By Bruce C. Walls - Special to Motorsport.com CONCORD, NC-There was no entry fee or purse offered for the first ever Race of Champions, but the victor would have bragging rights to being the champ of champs in the WKA/Horstman Gold Cup Series.
By Bruce C. Walls - Special to Motorsport.com
CONCORD, NC-There was no entry fee or purse offered for the first ever Race of Champions, but the victor would have bragging rights to being the champ of champs in the WKA/Horstman Gold Cup Series. Invited to compete on the 7/10-mile sprint track inside Lowe's Motor Speedway were the 2001 senior class champions in the Gold Cup series.
Huntingdon Valley, PA pilot Rowan Pennink posted the pole time with a blistering 49.012 seconds lap and Rat Powered Coyote factory driver Jace Reynolds earned the outside front row starting position.
When they were turned loose for the 12 lap feature Reynolds took the lead with fellow Coyote factory pilots Ryan Cassity, of Decatur, IL, and Pennink in hot pursuit as the front three pulled from the falling eight racer field behind them. Reynolds held the lead as Cassity and Pennink fought hard to find away around him. Cassity offered a serious challenge on the last lap, but Reynolds prevailed and took the win with a 0.119 seconds advantage.
"I knew it would be tough, especially the last lap," Reynolds admitted. "The Coyote kart handled real good and the Rat Power motor came through as usual. I just had to run consistent laps and not make any mistakes."
Pennink was close behind Cassity crossing just 0.278 seconds down and was followed in the top five by White Hall, PA based Coyote factory pilot Travis Firing and Fran Kelleher, Jr. Rounding out the rest of the eight-racer field were John Krieger, Naples, FL Advanced Racing Engines powered Coyote factory driver Candice Jolly and New Jersey racer Joe Bodenschatz.
WKA/Horstman Gold Cup competitors begin their 2002 season March 1-3 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, NC.