CONCORD, NC - While 11 wins by different chassis’s in 20 races on the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series was a pretty awesome start to a year, there were also at least 13 different chassis that scored a win for the first national of the year at Daytona KartWeek for the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series presented by Russell Karting, led by a familiar face, CKI. Officially known as Competition Karting Incorporated, located in Welcome, North Carolina, the small shop, while located in the neighborhood with the Sprint Cup Series mega operation which is Richard Childress Racing, came to life yet again as the giant in the Road Race karting industry in its own right, netting 16 victories as part of those 13 different chassis companies, in the process, again taking a huge lead on the first lap in a race for constructors supremacy.
Led by Midwesterner Rick Fulks who pulled off wins in the Tru Stripe sponsored B Stock Class, as well as both days in 100cc Controlled competition, the CKI logos were flying in the breeze, sometimes at a clip of well over 140 mph on the backstretch of the World Center of Racing. Sharing in the triple success of Fulks was southerner Blake Beattie, taking the Hoosier Racing Tire Animal Lite class, as well as both days in the Clone LO206 Lite competition.
With 6 of the 16 wins shared by 2 drivers, Tim Linthicum added his name as a 2 time CKI winner, taking the CKI Yamaha Sportsman Medium Class, as well as the Yamaha Sportsman Heavy division of racing, giving 3 drivers half the CKI wins at Daytona.
And while the lead is good coming off the line, another chassis emerged as a solid Daytona contender, as Hatcher Chassis impressively scored 4 wins in the season opener, led by Ryan Hatcher, a winner in the Foster 4J Ranch sponsored Yamaha Medium class. Hatcher also scored a win in the Kion/Linde Forklifts sponsored Yamaha Heavy class, while fellow Hatcher drivers John Brown and Rusty Benson scored the other 2 wins, both in the respective Matthai Material Handling 100cc Piston Port Classes.
MGM, the 2014 Manufacturers Constructor Champion, registered 2 wins with Stephen Wheatley responsible for both, the Hoosier Racing Tire Animal Lite class, as well as Animal Medium.
Brian Wilhelm led the charge for Owl Chassis, taking the win in the Rev Clean sponsored Formula 125 class, while Mitch White claimed the other victory in The Agile Group sponsored Unlimited class.
Margay checked in for 2 wins for the week, with Milo Schoonover taking the Millers Dynotime Racing Formula 100 class, while Adam Trumbley took the other in WKA Sprint.
The only other chassis to register 2 wins over the Daytona KartWeek timeframe was Velocity, with wins by DJ Hoelzie in both Sprint 125 Shifter events.
Single wins were claimed by:
Intrepid: Stephen Bassham: WT Racing Leopard Sprint
Arrow: Jamey Brown: WT Racing Leopard Sprint
Dominator: Ron Miller: The Agile Group Unlimited
Phantom: Otto Vollmerhausen: WKA Sprint
Dragon: Stephen Flatt: Stock Honda
PRD: David Benham: West Texas Outlaws TaG Heavy
DR: Steven Rougeou: Stock Honda
Here’s a look at the rest of the winners in Road Race from Daytona KartWeek.
Bruce Peck sponsored Animal Heavy: Andrew Boyer
Sprint TaG Heavy: Parker Brown
Animal Jr Sprint Lite: Cole Peschang
Open Sprint 1: Spencer Payne
Yamaha Sprint 1: Louie Magiera Jr
Yamaha Sprint 2: Dennis Cole
Kall Racing Formula 100: Lance Yunck
CKI Yamaha Sportsman Medium: Zack Clark
Open Sprint 2: Louie Magiera Jr
Animal Limited Modified: Bob Iverson
Clone LO206 Heavy: Joe Cuslidge
Vintage 1: Bob Cole
Yamaha Sportsman Sprint 1 and 2: Dawn Magiera
Junior Sprint: John Parker
Junior Enduro 1 and 2: Kent Vaccaro
Yamaha Sportsman Heavy: Matt Michel
Vintage 2: John Copeland
To view the complete Road Race results from Daytona KartWeek, Click here.
The next scheduled event for the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series presented by Russell Karting is March 11-13 at Roebling Road Raceway in Savannah, Georgia. Kicking the weekend off will be the 2015 Year End Awards presentation at the Bloomingdale Community Center on Friday at 7pm. To view the Banquet Order Form, go to Racing Series, click on Road Race, and the Banquet Form will be one of the links available to click on.
To view the updated Road Race Chassis Standings, follow the same procedure as the Banquet Order Form, and click Chassis Standings instead.