OSWEGO, NY – More than 150 kart racers converged on the New York State Fairgrounds on Saturday to compete in the annual NYS Indoor Karting Championships, and once again Oswego Kartway was well represented in the nationally known contest.
A dozen plus entries were filed from Kartway competitors on Saturday including current and former track champions DJ Shuman, Takota Jacobson, Dick Dann, and Josh Ostrander as well as many time feature winners Chris Natoli and Nick Demling and even Novelis Supermodified competitor Dave Cliff.
The usual highlight of the NYS Indoor Karting Championships is the Pro-4 Cycle division, featuring some of the best indoor racers in the entire northeast.
This year a total of 27 competitors, from four different states including one Canadian province, all took a shot to make the event which starts only the best twelve racers.
At the end of four rounds of qualifying Kartway regular Chris Natoli, of Baldwinsville, qualified his No. 33 MBR Speed Shop, Slack Axiom into the show in the eighth position for the 25-lap main.
Natoli went on to complete the entire distance in the event with a finish of ninth out of the twelve qualified drivers.
St. Johnsville, NY pilot Ryan Swartz would drive to the $500 victory in Pro-4 Cycle behind the wheel of his No. 63 SpeedTech Tire Solutions racer.
Swartz competed at the Kartway twice in 2013 claiming the Stock Light King of the Kartway crown, also finishing 6th in the inaugural RJ Kart Sales Fall Frenzy 100 at the Bullring.
Natoli also qualified for the Stock Heavy main event, which saw 17 total entries, after claiming the victory in the division’s B-Main.
Shuman, the 2013 Clone Super Heavy champion at the Kartway, competed in three divisions over the weekend with a best finish of second in the Stock Super Heavy class. The Pennsylvania native, now residing in Mattydale, NY, also went on to a fourth place finish in Clone Light along with a ninth in Clone Heavy.
Shuman’s teammate, Ricky Pritchard of Oswego, also contended in Clone Light driving to a fine fifth place finish after qualifying third in the field of 12 racers.
Oswego Kartway Classic champion Nick Demling, of Oswego, fielded two karts over the weekend, one for himself and another for Speedway Supermodified driver Dave Cliff.
Demling wheeled his way to a podium position in Clone Heavy with a finish of third. Unfortunately, issues dropped Demling out of the running in Clone Light after qualifying on the outside of the front row.
Demling’s teammate Cliff did not fare as well in the Flathead divisions, as he failed to qualify for stout fields in Stock Heavy and Pro-4 Cycle.
The RJ Kart Sales team was once again in action over the weekend with drivers Matt Fay, Ostrander, and Quillon Dann.
Dann was behind the wheel of the No. 3 machine as a relief driver for Chris Knight, who was injured during Friday night hot laps. Knight was at the track on Saturday however to help his team over the course of the day.
Dann, of Central Square, drove Knight’s No. 3 to a 6th place effort in Clone Light behind Shuman and Pritchard.
Fay, of North Syracuse, took eleventh in Clone Heavy driving the same machine.
Oswego Kartway Junior Driver of the Year Ostrander, of Parish, finished sixth in Gold Plate driving the No. 41J.
The Kartway’s Clone Light champion, Takota Jacobson of Parish, competed in Junior Blue Clone indoors and finished second in the No. 34.
Former Kartway champion, Dick Dann of Pulaski, drove his No. 86 to a terrific second place finish in Clone Heavy.
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