eKartingNews.com http://ekartingnews.com The leading karting website in the world Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:13:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 EKN One-on-One: Roger Ruthhart – Rock Island Grand Prix http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/24/ekn-one-on-one-roger-ruthhart-rock-island-grand-prix/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/24/ekn-one-on-one-roger-ruthhart-rock-island-grand-prix/#respond Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:06:14 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=70870 Each Labor Day weekend, the streets of Rock Island, Illinois are turned into a 6/10-mile race course attracting karters from coast-to-coast and select countries around the world to take part in what is currently the largest street race anywhere. The 22nd annual Rock Island Grand Prix is set for September 3-4 in the Quad Cities area of Illinois/Iowa as part of their Labor Day festival, providing a chance for karters to once again break the local speed limits in front of hundreds of spectators who will surround the course.

The event is like no other, with a melting pot of classes to combine for 15 race groups over two days of competition – including everything from the King of the Street shifterkarts to decades-old karts in the three different vintage categories. Drivers from as far west as Washington and California are expected to attend, with big names coming from Texas, returning champions in nearly every category, international drivers from Canada, Bermuda and other countries and, of course, the local Quad Cities heroes that the fans love to cheer on to the checkered flag. Racers still have a chance to enter to be part of this year’s event by visiting rockislandgrandprix.com

Those unable to attend can listen in all weekend with Tim Koyen substituting for EKN’s Rob Howden on the microphone duties for the EKN Trackside Live broadcast. Along with daily reports and social media updates throughout the weekend, race fans can listen in at www.ekartingnews.com/live all weekend.

During the last few days of preparation, we were able to track down RIGP leader Roger Ruthhart to discuss the current state and things to expect at this year’s event.

Rock Island Grand Prix's Roger Ruthhart (Photo: EKN)

Rock Island Grand Prix’s Roger Ruthhart (Photo: EKN)

eKartingNews.com: Before the SKUSA SuperNationals, before the Rotax Grand Nationals, before any other annual event that is currently held in the United States, the Rock Island Grand Prix began and continues to take place every Labor Day weekend as one of the longest running events in the country. What has helped to make the event reach its 22nd edition?

Roger Ruthhart: We appreciate and support all of the other events, series, and sanctioning bodies that are working to make our sport better for the competitors and raise its profile. We are happy to work with anyone who wants to work with us. But our event has thrived because it has an entirely different focus.

For us, the goal is to provide a great event for the racers and the community. There are few other events in karting where you can race in front of thousands of spectators who aren’t family members, and the festival event weekend makes this a “can’t miss” event for racers and race fans. When not racing, there is a casino, comedy clubs, a dinner theater, live music venues, retail shops, restaurants and nightly outdoor concerts — most within an easy walking distance — that make this an exciting holiday weekend for all.

For the racers specifically, this is the only place I know of where 4 cycles, 2 cycles, gearbox and vintage karts all race at the same venue. The event is really positioned as a one-off special event — whether for national racers who want the challenge of a major street race, or local racers who want one big, fun race weekend to look forward to beyond their local track racing each year. Because there is so much going on besides the racing, this is that one event that racers look forward to bringing their families, sponsors and friends to.

Over the years we have made a number of changes and adjustments as the sport itself has changed and evolved. But one thing that hasn’t changed is the quality of the event, the officials we bring in to run it, and the philosophy of race organizers to balance a fair and competitive racing atmosphere with making sure we do all we can to make everyone who comes has a good time — even if they don’t go home with a Rock.

It’s challenging high-speed racing with lots of fun when the race day is over. Plus, it offers the unique challenges that only a street race can offer.

EKN: 2016 brings a new partnership with Mediacom Communications as the title sponsor. The Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix is a great way for the company to spread their brand awareness throughout the Quad Cities area and beyond, while the event itself is receiving some great promotional avenues with Mediacom. Spectators have been very loyal over the two decades, but this new partnership allows for a chance to introduce the event to a new generation of gearheads and racing fans.

RR: Absolutely. Mediacom was looking for a high-profile, speed-oriented event that they could use to promote their high speed service throughout the Midwest. We think it’s a perfect partnership because the exposure they are providing as part of the partnership will not only allow us to expose more potential spectators to our event but the thousands of TV spots included each year will also expose many new people to kart racing. Hopefully that will mean more new faces at local tracks too.

This is also a multi-year agreement so there is great potential for us to see what works this year and improve things for the future. There are other opportunities out there that they are willing to talk about while at the same time they expect to continue to launch faster and faster levels of service.

EKN: The Rock Island Grand Prix is a melting pot of karting genres with 4-Cycle, 2-Cycle, shifterkarts, TaGs and vintage all racing at one event. What helps steer the classes chosen to take part at the Rock Island Grand Prix?

RR: Our goal has always been to offer something for everyone, but obviously with all the classes there are in karting we can’t do that. So it’s really a pretty simple formula … if racers support a class we will continue to offer it.

We’ve been around so long that we’ve seen all the transitions… Yamahas, Animals, US 820, then direct drive Yamaha and ICA, to ICC shifters to Honda shifters, to TAGs, then Rotax, etc., then Clones and now Briggs & Stratton LO 206 and Ignite are the dominant classes.

But we will continue to offer classes as long as racers support them and obviously with our purse structure, the more entries there are, the more we will pay out in prize money. Again, it’s the racers who determine that by entering the classes.

Sometimes its difficult to make decisions on classes and rules in December that don’t play out until September, but occasionally we have added classes along the way (like 80cc shifters this year), or dropped them due to lack of entries (like Clone Medium last year). Really, we are trying to accommodate what it is the racers want.

Tony Neilson won a record six 'Rock' trophies (Photo: EKN)

Tony Neilson won a record six ‘Rock’ trophies (Photo: EKN)

EKN: The event is one-of-a-kind where you race on the city streets, for an affordable entry cost, with prize money and one of the most prestigious trophies in the sport – the Rock – for all the race winners. Where did the Rock trophy come from, and express in your view, what it means for racers to win one?

RR: For many years our race has had the nickname of “The Rock.” One year, many years ago, I was standing on a street corner with our former race director Tom Argy Jr. and explaining to him that when he returned the next year the city would have torn up the main start/finish straight and rebuilt it. He said, “You should keep pieces of the street and give them away as trophies.” While we didn’t go that far, that’s how the idea of “The Rock” trophies was born.

As you have noted, it’s one of the most coveted and prestigious awards in karting because it’s not an easy one to win. If you look at our track, it doesn’t seem very technical compared to purpose-built kart tracks, but it is extremely technical in its own ways and those are not always easy to comprehend — especially in your first visit. It’s show up, practice and tweak your setup, put down some rubber, and race. It can be pretty intense.

… and then there are the barriers that we have trained to reach out and grab racers as they go by!

When newcomers ask me for advice, my response is always the same two things: 1) You can’t win the race in the first corner, but you can lose it there; 2) You can’t win if you don’t finish.

Racers come here with different expectations. For many, it’s the hope to win a Rock. But there are many others who want to finish in the Top-10 or just want to finish with faster lap times than they started with. And for some, it’s just to say they saw ‘The Travoltas’ and made it home before sunrise! We’re fine with any of the above.

EKN: There is no doubt street racing is among the most intense and exciting venues for karting. What the Rock Island Grand Prix brings is fun and excitement off the track. From the time racers arrive on Friday until Sunday evening, there is a lot to do in Rock Island and around the Quad Cities area. Each year, we are seeing new places to check out around the city.

RR: As always Grand Prix weekend will offer a full entertainment lineup for all tastes.

And it's not a RIGP experience if you don't see the Travoltas

And it’s not a RIGP experience if you don’t see the Travoltas

We will be offering a great weekend of outdoor entertainment on the plaza stage courtesy of the Rock Island Brewing Company. Friday Sept. 2 will feature Trippin’ Billies, a Dave Matthews tribute band, with opening act Jason Carl. Saturday and Sunday will feature the return of The Travoltas, a sing-along, dance along disco act from Canada who are worth the trip in theri own right. Opening acts for The Travolta’s have not yet been announced. All shows start at 8 p.m..

