Coyote wins in Senior, Cadet, Kid Kart at CKNA Charlotte Spring Nationals

CONCORD, N.C. — Coyote Motorsports racers continued a fast start to the 2024 racing season March 1-3 at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s infield kart track, where Cup Karts North America held their fourth annual Spring Nationals with a record turnout of over 500 race entries.

In addition to top competition from across North America, Mother Nature threw just about everything she had at teams throughout the three-day national event.

A cold, steady rain fell throughout nearly all of Friday’s four rounds of practice. Thankfully, skies cleared for Saturday’s qualifying and heat races, but a mist and wet track conditions returned for Sunday morning’s practice and LCQ races, threatening teams with the prospect of running the main events on a wet track. Luckily, in the late morning hours the mist stopped and the sun returned for a dry round of finals to close out the event — one that has become one of the most competitive and prestigious 206 races of the year.

Coyote Kart Racing Chassis
L to R – PPK’s John Seglem, Cadet winner Parker Stewart, Coyote’s Jim Lipari

Coyote racers had a tremendous weekend with three wins in three different age categories. Defending CKNA Northeast Division Kid Kart champion Spencer Hite scored the win in Kid Kart on his Kryptonite chassis. Parker Stewart gave the Kryptonite two W’s on the weekend with his victory in the Cadet final. In the senior ranks, Ronnie Klys drove to a popular win in the Senior Heavy final as he continues to impress in his rookie season in seniors.

Chris Carroll (x2), James Inscoe, Pauly Massimino, John Price, James Overbeck (x2), AJ Stoner, and Lucas Thek all podiumed in Sunday’s finals to give Coyote drivers 12 total podiums including the three race wins.

“The Spring Nationals is a very tough event with some of the best competition we’ll see all year,” Coyote owner Jim Lipari stated. “To leave with three wins and a dozen podiums is another outstanding achievement for our company. And we’re thrilled to see some of these wins and podiums come with our younger drivers on the Kryptonite. The Zenith’s results continue to speak for themselves, and to add the Kryptonite in the mix with wins and top finishes means a lot to everyone at our shop and around the country who have worked so hard to improve each of our chassis’s performance.”

Here’s a class-by-class rundown of Coyote racers at Charlotte.

Kid Kart

Spencer Hite topped some stiff competition to win Kid Kart. The Pennsylvania youngster qualified P1 of 12 entries and would finish a close second in both heat races. He kept focus and didn’t let the runner-up finishes in the heats get him down. Come final time Sunday afternoon, Hite would go purple with a fast lap of 58.936 and score the win in the 12-lap contest by a 3.6-second margin over P2.

A-Maxx Racing’s Diesel Maxwell joined Hite as a Coyote racer in the Kid Kart division. In one of his first races, the Indiana diver did a great job. He’d finish 11th in the final and gain experience all weekend, including in the rain Friday. Diesel’s best result of the weekend came in qualifying, which saw him time fifth fastest and only a couple seconds off Spencer’s fast time.

Cadet

Parker Stewart joined the Precision Performance Karting (PPK) / Coyote team in February at Jacksonville and he promptly scored a win in Sunday’s final. Now Parker is on a streak, as he backed up his Jacksonville victory with an impressive score on his No. 22 Coyote Kryptonite in the Cadet Spring Nationals final.

Parker Stewart Coyote Kryptonite Kart
Cadet winner Parker Stewart, Coyote Kryptonite

The South Carolina racer stayed up front all weekend and he nearly swept the class’s four rounds of competition. After qualifying P1, he’d win Heat 1 and finish P5 in Heat 2. Stewart would return to the top in the final, trading the lead with another driver early in the race before taking the top spot for good on lap 7. He’d go on to a 0.545-second triumph for his second career Spring Nationals win. Parker also won the Kid Kart final in 2022.

Maryland’s John Dwyer was back at Charlotte for the second year in a row after taking a scary ride with a wild flip in 2023. Dwyer had an up-and-down weekend, but he was able to crack the top 20 in the final with a 20th-place result on the lead lap.

