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  • THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF THE WORLD KARTING ASSOCIATION NOVEMBER 2011 VOL. 39, NO. 11

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  • Vega Speedway Pavement Series

    Racing in their home state, Brandon McGough and Craig Wetzel once again rose to the top in WKA Vega Speedway Pavement Series action August 19-21 at the WW Heating Nationals at Pennsylvanias BeaveRun Motorsports Complex.

    McGough and Wetzel each won all four races they entered at BeaveRun to continue their reigns as top Speedway Pavement winners on the 2011 season. Both drivers left the Beaver with 10 national feature wins on the year, including their triumphs at the Orange County, N.C., opener and round two at Chapel Hill Speedway in Upstate New York. McGough, a 12-year-old racer out of Sassamansville, Pa., swept the Sportsman 2 categories. The defending multi-time national champion won the Sportsman 2 flat-kart finals over fellow Pennsylvania driver Kole Holden. Sportsman 2 Champ, sponsored by Bonsignore Kart Shoppe, saw the same top two as the flat-kart version of the class. McGough

    again finished ahead of Holden in both Sportsman 2 Champ features. Holden was hot on McGoughs heels in Final 1, crossing the stripe only 0.041 seconds back of the four-race weekend winner. The pair checked out from the rest of the field. Jacob Leverstein crossed the line third, over seven second back of the lead duo. Stephen Ford was fourth and Wyatt Alexander rounded out the top five. Third through fifth in Sundays Sportsman 2 Champ Final 2 main showed Alexander finishing a strong third. Leverstein was fourth and Ford fifth. Wetzel has found great success in Pavement racing this season, and BeaveRun marked his best race yet as the 24-year-old veteran karter swept the senior flat-kart features. The Pittsburgh, Pa., racer crossed the stripe 0.676 seconds ahead of North Carolinas Kyle Long to take the Northern Va. Kart Parts Stock Medium Final 1 feature Saturday. Sundays Stock Medium Final 2 was more of the same, although this time Wetzel pulled out to a big 7.6-second lead to take the win over Long. Chris Hammett and Ryan Breithoff finished third and fourth ahead of George Curtis in fifth. Wetzel continued his dominance of Stock Heavy at BeaveRun, winning by several kart-lengths in both 20-lap mains. Wetzel won Stock Heavy Final 1 by a 4.3-second margin over Breithoff; Long was third with Travis Weber fourth. Wetzel and Breithoff separated themselves from the rest of the pack

    in the Sunday version of the Stock Heavy division. Wetzel crossed the stripe two seconds in front of Breithoff for his fourth win of the weekend. Weber was third, Long fourth and Curtis fifth. The largest classes of the weekend, similar to Chapel Hill in June, were the Senior Champ categories. Twelve karts took the green in Saturdays Sr Champ Final 1, which saw a heated battle for the win. Marylands Zack Switzer earned his first national win of the season with a last-lap pass and fending off Stanley Caroline by a slim 0.075-second gap at the finishing stripe. Weber and Michael Nolan were both right

    McGough, Wetzel big winners at BeaveRun Speedway Pavement

    Race Report by: Keith Shampine Photos: Jamie Fleeson

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  • there with each crossing the stripe less than two tenths of a second back of the winner. I got punted into the grass and went from second to last at the beginning of the race, said Switzer, a Rage chassis pilot. Then I made it back to the front for my first Sr Champ win. The Ensor motor was super strong. Thanks to everyone for the help. Breithoff, out of Quakertown, Pa., rounded out the top five in Sr Champ Final 1 and returned Sunday to capture his only win of the weekend in another highly contested main event. Breithoff had Nolan and James Hayden hot on his heels in the 20-lapper, and the Turner Racing Engines-powered, Rage driver made a last-lap pass for the big win. Nolan came across the line second only 0.123 seconds late, while Hayden was just a kart-length back of the lead duo in third. Switzer couldnt match his win on Saturday; he finished fourth, just ahead of Kevin Baird. Brayden Houpt added three wins to his growing 2011 total, notching victories in Sportsman 1 Final 1 and 2 and Sportsman 1 Champ Final 2. Matthew Miller ran second to