Comedy Sportz at the Establishment Theater, located between turns 3 and 4, will have shows both Friday and Saturday night. Comedy Sportz features a fun, fast-paced, family-friendly improvisational comedy show where two teams of players compete for laughs and points and you decide the winner. There is also a 9:30 p.m. show for ages 17 and up.

Friday, Sept. 2 is the opening night for “Million Dollar Quartet” the smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. Saturday and Sunday Sept. 3-4, Rozz Tox, located on Third Ave. two blocks east of the track, will feature its Labor Day Benefit Fest with all profits going to the Center for Worker’s Justice in Eastern Iowa.

Editor Note: Dinner plans are Friday at Huckleberry’s Great Pizza and Calzones, Saturday at El Patron Mexican Restaurant and Bar prior to Travolta’s, and Osaka Japanese Steakhouse Sunday to celebrate the Rock trophy

EKN: We always love the Travolta’s show and glad to hear they are back after missing last year. Something returning from last year is the heat races that replaced qualifying on Saturday. As a racer, it brought in a new element, and provided a second session of wheel-to-wheel action. It seems overall all the racers last year approved of the change, would you agree?

RR: Absolutely. As most racers know, it’s not always the fastest driver who wins the race. The blind draw / heat race system rewards drivers for their overall race craft. Heat race points are assigned based on a combination of points won from the finishing position in the heat race and points gained by overall positions advanced during the race. I think the change was a big reason why our entries jumped last year and are continuing on the same pace this year.

But beyond that, Saturday racing is also more exciting for spectators than watching karts go around and around trying to log fast laps when they can’t see the times. Where’s the drama in that for the spectators? In the end, the best racers will get to the front, but we think this is a more equitable way of doing it for our race. It’s a win-win all around.

Waiting for the Ignite heat race to begin at the historic Rock Island Grand Prix

Waiting for the Ignite heat race to begin at the historic Rock Island Grand Prix

EKN: One easy way for anyone around the country, North America or even the world to take part in the Rock Island Grand Prix is to take part in the Ignite Shootout, coming back to the event for a second straight year. Margay Racing is among the top American karting manufacturers and their new ‘Ignite’ package with the popular Briggs and Stratton 206 engine is growing at tracks around the country. Just a decade ago, the paddock was full of big tents with teams from all over. Is it good to see a company and manufacturer get back behind the Rock Island Grand Prix once again?

RR: We are excited about the Margay program, not only to see them involved in the Grand Prix, but more importantly to see the exploding popularity of an affordable package that makes it easy for newcomers to get involved in our sport. We are happy to work with any company in the sport and have had a long and on-going relationship with Margay, Briggs & Stratton and Wagner Rossi and MG and now LeCont tires, as well as TAG USA. This year, TS Racing and Vega have also provided a great contingency program for our racers. We work hard with all of them, as well as our other non-karting sponsors, and would like to think these partnerships are not only mutually beneficial but good for the sport as well.

Margay is offering a really economical arrive-and-drive program again this year. You get the kart, tires, shared mechanic, tent space and catered meals for a really reasonable rate. If that’s not enough, you get to share tent space with David Cole — how cool is that? Following the success of the Ignite Shootout last year, we have added a Junior class version for ages 12-15 this year. Anyone interested in the arrive-and-drive program should contact Margay directly. I think there are a few slots still available.

The big teams are nice and always welcome. We also had the Valiante’s Italian Motors group here last year and this year too. They were a great group of racers. The other big teams, I think, have become very focused on junior drivers and we don’t offer a lot of opportunities for them to race here. Either that or they don’t come because they just don’t like to have fun off the track.

EKN: Throughout the 21 editions of the Rock Island Grand Prix, there have been a number of people who have been influential or had a major impact with the event. A few that are no longer with us remain with the event some how. Those include Tom Argy Jr., former SKUSA CEO Jim Murley, and longtime racer Travis DeVriendt. What is this year’s RIGP doing to remember these individuals?

Murley crowning Bobby Wilson as the 2003 King of the Streets winner at the Rock Island Grand Prix

Murley crowning Bobby Wilson as the 2003 King of the Streets winner at the Rock Island Grand Prix

RR: Last year, we lost long-time karter and former Rock Island winner Travis DeVriendt to suicide — something no one saw coming and which shook the local racing community. We will continue to remember him and try encourage people to talk about the suicide issue by running the LO 206 Heavy 1 race as the Travis DeVriendt Memorial Race. It is sponsored by Gett Industries, and Modern Woodmen Financial agent Joe Schurr’s support allows us to offer an extra $250 to win, $150 for second and $100 for third on top of the designated purse for that race, which I believe has already surpassed 30 entries.

This year, we also lost former Superkarts! USA executive Jim Murley. Jim had a big impact on our race by bringing King of the Streets here and promoting our event with the SKUSA teams. He also had a huge impact on shifter kart racing in the U.S. so we will remember him during King of the Street ceremonies.

This year, we also lost our original race director, Gus Traeder, and Don Janowski, who was from Moline and encouraged us and insured us when no one else would. We will remember them both as well during opening ceremonies.

And, of course, Tom Argy’s Jr.’s memory lives on her in so many ways. Not only was he a giant in karting both here and with the Europeans, he was a NASCAR safety official and brought a much-needed eye for safety to our race which continues today. A banner at the Start/Finish line remembers him and of course his son, Tom III, grew up at our event and is our Starter and key element of our amazing race team. We also remember Curt Hoegner, one of our committee members, with Curt’s Corner signs at Turn 6.

The sad part of being an event that’s been around for 22 years is that you lose some dear friends along the way. The good part of being around for more than 20 years is that you make so many good friends along the way.

EKN: Each and every year, the event is not possible without the volunteers that help build the course at 5pm Friday evening, staging the haulers and trailers earlier that day, all the corner workers that keep racers and spectators safe throughout the two days, and turning the area back into normal city streets by Monday morning. It is something you have to see to believe that it can be done so quick and organized. Is it just the 22 years of experience or just the right people doing the jobs that make this event run so smooth?

(Photo: Joe Brittin)

(Photo: Joe Brittin)

RR: This is by far the biggest challenge we face each year. And, of course, this process has evolved over time as well. I can remember one year when we were picking up broken straw bales with rakes and snow shovels as the sun rose. We didn’t have a place to dispose of it, so we put it on a flatbed and drove fast down the highway. As you can see, we’ve come a long way and made the race safer at the same time.

We are often contacted by people who want to do a street race in their town and I’m pretty sure the thing that discourages nearly all of them is the organization and cost of it all. Many people think it’s just Friday night set up and Sunday night tear down, but it’s really a 10-day process. Just think about where you might get all of the barriers we use, the cost to rent them and the logistics and cost of trucking them to Rock Island, loading and unloading them and then sending them back. That alone is eight truck trips to coordinate!

It’s really mind-blowing if you don’t have it all organized and that’s where having the right people to do the job comes in. There are teams that put out barrels and fence and the sandbags that hold them in place, and teams that hang the fence once the streets are closed (and teams that close the streets). There are crews to put the larger barriers in place and crews for the small ones. Other teams place the giant crash pillows and there are teams to empty trash bags all weekend, work as crossing guards, man the pit gates, sell t-shirts and souvenirs, play host in the VIP Hospitality area, work the scales, hang banners, run transponders back and fourth and handle registration. When we’re done they have to take it all down again.

Then, of course, there are our volunteer corner workers who the racers know are amazing, who are often within inches of being hurt and blend seamlessly with the professional race officials we bring in to run the race and do tech.

I tell people this is organized chaos and that’s the only way to describe it. We have a key group of people who form the committee that plans the event and another key group of volunteers we can count on showing up each year to do their part. It’s an amazingly passionate and committed group!! The process has been fine tuned over the years — including a number of changes this year — and that’s probably what makes it virtually impossible to copy.

