Derek Locke of Mechanicsburg was the big winner July 27 as the Pennsylvania Dirt Karters' Association welcomed some 250 kart riders to the Selinsgrove Speedway for race number three in the Pennsylvania State Championship Series sponsored by Burris...
Derek Locke of Mechanicsburg was the big winner July 27 as the Pennsylvania Dirt Karters' Association welcomed some 250 kart riders to the Selinsgrove Speedway for race number three in the Pennsylvania State Championship Series sponsored by Burris Racing.
Young Locke, son of famed winged sportsman driver Howie Locke, won in both the Controlled Medium and Sr. Medium classes of the WKA Divisional race.
Riders from all parts of Pennsylvania and most adjoining states converged on the Selinsgrove track and among the first time winners were Austen Heller of Fleetwood in the Jr. Lite feature and Josh Echard of Meadville in the Yamaha 2-Cycle feature.
Echard said in victory lane that he appreciated the efficient operation with 20 features that finished before dark and the fairness of the scoring with each lap timed electronically. A hallmark of PDKA racing is that winners get to take their engines home in a box after technical inspection. Results are unofficial until any protests have been addressed and the final finish orders certified by the board of directors.
The fourth PDKA race will be at Selinsgrove on August 24. Gates open at 7 a.m. with two rounds of practice starting by 10 a.m. followed by time trials and then the feature events. The fifth race will be Sept. 14 at Path Valley Speedway Park where the first two races were held, and the sixth race will be a rain makeup from May 18 at Selinsgrove on Sept. 21. Points from the best five of six races are counted toward the state championships.
PDKA racing this season is under the dual sanction of the World Karting Association and the Burris National Speedway Series and PDKA President Butch Diller expects that the option of racing in the WKA nationals is a major asset for the series.
This year PDKA karts race on American made Burris tires in the M-15 A or B or the SS44 or SS55 series. Champ kart riders must have fire suits and champ karts must be WKA legal. Riders receive points for each feature event and those who enter all six races earn 50 bonus points. Karters who need more information can contact Diller at 717-691-5994 or email answer21e @ aol.com, or consult the website at padirtkart.com.
In addition to Burris, sponsors of the 2003 series include Silver Spring Speedway which sponsors the Fast Time Awards and class sponsors including All Pro Products, Releasomers, JC Specialty, York County Kart Supply, Viper Racing Engines, Frank Sears Sanitation, Ensor Speed Shop, Elvin's Karts and Parts, Kirby's Speed Secret, Harrisburg Magazine, Awards & Beyond, Oval Track Concepts, Path Valley Speedway, Little's Kart Shop, In Memory of Kevin Gobrecht, Selinsgrove Speedway, Locke's Automotive, K&E Motorsports.
Classes and weights for the 2003 WKA Dirt Divisionals sponsored by Burris Racing are as follows: Jr. Sportsman I Lite, 250; Jr. Sportsman I Heavy, 265; Jr. Sportsman II Lite, 265; Jr. Sportsman II Heavy, 280; Briggs Jr. Lite, 300; Briggs Jr. Heavy, 320; Briggs Lite, 325; Briggs Medium, 350; Briggs Heavy, 375; Briggs X-heavy, 400.
Classes also include more than the "flat" stock karts. The additional classes and weights are: Jr. Sportsman Champ, 315; Jr. Champ, 345; Controlled Med., 350; Controlled Heavy, 375; Briggs Animal, 375; 2-Cycle Yamaha, 350; and also Stock 2-cycle; Unlimited 2-cycle and Kids Karts.
As in past years, all of those entering the Kids Karts class for the youngest riders will each receive an award or trophy.
UNOFFICIAL FRONT FIVE FINISH ORDER TOP FIVE
Kid Karts - All Win
Jr. Sportsman I Lite - 1. 1 Logan Schuchart, 2. 01 Chad Brooks, 3. 11 Troy Cunningham, 4. 00 Richie Good, 5. 5 William Diehl.
Jr. Sportsman I Heavy - 1. 01 Chad Brooks, 2. 45 Michael Bauer, 3. 1 Logan Schuhart, 4. 25 Tyler Bear, 5. 00 Richie Good.
Jr. Sportsman II Lite - 1. 17 Jackson Humanic, 2. 51 Brett Berkheimer, 3. 46 Mathew Bauer, 4. 9 Dakota Bear, 5. 44 Rodney Westhafer.
Jr. Sportsman II Heavy - 1. 52 Austin Hogue, 2. 41 Jonathan Pillion, 3. 46 Mathew Bauer, 4. 17 Jackson Humanic, 5. 1 Corbin Leiby.
Jr. Sportsman Champ - 1. 1 Logan Schuchart, 2. 4 Tyler Bear, 3. 48 Chad Brooks, 4. 88 Andrew Dietrich, 5. 83 Cody Fairchok.
Jr. Champ - 1. 10 Cody Schmiedel, 2. 16 Gerard McIntyre Jr., 3. 1 Brian Behm, 4. 00 Brandon Scannell, 5. 40 Josh Peck.
Jr. Lite - 1. 17 Austen Heller, 2. 10 Dustin Smith, 3. 12 Keith Blumenstein, 4. 00 Josh Holtgraver, 5. 6 Eddie Mehl II.
Sr. Medium - 1. 77 Derek Locke, 2. 78 James Kirby, 3. 50 Tim Berkheimer, 4. 12 Jonathan Keister, 5. 87 Brian Massey.
Sr. Heavy - 1. 90 Walt Mcleary, 2. 91 Jeff Rathfon, 3. 37 Mark Rhodes, 4. 12 Jason Wevodau, 5. 16 Randy Goldsborough.
Sr. Super Heavy - 1. 91 Jeff Rathfon, 2. 17 Danny Wiles, 3. 12 Jason Wevodau, 4. 7 David Beck, 5. 31 Ryan Lower.
Sr. Champ - 1. 80 Eddie Rice, 2. 19 Andrew Tate, 3. 31 Darin Mellott, 4. 17 Joshua Rebert, 5. 1 Cale Reigle.
Unlimited 2-Cycle - 1. 21 Elvin Diller, 2. 52 David Blaylock
Yamaha 2-Cycle - 1. 4 Joshua Echard, 2. Keith Blumenstein, 3. 10 Rich Diem, 4. 21 Elvin Diller, 5. 14 Johnny Eckard.
Stock 2-Cycle - 1. 41 Scott Geesey, 2. 12 Keith Blumenstein, 3. 21 Elvin Diller, 4. 90 Scott Spidle, 5. 03 Clark Simonton.
Animal - 1. 00 Chris Frank, 2. 9 Matt Hummel, 3. 98 Todd Shellenberg, 4. 49 Charles Bowers, 5. 4 Neil Bardo.
Controlled Medium - 1. 77 Derek Locke, 2. 2 Wesley Potts, 3. 19 Missy Ciucci, 4. 12 Jonathan Keister, 5. 60 John Hoffman.
Controlled Heavy - 1. 5 Jeremy Ginder, 2. 00 Chris Frank, 3. 57 Geoff Gill, 4. 99 Chad Bogar, 5. 97 Scott Tamaro.