CAMDEN, Ohio – Coyote Motorsports team drivers earned four Baker Racing Engines National feature wins this past weekend at the historic G&J Kartway in southwest Ohio, which played host to the second round of the World Karting Association’s Russell Karting Gold Cup Series.
Coyote drivers earning the wins were Michigan’s Scott Kleman, who fended off fellow Coyote pilot Dylan Zobkiw to win Stock Medium, New York’s Jake Lutz in Sportsman 2 Lite and Coyote owner Jim Lipari, who swept the pair of Animal Modified mains behind the wheel of his black No. 24 XP mount.
Sunday’s Stock Medium feature proved the highlight of the weekend for the Rochester, N.Y.-based chassis manufacturer and full-service kart shop. The weekend’s largest class saw four of the top-five finishers on Coyotes with Kleman and D. Zobkiw taking the top-two positions, while Jason Zobkiw and Steven Kilsdonk wheeled their reliable Coyote mounts to fourth- and fifth-place finishes, respectively.
Lutz scored his first Gold Cup win of the season in an exciting 14-lap Sportsman 2 affair. The 12-year-old racer held off challenges from Wisconsin’s Jacob Zellner, who pressured the 2010 national champ throughout the race. Jake hit his marks around G&J’s challenging course and held on for the popular victory.
Lipari had no trouble scoring his pair of wins in the fast Animal Mod divisions. The 27-year-old shoe stopped clocks at the fastest laps of the weekend in the 39-second bracket while leading every lap on his way to the pair of national triumphs.
“I’m really proud of our weekend,” Lipari said. “Our karts were very solid at Camden. Jake (Lutz) drove great all weekend and Scotty (Kleman) continues to prove he’s one of the best in the business. Our drivers are so important in making Coyote successful, and we have some awesome racers in our karts at these Gold Cup nationals.”
While “almosts” rarely count in racing, it’s worth noting that the senior Stock Animal divisions nearly saw a couple more wins at the hands of Coyote racers. Kleman led much of Saturday’s 14-lap Stock Lite main before being passed late in the race. The veteran challenged to the end but had to settle for a strong runner-up result – his second of the season in the Stock Lite class.
Jason Zobkiw kicked off his weekend with an exciting second-place run in the Friday night Animal Heavy Money Race. Jason led three Coyotes in the top five as Lipari took fourth and Zobkiw’s brother, Dylan, claimed fifth.
In Stock Heavy, Jason was in position for his first Gold Cup win of the year before he was passed late in the race. The Penfield, N.Y., racer hung tough and had a shot at the lead on the last lap, but decided to play it clean and race to an impressive second-place finish in the competitive division.
Dylan Zobkiw’s success at Camden was about equal to his brother’s. Dylan finally found the track position he needed in Sunday’s Medium main event. As mentioned, the younger Zobkiw crossed the stripe second to Kleman to net his best result of the year. Dylan didn’t finish outside the top five in three races he entered; he took home a pair of fifth-place finishes between the Money Race and Stock Heavy.
Other strong showings from Coyote racers included young Nick Fauci (fourth in Sportsman 1 Heavy), Sarah Luoma (fourth in Sportsman 2 Lite), Tyler Woods (a pair of seconds in Sportsman Box Stock), and Tyler Orlop and Ryan Bavineau, who each scored multiple top-five finishes in the Junior divisions. Michigan’s Nick Cole finished second in Masters Medium in his return to the Gold Cup Series.
“We’ve had a lot of near-wins this season,” Lipari commented. “It seems to be the story of our year. We have to give a shout-out to a bunch of Coyote racers who ran really well but just missed winning. This is a very competitive series and there’s certainly no shame in finishing anywhere in the top five or top 10. We’re going to keep working hard and now focus our efforts toward New Castle. We’re really looking forward to heading out there.”
Lipari refers to the next stop on the Russell Karting Gold Cup national race calendar, an event that Coyote proudly sponsors. The Coyote Motorsports Nationals comes up Aug. 12-14 at the state-of-the-art New Castle Motorsports Park in east-central Indiana, marking the third round of the 2011 tour.
With a little over a month to prepare, the Coyote team will head to New Castle to continue defense of its 2010 WKA Manufacturers Championship.
About Coyote Motorsports
Coyote Motorsports has restructured the way it conducts business. Coyote is no longer a production go-kart company, but now a custom kart manufacturer with an interest in defined details.
Coyote is proud to conduct nearly all of its services at its Spencerport, N.Y., shop, including bending tubing with a new, computer-operated Pines 1000 tubing bender, TIG and MIG welding and painting with a new, state-of-the-art Nordson powder-coating system.
The restructuring has led Coyote to become a full-service machine shop capable of in-house manufacturing nearly all of the components on the company’s popular line of karts.
For more information, visit www.coyotekarts.com or call 585-352-0806.
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