Pritchard, Natoli Top $2,700 in Earnings with Fall Frenzy Victories

OSWEGO, NY – A beautiful Saturday evening at Oswego Kartway set the stage for a record breaking night at the Bullring as a part of the second annual RJ Kart Sales Fall Frenzy 200 Championship finale.

The final round of the Kartway’s three race fall series saw the most total fall entries ever recorded at 98, as well as a single division entry record with 25 total Clone Heavy racers battling for top honors.

Chris Natoli (left) and Ricky Pritchard (right) scored the largest payday in the history of Oswego Kartway with their Fall Frenzy 200 championship victories on Saturday.
Chris Natoli (left) and Ricky Pritchard (right) scored the largest payday in the history of Oswego Kartway with their Fall Frenzy 200 championship victories on Saturday.

At the end of each 100-lap main event on Saturday a final record of $3,850 in prize money was awarded across the board between Stock Heavy and Clone Heavy.

Time Trials would set the order for Clone Heavy to start the night, with 23 of the 25 drivers taking time, including guaranteed front row starters Ricky Pritchard and Shannon Pitcher.

Pritchard would set fast time between the two drivers, earning the pole position, with Pitcher having to settle for an outside front row starting spot.

Pritchard’s lap was also the fastest of all 23 drivers taking time, earning him his first $100 of the night, presented by Bosco and Geers Food Market.

Pritchard, Pitcher, Kyle Perry, Nick Demling, Dick Dann, Todd Moran, Dave Foti, Ron Spatorico, DJ Shuman, and Alex McRae would all qualify into the Clone Heavy main event through time trials, with the remainder of the field having to battle in one of two B-Main events to try and earn entry into the 100-lapper.

Colin Spatorico and Shawn Jeffrey would each win their 15-lap B-Main qualifiers, making them the final two scheduled starters in the 12-kart main event.

When the field went green for the Clone Heavy Fall Frenzy 100 it was clear that Pritchard was going to be tough to beat in the MDR Motorsports No. 26.

Pritchard quickly jumped to the race lead with outside pole sitter Pitcher being caught on the high side, slipping back to sixth spot early on.

Perry would take advantage of a faltering Pitcher to grab second, but it didn’t take long for Demling to slide into the runner-up spot in the C&C Racing No. 23, looking to chase down Pritchard.

As the field wore through its paces with Pritchard and Demling leading the way, the kart on the move was B-Main qualifier Jeffrey in the No. 12.  After starting last in the lineup, Jeffrey moved to third by lap 20, and took second from Demling on lap 27.

Unfortunately for Jeffrey, fatigue began to play a role, as ten laps later the No. 12 was pushed to the high side, allowing both Dann and Shuman to roll by into the top four, dropping Jeffrey to fifth.

The field would be stopped on the back straight at the lap 50 halfway point for a pit stop, and at the time of the red flag conditions, Pritchard continued to dominate the field with the lead, earning another $100 from GS Steamers Bar and Grill.

At the break, Pritchard led Demling, Dann, Shuman, Jeffrey, Perry, Moran, Pitcher, Foti, and McRae in that order.

Once back to green with Pritchard out front, Jeffrey began another charge in the No. 12.

Restarting fifth, Jeffrey took second just two laps into the second segment with Shuman nestling on his bumper in third, chased by Demling and Perry.

But again by lap 75, Jeffrey started to slow, eventually putting his hand in the air and dropping out of the event on lap 83.

From that point on Pritchard, Shuman, and Demling had control of the field, but further behind Foti was charging in the Natoli owned No. 9F.  After finding trouble twice early in the event, Foti had to charge from the tail of the field, eventually snagging fourth position from Dann, Perry, and Moran.

As the checkered flag fell at lap 100, Pritchard would go on as the wire to wire victor by 1.758 seconds over his teammate Shuman, Demling, Foti, Moran, Perry, Dann and Pitcher.

