Matthew Chapin (95) leading Eli Block (92) through turn 4 in Junior Cup race one at Pittsburgh International Race Complex last year. Photo courtesy of BARTCON Racing.

BARTCON Racing will feature riders Eli Block and Matthew Chapin in the 2024 MotoAmerica Junior Cup Championship. The announcement was made by Colin Barton, owner of BARTCON Racing.

“Just when I thought I had made a clean escape from the circus we so fondly call ‘MotoAmerica,’ Eli Block managed to pull off a double win at our home track of New Jersey Motorsports Park, dragging me back onto the dance floor,” commented Barton. “Mike Skowronek of Triple Strong Racing and I were well aware of Eli’s ability, but we weren’t expecting him to pull off the double at NJMP in some very wet conditions.”

Block notched both wins in Junior Cup at NJMP last year. Photo courtesy of BARTCON Racing.

Block competed in the final two rounds of the 2023 Junior Cup Championship—Pittsburgh International Race Complex and New Jersey Motorsports Park—and he won both races at New Jersey, which gave Barton the incentive to race in 2024 with Block and a second rider on BARTCON Racing.

“At the start of the 2023 season, I had agreed to support Eli at the Pittsburgh and New Jersey rounds, essentially because, on top of being a very talented rider, he has always displayed a degree of humility and respect that I, frankly, find lacking in a lot of the up-and-coming athletes today. That being said, it didn’t take a lot of convincing to make the decision to enter Eli as a BARTCON Racing rider for the entire 2024 MotoAmerica Junior Cup season.”

Chapin is happy to be with BARTCON Racing for the 2024 Junior Cup Championship. Photo courtesy of BARTCON Racing.

Joining the team alongside Block is Matthew Chapin, who also raced in Junior Cup at Pitt Race and NJMP last season. Barton says Chapin “is presently spinning some very fast laps on his Triple Strong Racing-built Kawasaki Ninja 400. Matthew started his racing career in the NJMiniGP series at NJMP, and he has since managed to constantly make great steps forward in developing his racecraft. More importantly, Matthew has shown that he is willing to push himself both physically and mentally as a member of a team in an effort to achieve our collective goal. It has always been Mike Skowronek’s and my belief that it is as important to reward character and hard work as it is to recognize a rider’s ability to race.”

BARTCON Racing will again be supported by a strong lineup of sponsors and team partners. “I am delighted to announce that Dr. Mark ‘Doctor D’ Dekutoski will be on board this season as a primary sponsor,” Barton said. “And we’re also supported by Blud Lubricants, Woodcraft, Orient Express, K-Tech, Spears Racing, and KYT Helmets.”

Barton added, “In addition, I would like to thank Chuck Giacchetto of Giaccmoto Racing for once again looking after BARTCON Racing alum Dominic Doyle, and I wish them both the very best in their MotoAmerica Twins Cup campaign.”

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