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World’s Premier Racing Trade Show To Deliver Top-Flight Events In 2016 http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/23/worlds-premier-racing-trade-show-to-deliver-top-flight-events-in-2016/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/23/worlds-premier-racing-trade-show-to-deliver-top-flight-events-in-2016/#respond Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:18:50 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=70847 PRIDozens of workshops, seminars, and special events have been confirmed and finalized for the 2016 Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show, taking place December 8–10, 2016, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.

As the world’s premier event dedicated solely to the business of racing and all things motorsports, the PRI Show provides racing retailers, race engine builders, race car builders, warehouse distributors, racers and race teams with a bevy of new products and equipment, systems solutions, business strategies and innovative technologies to help further their businesses and racing programs.

“The 2016 PRI Show is on track to be the best ever,” said PRI General Manager Bill Miller. “With great conferences, 1,100 plus exhibiting companies and thousands of buyers, Indianapolis is the place to be the second week of December.”

This year’s lineup of pre-Show events and conferences includes:

  • Nearly a dozen activities will take place before the PRI Show officially opens, making it convenient for attendees to participate in conferences and seminars like the Vehicle Dynamics & Data Acquisition Seminar, Advanced Engineering Technology Conference (AETC), Race Track Business Conference (RTBC) and more. Events begin Monday, December 5, and continue through the Show. “Many attendees like to fly in early and join in the pre-Show activities, thereby leaving their schedules wide open to connect with exhibitors and do business later in the week,” said Miller. “These pre-Show events are among the highest rated activities at the Show.”
  • International Council of Motorsport Sciences’ (ICMS) Annual Congress: The two-day event provides sanctioning body personnel, car designers and builders, race team managers, and drivers with the latest information in safety and technology. Sponsored by the ICMS, the program features leading experts in medicine, physiology, applied science and motorsports safety.
  • Day at the Speedway: PRI Show guests are invited to tour the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway and take a ride around its 2.5-mile oval before having lunch at the nearby Union Jack’s. After lunch, participants will return to the Hall of Fame Museum, which houses 75 historic vehicles, the famed Borg-Warner Trophy and much more.

The PRI Show officially kicks off with the Grand Opening Breakfast on Thursday, December 8, at 8 a.m., in the Indiana Convention Center’s Sagamore Ballroom, where renowned motorsports journalist Dave Despain of MAVTV will interview Indy car legend Rick Mears in a live talk show format served alongside a hot, catered breakfast. In addition, a pair of new events for 2016 will be featured during Show days:

  • Student Breakfast: Headlined by NASCAR Sprint Cup driver David Ragan, the all-new Student Breakfast is a chance for current industry members to connect with aspiring industry professionals. PRI exhibitors and attendees will meet top students from throughout the country to share stories, advice and experiences, and help inspire a future generation of racing professionals.
  • International Motorsports Trade Seminar: Join a panel of leading international buyers and top manufacturers for a primer on selling internationally at the inaugural PRI International Motorsports Trade Seminar, presented in partnership with the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) and SEMA, in which seasoned exporters, top overseas buyers and other key stakeholders will share best practices and proven success strategies.
  • “The primary focus of the PRI Show remains on the Show floor, where attendees come to discover and purchase the latest and most advanced hardcore racing products for their businesses,” said Miller. “With everyone in the motorsports industry gathered together, the PRI Show is also the ideal time for the industry to connect and immerse itself in new ideas, trends and solutions. December in Indy will be the ideal time to focus on the business of racing.”

The 2016 PRI Show is scheduled to include more than 1,100 exhibiting companies, and attracts tens of thousands of motorsports professionals. As a trade event, proof of industry affiliation is required to attend. To secure credentials and learn more about the events and activities at PRI 2016, visit www.pri2016.com.

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Rock Island Grand Prix – Rules Clarification http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/23/rock-island-grand-prix-rules-clarification-2/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/23/rock-island-grand-prix-rules-clarification-2/#respond Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:29:35 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=70832 We have two additional rules updates prior to this year’s race. The updated Supplemental Rules in their entirety will be posted today to our website.

First, Rule Additions to all Yamaha KT100 Classes:

KT100 Pressure / Vacuum Testing For Leakage:
Testing may be performed to insure extra air is not being pulled into the engine for a performance gain. Any means to bypass the intent of the class rules is illegal.  Both pressure and vacuum tests may be performed — engine must hold 5 psi for 60 seconds and/or  5 HG of vacuum for 60 seconds.

KT100 Blowdown checking procedure for Yamaha engines –
1 — By a careful visual inspection (light check)  , identify the highest exhaust port and the highest intake port.
2 — Using the Lad tool, zero the dial indicator on the highest exhaust port, taking care to hold the shaft  of the tool against the cylinder wall.
3 — roll the crankshaft backwards (.500″ on the dial indicator)
4 — insert the Lad tool into the highest intake port, holding the shaft of the tool against the cylinder wall.
5 — roll the crankshaft forward until the piston stops on the Lad tool and note the value.
6 — the value must be between .380″ and .420″ to be considered legal
7 — engine to be checked as raced

Second with respect to the Margay Ignite Junior Shootout. 

Carb Slide: Yellow OEM Unaltered. Briggs carb locking clamp must be in place with cap fully tightened at all times.

Third with respect to Spec Fuel: All classes will use spec fuel available at the track. 91 octane non-Ethanol fuel for Briggs 206 and clones; 98 octane for TAG and shifter classes; 110 octane for Yamaha classes. TAG and shifter drivers are reminded to please let use know your fuel needs in advance!

Finally, a reminder about two other changes made previously:

Brakes: Only rear brakes only are allowed in 4-cycle and Yamaha classes.

Ignite Shootout: A spec clutch and gear have been specified for the Margay Ignite Shootout classes. The spec clutch is Hilliard Flame. The spec clutch gear is 19T and the rear gear is open.

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Last Chance to Pre-enter for AKRA Northern Tour at Chestertown, MD http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/23/last-chance-to-pre-enter-for-akra-northern-tour-at-chestertown-md/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/23/last-chance-to-pre-enter-for-akra-northern-tour-at-chestertown-md/#respond Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:28:10 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=70830 AKRA will accept pre-registration for this weekend’s American Sprint Cup Series Northern Tour Round 4 at Chestertown, Maryland’s Nicholson Speedway through Tuesday at 5pm.

Click here for online registration.

Pre-enter using the online store or if using the PDF entry form, scan via email to AKRA’s Keith Shampine at keithshampine@gmail.com.

Pre-entry prices are $80 per class and $55 for 11am to 5:30pm Friday practice. If you pre-enter for a class and opt to change classes at the track, you may do so with no penalty or fee.

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In case you missed it…

Pre-Registration Now Open for AKRA Southern Tour at Bushnell, FL

Other news and notes on event

Online pre-registration is now available for Round 3 of the AKRA American Sprint Cup Series “Southern Tour” presented by IONIC Edge Chassis, which will take place Sept. 23-25 at the new Bushnell Motorsports Park in Bushnell, Florida.

Click here for the Southern Tour online registration page.

AKRA is excited to travel to Bushnell for the first time to conclude the Southern Tour and final tune-up before the inaugural October 21-23 Grand National Championship of the American Sprint Cup at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Fla.

Read full story here…

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Saturday Night Money Racing at Nicholson AKRA

The fourth and final round of the 2016 AKRA / Vega USA American Sprint Cup Series – set for August 26-28 at Chestertown, Maryland’s Nicholson Speedway – will include a bonus for many racers with the addition of four special “money races” Saturday following the conclusion of the regular AKRA racing program.

Four classes will be offered Saturday evening and each will boast a $600 purse with $300 going to the winner; $200 for second place and $100 for third place.

