Alder, Kalb & Miller join Lawson as triple winners at Michigan Kart Supply Nationals
CAMDEN, Ohio – Mentor, Ohio’s Gary Lawson went unbeaten this past weekend at the Michigan Kart Supply Nationals at G&J Kartway, round two of the 2014 WKA RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series.
Lawson led the way over 70 drivers that compiled for more than 220 entries at Camden, where he won Friday’s Pro Gas Animal Money Race, Saturday’s Senior Pro Gas Animal 1 and LO206 Heavy 1 mains and Sunday’s Pro Gas Animal weekend capper.
Maryland’s Jacob Heavlow was the only driver who gave Lawson a consistent challenge. Heavlow, a multi-time WKA Junior national champion, led a number of laps in Friday’ Money Race before Lawson bested him by 0.7-second margin. The pair traded paint a few times in an exciting race that saw Scott Kleman, Dustin Demattia and Jim Lipari finish third through fifth.
Heavlow almost had Lawson beat in Saturday’s Coyote Motorsports Pro Gas Animal final. Heavlow and Lawson swapped the lead several times until the final lap when the pair touched once again while racing for the win. Lawson took the advantage onto the final straightaway when his chain fell off as he crossed the finish line for the checkered flag. Demattia, Tanner Lee and Kleman filled the top five.
Lawson dominated Saturday’s Briggs Racing / Kart City Performance LO206 Heavy 1 main event, winning by a huge advantage over Jacksonville winner Jordan Mincey and Matt Skaggs.
Heavlow qualified second to Lawson in Sunday’s Pro Gas Animal class but was bounced in fuel tech. Having to start from the rear in heat race, Heavlow made it to the top 10 in the 20-kart field, and advanced to second in the feature. Lawson won by another convincing margin.
Lawson pocketed over $2,000 for winning the four races. Heavlow, Demattia, Lee, Kleman, Lipari, Mincey, Skaggs, Josh Stiefel and Mike Greiner all left with Jacksonville with a piece of more than $3,000 in purses that were posted for the event.
Margay racer David Kalb Jr. won three Junior races. Kalb, whom Lawson helps tune at Gold Cup events, scored wins both days in Thor Oil Junior Medium and Sunday in Van-K Wheels Junior Pro Gas Animal. After struggling at Jacksonville and getting shut out of Victory Lane, Ohio’s Kalb was the top Junior winner at Camden.
Connor Tebbe won Saturday’s Junior Pro Gas main event. The Georgia racer earned a new brake system kit from Martin Custom Products (MCP Brakes). Tebbe bested Zach Wells, Dylan Murry, Kalb and Joshua Stark in the 10-kart field.
Wells swept Brad’s Heating & Cooling Junior Heavy Mix. The Maryland racer wheeled his MGM to wins over Stark on both days. Kalb was third.
Maryland racers Matt Miller and Jason Alder each scored the hat trick at Camden. Both drivers won three times in the Junior Sportsman category, besting competitive fields of talented 8- to 12-year-old racers throughout the weekend.
Miller won three of the four Sportsman Pro Gas Animal main events, sponsored by Baker Racing Engines and Razor Chassis. Miller wheeled a new Margay, which was the Gold Cup Pro Gas Animal championship kart awarded to Dylan Murry last year, to a sweep of Sportsman Pro Gas Animal Heavy and a Saturday triumph in Sportsman Pro Gas Lite.
Miller won Sportsman Pro Gas Lite in a close race over Georgia’s Cody Hall which saw the two trade the lead several times. Alex Vrabel was third.
Hall crossed the finish line first in Saturday’s Sportsman Pro Gas Heavy main, but was docked a one-position penalty for offending another kart. Hall was penalized to second, giving the win the Miller, with Alder fourth, Vrabel fourth and Nick Fauci fifth.
Miller edged Hall in Sunday’s Sportsman Pro Gas Heavy weekend capper. Hall tried everything he could to pass the Margay driver but came up just short.
Alder won both five-kart Miller Welders Sportsman Methanol mains, winning each race over Miller.
Alder’s most competitive triumph came in Sunday’s Sportsman Pro Gas Lite 2. The Maryland racer and Hall made contact in the final corners while battling for the lead. Alder made the inside pass while touching Hall, but there was no penalty and Alder became the only driver to win a Sportsman Pro Gas final other than Miller.
Tanner Lee and Paul Headley split the Performance North Animal Medium mains.
Lee won going away in Saturday’s contest, crossing the stripe four seconds ahead of Headley. Cayla Chapman was third.
Sunday’ Animal Medium race was an exciting one between Tyler Sandmeyer, Jimmy Heavlow and Jim Lipari. Sandmeyer and Heavlow ended up taking each other out and Lipari’s retired early with engine problems. Justin Funkhouser ran well but him and Chapman made contact, sending Funkhouser into the fence in turn two.
Sandmeyer crossed the stripe first but was penalized for the incident with Heavlow. Headley kept his nose clean throughout the 12-lapper and was awarded the victory. Sandmeyer was penalized two spots, but Chapman was penalized two spots for the incident with Funkhouser. The Chapman penalty gave second back to Sandmeyer with Funkhouser third, Chapman fourth and Tanner Lee fifth.
Lee won Saturday’s Power Plus Lubricants feature. Lee again won over Headley, but this time by only a 0.253-second margin. Tim Stiefel ran a strong race for third.
Josh Stiefel, who ran strong all weekend in Senior Pro Gas and Animal Heavy, raced to a competitive win in Sunday’s CKI Animal Heavy Mix main over Headley. The New York Coyote racer made a late-race pass on Headley to score the win.
Mikim Motorsports racer Mike Greiner scored Margay another victory in LO206 Heavy 2 on Sunday. Greiner won a close contest over Michael Clark and Jordan Mincey.
New York’s Blake Boon and Georgia’s Jax Walker split the LO206 Kid Kart mains. Boon won his first national race in Saturday’s KartKandy.com Kid Kart main. The Coyote racer won by a wide margin over Walker, Asher Johnson and Jet Tobin.
Sunday saw Walker score a big win over Boon in Tyler Sandmeyer LO206 Kid Kart 2. The win marked Walker’s third of the 2014 Gold Cup season.
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Next up for the Gold Cup is the August 15-17 Van-K Wheels / MGM Chassis Nationals at Michiana Raceway Park in South Bend, Indiana. Click here for the event entry form.