WKA's Pit Board - 08.25.2009 *** Bell, Farmer, Heavlow and Phillips big winners in New Castle Gold Cup action 08.25.2009 -- Ten Bully Clutches Gold Cup racers left New Castle Motorsports Park with at least one Coyote Motorsports Nationals ...
WKA's Pit Board - 08.25.2009
Bell, Farmer, Heavlow and Phillips big winners in New Castle Gold Cup action
08.25.2009 -- Ten Bully Clutches Gold Cup racers left New Castle Motorsports Park with at least one Coyote Motorsports Nationals victory on a weekend filled with stiff competition and diverse weather conditions.
The top winner would have to be considered 2008 WKA Triple Crown Champion Dakota Bell, who entered the third round of the 2009 Gold Cup Series deadlocked at the top of the standings with Sam Beasley in Briggs Jr Medium and Zachary Deshaies in Briggs Jr Heavy. Bell couldn't have had a better weekend in Indiana; he swept the Briggs Jr classes, taking wins over Deshaies in Lite, Kaytlyn Fauci in Medium and Deshaies in Heavy. Bell's wins extended his points lead in Lite, and gave him sole possession of the top spot in Medium and Heavy with only one race remaining on the '09 Gold Cup tour.
Michigan's Brett Farmer continued his strong 2009 campaign by netting his second straight Animal Heavy Money Race on Friday night. He finished ahead of AJ Roderick and Zack Linsell to take the top prize. The Money Race, which continues to be an exciting and popular addition to the Gold Cup Series, featured a strong field of 22 entries with 11 states represented.
But Farmer didn't stop there. He triumphed over a fast running Steven Kilsdonk in Briggs Medium, and also won Briggs Super Stock Medium and Heavy, although he was the only entry in the latter two classes.
Ryan Phillips didn't let Farmer take all the fruits of victory. The Buckeye State racer out-dueled the perennial favorite to take his first victory of the season in Briggs Lite. Farmer, who won Briggs Lite at the Lowe's opener and in July at G & J Kartway, finished second ahead of third-place Roderick.
Phillips also won over Gary Lawson in Briggs World Formula Medium. Lawson came back to win Sunday's Briggs World Formula Heavy, his first of two wins on Sunday. The 2008 Triple Crown champ also drove to victory over Jason Karr in Briggs Super Heavy.
Maryland racer Jacob Heavlow put together a terrific weekend at New Castle, winning his third and fourth National races of the season in Briggs Sportsman 2 Lite and Heavy. For Heavlow, who won once each at Lowe's and G & J, it was the first time this season he swept the Sportsman 2 divisions. Chase Dowling finished second to him in Lite while Parker Williams was runner-up in Heavy.
Kaytlyn Fauci found some speed at New Castle, and it propelled the talented racer to her first National win of the season in the Briggs Restricted Jr main. After top-five finishes of second and fourth in Briggs Jr Medium and Heavy, Fauci's win over Deshaies in Restricted Jr delighted the western New York racer's family and friends.
Other Coyote Motorsports National winners at New Castle were Skylar Locklear in Briggs Jr Sportsman 1 Lite, Trent Barnes in Briggs Jr Sportsman 1 Heavy, Matt Schmidt in Briggs Masters and Russ Marinucci in Briggs Raptor. Jamie Heavlow, Nick Fauci, Joshua Stark and Gabriel Zellner were the four Kid Kart participants at New Castle.
As mentioned, only one race remains on the '09 Gold Cup tour to determine this year's national champions. The Gold Cup racers will have a little more than a month off before hitting the track Oct. 2-4 for the GT Machine Grand Nationals at the BeaveRun Motorsports Complex in Wampum, Pa.
Look for Pit Board and Web site announcements regarding the Gold Cup finale in the coming weeks. Updated point standings should be available on worldkarting.com by the end of the week.
Rain plagues Saturday Pavement races, Wetzel and Patrick Robertson drive to dual victories Sunday at New Castle
08.25.2009 -- The constant advantage road racing has over oval-track racing is that the road courses allow the option to race in the rain. That's just what the Bully Clutches Gold Cup Series did Saturday amid wet weather in central Indiana. Unfortunately, the Rage Karts Speedway Pavement Series was forced to sit the day out after qualifying rounds were completed, waiting for clear skies over the New Castle Motorsports Park facility that never came.
Fortunately, better weather was on the way Sunday, and the Jammer Clutches Grand Nationals at least got one full day of competition in before teams headed back to their respected homes and race shops.
New York's Patrick Robertson and Pennsylvania's Craig Wetzel each drove to two Grand National victories Sunday afternoon, taking home a pair of prestigious Grand National Eagle trophies in the process. Patrick triumphed in Briggs Jr Champ Heavy and Briggs Jr Champ Raptor Final 2, while Wetzel's wins were in Briggs Medium and Briggs Raptor Final 2. Craig Lutz finished second to Robertson in Jr Champ Heavy; Ryan Breithoff was the runner-up in Jr Champ Raptor Final 2. Wetzel's wins came over Justin Bonsignore in Medium and Kyle Long in Raptor Final 2.
