OSWEGO, NY – A tremendous crowd gathered on Sunday at Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego to recognize and honor the record number of competitors that participated in the 2014 racing season at Oswego Kartway.
A grand total of 16 champions were crowned between the regular season and RJ Kart Sales Fall Frenzy Series championships.
Josh Ostrander was once again crowned as the Sr. Blue Clone champion in 2014, driving the No. 41J. Ostrander had four regular season main event wins, driving to a 48-point championship lead over runner-up Kyle Valley. Tyler Thompson, Brandon Philips, and Seth Baum completed the top five finishers in the Sr. Blue category.
Ostrander would also collect the RJ Kart Sales Fall Frenzy Series title in Sr. Blue during the month of September.
The Sr. Green Clone regular season championship was awarded to three time feature Logan Abbott in the No. 25L. Abbott was able to fend off championship runner-up Joseph Ardizzone for the title.
Abbott too would collect the RJ Kart Sales Fall Frenzy Series title in Sr. Green.
Jr. Blue Clone would see a close battle for the championship throughout the regular season with Seth Perrin edging out Sean Simmons for the championship in the No. 01. Perrin had four regular season feature wins on the year, helping him to the championship over Simmons, Dylan Trump, Brittany Baum, and Robert Phliips.
Like Ostrander and Abbott, Perrin would also earn the RJ Kart Sales Fall Frenzy Series title after the regular season.
Madison Baum would charge to five feature wins in Jr. Purple Clone to earn the 2014 regular season championship over Tanner Emmons, Carl Emmons III, Morgan Butler, and Trevor Butler.
The RJ Kart Sales Fall Frenzy Series title in Jr. Purple would also go to Baum.
In the adult divisions, Stock Light would see a back-to-back champion as Jake Sivers won two feature events on his way to his second career championship in the No. 18. Sivers beat out Chris Natoli for the title by only nine points with Chris Knight, Tom Perrin, and Robbie Bruce finishing the top five.
Natoli would rebound to earn the RJ Kart Sales Fall Frenzy Series title in Stock Light winning two of the three September features.
In another hard fought championship battle, the No. 83 of Eric Raponi marched to four feature wins during the ’14 regular season to be crowned as the Clone Heavy track champion by only nine points over three time feature winner Ron Ingison. Shannon Pitcher, Joe Hayden, and Aaron LaTulip completed the top five finishers in the Clone Heavy championship.
Stock 425 was a new division at the Kartway in 2014 and it was dominated by the No. 29 of Paul Founatine, with four feature wins during the regular season. Fountaine won the title handily over Ron Abbott Sr., Kirk Smith, Mike Fowler, and Ron Abbott Jr.
Fountaine would also be crowned as the RJ Kart Sales Fall Frenzy Series champion in Stock 425,
Clone Light was a three kart championship battle until the bitter end with Ricky Pritchard finishing the regular season as champion in No. 26 with two feature wins. Pritchard ended just 12 points ahead of Nate Schultzkie for the championship with Alex McRae just two more markers behind in third. Takota Jacobson and Jamie Shutts finished the top five positions in Clone Light.
Schultzkie would go on to become the RJ Kart Sales Fall Frenzy Series champion for Clone Light in the month of September, winning all three series events.
Clone 425 joined Stock 425 as new divisions in 2014 with Fountaine again driving to a dominant championship performance in the No. 8F. Fountaine cleared Barry Goodney, Scott Baum, Chris Parker, and Ross Spilman for the championship.
After getting a late start in the Clone 425 class in 2014, Rusty Natoli came on strong at year end to earn the RJ Kart Sales Fall Frenzy Series title.
The last of the new divisions in 2014 was BSP Clone, and like Fountaine, Pritchard would become a double champion, winning the BSP regular season title with five feature wins over Nick Demling, Matt Fay, Schultzkie and Knight.
The Champ kart division would see Chad Jacobson drive to the regular season title over Mike Humphrey, with five total feature wins. Randy Knight, Collin Morrison, and Tom Merritt were the top five.
In Open, Alan Lane dominated the 2014 regular season campaign with four feature wins to claim the championship over Rich Jordal, John Stepien, Lewis Lewis, and Mat Grudzien.
