Oswego Kartway Racers Preparing for NYS Indoor Championships

OSWEGO, NY – Several Oswego Kartway weekly racers are hard at work this off-season preparing to compete in the 22nd annual NY State Indoor Kart Championships, to be held December 5-6 in the Americraft Center of Progress Building located on the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse.

DJ Shuman (5) battles Dan Kapuscinski in the Stock Super Heavy main at Syracuse in 2012.
DJ Shuman (5) battles Dan Kapuscinski in the Stock Super Heavy main at Syracuse in 2012.

The NY State Indoor Championships annually attract some of the best kart racers in the country to compete on the concrete floors of the Center of Progress Building.

More than 150 entries will be on hand, with drivers in two separate Pro divisions battling for the $500 top prize.

Among those from Oswego Kartway competing in the Pro divisions on December 6 will be drivers from the MDR Motorsports, Demling Elite, and MBR Speed Shop stables.

Leading the way for MDR Motorsports will be dual Kartway track champion, Ricky Pritchard.

Pritchard won Oswego track titles in Clone Light and BSP Clone in 2014, and will contend at Syracuse in the Clone Heavy and Pro Clone divisions.

Last season Pritchard drove to a fifth place finish in Clone Light at Syracuse in his first indoor attempt, before landing two more podium finishes in Harrisburg, Pa.’s Motorama event in February.

Joining Pritchard out of MDR will be DJ Shuman, a former Stock Super Heavy winner at Syracuse in 2008.

Shuman will also compete in Pro Clone at this year’s Syracuse championships, while also contending in Clone Super Heavy and Stock Super Heavy.

Last year Shuman took fourth in Clone Light at Syracuse along with a fine runner-up effort in Stock Super Heavy.

Nick Demling will return to Syracuse in 2014 and will be an entrant in the Pro 4-Cycle main.  Demling will also contend in Stock Heavy as well as Champ.

Last season Demling scored a podium finish in Clone Heavy at Syracuse, while later driving to Clone Heavy victory lane in February’s Motorama.

Of all Kartway drivers contending at Motorama last February, Demling was the only driver to qualify for the Pro main event.  Demling will look to continue his string of good indoor fortune in December, by qualifying for the Pro 4 main at Syracuse.

The last of the scheduled Pro entrants are Chris Natoli and Dan Kapuscinski of MBR Speed Shop.

Natoli’s plans for the indoor weekend are not yet finalized, but if he does compete he will take on Pro 4-cycle as well as Stock Heavy.

Like Demling at Motorama, Natoli was the only Kartway racer to qualify for the Pro 4-Cycle main at Syracuse in 2013, ending his run in ninth position of 28 competitors.

Unfortunately, Natoli fell just two positions short of qualifying for the Pro main at Motorama in February, after nearly qualifying in the top ten of 27 karts through time trials.

Natoli had a breakout conclusion to his 2014 season at the Kartway, collecting wins in the Kartway Classic as well as a $1,000+ pay day in the Fall Frenzy flathead finale.

A sure entrant from MBR Speed Shop in Pro 4-Cycle will be Kapuscinski, returning to driving for the first time since competing in Stock Super Heavy at Motorama last February, where he finished second.

Kapuscinski will compete in both Pro 4 as well as Stock Super Heavy in a kart owned by Oswego Speedway Small Block Super racer Jason Simmons.

Kapuscinski’s last attempt at Syracuse came in 2012, winning the Stock Super Heavy main. The Kartway promoter has never qualified for a Pro indoor main event, missing the 14-kart starting field at Motorama in 2014 by one position in the 9-kart B-Main.

Others from the Kartway looking to contend at Syracuse include Kartway track champions Dick Dann and Paul Fountaine.

Both Dann and Fountaine will compete in Clone Super Heavy with Dann also running in Clone Heavy.

Kartway newcomer Tyler Henry also plans to take on Syracuse in December, driving in the Clone Super Heavy division.

For more information on the 22nd annual NY State Indoor Kart Championships, visit online at www.syracuseindoor.com

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