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ZENITH, KRYPTONITE, KID COYOTE ALL WIN AT JACKSONVILLE CKNA SOUTH

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The second and third rounds of the 2024 Cup Karts North America South Division were held February 2-4 at the historic 103rd Street Sports Complex in North Florida, where over 175 entries made for another great showing for CKNA’s Southeast-based Briggs 206 series.

Two dozen Coyote Motorsports racers took part in the action at the latest 103rd Street 4-cycle regional, and the event marked a huge accomplishment for our company.

Cade Jaeger and Lucas Thek lead juniors at Jacksonville
Cade Jaeger and Lucas Thek lead juniors at Jacksonville
(Kart Lounge photo)

For likely the first time ever, the three Coyote 206 chassis currently in production all scored final wins at a CKNA event.

In Junior, Cade Jaeger and Lucas Thek both raced their Zenith chassis to wins, Jaeger on Saturday and Thek on Sunday.

In Cadet, Parker Stewart wheeled a new Coyote Kryptonite to the win in Sunday’s Round 3 final.

And in Kid Kart, youngster Dean Yates won Sunday to give the Kid Coyote chassis a final victory on the weekend.

While drivers on the Zenith have racked up victories across North America in Juniors, Seniors, Masters and Legends over the past couple years, and the Kryptonite and Kid Coyote have begun to win more regularly in the last year, the Jacksonville CKNA race marked the first time all three chassis were victorious on the same weekend. That is an accomplishment everyone at Coyote Motorsports is extremely proud of as we continue through the opening months of the 2024 season.

Here’s a rundown of the 24 racers in attendance at Jacksonville the first weekend of February.

Junior

Coyote racers came locked and loaded for a competitive 30-kart Junior division. South Florida 206 team and Coyote dealer Precision Performance Karting had two of the top juniors in 4-cycle racing ready — one from Florida and one traveling in all the way from Wisconsin.

CKNA South Round 2 winner Cade Jaeger
CKNA South Round 2 winner Cade Jaeger
(Kart Lounge photo)

On Saturday, it was Jaeger making his trip from the Badger State to Florida worth every minute.

Jaeger dominated Saturday’s program with a Round 2 pole award by just 0.006 seconds over his teammate Thek. It doesn’t get much closer than that!

Cade would stay out front all afternoon and go on to win the Round 2 heat and 16-lap final on his No. 64 Zenith. Thek was right behind in both races with close P2 results to Jaeger in the strong 30-kart field.

With Round 3 qualifying and heat moved up to Saturday night due to bad weather predicted for Sunday, Thek took his turn at the top of the speed charts as the sun began to set on Jacksonville. He’d go P1 in qualifying by 0.059 seconds over Jaeger.

Cade would close the night with a second heat race win to back up his Round 2 score. Lucas would settle for P2.

A wet track made for a rain setup on the PPK / Coyotes for Sunday’s Round 3 final, and neither chassis skipped a beat.

Jaeger would lead most of the first half of the contest until lap 13 contact with another driver unfortunately ended his day early.

CKNA South Round 3 winner Lucas Thek (Kart Lounge photo)
CKNA South Round 3 winner Lucas Thek
(Kart Lounge photo)

Thek, who slipped back to P4 early in the race, took advantage late and jumped to the lead on his No. 52 Zenith. The Miami native would cross the finish stripe nearly 2 seconds ahead of P2 for his first Cup Karts win with PPK after joining the team for the Winter Nationals at NOLA in December.

Outstanding work and driving by both Cade Jaeger and Lucas Thek as they’ll now enter the March 1-3 CKNA Spring Nationals at Charlotte Motor Speedway as two of the favorites in the 80-kart Junior class.

Jaeger and Thek weren’t the only juniors with impressive showings.

North Florida Kart Club local racer Lucas Franklin, fresh off an NFKC Round 1 local win in January, drove his No. 56 Zenith to a solid P4 finish in Saturday’s final before running P2 late in Sunday’s final and slipping back to P10 on the last lap. Lucas did go purple in the Round 3 race with a quick lap of 42.187 around the 0.7-mile course.

Carson Neel netted himself a top 10 in Saturday’s final. Neel raced his No.17 Zenith to a P8 result and returned Sunday in the rain to finish P12.

Colby Jackson was the fifth Coyote in the Junior field. Jackson recorded finishes of P17 and P19 as he continues to gain experience with his No. 137 Zenith.

Cadet

Cadet Round 3 victor Parker Stewart on his PPK / Coyote Kryptonite (CKNA South photo)
Cadet Round 3 victor Parker Stewart on his PPK / Coyote Kryptonite (CKNA South photo)

Parker Stewart made his first CKNA start with the PPK team on a Coyote chassis, and the young South Carolina racer was fast all weekend.

Stewart would start the event with a P3 Round 2 qualifying effort and win the early Saturday heat race before finishing P2 in the final.

He’d return Sunday for a great run in the Round 3 final, scoring the win by a 0.131-second margin over P2.