Brandon McGough continued his outstanding Pavement campaign with a win in Briggs Sportsman 1 Heavy. McGough won over Chase Hawkins and Brayden Smith. The Pennsylvania racer also notched a second-place result on Sunday, finishing behind Cameron Lovejoy in Briggs Sportsman 1 Champ Heavy. Lovejoy, who traveled some 16 hours to New Castle from Kennebunk, Maine, has now closed up the points battle between him and McGough in the Sportsman 1 Champ Heavy class.
Chase Dowling beat out Kyle Soper to win Briggs Sportsman 2 Heavy. Points leader Matt Pappa finished third.
Soper qualified fastest in Saturday's Sportsman 2 Champ Lite class, but didn't get a chance to show his speed in the main event due to the rain. He made sure everyone was aware that he was indeed the fastest Sportsman 2 Champ racer at New Castle, setting fast time and winning Sunday's Heavy main event over Elijah Rios and John Hawley.
CJ Leary entered his first Speedway Pavement event of the season at New Castle, and he wasted no time visiting victory lane with a win in Briggs Jr Heavy over New York's Hayden Newcomb.
AJ Roderick, who doubled up by competing in the Pavement and Gold Cup events at New Castle, found his only victory of the weekend in Briggs Champ Heavy. He won over Tyler Robertson and Cullen Mumaw. Roderick also had top finishes of second and third on the Gold Cup's Coyote Motorsports Nationals side of the action.
Tyler Robertson had to keep up with his younger brother, Patrick. He added his name to the winners' list when he triumphed over Chelsey Friel in Briggs Raptor Champ Final 2, meaning the Robertson family headed back to the Empire State with three Grand National Eagles from Sunday's racing alone.
Regarding Saturday's main event rainouts, the qualifying rounds were completed so points will be awarded based on the qualifying results. If Saturday's program was a complete rainout, 200 points would have been awarded to each entrant. Qualifying results will be processed as if they are race results.
Saturday's fast timers comprised the following: Brayden Smith in Sportsman 1 Lite; Cole Timm in Sportsman 1 Champ Lite; Soper in Sportsman 2 Champ Lite; Newcomb in Briggs Jr Lite; Patrick Robertson in Jr Champ Lite and Jr Champ Raptor Final 1; Tyler Robertson in Briggs Champ Lite and Raptor Champ Final 1; Hank Branham in Briggs Lite and Raptor Final 1; and Wetzel in Briggs Heavy.
Two events now remain on the 2009 Speedway Pavement schedule. Pavement racers will get back at it in less than a month at BeaveRun Motorsports Complex for the Pro Kart Racing Karts Nationals Sept. 18-20. The season will conclude with the Bonsignore Kart Shoppe Nationals Oct. 9-11 on Long Island at Riverhead Raceway.
Look for Pit Board and Web site announcements for these two events in the coming weeks. Updated point standings should be available on worldkarting.com by the end of the week.
Five Pavement racers leave New Castle with terrific Briggs product
08.25.2009 -- As the generous folks at Briggs & Stratton Racing have been doing all season, the Wisconsin-based outfit and WKA offered some fine product to five lucky Rage Karts Speedway Pavement racers over the weekend at the Jammer Clutches Grand Nationals at New Castle (Ind.) Motorsports Park. The product came in the form of four Brute by Briggs 2500-psi pressure washers and one 5,550-watt, 10-horsepower portable generator. Each prize was randomly drawn for at the Saturday morning Speedway Pavement drivers meeting.
The lucky recipients of the brand-new pressure washers were Shane Ixos, Kyle Soper, Tyler Kramer and Remi Briand II. Hayden Newcomb won the brand-new Briggs generator.
As always, WKA is extremely thankful that Briggs & Stratton has put up these great awards for the racers. The racers deserve some added awards for their time and efforts, and Briggs & Stratton, along with many other fine WKA supporters, certainly are providing that this season.
Upcoming WKA Divisionals
New York Asphalt Championship Series
(formally Chapel Hill Pavement Div. Series)
Chapel Hill Raceway in Humphrey, N.Y.
Saturday, Aug. 29
Contact: Mike Friel 716.945.3150
Georgia Divisional Dirt Series
Shiloh Kartway in Valdosta, Ga.
Saturday, Aug. 29
Contact: Gene McCook 478.494.6683
Pennsylvania Dirt Karting Series
Shellhammer's Speedway in Shoemakersville, Pa.
Sunday, Aug. 30
Contact: Doug Dietrich 610.750.4501
Northeast Sprint Series
Cherry Valley Raceway in Lafayette, N.Y.
Saturday, Sept. 5
Contact: Dan Stowell 203-264-4606
Delaware Dirt Divisional Series
U.S. 13 Kart Club Track in Delmar, Del.
Saturday, Sept. 5
Contact: Jay Darling 302.363.4894