WKA: Jason Ellis Putnam Park notes 2002-08-24

Up and down weekend for Ellis at Putnam Park, Jason Ellis battled through a tough weekend at Putnam Park, but was able to walk away with the WKA 125 Sprint 2 Championship points lead. Friday was a good day for Ellis as he was able to set very...

Up and down weekend for Ellis at Putnam Park,

Jason Ellis battled through a tough weekend at Putnam Park, but was able to walk away with the WKA 125 Sprint 2 Championship points lead. Friday was a good day for Ellis as he was able to set very competitive times around the Putnam Park road course and was looking very strong for the races.

Saturdays' WKA 125 Sprint 1 race started well as he was able to jump into the lead from his second starting spot. He led comfortably only; being challenged once for the lead in the first half of the race. He was able to pull out a six second lead by the half way mark. That's when things went wrong. His motor suddenly lost power and would not rev over ten thousand RPM. The reason for the lost of RPM was a stuck ring. Steve Mastine passed him for the lead, and as he was limping his kart home, he lost his second spot at the line to Corey Clayton.

In the post race tech Ellis received another blow as he was disqualified from the race for a minor bodywork violation. Ellis, who was very upset after his DQ said, " Yeah I'm upset but the rules are the rules. Even though an inch of plastic won't make me faster, I respect the decision of the officials. I'm still tied for the lead in Sundays WKA 125 Sprint 2 Championship. "

Sunday didn't start off much better for Ellis. After destroying his primary cylinder in Saturdays race, he was forced to use his back up cylinder. In the last round of practice on Sunday morning, his motor completely locked up sending him back to the pits with yet another stuck motor. This put the pressure on because his race was the first of the day. Ellis and his teammates scrambled to find parts to put the motor back together. He had no choice but to put the damaged cylinder from Saturday back onto the motor for the days race, with the hope it would go the distance. Ellis had the motor back together just in time to push the kart to the grid for the start of the race. When the race started the field of twenty took off. Ellis slotted himself into the fourth position. Over the first few laps he was able to race for the lead. That was short lived because only ten minutes into the race his motor began losing power again. As his motor slowed down, he quickly lost his spot at the top, falling back to fourth. He knew he had to get his kart to the finish line to get the points. As he was cruising around the track, he came into turn two where he saw the first and second place karts off the road. This promoted him to second place, a spot very important to his Championship hopes. Ellis was able to drag the kart across the finish line ahead of Corey Clayton to take second behind Chad Donner. With this result, it gives Ellis the points lead in the WKA 125 Sprint 2 Championship.

"My motor was in rough shape, it was just amazing I had enough to finish second today," Ellis stated. He went on to say, "I wouldn't have had any hope of finishing today without the support of Extreme Sports Boston in the pits with me. I'd also like to thank Swedetech Racing Engines and Bettencourt Honda."

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