(OSWEGO, NY) – The inaugural RJ Kart Sales Fall Frenzy 100-lap special took place on Friday at Oswego Kartway, with track champion and Classic winner Dan Kapuscinski leading every lap from pole position to collect the handsome winner’s prize of $1,000.
Kapuscinski set fast time during GS Steamers Bar & Grill Stock Heavy time trials earlier in the evening with a lap of 8.769 seconds narrowly edging MBR Speed Shop teammate Chris Natoli for the $100 prize.
The 100-lap main event win for Kapuscinski was his 12th of the season at the Kartway and was worth $250. Total prizes and contingencies, including lap leader money, brought the winning total to $1,000, the largest winner’s purse ever at Oswego Kartway.
Kartway champion DJ Shuman, of Mattydale, NY, took the runner-up spot in the 100-lapper worth $100 while Corning, NY driver Lance Yeager came on strong at race end to take third position and $50.
RJ Kart Sales racing teammates Chris Knight and Matt Fay rounded out the top five positions on Friday in the Fall Frenzy 100.
Kapuscinski and Natoli brought the 10-kart field to the green flag Friday, with Kapuscinski jumping to the early advantage in the MBR Speed Shop Phantom Chassis No. 00.
Starting from the outside of row number one, Natoli did his best to squeeze into position early on but fell from second to fifth at the drop of the green allowing Shuman, Knight, and Yeager to make their way by. Natoli’s No. 33 ran fifth for four circuits before leaping back by the Yeager No. 47 to take fourth position by lap five.
The top five of Kapuscinski, Shuman, Knight, Natoli, and Yeager ran tight early on before Whitesboro, NY pilot Ryan Swartz came alive in the No. 63 around lap 18. Swartz cracked the top five one lap later making his way by Yeager and on the very next lap Yeager lost the handle looping his PRC kart.
Yeager, the Pennsylvania Elite Kart Series champion would use the caution flag to head pit side to make adjustments before rejoining the field at the tail side of the pack.
For the restart Kapuscinski brought Shuman, Knight, Natoli, and Swartz to the green flag ahead of Fay and Kevin Baker.
Kapuscinski would again hold strong in the lead as the lap 50 halfway break loomed, but it was Knight in the No. 19W that began to take charge.
Coming down to complete lap 33 Knight was able to make a move by Shuman to take second, and then began to draw in Kapuscinski for the top spot.
Natoli was also briefly able to make his way by Shuman for third, but Shuman was able to counter to keep the podium position. Swartz meanwhile kept watch of the front four, waiting for an opportunity to take advantage, and eventually he was able to work his way by Natoli for fourth at lap 35.
With the battle raging for third through fifth late in the first segment, Knight managed to draw right onto the back bumper of Kapuscinski looking to find his way by to lead at halfway and gain $100 from Gioia Signs.
The two leaders would battle tooth and nail from laps 40-50 with Kapuscinski managing to hang on to complete the first segment and earn the $100 prize ahead of Knight, Shuman, Swartz, and Natoli.
At the halfway break drivers were permitted to make any changes to their karts besides changing tires and engines. Most took advantage of the 15-minute red flag period to make adjustments to their rides.
The halfway break proved beneficial to most drivers as before lap 50 the lead pack was turning times between 8.9-9.0 seconds.
After the green flag waved to start segment number two, Kapuscinski would set the fastest lap of the race and the entire evening with a lap of 8.681 seconds with the entire field gaining speed in the final portion of the 100-lap affair.
While Kapuscinski improved dramatically, Knight did not gain as much as the rest of the field, giving the runner-up position back to Shuman at lap 53.
Shuman would now turn up the wick, knowing it was time to go, charging at the No. 00 of Kapuscinski for the top position. Meanwhile Knight, Swartz, Natoli, Fay, and Yeager continued their battle for third on back.
With Kapuscinski and Shuman dueling out front it was Yeager moving through the field, making his charge back to the front after his lap 20 pit stop in the No. 47. The Speed Tech Tire Solutions pilot was able to work his way to third by the ¾ point of the event, joining Kapuscinski and Shuman in a three kart battle for the Fall Frenzy 100 championship.
As the laps wore on Kapuscinski remained consistent gaining ground on second and third, looking to be well on his way to victory in the final 10-laps of the race. However, a late caution on lap 97 for a spinning Kevin Baker would give Shuman and Yeager one last look at the back bumper of the Kapuscinski No. 00.
With the nine remaining karts all in a tight line for the restart, Kapuscinski got his best jump of the evening, pulling out to a full kart length victory over Shuman, Yeager, Knight, and Fay.
Swartz, Natoli, Baker, John Stepien, and Derek Shuman would round out the field.
Nick Demling was the un-official winner of the RJ Kart Sales Fall Frenzy 50 championship on Friday in the Clone Heavy division. Official results and a full recap will be posted later this week pending a final technical review by the World Karting Association.
Knight, Dick Dann, Shuman, and Ricky Pritchard completed the un-official top five positions with Kapuscinski, Natoli, Alyssa Swartz, Fay, and Ron Ingison filling the top ten.