July 23, 2012 (North Liberty, Ind.) – Coyote Motorsports racers posted seven feature wins at the World Karting Association Gold Cup Series Baker Racing Engines Nationals at Michiana Raceway Park July 13-15. The seven-win total was the most of any chassis make at MRP and included a sweep of the four 12- to 15-year-old Junior Animal divisions
Jake Lutz raced his 2012 Coyote XP to three Junior wins while New York’s Ryan Bavineau posted his first Gold Cup win in Restricted Junior.
Young Nick Fauci raced his Coyote to his first-ever Gold Cup feature triumph in Sportsman 1 Heavy and veteran Tim Stiefel swept the pair of Masters features.
“This was an amazing weekend for our team,” Coyote owner Jim Lipari commented after the event. “Everybody performed well and I’m really proud of the entire group. We had a great group of racers at MRP and a lot of them traveled a long way to get to the race and support Coyote, WKA and the Gold Cup Series. It was a new twist for the series to run MRP, and I think all our racers adapted to the track well and many had their best Gold Cup weekends ever.”For Lutz, the weekend marked his first Junior wins after moving into the divisions in 2012 following a pair of national championships in Sportsman 2. Not only did the Hamburg, N.Y., racer win the three Junior mains he started, but he finished first in eight of the nine rounds of competition throughout the weekend. The only round in which Lutz did not triumph was Jr Lite qualifying, which saw him time second.
Lutz took time this week to comment on his success at MRP.
“Our new 2012 Coyote XP with Baker Racing Engines hit the track on Friday practice fast right off the trailer. We only needed small air pressure and some small chassis adjustments to keep it fast all weekend. Our chassis stayed free and consistent every time out on the track.”
In what was a relatively smooth weekend, Jake spoke of one incident that had him taking evasive action.
“Our only scary moment came on our first lap of qualifying in Jr Lite,” Lutz explained. “A driver ahead of me spun their kart out and I slid into it, bending my left-rear wheel and nerf bar. My kart wouldn’t turn left very easy and surprising we still qualified second. If it wasn’t for that second-place qualifying it would have been a prefect sweep, but I’ll take three heat and features wins anytime.
“I also want thank my sponsors National Bank Equipment and Grand Island Sales & Service and congratulate my fellow Coyote drivers Ryan Bavineau and Nick Fauci on their first national wins. Every race it seems like these Coyote XP’s are up front and competing for the win.”
In the Junior race Lutz did not run – Restricted Junior – Ryan Bavineau carried the Coyote flag high with his close win over Dustin Demattia. As mentioned, it marked Bavineau’s first Gold Cup win. He also finished second to Lutz in Jr Heavy and fifth in Jr Medium.
Fauci made a lap three pass on front-runner Gabriel Zellner and led the remaining nine laps on his way to the win.
“I want to thank the competitors for a great race,” Nick said after his win. “I’ll always remember coming to the checkered flag to win my first Gold Cup race. Thanks to Baker Racing Engines, Coyote Motorsports, my mom and dad, Kaytlyn and Michael (Fauci) and JR Evans for all the help.”
Also in Sportsman 1, Joshua Stark netted a pair of top-five finishes. The young New York racer, who continues to improve every time out, was fourth in both Sportsman 1 main events.
Sportsman 1 racer T.J. Vargo did well in his first Gold Cup starts as Coyote welcomes the Vargo family into the national series.
After winning her first Gold Cup feature at Barnesville in April, Ohio’s Sarah Luoma posted a top-five at MRP with a fourth-place run in Jr Lite. Unfortunately for Sarah, she broke her arm in an accident on Sunday. Everyone at Coyote wishes Sarah a speedy recovery and we hope to see her back at the track soon.
Michigan’s Tyler Woods was a busy racer at MRP. Woods ran both Jr Box Stock classes and two of the four Junior Animal divisions. Woods’ highlights came in Jr Animal, which saw him post his first top-five finishes in the classes with a fifth in Jr Heavy and fourth-place run in Restricted Junior.
Tyler Capodice ran his first Gold Cup of the season in the Junior divisions. Everyone at Coyote was glad to see the talented Capodice back in action.
A strong group of Coyote racers competed in the Senior classes at MRP.
The Animal Heavy Money Race kicked things off Friday night. Coyote racers captured three of the top-five positions with Sean Meier second, Dakota Bell third and Scott Kleman fourth.
Tim Stiefel led the way for Coyote Saturday and Sunday. Stiefel continued his outstanding 2012 season with wins in both Masters main events. After three of five events on the circuit, the Stiefel is well on his way to a couple of national championships in the over-35 divisions.
Meier went on finish third in Saturday’s Stock Heavy main while Bell would run second to Gary Lawson in Sunday’s Stock Medium. Jim Lipari commented that he’d never seen a driver race a kart as hard as Bell did in Medium. Bell ran down Lawson in the race and ended up finishing only 0.4 tenths of a second back of the winner.
Kleman, who was competing at MRP for the second weekend in a row after the WKA Manufacturers Cup event July 6-8, qualified his Coyote on the pole for Stock Lite but his best finish came with his fourth-place run in Sunday’s ultra-competitive Stock Medium feature.
The father-daughter team of Mike and Cayla Chapman, also from Michigan, both competed at MRP. Mike Chapman competed in the Masters classes and finished second and third on the weekend. Cayla ran 10th in the Coyote-sponsored Stock Lite main and recorded a strong seventh-place finish in Sunday’s Animal Amateur Medium feature.
Steven Kilsdonk, who’s been doing a lot of WKA Road Racing Series racing aboard his sleek Coyote SRR chassis, raced to an impressive second-place result in Stock Lite. Kilsdonk made the trek to MRP from
Dylan Zobkiw, Josh Stiefel and Cale Downs all recorded top finishes. Downs posted finishes of fourth and fifth in the two Sr Box Stock features, Stiefel was sixth in Stock Lite and Zobkiw ran fourth in Stock Heavy and eighth in Friday night’s Money Race.