CADET WIN AND 7 PODIUMS FOR PPK AT CHARLOTTE CKNA SPRING NATIONALS

CONCORD, N.C. — Precision Performance Karting had another terrific Cup Karts North America national event March 1-3 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where the 4th Annual Spring Nationals was held at the iconic facility’s 0.65-mile infield kart track.

In all, PPK drivers accomplished 10 top-10 results in Sunday’s finals, including seven top-five podiums.

Cadet winner Parker Stewart (Twelve One Content photo)
Cadet winner Parker Stewart (Twelve One Content photo)

Parker Stewart led the way with a big win in his second CKNA race with PPK. The South Carolina youngster followed up his win at the Cup Karts South round at Jacksonville in early February with the Cadet final score at Charlotte to cap an amazing first month on his new No. 22 Coyote Kryptonite chassis.

James Overbeck continued to prove he’s arguably the top 206 driver in the country. While Overbeck barely missed out on a win, he’d finish close P2s in both Senior Light and Senior Medium. The Ohio driver’s pair of P2s would accomplish him the best average finish of any driver in the hotly contested Light and Medium finals.

Chris Carroll’s hot streak continued. After driving his No. 12 PPK / Coyote Zenith to dominating wins in both his Masters heats Saturday, Carroll would finish P2 in Sunday’s Masters main event. He’d also add a P5 result in the Senior Heavy final to become one of the few drivers to leave Charlotte with a pair of podiums.

Pauly Massimino was a factor all weekend Light and Medium. The North Carolina driver’s best finish came in the Light final, which saw him place P4. He’d finish P10 in Medium for two top-10 results.

Lucas Thek led the way for PPK / Coyote in Junior. The Miami, Fla., racer scored a Round 2 heat win late Saturday afternoon and would go on to a P5 result in the 16-lap final. Since joining PPK late last year, Thek has solidified himself as one of the fastest junior 206 racers in the country.

Speaking of top junior drivers, Cade Jaeger was one of the fastest in the division all weekend, but bad luck in the Round 2 heat cost him a final podium, at the least. Jaeger was set to win the heat when another driver made contact with his No. 64 Coyote Zenith coming to the checkered. The contact caused a big wreck, and considerable damage to the kart. Luckily, Cade walked away, and would rejoin the action Sunday to start the final P33 and advance 23 positions to finish P10. Needless to say, he was the race’s hard charger.

Charlotte photos by Twelve One Content and Kart Lounge —

Brandon Jarsocrak won both his Medium heat races Saturday and finished P6 in Sunday’s final.

Christopher McKeithan and Jared Clarke both showed solid pace throughout the weekend, but circumstances kept them out of the top 10.

McKeithan moved up 15 spots in the Light final to finish just outside the top 10 in P11.

Clarke impressed in Senior Light with an outstanding P2 qualifying effort. After bad luck in the Round 2 heat relegated him to a deep starting spot in the final, he’d advance 17 spots in the race to finish P21.

Overall, PPK had 18 karts as part of their tent / team program. Sixteen of the 18 automatically transferred to their respective main event. Two ran their LCQ race Sunday morning and unfortunately fell short of transferring in tough race conditions.

Nicholas Capilongo led the on-track “most improved” honors. Capilongo started 41st in the Junior main and in a fine run improved 13 positions to finish P28.

Are you looking to join a premier team for the upcoming CKNA Summer Nationals at Pittsburgh in June and/or the Grand Nationals at New Castle this fall? If so, reach out to Brandon Jarsocak ASAP at brandonjarsocrak@gmail.com. Space is extremely limited as some spots have already been sold for both events.

Looking for top tier on-track driver coaching? Contact Pauly Massimino at paulyracing@gmail.com. He’s based at Trackhouse Motorplex and he’ll absolutely improve your race craft.

Next up for PPK is the third North Florida Kart Club local race of the year March 30 at Jacksonville, followed by rounds 4-5 of Cup Karts South, set for April 12-14 at Atlanta Motorsports Park.