As many as five Oswego Kartway contenders are preparing to make the southward journey including MDR Motorsports teammates DJ Shuman and Ricky Pritchard, MBR Speed Shop drivers Chris Natoli and Dan Kapuscinski, as well as Nick Demling.
Both Shuman and Pritchard will be contending on a Slack chassis, with Pritchard wheeling the No. 26 Axiom and Shuman riding the No. 62 Phenom, with assistance of CKE Racing Engines. Pritchard, who drove to a fifth place finish in the Clone Light division as a part of the NYS Indoor Karting Championships in Syracuse in December, is once again registered for Clone Light action at Motorama as well as Clone Heavy. Shuman, a veteran of indoor racing at Motorama and the 2013 Clone Super Heavy champion at Oswego Kartway, is still undecided as to which divisions he will compete in but indications point toward either Clone Heavy or Stock Super Heavy.
Natoli and Kapuscinski will join forces for Motorama to bring two Slack chassis' south to Harrisburg. Natoli, who qualified eighth of 27 competitors in the Pro-4 Cycle division at the NYS Indoor Karting Championships, returns to indoor competition at Motorama with the same Slack Axiom No. 33 chassis that he rode in the Salt City. Once again utilizing Dover Power engines, Natoli will look to qualify for his second Pro main event of the season at Motorama, while also competing in the Stock Heavy division. Kapuscinski will jump back behind the wheel for the first time since winning Oswego Kartway's Fall Frenzy 100 in September, and will do so on a Slack Reactor chassis owned by Natoli.
Motorama will mark the first indoor competition for Kapuscinski since winning the Stock Super Heavy event at the NYS Indoor Karting Championships and finishing fourth in the Stock Super Heavy finale at Greensboro, NC's King of the Concrete events back in 2012. Despite selling off most of his equipment from the 2013 season, Kapuscinski still has ownership of his Chavis Motorsports Flathead engine, which he will use in both the Stock Super Heavy and Pro divisions in Harrisburg.
Demling, the 2013 Oswego Kartway Clone Light champion, will be the fifth pilot making the drive to Motorama and will do so with two karts at his disposal. At this time Demling is looking to compete in both the Clone Heavy and Pro divisions with his matching Trick Voodoo chassis' powered with Miller Racing Engines. Each chassis, originally based out of the Mullis Speed Concepts stable, will be furnished with Speed Tech Tire Solutions rubber prepared by Lance Yeager. Demling drove to a fine third place finish in Clone Heavy during December's NYS Indoor Karting Championships, while also supplying a Pro entry for Novelis Supermodified driver Dave Cliff.
Kart action at Motorama will kick-off on Saturday, February 15 with hot laps and qualifying heats for the nearly 30 divisions in competition. Friday's schedule will also feature qualifying time trials for the $500 to win Pro main event. Feature racing action will take place on Sunday, February 16 culminating with the Pro main, won in 2013 by Jonathan Keister who held off Ryan Swartz, Cale Ross, and Shawn Nye for the win.
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