Full story…

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Cadet, Junior Racers to Compete for TRAXXAS RC Trucks at Nicholson

Nicholson Speedway and AKRA are posting a TRAXXAS 58024 Slash Pro 2-Wheel Driver Short Course Truck for Cadet and Junior racers at the August 26-28 American Sprint Cup Northern Tour Round 4 at Nicholson.

The Cadet driver who wins the most feature races between Saturday and Sunday will win a TRAXXAS truck.

The Junior driver who wins the most feature races between Saturday and Sunday will win a TRAXXAS truck.

Full story…

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The American Sprint Cup Series is proud to be sponsored by Vega USA, AKRA racing programs sponsor RockAuto.com, class sponsors Kart City Performance, Briggs & Stratton Racing, Razor Chassis, Roberts Kart Shop, IONIC Edge Chassis, TSRacing.com, Michigan Kart Supply, Target Distributing and Boon & Sons, and associate sponsors Power Plus Lubricants and S&M Kart Supply.

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MAXSpeed Entertainment Announces Shifter Class Tire Change for US Open Finale http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/23/maxspeed-entertainment-announces-shifter-class-tire-change-for-us-open-finale/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/23/maxspeed-entertainment-announces-shifter-class-tire-change-for-us-open-finale/#respond Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:25:24 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=70828 In advance of the Sofina Foods US Open Presented by Fikse Wheels Las Vegas series finale, set for November 1-5 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, MAXSpeed Entertainment announces today that all Shifter classes will run LeCont tires for the third and final round of 2016.

“After word came in that WR Motorsport would no longer import the MG FZ tire line, the discussion started on what we do from here,” explains MAXSpeed Entertainment’s Race Promotion Director Garett Potter. “After much debate and with the current MG distribution not having the same support as we all have become use to, we will be switching to LeCont for the last round of the US Open.”

“I don’t love the idea of changing such integral part of the program midstream, but I also trust the WR team will give our drivers everything they need to be successful like they always have,” continues Potter. “Wagner (Rossi) and Luis (Ruibal) have been delivering great products and the best service to the karting industry for as long as I can remember. WR has made MG what they are today and they will do the same with the LeCont brand.”

Any teams or drivers interested in testing the LeCont tire in advance of the Sofina Foods US Open series finale is asked to contact info@maxspeedentertainment.com. A shipment is expected in a few weeks.

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So Cal Oval Karters Race at Wheel2Wheel Cancelled http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/23/so-cal-oval-karters-race-at-wheel2wheel-cancelled/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/23/so-cal-oval-karters-race-at-wheel2wheel-cancelled/#respond Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:23:20 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=70826 Due to the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville being used as an evacuation center for the Blue Cut Fire, Saturday’s So Cal Oval Karter race has been cancelled.  At press time, it was not known if the race would be rescheduled.

Next up for the SCOK is September 17th at Wheel2Wheel.

The So Cal Oval Karters would like to thank the following sponsors for helping make the 2016 championship series possible.  Burris Racing, Cory Kruseman Sprint Car Driving School, Hubcapmike.com, Perris Auto Speedway, R&J Motorsports, THC Home Medical Services, T-MAC Racing and Yamaha of America Racing Engines.  If you or your business would like to become a partner of the So Cal Oval Karters 2016 season, please call or E-mail Mike Nigh at (805) 857-2595 or mailto:scokart@gmail.com.

Point Standings

KT100
1. Chris Southern – Hesperia – 1040
2. Joe Gibb – Long Beach – 1030
3. Rob Marion – Oxnard – 970
4. Thomas Southern – Hesperia – 944 *
5. Randy Truax – San Diego –  774

Open Class
1. Joe Gibb – Long Beach – 1080
2. Scott Bohle – Fountain Valley – 990
3. Dillon Hoffman – Cathedral City – 985
4. Norm Reynolds – San Marcos – 940
5. Chris Southern – Hesperia – 675

Senior 4 Cycles
1. Don Holdsworth – Menifee – 1070
2. Desiree Gaynor – Banning – 981
3. John Leonhart – Norwalk – 782
4. Ryan Sherman – Lake Elsinore – 680*
5. Tony de Almeida – Chino Hills – 651

*Non Member

F200
1. Steve Juillerat – Whittier – 1045
2. Scott Gaynor – Banning – 1010
3. Justin Garcia – Riverside – 825
4. Troy McIntosh – Lake Elsinore – 350
5. Jason Voss – Lake Elsinore – 320

KT100 Main Event Winners
3-12 Wheel2Wheel – Chris Southern
4-23 Wheel2Wheel – Chris Southern
5-14 Wheel2Wheel – Chris Southern
6-4   Wheel2Wheel – Chris Southern
6-18 Perris Auto Speedway – Joe Gibb
7-23 Wheel2Wheel – Joe Gibb
8-6 Grand Arena at Industry Hills – Chris Gibb

F200 Main Event Winners
3-12 Wheel2Wheel – Jason Morheiser
4-23 Wheel2Wheel – Steve Juillerat
5-14 Wheel2Wheel – Troy McIntosh
6-4   Wheel2Wheel – Steve Juillerat
6-18 Perris Auto Speedway – Steve Juillerat
7-23 Wheel2Wheel – Steve Juillerat
8-6 Grand Arena at Industry Hills – Scott Gaynor

SR 4 Cycle Main Event Winners
3-12 Wheel2Wheel – Jason Morheiser
4-23 Wheel2Wheel – Don Holdsworth
5-14 Wheel2Wheel – Don Holdsworth
6-4   Wheel2Wheel –  Don Holdsworth
6-18 Perris Auto Speedway – Don Holdsworth
7-23 Wheel2Wheel – Don Holdsworth
8-6 Grand Arena at Industry Hills – Ryan Sherman

Open Class Main Event Winners
3-12 Wheel2Wheel – Joe Gibb
4-23 Wheel2Wheel – Joe Gibb
5-14 Wheel2Wheel – Joe Gibb
6-4   Wheel2Wheel – Chris Southern
6-25 Perris Auto Speedway – Joe Gibb
7-23 Wheel2Wheel – Joe Gibb
8-6 Grand Arena at Industry Hills – Joe Gibb

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ROTAX MAX Euro Challenge Ahead of Season Finale http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/23/rotax-max-euro-challenge-ahead-of-season-finale/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/23/rotax-max-euro-challenge-ahead-of-season-finale/#respond Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:18:14 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=70823 The 2016 ROTAX MAX Euro Challenge is ready for its big showdown: after races in Belgium, Italy and Spain, the 2016 tour of Europe’s unique ROTAX-series ends in France. From August 24th to 28th Sologne Karting in Salbris marks the last stop of the year, welcoming international grids in the categories of junior, senior and DD2.

On the 1.500 metres long circuit, the championship will be decided. Although some categories were already decided at Zuera, the champions will be crowned on French soil officially. Moreover the battle for vice titles and the hard-fought ROTAX Grand Finals tickets guarantees some thrilling action for the big finale …

In the junior category Frenchman Axel Charpentier (Strawberry Racing) wrapped-up the championship already in Spain. He won five out of four races this season, which makes him uncatchable at Salbris. But the vice championship has not been decided yet and will be a close fight between the British duo Mark Kimber (Strawberry Racing) and Oli Caldwell (KR Sport). Both are separated by only one point. But even Glenn Van Berlo (Hugo Motortsport) should not be underestimated. The Dutchman has proven to be a regular candidate for the podium and wants to redeem himself for a unlucky weekend at Spain.

When it comes to the senior championship Austria’s Nicolas Schoell (Strawberry Racing) could celebrate the overall victory at Spain, since his championship contenders experienced a topsy-turvy weekend at Spain. Only very extraordinary circumstances could influence Schoell’s triumph at Salbris, which is why the focus is set on the runner-up position. Best chances for the vice championship has Gary Donnelly from the UK, who then would make for a double success for Strawberry Racing. But Dutchman Rinus van Kalmthout wants to foil the Brits plans. His aim is to defend his vice title from 2015. Finally one should not underestimate Glenn van Parijs (Bouvin Power). The man from Belgium showed very consistent results and could be the big surprise during the finale at France.

