WKA: Rains halt Pro Kart National at BeaveRun

WAMPUM, PA-While the weather was perfect for Saturday's start of the WKA/Ultramax Racing Chassis Speedway Pavement Pro Kart Nationals, storms crossing eastward from the mid west forced the cancellation of Sunday's competition for over 400 ...

WAMPUM, PA-While the weather was perfect for Saturday's start of the WKA/Ultramax Racing Chassis Speedway Pavement Pro Kart Nationals, storms crossing eastward from the mid west forced the cancellation of Sunday's competition for over 400 racers entered at BeaveRun Motorsports Complex in Wampum, PA April 30 to May 2nd. Thirteen classes, including kid karts, competed that Saturday.

Holland, NY based Baker brothers Bob and Wayne each produced a win. Bob bagged the first feature Vickery's Speed Shop Briggs Lite and his brother- topped Reno Investments Briggs Limited Medium's three-racer field. Wayne topped Briggs Lite's qualifying with a 19.574 seconds trip around the large 0.3mile asphalt tri oval. Brian Sullivan was just 0.072 seconds slower for the outside pole and Robert was third fastest qualifier.

Wayne Baker #51 leading his brother Robert and the lead pack through turn three in Briggs Lite.
Photo by Bruce C. Walls, Susan Taylor-Walls.
It opened with the caution flag flying before the first lap was complete and ended with Wayne owning a 2.134 seconds advantage over his brother. Wayne shot out into the early lead with his brother quickly catching him. Wayne got under a lapped kart and slipped off the track. From there he had to fight his way back to trail a distant second.

"I was following my brother and he went off the track. He kind of made it easy on me I really like to race him, but he went off the track," Robert said. "I want to thank Shorty's Automotive for a great motor, Harrill Wiggins for the new Phenom, my mom and dad, my girlfriend, Baker Motorsports and Custom Trophy & Sign."

"The other kart got underneath me and just broke loose on me and I went off the track and that happens," Wayne shrugged off. "We'll be back tomorrow," he wrongly concluded.

Wayne earned his second pole in Reno Investments Briggs Limited Medium with an 18.067 seconds trip and went on to lead the three-racer field flawlessly. Young gun New Yorker Kyle Bonsignore was second by 5.253 seconds with veteran Matt Kelchin close behind.

Manchester, CT competitor Bill Doll, who was robbed of a win in the series season opener at Lowe's Motor Speedway, dominated American Power Sports Briggs Senior. The Haulin' Buggy Motors powered Phantom Phenom pilot earned the pole with a 20.585 seconds spin and then built a 7.199 seconds advantage over fourth fastest qualifier Greg Jordan.

"I wanted this one bad after what happened in Charlotte," Doll said. " I'm glad we got the job done this time. We only got half of the job done in Charlotte and we got the whole job done here. The Phenom handled beautiful and I really do want to thank Harrill Wiggins and I hope things work out with his family, and I want to thank Bubba he's been here with me for a long time. I've got one of the best motors in the country. He builds some awesome motors and I also want to thank Track Master's Speed Shop for tires, oil and fuel"

Jacob Wilson won MCP Brake Systems Briggs Junior Lite's pole with a 20.394 seconds time. From third Jake Crum, of Statesville, NC, was quickly nipping at his heels and then taking the lead. A fierce battle for the front unfolded. From fifth Tony Bootes worked his way to second and then blasted by Crum. Crum reclaimed it only to have Toby Parese power past him. As the mid race signal was shown Crum recaptured it. Parese passed him again next time around and began opening a small advantage. As Crum dropped to fourth Wilson and James Fowlkes worked together and Wilson went back to the front. In the final laps Wilson built a 1.431 seconds cushion over Fowlkes at the finish.

"It was great I had a little too much fuel in there in the beginning, but after that I got settled down and came back trough and did great," said the 14-year-old winner, "It felt great it's my first win ever at a national. Jake's a great driver, he had a fast kart. He and James were both fast."

Racers in the WKA/Ultramax Racing Chassis Speedway Pavement Series travel north again June 25-27, this time to Chapel Hill Raceway in Humphrey, NY for their third national. On July 23-25 Fast Track in Vincennes, IN hosts round four the five race series that ends September 3-5 back where it started at Lowe's Motor Speedway near Concord, NC for Grand Nationals where racers receive bonus points towards their national ranking.

By: Bruce C. Walls

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Series Kart
Drivers Brian Sullivan , Toby Parese , James Fowlkes , Jake Crum , Kyle Bonsignore , Wayne Baker , Jacob Wilson