WKA's Pit Board - 09.28.2010 *** Seven double up at BeaveRun Pavement closer 09.28.2010 - Seven racers drove to a pair of Bonsignore Kart Shoppe Grand National wins this past weekend at BeaveRun (Pa.) Motorsports Complex. The event closed...
WKA's Pit Board - 09.28.2010
Seven double up at BeaveRun Pavement closer
09.28.2010 - Seven racers drove to a pair of Bonsignore Kart Shoppe Grand National wins this past weekend at BeaveRun (Pa.) Motorsports Complex. The event closed the 2010 WKA Vega Speedway Pavement Series season.
The race marked a season high for double winners on the Pavement circuit, but no driver was able to wheel to a triple-win weekend - something that was accomplished three times in 2010. Brandon McGough was the season's only four-race winner in August at New Castle.
Tyler Frantz won both Briggs Sportsman 1 flat-kart features. Frantz won over Cameron Lovejoy in both affairs. Matt Pappa did the same in the pair of Briggs Sportsman 2 features. Pappa won over McGough in the mains.
Chris Hammett won over David Schilling in Briggs Jr Lite and Jr Heavy. Nick Wiery was a double winner, triumphing over multi-time 2010 winner Patrick Robertson in Briggs Jr Champ Lite and Jr Champ Heavy.
Tyler Robertson capped his fine season with wins over Wayne Winters in Briggs Champ Lite and Turner Racing Engines Champ Heavy. The wins gave the elder Robertson racing brother five national triumphs on the season.
Craig Wetzel won his fourth and fifth features of the season. Wetzel triumphed in Northern VA Kart Parts Briggs Medium and Heavy. The Pittsburgh, Pa., driver attended only three of the five nationals this season, and he won five of the six features he started.
David Hardman was the big winner in the new Briggs Masters Champ class. Hardman swept the pair of Masters Champ features at BeaveRun, bringing his 2010 win total to seven.
Seven racers won one Grand National Eagle at BeaveRun. Ryan Breithoff got the win over Hank Branham in Briggs Lite. Breithoff ran second to Wetzel in Briggs Medium and Heavy.
P. Robertson and Schilling split the Jr Champ Raptor features. Robertson bested Zack Switzer in Saturday's feature while Schilling captured Sunday's main over Kevin Baird.
McGough won numerous Speedway Pavement features this year; the Pennsylvania driver only won one main at BeaveRun, and it came in Bonsignore Kart Shoppe Briggs Sportsman 2 Champ Lite. In Sunday's 3D Motorsports Sportsman 2 Champ Heavy main, Indiana's John Hawley drove to victory over Pappa, who was looking for his third win of the weekend.
Jacob Leverstein and Lovejoy split the Sportsman 1 Champ features. Leverstein won over Brayden Houpt in Sportsman 1 Champ Lite. Houpt also finished second on Sunday, this time to Lovejoy.
The special Throwback Burris / Raptor Champ Money races attracted over a dozen entrants both days. Ohio's A.J. Roderick made a rare Speedway Pavement appearance and got the win over Kevin Cockerham and James Hayden. The only other Pavement Series race Roderick ran this year was Chapel Hill in July, where he won the Champ Heavy feature.
Hayden returned the next day and netted the victory in Sunday's Throwback Money Race. Hayden was victorious in a close race over Anthony Colandro and Gold Cup regular Gary Lawson.
Speedway Pavement point standings will be updated this week. To view unofficial results from the Bonsignore Kart Shoppe Grand Nationals go here. www.worldkarting.com/pg/series/ps/2010/ps-beaveRun.html
GT Machine Grand Nationals closes WKA season this weekend at Camden
09.28.2010 - The 2010 World Karting Association season goes into the record books after this weekend when the Russell Karting Gold Cup Series visits Camden, Ohio's G&J Kartway for the fourth and final series national of the year.
The GT Machine Grand Nationals marks the 4-cycle sprint series' 2010 Grand National, meaning prestigious WKA Eagle trophies will be on the line in addition to national championship crowns.
