WKA: Road Racing series national champions crowned at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, FL-Scott Buerman, of Boyton Beach, FL captured three national points championships in the WKA/Dunlop Tire National Road Racing Series during the 2001 season and was awarded the WKA Triple Crown Award during an awards dinner...

DAYTONA BEACH, FL-Scott Buerman, of Boyton Beach, FL captured three national points championships in the WKA/Dunlop Tire National Road Racing Series during the 2001 season and was awarded the WKA Triple Crown Award during an awards dinner Thursday December 27th at the Plaza Resort Hotel banquet room in Daytona Beach, FL. Six others were recognized as double winners that night.

"You don't have to win every race to be a winner," Buerman told the banquet audience. "But you must never give up."

Buerman commanded the points chases in WKA Sprint Lite, All Kart International/CF Motorsports WKA Sprint Heavy and Kris Buerman Racing Engines Yamaha Sprint Lite. "It took a lot of hard work, dedication, team effort and good equipment to win three national championships," the Triple Crown winner credited after clinching the titles at Lowe's Motor Speedway during the Grand Nationals. "I want to thank my brother Kris for great motors and Lines & Letters by Deb for her support this season."

Manassas, VA based Mark Taylor, a former national points champion himself, finished second in WKA/Sprint Lite's points chase and was followed in the top five by David Bruinsma of Florida, Marylander Billy Shaw and Florida racer David Wolf.

Jason Knuteson, of Indianapolis, IN who won two national championships in the 2001 season, trailed Buerman by only six points in All Kart International/CF Motorsports WKA/Sprint Heavy. Wolfe, Ronald Simpson and Ron Heisey rounded out the top five.

Bruinsma finished 129 points behind Buerman in Kris Buerman Racing Engines Yamaha Sprint Lite. Taking third through fifth were Wolfe, Keegan Van Sicklen and Shaw.

Knuteson, a Funkhouser Racing Engines powered Tomasik kart pilot posted the highest points in Piston Port Can Sprint Heavy and TS Racing, Inc. Yamaha Sprint Heavy. In Piston Port Can Sprint Heavy fellow Indiana racer Andy Hall trailed Knuteson by 84 points and was followed in the top five by Pennsylvania pilot Kent Weaver, Russell James of Maryland and Simpson. Simpson took second in TS Racing, Inc. Yamaha Sprint Heavy and was trailed by Hall, Ron Heisey and Chris Tomasik.

TS Max Race Craft `Hurricane' kart pilot Pierre Huang, of Shaker Heights, OH, topped two classes; Elite Engraving Controlled Limited and Open. "It takes a lot of hard work and you have to put in a lot of time and effort to win two national championship," Huang said, "You have to drive smart, make few mistakes, have a good working kart and a good engine builder like Jim Stroud at MISI Racing Engines. Plus you have to have some of what I call `Racing Luck' which means things have to go your way to keep the momentum working in your favor."

Reflecting on his past season Huang said, "I'll always remember the Open race at Charlotte during the Grand Nationals. I had to finish second to win the championship. I was running down one of my competitors for second and spun and had to run hard to finish second."

"In Controlled Limited I turned the fastest lap time at Daytona and finished third. Someone spun in front of me at the start and I had to work my way back up to second and then I had brake trouble and fell back into the pack and had to work my way back to second again, which is where I finished. The spring race at Charlotte was a great race too, I ran nose-to-tail with Mike Hickey and won," Huang also recalled.

Brian Morse, of Florida, finished second to Huang in both classes In Controlled Limited he trailed Huang by 11 points and in Open he was just eight points behind Huang. North Carolina competitor Paul Wyga, Daniel Hart of Indiana and Marylander David Norville made up the remaining top five positions in Controlled Limited and trailing Morse in Open were Darrin Cuthbertson of Ohio, Virginia Beach, VA based Travis Mille and New Hampshire racer Jennifer Ferreira.

Daniel Hart, of Indiana, swept both Euro-5 classes. In Euro-5 Lite he edged out Miller by just two points. Putnam, CT competitor Gene Feigel came in third out of three. Feigel finished second in Euro-5 Heavy trailing Hart by 46 points. Behind Feigel in that points chase were New York based Phil Jackson and Ferreira.

Indiana based Scott Grenier bagged both Yamaha Sportsman championships. In Horstman Manufacturing Yamaha Sportsman Medium he owned a 44-point advantage over Mentor, OH based Richard Warren and in Competition Karting, Inc. Yamaha Sportsman Heavy he was 99-points ahead of Justice, IL veteran Randy Fulks who also earned a pair of championships.

Novelty, OH based 17-year-old Coyote kart pilot Michael Davis, Jr. took third in Yamaha Sportsman Medium and was trailed in the top five by Pennsylvania pilot Tom Lutzi, Jr. and Birmingham, AL based Ronnie Jackson.

Following Fulks in Yamaha Sportsman Heavy were David Somers, David Lee and Richard Lehman.

Fulks earned championships in New Concept Design Yamaha Lite were he finished 59-points ahead of Jackson, NJ racer Michael Casazza who was followed in the top five by Davis, Jr.,

Warren and Lutzi, Jr. and in B-Stock where he was 29-points ahead of Baton Rouge, LA based former five time national champion Johnny Howard.

