At the annual Keystone UAS awards, bench racing, and B-S' ing session there was some official business to attend to. This is the best time when most, if not all, of the staple KUAS racers join together and make any tweeks to the the rules for the season.
What was decided (by unanimous or majority vote) at the meeting:
Rainouts and Drops: The region allows for 2 races to be dropped during the season (7 scheduled points races - best 5 count for points). After last season's weather, it has been decided to count the rainout races as drops. After 2, all remaining points races that are run will count towards the points championship. Meaning the season championship will be based off of the total races we get in.
Bonus Points: 3 Bonus points will be awarded at the end of the season to those who participate in all points races that are run during the season. This is a way to reward those who make the shows each week and encourage regular attendance at the events. 3 points may not sound like much, but we have had several ties(including points championships) over the last 5 years.
If you have any questions or concerns about these changes, feel free to let me know. I'll get back to you as soon as I can.
The 29th season of muscle kart racing for the Keystone UAS is only a few months away. Working with the other area regions; Empire, Upstate NY, and Central NY; has yielded a year of muscle kart racing that has 1 weekend from late April to early September without an event! This schedule may seem a little choppy as compared to other years, but I was trying to give the max opportunities for drivers to test/practice at Hunterstown for the nationals. So here it is:
May 5th - Flatrun Speedway, Morrisdale, PA
May 19th- Pittsfield Championship Karting , Pittsfield, PA
June 23rd- Deerfield Speedway , Deerfield, OH
July 7th - Red Rock Raceway , Pavia, PA
July 14th- Race-1 Motor Speedway , DuBois, PA *1/4 point*
July 28th- Naugle Speedway, Aliquippa, PA
August 11th- Blairsville Speedway , Blairsville, PA (JOHN SMITH MEMORIAL) *1/4 point*
September 2nd- Race-1 Motor Speedway , Dubois, PA (RACEFEST) *NONPOINT*
September 15/16th- Hunterstown Speedway , Gettysburg, PA (UAS GRAND NATIONAL)
October 5-6th - Oakland Valley Race Park (OVRP) , Cuddebackville, NY (NE DIVISIONAL)
I can't wait to see everyone this upcoming year! Feel free to "like" us on Facebook , follow on Twitter @KUAS89, and visit the website www.keystoneallstars.weebly.com for additional schedules and information.
Several drivers from the KUAS traveled to Caroga Creek Speedway for the Northeast Divisional. Mark Bergfelt, Paul Deasey, Jr, Denny Furlow, Brandon Oldham, and Hillary Truitt entered the event. Without a mountain of details, Deasey and Bergfelt were the only ones to advance to the A Main that had nearly 40 muscle karts entered. Deasey finished 12th and Bergfelt 16th respectively. Overall, the racing was fast and the show was run efficiently. A last lap pass and major dash for the flagstand saw Terry Hollifield cross the stripe with the win and the big check!
Thanks to Mike and Alan Lane for all the work they put in, Jimmy White as the Northeast Divisional race director, the staff at Caroga Creek Speedway for the facility, and all those who traveled to make it such a great day of racing.
2018 will be here before we know it, I have been approached by another track that was on the UAS schedules years ago about making a return to the facility. Not to mention the KUAS is the host region for the Northeast Divisional! Lots to do and so little time to get there!!
Enjoy the off season and feel free to reach out to me anytime!
The 2017 KUAS campaign ended just as it started, with a rain out. The final race of the season at Pittsfield Championship Karting Association was called due to weather coming through the area. This season was our first returning to a drop race setup after a few years of scheduled rain out "wild card" races. Going into the race, only 2 points separated Paul Deasey Jr and Dan Burket for the 2017 crown. If the race would have happened, the worse 2 races would have been dropped. However, this rainout made the points system default to a discussion at Red Rock Raceways in which the 2 drops were going to be held unless there was a race cancellation. Then it would go to a 1 drop- still giving the drivers 4 out of 5 points races. There has been discussion of using the rained out races as drops and/ or adding another points race to the season. The series rules state no rain make up races, it becomes an issue if someone has plans and inevitable ends up with a conflict. On that note, drops are in there so if there is a schedule conflict, this gives participants the leeway of not being penalized for attending another event, a family outing, a bad night, or what have you. This season, a few drivers mentioned to me that they would not be able to make all events and were planning a drop race to attend whatever. Some worked out being rain outs, others needed for an active race. I am open to free discussion and taking a region vote on possible improvements/ changes for the 2018 season.
So, here are the top 10 in points for 2017
The Keystone UAS joined in with the Empire Region on a trip to Blairsville Speedway for the John Smith Memorial race. There were 16 muscle karts set to take the track. Heats were broken into 2 sets of 8.
