WKA: Delaware Dirt Banquet crowns champions

Three Racers Crowned Multi Championships in De Dirt and US-13 Kart Club Series SEAFORD, DE-Three Sussex County Delaware kart racers were crowned multi champions in the World Karting Association/Delaware Dirt Divisional Series and US 13 Kart...

Three Racers Crowned Multi Championships in De Dirt and US-13 Kart Club Series

SEAFORD, DE-Three Sussex County Delaware kart racers were crowned multi champions in the World Karting Association/Delaware Dirt Divisional Series and US 13 Kart Club Series. They were recognized for their achievements during an awards banquet last Saturday at Seaford Fire Hall. Young gun Brandon White, of Lewes, led State point chases in Junior Sportsman 1 Lite and Heavy and backed them up with another in Junior Sportsman Champ. HP Speed Shop factory driver Chad Hayes was a double winner in Club competition crowned champion of Stock Lite and Medium to which he added a divisional win in Stock Extra Heavy. Lincoln based Chad Reed ruled Stock Heavy and Extra Heavy club classes and backed them up with a Divisional title in the Animal Class. Divisional winners received a WKA Eagle trophy and leather racing jackets, club champions got the new club Eagle trophy and all top ten winners received contingency prizes as well.

"We had a good run this year," White said. "The Shadow karts worked great and Walt Ramsey, of WKRP Racing Engines, who builds our Delaware motors, built us some good motors. I want to thank my dad and mom and my grandparents for all of their help. I also want to thank Clyde Quigley & Son Masonry, Lawns Unlimited/Moore's Powder Coating/BAR Enterprises, Midway Speedway, Action Enterprises, Inc., and Jamie Lewis of Upper Cut Tires."

According to Hayes, "It was a pretty good season. G-Man Body Works and the comfortable seats G-man makes felt good this year and the HP Speed Shop motors were fast and the Phantom karts were good. I'd like to thank my mom and dad, Chad Reed, Mark Wilkins and Charles Hayes for help backing us up and Kevin for his help at the track."

"We had a good season," Reed assessed. "We won three championships local here. Went down to North Carolina and run good at the North American Dirt Track Championship and that qualified us for Daytona. Went down there and unfortunately got took out with three to go an we were all the way up to fourth, so we capped off a pretty good season for us. I loved the Nemesis and we just got the new Phenom and I'm anxious to try it out."

Four other Sussex County racers earned single championships. Mike Reynolds, of Lincoln, collected the most points in club's Senior Stock 35 & Over. "It was a pretty good season. I want to thank my sponsors, Moore's Powder Coating, Brian White and Cape Custom Homes," said Reynolds, an HP Speed Shop powered Phantom kart pilot.

Bridgeville based Clay Tatman was crowned Divisional Controlled Stock champion. "This is awesome," beamed the R&R Racing Technology powered Bandit Cyclopes pilot. "I've been trying to get one of these leather jackets for 16-years. It took me 16-years to get one. The difference this year was horsepower. R&R Racing Technology engines just put me up front and kept me there. I also want to thank my wife for supporting me and putting up with me all year."

HP Speed Shop factory pilot Charles Hayes earned the Divisional Stock Extra Heavy championship. "It was a pretty tough season and it took a lot of hard work," said the Lincoln, DE based champion. "I want to thank my brother Chad, HP Speed Shop, Precision Cut Tires and I definitely want to thank my mom and dad for their support. I want to also thank G-Man for his sponsorship, Chad Reed and Mark and Kevin for all of their work."

Scott Hitchens, of Dagsboro, was crowned Junior Sportsman 1 Heavy champion in the US-13 Kart Club series during an awards banquet held last Saturday night at the Seaford Fire Hall. For his efforts the 10-year-old champion received the new club Eagle trophy along with prizes donated by various karting companies.

"The season was great," Hitchens, said, "The Shadow kart ran great and HP Speed Shop's motors ran great too. I'd like to thank my dad and my mom for all of their support and HP Speed Shop."

