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IONIC Edge Chassis Racers Coming on Strong in 2015

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Luttrell Racing collects two national wins at Camden Gold Cup

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Dustin Demattia

Several years of hard work, research and development are paying off for Kyle Luttrell’s Ionic Edge Chassis in 2015 World Karting Association RLV Gold Cup Series action.

The Georgia-based kart manufacturer and team accomplished their best national event to date July 3-5 at the Gold Cup Nationals at G&J Kartway in Camden, Ohio, netting two feature wins and many more top-five finishes in Senior and Junior class competition.

In the Senior ranks, Dustin Demattia again led the charge. The Ohio driver, who’s in his second season riding an Ionic Edge, hit his stride Sunday in the competitive Briggs LO206 Heavy division, qualifying on pole and winning the heat and feature on his way to a clean sweep of the day’s action. Demattia’s LO206 win on Sunday came a day after finishing second to multi-time WKA Triple Crown champion Gary Lawson Saturday.

“What’s even more impressive is that Dustin won the 206 race Sunday with his right-front wheel toed out over one inch because of an incident early in the race,” Luttrell commented. “Dustin is a great driver and he and his team have been instrumental in our chassis development over the last two seasons. It was great to see him get that win at Camden.”

Demattia also competed in the Senior Pro Gas Animal division as he battles for a national championship after finishing second in Pro Gas points in 2014. Dustin had a solid day Saturday in Pro Gas, qualifying fifth and finishing fourth in the heat race. Demattia drove a great race in the main, finishing second to accomplish his best Pro Gas feature finish of the season.

On Sunday, Demattia again ran top five in Senior Pro Gas qualifying and the heat race. He would settle for ninth in the main event.

Another Ohio driver — Eric Fagan — competed on an Ionic Edge for the first time ever at Camden. Fagan, a past WKA national champion, was already impressed with his Ionic Edge in the Pro Gas division, and he approached Luttrell Saturday morning about getting on an “Edge” for the competitive LO206 class. Luttrell gave Fagan an opportunity race an Ionic Edge in LO206 Heavy competition, and in his first time in the seat Fagan promptly qualified on pole!

Fagan would go on to finish third to Lawson and Demattia in Saturday’s LO206 Heavy main event.

“The kart was sitting in the trailer and Eric approached us about possibly driving it,” Luttrell said. “We’re always open to helping out a fellow competitor, and getting another talented driver on our karts. Eric did a great job and what a thrill to see him go out and qualify on pole his first time in the seat. I think with a little more time he would have been the driver to beat in LO206 at G&J.”

Fagan also ran an Ionic Edge in the Senior Pro Gas Animal division at Camden. He collected a solid fourth-place finish in Sunday’s 12-lap Pro Gas main event.

Brian VanCleve Jr. and Alex Vrabel carried the Ionic Edge torch in Junior Pro Gas Animal and Junior LO206 racing at G&J.

Vrabel netted Ionic Edge its first national win in Junior competition while VanCleve never finished outside the top five in four Junior Pro Gas starts.

Vrabel, a new Ionic Edge driver in 2015, broke into the win column for the first time in 2015 season in Saturday’s Junior Pro Gas Heavy main event. After qualifying fourth and finishing third in the heat race, Vrabel bested class points leader Matt Miller by just 0.6 seconds for the big win. VanCleve crossed the finish stripe right behind Vrabel and Miller for a fine third-place finish.

Like VanCleve, Alex was a factor every time junior racers hit the track at Camden. He finished fifth in the special 10-lap Shootout race and netted finishes of seventh, eighth and eighth in the three other Junior Pro Gas mains. He also finished fifth in both Junior LO206 feature races.

While VanCleve wasn’t able to earn that coveted feature win at G&J, he had a terrific weekend nonetheless. The young Iowa racer notched the fourth position in the 10-lap Shootout and recorded incredibly consistent main-event results of second, third, third and fifth in the four Junior Pro Gas Animal finals.

VanCleve came closest to a win in the last race of the weekend – Junior Pro Gas Heavy 2 late Sunday afternoon. Brian crossed the finish stripe just one kart-length back of winner Cody Hall in the feature.

“We’re really proud of Brian and Alex’s performances at Camden, and throughout the Gold Cup season. Alex getting that feature win was awesome and it was our first in junior racing at the nationals. He’s a great driver and he proved it at G&J. And Brian, he deserved a win as much as anyone and even though he didn’t get it, he raced his heart out and came home with four top-fives, and three of them inside the top three. And just as important, he kept the kart right side up! He flipped the first two Gold Cup races of the season,” Luttrell said with a smile.

“I think people are starting to notice we’re running strong each time out,” Luttrell continued. “At Camden we had the fewest amount of karts in attendance and came away with about as many top-fives as any other chassis there. I want to thank everyone for their support. Our karts are improving with every race, and I know the strong performances will continue. Getting our first two wins of the year at Camden was a great experience, and I’m looking forward to more in the future.”

The team will now focus on preparing for the 2015 Gold Cup season closer Sept. 25-27 at Barnesville, Georgia’s Lamar County Speedway.

If you’re interested in learning more about Ionic Edge Chassis, contact Kyle Luttrell at 404-516-8934, email kyle@luttrellracing.com and visit the team’s website at IonicEdgeChassis.com.

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Ionic Edge Chassis is a go-kart chassis manufacturer based in White, Georgia. Owned by Kyle Luttrell, Ionic Edge builds chassis for sprint, road racing and oval-track applications.

From the team’s official website: “Our goal at Luttrell Racing is not to sell the most karts to the most people, but rather to sell you a kart that fits you and your needs. We make sure the kart is built especially for you, from the powder coat color to the perfect seat. Our ultimate goal is to make sure each of our customers is 100% satisfied with their final product.”

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