Snap Ya Neck Engines racers capture wins, podiums at CKNA South Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Snap Ya Neck Racing engines racers and customers enjoyed a scorching hot but successful weekend at the Cup Karts North America South Division season closer May 24-26 at the Daytona International Speedway kart track.

Hudson Brown and Chris Cirillo talk on the Daytona grid
Hudson Brown and Chris Cirillo (Twelve One Content photo)

The event marked the first time CKNA held a race at the historic speedway’s 0.56-mile kart track, which is normally run only once annually during WKA’s Daytona KartWeek between Christmas and New Years.

“I’m really proud of everyone,” SYN’s Chris Cirillo said. “Our engines had some wins and podiums, and others raced hard, battled and had fun. That’s what it’s all about. For some of these drivers, racing at Daytona was an opportunity of a lifetime. I’m glad we were able to help them with fast and reliable SYN engines so they could focus on chassis setup and their driving. Everyone did a great job.”

In all, nine drivers entered the race with karts powered by Snap Ya Neck-built 206 engines. SYN engines were represented in seven of the nine divisions on the card.

Spencer Hite continued his winning ways in Kid Kart.

Driving a Coyote Kryptonite, Hite won nearly every round of competition in the 6-kart class and drove to victory in both finals by convincing margins.

CKNA marked the first time the Pennsylvania youngster had raced at Daytona, and it came only a few weeks after he captured a pair of feature wins in the CKNA East Division opener at United Karting-BWI in Baltimore.

Kid Kart winner Spencer Hite on his SYN-powered Coyote<br />Twelve One Content
Kid Kart winner Spencer Hite on his SYN-powered Coyote
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Ryan Hemphill joined Hite in the win column with Snap Ya Neck power. Hemphill captured the 14-lap Masters final Sunday afternoon on his No. 64 Coyote Zenith. Hemphill dominated the race, finishing nearly 5 seconds ahead of his competition for his first CKNA score. Hemphill also had a good day Saturday with a close P2 finish in the Masters final. He’d leave Daytona with the best average finish in Masters of 14 drivers entered.

Jacksonville’s Sean Meier entered Senior Heavy on his SYN-powered Coyote Zenith. Meier, who hadn’t raced at Daytona in several years, was solid in the Heavy class with final finishes of P2 on Saturday and P5 on Sunday. He was in the market for a win Saturday and ended up a couple seconds back of the winner. Meier continues to run strong with SYN power.

Hudson Brown made a rare South Division appearance on his Spa Speed-backed Gold Karts. Brown, who cleaned up with multiple wins earlier in the month at CKNA East United Karting, was leading the Light final on Saturday going into the last lap when contact relegated him to a P3 result. He’d return Sunday to finish P4 in the 19-kart Light final.

Ryan Hemphill wins Masters on his SYN Coyote<br />Twelve One Content photo
Ryan Hemphill wins Masters on his SYN Coyote
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In Medium, Brown was involved in a lap 1 accident in Saturday’s final, causing a DNF. He had a good day going with a P5 qualifying effort and a P4 result in the heat. He’d rebound Sunday with a P5 run in the Medium final, the last race of the weekend. The event marked the first time Brown had run the Daytona kart track.

Anthony Dimaggio and Steve Masterson joined Hudson in the Light division.

Dimaggio drove his Coyote to finishes of P16 and P17 in his first time racing at Daytona. Masterson, riding a Gold Kart, was right behind Dimaggio both days in P18 and P19. Both drivers gained some good experience at a new track with their SYN power.

Kloe Mackenzie battled hard on her Mac Minarelli in the Senior Medium division. Mackenzie had a solid run Saturday and came away with a P15 finish of 25 starters in the 10-lap final.

Hudson Brown on grid with his SYN Gold Kart<br />Twelve One Content photo
Hudson Brown on grid with his SYN Gold Kart
Twelve One Content photo

On Sunday, she wouldn’t finish quite as well with a P19 result. Overall, Mackenzie had a good weekend and learned a lot as she continues to show progress racing out of the Spa Speed camp.

In Cadet, Ryan Rollins recorded finishes of P6 and P8 in the two finals. Rollins was driving a Praga chassis with a red-slide restricted SYN 206.

In Sportsman, Parker Firestine finished 6th Saturday and improved for a P4 result Sunday. Firestine showed good progress racing his Gold Kart at Daytona for the first time.

Next up for many Snap Ya Neck Racing drivers and teams is the biggest 206 race of the summer, approaching fast this June 21-23 at Pittsburgh International Race Complex for the CKNA Summer Nationals.

If you’re interested in a SYN engine, visit and contact Chris Cirillo today at 516-879-9509 or email Or message the SYN Facebook!

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