WKA: Cassity claims three at Camden, Ohio Gold Cup

CAMDEN, OH-Coyote Race Products factory pilot Ryan Cassity, of Decatur, IL, visited victory lane three times during the WKA/Horstman Gold Cup Series MCP Brake Systems Nationals at historic G&J Kartway in Camden, OH August 9-11where four of the...

CAMDEN, OH-Coyote Race Products factory pilot Ryan Cassity, of Decatur, IL, visited victory lane three times during the WKA/Horstman Gold Cup Series MCP Brake Systems Nationals at historic G&J Kartway in Camden, OH August 9-11where four of the more than 300 entrees earned double wins.

That Saturday Cassity clocked McCall Motorsports Briggs Animal-1's pole lap at 32.883-seconds on the 5/8-mile nine turn asphalt road course from where he led the six-racer field flag-to-flag. Cassity earned two more wins that Sunday starting with the first feature King Automotive Briggs Medium where a 33.686-seconds lap earned him the pole. When the green waved Cassity, the current Briggs Medium national points leader and defending national champion, roared off into a huge lead and was never seriously challenged on his way to a second wire-to-wire win, this time ending the perfect ride 1.363-seconds ahead of Charlotte, NC competitor Travis Firing the outside pole winner.

"The kart felt great and the motor was awesome. We chose an offset kart for this race and I didn't know if we could do it," Cassity admitted. "If it had been a 20-lap racer I'd of been in trouble.

Cassity earned his fourth pole of the weekend in McCall Motorsports Briggs Animal-2 with a blistering 32.691-seconds lap followed by his third perfect win.

"The Coyote Kart was great and the Turner Racing Engine was great it had lots of horsepower and the chassis was rolling," Cassity described after his third win. "I want to thank my sponsors L&T Clutches, Lube-Tek Oil, Coyote Products, Turner Racing Engines, The Flat Out Group, Douglas Wheels and all of the people who helped make this a successful weekend," added Cassity the current points leader.

Cassity also earned the pole in Precision Industries Briggs Lite with a 33.388-seconds lap form where he captured the heat race and was first under the feature race's checkered flag. Cassity was later disqualified during post race technical inspection and forced to surrender the win to Tecumseh, MI racer Scott Kleman who started third and captured second at the end.

Florida based `Bad' Brad Bischoff bagged both Briggs Junior Sportsman-2 classes starting his sweep with Saturday's Coyote Products Briggs Junior Sportsman-2 Lite where he fought his way from a fifth place starting position to the front in time to beat pole winner Alex Ardoin by just 0.100-hundreths of a second. Ardoin led qualifying with a 35.566-seconds lap and hustled into the early lead while Bischoff, the current points leader battled his way to the front.

"He (Ardoin) came up a little high and I had the momentum and got under him and it was mine from there," described the 11-year-old Advanced Racing Engines powered Coyote Kart pilot. "The kart was perfect and the motor ran great," added Bischoff who was just 0.083-hundreths of a second ahead of Jackson under the heat race's checkered flag.

Gaithersburg, MD based GT Machine powered Coyote kart pilot Tyler Sandmeyer bagged both Briggs Junior Sportsman-1 checkered flags. Drew Brannon earned both poles. In Saturday's Motor Head Racing Engines Briggs Junior Sportsman-1 Lite a 37.234-seconds lap did the trick. Outside pole winner Casey Roderick ruled the heat race with a 0.197-hundreths of a second advantage over Sandmeyer who turned the table on him in the feature with a 0.297-hundreths of a second finish line advantage.

Sandmeyer and Roderick raced side-by-side during the feature's early laps and then once Sandmeyer secured the lead he began building on it until just after mid race when Roderick began reeling him in.

"The Coyote kart was real good and the GT Machine motor worked nice too," credited the 11-year-old European Auto Service, Inc. sponsored winner.

That Sunday Brannon's 37.145-seconds lap earned him Baker Racing Engines Briggs Junior Sportsman-1 Heavy's top starting spot from where he broke into the feature's early lead. Sandmeyer quickly closed in and took charge of the 13-racer field the second time around. Sandmeyer held off a hard charging Brannon down the finish where only 0.566-hundreths of a second separated them. It was almost a repeat of the heat race earlier that Sandmeyer won by a narrow 0.182-hundreths of a second.

"I knew I had him (Brannon) down the straight," Sandmeyer said. "Dad did a great job setting up the kart and the GT Machine motor ran real strong."

Matt Jester, of Milford, DE, had the Grotto's Pizza #38 machine in victory lane twice that weekend dominating poles, heats and leading features flag-to-flag in Horton Trailers Briggs Super Heavy where he is the defending national champion, currently ranked second and in Power Products/Super Seat Briggs Limited Heavy where he is currently third in the points chase.

Holtsville, NY native Justin Bonsignore swept both Briggs Junior Classes that Saturday. In Bandit Racing Chassis Briggs Junior Lite Bonsignore qualified second with a 3.888-seconds lap. He ruled the heat race's finish taking the final flag 1.803-seconds ahead of Eric Fagen and then beat Nick Evans to the feature's checkered flag by a very comfortable 6.128-seconds.

Bonsignore rocketed off the pole and gained a big lead as mid pack racers tangled in turn one behind him early in the race without bringing out the caution.

"The Coyote kart was a little tight in the beginning and then it came in and the Advanced Racing Engines pulled really good," said 14-year-old Bonsignore, "I want to thank Ryan Cassity for all of his help and my sponsors Digitron, Pennink Arrimur Golf and Jack from Thor Oil."

Justin Larson trailed Bonsignore in DGI Group Briggs Junior Heavy's qualifying, heat and feature later that day. Bonsignore cranked out a 33.807-seconds pole lap that was 0.127-hundreths of a second faster than Larson and he was a mire 0.015-hundreths of a second faster in the heat race and he was first across the feature race's stripe by 0.392-hundreths of a second at the end of a perfect ride.

Read the complete story and see more photos in WKA's Karting Scene Magazine. To subscribe visit the WKA web site at www.worldkarting.com or call the Charlotte office at 706.455.1606.

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Series Kart
Drivers Travis Firing , Casey Roderick , Brad Bischoff , Matt Jester , Ryan Cassity , Eric Fagen , Nick Evans , Alex Ardoin , Justin Bonsignore