AVON, N.Y. — For decades Coyote Motorsports’ home track has been Genesee Valley Kart Club at the western end of the Finger Lakes in Upstate New York. GVKC, or simply “Avon” as it’s known to locals, is a 0.43-mile sprint track established in 1959 that continues as one of the longest running kart tracks in the United States with three different road course configurations plus an oval.
Located just 30 miles south of the Coyote / Troyer Dirt Cars manufacturing facility, GVKC hosted a 20-round series in 2023 (discounting rainouts) that a number of New York-based Coyote teams followed from late April through October.
Offering a full slate of divisions including Briggs 206, Briggs Animal, Yamaha and TaG, the club enjoyed increased entry counts last year in one of the best-attended GVKC series in recent memory.
Coyote teams’ participation at GVKC grew, as well, as our chassis’ success on the regional and national scenes starts at the club level, beginning with our home track.
“GVKC had a great year in 2023, and Coyote was a big part of that with sponsorship and overall support of their racers and the club,” club promoter Darla Frederick said. “We had some of our largest events, and our night race in August was a huge hit. I think we had 17 racers in Senior 206 that night, which was the largest class I’ve seen at GVKC since I’ve been involved the last 10 years.”
Sportsman LO206 saw Aiden Shoemaker win the class championship on his Coyote. Shoemaker scored eight feature wins on his way to the title. Coyote driver Jameson Ryan captured three wins on the season and placed third in the final points. Both drivers did an outstanding job throughout the series.
Junior LO206 was one of the most competitive classes at GVKC and most weeks every driver in the class was racing a Coyote chassis!
In a close battle, Alex Raccuia (eight wins) scored the Junior championship by just 77 points over Jenna Barnard (five wins). Zavrina Frederick finished third in the standings and won five races in the series. Tristan Searl was fourth, Evan Zwirlein fifth and JJ Prattico sixth.
Raccuia also found success on the regional circuit in the first year of the CKNA North East Division. Alex, who works part-time at the Coyote shop, finished P4 in the North East Junior final standings with his high point a pair of P3 finishes at the series opener at Oakland Valley Race Park in April.
Barnard and Searl also ran CKNA North East and did well throughout the year. Barnard’s best run came at New Jersey Motorsports Park in June, where she finished a competitive P8 of nearly 30 entries in the Sunday final.
Great job by all the juniors at GVKC!
Senior LO206 was also a very competitive class at GVKC in 2023 with the top-two points finishers racing Coyotes.
Trentin Frederick drove his Zenith chassis to an impressive 11 feature wins on his way to the Senior championship. Frederick opened the series on an extreme high note with wins in the first five races. He wouldn’t lost a race until June 11 to build an early points lead that he’d never relinquish.
Brady Eickhoff was another driver who followed GVKC and traveled to race the new CKNA North East Division. Eickhoff showed outstanding speed at both Avon and on the road, and came away with a P2 finish to Frederick in the GVKC final points.
Brady won his first race at GVKC on June 18, and followed it up with a second win over a larger Senior field on Sept. 9. He’d also finish a strong P9 in CKNA North East’s Senior Light standings.
Other Coyote drivers in the Senior division were Christian Schneider and the brother/sister duo of Joey and Jordan Cline.
Schneider placed fifth in the final points, while the Clines missed much of the middle part of the season and returned for most of the second half. Jordan Cline won on August 20 and recorded three other P2 finishes. Joey picked up the Senior feature win on Sept. 17 and finished P2 on four occasions, including in the 17-kart night race feature on August 26.
When not running GVKC, Jordan and Joey were on the road following the CKNA North East Division and the biggest race of the year, the CKNA Grands at New Castle Motorsports Park in Indiana.
In North East, Jordan recorded finishes of P4, P5 and P6 on her way to a 7th-place finish in the final Junior standings, the largest class of the series with over 25 karts at every race.
At the Grands, Jordan continued to impress, qualifying P8 and driving to a strong P10 finish in a stacked 206 Junior final that was narrowed down to a 60-kart field after 77 drivers attempted to qualify.
Joey Cline was a regular in the Senior Light division in CKNA North East and narrowly missed a top-10 finish in the final points in 11th. Joey’s best run of the series came in the Sunday final at Oakland Valley in April, which saw him barely miss the podium with a P4 result.
Dave Netherwood, Ben Raccuia, Bobby Shine and Mike Heinsler were a few other Coyote racers that spent time competing at GVKC in 2023.
Netherwood won the LO206 Masters championship on his No. 55 Coyote. Ben Raccuia raced in Masters early in the year but had an injury that forced him to sit out the second half of the year.
Shine competed in Senior Animal Light and finished fourth in the class’s final standings, while Heinsler was the only regular Coyote entrant in the Senior Yamaha division. He’d score a few P2 finishes throughout the year and finish third in the standings.
GVKC racers were presented their year-end awards November 18 at the series banquet.
“Special thank you to the Fredericks and all they do for GVKC,” Coyote owner Jim Lipari said. “Darla and Trevor are not only ambassadors to Coyote, but to karting, as well. We’re happy to have them as part of the Coyote team, and we appreciate all they do to help keep local karting healthy in Western New York.”
Coyote Motorsports is proud to have supported GVKC in 2023 and we look forward to continuing the support of the club again in 2024.
Congratulations to Genesee Valley Kart Club and all the racers and teams on a terrific year at our home track!