Cameron Mattox, of Delmarva, MD earned one club championship and two Divisional crowns. He earned Junior Sportsman 2 Heavy in club competition and topped Junior 2 Lite and Heavy in the Divisional Series.

"We had a couple of troubles, but not a lot and I'd like to thank my dad for everything he's done for me this year," Mattox said. "It was a lot of hard work getting three championships. I also want to thank my brother Corey and my mom Rhonda and I'd like to thank the Hayes family for all of their work."

Two other Marylanders were double winners. Salisbury native Bryan Bradford bagged the Limited Modified and Open class championships in the Divisional Series. "It took a lot of hard work from my dad and my self and Bags (Thomas Adkins)," he said adding, "I'd like to thank everybody at Phantom Racing Chassis, Jeffery and Timmy Perry from P&P Speed Shop and Scotty Bajer. It was just a good all around solid year for us."

St. Mary's County, MD based Charles Vallandingham was a double champion in the Divisional Series. The Tod Miller Racing Engines powered Olimpic kart pilot posted the most points in Stock Medium and Stock Heavy.

"I've got to thank Jimmy Gates, my dad and everybody that helped out this year," Vallandingham said. "It was an awesome year. We showed up and won three classes a couple of times, won the most races and set on the most poles we've ever done. The Olimpic kart was the big deal, that made the difference right there."

John Macklin was crowned club Junior Stock champion. "The Phantom Nemesis handled great and HP Speed Shops setup, Chad Reed did all of my chassis work and Chad Hayes build great motors for me they were just magnificent," he said. "I want to thank everybody that helped me especially my family, my friends, my mom and my dad."

Brandon Morris, of Wyoming, DE won Junior Restricted's championship. "I want to thank my sponsors, Land Prep Excavating, Strouse & Durham Electric, County Cuts Hair Salon, Welch's Lawn & Garden Equipment, Allison's Body Shop and most of all Morris' Karts & Parts and the MO Power Racing Engines," Morris told the audience. "I also want to thank my crew, my mom and dad for their support, Matt and Terry Jester for the chassis setup, Ron and Brittany for the tire work, my Nana and Poppy for making this happen and thanks for making my dream come true! I'd also like to add one special thanks to Richard Pearson for helping me with my graphics."

New Yorker Kolby Schroder claimed Junior Restricted Heavy's Divisional title. According to Schroder a Legend Kart pilot who gets his power from two engine builders Radical Racing Engines and Hi Tech Racing Engines, "This was a great season for me. We had our first national win and our first state series win, so it was a great accomplishment for me."

Pasadena, MD based Tod Miller Racing Engines powered Titan kart pilot Will Stanley marked his first Senior Champ kart divisional season with a championship. "This is the first time I've run champ karts and I have a good time," he said. "The competition was really good this year. Every race we had a good combination of tires and motors. We had a good season and I'm really happy. I want to thank my dad he really helped me out a lot and I'd like to thank everybody in the class for good competition."

Marylander Matt Mobray of Hebron was crowned Delaware Divisional Stock Lite champion. "It was a good year," described the Ace-N-Racing powered Phantom kart pilot who picked up an Ultramax Racing Chassis ride for the 2004 season. "It took a lot of hard work from the people behind me, my brother Mike helps me out a lot, Ace-N-Racing helps me a ton, I got help from Keith Jones, Matt Layton and my girlfriend Kelly of course."

Thomas Adkins, of Sharptown, MD, was crowned king of the 35 & Over Senior Stock class. "I want to thank Phantom for the Nemesis and P&P Speed Shop for everything they done for me this year and the Bradfords and my girlfriend Jo Ann and everybody that gave me a hand this year."

Local engine builder and WKA Trustee Walt Ramsey was this year's inductee to the US 13 Kart Club Hall of Fame.

Club competition kicks off the 2004 season April 2nd and the first Delaware Dirt Divisional Series race of the new season will be raced April 10 both at US 13 Kartway in Delmar.

By: Bruce C. Walls

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Drivers Tod Miller , Chad Reed , Matt Layton , Cameron Mattox , Bryan Bradford , Chad Hayes , Thomas Adkins , Mark Wilkins