WKA: Maryland Sprint Divisional shorten by rain

By Bruce C. Walls -Special to Motorsport.com CHESTERTOWN, MD-Racers in the Maryland Sprint Divisional Series again had their weekend at Nicholson Speedway cut in half by rain. This time it was Saturday, October 6th, races that were ...

By Bruce C. Walls -Special to Motorsport.com

CHESTERTOWN, MD-Racers in the Maryland Sprint Divisional Series again had their weekend at Nicholson Speedway cut in half by rain. This time it was Saturday, October 6th, races that were canceled at the Chestertown, MD track. That Sunday skies cleared leaving racers to deal with cool winds that the National Weather Center said were 15 to 25 miles per hour and reported temperatures in the low 50's. Keith Jackson, of Odenton, MD, captured GT Machine Briggs Junior Sportsman-1 Heavy's checkered flag. Toby Parese earned the pole and led the five-racer field during the early laps with Jackson close behind and looking for away around. Jackson got the jump on Parese in the hairpin on lap three and Parese got it back in the same spot next time around and then surrendered it back to Jackson as they exited the front straight away into the sweeper. As Parese defended second from a hard charging Tyler Sandmey, Jackson stretched out the lead, which he held to the finish. Sandmey secured second in the final laps, Parese dropped to third across the stripe followed by Anthony Marinucci and Nick Bishop who rounded out the field. "It was a pretty hard race, I had to stick it in there to get the lead," admitted the 10-year-old winner. "The Coyote kart ran real good, it was a little loose in the beginning, but it came around at the end and Robinson Speed Shop's motor ran real good," said Jackson who clinched the championship with the win and also earned Briggs Junior Sportsman-1 Lite's points championship with the rain points he was awarded Saturday. "It took a lot of hard work, good chassis, good motors and a lot of hard work from my dad to win these championships," Jackson credited. Baltimore, MD based GT Machine powered Coyote Kart factory pilot Dan Koehler dominated Briggs Medium's 14-racer field. Koehler earned the pole and went wire-to-wire two wheeling it through the turns. "The Coyote kart and GT Machine motor were great they made it easy, I just drove," said Koehler who finished second in the points for the season. Colt's Neck, NJ based Justin Gumley grabbed second, Steven Taylor took third, Stevensville, MD based Motorhead Racing Engines sponsored Todd Wieslander followed in fourth and Anthony Sabia capped the top five. Trente Robertson topped Briggs Junior Restricted's three-racer field. John Kenny, IV earned the pole position and led every lap with Robertson hounding him the whole way. As they rounded the hairpin on the final lap Robertson grabbed the lead in time to take the checkered flag. "I knew I had to pass him (Kenny) he went down low and I cut a good line and got by him," explained the winning 13-year-old Super Tech Racing Engines powered Coyote kart pilot. "The kart handled the best it ever has and Kevin Coulbourn's motor felt good, very powerful," Robertson added. Kenny IV held second and Christopher Braun followed in third. Steve Axtell led five Briggs Junior Sportsman-2 Heavy racers flag-to-flag for a championship-clinching win. "The Coyote kart was good, it was a little tight in the beginning, but it came around in the final laps. I want to thank Chris Mason of Robinson Speed Shop for the motor it ran great, especially in the straight-aways," said the 11-year-old Glen Bernie, MD based Coyote factory pilot and Robinson Speed Shop Team Driver. "I want to thank my Pop and my mom and dad and the rest of my grandparents, Jerry's Siding & Roofing, Eastern Homes and CMS Bodyworks for all of their support this year," Axtell added. Rounding out the field behind Axtell were Russell Marinucci, Mathew Amos and Jason Taylor. Oxford, PA pilot Joe Tierney captured Comer Senior's checkered flag ahead of Timothy Palmatter. "The Top Kart handled great I can't complain. I had a little trouble with the motor earlier and changed the plug and air filter and it came clean," said the ZT Racing Engines powered winner. Daniel Hughes rounded out the three-racer field. Michelle Pennink turned in a perfect performance in Amateur Heavy. The 18-year-old Garland Racing Engines powered Invader Kart pilot led the five-racer field wire-to-wire as the battle for positions unfolded behind her. Frank Kelleher offered her an early race challenge and then had to fight off Rick Yanetta to hold second as Pennink pulled away from the field. "I just concentrated and couldn't make any mistakes because I knew Frank (Kelleher) was behind me. The kart was great, a little loose in the beginning and Eric Garland's motor was real fast," said the Huntingdon Valley, PA based winning pilot. Justin Heavener was third across the stripe followed by Daren Boltz and Yanetta. Mt. Airy, MD based Super Tech Racing Engines powered Coyote kart pilot Robert Mitchell ruled Briggs Senior's 11-racer field for the championship. Pole winner John Krieger hustled into the early lead with Mitchell close behind. On the third lap Mitchell nipped Krieger in the hairpin and went on to build a comfortable cushion that he carried across the finish line. "The kart was real good and Kevin Coulbourn's motor was real fast," said Mitchell. "We were neck-n-neck for the championship. I had a 10-points led coming into today's race and now I've got the championship," he beamed. "It took a lot of hard work all season, but we did it." Bowie, MD based Dave Ploor finished third and was followed in the top five by Rodney Lilly and Paul Quattrocchi. John Davis out drove Milford, DE based Grotto's Pizza backed Matt Jester for Briggs Controlled Heavy's win. While that concludes the Maryland Sprint Divisional Series 2001 season Nicholson Speedway Club racers have plenty of action on their schedule. This year's Milford Street race will be held October 20-21 in Milford, DE and Sunday November 18th Nicholson Speedway will host it's annual Turkey Race.

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Series Kart
Drivers Eric Garland , John Davis , Trente Robertson , John Kenny , Michelle Pennink , Toby Parese , Frank Kelleher , Chris Mason , Robert Mitchell , Dave Ploor , Keith Jackson , John Krieg , Steven Taylor