The Coyote Motorsports team experienced an incredible weekend of racing March 3-5 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where Cup Karts North America held their first-ever Spring Nationals for LO206 sprint kart racers.
Some 300 entries filled the eight classes offered with three divisions needing last-chance-qualifying races to bring the starting fields down to 40. When the dust settled after the tense and exciting finals Sunday afternoon, Coyote racers had captured two big main event wins plus four more top-five finishes and 12 top-10 finishes overall to cap an outstanding weekend of racing.
Georgia’s Owen Lloyd and Florida’s Sean Meier were the winners on Coyotes at Charlotte. Lloyd wheeled his new Zenith chassis to the win over 40 challengers in Junior while Meier closed out the weekend with a huge win in the 55-kart Senior Medium division in his first-ever race on a Coyote Zenith chassis.
Meier also drove his Zenith to a P5 result in Senior Heavy, while Chris Cirillo was fourth in Masters, and Pauly Massimino came away with a pair of P4 finishes in Senior Light and Senior Medium on his new Precision Performance Karting Coyote Zenith.
“We had a terrific weekend at Charlotte, absolutely one to remember,” Coyote owner Jim Lipari said. “We had high expectations going into the race and I think we met and surpassed those expectations. To see Owen and Sean race to their wins late in the day Sunday was the icing on the cake. Congrats to those guys. The Zenith chassis worked well all weekend and we had a lot of great finishes and strong showings. Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen.”
Maryland racer Hudson Brown joined Lloyd as a top finisher in the Junior final. Brown raced his Coyote to an impressive eighth-place finish with some help from Owen’s father Arnold Lloyd. In a great display of teamwork, Arnold pitched in and helped the Brown’s with the setup on their Coyote to help give Hudson his best national finish to date. New York siblings Jordan Cline and Joey Cline also entered their Coyotes in Junior. Jordan finished 26th and Joey was 33rd in the final rundown.
Logan Graham finished in the top half of the Junior field in the 18-lap final. Graham battled hard in a big pack of juniors throughout the race and crossed the stripe in the 15th position to cap off a very consistent weekend. Logan qualified 14th of 41 starters and finished P13 and P15 in the heat races.
Six drivers raced on Coyotes in Masters. John Price joined Cirillo in the top 10 with a fine P7 result in the 40-kart field. Tim Stiefel recorded an 18th-place result, Chris Pettit 22nd, John Kowalski 25th and James Inscoe was 31st in the final rundown. PPK owner John Seglem practiced his Coyote on Friday but opted to sit out racing to focus on wrenching for Massimino, Brandon Jarsocrak and Chris Carroll.
Stiefel and Brad Farmer were two of the 15 entrants in the new Legends class for drivers age 50 and up. Farmer would race his Brad’s Karts and Parts Coyote to a 9th-place run and Stiefel rallied back from a hard crash in his heat race that bent the frame on his new Zenith kart to round out the top 10 in the final.
Cirillo, Price and William Mesla joined Meier in the Senior Heavy field. After a P4 finish in Masters, Cirillo continued his good weekend with a solid P12 result in Heavy. Price ran into problems in the final and finished 31st after qualifying 13th and racing around the top 10 in the heat races. Mesla gained experience all weekend and came away with a 26th-place result in Sunday’s final
Alex Masci was the lone Coyote entry in the Sportsman (Cadet) division. With over 50 youngsters in attendance, Masci first had to make the 40-kart final, which he did with a pair of 15th-place finishes in his heats. He then raced to a solid P25 result in a very competitive final. Great job by Alex representing Coyote in the Cadet category.
Next to Cadet, Senior Light and Senior Medium were the two largest classes with 50-plus entries in each. In Light, as mentioned earlier Massimino led the way with a fourth-place result. He also won his second heat on Saturday and was in the thick of the battle at the front all weekend in both Light and Medium.
Massimino’s PPK teammate Brandon Jarsocrak raced to a pair of 8th-place finishes between Light and Medium. Like Pauly, Jarsocrak was in the battles up front all weekend but just missed the top five in each final.
Carroll had a good run in the Medium final and finished just outside the top 10 with a P12 result. Chris was as fast as the leaders through most of the weekend but got shuffled back at the start of the final and wasn’t able to regain the track position.
Scott Kleman made it to Charlotte from his Michigan home and raced to a respectable 15th-place result in the Light final. Kleman continues to be fast after years of racing with Coyote.
New York’s Anthony Dimaggio entered the Light division and had to race his way into the final through the LCQ. Dimaggio did a nice job making it into the field and moving his way up to 31st in the main event. Carson Brown and Josiah Figueroa all ran into some bad luck in the heat races and did not qualify for the Light final, while Josh Stiefel barely missed qualifying for the Senior Medium final after running quick all weekend. Josh qualified 40th out of 55 and improved in heat one with a P15 finish. He ran into some back luck in heat two and the LCQ.
With winter now nearly behind most everyone in the country, we’re looking forward to club and series racing opening in the northern areas over the coming weeks. Congratulations to all Coyote racers who were able to attend the Spring Nationals and Charlotte, and thank you for everyone’s support. The 2021 season is shaping up to be a great one!
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