WKA: Loudon Road Racing enduro report

SEVEN POST DOUBLE WINS AT WKA NEW HAMPSHIRE ROAD RACING NATIONAL By Bruce C. Walls LOUDON, NH-Seven of 306 road racing entrees in this year's WKA/Dunlop Tire National Road Racing Series 'Summer Nationals' scored double wins at the New Hampshire...

By Bruce C. Walls

LOUDON, NH-Seven of 306 road racing entrees in this year's WKA/Dunlop Tire National Road Racing Series 'Summer Nationals' scored double wins at the New Hampshire Karting Association hosted event raced at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, NH June 29th to July 1st. Rain forced the cancellation of most of that Sunday's features starting with the fourth race of 8 for the day.

TS Racing backed Bushnell, FL based Bret Spaude bagged both Junior Enduro classes with fellow Florida racer Mark Burt, of DeBary, behind him each time. Spaude rocketed into RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Junior Enduro Lite's lead and held off the competition for 45-minutes in Saturday's first feature. "I got a good start and it just went," described the 13-year-old double winner after his first win. "The TS Racing chassis ran really good, it was a little bit loose, but really fast, I like it that way and the TS Racing motor was really strong." On Sunday, Spaude repeated that performance in American Power Sports Junior Enduro Heavy. Fort Gratiot, MI racer Patrick Lawrence rounded out each three-racer field. "Two races in a row is tough," Spaude said after his second win. "I just took it easy the last 20-minutes of this one. The kart had a little push at the end, but the motor was awesome."

Shaker Heights, OH racer Pierre Huang posted wins in 100cc Controlled and Elite Engraving Controlled Limited. In 100cc Controlled's early laps Haung and Southbury, CT competitor Dan Stowell swapped the lead several times before Huang secured the lead and piloted his MISI Comer powered TSR kart to a comfortable victory over Stowell. "It was tight in the beginning. Dan (Stowell) was chasing me and then I was chasing him," Huang described, "After that I just cruised. The TSR kart worked real well and the MISI built Comer motor ran great." Beacon, NY racer Phil Jackson finished third and rounding out the five-racer field behind him were Londonderry, NH racer Jen Ferreira and Daniel Hart of New Castle, IN.

Huang was leading Sunday's Elite Engraving Controlled Limited's four racer field at the 30-minute mark as a slight drizzle began turning into a downpour. Trailing him when the race was called were Hart, Brandon Schenkel and Stowell.

Saturday Ferreira notched her first national taking the Open win over Huang in a two-racer battle. "After five years it's about time," she said. "I got Van Gilder's motor yesterday and it was incredible, it just flew down the straight away, no problem, and the Elite kart is the best kart I've ever had."

Boynton Beach, FL based Scott Buerman scored a pair of wins that weekend starting with Saturday's second race, WKA Sprint Lite, where he dominated the 15-racer field from start to finish and owned a comfortable advantage over Mark Taylor. "I just tried to get out front and get a good lead in the first 10-minutes and ran my own race from there," said the Kris Buerman Racing Engines powered Emmick kart pilot. "The Emmick kart was unbelievable and the motor was excellent the whole race." David Bruinsma, of Winter Spring, Fl, finished third out of 18 and was trailed in the top five by Milford, NH racer Trevor Daugherty and Scituate, MA racer Jim Sorrentino.

Buerman took Sunday's first feature, Kris Buerman Racing Engines Yamaha Sprint Lite, over Daugherty. "Kris Buerman's motor and the Emmick chassis made this one pretty easy," Buerman credited after his second win. "I want to thank Lines & Letters by Deb, Blendzall, Speed Com Communications and Tough Duty Kart Stands for all their support," the winner added. Bruinsma took third again. This time, Hooksett, NH hot shot Matt Roma ran fourth and Medfield, MA racer Keegan VanSicklen rounded out the top five of 17.

Douglasville, GA based Jim Brannon piloted his Marc Croslyn Racing Engines powered Swift kart into victory lane twice. The veteran enduro driver dominated Unlimited 1 and 2 with Londonderry, NH racer John Ferreira following each time. "This is the fastest kart I've ever driven," said Brannon after his Saturday, third straight Unlimited 1 win. "I got a bad start and had to drive through the field to get to the front. But Marc's motor was superior, it never missed a beat and the kart handled great." Michael Beamer, of North, VA, followed Ferreira in Unlimited 1. Unlimited 2 was a two-racer field.

