WKA: Delaware Dirt Divisionals report

By Bruce C. Walls - Special to Motorsport.com Delmar, DE-US-13 Kartway hosted round four of the WKA/Delaware Dirt Divisionals Saturday July 14th. Over 140 racers from Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania entered the Bubba's Place Trophies and ...

By Bruce C. Walls - Special to Motorsport.com

Delmar, DE-US-13 Kartway hosted round four of the WKA/Delaware Dirt Divisionals Saturday July 14th. Over 140 racers from Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania entered the Bubba's Place Trophies and Awards sponsored event.

Delta, PA Phantom Kart pilot Bradley Mattlin was patiently waiting in third during the final laps of Briggs Junior Restricted when the leaders ahead of him connected and spun out. Mattlin seized the opportunity and showed the nine-racer field home from there.

"I knew they'd get together," said the 15-year-old winner. "I just want to thank my Pop Pop for building a great motor, Harrill Wiggins for the Phantom Nemesis kart and my dad for setting it up perfect."

Milford, DE racer Donnie Dutton was the next racer to reach victory lane. Salisbury, MD based Robinson Speed Shop Team driver RJ Robinson earned the pole and Dutton started next to him. Robinson rocketed into the early lead. Two laps later Dutton stuffed his Speedster kart under Robinson for the lead, but the caution flag waved before he could get a grip on the field and Robinson led the lap four restart. Dutton quickly took over when racing resumed and led to the finish. "The kart worked great and the Bullet Racing Engine was perfect. I was impatient and wanted to get by him (Robinson) and then opportunity came and I took it. I want to thank Pizza Palace and Little D Trucking for their sponsorship and support."

Randy Hill earned Junior Champ's pole and led the seven-racer field for most of the feature laps, but when the checkered flag waved it was for Greenwood, DE driver Erika Hearn. Hill hustled into the initial lead and led the seven-race field thought four restarts, before surrendering the lead to Seaford, DE racer 'Awesome' Austin Hubbard's Hab Nab Trucking sponsored Phantom kart. Hubbard took the field through a late race caution that gave Hearn the chance she needed to take over the lead and win the race.

"Getting by Austin (Hubbard) was luck," admitted the 12-year-old winner. "The Hayes Power motor worked good and so did the Illusion kart."

Later that night Hubbard posted Briggs Junior Sportsman-1 Lite's win. Hubbard's Robinson Speed Shop powered Phantom Nemesis recorded the pole lap time and led the 14-racer field flag-to-flag for his second Delaware Dirt Divisional win in that class.

"The motor ran real fast and thanks to my dad the setup was perfect," credited the 9-year-old winner who added, "I almost got spun out by a lapped kart."

Hubbard also earned Briggs Junior Sportsman-1 Heavy's pole and owned the first half of the race. The race's second half would be a different story. Richboro, PA pilot Scotty Glover grabbed the lead from Hubbard just after the mid-race signal was shown with Delmar, MD racer Camron Mattox glued to his tailpipe ready to take advantage of any mistakes. With just five laps remaining Mattox made his move for the front, got by Glover, and showed the 10-racer field home from there.

"I just took it inside and it worked," described the nine-year-old winner. "The Phantom kart ran good, it had a little push, but the Huffy Power motor was awesome."

Bridgeville, DE racer Rick Huffman showed a dozen Stock Extra Heavy racers across the finish line. Chad Reed earned the pole position and Charles Hayes started next to him. Hayes shot into the early lead with Huffman close behind him. Before the first lap was in the book Huffman's Huffy Powered Phantom Nemesis kart captured the led. By mid race Huffman owned a huge lead that he stretched out even further in the second half. Then suddenly, with just three laps left caution waved evaporating Huffman's dominating lead. Huffman led the restart and showed the field home from there.

"I was a little nervous when the caution came out," Huffman admitted. "The kart was hooked up, the motor ran good and I want to thank Beef Performance for the cut tires they did the job."

Bryan Bradford turned Limited Modified's pole time and after leading the 10-racer field several lap he surrendered the lead to Kenneth Peek. Peek was leading when the race's only caution flag waved. Peek led the restart, let Bradford steal a piece of the lead, took it back from him and led them across the finish line from there.

"The Outlaw kart run good and John Hurley's motor was excellent," said the 16-year-old winner.

Briggs Junior Sportsman-2's checkered flag waved for Greenwood, DE racer Ethan Stoeckel. Stoeckel turned the fastest qualifying lap and when the feature's green flag waved he jumped into the early lead and never looked back until the checkered flag waved.

"The Phantom Banshee kart was awesome and the Huffy Power motor was perfect," said the 11-year-old winner.

Stoeckel also secured Briggs Junior Sportsman-2 Heavy's pole and led the early going until a caution flag cut his lead. When racing resumed Felton, DE driver TJ Henry quickly took charge of the 13-racer field and showed them home from there.

"I was a little worried about the restarts," said the 11-year-old winner. "The Ultramax kart ran good and the B&B Speed Shop motor was really fast."

B& B Speed Shop backed Billy Hollowy Jr., of Lincoln, DE, dominated Stock Heavy's finish. When the initial green waved the top three headed into turn one three wide. When they exited turn two C. Vallingdham emerged as the early race leader. Vallingdham quickly opened a comfortable lead over Chad Reed that was cut by the race's first caution restart.

Vallingdham led the restart with a Charles Hayes and Holloway, Jr. battling for second behind him. Holloway had just taken lead when the race's second caution waved with eight laps left. Holloway quickly opened a comfortable lead and was never seriously challenged on his way to the stripe.

"The kart handled great and the B&B Speed Shop motor was awesome," Holloway said adding, "I want to thank my sponsors Eastern Ornamentals, B&B Speed Shop Bill Hollaway Truck Repairs and East Coast Lock and Security."

Huffy Racing Engines powered Phantom Nemesis kart pilot Jordan Watson won Junior Stock. "The kart ran good and the motor was good too," credited the 13-year-old Milford, DE based winner.

Hebron, MD racer Matt Mobrey produced a perfect Stock Lite win. The Heat Performance Racing engines powered Nuclear kart pilot posted the pole position took the early lead and expanded on it with every lap.

"The kart was like a rocket and the motor ran great and we picked the right set of tires," Mobrey said. "We hit the gear right and everything worked perfect. I want to thank my brother Mike for all of his help tonight."

Georgetown, DE based Chad Hayes ruled Controlled Stock's field. The HP Speed Shop powered Nuclear kart pilot posted the pole time and went on to capture the feature wire-to-wire.

"The Nuclear kart was perfect the whole time, the Snatch Clutch worked good and the HP Speed Shop motor was rolling," Hayes said after his win.

Tom Adkins, of Sharptown, MD, notched his third straight Senior Stock win in the Delaware Divisional Series. The Robinson Speed Shop powered Phantom Nemesis pilot posted the pole time, shook off some early race challenges and ran untouched from there to the finish.

"The Phantom Nemesis kart worked great and Robinson Speed Shop's motor was beautiful it ran great," said Adkins. "I want to thank the Lord for a safe race, my girlfriend JoAnn and Robinson Speed Shop for all of their help and support."

The final Delaware Dirt Divisional will be raced Saturday September 15th at US-13 Kartway.

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Series Kart
Drivers Bradley Mattlin , Chad Reed , Erika Hearn , Bryan Bradford , Chad Hayes , Randy Hill