Team Nitro Kart Stays Hot at the GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge Round Eight

It was a warm North Carolina night at GoPro Motorplex for Round 8 of the Karting Challenge Series and the action on-track was hot as well as the 12-race season marched on toward its conclusion in December. The race drew 161 entries, which was a new record for the Karting Challenge Series, and the Team Nitro Kart tent was again packed with racers eager to score wins and podiums, and they did just that.

Briggs Cadet

Nitro Kart Drivers: Ben Maier, Spencer Conrad, James Overbeck, Brent Crews, Sofia D’Arrigo, Christopher McKeithan, Ayden Young, George Wheeler, Miles Murray, Adam Brickely, Tyler Curione, Joshua Kline, Vincent Capitillo

Of the 22 drivers that started the Briggs Cadet Final, 13 were on Nitro Karts, showing the ever-growing popularity of the division and the Nitro Kart chassis. Team Nitro Kart’s Brent Crews led the race early but would suffer a mechanical DNF with engine trouble. Nitro Kart teammates Ben Maier and Spencer Conrad were able to emerge from a close fight at the front of the field with the 2nd and 3rd places on the podium respectively. Nitro Kart’s James Overbeck was 6th at the flag, and held onto his points lead in the championship. Sofia D’Arrigo (7th), Christopher McKeithan (8th), and Ayden Young (9th), all brought their Nitro Karts home in the top-10.

Mini Swift

Nitro Kart Drivers: Miles Murray, Ayden Patty, Spencer Conrad, Jordan Sherwood, Mason Cantrell, Vincent Capitillo

In the Mini Swift class, 6 of the 10 karts entered were Nitro Karts and has become the norm in the Karting Challenge this season, Nitro Karts swept the podium positions. This time, the driver claiming the top step was Miles “M&M” Murray, who has been fast, and been on the podium this season, but this time he prevailed in a battle with Nitro Kart teammate and Mini Swift points leader, Spencer Conrad, to take the win. Ayden Patty was able to get by Conrad to take 2nd, but Conrad was close behind in 3rd place and continues to lead the points championship. Jordan Sherwood (7th), Mason Cantrell (8th), and Vincent Capitillo (9th), all scored top-10 finishes on their Nitro Karts.


Nitro Kart Drivers: Brent Crews, Adam Brickley, Ben Maier, Sofia D’Arrigo, Jack O’Brien

In the IAME Swift class, Team Nitro Kart’s Adam Brickley started on the pole and got into an early battle with teammate Brent Crews, which lasted throughout the race, with Crews leading early, then Brickley leading the middle of the race, and Crews taking back over to lead the last few laps and get the win with Brickley 2nd. Ben Maier (4th), Sofia D’Arrigo (5th), and Jack O’Brien (7th), all finished in the top-10 for Nitro Kart.


Team Niro Kart-Supported Drivers: Jacob Graham, Hayden Jones, William Cox, Jonathan Seiler

In the KA100 Junior class the excitement for the Team Nitro Kart drivers came in the last turn of the last lap when an poorly-judged move by another racer caused a big wreck and took Hayden Jones out of a possible podium position. However, Jacob Graham was able to sneak through the fracas to take 3rd place and maintain his points lead in the championship. Jonathan Seiler (9th) was the other Nitro Kart-supported driver in the top-10.


Team Niro Kart-Supported Drivers: Hayden Jones, Connor Yonchuk

In the Briggs Junior division, Haydon Jones, in his first start in the class, qualified on pole and swept the Pre-Final and Final, but in both races he had Alexander Searle in close company.  Searle led early in the Final but Jones prevailed by less than a tenth of a second at the line to take the win. The top 2 had pulled away from the field, but Team Nitro Kart-supported driver Connor Yonchuk brought his Fullerton USA kart home 3rd for another podium.


Team Nitro Kart’s next event will be the Nitro Kart Fall Nationals at New Castle Motorsports Park on September 14-16, for the second to last race weekend of the 2018 WKA Manufacturers Cup Series. Nitro Kart is the title sponsor of the event and Team Nitro Kart drivers Brent Crews and Ben Maier are leading the Mini Swift and Micro Swift points standings, respectively, and will be looking to keep the positive momentum going all the way to the WKA Grand National at GoPro Motorplex on October 26-28. The next event in the GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge, is a doubleheader for Rounds 9 & 10 on September 29-30.


Nitro Kart is based out of Mooresville, NC; the hub of American motorsports. The company was founded by “Nitro” Nick Tucker with a sole focus on youth karting and specifically the cadet ranks, but has now expanded to serve kart racers of all ages. Nick has applied his years of experience from karting all the way up through NASCAR racing to develop the absolute best cadet chassis on the market with the support to back it up. Nitro Kart and their drivers consistently score prestigious victories in major events around the country, hence the slogan “Race One or Chase One.” For more information on Nitro Kart, contact Nick Tucker at (704) 818-7868 or

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