LOVEJOY, Ga. — Razor Chassis drivers raced to another outstanding season in the 2021 Maxxis Sprint Series, scoring 19 feature wins in six rounds to edge out MGM for the American-made chassis’ second consecutive manufacturer championship in the competitive East Coast 4-cycle sprint series.
For years with the WKA Gold Cup Series and the last four seasons with the Maxxis series, the manufacturer championship has always been an important goal for US-based chassis builders with these programs remaining some of the only sprint road course karting series where American-made karts are the predominant choice. Razor, which won several championships in Gold Cup, will now go down in history as the winner of the final two Maxxis championships as the series will not return in 2022.
“The manufacturer championship is always special because it’s our customer that earn the wins,” Roberts Kart Shop / Razor Chassis owner Stevie Roberts commented. “The drivers are the ones holding the steering wheel, racing hard and winning races. At the end of the day, we’re all one big family and the memories we make along the way make the hard work and dedication worthwhile.”
Here’s a look of Razor’s championship-winning season in the Maxxis Sprint Series.
The 2021 Maxxis Series opened at Jacksonville in April and Razor drivers jumped to a fast start with Adam Wein and Thomas Nichols splitting the Cadet features to give Razor two wins on the day. No other chassis make won more than twice at the opener, meaning a tie atop the standings heading to round two.
The series moved to Roberts Kart Shop’s home track at Barnesville in May, and Razor drivers did not disappoint. Youngster Ryan Hall won Kid Kart in one of his first races ever, Wein swept the pair of Cadet mains, Alyssa Vascocu and Peyton Bridges split the Junior finals and Stevie Roberts got in on the action, winning both Senior finals to give Razor seven of eight wins in the LO206 divisions and nine victories between the first two rounds and an early lead in the series’ chassis points.
Rounds three and four were up next at the famed Charlotte Motor Speedway kart track in June. The consecutive days of racing gave competitors a chance to close the gap on Razor’s early lead in the standings, but several drivers helped keep the Georgia manufacturer at the top of the standings.
Most notably, Wein continued his string of victories in the Cadet classes. The Georgia driver had another outstanding weekend at Charlotte, driving his No. 23 Razor to three of the four feature wins in Cadet with Nichols winning the other to give Razor a sweep of the four races between Saturday and Sunday’s action. Noah Ryan would score his only Maxxis win of the season in Saturday’s Junior Yellow feature to give Razor five wins at Charlotte.
The series’ furthest trip north came at Maryland’s Sandy Hook Speedway in July and several Razor teams made the long drive north for round five. Two drivers gave Razor wins at the Hook, but only one would count toward the chassis points.
Nichols won Cadet Yellow over fellow Razor driver Will Franklin, but there were only two karts in the class and a minimum of three entries are needed for it to count toward the chassis points. This meant the only Razor win at Sandy Hook would come at the hands of Ryan Hall, who scored his second Kid Kart triumph of the season in a competitive race over Lanie Thigpen and others.
With the standings tightened after Sandy Hook, Razor entered the sixth and final points race at Carolina Motorsports Park in August with a slim lead over MGM. Each manufacturer had a legitimate shot at the championship, and with no club series at CMP, neither team would have a home-track advantage.
When feature action kicked off under the lights at Kershaw, Razor drivers were up to the task. Lanie Thigpen drove her best race of the year to take the Kid Kart win, her first of the season. After skipping Sandy Hook, Adam Wein resumed his winning ways in Cadet, scoring both feature wins and locking up a pair of class championships in the process. And Peyton Bridges showed tremendous speed at CMP’s 0.7-mile kart track, winning the Junior Black main event and nearly capturing a second win in Junior Yellow.
Four wins at CMP would be enough for Razor to capture the championship by a one-win margin over MGM. The Roberts and Razor drivers were recognized Friday, Nov. 19 at 103rd Street during Maxxis’ annual awards ceremony as a part of the series’ last Grand Nationals. Razor drivers added a pair of wins at the Grand Nationals with Barrett Turley winning his first of the year in Kid Kart and Lane Littleton winning the Junior Yellow main event.
Congratulations to Razor Chassis and all their drivers and teams on another impressive season in the Maxxis Sprint Series and at tracks and clubs around the country.
About Razor Chassis and Roberts Kart Shop
Roberts Kart Shop was founded in 1994 by Steve and Stacy Roberts as a full-service specialty kart shop and 4-cycle engine builder. Located just south of Atlanta in Lovejoy, Ga., the Roberts expanded their company in 2008 with the debut of the Razor, an asphalt sprint chassis that quickly became a popular choice for 4-cycle sprint racers around the country.
Since the chassis debut, Razor has won multiple manufacturer championships in the WKA Gold Cup Series and Maxxis Sprint Series. For more information and to order parts online, visit Roberts Kart Shop’s official website and online store at RobertsKartShop.com.