane Stewart and Bryan Clauson. Andreotti managed to hold the two professional racers off and took the checkers in his 10-lap heat race. Jake’s impressive finish in the heat race gave him a much needed boost in confidence as he prepared to go head to head with these same drivers in the 30-lap main event.

The Super 600 Special pre-season exhibition race at Delta Speedway in Stockton, California included World of Outlaws points leader Shane Stewart

Noteworthy entries in the Super 600 Special pre-season exhibition race at Delta Speedway in Stockton, California included World of Outlaws points leader Shane Stewart

22 cars started the Super 600 30-lap feature. Jake Andreotti started on the pole and led lap one in a good start for the rookie. Andreotti hit lapped traffic on lap nine which allowed eventual race winner Jake Hagopian to sweep by on the outside and take the lead. Hagopian went on for a 1.7 second win ahead of Jake Andreotti, followed by Bryan Clauson, Shane Stewart, and Colby Copeland to round out the top five. "I gotta thank the Conde family for having me down here and putting on this race. Delta Speedway is a great thing and it is building every day. I love racing here. (I) got out front early and tried to minimize mistakes," Hagopian said. "Jake (Andreotti) got going pretty good. He's going to be real fast this year and someone to watch for sure!"

Jake Andreotti hit lapped traffic on lap nine which allowed eventual race winner Jake Hagopian to sweep by on the outside and go on for a 1.7 second win over Andreotti

Jake Andreotti hit lapped traffic on lap nine which allowed eventual race winner Jake Hagopian to sweep by on the outside and go on for a 1.7 second win over Andreotti

Jake Andreotti may not have crossed the finish line first; however he fought very hard and with an amazing level of confidence. Knowing that more experienced professional racers are hot on your tail could shake even the most seasoned racer. Jake Andreotti can also boast the fastest lap time of the evening making a full loop of the track in 10.508 seconds at 63.380 miles per hour. After the race Andreotti said the night was “very fun and a memorable challenge.”

K&N believes in supporting up and coming racers at the grassroots level. K&N is proud to sponsor Andreotti racing and the number 7P K&N Filters Micro Sprint Super 600 Car. Be sure to keep an eye on this young man as he has been described as “the next Kyle Larson” by those who have seen him race. Kyle Larson, who also got his start in the Northern California racing scene, was the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion and the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunoco rookie of the year.


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