Heavner, McDonald, and Nall Blow-Out the Competition at Patriot
2nd Annual NKL All-American Blowout
July 2, 2016
The National Karting League descended upon Patriot Speedway this past Saturday for the 2nd Annual running of the All-American Blow-Out. The Chase’n Race’n / P&R Photos crew made the short skip up the road to Blacksburg to join series promoter Rodney Byers and his staff for the double points event for the NKL.
It was an awesome treat to see our buddy, track promoter Boyd Maloney, out and about. Maloney suffered a stroke a couple of months ago, while working on his track, and is making remarkable progress with his recovery. Meanwhile, his staff and crew have managed to keep the show going.
It was a brutally hot day in South Carolina, and the racing surface stayed thirsty for a drink of water all day long. But, the racers adapted and put on a great show.
Yeah, the turnout was lower than expected, but once again, the quality of the event and the action on the track was second to none.
Lincolnton NC’s Ryan Heavner made his return to karting in February, and quickly found that the game had changed, exponentially. Heavner left the sport in 2007 after a year the garnered a pair of Jr 2 championships. In the time that he was away, he climbed the ranks of stock car racing, making it to the ARCA/Pro Cup level. He earned a handful of top five, and more than a dozen top ten finishes in just over thirty starts at that level.
Since returning to karting, Heavner has appeared to “struggle”, as he and his team figured out the “new game”, which he agrees is “tires, tires, tires”! As he and his family team have always done, they have improved with each outing since their return.
This weekend, it looks like Ryan-O is catching on pretty well. Heavner piloted his Speed Clinic powered PRC Recon to three trips to winner’s circle. He started the day off holding off the Charger Racing Chassis of Duane Wade to score the Super Heavy feature win, from the pole.
Later, he sailed to the Pro Super Heavy win, also from the pole, again over Wade, with a 1.105 seconds advantage at the finish line.
Win number three was a lil more contested. Starting in the fourth spot for the Semi Pro main, it was lap thirteen before Heavner made his way around PA’s Josh Spicer for the lead. The pair managed to slip away and battle it out for the win. Heavner crossed the finish line 0.356 seconds ahead of Spicer, with Adam Ruff, Brody Ridley, and Kenny Buff trailing.
On the day, Heavner also added second and third place finishes to his resume, chasing Spicer to the stripe in the Semi Heavy main, and trailing Nall and Spicer to the line in the Pro feature.
Boo McDonald made life tough on his Jr 2 competition on Saturday, sweeping all three offerings for the class. McDonald beat Blake Cisneros to the line in Lite, before taking the Heavy checkers ahead of Brysen Duncan and Cisneros for win number two. He capped the night beating Duncan to the checkers with a 2.789 seconds advantage in the Pro Jr 2 main.
“Disco Donnie” Nall finally made it back to winner’s circle!! Yay!!! Lol. Nall, a newlywed, first found his way back to the top, taking the Stock Heavy win over Hunter Curtis and Andrew Dove.
Then, with the money on the line, Nall jockeyed the Charger Racing Chassis house machine from the pole to the checkers, leading all fifty laps over fellow Charger / Insanity Elixir pilot and Semi Pro Heavy winner Josh Spicer. Heavner, Curtis, and the Charger of Duane Wade capped the top five.
While the race itself may not have been the most eventful, the finish of the Pro Jr 1 feature was far and away the best of the day. Jr 1 Heavy winner Casen Sinclair and the Kevin Bishop Racing Development jockey Landon Huffman wrestled from the drop of the green flag, making contact more than once. It all came down to the final lap, and the final turn. With Huffman out front, the door opened as the pair battled off of turn four. Sinclair drove inside, and the drag race ensued. Heavy contact led to the #77 of Huffman riding the nose of Sinclair’s #41 across the stripe, with Evan Donaldson following them up the track, while the #14 of Baron McDowell took the low road, and under the waving checkers the foursome were virtually deadlocked. When the dust settled, it was Huffman and his team posing for the winner’s circle pics!!
Cole Barber scored a pair of wins, taking a close one from Jr 3 Heavy winner James Seeright in the Jr 3 Lite main, and edging Brysen Duncan by a mere 0.170 seconds for the Pro Jr 3 win.
Others scoring wins included Brody Ridley (Pro Clone EL), Austin Williams (Sr Champ), Adam Ruff (Heavy EL), and Nikelos Stiles (Red Plate).
The next stop for the NKL will be a mid-August show at Liberty Raceway Park in Staley NC.