JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The second and third rounds of the 2024 Cup Karts North America South Division were held February 2-4 at the high-speed, historic 103rd Street Sports Complex in North Florida, where over 175 entries made for another great showing for CKNA’s Southeast-based 4-cycle series.
Precision Performance Karting drivers Cade Jaeger of Wisconsin and Lucas Thek of Florida posted a huge weekend in Junior on their PPK / Coyote Zenith chassis.
Jaeger dominated Saturday’s program with a Round 2 pole award by just 0.006 seconds over his teammate Thek. It doesn’t get much closer than that!
Cade would stay out front all afternoon and go on to win the Round 2 heat and 16-lap final on his No. 64 Zenith. Thek was right behind in both races with close P2 results to Jaeger in the strong 30-kart field.
With Round 3 qualifying and heat moved up to Saturday night due to bad weather predicted for Sunday, Thek took his turn at the top of the speed charts as the sun began to set on Jacksonville. He’d go P1 in qualifying by 0.059 seconds over Jaeger.
Cade would close the night with a second heat race win to back up his Round 2 score. Lucas would settle for P2.
A wet track made for a rain setup on the PPK / Coyotes for Sunday’s Round 3 final, and neither chassis skipped a beat.
Jaeger would lead most of the first half of the contest until lap 13 contact with another driver unfortunately ended his day early.
Thek, who slipped back to P4 early in the race, took advantage late and jumped to the lead on his No. 52 Zenith. The Miami native would cross the finish stripe nearly 2 seconds ahead of P2 for his first Cup Karts win with PPK after joining the team for the Winter Nationals at NOLA in December.
Outstanding work and driving by both Cade Jaeger and Lucas Thek as they’ll now enter the March 1-3 CKNA Spring Nationals at Charlotte Motor Speedway as two of the favorites in the 80-kart Junior class.
Shout out to another Coyote driver who had a strong weekend in Juniors at Jacksonville.
North Florida Kart Club local racer Lucas Franklin drove his No. 56 Zenith to a solid P4 finish in Saturday’s final before running P2 late in Sunday’s final and slipping back to P10 on the last lap. Lucas did go purple in the race with a quick lap of 42.187 around the 0.7-mile course.
PARKER STEWART WINS ON COYOTE KRYPTONITE, DEAN YATES WINS ON KID COYOTE
South Carolina racer Parker Stewart joined the Precision Performance Karting team Feb. 2-4 at 103rd Street for Cup Karts South, and he’d leave a winner on a new 2024 Coyote Kryptonite chassis.
Stewart raced his No. 2 Kryptonite to results of P1 and P2 in the finals, capping the event with a Round 3 victory Sunday afternoon.
Parker’s winning weekend at Jacksonville, coupled with AJ Stoner’s win Daytona in December, continues to solidify the newly redesigned Coyote Kryptonite is now one of the fastest cadet chassis in 206 racing.
The Kid Coyote chassis also picked up a win.
After a P3 finish Saturday, Dean Yates wheeled his No. 82 Kid Coyote to the Round 3 Kid Kart win by 5.2 seconds over P2. Dean did a great job gaining speed all weekend and giving the Kid Coyote another feature win in CKNA competition.
In senior competition, James Overbeck led the way with a P2 finish in the Sunday Senior Light final. The Ohio driver closed the event with a P4 drive in the Senior Medium main.
Next up —
PPK will be back at Jacksonville for the second NFKC local race on Saturday, Feb. 17, and a couple weeks later we’ll head to Charlotte Motor Speedway with a full lineup of drivers for the Spring Nationals, an event that’s become the second biggest 206 race of the year.