Manassas, VA racer Brandon Taylor topped Pudge Engineering Junior Sprint Lite's six-racer field for his ninth straight win in that class on Saturday and Sunday he won TS Racing, Inc. Junior Sprint Heavy. The 15-year-old has won all five nationals plus four Woodbridge Kart Club regional races at Summit Point Raceway in Summit Point, WV. Jackson, NJ racer Justin Casazza took the early lead and then trailed Taylor across the finish line. "Justin (Casazza) did a great job today," said Taylor. "He (Casazza) led most of the first portion of the race. He passed me on the hill and I got him back in the bowl and then I used lapped traffic to stay out front. The Coyote kart handled good, it was a little tight and George Righter's motor was powerful." Crossing the finish line behind Casazza in the top five of six were Windham, NH racer Gregory Barber and Massachusetts racers Taylor O'Shaughnessey, of Fall River, and Andrea Gilder of Whitman.

In Sunday's Jr Sprint Heavy race Taylor led Spaude, Casazza, Barber and Gilder across the finish line for the top five of seven.

Also that Sunday, Brandon's father, Mark Taylor, led 16 Piston Port Can Sprint Lite racers across the finish line. Taylor narrowly edged out New Holland, PA pilot Kent Weaver who hounded him from second the entire 30-minutes. "I knew he (Weaver) was back there. I like racing with him," said Taylor "Luck's coming around my way again, the Cyclone kart handled pretty good with new Bridgestone tires on the front and my motor ran good. It was a good race and I want to thank my wife and my son for their support." VanSicklen took third, Barber followed in fourth and Roma rounded out the top five of 16.

Jackson, NJ based Michael Casazza claimed two wins. The Kris Buerman Racing Engines powered Elite kart pilot captured New Concept Design Yamaha Lite's win over Michael Davis, Jr. "Nobody challenged me and for once, every thing was perfect," said Casazza, the defending national points champion. "The kart was perfect and the motor was awesome." David Glazier, of Wolfboro, NH ran third, Prospect, CT competitor Bill Trumbley followed in fourth and Gregory Peck, of Bethany, CT capped the top five of 10.

Later that day Casazza cruised into victory lane again with a win in Russell Karting Yamaha Heavy. "The kart was too loose in the beginning and too tight at the end, but I still won!" beamed Casazza after his second win. Alan Peck, Scott Grenier, Jim Ivanof and Steve Gore grabbed the remaining top five of 10 positions.

Novelty, OH based Coyote factory pilot, Michael Davis, Jr. dominated KSF/Teamleadfoot.com Yamaha Sportsman Lite and Piston Port Can Lite. Davis, Jr. grabbed Yamaha Sportsman Lite's win ahead of Warren. "The kart ran good and the LAD built motor had too much power," said the 17-year-old winner. Merrimack Port, MA racer Alvin Miller ran third and was trailed in the top five of nine by Gregory Peck and Fran Mazzucotelli.

In Piston Port Can Lite Davis, Jr. out dueled David Somers, of Chicago, IL, in a two-racer battle. "There were only two of us and we decided that whoever got out into the lead, we'd come in," said Davis, Jr. who again credited kart and motor for the win.

Piston Port Can Sprint Heavy's checkered was captured by Millis, MA racer Christopher Swanson who earned his third straight national win in that class. "I had to fight em down," described the Elite Racing Chassis pilot. "The kart was good and Van Gilder's motor was awesome, it ran great." Clarksville, MD competitor Rusty James ran second and behind him in the top five of 18 were Ron Simpson, of Tewksbury, MA, New Holland, PA pilot Kent Weaver and Windham, NH racer Brandon Barber.

Saturday's first race had 16 Horstman Manufacturing Yamaha Sportsman Medium racers on the track with the Junior Enduro Lite racers leaving the grid from staggered starts. Mentor, OH based Coyote factory pilot Richie Warren, the defending national points champion, led them across the finish line with Davis, Jr. trailing in second. "I got a poor start and it took me a couple of laps to work my way through the field," said the LAD powered race winner. ""I was just smooth and consistent and put some time in between us once I got the lead. The kart was good and the motor was perfect." Wolfeboro, NH racer David Glazier grabbed third, Justice, IL racer Scott Grenier finished fourth and Westford, MA racer Fran Mazzucotelli capped the top five.