    Houpt in the pair of flat-kart mains while Eddie Fatscher was second in Sportsman 2 Champ Final 2. Fatscher was the only driver to beat Houpt at BeaveRun, passing the Pennsylvanian late in the Sportsman 2 Champ Final 1 main and holding on for his first national win. An excited 9-year-old Fastcher shared his thoughts after his popular win. It was great passing (Houpt) at the checkered flag.

    This was the best day ever! My first national win! Thank you to all who made it possible, Fatscher exclaimed. Trevor Trost and Connor Cleveland split the Jr Stock mains. Trost led wire to wire in Jr Stock Final 1 to earn his first win of the season in Saturdays Jr Stock Final 1, crossing the stripe ahead of Josh Miller. It was a great feeling to come around to take the checkered flag after leading the entire

    race, Trost said following the race. Its great to be back in Victory Lane. Its been two years since our last win, and Id like to thank my dad

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    for getting the kart set up. I also want to thank Kevin Smith for all his support and a special thanks to Papa and Opa for everything they do. Cleveland ran third in Final 1 but got redemption on Sunday with the win in Jr Stock Final 2. Trost and Miller were second and third. The win marked Clevelands fourth of the season in Jr Stock and all but clinched the championship in the division. Jr Champ racing again provided some of the best action at the Beaver with three different winners in the four classes. Derek Fry and Elijah Rios split the Animal version of Jr Champ 3D Motorsports-sponsored Jr Champ Final 1 and 2. Fry picked up the win in Saturdays first final, taking the flag in a close race over Dylan Duhaime and Nick Wiery. Duhaime crossed the line only 0.016 seconds back of the winner while Wiery was right there, less than two tenths out of the top spot. Rios was fourth in Saturdays final and improved greatly in Sundays main, winning by a half-second gap over Wiery. The top pair was well ahead of third place Jon Paul Kraisinger. Indianas John Hawley only managed fourth- and sixth-place results in Jr Champ

    but didnt leave western Pennsylvania without making his presence known. Hawley swept the Jr Champ Raptor mains, giving three wins on the season in the series only flathead-powered division and five wins overall. Duhaime was the bridesmaid once again in Jr Champ Raptor Final 1. Duhaime took second over Wiery. Trey Thompson improved on his fourth-place result in Final 1 to nab the runner-up spot in Final 2. Rios, who entered the weekend as the point leader in Jr Champ Raptor, was third. Defending Masters Champ national champion David Hardman picked up another win at the Beaver. Hardman triumphed in Masters Champ Final 1 over Gary Jackinski and Mark Ray. Sundays version of the Masters class saw Ray earn the victory over Hardman and Jackinski, and the Pennsylvania racer offered his thoughts after his first win of the season. When Mrs Breithoff took the handle of my pit kart and said come on, I know this is your first win so Ill show you what to do. I thought she was joking. She informed me Dave Hardman and Gary Jackinski had collided on the last lap and slid off the track. While the win was exciting for me, I hope to someday

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  • pass them for the win. I would like to thank Charles and Kevin Cockerham, Ray said. Owen Houpt was in attendance in the Kid Kart division. Owen made laps all weekend and gained experience in the exhibition class before he makes his move to Sportsman 1 in the future. After exiting the Beaver, Vega Speedway Pavement teams had one race left on the 2011 slate, coming in a second visit to Chapel Hill on Sept. 9-11 for the Bonsignore Kart Shoppe Grand Nationals, where Eagle trophies, bonus points and national championships would be on line. Look for the Bonsignore Kart Shoppe Grand Nationals race report in an upcoming issue of WKAs Karting Scene online magazine.

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