WKA: US-13 Kartway race report 2001-10-05

By Bruce Walls - Special to Motorsport.com DELMAR, DE-Sussex County Delaware kart racers swept seven of nine classes offered last Friday night (October 5th) at the US-13 Kart Club "Trophy Race" in Delmar. Erika Hearn of Greenwood, DE and...

By Bruce Walls - Special to Motorsport.com

DELMAR, DE-Sussex County Delaware kart racers swept seven of nine classes offered last Friday night (October 5th) at the US-13 Kart Club "Trophy Race" in Delmar. Erika Hearn of Greenwood, DE and Seaford, DE based Brittany Abbott each bagged wins that night. Hearn earned Briggs Junior Sportsman-2 Heavy's pole and was only slowed by two caution restarts on her way to a wire-to-wire win. Hearn rocketed off the pole and was lapping traffic when the first caution waved. She led the restart and built another comfortable lead when the caution flag waved for a second time with just four laps left. When green flag racing resumed Hearn hustled her new Phantom Nemesis kart into the lead again and show the field across the finish line. "The new kart worked very good and the Hayes Power motor was very fast," credited the 12-year-old Bi Rite Auto/Seaford VFW sponsored winner. Abbott and Milford, DE racer Courtney Lewis engaged in a heated Briggs Stock Lite battle that saw Abbott narrowly beating Lewis to the finish. Abbott earned the pole, but Lewis took the early led only to have it canceled by the caution flag before the first lap was booked. Abbott led the restart and fought off Lewis's challenges for several laps and opened a small advantage over Lewis. One lap from mid-race the caution flag flew for a second time. Abbott shot back into the lead and started to pull away from Lewis putting a lapped kart between them. Lewis fought back and turned up the heat on Abbott in the final laps, but Abbott prevailed across the stripe. "The Phantom kart handled very well and the Huffy Power motor was pulling. I just stayed low in the corners and drove hard," explained the Delaware Auto Exchange sponsored 15-year-old winner. Piloting a 1994 Hayes Powered Trick kart, Josh Beattie of Laurel, DE led Stock 5 Horsepower racers from start to finish. "The kart ran fine and the HP motor was fast," he said. Capitalizing on race leaders crashing ahead of him on the last lap earned Delmar driver Kyle Dixon Briggs Junior Sportsman-1 Heavy's win. Brent Sutton, Jr. of Bridgeville was first under the checkered flag, but the 11-year-old Sapp Powered Illusion kart pilot was disqualified for rough driving as they headed for the final flag and Dixon was credited with the win. "The kart was perfect and you can't get much better than Robinson Speed Shop for motors," said the 9-year-old winner. "I want to thank Cooper Welding and Delmar Liquors for sponsoring me," he added. Delmar, DE based Herman Powell posted Stock Extra Heavy's win. "The Phantom kart handled fine and John Hurley's motor was fast," he credited. Stock Heavy's checkered flag waved for Greenwood based Illusion kart pilot Rob Toomey. "The kart handled pretty good and Kevin Coulbourn's motor was running strong," said 22-year-old winner. Bridgeville, DE based Taz Power Randy Wroten ruled Limited "pen's final laps. "The Taz Powered motor was putting out some power and the Phantom Stalker handled great," said Wroten. J.R. White, of Salisbury, MD, captured Stock Heavy's lead with five laps left and showed the field home from there. Keith Jones earned the pole and led most of the laps as White reeled him in. "The Outlaw kart was a little loosed at first and then tightened up and got better at the end and Ron Trice's motor was built to a T, I couldn't have asked for better," White said after his win. US-13 Club Championship points racing resumes Friday night at US-13 Kartway. Gates open at 6 p.m. Club racing continues through October.

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Series Kart
Drivers Erika Hearn , Courtney Lewis