3 karters race to first victories
Joey Priestley didn’t win the first championship of his karting career, he dominated his racing division by going undefeated.
Priestley finished nowhere but first place in 10 features in the Junior 2 division competing around the inside dirt track at Merrittville Speedway this season.
Another first-time champion, Nigel Pendykoskis in the Junior 1 class, also ended the karting schedule at the Thorold track on a winning note. His checkered flag in Wednesday night’s feature was his fifth of the year.
Jaedon Lawson’s last-place finish in the Junior Restricted didn’t prevent him from becoming the third first-time champion in Merrittville karting this season.
Setting the pace in the Junior Restrict feature was Noah Mamo, who won for the fourth time this year.
Travis Majuery defended his Senior Animal track title racing to win No. 6 of the season.
Rounding out Wednesday night’s winners circle were Austin Nigh, who took his second checkered flag of the season in Novice 2, and Mike Evans, a first-time winner in the Senior Fun class.
Karters in Novice 2 and Senior Fun do not compete for points.
Following are results and heat winners from 2017 karting season finale:
Designed Wright St. Catharines Discount Auto Parts Wilder Racing Engines Performance Manufacturing LO206 Novice 1 and 2 Division, eight laps: Austin Nigh, Ben Colavecchia, Wayne Swinson, Chris Crowe, Scarlett Gaboury, Gavin Lavallee. Heat winners: Nigh, Crowe.
RCM Racing Equipment Performance Manufacturing LO206 Junior 1 Division, 15 laps: Nigel Pendykoski, Hana Rothwel, Jackson Maytum, Logan Iliffe, Cohen Corbett, Korwin Podwinski, Trevor Evans, Amber White, Madelyn Goulding, Aiden Lavallee. Heat winners: Iliffe, Jackson, Corbett, Pendykoski. Quick Ink Custom Screen Printing Performance Manufacturing LO206 Junior 2 Division, 15 laps: Joey Priestley, Spencer Maytum, Owen Kaiser, Zach Trotter. Heat winner: Priestley, both heats.
Superior Petro Fuels Performance Manufacturing LO206 Junior Restricted Division, 15 laps: Noah Mamo, Devin Rayment, Davis Grocott, Jaedon Lawson. Heat winner: Lawson.
Performance Manufacturing Senior Fun Division, 20 laps: Mike Evans, Ed Crozier, Shawn Jeffrey, Lenny Wiley, Mike Speck, Doug Nigh, Ron McGarry, Matt Sharpe, Tom Neale. Heat winners: Crozier, Jeffrey.
Southern Ontario Modified Lite Racing Association Performance Manufacturing Senior Animal Division, 20 laps: Travis Majuery, Dylan Culp, Gary Overholt, Kathleen Lampman. Heat winners: Overholt, Majuery.