Kohlbecker and Margay Win Inaugural New Castle Motorsports Park 125

Spike goes solo to win Briggs & Stratton 206 endurance event

Spike Kohlbecker at the front of the 43-kart field to begin the NCMP 125 endurance event (Photo: Mike Alley)

NCMP125 winner Spike Kohlbecker (Photo: Margay Racing)

New Castle Motorsports Park held its inaugural 125-lap endurance event this weekend featuring 43 teams to take on the challenge. Temperatures were on the cold side, with a little bit of snow and high temperatures reaching the low 40s. Teams had to battle the track, the other competitors, the weather and of course the challenge of lasting 125 laps without any mechanical issues. It ended up being a young man’s race with 14-year-old Spike Kohlbecker piloting his Margay Ignite K3 chassis to victory.

Kohlbecker ran solo on the weekend with support from the Margay Racing operation. Piloting an Ignite K3 chassis fresh off the assembly line in St. Louis, Kohlbecker fought for the lead early with Top Kart USA 1 (Bill McLaughlin Jr.) and MP16 (Matthew Mockabee / Zach Pretorius) after top qualifier Team Ramrod (Dakota Pesek / Francis Wilson) slipped back – eventually retiring early after a broken chain and bent sprocket. Kohlbecker pitted early with the 2 Liters of gas given to all teams to begin with, stopping on lap 26 after hearing the engine sputter. It dropped him down the order until the rest of the field began pitting, including race leaders MP16. When they stopped on lap 48, Kohlbecker was able to work past them for the lead.

That was the winning move, as the Margay driver led the remainder of the race to become the inaugural NCMP 125 winner. Mockabee / Pretorius – both Junior racers as well, finished 39 seconds back for the runner-up spot as the only two entries on the lead lap. McLaughlin was running third until breaking a chain with eight laps to go, handing third over to the Eagle Kart of Iron Knight Racing (Steve Knight / Cameron Parr). Brothers PJ and Ben Lyde (Sausage & Whiskey Racing) finished fourth with Blake Korth / Mick Gabriel (Nervous Nelly Racing / Eagle) making it three American-made chassis into the top-five.

Pos. No. Team Driver One Driver Two Chassis Diff Best Lap
1. 5 Spike Kohlbecker Racing Spike Kohlbecker Margay 1:14.610
2. 16 MP16 Matthew Mockabee Zach Pretorius Tony Kart 39.205 1:15.000
3. 06K Iron Knight Racing Steve Knight Cameron Parr Eagle Kart 1 lap 1:15.249
4. 91 Sausage & Wiskey Racing PJ Lyda Ben Lyda Merlin 1 lap 1:15.249
5. 31 Nervous Nelly Racing Blake Korth Mick Gabriel Eagle Kart 1 lap 1:15.250
6. 51 Young Pups Racing Palmer Eicher Jay McFall Track Kart 2 laps 1:15.963
7. 128 TBKart Indy 1 Devon Smith-Harden Zach Schiff TBKart 3 laps 1:15.810
8. 84 Margay 84 Avery Schwalm Margay 3 laps 1:15.888
9. 6 Law Racing Levi Wilbur Mathew Gruenholz Ionic Edge 3 laps 1:15.553
10. 11 Team Hangover John O’Keefe Johnny O’Keefe Eagle Kart 3 laps 1:15.401
11. 711 SR Racing Kevin Scott Ryan Wilson Eagle Kart 3 laps 1:16.238
12. 97 4 C Ya Later Brennan Hanville Matt Dean Top Kart 4 laps 1:14.938
13. 28 Dos Bros Tacos and Racing Mark Nevill Dave Creech Arrow 4 laps 1:15.827
14. 8 GRB Racing Gary Beresford Clay Smith Eagle Kart 4 laps 1:16.133
15. 126 BS Racing Tyler Sawyers Nate Bley All-Kart 5 laps 1:16.585
16. 18 Fastimes Indoor Karting Tom Harleman Eagle Kart 5 laps 1:16.839
17. 12 Skuderia Cobra Grant Pendrey Jason Matzel K&K 5 laps 1:16.611
18. 2 Geriatric Maniacs Jeff Hill JD Marksbury Eagle Kart 5 laps 1:16.382
19. 194 New Gen Racing Derich Cutshaw Nick Denny Arrow 6 laps 1:15.476
20. 5A McGunegill Engine Perf. Corey Flint Amber McGunegill Arrow 6 laps 1:15.321
21. 179 IUPUI Racing Seth Winter Alex Noel Coyote 6 laps 1:16.414
22. 94 G&J Boys Dave Libecap Don Fogt Margay 6 laps 1:17.410
23. 46 Top Kart/Mitchell Racing Jeremy Morales Kallie Kanakos Top Kart 7 laps 1:17.199
24. 56 Top Kart USA 1 Billy McLaughlin Top Kart 8 laps 1:14.982
25. 2 Soda Shop Racers Mike Baukert James Parsons Eagle Kart 8 laps 1:16.520
26. 15 Team Reluctant David Cox Chris Beasley Eagle Kart 8 laps 1:15.680
27. 0 Home Alone Racing Dave Simmermon Alan Elwood Margay 9 laps 1:16.390
28. 70 130 Vincent Schneider Rob Lehmann Eagle Kart 9 laps 1:17.225
29. 43 Longshore Racing Ryan Longshore Eagle Kart 10 laps 1:18.172
30. 57 TBKart Indy 2 Doug Harden Tim Sawyers TBKart 13 laps 1:20.251
31. 63 Turn 1 Champions Matt Abel Ronald Swift Birel 14 laps 1:16.617
32. 3 McMonnett Racing Gary Monnett Tom McNay Top Kart 15 laps 1:16.152
33. 24 Cincy/NYC Connection Scott Lawley Miles Maloney Arrow 15 laps 1:18.363
34. 7 Hot Wheels Racing Scott Banner Coyote 16 laps 1:22.112
35. 157 Top Kart USA 2 Blake Deister Top Kart 17 laps 1:14.918
36. 112 Black Flag Racing Travis Schebler Clayton DeClue Eagle Kart 22 laps 1:15.660
37. 60 Turn 7 Keith Gaw Jennifer Hindsley Energy 23 laps 1:18.809
38. 22 Racing4Vets Kevin “Doc” Kleier Alex Hoblik VLR 28 laps 1:19.027
39. 26 1 Dad 2 Moms Kacy Stahl Ben Stahl Eagle Kart 49 laps 1:15.833
40. 0R RPM Missions Stuart Rickert Mike Wells Arrow 53 laps 1:17.795
41. 79 Team Ramrod Dakota Pesek Francis Wilson Top Kart 74 laps 1:15.329
42. 10 Bodywork Debate Taylor Bookout Tyler Prestel Birel 110 laps 1:17.063

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