Casazza claimed Russell Karting Yamaha Heavy's championship with a 38 points lead over Grenier. A trio of Maryland racers ruled the remaining top five positions. Bob Anderson, Steve Gore and William Anderson took third through fifth.

DeBarry, FL based Mark Burt bagged a pair of championships. Burt beat fellow Florida racer Bret Spaude, of Bushnell, both times. In RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Junior Enduro Lite he was 55-points ahead of Spaude and he owned a 116-point advantage over Spaude in American Power Sports Junior Enduro Heavy

"This was a very memorable season. I won both Junior Enduro Heavy and Lite back-to-back at Kershaw and VIR. The junior competition was strong all year and it was no easy task to win," Burt recalled. "I want to say a special thanks to fellow karters Adam, Patrick, Donny and Bret for a great season. I'd also like to extend special wishes to Ronnie Jackson's family, we will truly miss him."

Michigan racer Patrick Lawrence finished third in Junior Enduro Lite's points chases with Adam Romito of Alabama and Scott Davis of Ohio following in fourth and fifth. Romito ran third in Heavy and was followed by Lawrence and Danny Warren III.

Warren won KSF/Team Leadfoot.com Yamaha Sportsman Lite's 2001 points chase over Davis, Jr. by 136-points. Taking the remaining top five positions behind Davis were Clemmens, NC competitor Jason Owenby and Georgia racers Scott Berkheiser and Jim Fry.

Davis, Jr. captured Piston Port Can Lite's championship just 15-points ahead of North Carolina competitor Barry Motsinger. David Somers, Randy Holewski of Michigan and Maryland racer Bill Holder handled the remaining top five positions.

Somers commanded Piston Port Heavy's national points chase with a 63-points advantage over Motsinger. North Carolina competitor Ron Miller made third and was followed in the top five by Randy Holewski and Jim Ivanof.

Pennsylvania pilot Kent Weaver capped Piston Port Can Sprint Lite's points chase just 8-points ahead of Andy Hall. Taylor took third, Knuteson followed in fourth and Lee Danse of Pennsylvania completed the top five.

Florida racer Brian Morse who ended the season 128-points ahead of Huang captured 100cc Controlled's championship. Dan Stowell, Phil Jackson and Ferreira rounded out the top five.

Jay Spoden clinched ProSpeed Kartsport 125 Sprint-1's title and Corey Clayton captured Bridgestone/Grand Products 125-2's championship. Egg Harbor Township, NJ, based Andy Kiker was 30-points behind Spoden in 125 Sprint-1's chase followed by Chris Reinhardt of New York, Cory Clayton of Illinois came in fourth and Dan Bales of Florida finished fifth in points.

Spoden was second in 125 Sprint-2 by 22-points. Bales finished third, Clark Gaynor, Jr. followed in fourth and Reinhardt rounded out the top five.

CKI Trackside Briggs Junior Sprint Lite's championship went to Baltimore, MD based Sean Ballantine who finished 13-points ahead of Romito. Dan Rossignol, Beth Chryst and Braedon Maurer.

Romito ruled Elite Karting Briggs Junior Sprint Heavy's points chase with a 19 points edge over Ballantine. Dan Rossignol, Chryst and Marurer took the other top five positions.

Georgia racer Todd Demarchis dominated Briggs Sprint Medium's points championship beating out Rob Hindery by 75-points. Jerry Turner, of North Carolina, came in third and was followed by Keith Lorentzen and Pennsylvania pilot Evan Jewell.

Hindery turned the table on Demarchis in Briggs Sprint Heavy where he took the title with a 66-point advantage over Demarchis. Georgia racer Sherry Tichenor took third, Jerry Turner, of North Carolina came in fourth and Lorentzen followed in fifth place.

Championships in Pudge Engineering Junior Sprint Lite and TS Racing Junior Sprint Heavy were taken by Jackson, NJ racer Justin Casazza and Manassas, VA based Brandon Taylor. Taylor took second in Junior Sprint Lite and was followed in the top five by Spaude, Romito and Davis.

Trailing Taylor in Heavy were Spaude, Casazza, Romito and Maryland based Jessi James

"It was another fantastic season. One national title is tough, but repeating is even harder," Taylor said. "Our season took off with six straight national wins. George Righter gave me a lot of power with awesome engines and the Coyote chassis was unbelievable all year."

Seven Special awards were presented that night.

Race one of the WKA/Dunlop Tire National Road Racing Series 2002 season was raced December 27-30 at Daytona International Speedway where the record 866-entrees from 1997 was match to the entrée. March 15-17 Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, SC hosts `Spring Nationals' followed by the third race of the season, which is scheduled for May 17-19 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH. From there the series travels north to Danville, VA where they will compete at Virginia International Raceway May 31 to June 2. The series continues north for `Summer Nationals', which will be raced at New Hampshire International Speedway June 28-30. Summit Point Raceway in Summit Point, WV hosts the sixth race of the season July 19-21. Putnam Park Raceway in MR. Meridian, IN will host the seventh race of the season and `Grand Nationals' will again be raced at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, NC November 1-3 as part of the Annual North American Karting Championships.

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