The situation in the DD2 category could not be more exciting: After the Spanish round at Zuera, the championship changed dramatically and became really close: By his double triumph Hungary’s Ferenc Kancsar (VPDR) improved to second place in the table. Equally Kevin Ludi (Spirit Racing) conquered the top again. The Swiss leads by only 12 points ahead of Kancsar, which is not much with regard to the drop-score-system. The following drivers Constantin Schoell (Daems Racing) from Austria and Poland’s Lukasz Bartoszuk (CRG SPA) are not in the position for the total triumph any more, but still have a theoretical opportunity to win the vice championship

As for the special classification of DD2 Masters, Martin Pierce (Uniq Racing Team) is in control. After another successful weekend at Zuera, the Irishman increased his championship lead and is uncatchable in front. Under normal circumstances his overall victory is sealed. Behind him Slawomir Muranski (Wyrzykowski Motorsport) from Poland, Ilja Aloskins (Team Victoria) from Latvia and Richard Faulkner (Uniq Racing Team) from Ireland are expected to settle the runner-up position. But for Salbris they have to watch out for Frenchman Christophe Adams (Christophe Adams): on home soil the BirelART driver has regularly proven to be the benchmark.

The big finale will have a few magical moments in store and will be a non-miss event, everybody is invited to join: RGMMC offers a full range with live streaming, live timing and social media coverage. More information regarding reports, photos, results and live TV stream are available on the official websites www.rotaxmaxeurochallenge.com or www.telemundi.com.

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EKN Trackside: WKA Manufacturers Cup Series – Pittsburgh Sunday Report http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/21/ekn-trackside-wka-manufacturers-cup-series-pittsburgh-sunday-report/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/21/ekn-trackside-wka-manufacturers-cup-series-pittsburgh-sunday-report/#respond Mon, 22 Aug 2016 04:16:33 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=70786 WKA Manufacturers Cup logoSunday completed the fourth event of the 2016 Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series, completing the eight championship round. The Pittsburgh International Race Complex provided a great challenge all weekend long for the Grand Products Nationals, including rain early in the morning. The precipitation ended before warm-up began, however, the wet track lasted until midway through qualifying. That put the first four classes on wet Bridgestone tires before everyone switched back to the slick compound. The sun eventually came out to provide a picture perfect background for the main events.

Qualifying

Heat 1

Heat 2

Finals

Dakota Pesek edged out Braden Eves and Brandon Lemke for the Yamaha Senior win (Photo: EKN)

Dakota Pesek edged out Braden Eves and Brandon Lemke for the Yamaha Senior win (Photo: EKN)

It was a toss up all day long in the KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior division. Brandon Lemke (Merlin) began the search for his first victory of the series with pole position in the wet. He relinquished the top spot to Braden Eves (Kosmic) in the first heat, with Brandon Jarsocrak (Praga) taking over in Heat #2. Eves and Jarsocrak earned the front row until two false starts dropped them to row two, moving Saturday winner Jacob Donald (FA Kart) and Alexander Kardashian (Top Kart) on the front row. Donald took advantage and got away early as the field bunched up behind him, including Eves jumping on the bumper of Jarsocrak. That created a bottleneck in turn four-five, sending the field scattering. Abby McLaughlin (Top Kart) and Kardashian came away with second and third, eventually run down by Jarsocrak. Donald kept the steady lead throughout the 16 laps, securing his second victory to grab the IAME USA $1,000 payday. Kardashian was quicker late in the race, stealing the runner-up position on the final lap for his best finish of the year. Jarsocrak took third with Eves and Lemke climbing back into the top-five to put McLaughlin sixth.

Lance Fenderson cruised to the win in Pro IAME Junior (Photo: EKN)

Lance Fenderson cruised to the win in Pro IAME Junior (Photo: EKN)

Braden Eves (Kosmic) was attempting a fourth straight victory in the Fullerton Karts USA Yamaha Senior division. The Saturday winner started out on the right path, taking qualifying and earning the win in both heat races ahead of Alexander Kardashian (Top Kart). Brandon Lemke (Merlin) started third, and was able to help push he and Eves away from the rest of the field until Dakota Pesek (Top Kart) joined them. Eves led with Lemke taking over the point on lap seven. That triggered the chess game for the top spot as they sized each other over the remaining laps. Pesek positioned himself into the second spot, and set up a run to the checkered flag. At the checkered in a three-wide effort, Pesek reached the line first by 67 thousandths over Eves and Lemke for his second victory of the season. Kardashian drove alone in fourth as Derek Hughes made it three Top Kart drivers inside the top-five.

Lance Fenderson secured his third victory of the season in Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior class. Pauly Massimino (Top Kart) was the top challenger on the day, splitting the heat wins with the Tony Kart driver. Fenderson was able to get away in the main event early and went the 16 laps unchallenged to a 3.6-second advantage. The battle was for second, which included a charging top qualifier Myles Rowe (Tony Kart), who started eighth. That was until he retired with a mechanical issue on lap 14. Gage Rodgers (PCR) positioned himself in the runner-up spot late, holding Rowe off first and was able to pull away from Pauly Massimino (Top Kart) for his best finish of 2016. Max Peichel (Top Kart) drove to fourth with Dalton Peak (Top Kart) fifth for his best finish in four starts.

Tyler Ferris won his first Yamaha Junior main event in a photo finish (Photo: EKN)

Tyler Ferris won his first Yamaha Junior main event in a photo finish (Photo: EKN)

It was an epic battle in the FranklinKart.com Yamaha Junior category, going down to the wire. Heat race winners JP Southern and Pauly Massimino were joined by Top Kart teammate Tyler Ferris. The trio broke away after a solid group of eight made up the early lead pack. Once the trio got away, they fought for the lead. On the final lap, Southern secured the lead in the first half of the lap. It looked as if he was able to establish a big enough gap, but both Ferris and Massimino closed up heading to the checkered flag. In a three-wide run to the checkered, Ferris was able to cross the line first to earn his inaugural class victory. Southern and Massimino completed the podium with Brody Warren (Tony Kart) fourth and Marina Walters (Top Kart) fifth.

Luca Mars capped off the weekend at his home track with a sweep in the IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman class. Mars led the way from qualifying to the final checkered flag. Mars looked to have the main event in had after winning both heat races, until a late charge by Connor Ferris (Top Kart), who started sixth. Ferris set up for a final run on the Benik driver, with Mars able to reach the checkered flag first for the victory. Ferris recorded his best finish since winning in Daytona. Brent Crews (Energy) bounced back from a wreck in a heat race to drive his way to third, ahead of Gunnar Bischoff (Benik) and Logan Adams (FA Kart).

Luca Mars drove to a second win in Pro Swift Sportsman (Photo: EKN)

Luca Mars drove to a second win in Pro Swift Sportsman (Photo: EKN)

The Adams brothers set the tone in the Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman category, each taking a win in the heat races. Garrett Adams (FA Kart) had the better qualifying effort over Logan Adams (FA Kart), giving him the pole position for the main event. Saturday winner Madison Campeau (Top Kart) started third, and joined the two at the front away from the rest of the field. Logan lost the draft to leave Garrett and Campeau to decide the victory. Adams led with Madison right on his bumper the entire time. On the final lap, Campeau made her move as they entered the back half of the track. Adams was able to separate himself and reach the checkered flag with ease for his two victory of the season. Campeau finished second, securing the overall win for the weekend. Logan drove to third to put all three of the same drivers back on the podium as Saturday. Kaden Wharff (Top Kart) advanced from eighth to fourth with Caleb Bacon (Parolin) in fifth.

