MOORESVILLE, N.C. — While the Maxxis Sprint Series was holding their third round of the season this past Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, about 20 miles north in Mooresville, N.C., GoPro Motorplex racers were competing in the track’s fifth round of the 2021 Karting Challenge, a 12-race club series for 2-cycle and LO206 classes that rivals any regional or national series in terms of competition level.
North Carolina driver Pauly Massimino, a championship 2-cycle sprint standout, gave the Spencerport, N.Y.-based Coyote Motorsports’ Zenith chassis its first win at GoPro Saturday in the Briggs LO206 Senior final. The win marked Massimino’s first in 206 competition since he started competing in the Briggs divisions earlier this year with John Seglem’s Florida-based Precision Performance Karting (PPK) team. The PPK / Coyote team has competed primarily in Cup Karts South and the CKNA Spring Nationals at Charlotte before attending GoPro Saturday.
Riding a No. 08 Zenith, Massimino finished second to class points leader Todd Baron in the Briggs Senior pre-final before racing to a close 0.048-second win over Baron in the 15-lap final. Victor Turner, Connor Yonchuck and Connor Tebbe filled the top-five positions in the 23-kart field.
Massimino doubled up on the day, also winning the KA100 Senior final over a field of 35 starters.
In his first outing of the year at GoPro, Chris Carroll, Massimino’s PPK / Coyote teammate, had a good showing on his No. 12 Zenith. While wrecks took him out of both the Briggs Senior and Briggs Heavy finals, Carroll won the pole over Massimino and 22 others in Briggs Senior and drove to P4 finishes in each class’s pre-finals.
Joining Massimino with final wins in 206 classes Saturday at GoPro were Victor Turner in Briggs Heavy, George Wheeler in Briggs Junior and Keelan Harvick in Briggs Cadet.
Next up for the GoPro Karting Challenge is Round 6 of the series Saturday, July 24.