Loftin, Swann, and Roberts Take Vintage Titles at Jacksonville
The beginning of the makeup portion of the season for the Maxxis 4 Cycle Sprint Series officially kicked in September 25-27 with a much anticipated return to 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida with the running of the 4th of 5 points races for the 2020 season. And while there is still 1 official points race left to go for the bulk of the series, the Vintage portion of the Maxxis program concluded, with Josh Loftin, Tyson Swann, and Stevie Roberts snaring championship titles in their respective Vintage classes for the season.
Roberts nailed down the title in the ARC Racing Vintage Limited Modified class by taking 1 of 2 events over the weekend. Roberts topped Duke Zink and Cameron Plyler in the Saturday show, with Plyler returning on Sunday to take away his first Maxxis Gold Cup ever, scoring the win over Zink and Roberts. For his efforts, Roberts was able to secure the Limited Modified title over Plyler and Zink in the final standings.
For Tyson Swann, his success in the CK Packaging Solutions Vintage Stock Heavy class was much like Roberts in Modifieds, as the fellow Georgia driver snared one of 2 wins over the weekend. On Saturday, North Carolina veteran Doug Rink came home first, with Billy Johnson and Swann making up the top 3. Swann rebounded on Sunday for the win, besting Steve Loftin for the win, giving Swann the title over Loftin, with Ohio driver Kevin Frische rounding out the top 3 in the final standings.
By far, the closest points battle in the Vintage classes would come down to the Swann Mechanical Vintage Stock Medium class, where North Carolina’s Josh Loftin’s consistency would net him the 2020 title. After having to sit out the July Barnesville event due to illness, Georgia’s Tyler Swann had a major hole to dig out of, thus sweeping the weekends events, and also working his way back into year end points contention. Swann bested his Dad Tyson on Saturday, with Duke Zink, Loftin, and CJ Usry making up the top 5. The Swann duo again made up the top 2 on Sunday, again with Tyler on top of Tyson, followed by Zink, Usry, and Loftin. When all the tabulating was said and done, Loftin edged Zink by a mere 6 points for the title, with Tyler Swann working back up to finish third in the final standings for the year.
While the Vintage drivers may be done points wise, many will return November 20-22 to Jacksonville, Florida for the Grand Nationals.
And what would Florida be without a little bit of rain? That was evidenced on Sunday, as race officials tried to squeeze in a shortened program. However, Mother Nature had other ideas, as 3 of the national classes were forced to fall back on qualifying times, due to severe rain and lightning that lingered the balance of the day. One of the 3 classes involved was the Kart City Performance CIK LO206 Masters class, with North Carolina veteran Tim Skinner sweeping the action. Skinners win on Saturday came over veteran Chris Carroll, with points leader Tim Clark, Barry Hastings, and newcomer John McFarlin rounding out the top 5. With Sunday having to rely on qualifying results, Skinner again was tops in the field, taking the win over Carroll, McFarlin, Clark, and Hastings.
The SSi CIK LO206 Senior Heavy class found a pair of Florida veterans taking the top honors. Saturdays victor was Michael Clark, as he topped Aren Lloyd, Mike Greiner, Moe Edmonson, and Chris Carroll. Not able to be there Saturday never created a problem for Florida’s Sean Meier, as Meier won a spirited battle with Edmonson for the win, followed by Lloyd, Greiner, and Collin Miller.
While Miller claimed fifth in Heavy on Sunday, he was one of the few drivers to get out the broom and sweep a class this weekend, taking down both wins in the EK Kart Chains CIK LO206 Senior Medium class. Miller topped Lauren Brallier Saturday, with Aiden White, making the transition up to Seniors, coming home third, followed by Cale Martin and Chris Ball. Miller returned to sneak in the Sunday win, as wet track conditions slowly entered the facility, holding off a furious charge by Brallier, with White coming home third.
The Tillotson T225 Class was also on hand with Georgia driver Aren Lloyd scoring the win over Jacob Duvall.
For Georgia’s Lane Littleton, the success keeps coming in the Pinehill Discount Trophies LO206 Junior class, as Littleton swept another weekend of activity, topping Owen Lloyd, Mason Donahue, K Mike Chidester, and Emma Kate Scarbrough on Day 1. On Sunday, Littleton returned for the win, topping Lloyd, Donahue, Chidester, and Scarbrough once again
The train of success continued for Littleton in the Mikim Motorsports Pro Gas Junior class, as the Georgia driver swept the weekend here as well, taking wins over Owen Lloyd, Brentley Miller, Mason Donahue, and K Mike Chidester, with the top five results being the same both days.
Georgia driver Peyton Bridges was focused on a sweep weekend as well in the respective Cadet classes. That was the case in the Kalvinator Engines Cadet Green Class, where Bridges topped his year long rival in Maryland’s Brady Atwood, with Tazzo Reep, in just his second race of the year, coming home third, followed by Lillian Scarbrough, and Wesley Sweatman, in a most spirited battle amongst those three. On Sunday, it was once again Bridges and Atwood, with Jaydyn Fowler, Reep, and Scarbrough rounding out the top 5, as this also was a class that had to fall back on qualifying due to rain.
Bridges found success again on Saturday in the JLS Machine Cadet Yellow class, with Reep, Sweatman, and Fowler crossing the line behind the winner. However on Sunday, Maryland’s Brady Atwood rebounded from mechanical issues the day before, to take the win over Bridges, with Fowler, Sweatman, and Ronnie Kys rounding out the top 5.
In the Moe Racing Kid Kart class, Lexus Keith scored a pair of wins over the weekend, further strengthening her success in the class. Young Jason Trucks Jr was also on hand, providing a great battle with Keith for the weekend, taking a pair of runner-up finishes.
Prior to all the weekend racing, Moe Edmonson came home the winner in the Friday night Money Race for the EK Kart Chains CIK LO206 Senior Medium class, taking home a cool $300. Collin Miller came home second for a $150 payday, with Lauren Brallier scoring a $50 effort for a third place finish.
With Jacksonville now in the books, and three titles secured for the season, it’s time to crown the balance of the hopefuls, as the series heads to the legendary Sandy Hook Speedway in Street, Maryland October 30-November 1 for the final points race of the season. And while the Vintage drivers have the weekend off, there will still be plenty to fill the void, as many local drivers in the TaG Senior and Shifter classes will be on hand to battle for the top shelf of the podium. Action begins on Friday with a full day of practice, followed by 2 full days of racing.
Entry info for Sandy Hook is now available online by going to www.maxxiskartracing.com/sprint-series. Or you can contact Buddy Long at Buddy@goldspeedusa.com.
As we close out another weekend of racing, it is with great sadness that we also say goodbye to a very special member of our racing family. The North Florida Kart Club, as well as the Maxxis 4 Cycle Sprint Series lost our dedicated local flagman Billy Newburg. After flagging for the series on Friday afternoon, little did any of us know it would be last time we would see such a fine young gentleman, and excellent flagger, as well as ambassador to our sport. On behalf of GoldspeedUSA, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Newburg Family. You will indeed be missed my friend.