Garrett Adams added another win in Yamaha Sportsman (Photo: EKN)

Garrett Adams added another win in Yamaha Sportsman (Photo: EKN)

The field in CRPRacing.com Mini Swift stepped up the game Sunday, challenging Saturday winner Jeremy Fletcher (Kosmic). Eli Trull (Fullerton) landed the fast time in qualifying before Fletcher scored the win in Heat #1. Trull was the provisional winner in Heat #2 until he was placed behind Fletcher for contact, giving Alex Powell (Birel ART) the race win. Fletcher still earned the pole position after the heat points was calculated. A clean start began the 14-lap main event with Caleb Gafrarar (Parolin) jumping from fourth to first in the opening circuit. Fletcher locked on his bumper and the two pulled away from Trull. Fletcher made his move with two laps remaining, and while Gafrarar attempted to retake the spot, it was not to be. Gafrarar made a last attempt with a drag race to the checkered flag with Fletcher earning the victory by two hundredths of a second over. Trull ran solo in third as Frankie Iadevaia (FA Kart) and Danny Dyszelski (Vemme) completing the top-five.

The Water for a Cause Kid Kart class belonged to Indy Ragan on Sunday. Saturday winner Tristan Young set the pace in the wet qualifying session and Ragan turned the table when the track dried out. Ragan drove away to the win in both heat races and then set sail in the main event to a 12-second advantage for his second victory of the season. The battle for second went down to the wire, with Austin Olds able to edge out CJ Bowman for the position. Dusty Larson beat Aubrey Adams for fourth.

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EKN Trackside: WKA Manufacturers Cup Series – Pittsburgh Saturday Report http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/20/ekn-trackside-wka-manufacturers-cup-series-pittsburgh-saturday-report/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/20/ekn-trackside-wka-manufacturers-cup-series-pittsburgh-saturday-report/#respond Sun, 21 Aug 2016 04:39:28 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=70726 WKA Manufacturers Cup logoThe seventh round of the Bridgestone WKA Manufacturers Cup Series completed Saturday at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, PA. The threat of rain stood throughout the day with only a small sprinkle rolling in as the mains began but sunshine continued as the small cloud moved away. A thick fog delayed things in the morning with the WKA staff able to get the event back on schedule with no major issues or incidents after qualifying, two heat races and a main event for all eight categories. The challenging Alan Wilson Circuit separated the strong from the weak, while also giving a handful of drivers their first career win or first win of the season.

Qualifying

Heat 1

Heat 2

Finals

Braden Eves won both main events in the KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior class at New Castle and looked to be on his way to a third straight win. Eves (Kosmic) topped the qualifying session and drove the win in Heat #1. The field got the jump on Eves to start Heat #2, including Jacob Donald (FA Kart) and Ryan Raffa (PCR). Raffa led the way until Donald took the lead at the end to score the win while securing the pole position for the main event. The pole position was all he needed as Donald led all 16 laps for the victory. Raffa stayed close and challenge around lap 12, with slight contact dropping the PCR driver down the order. This gave Donald a clean run to the checkered flag. Brandon Jarsocrak (Praga) made it a KartSport NA 1-2 finish with Brandon Lemke (Merlin) keeping Eves off the podium. Alexander Kardashian (Top Kart) rounded out the top-five.

Braden Eves edged out Brandon Jarsocrak for his third straight in Yamaha Senior (Photo: EKN)

Braden Eves edged out Brandon Lemke for his third straight in Yamaha Senior (Photo: EKN)

Brandon Lemke and Braden Eves set themselves as the top drivers in the championship with their performance Saturday in the Fullerton Karts USA Yamaha Senior class. Each took a turn at the point throughout the day, pulling away in the main event to settle the victory between the duo. Eves led the majority of the race but in the end, Lemke looked to have control of the top spot. The final lap was another battle, coming down to a photo finish. Eves reached the checkered flag first by 56 thousandths of a second over Lemke for a third straight victory. Alexander Kardashian (Top Kart) ran alone in third with Nick Landi (FA Kart) working past Derek Hughes (Top Kart) at the end for fourth.

Myles Rowe made his 2016 WKA debut memorable, securing the victory in Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior. Top qualifier Lance Fenderson (Tony Kart) retired in Heat #1 after a flat tire, opening the door for Rowe to take over. The Tony Kart driver did exactly that, winning both heat races and leading all 16 laps of the main event. It was a good points day for championship leader Pauly Massimino (Top Kart), placing runner-up ahead of Max Peichel (Top Kart). Fenderson drove his way forward in Heat #2, improving up to fourth by the end of the main event with Gage Rodgers (PCR) fifth.

JP Southern scored his fourth straight victory in the FranklinKart.com Yamaha Junior category. It was a busy day for the Top Kart driver, competing on the Alan Wilson Circuit along with the car track in the Lucas Oil School of Racing. Thankfully both programs scheduled worked out to not miss any sessions, placing second on the big track in a great battle just before the WKA main event. Point leader Pauly Massimino (Top Kart) was able to secure the pole position for the main event after landing fast time in qualifying and the opening heat win. Southern drove the win in Heat #2, securing the outside pole position. Southern took the lead after lap two, and never relinquished the spot. Massimino trailed in second until Tyler Ferris was able to slip by on the final lap for the spot, making it a 1-2-3 for #RollBlue Top Kart. David Kalb (Tony Kart) kept with the lead group early, losing the draft to hold fourth position solidly with Arie Venberg (Merlin) placing fifth.

Myles Rowe became a first time winner in the IAME Junior division (Photo: EKN)

Myles Rowe became a first time winner in the IAME Junior division (Photo: EKN)

The day belonged to local star Luca Mars in IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman. Mars (Benik) was the dominate driver all day but was challenge in each session. Eight-year-old Brent Crews (Energy) was right there throughout the day and were joined by Top Kart drivers Madison Campeau and Connor Ferris in the main event. The 14-lap main event was a great battle with a number of passes and respectable driving. Mars relinquished the lead just one lap, with Campeau leading across the line once before Mars reclaimed the spot. The battle for second allowed Luca to pull away and score his first victory of the season. Campeau won the fight for second over Ferris and Crews with Logan Adams (FA Kart) placing fifth.

The Adams brothers set the tone in the Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman class with Logan (FA Kart) topping the charts in qualifying and winning Heat #2 while Garrett (FA Kart) won Heat #1. Adams spun on the opening corner of the second heat and drove his way back to seventh, putting him third in the main event grid behind Logan and Caleb Bacon (Parolin). It was Bacon setting the pace in the 14-lap main event with both Adams and Madison Campeau (Top Kart) in tow. As the laps closed up, Campeau was on the charge and put herself on the bumper of Bacon. Coming out of the back section of the track, Campeau and Garrett slid past Bacon and began drag racing to the checkered flag. Campeau was able to reach the line first, taking her first WKA victory. Adams was just 34 thousandths off in second with Logan ahead of Bacon. Thomas Schrage (Tony Kart) won the battle for fifth.

JP Southern beat the Yamaha Junior field for a fourth straight time (Photo: EKN)

JP Southern beat the Yamaha Junior field for a fourth straight time (Photo: EKN)

It was a finish like no other in CRPRacing.com Mini Swift. Jeremy Fletcher (Kosmic) was the class of the field, recording both heat race wins after qualifying sixth. The lead group was five in the main event, all looking to take down Fletcher. Point leader Eli Trull (Fullerton) set himself as the top challenger, taking the lead away toward the end of the race. Fletcher retook the position and was able to break away. In the closing laps, Trull and Alex Powell (Birel ART) worked together to close back in on Fletcher, setting up for a wild last lap. Trull and Fletcher went side-by-side to the checkered flag crossing the line at nearly the identical time. It went down to the 10 thousandths mark in the difference, with Fletcher scoring the win over Trull. Powell completed the podium with Danny Dyszelski (Vemme) and top qualifier Caleb Gafrarar (Parolin) making up the top five.

A two driver battle took place all day in the Water for a Cause Kid Kart division. Tristan Young was able to lock up the fast time in qualifying but it was Indy Ragan scoring the wins in the heat races. The two continued to square off in the 10-lap main event, this time with Young able to hold off Ragan to claim his first victory since Daytona. Point leader Ragan settled for second with Aubrey Adams completing the podium. Austin Olds drove to fourth with Dusty Larson in fifth.