Stepien would bounce back in September to earn the RJ Kart Sales Fall Frenzy Series title with three feature wins.
The last of the RJ Kart Sales Fall Frenzy Series titles was handed to young Tyler Emmons in Jr. Green Clone, who won the September series over Brandin Emmons, Teddy Clayton, Isabella Abbott, and Jason Parkhurst.
A total of more than 200 entries scored points at Oswego Kartway in 2014 between the regular season and RJ Kart Sales Fall Frenzy Series championships.
Throughout the championship banquet, voting polls were open for racers to determine the second annual Oswego Kartway Drivers of the Year, with one selected in the junior category and one selected in the adult category.
At the conclusion of the banquet, with all voting calculated, Eric Raponi was announced as the adult Driver of the Year with Seth Perrin and Carl Emmons III ending as a tie for the title of Co-Drivers of the Year in the junior category.
The 2014 season marked only the second year of the Driver of the Year Award with Raponi, Perrin, and Emmons joining Ostrander and Dan Kapuscinski as award winners in 2013.
The awards banquet concluded with the annual presentation of the Kartway’s Rewards Program awards including two brand new Slack Xpect chassis, a set of wheels and tires from Burris Racing Tire, and a clone motor build from RJ Kart Sales.
Drivers with perfect attendance through the Kartway’s regular season were eligible to win the Xpect chassis while drivers missing one race were eligible to win the wheels and tires and drivers missing two races eligible for the clone motor.
Brittney Baum and her father Scott Baum would randomly be drawn as the winners of the Slack Xpect chassis with Raponi collecting the set of wheels and tires from Burris and Chad Jacobson winning the RJ Kart Sales clone motor build.
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Oswego Kartway 2014 Championship Standings (Regular Season, Top Five):
Sr. Green Clone
1. Logan Abbott*** – 1045
2. Joseph Ardizzone** – 935
Jr. Purple Clone
1. Madison Baum***** – 1071
2. Tanner Emmons** – 1029
3. Carl Emmons III*** – 1024
4. Morgan Butler – 948
5. Trevor Butler – 902
Jr. Blue Clone
1. Seth Perrin**** – 1055
2. Sean Simmons* – 1044
3. Dylan Trump** – 1027
4. Brittney Baum* – 984
5. Robert Philips – 895
Sr. Blue Clone
1. Josh Ostrander**** – 1058
2. Kyle Valley** – 1010
3. Tyler Thompson – 921
4. Brandon Philips – 883
5. Seth Baum – 853
1. Jake Sivers** – 1015
2. Chris Natoli*** – 1006
3. Chris Knight** – 998
4. Tom Perrin – 948
5. Robbie Bruce – 874
1. Eric Raponi**** – 1017
2. Ron Ingison*** – 1008
3. Shannon Pitcher* – 936
4. Joe Hayden – 916
5. Aaron LaTulip* – 900
1. Paul Fountaine**** – 1065
2. Ron Abbott Sr. – 992
3. Kirk Smith – 895
4. Mike Fowler – 294
5. Ron Abbott Jr. – 283
1. Ricky Pritchard** – 1009
2. Nate Schultzkie*** – 997
3. Alex McRae** – 995
4. Takota Jacobson* – 926
5. Jamie Shutts – 887
1. Paul Fountaine** – 1043
2. Barry Goodney* – 968
3. Scott Baum – 940
4. Chris Parker* – 899
5. Ross Spilman* – 872
1. Ricky Pritchard***** – 1069
2. Nick Demling*** – 1050
3. Matt Fay** – 976
4. Nate Schultzkie – 969
5. Chris Knight – 652
1. Chad Jacobson***** – 1040
2. Mike Humphrey* – 1012
3. Randy Knight**** – 1003
1. Alan Lane**** – 969
2. Rich Jordal* – 626
3. John Stepien – 534
4. Lewis Lewis – 362
5. Mat Grudzien – 88
Oswego Kartway Drivers of the Year
Adult Driver of the Year
2013 – Dan Kapuscinski
2014 – Eric Raponi
Junior Driver of the Year
2013 – Josh Ostrander
2014 – Seth Perrin/Carl Emmons III