Parker’s winning weekend at Jacksonville, coupled with AJ Stoner’s win at Daytona in December, continues to solidify the newly redesigned Coyote Kryptonite is now one of the fastest cadet chassis in 206 racing.

Kid Kart

Kid Kart winner Dean Yates
Kid Kart winner Dean Yates
(CKNA South photo)

Dean Yates would complete the Coyote trifecta.

Yates did another tremendous in CKNA competition. The Illinois youngster kept focus all weekend and improved on a P3 finish in Saturday’s final to score a big win Sunday. Yates, who also traveled to New Orleans in December for the Winter Nationals, gave the Kid Coyote another CKNA win — Yates’ first — to follow up multiple wins for the chassis in 2023 at the hands of Spencer Hite.

Masters

The 21-kart Masters division was stacked with five Coyote drivers and Saturday’s Round 2 final would see all of them record finishes in the top-7 positions.

James Inscoe led the way with a P2 run. The finish marked his second podium of the day.

Masters pole winner Barry Hastings on his new Zenith(Kart Lounge photo)
Masters pole winner Barry Hastings on his new Zenith
(Kart Lounge photo)

Ron Klys followed Inscoe across the stripe for a solid P3. Barry Hastings was impressive all day, qualifying pole and driving to a fine P4 result in the final. Kevin Medearis made it four Coyotes in the top 5 with a P5 finish. Wade Lynn finished just outside the top 5 with a P7 result.

Hastings and Inscoe would not start Sunday’s Round 3 rain race. Klys led most of the 16-lapper and was passed with two laps to go to finish a close P2, marking his second podium of the weekend. Lynn was P8 and Medearis finished P9 to close out the event.

Legends

Inscoe led the way for Coyote in Legends. The Florida racer drove to a P3 result on his No. 117 Zenith in Saturday’s final.

Jeffrey Revis and Pete Laches joined Inscoe in the Legends field for drivers age 50 and up.

Revis had a good weekend with a P8 Saturday and P6 Sunday. Laches finished 19th in Saturday’s final and did not start Sunday’s rain race.

Senior Light

Ronnie Klys leads in Senior Light
Ronnie Klys leads in Senior Light
(CKNA South photo)

Five drivers entered their Coyote Zeniths in the super competitive Senior Light division. On Saturday, NFKC regular Ronnie Klys impressed with a strong P2 result as he starts his rookie season in the senior ranks.

CKNA Grand National 7 winners James Overbeck and Christopher McKeithan finished P6 and P7 with Mason Donahue P15 and Jack Hughes P20.

Sunday’s Light final saw Overbeck lead early and settle for P2 for his best finish of the weekend. Klys was right there in P3 to make it two podiums for him on the weekend. McKeithan rounded out the top 10 with Donahue 13th and Hughes 15th.

Senior Medium

James Overbeck on his PPK / Coyote Zenith
James Overbeck on his PPK / Coyote Zenith
(Kart Lounge photo)

Overbeck added a couple more top 5s in the Senior Medium division. The Cincinnati, Ohio, driver would finish third in Round 2 and come back Sunday for a P4 result.

Nicholas Lefferdo did a nice job Saturday with a P5 finish. Jacksonville was only the second time Lefferdo ran his new-to-him Coyote after picking it up at Daytona in December.

Shawn Chiarello was just outside the top 10 in 11th, McKeithan 14th and Michael Gay 15th.

On Sunday, McKeithan ran 9th with Lefferdo 12th, Gay 15th and Chairello 17th.

Senior Heavy

Ronnie Klys made it four top fives in four starts between Light and Heavy. Klys would drive his sharp No. 7 Zenith to a P5 finish in Saturday’s Heavy final and finish 3rd in Sunday’s final.

Coyote veterans Sean Meier and Chris Carroll both ran into bad luck at Jacksonville and neither finished Saturday’s Heavy final. On Sunday, both Meier and Carroll opted to sit out the wet-weather racing.

Next up –

Coming up fast is one of the biggest races of the 2024 season and the first CKNA major of the year.

Coyote teams and racers from all over North America will be in Concord, North Carolina, this March 1-3 for the fourth annual CKNA Spring Nationals at the Charlotte Motor Speedway kart track.

Over 500 entries are set to make it the biggest Spring Nationals to date, and dozens of Coyote racers will be working hard to add their names to the coveted Spring Nationals win list.

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Coyote Motorsports is an original American kart racing chassis manufacturer.  Located outside Rochester, NY since 1976, Coyote is the proud manufacturer of national-championship winning go-kart chassis and components, currently building and promoting the multi-time championship-winning Zenith for junior and senior Briggs 206 drivers, the Kryptonite for cadet / sportsman racers, the Free Roller for vintage sprint racing, the TKM Bullet Road Race Kartfor enduro, and the “Kid Coyote” Kid Kart for our youngest competitors.

To shop Coyote parts and components online, and to learn more information about our company, visit coyotekarts.com.

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