Lincoln Willey also ran a Kryptonite in Cadet and he’d come away with a 31st-place finish in the final. Willey had a good weekend going until a DNF in Heat 2 set him back. He finished a solid 20th spot in Heat 1, and qualified a respectable P21.

Sportsman

A-Maxx Racing’s AJ Stoner was the lone Coyote racer in the Sportsman division for drivers age 10 to 13. The Daytona KartWeek winner had another solid weekend, competing hard for top five positions in each round. The Indiana racer would finish P5 in the final on his Kryptonite.

While he was fast, AJ needed just a little more speed to get up and challenge for the win; we have no doubt he’ll continue as a top Sportsman contender throughout the 2024 season.

Junior

PPK racer Lucas Thek led the way for Coyote drivers in a huge Junior field that needed an Last Chance Qualifier race to narrow the final field to 50 starters. The Miami, Fla., racer scored a Round 2 heat win late Saturday afternoon and would go on to a P5 result in the 16-lap final. Since joining PPK late last year, Thek has solidified himself as one of the fastest junior 206 racers in the country.

Lucas Thek Coyote Zenith Kart
Junior racer Lucas Thek, Coyote Zenith

Cade Jaeger was one of the fastest juniors all weekend, but bad luck in the Round 2 heat cost him a final podium, at the least. Jaeger was set to win the heat when another driver made contact with his No. 64 Coyote Zenith coming to the checkered. The contact caused a big wreck, and considerable damage to the kart. Luckily, Cade walked away, and would rejoin the action Sunday to start the final P33 and advance 23 positions to finish P10. Needless to say, he was the race’s hard charger.

In addition to Thek and Jaeger, nine other drivers entered Coyotes in the Junior division. Of those, Midwest racer Jacob Schaible had the best result with a P22 finish in the final.

North Florida Kart Club regular Colby Jackson finished right behind Schaible with a P23 finish of 50 starters.

Nicholas Capilongo ran with PPK and had a good run in the final, starting 41st and moving forward to finish P28.

Alex Miller also raced a PPK / Coyote Zenith and he finished 31st.

Jordan Cline and Thomas Anthony both qualified for the final on their Coyotes. Cline would finish P35 and Anthony P37.

Unfortunately, Joseph Sheppard, Lucas Franklin and Jenna Barnard fell short of qualifying for the main event. Sheppard came the closest with a P6 in the LCQ, only a couple spots away for a top-four transfer position.

Senior Light

James Overbeck may not have won a final at Charlotte, but the Ohio driver was clearly one of the fastest drivers in attendance at the event.

In Light, Overbeck would finish a close P2 in Sunday’s final after a fierce three-kart battle for the win that came down to the final corners.

James Overbeck Coyote Zenith
P2 Senior Light and Medium, James Overbeck,
Coyote Zenith

Pauly Massimino joined Overbeck as PPK / Coyote drivers on the podium in Senior Light. Massimino would finish P4 in the final for a solid run. The national champion 2-cycle standout continues to work for his first CKNA win in very few 4-cycle appearances over the past couple seasons.

Ronnie Klys not only won the Senior Heavy final (more on that below), but he also drove to a very respectable top-10 finish in Senior Light. Klys would finish P7 in Light to give Coyote Motorsports three drivers in the top 10 in the super competitive division.

2023 CKNA Grands Senior Medium winner Christopher McKeithan finished just outside the top 10 in Light with a P11 result.

Jared Clarke was super impressive in his first CKNA race with PPK / Coyote. Clarke qualified an outstanding P2 of 89 drivers. He’d finish P2 in the first Even Group heat but run into some bad luck in his second heat when contact while running in the top three took him out of the action early in the race. Clarke’s DNF in heat 2 relegated him to a 38th-place starting position in the final, and he’d move forward 17 spots in the race for a 21st-place finish.

Scott Kleman qualified for both Light and Medium finals without a problem. The veteran Michigan driver finished P26 in the Light main.

Michael Ing was the last driver to qualify for the Light final without having to run the LCQ. Ing started the final 46th and moved up to 38th in the final finishing order.

