TIM STIEFEL KEEPS COYOTE HOT AT G&J KARTWAY CHAMPIONS CUP ROUND

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Veteran wins both Masters mains to help give Coyote 7 wins on weekend

Tim Stiefel and his Coyote XP lead the Masters class at G&J (CKNA photo)
Tim Stiefel and his Coyote XP lead the Masters class at G&J (CKNA photo)

Camden, OH – The Coyote Motorsports team joined Cup Karts North America for the series’ Champions Cup Central Division Round 4 July 28-29 at G&J Kartway in Camden, Ohio.  

The event was a unique one as Friday’s practice and Saturday’s racing program were run under the lights during evening hours.  Friday’s practice ran until around 10pm with Saturday’s program starting early afternoon. Teams started arriving at the track after noon Saturday and began practicing around 3pm with heat races starting early evening and main events taking place under the lights.  Gary Gregg, owner of G&J Kartway, and the CKNA staff did a terrific job brining in an outstanding lighting system for the event.

“Kudos to Gary Gregg and all involved for a first coming up with the great idea to race under the lights Saturday, and then executing it as from our vantage point, it appeared everything went off without a hitch.  Our Coyote team was glad to be apart of the special event,” Coyote owner Mark Lipari said.

Our team had another terrific event at the Ohio Valley Kart Club-hosted round with Blake Boon, Jim Lipari and Tim Stiefel all accomplishing double-win weekends.  Ryan Cassity joined the Coyote winners group with a victory in Sunday’s Senior Medium feature, giving Coyote Racing Chassis seven wins in the 14 classes offered between two days at the competitive race in southwest Ohio.

“We had a great weekend at Camden and want to acknowledge all the drivers we had in attendance,” Mark Lipari said after the event. “Our 2018 Combat chassis, as well as our Wide Track’s and XP’s which were all in competition at G&J, continued to show what a great piece it is with several of our drivers racing it to wins and podium finishes.  

“We have to mention Tim Stiefel, who had his XP chassis running as good as I’ve seen it.  Tim drove to wins both days in Masters, and what a pleasure it was to see him do so well. Our entire team is proud of the weekend and we’re looking forward to more success as we get into the fall months and some big races on the horizon.”

Here’s a recap of Coyote racers in attendance at the Champions Cup at G&J Kartway.

206 Masters

Tim Stiefel and his Coyote XP led the way in the 10-kart Masters class Saturday night in the special “night race” portion of the weekend at Camden.  Stiefel would battle with Jerry Miller in every round of competition and come out on top in the 12-lap feature with a 0.137-second win over Miller.

Jim Lipari leads Jason Zobkiw in Senior Heavy action (CKNA photo)
Jim Lipari leads Jason Zobkiw in Senior Heavy action (CKNA photo)

Stiefel would qualify second, win heat 1 and finish a close second in heat 2 to add to his impressive Saturday.  

Tim would again lead all competitors in Sunday’s Masters competition. The veteran Rochester, NY, driver would again win the feature over Miller, this time by a bit more comfortable 1.6-second gap.  Stiefel won his first and only pole award on Sunday and would win heat 1 and finish second in heat 2.

Stiefel’s success at G&J on an XP chassis was especially important as Coyote Racing Chassis is preparing to debut a new 2019 XP.  Our team worked with the Stiefel team and his current XP throughout the weekend at G&J in anticipation of the 2019 XP and its development.

“The 2019 XP is on the jig now and it will be available this fall,” Mark stated.  “Several drivers including Tim (Stiefel) and Jason Yarbrough have continued to win with their XP’s and we wanted to make some updates to the chassis. The XP works especially well on longer, high-speed tracks like New Castle and Jacksonville, and we’re confident the new version will work well at any track with the proper tuning, as is the case with any chassis. We’re looking forward to getting the 2019 XP on the market.”

Chris Pettit joined Stiefel in the Masters division on his No. 25 Coyote.  Pettit had a solid weekend, coming away with a pair of top-five finishes in the two Masters mains.  Pettit would finish fifth out of 10 entrants on Saturday and once again crossed the line in fifth on Sunday.

We were very proud to see Tim score a double-win weekend at G&J. After years of racing on the national circuit, Stiefel has aged “like a fine wine” behind the wheel of his Coyote karts and 2018 has been one of his most successful seasons yet!

Sportsman

Blake Boon out front on his Coyote Combat in the Sportsman division (CKNA photo)
Blake Boon out front on his Coyote Combat in the Sportsman division (CKNA photo)

Blake Boon has been the top story in the Sportsman division in CKNA’s Central Division in 2018.  Boon, another Rochester, NY racer, has dominated the 7- to 12-year-old category this year and he continued his achievements at Camden.