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Los Angeles Karting Championship Survives Hot Weekend for Round Seven http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/19/los-angeles-karting-championship-survives-hot-weekend-for-round-seven/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/19/los-angeles-karting-championship-survives-hot-weekend-for-round-seven/#respond Sat, 20 Aug 2016 04:46:51 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=70668 Los Angeles Karting Championship-LAKC-2016 logoIt was another hot weekend in southern California as the Los Angeles Karting Championship hosted its seventh event of the 2016 season. Drivers from all over the west coast gathered at the CalSpeed Karting Center in Fontana, California on August 13-14 to contest the ‘Classico Clockwise’ layout. Following the Saturday practice day, LAKC hosted its second ‘Pro Show’ featuring the top shifterkarts and TaG competitors racing for cash prizes. Sunday was a full day of racing with the remainder of the LAKC class roster continuing their championship chases under extreme sunshine with temperatures into the triple digits.

The 2 Wild Karting X30 Pro division welcomed 20 drivers for the Saturday evening event with Nicky Hays edging out inaugural Pro Show winner Jake Craig in qualifying by eight thousandths of a second with a 38.054-lap. Each took a win in their separate heat races, setting up for a show down in the main event. Craig and Hays were the class of the field, with Craig showing the way the majority of the main event. Hays took the lead for just one lap, as Craig took the victory and the $850 payday for the victory. Hays settled for second with Christian Brooks ending up third on the podium. Carlee Taylor was fourth with Jesus Rios Jr. in the fifth position.

Jake Craig scored a second Pro Show victory in X30 Pro (Photo: McDonell Media)

Jake Craig scored a second Pro Show victory in X30 Pro (Photo: McDonell Media)

The shifter side of the Pro Show was a combined group of the Baldozier Racing S1 Pro Stock Moto, CRG SoCal S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto and Phil Giebler Racing Open 125 Shifter divisions to make up a solid group of 21 drivers competing in the similar format. All three divisions were represented at the front of the field with S2 driver Dekota Fripp leading the way early until Open pilot Slava Prikhodko took over. He led until a charging Billy Musgrave was able to work himself into second and reel in Prikhodko. Taking the lead on lap 10, Musgrave showed the way for the remainder of the 25-lap event for his second Pro Show victory and win in the S1 division. Dekota Fripp took second overall, winning the S2 class with Open going to third place finisher Troy Butts after Prikohdko was shuffled outside the top-five. Callum Smith recorded the fourth spot with Matias Podboj in fifth.

The 2Wild Karting X30 Intermediate welcomed another new winner with Aidan Yoder coming through for the victory. The day began with Gino Alfonso-Macauley setting fast time in qualifying while Dylan Palatin won the Prefinal. Palatin was shuffled back and eventually retired early in the main event, opening the door for Gino to take back the top spot. Yoder was charging through the field and was able to take over the point on lap 14. He led the remaining laps to reach the checkered flag first. Alfonso-Macauley crossed the line in second, but was disqualified for advancing his position prior to the green flag. That advanced Michel Manning to the second position ahead of Joey Paonessa, putting two female drivers on the podium. Menwa Arakelian drove to fourth with Jared Patterson in fifth.

Billy Musgrave won his second Pro Show main event at LAKC (Photo: McDonell Media)

Billy Musgrave won his second Pro Show main event at LAKC (Photo: McDonell Media)

Carson Morgan was able to secure his second victory on the season in the P1 Engines Mini Swift division. Morgan made it look easy against the 19-driver field, leading the entire distance of the event. After setting fast time in qualifying, Carson led all 10 laps of the Prefinal before going wire-to-wire in the 18-lap Final for the victory. The battle for second went to Daniel Inzunza, ahead of Kasey Gillis, Dominic Gorden and Dakota Tate. Morgan added a second victory on the day in the Fleming Racing Engines Junior 1 Comer division. This class was a battle all day with championship contenders Cole Keith Cotham and Aden Dodge. Cotham took top honors in qualifying with Morgan edging out Dodge for the Prefinal win. Several laps of shuffling for the lead in the main event resulted in Morgan securing the position after the halfway point, driving away to a six tenths advantage over Dodge. Cotham finished third with Dakota Tate and Sheldon Andrews completing the top-five.

Joseph Daniele helped his cause in the Ryan Perry Motorsport X30 Junior championship chase with his second victory. Just three drivers have won over the seven rounds at the LAKC with Daniele earning his second to match Trey Brown while point leader Ryan Schartau holds three. Brown set the pace early with fast time in qualifying, edging out Daniele by just three thousandths of a second. At the end of the Prefinal, Brown once again beat out Daniele for the top position at the checkered flag. Brown led the first five laps of the final with Daniele taking over the point. From there, it was all Daniele going on to score the victory by a slim 67 thousandths ahead of Brown. Zoey Edenholm stood on the podium in third, making just her second start of 2016. Championship leader Ryan Schartau was fourth with Keawn Tandon in fifth.

Mike Manning Karting TaG Master point leader John Crow returned to his winning ways with a sweep of Round Seven. Crow led throughout the day against the 12-kart field, showing the way for all 28 laps of racing after securing the fast time in qualifying by two tenths of a second. The win was his third on the season, holding off two-time winner Erik Jackson throughout the day. Brian Phillipsen drove to third over Tony Rossetti and Gary Lennon. Brenden DeLorto became the fifth different winner on the year in the Mack Motorsports PRD Junior 2 class. DeLorto took over the lead late in the Prefinal from top qualifier Mia Butts to score the win, and then went on to lead all 18 laps for the main event victory. Ricco Shlaimoun won the battle for second over Brendon Cramer. Point leader Jordan Turner finished fourth with Pierce Sullivan in fifth.

Carson Morgan doubled up in the win column, winning Junior 1 Comer and Mini Swift (Photo: Kart Racer TV)

Carson Morgan doubled up in the win column, winning Junior 1 Comer and Mini Swift (Photo: Kart Racer TV)

The Musgrave Racing Company S3 Novice Stock Moto division went down to the wire with Adrian Yong coming through to claim the victory. Prescott Campbell was en route to scoring the victory having earned fast time in qualifying and winning the Prefinal. Campbell led the first 17 laps of the main event, suffering a blown tire on the final lap to put him on the sidelines prior to the checkered flag. Yong was able took the checkered flag for his first victory of the season. Point leader Royal McKee drove to second ahead of Garrett McKelvie with Trevor Sumner and Indy Sandoval completing the top-five.

It was a battle all day long in the Empire Karts Micro Swift division. Enzo Deligny set fast time in qualifying with AJ Matheson scoring the win in the Prefinal. Point leader Cooper Hicks sat inside the top-three during the first two sessions, jumping into the lead battle during the main event. Matheson and Hicks went back and forth throughout the first half of the 18-lap race. Hicks secured the lead and led the remaining laps for his fifth victory on the year. Matheson was just 86 thousandths short of the victory with Frankie Mossman in third. Jesus Vasquez Jr. was fourth with Austin Manka in fifth.

Brenden Delorto became a first time winner in PRD 2 Junior (Photo: Kart Racer TV)

Brenden Delorto became a first time winner in PRD 2 Junior (Photo: Kart Racer TV)

Logan Chambers swept the action in the freem Honda Kid Kart category for his second victory of the season. Chambers nearly led the entire distance on the day, pacing the field for seven of the eight laps in the Prefinal before showing the way for all 10 laps of the main event victory. Point leader Logan Ainsworth placed second ahead of Drake Cardey to complete the podium. John Antonino and Brodey Vicars rounded out the top-five. Larry Hayashigawa became a first time winner in the Professional Kart Support S4 Super Master Stock Moto division. A longtime TaG driver, Hayashigawa swept the day to secure his first victory on the year. Championship leader Chris Curtis was second over Carl Lewis.