Three Coyote drivers ran the LCQ and did not qualify for the Light final — Brady Eickhoff, Anthony Dimaggio and Lucas Shelton. Eickhoff came the closest with a P9 finish in the LCQ.

Senior Medium

Overbeck came so close to a win once again in the Medium main event, the final race of the weekend. Similar to Light, he’d finish a close P2 and was denied of a third career Spring Nationals triumph. Despite barely missing out on two wins, Overbeck had a tremendous showing at Charlotte as he continues to prove he’s one of the best 206 racers in North America.

Brandon Jarsocrak shook off some bad luck in the Light final to finish just outside the top five in Medium with a P6 result. Jarsocrak won both his Medium heat races Saturday.

Massimino made it three Coyote drivers in the Medium top 10, finishing 10th.

Three-time Charlotte Spring Nationals winner Sean Meier crossed the finish stripe just outside the top 10 and right behind Massimino in 11th.

McKeithan finished 20th, Kleman 29th and PPK driver Mason Rick 40th as the three other Coyote drivers to make the Medium feature field.

Huntington Bolton, Dimaggio, Brody Kellner and Aspen Kellner all ran the LCQ and unfortunately did not qualify for the Senior Medium final.

Senior Heavy

Ronnie Klys Coyote Kart
Senior Heavy winner Ronnie Klys, Coyote Zenith

Jacksonville, Fla.’s Ronnie Klys drove to a huge win in Senior Heavy, likely the biggest of his career to date. In just a few short months racing in seniors, Klys has been super impressive. He always runs well at Charlotte, and proved it again with a popular win in his first Spring Nationals in the senior ranks.

Chris Carroll made it two Coyote Zeniths in the top five with a P5 result in the Heavy final.

Sean Meier gave Coyote three drivers in the top 10 with a 9th-place result. Meier had won the Heavy final in 2022 and 2023 at Charlotte but wasn’t able to make it three in a row at this year’s edition. He remains one of only two drivers to win three Spring Nationals finals in the four years the event has taken place.

Huntington Bolton, Brody Kellner, Anthony Colandro and Aspen Kellner all rode Zeniths in the Heavy division. In the final, Bolton finished P28, Brody Kellner P33, Colandro P37 and Aspen Kellner P45.

Masters

Chris Carroll had one of the most impressive drives of the weekend in the Masters final. After dominating both of his heat races Saturday, Carroll started the final in P2 and got bumped off the track at the start, dropping him outside the top 10. Carroll kept focus and drove an outstanding race to advance back to finish P2 and narrowly miss out on a second CKNA major win in six months time after scoring the Senior Heavy win at the Grands in October.

Maryland’s John Price was another Coyote driver that turned a lot of heads at Charlotte.

Riding a new 2024 Zenith, Price finished a strong P2 in both of his Saturday heat races and returned Sunday for a P3 result in the Masters final. Price has put in the time, and he’s solidified himself as one of top 206 Masters drivers on the East Coast.

Four Coyote drivers finished the Masters final between 11th and 20th. James Inscoe was just outside the top 10 in P11; Ron Klys and Tim Stiefel finished 17th and 18th on their Zeniths; and Kevin Medearis rounded out the top 20.

Anthony Colandro was 25th, Barry Hastings 26th and “Wiggidy” Wayne Handzlik 29th in Masters on their Coyotes.

Legends

James Inscoe led the way for Coyote in Legends for drivers age 50 and up. The Florida veteran drove to a solid P5 in the final to give Coyote chassis a dozen podiums on the weekend.

Stiefel was fast throughout the event and came home P8 in the Legends main event.

Rodrigo De Francisco made it three Coyotes in the top 10 with a P10 effort.

Handzlik improved 11 spots from his Masters finish with a P18 result in Legends.

Jeffrey Revis was 19th, and Rick Reinhold was 35th in the final rundown.

206 racing will be getting busy this spring with CKNA races schedule for Atlanta Motorsports Park April 12-14, the historic G&J Kartway April 19-21, and United Karting / BWI May 3-5.

If you’re interested in improving your karting program in 2024, Coyote Motorsports may be able to help! Contact us at 585-352-0806 or email us at coyotekart@gmail.com.

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