Well, the Chase’n Race’n / P&R Photos wagon made the trip over the hill last weekend into the empire state. The last couple of seasons, our schedule has forced us to late into the season before making the haul up North to visit with our New York Dirt Karting Series friends and families. Things worked out a lil different this year, and that allowed us to make the mid-summer trip to our favorite NY karting facility. Not taking anything away from anyone, but CCS is just our kind of track. It’s a tough lil bullring racing surface, and the surrounding facility is a throwback to the “good ol days” of karting.
This event was originally scheduled to be in Ransomville, but a few factors played a part in series promoter Shawn Jeffery making the change, bringing us to CCS for the first time since 2012. The track is under the watch of Todd Moran these days, and man has he made some improvements to the place!!
The flag stand has been completely rebuilt, sporting some super nice looking aluminum railing, and fresh lumber. The whole track is now framed in poly-bagged hay bales, giving it a much cleaner look. Moran expressed that there are plans for several more major upgrades over the next several months.
The one thing that hasn’t changed since our last visit is the super racy oval that offers a safe challenge, but provides plenty of excitement for the fence hangers. On this day, the racing surface was tested to the max with a blistering sun, and a really good kart count of over 200 entries in 14 classes.
Two racers scored a hat trick in the win column, while one other doubled up. Dalton Slack claimed the Jr 2, Jr Blue, and Pro Purple wins, while Tyler Thompson claimed the checkers in Lights, Pro Blue, and Semi-Pro. Ryan Swartz, took the top prize in Heavy and Pro Heavy.
Slack’s first win produced an exciting and somewhat controversial finish. After patiently trailing early leader Payton Talbot, who was glued to the bottom groove (all the way around the track), Slack made several attempts to get by without upsetting the turnip truck, but that wasn’t gonna work. So, on the final lap, Slack “helped” Talbot into turn one at a lil faster pace than he had been going in, forcing him up the track in turn two, opening the door for the X-Caliber powered Xpect mount. Madison Baum, Tammer Emmons, and Joseph Enderle chased Slack to the finish line.
The Jr Blue win for Slack looked very similar, with Talbot leading the way until the closing laps. This time, without incident, Slack got by with 2 to go, and headed for the checkers with Matthew Krull in tow. Kyle Phillips finished third, while Talbot settled for fourth ahead of Tanner Krist.
The Pro Purple feature looked like another replay with Slack and Talbot rolling off the grid in the top two spots. But, this time, there was no drama as Slack led from flag-to-flag to claim win number 3 of the night. Talbot, Stephen Gray, and Jackson Schmitz trailed Slack at the checkers.
The P&P Speedshop powered Xpect with Tyler Thompson at the helm showed no mercy for his fellow competitors. In Lights, Thompson blasted by fast timer Lacey Shuttleworth on the first lap, and never looked back, taking the checkers ahead of Hannah Weltzer and Nathan Schultzkie. In the Pro Blue main, Thompson found his way by fast timer Payton Talbot on lap ten. From there, it was all Thompson. Dylan Duhow, Gene Gregoric, and Lacey Shuttleworth trailed at the stripe.
Thompson took the Semi-Pro win from the pole, edging James Shutts at the finish line by 0.611 seconds, while Kayla Joseph, Hannah Weltzer, and Shultzkie capped the top five.
Anybody that has read our musings over the years should know how I really like it when the “lil dog” takes a bite out of the “big dog’s” butt. Well, not that Ryan Swartz is a “lil dog”, but he’s not the “big dog” in this hunt, considering that he’s riding a very little known chassis, the Chase Chassis from Moran’s Race Products. Todd Moran clued us in that nearly everything they do is done “in-house”. From the chassis, to the engines, to clutch work, to the tire program headed up by Jeremy Slosek, “we’re a one stop shop” exclaimed Moran.
Swartz started the Heavy feature in the seventh spot and didn’t even sniff the lead until about five to go. Brad Duhow grabbed the early lead from fast timer Chris Natoli, and looked to be on his way to the checkers, but the #63 of Swartz lit up about halfway in, and it was on. Swartz chased Duhow down and swiped the top spot away on lap 18 of 20. Swartz crossed the stripe with a mere 0.212 seconds advantage over Duhow, followed by Natoli and Nick Story.
Swartz put his mount on the pole for the Pro Heavy main with a quick lap of 10.448 and led the way for 25 laps, fighting off a hard charging Duhow at the stripe by a minuscule 0.142 seconds!
Duhow scored the Medium win, while Nathan Schultzkie claimed the Pro Medium checkers, and Garrett Smith took the win in Sr Flathead. Tony Bootes picked up the Super Heavy checkers, and Jacob Bansmer outran the field to take the Jr 1 win, while the Jr Flathead tilt was claimed by Matthew Robidoux.
That’s how the action went down in some lil burrow called Ephratah NY. Keep track of the NYDKS via Facebook and their website www.NYDKS.com.
** Once again, we would like to send a huge thanks to the racers and families of the NYDKS, and Caroga Creek Speedway for the unbelievable hospitality and support. We have found ourselves lately questioning why we’re still doing this after 20 years. You folks reminded us on July 16, 2016!! Thank You! **