Heat 1 A winner: 919 Bret Mesler Heat 1 B winner: 7x Eric Grice
Heat 2 A winner : 7 Dan Burket Heat 2 B winner: 77F Denny Furlow
The stage was set for an exciting feature. Burket had the advantage early but was caught in lap traffic and spun. The lead passed to 63 Ben Taft who was able to hold off the hard charging 707 of Paul Deasey Jr for the win.
More details will be covered in the article for AMK Magazine
Next is the final points race of the season at Pittsfield Championship Karting Association on September 2nd!
See ya then!
After a few year hiatus, the Keystone UAS made their return to Goodhope Speedway, revisiting a track was a schedule staple. With warmer temperatures and plenty of sun, the drivers had to be on their “A” game to tame this track. Nine muscle karts joined in on the race.
Heat 1 winner: 707 Paul Deasey Jr
Heat 2 winner: 77F Denny Furlow
Feature time came and only seven of the nine who started the night were heading out for the 20 lap finale. Denny Furlow checked out on the field early and looked very strong out there. However, the caution flag flew while the 69 of Brian Hartzell was slowing on the track and heading off. After a caution lap or so, race leader Furlow pulled to the inside just in front of the flagstand. Paul Deasey Jr assumed the lead for the restart and never looked back.
All in all, it was a fun and challenging return to Goodhope Speedway. I would like to thank the staff for opening their doors to the muscle karts and working with us to put on a great show.
Next up is a trip to Blairsville Speedway and the John Smith Memorial Race on August 12th. This will be Keystone’s 2nd National ¼ point race of the season.
Race number 3 of the KUAS season was a trip to the triangle at Penns Creek. This was a joint effort with the Empire UAS and one of their national 1/4 pt races. This was also a part of the UAS camping weekend with a Friday night race at Selinsgrove. Race washed out the Selinsgrove event (it was a non points race). Due to prior commitments and work obligations, I was not able to make the event. The only run down was a finishing order that Jimmy White had put together.
1. Jimmy White 2. John Garde 3. Eric Grice 4. Jeff Drugan 5. Brett Mesler 6. Bobby Baldwin 7. Austin Suain 8. Ben Taft 9. Steve Windle 10. Raymond Vossler 11. Dan Burket 12. Brian Hartzell 13. Tom Voeltz 14. Mark Bergfelt 15. Zac Lamb 16. Kyle Pease 17. Cody Zimmerman
Next up for the KUAS is a revisit to a track that was a regular staple to the series, Goodhope Speedway in New Springfield, Ohio on July 29th.
Hope to see everyone there and have fun no matter where you race!
This week, the Keystone UAS traveled down to Pavia (or Claysburg for the GPS) to tackle the red clay bullring- Red Rock Raceways. After a couple days prior of heavy rains in the area, the sun came out to welcome 9 muscle karts to the south eastern PA mountains. Red Rock typically runs 1 heat and a feature, so they worked out a way for the KUAS to get both heats and feature in.
Action was fast through both heats with minimal cautions. Here are the heat results:
Heat 1 Heat 2
The feature was a very fast paced, CAUTION FREE race that saw Brandon Oldham get out front and pull away from the field. It was by no means a walk off for Oldham, Kyle Pease was within striking distance most of the race. A great back and forth battle lasted for laps between Dan Burket and Denny Furlow, with Burket able to hold on to the 3rd spot. No cautions gave the fans a great fast paced show, lots of action, and made it a blast to call! Congratulations to Brandon Oldham scoring the KUAS national ¼ point race #1 win of 2017. Here are the feature results:
Thank you to all that made their way down and put on a great show! Thanks also to Chuck, Troy, and all the staff at Red Rock Raceways that always make us feel right at home when we go. Not to mention the opportunity to chat on the horn all night. I had a great time!
Next up is part of the camping weekend with the Empire UAS at Penns Creek on Saturday July 8th. There is a non points race at Selinsgrove Raceway Park Friday night if you want to make it a weekend of racing and fun!
Congratulations to Dan Burket who won the Keystone UAS point race at Naugle Speedway on Saturday June 10. This was the opening race for the KUAS. The first two races on their schedule were rained out. Paul Deasey gave Dan a run for the money finishing close in second. That pair was clearly dominant. Dennis Furlow was third, Harry McElhaney was fourth, Brian Hartzell was fifth, Larry Reigleman 6th, Mike Clark 7th. The only DNF was Mark Bergfelt who was running strong early on but the power of his Vindicator engine ripped the teeth off of his axle sprocket.
Posted on KUAS Facebook by Mark Bergfelt
Once again the indecisive weather has put the stops to another KUAS race event. Even though this was a non points event at Race-1, it still would have been a lot of fun to get together and race. We will try again to get the first race of the season in on June 10th with a trip to Naugle Speedway. Hope to see everyone there and maybe the rains will subside for a Saturday.
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