Coyote Motorsports racers recorded an impressive opening month this May to the 2017 Briggs & Stratton Racing 206 Cup Series, an LO206 engine tour that spans the Midwest with nine big events this year at nine different sprint karting venues.
The 206 Cup kicked off its 2017 program with Central and North division openers May 5-7 at the popular Michiana Raceway Park near South Bend, Indiana (Central) and May 19-21 at the Road America kart track in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
At MRP, Coyote racers racked up an unmatched seven feature wins in the event’s 10 main events, including a sweep of the 206 Junior, 206 Senior Medium and 206 Masters features! A couple weeks later at Road America for the North Division kickoff, Coyote drivers won three times in the event’s 10 races.
Here’s a rundown of the drivers making headlines in the Midwest during the first month of the 2017 206 Cup Series!
MRP Central Division • May 5-7, 2017
The No. 1 headline from the weekend was the size for the 206 Senior Medium field with 22 drivers making the call and veteran Coyote pilot and former national champion Scott Kleman of Farmington, Mich., winning the main event both days.
In fact, Saturday’s Senior Medium feature will likely go down as one of the best accomplishments of the 2017 national season for Coyote Motorsports with Kleman beating out fellow Coyote racers Ryan Cassity and Justin Wishard for a sweep of the top-three podium positions in the 15-lap contest.
Sunday’s Senior Medium main would see Kleman defending his Saturday win with another feature win to complete the weekend sweep! Cassity would run third in this race with Wishard taking the sixth spot in the final running order of 22 starters.
Logan Lohmar won both 206 Junior mains in his #727 Coyote. Lohmar outran fellow Coyote racers Jacob Bolen and Kyle Lohmar in Saturday’s race. In Sunday’s Junior feature, Bolen would finish second with Kyle Lohmar taking third.
It’s hard to bet against Randy Raridon and his #3 Coyote in the 206 Masters division in 206 Cup competition. Raridon completed the weekend sweep of the Masters mains at MRP, besting five other entrants each day. Michigan Kart Supply owner Jerry Cole brought one of his Coyote chassis out for Saturday, finishing in the fourth spot.
Six drivers made the call in the 206 Sportsman class with Coyote racer Payton Glodowski scoring the win in Saturday’s main event. Glodowski would return Sunday to place second and complete a terrific weekend for the young racer.
Road America North Division • May 19-21, 2017
A number of Coyote racers were on hand May 19-21 at the famous Road America complex, which in addition to the world renowned 4-mile racecar course includes a technical and challenging kart track where the 206 Cup North Division held its season opener.
Randy Raridon and Justin Wishard led the Coyote charge at Road America with Raridon capturing his third and fourth 206 Cup feature wins of the 2017 season in the 206 Masters division and Wishard backing up his strong weekend a couple weeks prior at MRP with a big win in Saturday’s 17-kart 206 Senior Medium main event.
Wishard won the Saturday race by a full one-second margin over the 2nd place finisher and would set the race’s fast lap time at a 54.409 on the way to victory.
Wishard would run second in Sunday’s Senior Medium main, crossing the finish stripe just behind the winner. Other Coyote entrants in the division were Allen Borntreger, Marvin Borntreger and Chris Rossiter. Allen would run 3rd in Sunday’s main for his best result of the event, while Marvin would take the seventh position in the same race. Rossiter crossed the finish stripe in the P10 spot of 17 starters.
Raridon’s 206 Masters feature wins at Road America keep him and his Coyote a perfect four-for-four on the year.
Ethan Dietrich and Jacob Bolen carried the Coyote banner in 206 Junior at Road America. Dietrich netted his best result of the weekend in Saturday’s feature, finishing second. He also won the Pole Award earlier in the day. Bolen would finish third in Sunday’s main event.
Three of the six entrants in 206 Sportsman were on Coyote’s with Austin Winkel, Isaac Hendler and TJ Zimmerman all making the call. Winkle’s best run came Sunday with a strong second-place result. Hendler finished in the fifth spot both days while Zimmerman would capture the P4 podium position in Sunday’s feature race.
Next up for Coyote racers following the 206 Cup Series is a June 9-11 date for the North Division at 61 Partway in Delmar, Iowa. The Central Division returns to action June 23-25 at the historic G&J Kartway in Camden, Ohio.
In the Northeast, a number of Coyote customers will be in action close to home this weekend – June 9-11 – with the AKRA American Sprint Cup Series running at Genesee Valley Kart Club in Avon, NY, located less than 30 minutes from Coyote headquarters in Spencerport.
In the Southeast, the next regional event on many Coyote racers’ calendars is the June 23-25 AKRA Southern Tour at Bushnell Motorsports Park in Bushnell, Florida.