08.21.2012 - Gary Lawson continues reign over Gold Cup senior classes at Pittsburgh

Duvall, Fauci, Fagan, Frantz, Lee, Lutz, Stiefel, Stross, Zellner are double winners

img 9173CONCORD, N.C. – The WKA RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Series ran its fourth of five 2012 rounds this past weekend with the Performance North / Jammer Clutches Nationals at Pittsburgh Int’l Race Complex in Wampum, Pa.

Showers interrupted practice for a time Friday before dry rounds concluded the day. After a rainy Pittsburgh round last year, Gold Cup teams were delighted to see the sun shining throughout Saturday and Sunday’s racing.

Nearly 200 entries filled the pits, including Briggs Animals, Box Stock Clones and 2-cycle X-30 TaGs.

Gary Lawson, fresh off a $600 payday from winning the Champ Heavy Money Race Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Chapel Hill (N.Y.) WKA Speedway Pavement Grand Nationals, kicked off the weekend with his second Gold Cup Animal Heavy Money Race triumph of the year and second in a row. Lawson bested Dakota Bell, Tyler Sandmeyer, Chris Wells and Travis Manning for the score.

Lawson went unbeaten on the weekend, winning Saturday’s MGM Stock Heavy and Sunday’s Stock Medium. Sandmeyer ran second to Lawson in Heavy while WKA Road Racing Series regular Zach Linsell crossed the stripe only 0.183 seconds back of Lawson in Medium.

img 6519Eric Fagan swept the Senior Box Stock main events to extend his point lead in the class.

Cale Hall won both Michigan Kart Supply LO206 Kid Kart features.

After winning his first Gold Cup feature at MRP in July, Coyote driver Nick Fauci backed it up with a sweep of the Performance North Sportsman 1 classes.

Maryland racer Tyler Frantz found identical success as Fauci. Frantz also won his first ever Gold Cup at MRP and proceeded to win both Sportsman 2 categories at Pitt. Frantz won American Power Sportsman 2 Lite and Barnes Paving Sportsman 2 Heavy.

Gabriel Zellner and Cody Hall split the Sportsman 1 Box Stock features. Hall won Final 1 and Zellner won Sunday’s weekend capper.

Connor Tebbe won Sportsman 2 Box Stock Final 1 and Dylan Murry bested Tebbe in Sunday’s Final 2.

Jake Lutz swept his three Jr Animal divisions at MRP and won two more at Pittsburgh. Lutz won Thor Oil Jr Medium and Jr Heavy. Dustin Demattia won Barnes Paving Jr Lite and Sarah Luoma won her second Gold Cup of the year in Razor Chassis / Roberts Kart Shop Restricted Junior.

Georgia’s Tanner Lee won both Jr Box Stock finals.

img 6416Dustin Stross won both X-30 Junior features. The wins marked Stross’s first Gold Cup triumphs of his career.

Jacob Duvall continued his hot streak with wins in Franklinkart.com X-30 Senior Final 1 and Final 2. Duvall is unbeaten in the X-30 Senior Gold Cup competition in 2012 with eight wins in eight starts. He’ll look to sweep the year in September at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Dakota Bell won his first Gold Cup of the season over Chris Wells in Coyote Motorsports Stock Lite.

Travis Manning bested Tony Wimmer in Margay Racing Products Animal Amateur Medium.

Tim Stiefel swept the Masters main events over Michael Chapman and Dave Barry.

Barry won Animal Modified Heavy.

Go to http://www.mylaps.com/results/showevent.jsp?id=825251 to view MyLaps results from the Performance North / Jammer Clutches Nationals.

Point standings will be updated this week. A full race report will be in an upcoming issue of WKA’s Karting Scene online magazine.

- Photos by KRAPP