Nelson Ledges Race Report and Top-10 Results

GARRETTSVILLE, Ohio – The 2021 AKRA National Road Race Series returned to Nelson Ledges Road Course in Northeast Ohio July 23-25 for their third annual event at the popular fast and sweeping 2-mile track. 

Approximately 300 race entries filled the Nelson Ledges pit area for the Dart Kart Club-hosted road race. Weather played a factor Saturday with rain delaying on-track action until mid-afternoon. After rain cleared and the track dried, Dart Kart officials were gracious enough to purchase additional hours of track time in order to get all the Final 1 classes in condensed into five groups at 20 minutes for sprints and 30 minutes for enduros. 

Sunday’s seven groups went off without any weather delays and all groups ran their scheduled 30- and 45-minute races. 

The Yamaha Pipe class for laydown-enduros was the largest division of the weekend with 22 entrants Saturday and 19 on Sunday. Illinois’ Patrick Olsen continued his hot streak with a win Saturday over Brian Ellis and Rick Fulks. Sunday’s Yamaha Pipe final saw Olsen drop out early in the race, opening the door for Colin Jedrzejek to race to the win by 1.6 seconds over Woodbridge Kart Club regular Scott Stauffer. Fulks finished third for the second consecutive day.

125 shifters were well-represented. Brad Berelsman scored the win over 10 other competitors in Saturday’s 125 Shifter 1 final while Chris Frizza won Sunday’s 125 Shifter race.

Anthony Lazzaro was in town to race a 250 Super Kart and the former sports car champion made headlines with setting a new track record for any machine to ever turn at lap at Nelson Ledges. Lazzaro stopped clocks at a blistering 1:02.938 in Saturday’s Super Kart race for an average speed of over 114 mph. Lazzaro won both Super Kart finals. 

Next up for the AKRA Road Race Series is a return to Summit Point Motorsports Park’s 2.0-mile Main Course August 21-22 in the West Virginia panhandle. As always, the Woodbridge Kart Club plays host to the Summit Point event, which is Round 5 of the 2021 series, and pre-registration is currently open. For pre-entry links and schedules, go to woodbridgekartclub.com. 

The AKRA season closes September 24-26 at Pittsburgh Int’l Race Complex in western Pa. Pre-registration will be open soon. 

Here’s a rundown of top-10 results from every class at Nelson Ledges. Congratulations to all winners and top finishes, and thank you for another safe and successful weekend of road racing!

To view and purchase photos from Nelson Ledges, visit Bruce Walls / Action Enterprises photo album.

Saturday Final 1 Results:

Race 1

TaG Lite Sprint 1
  1. Nolan Ruocco
  2. Clare Tracy
  3. Rod Williams
  4. Arlan Brady
  5. Dana Kimble
TaG Senior Heavy Sprint 1
  1. Matthew Gibson
  2. Robert Parker
  3. Robert Wimmer
  4. Dave Aherns
  5. Dan Richards 
  6. Craig Mortz
Piston Port Sprint 1
  1. Otto Vollmerhausen
  2. Jim Sorrentino
  3. Jerry Revely
  4. Fran Mazzucotelli
  5. Eric Stockford
  6. Jerry Apuzzi

DNS Adam Trumbley

Vintage Piston Port USA 1
  1. Ben Eberhart
  2. Arthur McKenny
  3. John Copeland
  4. Fred Stoll
  5. Greg Hartley
  6. Mark Sousa
  7. Chuck Brewer
IAME Sprint 1
  1. Robert Wimmer
4-Cycle Sprint 360 1
  1. Anthony Wimmer
  2. Michael O’Dell
  3. Robert O’Dell
  4. Jordan Johnson
  5. Thomas Hamilton
100cc Air Cooled TaG Senior Sprint 1
  1. Trevor Smyth
  2. Eric King
Junior Sprint 1
  1. Joshua Toth
CIK / LO206 Heavy 1
  1. Jay Badgley
Yamaha Sportsman Sprint 1
  1. Corve Baker

Race 2

Controlled 1
  1. Steve Scavuzzo
  2. Johnny Scavuzzo
  3. Todd Hayden
  4. Timothy Koen