Driving his 2018 Combat chassis, Blake would win seven of the eight rounds of competition at G&J, including both days’ 12-lap features and pole awards.  Boon won three of the four heat races offered and clinched the championship in the 206 Sportsman division Central Division.

Sunday’s Sportsman main would see Boon win by a very close 0.080 advantage over second place.  Blake hit his marks and kept his composure throughout the 12-lapper for another outstanding victory.

Joining Boon in the 10-kart Sportsman class on Coyotes were brothers Joey and Jordan Cline and brothers Joshua and Joseph Bolen.

In Saturday night’s feature, Coyote drivers would take four of the top-five spots in the running order.  Joey Cline finished a strong third, Joshua Bolen fourth and Joseph Bolen fifth. Jordan Cline would cross the stripe on the lead lap in eighth position.

On Sunday, Joseph and Joshua Bolen would switch finishing positions from Saturday with Joseph taking fourth and Josh fifth. Joey Cline would edge his brother, Jordan, to finish sixth.  Jordan did a nice job improving from Saturday to take the seventh spot.

Junior

Half of the eight-kart 206 Junior division was made up of Coyote chassis. On Saturday night, Jacob Bolen had the best day of the Coyote entrants, finishing the 12-lap feature in the second spot along with a second-place qualifying effort. Griffin Kimbrel in his No. 10 took fourth with Jason Pribyl fifth and Loren Johnson sixth.

Sunday’s Junior main would see Bolen finishing fourth, Pribyl fifth and Kimbrel sixth. Johnson did not start Sunday’s main.

Senior Medium

Josh Stiefel (19) chases Ryan Cassity in Senior Medium (CKNA photo)
Josh Stiefel (19) chases Ryan Cassity in Senior Medium (CKNA photo)

Four Coyote drivers entered the eight-kart Senior Medium division and Sunday’s main event would see veteran Ryan Cassity wheel his No. 53 Combat to the victory.  Cassity would win over young driver Alex Vrabel by a close 0.315-second margin. Tim Stiefel’s son, Josh Stiefel, did a nice job to take third, just ahead of fellow Coyote pilot Scott Kleman of Michigan.  Kyla Anderson was on a Coyote and finished seventh on Sunday. Local Avon racer Trentin Frederick was in attendance at G&J and would take eighth.

Saturday’s Senior Medium main was another super close affair with Kleman and Cassity following Vrabel across the finish line in second and third.  Anderson finished a strong fourth while racing under the lights.  The top-three was only separated by 0.349 seconds.  Frederick had his best finish of the weekend, taking sixth in his first visit to Camden.

Senior Heavy

Jim Lipari continued his control of the Senior Heavy division in Champions Cup Central Division action.

Driving a 2018 Coyote Combat, Lipari would lead an impressive group of Coyote drivers to the checkered flag in Saturday’s Senior Heavy feature.  Longtime Coyote racer Chris Carroll would take third with another veteran, Jason Zobkiw, in fourth. Kart City Performance owner Rob Smith was back behind the wheel at G&J and finished fifth.  Long Island driver Chris Cirillo finished sixth on his Coyote.

On Sunday, Coyote drivers would sweep the podium with Lipari taking another win, this time over Zobkiw and Cirillo.  

CIK Senior Medium

Josh Stiefel did double duty at Camden, competing in both Senior Medium and CIK Senior Medium. Josh was the fastest driver in qualifying both Saturday and Sunday.  Stiefel would qualify pole both days and go on to finish a close fourth in each day’s feature. Josh also set the feature race’s fast lap on Saturday on his way to the top-five finish.

Upcoming…

As Mark mentioned earlier in the story, our Coyote team is preparing for a couple big races this fall.

The CKNA Champions Cup Grand Nationals is being primed as the largest 206 race in North America this year. The event will take place September 29-30 at the famed New Castle Motorsports Park in New Castle, Indiana.  A large group of Coyote racers will be in attendance.

The Southeast’s top LO206 series – the Maxxis Sprint Series – will close out its 2018 season with their Championship Finals November 17 at the 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida.  As with New Castle, we’re expecting a number of Coyote teams in attendance, including one of our top dealers, Brad’s Karts & Parts of Jacksonville and his group.  

If you’re interested in Coyote Motorsports, contact us 585-352-0806 or email coyotekart@gmail.com.

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