WKA: Parnell makes history at Chapel Hill

Humphrey, NY-Kerry Parnell, of Kernersville, NC, made WKA history on June 22nd at Chapel Hill Raceway in Humphrey, NY. When Parnell crossed the Animal 250 finish line 7.046-seconds ahead of South Windsor, CT competitor Tim Sullivan he became the...

Humphrey, NY-Kerry Parnell, of Kernersville, NC, made WKA history on June 22nd at Chapel Hill Raceway in Humphrey, NY. When Parnell crossed the Animal 250 finish line 7.046-seconds ahead of South Windsor, CT competitor Tim Sullivan he became the first driver to win two Briggs & Stratton Pro Kart Tour Series races in the same season. On April 27th Parnell won the Raptor 200 at Twin Fountains Raceway in Shelbyville, TN. Now he has a shot at sweeping the series if he can win the its finale the Briggs & Stratton 300 which will be raced November 2nd at Lowe's Motor Speedway as part of the North American Karting Championships. Parnell won the third Briggs & Stratton 300 back in 1996.

"We did a lot of testing and the Laser AV-3 handled perfect and Robin Bradshaw's motor was great. His motors are the best in karting, heck I just sit here and drive," Parnell said.

A 9.648-seconds lap put Concord, NC competitor Justin Hill on the pole and Parnell's 9.692-seconds qualifying lap earned him the outside front row starting position. When the initial green flag waved for the first 85-lap segment Hill hustled into the initial lead. Eight laps into it the first of three cautions waved. This one was for Delta, PA pilot Matt Mattlin who flipped his Phantom kart on the front row.

Hill led the restart and held it until lap nine when Mooresville, NC based Tim Snyder briefly took over the led. Brad Mattlin slipped by Snyder for a short-lived lead and then Parnell powered his way into a never surrendered lead. Parnell was first under the checkered flag when the first 85 laps were over. Racers got 10 minutes to fuel up and work on their karts between segments and then they were back on the grid for the next segment. Parnell also led the final restart for the last 80 laps.

Parnell pocketed $2,300 plus contingency money from various karting companies. Hill earned the $450 Speedway USA Pole Award and $450 for a sixth place finish.

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Drivers Kerry Parnell , Justin Hill