Those eight drivers were the only racers remaining on the Kartway at the conclusion of the main event.

By leading every circuit of the 100-lap Clone Heavy main, Pritchard would earn a total of $1,500 for his efforts, an earnings record at the Kartway.

The Stock Heavy 100 field saw 14 karters on hand in search of the top prize with Shuman and Chris Natoli set as guaranteed front row starters.

Shuman would set the fastest time trial lap of the two to start on the pole position, as Natoli’s No. 33 failed to fire for time trials.

Kevin Baker, Jason Farrell, Pritchard, Demling, Chris Darrow, Tom Perrin, Chris Knight, and Jake Sivers joined Shuman and Natoli as qualifiers for the 100 lap Stock main after time trials.

Baker’s fast lap was quicker than that of guaranteed starter Shuman, earning him $100 from Burris Racing Tire.

Rob Eastman and Trent Curtis would qualify for the Stock Heavy 100 through the B-Main, beating out Larry Faucett and Nate Schultzkie for the final two qualifying positions.

When the Stock Heavy 100 main went green it was pole sitter Shuman shooting to the lead with Natoli taking advantage of a slow starting Baker, darting to the bottom to snag the runner-up spot early on.

Fast timer Baker, in the No. 61JR, would see his seat mounts loosen at the start, pushing his momentum and seat into the clutch on his flathead engine.  Baker was able to continue on, but as a result could not get the start he hoped for.

Baker’s misfortune was Natoli’s gain, as he was quickly able to reel in Shuman and snag the race lead from the No. 62 coming down to complete lap 15.

Once in the lead, Natoli’s MBR Speed Shop No. 33 was in another league, consistently setting times a full tenth of a second faster than the remainder of the field.

Behind Natoli, the battle raged for second in the first segment between Shuman, Farrell, Pritchard, and Baker.

Natoli, Shuman, Farrell, Pritchard, and Baker would ride in that order through the halfway break, but behind them another B-Main qualifier was making a charge.

Curtis started tail in the No. 1T, and by the conclusion of the first 50 laps was now in the sixth position riding on the back bumper of Baker as the red flag waved.

When the field went back to green, Natoli continued his dominant ways, blasting to over a full straight away advantage in little time at all.

With Natoli charging, Shuman began to slip in the No. 62 after the break, sliding to fourth position by lap 55, giving way to both Farrell and teammate Pritchard.

Shuman continued to freefall as the laps wore on, dropping to ninth by lap 64, with Darrow now on the charge in the No. 15 driving up to the fourth position.

Like his teammate, Pritchard eventually ran into trouble as well in the No. 26, as he started to back slide at lap 69.  Pritchard’s loss was a gain for Darrow, Curtis, and Sivers, as they now rode in the top five with 30 laps remaining.

Lap 79 saw a major shakeup in the lineup, as runner-up Farrell suddenly slowed dropping from second all the way to sixth in the order.  As a result, Curtis was able to take advantage, jumping from fourth all the way to second with Darrow, Sivers, and Pritchard following now in the top five.

Farrell, who rode in the top three for much of the race, would eventually pull pit side at lap 81.

With the field now appearing to be set to the finish in the final laps with Natoli leading Curtis, Darrow, Sivers, Pritchard, Baker, and Perrin, a final yellow flag would wave at lap 92 for a spinning Baker in turn one.

This final caution would erase nearly a full track advantage held by Natoli over the rest of the field, giving Curtis a final look at the back bumper of the Natoli No. 33 in the race to the checkered.

Unfortunately for Curtis, Natoli was simply too strong on this day, leaping away from the field yet again in the final eight laps to score his biggest Kartway victory by 1.222 seconds over Curtis, Darrow, Sivers, Pritchard, Perrin, and Baker.

Natoli, who led 86 of the 100 laps, scored a total of $1,290 with the victory, his 25th lifetime at the Kartway, leaving him just five wins behind all-time Kartway win leader Corey Norton.

