WKA: HP Speed celebrates 2003 season

HP Speed Shop Celebrates Season With Open House GEORGETOWN, DE-Hayes Power Speed Shop of Georgetown, DE had a lot to celebrate when they hosted an Open House Saturday November 22 at their shop on Route 9 just east of Georgetown near the ...

HP Speed Shop Celebrates Season With Open House

GEORGETOWN, DE-Hayes Power Speed Shop of Georgetown, DE had a lot to celebrate when they hosted an Open House Saturday November 22 at their shop on Route 9 just east of Georgetown near the Cheer Center. This year racers powered by HP Speed Shop motors swept all 10 club classes at US-13 Kartway and four classes in the World Karting Association/Delaware Dirt Divisional Series.

A large number of regional racers came out for the open house to look at both new and used kart racing equipment and to get in on the drawing for prizes that included a full set of G-Man Kartworks body work won by veteran kart racer Lee Goins of Georgetown.

"It was terrific open house," described Charles Hayes, who co-owns HP Speed Shop with his wife Phyllis and son Chad. "We had a real good time here and a mess of people showed up. We sold three new chassis, two of the new Phantom Phenom and on Nemesis

Lincoln based drivers led the way in Club competition with Chad Reed ruling point chases in Stock Heavy and Stock X-Heavy. Mike Reynolds championed Senior Stock 35 & Over and John Macklin was crowned Junior Stock champion. HP Speed Shop engine builder Chad Hayes topped the point chases in Stock Lite and Medium. Scott Hitchens, of Dagsboro, dominated Briggs Junior 1 for that championship and Delmar, MD driver Cameron Mattox did the same in Junior 2 as did Millsboro based Ezra Rickards in Limited.

Mattox also earned them two Delaware Dirt Divisional championships sweeping Briggs Junior Sportsman 2 Lite and Heavy. Charles Hayes, III. won Stock X- Heavy's championship and Reed ruled the point chase in the new Animal class.

Making the top five in the Delaware State Series for HP Speed Shop were Cameron Collins who finished second in Junior 1 Lite and Heavy and Tyler Reed who finished third in Junior 1 Lite and fourth in Heavy. Scott Hitchens posted them a fifth place finished in Junior 1 Lite and third in Heavy. Brandon Beale bagged a third in Junior 2 Heavy and fifth in Lite. Harrington based Erika Hearn earned a fifth place points finish in Junior Restricted Heavy and her mother Renee was fourth in Senior Champ. Reed and Charles Hayes, III finished second and third in Controlled Stock and Bruce Hibbs, Jr. recorded a second place finish in Junior Champ. Chad came in second in Stock Heavy and third in Stock Medium and Richards was second in Limited Modified and third in Open and Ralph Moore, of Lincoln finished third in 35 & Over Senior Stock.

According to Hayes he began racing karts in 1972 when he was 19-years-old. "We started out back yard racing and went to Jim Street's backyard track near Oak Orchard and then began serious racing at Mardella, MD when it was an asphalt track and at the Big Track at Delmar."

Once his sons Charles and Chad were born Hayes got out of karting briefly and then when they were old enough to race they jumped back into it full time. "Chad did fun karts in Fenwick Island when he was eight-years-old," his mother recalled, "and then he and his brother began racing at Piney Neck (a track that use to be in Dagsboro)."

Since then Charles III has earned 11 Delaware State Championships and Chad 10. Chad also earned 2 Junior championships at the national level; two Dirt World Championships at Daytona and a Grand National Dirt win.

When Chad turned 14-years-old in 1992 he began building his own motors and some for other racers. That year they opened H&H Racing at their home on Route 62 near Georgetown. Veteran area kart racer Ralph Moore was one of their first customers and Chad has been building motors for Ralph and his son Mike ever since.

Several years later the Hayes family moved to a home near Gravel Hill in Georgetown and changed the name of their business to HP Speed Shop and began selling parts along with building motors. Two years ago they outgrew their second shop and built a new 2,500 square foot shop on Route 9.

Their new shop boasts a complete engine building room that includes a dyno for engine testing, a scale area for kart setup and Tire Cutting area. The new facility has a show room for customers and they are now dealers for most national kart manufacturers. While they offer customers a wide variety of kart chassis they are Phantom Kart dealers and are selling that brand's hottest new chassis the Phenom. Recently introduced the Phenom was the preferred chassis at this year's North American Dirt Track Championships three weeks ago where four factory drivers scored national wins. It was also popular with top drivers two weeks ago during the Briggs & Stratton 300 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, NC where Phantom factory pilot Jason Petty posted the outside pole position on one.

Hayes Power Speed Shop also carries a full line of G-Man Kart Works bodies and for racers who don't want plastic bodywork they offer Lighting Light's full line of kart bodies. They also sell Shadow karts, William Wheels, RLV Tuned Exhaust Products and Bully Clutches and Black Rhino steering wheels to name a few.

HP Speed Shop is open Tuesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

-by Bruce C. Walls

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