BATAVIA, NY-Jason Fredericks, Robbie Pecorari and Tony Loniewski each earned a trio of wins at Batavia Motorsports Park in Batavia, NY over the weekend of September 20-22 during the WKA/George Kugler Manufacturer's Cup Series season finale...
BATAVIA, NY-Jason Fredericks, Robbie Pecorari and Tony Loniewski each earned a trio of wins at Batavia Motorsports Park in Batavia, NY over the weekend of September 20-22 during the WKA/George Kugler Manufacturer's Cup Series season finale Matt-Con Services/Abbale Builders Nationals where 253 top 2-cycle racers from the US and Canada came for the last chance to earn national points.
Fredericks, a Middletown, NY based Fullerton Karts factory pilot, swept both 125 Shifter pre finals and finals. That Saturday he qualified second in Streeter Super Stands 125 Shifter Final-1 with a 30.669-seconds lap on the 0.675-mile, eight turn, asphalt road course that was just 0.026-hundreths of a second over the 30.643-seconds lap of pole winner Alan Adams. Fredericks narrowly edged out Adams by 0.518-hundreths of a second in the pre final and took the Final win with a 0.213-hundreths of a second advantage over Adams.
"It was tough," Fredericks admitted after his first final win. "We had the Fullerton kart setup for the long run and it was perfect and Mike Manning's motor had the strength to put it in there for the win. I want to thank my parents, Tom Johnson and his family for their help and support and I want to thank RLV Tuned Exhaust, MY-CHRON and Fullerton Racing Chassis for sponsoring me this year."
That Sunday Fredericks ruled Romeo Motorsports 125 Shifter 2's pre final and Final with decisive wins over Adams and Brian Jacobsen. He beat Adams in the pre final by 2.112-seconds and Jacobsen in the Final by 2.110-seconds.
Fredericks also earned pre final and Final wins in that Saturday's MY-CHRON by Aimsports Spec 100 over Kevin Nelson. He crossed the pre final finish line with a comfortable 2.208-seconds cushion over Nelson and then ran away with the final win finishing with a whopping 7.357-seconds advantage at the stripe.
J&J Racing backed Pecorari, of Aston, PA, took all J&J Racing/Biesse Karts 80cc Shifter-1 had to offer that Saturday. The 15-year-old Woltjer Racing Engines powered Biesse kart factory pilot posted the pole time with a 30.849-seconds lap, beat Kyle Rahal to the pre final stripe by 2.016-seconds and went on to top Scott Martin by 6.215-seconds in the Final for a decisive title clinching win.
Martin nipped Rahal by 0.158-hundreths of a second in the Abbale/Lee Motorsports 80cc Shifter 2 pre final where mechanical troubles forced Pecorari to settle for an eight-place finish. Martin rocketed off the Final's start and quickly opened a huge lead over the nine-racer field while Pecorari patiently reeled him in after taking second. Once in charge Pecorari continued building his lead until the end where he was a comfortable 5.534-seconds ahead of Martin.
"I stayed focused all weekend and the Biesse kart worked great all weekend and the Woltjer motor was perfect all weekend like it usually is," Pecorari credited.
Pecorari also took everything Sunday's Lonici Rental Group Formula Yamaha Junior had to offer. He topped qualifying with a 2.192-seconds lap, took the pre final's checkered flag with a narrow 0.488-hundreths of a second advantage over Marco Andretti and beat Douglas Boyer to the Final's finish line by a slim 0.074-hundreths of a second.
Loniewski, a Moore Racing Engines powered Margay factory pilot, posted the first of his three Final wins in Saturday's MCP Brake Systems Yamaha Lite. He blistered the track with a 31.806-seconds top-qualifying lap, but finished dead last in the pre final, which was won by Lebanon, OH based Woltjer Racing Engines powered fellow Margay pilot Tim O'Brien. O'Brien roared away at the Final's start with Cook Racing Engines powered Margay kart pilot Staple Nash, of Newberry, OH, in hot pursuit. On lap four O'Brien lost control in turn two and spun out surrendering the lead to Loniewski who had moved up to second before the caution flag waved. From there Loniewski held off Nash at the wire by just 0.623-hundreths of a second.
"The kart was great from start to finish," Loniewski said. "The motor was stronger then ever and had power everywhere. I want to thank Mark Coats Racing and Keith Ferber of Margay Karts for supporting me and I also want to thank my parents and Kyle Adkins for all of their help and support."
Loniewski added two more wins that Sunday with perfect performances in JN Racing Formula Yamaha Senior and Intense Karting Imports HPV Senior Lite. A 32.042-seconds lap earned him Formula Yamaha Senior's pole from where he beat Chris Giumarra by 0.536-hundreths of a second in the pre final and by 0.675-hundreths of a second in the Final.
HPV Senior Lite was pretty much a repeat with Loniewski topping qualifying at 31.740-seconds and again beating Giummara to the pre final and final finishes this time by 1.333-seconds and 1.121-seconds respectively.
Ringwood, NJ racer Thomas Hartensveld swept all but one pre final in Grand Products/Bridgestone Cadet Junior Sportsman one and two topping Tim Megenbier each time. Saturday it was by 1.27-seconds and on Sunday the difference was down to a mire 0.036-hundreths of a second.
" The Nervoso kart was great and the Pitts Performance motor had awesome horsepower," said the 12-year-old double winner who added, " It takes a lot of hard work to win two in one weekend especially here at the WKA nationals it's where the best competition is."