NORTH LIBERTY, Ind. – Coyote Motorsports made a successful trip to Michiana Raceway Park July 24-26 for the third round of the Cup Karts North America (CKNA) Champions Cup, where Coyote drivers accomplished two final wins and a host of other top finishes against many of the best Briggs LO206 racers in the country.
Chris Carroll, Hunter Fox, Jim Lipari and John Seglem all raced on Zenith chassis at MRP, and all had strong showings.
Fox would lead the way in Saturday’s CIK Senior Light contest on his new Zenith. After qualifying second, the Florida racer drove his Coyote to podium runs in both heats and turned it up in the final, scoring a big win and topping fellow Coyote driver Scott Kleman by a slim 0.297-second gap.
Both Fox and Kleman returned to the podium in Sunday’s Senior Light final. Kleman would take the runner-up spot for the second day in a row, while Fox slipped to P3 in the final rundown.
Carroll has raced his Zenith several times this year and had a great weekend at MRP. The New York native, now residing in Charleston, S.C., travelled north for the MRP CKNA round to enter the most competitive senior division of the weekend, CIK Senior Medium.
On Saturday, Carroll would finish P2 in every round of competition. In the final, Carroll crossed the stripe only 0.699 second back of the winner, and maintained a comfortable 5-second gap between him and the rest of the 15-kart field.
After the string of runner-up finishes Saturday, Carroll and his Zenith finally broke through on Sunday with a win in heat two. He would come up just short in the 12-lap final, again finishing second by a tight 0.260-second margin. A great weekend for the veteran Coyote racer!
Lipari returned to the drivers seat at MRP in the CIK Senior Heavy class, entering a new prototype Zenith frame that featured the traditional Coyote adjustable front-end yoke system.
Following a third-place finish in Saturday’s final, Lipari found more speed for Sunday’s competition and ended the day with an impressive win in the 12-lap final. Lipari was fast all day Sunday on the Zenith, earning the Senior Heavy Pole Award and finished first and second in the day’s heat races before scoring the feature win. Great job, Jim!
Florida racer John Seglem entered his No. 5 Zenith in the CIK Masters class at MRP and had a strong weekend. Seglem would record final finishes of 6th Saturday and 5th Sunday in the competitive over-35 division. Seglem, an Andersen RacePark (Fla.) regular, improved all weekend in his first trip to MRP and looked good in the process. Nice job, John.
Kolin Kiefer entered his Coyote in the Sportsman division, which included a packed 18-kart field. After a tough 14th-place finish in Saturday final, Kiefer made some nice improvements Sunday, breaking into the top 10 with a P10 result in the weekend closer. We’re looking for Kolin to continue his improvement as he gets more time behind the wheel.
The Boon family race team headed west from Rochester and entered Blake in Junior and young Jay in the Kid Kart division. Blake would qualify third of 15 entrants Saturday and finish P6 in the weekend’s first heat race. He would run into some tough luck later in the day, finishing 11th in Saturday’s final after showing some good speed early in the race.
Blake’s Sunday was similar to Saturday. A solid P6 result in qualifying plus top-10 finishes in the pair of heat races has things looking up before the final. Unfortunately, Blake was involved in an accident at the start of Sunday’s 12-lap final and did not finish the race.
The youngster Jay Boon looked great in the Kid Kart class at MRP, which had a nice eight-kart field. Jay drove his No. 92 Coyote to a pair of podium finishes, taking third in each day’s final. Jay, who never finished worse than fourth in any of the eight rounds of competition on the weekend, did score a P2 finish in Sunday’s second heat Kid Kart heat race. Jay has adapted to kart racing very well and looks to have a great amount of success on the horizon!
The brother/sister team of Joey and Jordan Cline also joined the Coyote contingent at MRP. Both drivers raced in the Junior class along with Blake Boon, and both placed inside the top 10 in Saturday’s final. Jordan would finish P8 while Joey rounded out the top 10.
The Cline’s ran hard Sunday but couldn’t quite match their Saturday finishes. Jordan would finish just outside the top 10 in the 11th position, while Joey crossed the stripe a couple spots back in 13th.
Coyote Motorsports appreciates and thanks each and every driver and family that helped us represent so well at MRP. The next events on our national calendar are the Maxxis 4-Cycle Sprint Series August 14-16 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the 2020 CKNA Grand Nationals IV October 2-4 at New Castle Motorsports Park.