Another Stock Heavy win for Natoli this year, gives him four on the season, making him the all-time winningest Stock Heavy driver in the history of the Kartway with fourteen wins ahead of John Stepien with thirteen and Dan Kapuscinski with eleven.

Other Fall Frenzy 200 championship winners from Saturday included Brandin Emmons (Jr. Green Clone), Camren Clark (Sr. Green Clone), Sean Simmons (Jr. Blue Clone), Josh Ostrander (Sr. Blue Clone), Madison Baum (Jr. Purple Clone), Schultzkie (Clone Light), Paul Fountaine (Clone 425, Stock 425), Natoli (Stock Light), and John Stepien (Open).

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QUICK RESULTS

Saturday, September 20, 2014
Oswego Kartway
Oswego, NY
RJ Kart Sales
Fall Frenzy 200 Championships

98 TOTAL ENTRIES

CLONE HEAVY
Time Trials (Top 10 Qualify): 1. 26 – Ricky Pritchard: 8.606*, 2. 714 – Shannon Pitcher: 8.720*, 3. 20 – Kyle Perry: 8.628, 4. 23 – Nick Demling: 8.639, 5. 86 – Dick Dann: 8.652, 6. 87 – Todd Moran: 8.658, 7. 9F – Dave Foti: 8.679, 8. 1 – Ron Spatorico: 8.679, 9. 62 – DJ Shuman: 8.685, 10. 33 – Alex McRae: 8.687, 11. 2 – Colin Spatorico: 8.704, 12. 98 – Mike Bruce: 8.707, 13. 114 – Ron Ingison: 8.712, 14. 12 – Shawn Jeffrey: 8.727, 15. 138 – Matt Fay: 8.765, 16. 1T – Trent Curtis: 8.781, 17. 21S – Jamie Shutts: 8.786, 18. 88 – Chris Parker: 8.787, 19. 71 – George Curtis: 8.813, 20. 10 – Nathan Pierce: 8.839, 21. 27 – Aaron LaTulip: 8.856, 22. 37 – Cody Marshall: 8.875, 23. 10 – Nate Schultzkie: 8.922, 24. 21B – Trevor Bellinger: N/T, 25. 1H – Colby Herzog: N/T

*- Guaranteed Front Row Starters

Clone Heavy Fall Frenzy 100: 1. 26 – RICKY PRITCHARD (100), 2. 62 – DJ Shuman (100)*, 3. 23 – Nick Demling (100), 4. 9F – Dave Foti (100), 5. 87 – Todd Moran (100), 6. 20 – Kyle Perry (100), 7. 86 – Dick Dann (100), 8. 714 – Shannon Pitcher (100), 9. 12 – Shawn Jeffrey (83), 10. 33 – Alex McRae (50), 11. 1 – Ron Spatorico (0), 12. 2 – Colin Spatorico (0)

*- Fined post-race monies for valve spring infraction

Lap Leaders: Pritchard (1-100)

Bosco & Geers $100 Fast Time Award: Ricky Pritchard

GS Steamers Bar & Grill $100 Halfway Leader Award: Ricky Pritchard

Clone Heavy B-Main #1 (15 Laps, 1-Transfer): 1. 2 – Colin Spatorico, 2. 114 – Ron Ingison, 3. 138 – Matt Fay, 4. 71 – George Curtis, 5. 10 – Nate Schultzkie, 6. 21S – Jamie Shutts, 7. 27 – Aaron LaTulip

Clone Heavy B-Main #2 (15 Laps, 1-Transfer): 1. 12 – Shawn Jeffrey, 2. 1T – Trent Curtis, 3. 21B – Trevor Bellinger, 4. 98 – Mike Bruce, 5. 10 – Nathan Pierce, 6. 37 – Cody Marshall, 7. 88 – Chris Parker, 8. 1H – Colby Herzog

