Behind the Laptop: Taking 4-Cycle Racing Into the New Millennium

Time for all shops, tracks, and clubs to establish a strong base for the sport

Jun 29, 2016 Behind the Laptop David Cole
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There is no doubt that the current craze in the sport of karting is that of Briggs & Stratton 206 racing. In the 90s, it was shifterkart racing, the 2000s were all about Touch-and-Go packages, and this decade thus far has been the resurgence of 4-cycle competition at the sprint tracks of North America. The […]

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Behind the Laptop: Make Karting Great Again

Does the sport need fixing, or should we just pay more attention to it?

Apr 15, 2016 Behind the Laptop David Cole
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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know that were in the middle of election season and the race for the next President of the United States of America has been taking up the headlines of all the major news networks for months. Some of you may be familiar with one of the candidates […]

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Mar 18, 2016 Wet conditions met the racers at the Stars of Karting Race of the Americas in 2006 (Photo: EKN)
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Ten years ago was my second season working for eKartingNews.com. At the time, the Stars of Karting series was at its best, serving as the top national level championship for North America. Made up of five categories, the series was split up into an East championship and West championship with a total of eight events. […]

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Behind the ‘Pit Wall’: WKA Daytona KartWeek

Taking in the sport I love from where it all began

Jan 05, 2016 Daytona KartWeek-2015-Cole
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My latest trip to a karting event was not one spent ‘Behind the Laptop’, but instead from where it all began. Born into the sport, I spent many hours along the ‘Pit Wall’ watching kart races at tracks all across the Midwest. From the small little club tracks in Wayland, Michigan and the infamous Rolling […]

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Behind the Laptop: Karting Can Be A Vicious Cycle

A promising future has brought us back a familiar position going into 2016

Dec 14, 2015 Behind the Laptop David Cole
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They say that work is supposed to get easier as you get older. The basic Rules of Seniority often provide those who have been in their position the longest with their choice of the tasks at a shop, what route you get as a truck driver, and who gets the better days or hours off. […]

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Behind the Laptop: The Karting Triple Crown

What three events are the pinnacle of karting here in the United States?

Jun 15, 2015 Behind the Laptop David Cole
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During the first weekend of this month, a moment in history occurred, one that I had not witnessed through my entire life. American Pharoah won the final leg of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing in the United States, becoming the first horse to do so since Affirmed in 1978. The term ‘Triple Crown’ dates […]

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Behind the Laptop: #OperationGrassroots In Full Effect

Briggs & Stratton LO206 continues growth across North America

May 27, 2015 Behind the Laptop David Cole
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Three years ago, I was introduced into the concept of the Briggs & Stratton LO206 engine package. The goal was to provide a relatively easy entry-level package for someone with no motorsports background or racing experience. The explosion of the Clone category took that engine package to a level that no one wanted to see […]

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Behind the Laptop: The De-Evolution of Prestige in Karting

What everyone once ‘wanted’ has quickly become nothing they seek

Apr 09, 2015 Behind the Laptop David Cole
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My early days of karting were spent idolizing those drivers who were able to end the weekend holding the winning trophy. For me, I never understood the work, the money and the time it took to outrun a field of 20 Yamaha Lite drivers at the sprint track, or edge out 100 shifterkarts at the […]

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Behind the Laptop: The TRUE ‘Kart Life’

Karting is what you make of it

Feb 25, 2015 Behind the Laptop David Cole
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Over the last few weeks, karting has hit the mainstream media thanks to the airing of Kart Life on the TruTV cable network. During the 2014 season, a large film crew followed the lives of 10 karting families as they traveled around the country from May through October, filming at a number of events, including […]

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Behind the Laptop: 10 Years and Still Going

Celebrating a decade of managing eKartingNews.com

Dec 08, 2014 Behind the Laptop David Cole
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The months of November and December feature a bit of celebration for me, personally. A little over 10 years ago, a man asked me to come into his family and his business, to be part of what I considered to be a dream job. How could I say ‘no’…I was waiting tables every night, while […]

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Behind the Laptop: Getting Older Doesn’t Mean the Party is Over

Memories last longer then race wins or championship trophies

Jun 02, 2014 Behind the Laptop David Cole
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The expression ‘time flies’ is something I never really understood, as I certainly expected to grow old and eventually not be the ‘young person’ that my parents claim I act like all the time. This winter, I celebrated my 35th birthday. My friends outside the sport of karting do not consider this milestone as significant […]

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Behind the Laptop: History in the Making

Month of November provides memorable moments in American karting

Dec 04, 2013 Behind the Laptop David Cole
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For IndyCar, it’s the month of May in Indianapolis. In the NASCAR world, February is the month where all eyes are on Daytona. In our sport, this past November will be remembered as THE month of karting in the United States. Over the span of two weeks, America hosted two of the biggest and most […]

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Behind the Laptop: Out with the Old, In with the New

New EKN site only to get bigger and better, primed for a strong future

Oct 03, 2013 Behind the Laptop David Cole
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Welcome to my first column of the EKN V2.1 era. This is an exciting time to work for Howden Media Group and I can’t believe it’s October already. Each year goes by fast when you’re doing what you love, heading to the racetrack every other weekend. It’s been a wild few months since we launched […]

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Behind the Laptop: If I Had a Million Dollars…

How would winning the lottery change the sport of karting for you?

Mar 22, 2013 DC-right
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First off, welcome to the 2013 season. It’s going to be another exciting year of karting across the continent and all around the globe. We’ve already seen a number of great races take place in the first three months of the year, out West at the Rotax Challenge of the Americas and in the Southeast […]

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Behind the Laptop: Back in the Saddle

After two years away from the wheel, return to action brings joyful weekend at home track

May 30, 2012 My son Aden enjoying his second trip to Grattan Raceway
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Unlike many of the new people who have come into the sport of karting later in their lives, I’ve been around it since the day I was born. When my Dad and his father went looking for something to do together back in 1974, they found karting. Today, it’s something my father and I still […]

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