Scott Grenier, of Justice, IL, won Competition Karting, Inc. Yamaha Sportsman Heavy. Randy Fulks finished second, Dave Glazier was third, David Somers finished fourth and Alan Peck posted fifth out of eight.

Six- year local karting veteran Stephen Mastine, of Gilford, NH notched his first national win. The 21-year-old Bill Price Racing Engines powered All Kart pilot posted the Pro Speed Kartsports 125 Shifter 1 win ahead of Sugar Grove, IL racer Jay Spoden. "I just took off, got a good start and everything went smooth," said Mastine. "The kart worked good and Bill Price's motor was excellent, his motors are the best." Trailing Spoden in the top five of 24 were New Hampshire racers Scott Chiras of Hudson and Ryan Arsenault of Concord followed by Coventry, RI racer Chris Riggs.

Sunday's Bridgestone/Grand Products 125 Sprint 2 and Yamaha Sprint Heavy races were rained out.

Jacksonville, IL TS Racing Engines powered Randy Fulks ruled Custom Trophy's B-Stock two racer field with Montgomery, NY racer Brian Zwart following. "He (Zwart) ran real well and everything worked fine for me. The TS motor worked good and the Dunlop tires and Margay kart worked good too," said Fulks, the defending national points champion.

Sykesville, MD speedster Sean Ballantine bagged Elite Karting Briggs Junior Sprint Heavy's checkered flag for his second straight national win in that class. "After wrecking in practice, that was a great run," said the 15-year-old SuperTech powered TP-4 kart pilot. "Kevin Colborn's motor was awesome and Bobby White did a great job of setting the kart up." Coventry, RI racer Dan Rossignol ran second, Gabrielle Glazier, of Wolfeboro, NH took third followed by Mike Smith of Wilmington, MA and Adam Boyd of Manchester, NH.

Capps Racing Engines powered Phantom PT-4 pilot Rob Hindrey, of Port Orange, FL posted Briggs Sprint Medium's win over Lumberville, PA racer Evan Jewell. "Everything worked fine," reported the 17-year-old winner. "The Phantom PT-4 kart handled great and Capps motor ran strong." Ryan Arsenaut, of Concord, NH, ran third, Weston, CT competitor Keith Lorentzen followed in fourth and Hooksett, NH racer Kevin Learnard came in fifth out of 19 entrees.

The CKI Trackside Briggs Jr Sprint Lite and Briggs Sprint Heavy combined race scheduled for Sunday was rained out.

Manchester, NH racer Travis Boyd topped a two-racer Formula Briggs local option race over Bridgewater, MA racer Shane Hammond. Justin DiSalvo dominated the other local option Piston Port Can Sprint 380 over David Aziz, Chris Swanson, Don Fox and Guy Calabro for the top five.

All Kart International/CF Motorsports WKA Sprint Heavy's checkered flag waved for Tewksbury, MA racer Ron Simpson's Bill Price Racing Engines powered Elite kart. "I started third and had to get some guys by," Simpson said after notching his first national win. "I took the lead about 10-minutes into it. The kart ran good, I was afraid my tires would go away, but they didn't, and the motor ran great." Scott Chiras, of Hudson, NH, ran second, Buerman trailed in third, Sorrentino finished fourth and Marshfield, MA racer Eric Stcokford capped the top five of 14.

New Castle, IN racer Daniel Hart handled Euro 5 Lite's three racer field. "I started on the pole and we sliced and we diced on the first lap and than I took it from there," said the Mark Harrison Racing Engines powered CKI kart pilot. "The kart started vibrating after about half way, but the motor never missed a lick, it's the best it's ever been." Rounding out the field behind Hart were Tolland, CT competitor Gene Feigel and Methuen, MA racer Erik Day.

Piston Port Can Heavy, Euro 5 Heavy along with TS Racing, Inc. Yamaha Sprint Heavy were rained out.

WKA / Dunlop Tire National Road Racing Series racers head for Summit Point Raceway in Summit Point, VW for their next national July 20-22. The Fall Nationals, August 31 to September 2nd at Kershaw, will follow. And, the series ends it's 2001 season with the Grand Nationals which will be raced at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, NC November 2-4 during the annual North American Karting Championships.

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Drivers Mark Taylor , Kevin Colborn , Sean Ballantine , Bret Spaude , Mike Smit