WKA: South Bend Gold Cup report

Cassity captures a pair of Gold Cup wins. SOUTH BEND, IN-Ruling WKA/Horstman Gold Cup Series national Triple Crown Winner Ryan Cassity captured two wins at South Bend Raceway Park in South Bend, IN where more than 400 racers came to compete in...

Cassity captures a pair of Gold Cup wins.

SOUTH BEND, IN-Ruling WKA/Horstman Gold Cup Series national Triple Crown Winner Ryan Cassity captured two wins at South Bend Raceway Park in South Bend, IN where more than 400 racers came to compete in the Team Simpson Racing Nationals July 4-6.

Cassity, of Decatur, IL, earned Heat and Feature wins in Saturday's Precision Industries Briggs Lite and Sunday's King Automotive Briggs Medium. Saturday he fought his way to the front from a third place start, Sunday he turned in a perfect performance leading qualifying followed by sweeping the Heat and Feature races.

Scott Kleman spun Briggs Lite's pole winning lap with a 44.545 seconds trip around the 1/6-mile, eight turn asphalt road course. He rocketed into the early lead with Cassity chasing him. Then all of sudden Kleman spun out, Cassity took the lead just as the red flag waved for the 16-racer field. Cassity got the early jump on the restart, but Kleman quickly closed in on the Coyote kart factory driver and recaptured the lead just after the mid- race signal was shown. Kleman took the white flag with Cassity poised and ready to retake the lead, which he did before the checkered flag waved with a close 0.454 seconds victory margin over Margay factory pilot Travis Firing.

"Man that was an awesome race, I didn't know who was going to come out ahead on that one we were all about the same speed," Cassity admitted after his first win. "Travis Firing, Scotty Kleman and I were all right there, I don't know if anybody else was there, but I saw Travis's nose there several times when I was chasing Scotty. It just so happened that I got a real good last lap, got up to Scotty and was able to get by and then I heard them back there the whole time I was just lucky to hold on. I'd like to thank my parents and my wife and daughter first and foremost and I also want to thank Coyote Products, Douglas Wheels, Turner Racing Engines, G-Man Kartworks, Lube Tech, L&D Clutches and MY-CHRON Mike."

Sunday's features were raced in the rain starting with Briggs Medium where earlier Cassity turned the pole-winning lap at 44.357 seconds and took the Heat and Feature wins over his brother Justin Cassity a fellow Coyote factory driver who put down a 44.710 seconds lap and started behind his brother. Ryan finished the Heat race 1.034 seconds ahead of Justin and then stretched out a 3.190 seconds advantage in the Feature, both with perfection.

"I didn't know if we were going to get the second win or not. There were a couple of guys real close and it just so happened that they got duking it out there on the track and it gave us a little cushion and that way we could pull away and secure the second win," Cassity described.

Two sets of brothers were also among the winners that weekend. Saint Petersburg, FL based brother Wesley and Austin Hooper scored wins that Sunday with Wesley taking the first in Turner Racing Engines Briggs Junior Sportsman-1 Heavy follow by his brother who bagged Viper Racing Engines Briggs Restricted Junior two races later.

Delaware brothers John and Mike Anderson each scored a win piloting the same Advanced Racing Engines powered Coyote kart. John, of New Castle, captured Saturday's Margay Racing Products Briggs Super Heavy's win with a huge 7.078 seconds advantage over Trenton Mitchell and Mike, of Bear, DE, beat Tony Smith to MPC Brake Systems Briggs Senior's finish with a comfortable 3.134 s seconds cushion.

-Bruce E. Walls, Special Writer

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Series Kart
Drivers Travis Firing , Ryan Cassity , Tony Smith