DQs: Joe Scavuzzo, Richard Scavuzzo, John Ritchie

Yamaha Pipe 1 (22 entries)
  1. Patrick Olsen
  2. Brian Ellis
  3. Rick Folks
  4. Michael McLaughlin
  5. Colin Jedrzejek
  6. Kyle Lewandowski
  7. Nick Cole
  8. Joe Dempsey
  9. Andrew Retterer
  10. Bill Trumbley
Vintage Open 1
  1. Fred Stoll
  2. Ben Eberhart
  3. Duane Eberhart
  4. John Konkle
  5. Greg Hartley
  6. Arthur McKenny
  7. Phil Reuter
TaG Enduro 1
  1. Kasey Davis
Open Sprint 1
  1. Jerry Revely
  2. Michael O’Dell

DQs Robert O’Dell, Thomas Hamilton

100cc Limited Enduro 1
  1. Mallory D’Augustine
Junior Enduro 1
  1. Shane Hayden
  2. Joshua Toth
Yamaha Sportsman Medium 1
  1. Jeff McClellan
4-Cycle Enduro 1
  1. Henry Baker
100cc Piston Port 1
  1. Lamar Hilliard

Race 3

125 Shifter 1 (11 entries)
  1. Brad Berelsman
  2. Daniel Barth
  3. Joe Barth
  4. Chris Frizza
  5. Paul Nickl
  6. Simran Singh
  7. Matt Hicks
  8. Bob Davies
  9. Khalil Elassi
  10. Donald Jackson
G 125 Shifter 1
  1. Michael Crawford
  2. Mark Hicks
  3. Randy McDaniel
  4. Joseph Wallace

DQs: Robert Wimmer, Mike Comley

Stock Honda Heavy 1
  1. Chad Donner

Race 4

TaG Senior Sprint 1
  1. Billy Hansen
  2. Nolan Ruocco
  3. Clare Tracy
  4. Rod Williams
  5. Adrian Dale
  6. Matthew Gibson
  7. Arlan Brady
  8. Sean Swisz
Yamaha Sprint 1
  1. John Larue
  2. Andy Leighninger
  3. Fran Mazzucotelli
  4. David Benham
  5. Jeff Landry
TaG Masters Sprint 1
  1. Dan Richards II
  2. Dave Aherns
  3. Robert Wimmer

DQ Craig Mortz

4-Cycle Sprint 380 1
  1. Robert O’Dell
  2. Michael O’Dell
  3. Thomas Hamilton
  4. Jordan Johnson

DQs: Nash Larson, Anthony Wimmer

CIK / LO206 Sprint 1
  1. Amy Bitz
  2. Charles Speacht 
  3. Chase Speacht 
  4. Craig Bollinger
Junior LO206 1
  1. Mary Badgley

Race 5

250 Super Kart 1
  1. Anthony Lazzaro
  2. Brad Berelsman
  3. Paul Gatto
  4. Jeremy Baldi
  5. Lamar Hilliard

DQs: Ian Algie, Darrin Cuthbertson, Michael Tracy, Todd Brown

Formula 125 1
  1. Scott Davis
  2. Jeff Metter

DQs: David Thuerbach, Chuck Heinrich

Stock Honda Lite 1
  1. Donald Jackson
  2. Simran Singh
  3. Khalil Elassi

100cc Air Cooled TaG Enduro 1

  1. Todd Hayden

Unlimited 1

  1. Douglas Baldi
  2. Chuck Bunnell

Sunday Final 2 Results:

Race 1

TaG Lite Sprint 2
  1. Clare Tracy
  2. Rod Williams
  3. Arlan Brady
  4. Nolan Ruocco
TaG Senior Heavy Sprint 2
  1. Matthew Gibson
  2. Robert Wimmer
  3. Dave Aherns

DQs: Dan Richards II, Billy Hansen, Craig Mortz

IAME Sprint 2
  1. Robert Wimmer
Piston Port Sprint 2
  1. Jim Sorrentino
  2. Jerry Apuzzi
  3. Otto Vollmerhausen
  4. Fran Mazzucotelli
  5. Eric Stockford
  6. Jerry Revely

