Lovejoy posts three wins at Chapel Hill Pavement national 07.20.2010 - Kennebunk, Maine's Cameron Lovejoy has been a top competitor on the WKA Vega Speedway Pavement tour since last season, and the young 10-year-old talent put together his best...
Lovejoy posts three wins at Chapel Hill Pavement national
07.20.2010 - Kennebunk, Maine's Cameron Lovejoy has been a top competitor on the WKA Vega Speedway Pavement tour since last season, and the young 10-year-old talent put together his best event as a national competitor at Chapel Hill (N.Y.) Raceway's Soraghan Woodworking Nationals last weekend.
Lovejoy led all Speedway Pavement racers with three wins on the weekend. He swept the Briggs Sportsman 1 divisions, winning Lite and Heavy over Tyler Frantz. Lovejoy garnered the two wins in his first national race in the flat-kart classes. Lovejoy added the Sportsman 1 Champ Lite feature to his list of victories, marking his second win of the year in the competitive champ-kart division.
The only race Lovejoy lost was Sunday's Sportsman 1 Champ Heavy, which saw Virginia's Jacob Leverstein wheel his Titan chassis to the win by three-tenths of a second over Lovejoy. Wyatt Alexander finished third.
Four drivers earned a pair of Soraghan Woodworking Nationals feature wins. Brandon McGough continued his success in his first season racing in the Briggs Sportsman 2 ranks. McGough was victorious in Bonsignore Kart Shoppe Briggs Sportsman 2 Champ Lite and Briggs Sportsman 2 Heavy. McGough won over Matt Pappa in Sportsman 2 Heavy while Tommy Stilphen followed the Pennsylvania native across the line in Sportsman 2 Champ Lite.
Both Pappa and Stilphen drove to one victory on the weekend, and they both had to beat McGough to do it. Pappa bested McGough by just 0.156 seconds in Dowling Transport Briggs Sportsman 2 Lite. Stilphen won over McGough and John Hawley in the 20-lap 3D Motorsports Briggs Sportsman 2 Champ Heavy main.
New York's Connor Cleveland won his first two national races at Chapel Hill. Cleveland swept the Briggs Jr flat-kart divisions, winning over Trevor Trost and David Schilling in both 20-lappers. Cleveland is a 14-year-old rookie on the Pavement tour and it only took him three national events to find victory lane.
Craig Wetzel was the only senior competitor to win twice at Chapel. Wetzel, who was making his first Pavement Series appearance of the season, dominated Northern VA Kart Parts Briggs Medium and Briggs Heavy. Wetzel won by nearly two seconds in both classes after qualifying on the pole for both mains. In fact, Wetzel laid down an identical fast lap of 9.552 in both Briggs Medium and Heavy. Briggs Medium point leader Tyler Gauthier finished second in the class. Wayne Baker, who won Briggs Lite over George Curtis Jr., ran second in Heavy.
Patrick Robertson rarely leaves a Speedway Pavement national without picking up at least one win. The Katonah, N.Y., driver left Chapel with a pair of junior champ-kart main event victories, winning Briggs Jr Champ Lite and Briggs Jr Champ Raptor Final 1. Robertson won over fast-qualifier Nick Wiery in Jr Champ Lite; Kevin Baird finished second in Jr Champ Raptor F1.
Wiery qualified fastest in three of the four classes he entered, but could only race to one feature win. Wiery won over Robertson in Sunday's Jr Champ Heavy main.
Nick Giachetti denied Baird of a double-win weekend with a 0-145-second win over Baird in Jr Champ Raptor Final 2.
It was good to see solid fields in the senior champ-kart classes. Fifteen karts started Saturday's Briggs Champ Lite while 18 took the green in Sunday's Turner Racing Engines Briggs Champ Heavy. The Champ Heavy feature marked the largest field of the season thus far on the Speedway Pavement tour.
Gavin Soraghan was a fitting winner in Champ Lite, considering his family's woodworking business sponsored the weekend. Soraghan won over home-track driver Chelsey Friel. Tyler Robertson, A.J. Roderick and Michael Nolan finished third through fifth.
Roderick improved on his fourth-place Champ Lite finish to capture Sunday's Champ Heavy feature over Soraghan. Roderick, who is trying his hand at other forms of racing in 2010, returned to the WKA wars to post the popular victory. The Chardon, Ohio, driver has also been at Russell Karting Gold Cup nationals this season, although he's only raced the Animal Heavy Money Race back at the Kershaw Gold Cup opener in March. Cullen Mumaw finished third to Roderick and Soraghan, while Friel and Nolan rounded out the top five.
Brian Houpt joined David Mumaw and David Hardman in the new Briggs Masters Champ divisions. Houpt promptly put his Rage in victory lane with his win in Masters Champ Final 1. Hardman returned Sunday to get the win in Final 2. Mumaw finished second both days.
It was an encouraging sign to see four Kid Kart participants take the track at Chapel Hill. Owen Houpt, Andrew Morin, Trevor Vargo and Bradley Wilson gained valuable experience around Chapel's tight oval. Each driver ran exhibitions throughout the weekend.
Nearly 200 entries made it the best-attended Vega Speedway Pavement Series race thus far in 2010. Numbers are still down from 2009, but the series now has some momentum heading into the final two nationals of the year.
Next up for the Pavement Series is the big Aug. 20-22 Pavement, Gold Cup doubleheader at New Castle (Ind.) Motorsports Complex. To view the New Castle X-Caliber / Rage Nationals entry blank, visit www.worldkarting.com/downloads/eb-2010/0820_newcastle_Pave.pdf .
The season will close with the Bonsignore Kart Shoppe Grand Nationals Sept. 24-26 at the popular BeaveRun (Pa.) Motorsports Complex. The BeaveRun entry blank will be available on WorldKarting.com in the coming weeks.
WKA Web site updates
07.20.2010 - While normally fairly prompt in Web site updates after race weekends, a few different factors have delayed several updates from recent national events, including unofficial results and point standings.
WKA realizes that most every national racer eagerly awaits results to be posted and standings to be updated after a national race weekend. WKA apologizes for the recent delay in some postings, and wants all competitors to know that this will not become the norm.
The most recent WorldKarting.com updates are unofficial results from last weekend's Vega Speedway Pavement Soraghan Woodworking Nationals, Road America Manufacturer's Cup and Road Racing official results and Man Cup point standings through Road America. To view the latest updates for the WKA national series of your interest, simply click the series' oval logo found in the header of the WorldKarting.com home page.
Upcoming updates include updated Road Racing point standings through Road America and updated Speedway Pavement standings through Chapel Hill. Both will be updated by the end of the week.
Contact WKA's Keith Shampine at 704-455-1606 ext. 15 with questions about points or results.