DNQ: 114 – Ron Ingison, 138 – Matt Fay, 71 – George Curtis, 10 – Nate Schultzkie, 21 – Jamie Shutts, 27 – Aaron LaTulip, 1T – Trent Curtis, 21 – Trevor Bellinger, 98 – Mike Bruce, 10 – Nathan Pierce, 37 – Cody Marshall, 88 – Chris Parker, 1H – Colby Herzog

STOCK HEAVY
Time Trials (Top 10 Qualify): 1. 62 – DJ Shuman: 8.762*, 2. 33 – Chris Natoli: N/T*, 3. 61JR – Kevin Baker: 8.691, 4. 8 – Jason Farrell: 8.707, 5. 26 – Ricky Pritchard: 8.711, 6. 1 – Nick Demling: 8.714, 7. 15 – Chris Darrow: 8.751, 8. 16 – Tom Perrin: 8.777, 9. 3 – Chris Knight: 8.779, 10. 18 – Jake Sivers: 8.837, 11. 10 – Nate Schultzkie: 8.945, 12. 21 – Rob Eastman: 8.984, 13. 19 – Larry Faucett: 8.998, 14. 1T – Trent Curtis: N/T

*- Guaranteed Front Row Starters

Stock Heavy Fall Frenzy 100: 1. 33 – CHRIS NATOLI (100), 2. 1T – Trent Curtis (100), 3. 15 – Chris Darrow (100), 4. 18 – Jake Sivers (100), 5. 26 – Ricky Pritchard (100), 6. 16 – Tom Perrin (100), 7. 61JR – Kevin Baker (100), 8. 8 – Jason Farrell (81), 9. 62 – DJ Shuman (77), 10. 3 – Chris Knight (49), 11. 21 – Rob Eastman (35), 12. 1 – Nick Demling: (17)

Lap Leaders: Shuman (1-14), Natoli (15-100)

Burris Racing Tire $100 Fast Time Award: Kevin Baker

Gioia Signs $100 Halfway Leader Award: Chris Natoli

Stock Heavy B-Main (15 Laps, 2-Transfer): 1. 21 – Rob Eastman, 2. 1T – Trent Curtis, 3. 19 – Larry Faucett, 4. 10 – Nate Schultzkie

DNQ: 19 – Larry Faucett, 10 – Nate Schultzkie

JR. GREEN CLONE

Feature (15 Laps): 1. 09 – BRANDIN EMMONS, 2. 99 – Tyler Emmons, 3. 138 – Hunter Hollenbeck, 4. 25I – Isabella Abbott, 5. 63 – Teddy Clayton

Heat (8 laps): 1. 99 – Tyler Emmons, 2. 63 – Teddy Clayton, 3. 09 – Brandin Emmons, 4. 25I – Isabella Abbott, 5. 138 – Hunter Hollenbeck

SR. GREEN CLONE
Feature (15 Laps): 1. 57 – CAMREN CLARK, 2. 25L – Logan Abbott, 3. 18 – Samantha Emmons

Heat (8 laps): 1. 25L – Logan Abbott, 2. 18 – Samantha Emmons, 3. 57 – Camren Clark

JR. BLUE CLONE

Feature (20 Laps): 1. 98S – SEAN SIMMONS, 2. 01 – Seth Perrin, 3. 00 – Justin Pier, 4. 27 – Robert Philips, 5. 11 – Brittney Baum, 6. 7 – Devon Tonkin, 7. 4 – Ethan Olmstead, 8. 88J – Josh Peters

Heat #1 (8 laps): 1. 01 – Seth Perrin, 2. 98S – Sean Simmons, 3. 27 – Robert Philips, 4. 88J – Josh Peters

Heat #2 (8 laps): 1. 11 – Brittney Baum, 2. 7 – Devon Tonkin, 3. 00 – Justin Pier, 4. 4 – Ethan Olmstead