DNS Adam Trumbley

Race 2

Formula 125 2
  1. Scott Davis
  2. David Thuerbach
  3. Jeff Metter

DQs: Khalil Elassi, Donald Johnson, Simran Singh

Yamaha Pipe 2 (19 entries)
  1. Colin Jedrzejek
  2. Scott Stauffer
  3. Rick Fulks
  4. Michael McLaughlin
  5. Kyle Lewandowski
  6. Rex Pierce
  7. Eric Cole
  8. Tim Koscher
  9. Andrew Retterer
  10. Bill Trumbley 
Junior Enduro 2
  1. Shane Hayden
  2. Joshua Toth
100cc Air Cooled TaG Enduro 2
  1. Todd Hayden

Race 3

Vintage Piston Port USA 2
  1. Ben Eberhart
  2. Arthur McKenny
  3. John Copeland
  4. Chuck Brewer
  5. Fred Stoll
  6. Greg Hartley

DQs: Mark Sousa, Robert Kurkowski

4-Cycle Sprint 360 2
  1. Anthony Wimmer
  2. Michael O’Dell
  3. Robert O’Dell

DQs: Thomas Hamilton, Jordan Johnson

TaG Junior Sprint 2
  1. Max Nickl
100cc Air Cooled TaG Senior 2
  1. Trevor Smyth
  2. Eric King
Yamaha Sportsman Sprint 2
  1. Corve Baker
CIK / LO206 Heavy 2
  1. Jay Badgley

Race 4

125 Shifter 2
  1. Chris Frizza
  2. Paul Nickl
  3. Matt Hicks
  4. Bob Davies
  5. Khalil Elassi
  6. Brad Berelsman

DQs: Donald Johnson, Simran Singh, Kyle Cuthbertson

G 125 Shifter 2
  1. Derek Cuthbertson
  2. Joseph Wallace
  3. Mark Hicks
  4. Michael Crawford
  5. Anthony Wimmer

DQs: Robert Wimmer, Randy McDaniel

Stock Honda Heavy 2
  1. Chad Donner

Race 5

Controlled 2
  1. Todd Hayden
  2. Timothy Koen
TaG Enduro 2
  1. Kasey Davis
100cc Piston Port 2
  1. Lamar Hilliard
  2. Craig Wetzel
4-Cycle Enduro 2
  1. Henry Baker
Vintage Open 2
  1. Fred Stoll
  2. Ben Eberhart
  3. Phil Reuter
  4. John Konkle
  5. Greg Hartley

DQ Arthur McKenny

Open Sprint 2
  1. Jerry Revely
100cc Limited Enduro 2
  1. Mallory D’Augustin
Vintage Twin Engine 2
  1. Michael Schlager

Race 6

TaG Senior Sprint 2
  1. Billy Hansen
  2. Adrian Dale
  3. Robert Wimmer
  4. Arlan Brady
  5. Sean Swisz
  6. Nolan Ruocco
  7. Clare Tracy
  8. Matthew Gibson
  9. Rod Williams
TaG Masters Sprint 2
  1. Robert Wimmer
  2. Dave Ahrens
  3. Dan Richards II

DQ Craig Mortz

Yamaha Sprint 2
  1. Fran Mazzucotelli
  2. John Larue
  3. Andy Leighninger
  4. David Benham
  5. Jeff Landrey
4-Cycle Sprint 380 2
  1. Anthony Wimmer
  2. Michael O’Dell
  3. Robert O’Dell

DQs: Nash Larson, Jordan Johnson, Thomas Hamilton

CIK / LO206 Sprint 2
  1. Charles Speacht 
  2. Chase Speacht 
  3. Amy Bitz
  4. Eric King
Junior LO206 2
  1. Mary Badgley

Race 7 

250 Super Kart 2
  1. Anthony Lazzaro
  2. Jeremy Baldi
  3. Paul Gatto
  4. Brad Berelsman

DQs: Ian Algie, Michael Tracy, Todd Brown

Unlimited 2
  1. Douglas Baldi
  2. Chuck Bunnell
Stock Honda Lite 2
  1. Donald Jackson
  2. Simran Singh
  3. Khalil Elassi

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