The event is the second Grand National in as many weeks; WKA's Vega Speedway Pavement Series closed its season last weekend with the Bonsignore Kart Shoppe Grand Nationals at BeaveRun Motorsports Complex.
Brett Farmer has the inside track on a second straight Triple Crown championship. Farmer is atop the standings in four classes heading into this weekend. He leads Briggs Lite and Briggs Medium over fellow Michigan racer Scott Kleman. Farmer has a 75-point lead in Lite and an 85-point advantage in Medium. Farmer is comfortably ahead in the pair of new Briggs Animal Modified divisions. He's six for six in Animal Mod features so far this season.
The only class Farmer runs that he's not leading is Briggs Heavy, which shows Gary Lawson as the top point man. But Farmer has a shot in this one, as well. He enters the weekend only 25 points back of Lawson.
The four Briggs junior classes have produced solid entry counts and competitive racing this season. Georgia's Skylar Robinson has a chance to win all four class championships and a Triple Crown of his own.
Robinson's most comfortable lead is in Briggs Restricted Jr, which has him 85 points in front of Michael Fauci. Briggs Jr Lite, Medium and Heavy are all up for grabs. Robinson leads each class, but it's close. Jr Lite shows the Georgia racer 25 points better than Jacob Heavlow. Robinson is 15 points ahead of Heavlow in Jr Medium and he's only five markers in front of Chris Wells in Jr Heavy.
Both Briggs Sportsman 2 classes have been swept in main-event competition so far this year. Ironically, a different driver has gone three for three in each class. Skyler Locklear has won all three features in Sportsman 2 Lite and he has a 185-point lead over Mark Percivalle Jr. Sunday's version of the Sportsman 2 division has gone to Douglas Barnes Jr. in the first three nationals. Barnes holds a 140-point lead over Locklear heading to Camden.
Trent Barnes has won the first three nationals of 2010 in Briggs Sportsman 1 Lite. Barnes' success has given him a 110-point lead over Tyler Frantz. In Sportsman 1 Heavy, Jake Lutz has two wins and the point lead by 45 markers over Barnes.
The pair of Masters classes has given Gold Cup fans excitement throughout the season. Georgia's Steve Roberts has one win in Masters Medium and a 75-point lead over Iowa veteran Jason Jons.
Jons has gone winless thus far this year, but he has a chance at the Masters Heavy championship with a good run at Camden. Jons leads New York's Tim Stiefel by 15 points. Stiefel has triumphed in the last two Masters Heavy features at BeaveRun and New Castle.
Ian Walther has the lead in Briggs Super Heavy by 97 points over Connor Lund. Kaytlyn Fauci leads both World Formula divisions.
G&J Kartway is open for parking Thursday from noon till 6 p.m. Registration is open Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m.
Gates open at 7 a.m. Friday through the duration of the weekend. As always, practice and the Animal Heavy Money Race go off Friday and a full slate of national and local-option classes will run Saturday and Sunday.
Ror a detailed weekend schedule and other important information for this weekend's GT Machine Grand Nationals go here. www.worldkarting.com/downloads/eb-2010/ 1001_camden_gc.pdf
Corn roast to follow Money Race Friday night at Camden
09.28.2010 - Steve Baker of Baker Racing Engines has organized a special corn roast that will take place this Friday night at the GT Machine Grand Nationals for the Russell Karting Gold Cup Series.
The roast will commence after the Animal Heavy Money Race. Baker has lined up plenty of corn and a big cooker to reward Gold Cup racers and teams after a full day of practice. Tommy Triplett of Bandit Racing Chassis will be the designated cook.
Baker also has gathered several fine awards for the final Money Race of the season. In addition to the standard 75 percent payback to the top-five finishers, Barnes Paving has added $300 to the pot. Product awards include 14 gallons of Thor Oil and gift certificates to American Power Sports, Baker Racing Engines, Coyote Motorsports and Robertson Torque.
Gary Lawson won the first two Money races of the season before Brett Farmer triumphed in the 30-lapper at New Castle. Lawson and Farmer have won every Gold Cup Money Race since the event debuted at Charlotte in March 2009.