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BeaveRun Racers Fare Well Against National Competition

NASCAR's Jamie McMurray and Open Wheel's Ron White Join the Action


Wampum, PA July 24, 2007 - The best kart racers from across North America descended upon BeaveRun Motorsports Complex this past weekend to compete in one of the most highly anticipated events of the season, the SSC East/CRG Nationals. The fourth round of the WKA Manufacturers Cup featured nearly 450 entries in twenty classes with on-track action covering three full days.


Not only did the challenging Wilson Circuit at BeaveRun attract the interest of the best current kart racers, two former karters refused to pass up the opportunity to return to their roots and join in the action at one of the top karting facilities in the country.


Current Star Mazda racer Ron White took a break from his busy open wheel racing schedule for the chance to run at BeaveRun for the first time. White currently sits fourth in points with five top ten finishes in just seven starts already this season in the Star Mazda Series. White ran in the ICC (shifter) class scoring a win on Saturday followed by a second place finish on Sunday.


According to White the chance to enjoy a weekend of kart racing again was well worth the effort.


"Getting back into the CRG ICC shifter kart last weekend was a great and exciting time. Finishing first in Saturday's race and racing wheel to wheel with some of the best kart drivers made it a great challenge and lots of hard work. With Jamie McMurray as my team mate on the SSC East karting team it made the weekend pretty fun!"


The Californian continued, noting the challenges of the thirteen turn Wilson Circuit.


"The BeaveRun race track was quite a fun track to figure out. It has lots of different types of corners to get used to and made for some great racing. I normally race a Formula Pro Star Mazda car around the country for team G-Fro & RC-20 so it was a good change to go racing karts for the weekend."


White's teammate was indeed NASCAR star Jamie McMurray of Roush Fenway Racing. The Nextel Cup regular, and winner of the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway just two weeks ago, ran the ICC class as well as the TAG class. While he didn't fare very well in the TAG class, missing the feature race, McMurray had a solid outing his shifter finishing sixth.


"I had a great time racing at BeaveRun.  It was really fun to get back out there and race my two karts.  I wish we could have made qualifying, but oh well, overall it was still a great time.  Everyone was out there racing really hard and track position was very tough to come by." 


For McMurray it was a fun return to his early days in racing, turning wrenches alongside his Dad for the weekend as opposed to the dozens of crew members attending to his lone car at a typical NASCAR race.


"I think next time I come out there, I'll only run one kart, it was tough having to work on two karts!  Overall I had a great time out there with my Dad and the rest of the racers at BeaveRun."


Both drivers, who ran with event sponsor SSC East/CRG, were easily accessible and spent a considerable amount of time with the young racers in attendance.


While much attention was paid to the Pro racers and gifted National caliber drivers, the local stars of the BeaveRun Karting community drew plenty of attention as well scoring several top finishes throughout the weekend. Cleveland's Josh Rivera started the ball rolling with an eleventh place finish in the Yamaha Heavy class.


The strength of the BeaveRun Junior program was evident on Saturday as well. In the Yamaha Supercan Lite class, Northeast Ohio racers Sam Beasley (6th) and Robby Bujdoso (12th) along with Canonsburg, PA's Chris Horan (13th) proved that the 12-15 year old class at BeaveRun is helping to develop drivers capable of competing with the best up and coming racers in the country.


The BeaveRun Cadet Junior Sportsman racers (8-12 year olds) were not to be outdone though. Trafford PA's Trent Walko qualified third out of 35 entries and was closing on the leaders on the final lap of the feature event before a mechanical failure sidelined him.


Breyton Santee entered the event ranked third in National Championship points and appeared on his way to a career best finish in the feature.  The North Kingsville, Ohio racer dispatched the current points leader on the closing lap and was on the back bumper of the race leader when a mechanical failure sidelined him as well. Jacob Donald was in the hunt as well however and carried the banner of the BeaveRun Cadets to a fifth place finish.


Jeannette PA's Donald continued his impressive run on Sunday, qualifying fourth and finishing third for his second podium finish of the weekend. Santee and Walko fought from deep in the field to finish ninth and tenth respectively.


Several other drivers fared well on Sunday including Alan Hamilton of Painesville, Ohio who scored a tenth place finish in the Yamaha Lite class.


Beasley followed up his Saturday success with a fourth place podium finish in the JICA class while Bujdoso and Horan returned for 12th and 14th place results in the Yamaha Supercan Heavy class.


BeaveRun's biggest success came in ICA, one of the fastest classes run all weekend, as McCandless Twp's (PA) Matt Machiko scored a second place finish followed by Jennifer Williams in fifth and Chris Livengood in eighth. Williams and Livengood have been part of the BeaveRun karting program from the very earliest days and continue to demonstrate the skills honed at the complex in the highest levels of karting.


The BeaveRun Championship Karting Series is next on the schedule with the seventh race in the series on July 29th. Oval Racing then returns to the unique tri-oval layout within the Wilson Circuit as the WKA Oval Nationals visits BeaveRun from August 3rd - 5th.


For more information regarding BeaveRun Motorsports Complex please visit the BeaveRun website or call 724.535.1000.







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