JR. PURPLE CLONE

Feature (15 Laps): 1. 15 – MADISON BAUM, 2. 22T – Tanner Emmons, 3. 9 – Alyssa Emmons, 4. 88 – Logan Crisafulli, 5. 8 – Alivia Diefenbacher, 6. 3 – Carl Emmons III, 7. 81 – Cassidy Philips

Heat #1 (8 laps): 1. 15 – Madison Baum, 2. 9 – Alyssa Emmons, 3. 81 – Cassidy Philips, 4. 77 – Cameron Rowe Jr., 5. 3 – Carl Emmons III

Heat #2 (8 laps): 1. 22T – Tanner Emmons, 2. 88 – Logan Crisafulli, 3. 8 – Alivia Diefenbacher, 4. 111 – Kaleb Sidman

B-Main (8 laps): 1. 3 – Carl Emmons III, 2. 111 – Kaleb Sidman, 3. 77 – Cameron Rowe Jr.

SR. BLUE CLONE

Feature (20 laps): 1. 41J – JOSH OSTRANDER, 2. 1 – Brandon Demling, 3. 85 – Chris Pier, 4. 61 – Hunter Lawton, 5. 13 – Seth Baum, 6. 98T – Tyler Thompson

Heat (8 laps): 1. 41J – Josh Ostrander, 2. 98T – Tyler Thompson, 3. 1 – Brandon Demling, 4. 85 – Chris Pier, 5. 13 – Seth Baum, 6. 61 – Hunter Lawton

STOCK LIGHT

Feature (25 laps): 1. 33 – CHRIS NATOLI, 2. 16 – Tom Perrin, 3. 21 – Rob Eastman, 4. 72 – Ryan Demers

Heat (10 laps): 1. 33 – Chris Natoli, 2. 21 – Rob Eastman, 3. 16 – Tom Perrin, 4. 72 – Ryan Demers

STOCK 425

Feature (25 Laps): 1. 29 – PAUL FOUNTAINE, 2. 14 – Gerry Taylor, 3. 14K – Kirk Smith, 4. 19 – Larry Faucett, 5. 71 – Bud Denning

Heat (10 laps): 1. 29 – Paul Fountaine, 2. 71 – Bud Denning, 3. 14K – Kirk Smith, 4. 14 – Gerry Taylor, 5. 8F – Kris Smith

CLONE LIGHT

Feature (25 Laps): 1. 10 – NATE SCHULTZKIE, 2. 27 – Aaron LaTulip, 3. 11 – Steve Derrigo, 4. 21 – Trevor Bellinger, 5. 98 – Mike Bruce, 6. 4 – Scott Bonnell, 7. 1 – Ron Spatorico, 8. 2 – Colin Spatorico, 9. 5 – Brandon Philips

Heat (10 laps): 1. 1 – Ron Spatorico, 2. 10 – Nate Schultzkie, 3. 2 – Colin Spatorico, 4. 5 – Brandon Philips, 5. 11 – Steve Derrigo, 6. 4 – Scott Bonnell, 7. 1H – Colby Herzog

CLONE 425

Feature (25 Laps): 1. 8F – PAUL FOUNTAINE, 2. 88 – Chris Parker, 3. 55 – Rusty Natoli, 4. 99 – Scott Baum, 5. 81 – Dave Spanfelner, 6. 12 – Shawn Jeffrey

Heat (10 laps): 1. 55 – Rusty Natoli, 2. 88 – Chris Parker, 3. 12 – Shawn Jeffrey, 4. 8F – Paul Fountaine, 5. 81 – Dave Spanfelner, 6. 99 – Scott Baum

OPEN

Feature (25 Laps): 1. 69 – JOHN STEPIEN, 2. 30 – Alan Lane, 3. 31 – Rich Jordal

Heat (10 laps): 1. 69 – John Stepien, 2. 31 – Rich Jordal, 3. 30 – Alan Lane