Other winners on the day include:

Blake Nash – Sanner Racing Junior 1 Comer Pilot
Willy Musgrave – Nash Motorsportz S4 Master Stock Moto
Ricco Shlaimoun – RLV USA S5 Junior Stock Moto
Riley Dugan – iKart West PRD Senior Pilot

The penultimate event for the 2016 Los Angeles Karting Championship season is set for September 18 set for the same CalSpeed facility. For more about the 2016 Los Angeles Karting Championship program, please visit LAKC.org and ‘Like’ them on Facebook and follow on Instagram.

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Paddock Insider: WKA Manufacturers Cup Series – Pittsburgh http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/19/paddock-insider-wka-manufacturers-cup-series-pittsburgh/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/19/paddock-insider-wka-manufacturers-cup-series-pittsburgh/#respond Fri, 19 Aug 2016 17:27:08 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=70636 EKN’s Paddock Insider is a new Trackside coverage addition, bringing you notes, updates and breaking news as it happens. The article will be a timeline of events as they happen during the four event of 2016 for the WKA Manufacturers Cup Series at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, PA. The information will not be seen anywhere else, including interviews and photos. Please feel free to comment and discuss our coverage and today’s action in the EKN Global Members Discussion area below: For complete coverage head to the EKN Event Page.

Friday Final Practice

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Numbers A Bit Down as School Begins Across the Country

New pavement this winter with sealant laid down last month (Photo: EKN)

New pavement this winter with sealant laid down last month (Photo: EKN)

The end of August is a challenge to hosting race events, as kids are either already into their new school year, or ready to start that dreaded first day of school. This has left people to either skip or adjust their plans to attend the weekend here at Pitt Race. The event is showing 113 entries per day set to battle in the eight categories – as Yamaha Junior is the highest at 20 drivers. The championship chases are continuing to develop as the seventh and eight rounds will set the stage for the finale.

The battle is not just against the other competitors but the track. Looking and talking with drivers in the paddock, the transition from the sealant to the new pavement and visa verse is presenting a great challenge for tuning the kart and the drivers navigating the corners. The sealant does not cover the entire corner, but about a kart width through the entry to the exit of the corner. That makes for side-by-side racing unique, as one kart is on the sealant, the other is not. The racing line goes from pavement, sealant, then pavement. In some places, your turning with two wheels on the sealant and two on the pavement. It is providing a unique challenge and we will see how it plays out throughout the weekend.

Lemke Gets First Taste of Open Wheel Cars

Lemke tested a F1600 this week at VIR

Lemke tested a F1600 this week at VIR

Multi-time and former Triple Crown driver Brandon Lemke is also sampling the next step outside the sport of karting. This week the Franklin Motorsports / Merlin driver spent two days testing a F1600 car at the Virginia International Raceway in Danville, Virginia. It was a rare opportunity that Lemke took advantage of, and was able to complete eight sessions over the course of two days on the newly repaved circuit. The team he tested with was really impressed with his performance, as the Gen-G driver is looking at possible options for the 2017 season. Lemke is currently the #1 driver in the EKN TaG Driver Rankings that were released in July, and is involved in the championship chase at the USPKS, SKUSA, and of course here at the WKA Manufacturers Cup Series.

Southern Doing the Double – The Hard Way

JP Southern is taking part in both the WKA and Lucas Oil School of Racing race weekend here at Pitt (Photo: EKN)

JP Southern is taking part in both the WKA and Lucas Oil School of Racing race weekend here at Pitt (Photo: EKN)

Yamaha Junior driver John Paul Southern Jr. is used to doing double duty at the kart track. During his Cadet days, there were times when it was three classes a day that he would compete in at WKA events. This weekend is a new form of double duty action, racing one class with WKA and competing in the Lucas Oils School of Racing. Their program is hosting a two-race weekend here on the now full 2.8-mile circuit. It is a mixture of young drivers looking to begin that step into open wheel racing, and older drivers getting that fix for driving a real race car. Southern took part in a two-day school with the program and is taking part in his first race. It has been a long nine months for Southern, recovering from two broken feet after an incident November 2015. After multiple surgeries already, another is on the horizon. We continue to wish him the best regarding his continued recovery and throughout the weekend as he does the double.

First Time Back on New Pavement – Wet Weather on the Horizon

Formerly known as ‘BeaveRun’, the Pittsburgh International Race Complex is hosting the fourth round of the championship series. The Wampum, Pennsylvania facility has been a staple of the North American karting community for over two decades now, with new pavement laid down prior to the 2016 season. An event in July brought up some of the new layering, with special sealant laid down around the 16 turns that make up the ‘Alan Wilson Circuit’.

Weather is questionable with the temperatures in the upper 80s throughout the weekend. The threat is from the clouds as rain is forecasted for the end of the day, a little bit on Saturday and 60% currently for Sunday. Having been here in 2013 and 2014, rain hit both weekends so it is very likely that it will rain at some point this weekend.

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WKA Manufacturers Cup Series – Pittsburgh http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/19/wka-manufacturers-cup-series-pittsburgh/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/19/wka-manufacturers-cup-series-pittsburgh/#respond Fri, 19 Aug 2016 15:50:39 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=70631 This weekend is the fourth stop of the Bridgestone WKA Manufacturers Cup Series, set for the Pittsburgh International Race Complex. The Wampum, PA facility was just repaved this winter, which will provide some fast times and exciting racing throughout the weekend as the championship chases narrow up with the penultimate event.

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EVENT COVERAGE

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08.19.16 – Paddock Insider

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EVENT NEWS

WKA Manufacturers Cup Series Pittsburgh Entry Blank Now Online
WKA Manufacturers Cup Chassis Standings Tighten Up Following NCMP Event
WKA Manufacturers Cup Series – New Castle 1

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Round Five of California ProKart Challenge Set for Santa Maria http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/19/round-five-of-california-prokart-challenge-set-for-santa-maria/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/19/round-five-of-california-prokart-challenge-set-for-santa-maria/#respond Fri, 19 Aug 2016 15:29:10 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=70628 SKUSA Superkarts! USA logoOver two months have gone into the books since the last California ProKart Challenge event. Racers took on the challenging Simraceway Performance Karting Center in Sonoma before taking the month of July off for the record-breaking SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals in Indiana. Now, racers along the west coast are preparing to resume the championship chase at the flagship Superkarts! USA regional program. Just up Highway 101 northwest of Los Angeles is the Santa Maria Kart Track, hosting the California ProKart Challenge on August 26-27. This track, set on the grounds of the Santa Maria airport property, is both historic and challenging, having been around for ages and boasting a tight, technical layout. Attendees can also look forward to a welcome relief from the current summer heat, as Santa Maria is a destination location, calling for beach weather in the 70’s and popular attractions and restaurants, with a specialty for steak houses.

A former champion is set to add another title to his CV, with Billy Musgrave and Jarred Campbell the top two contenders in the 2Wild Karting S1 Pro Stock Moto championship chase. Musgrave started out the year strong with a victory and two runner-up finishes. Defending champ Jarred Campbell is coming on later, placing first and second in the last two events. Just 119 points separate the two with a lot of racing still left in the upcoming two rounds. Musgrave has become the first in California PKC history to be leading both headline divisions, currently sitting P1 in the Phil Giebler Racing X30 Senior standings as well. Not yet earning a victory, two runner-up finishes are the best by Musgrave after four rounds of racing. Round Four winner Nicky Hays and Round Three victor Matt Johnson are the top challengers heading to Santa Maria.

It is still anyone’s championship in the Leading Edge Motorsport S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto division. Hunter Pickett picked up his first win at Round Three, and remains the championship leader ahead of S2 rookies Hunter Kelly and last year’s SKUSA Pro Tour S5 champ Callum Smith – who has two wins in 2016. Robert Marks is now the championship leader in the the Nash Motorsportz S4 Master Stock Moto standings after Alan Michel missed Round Four. He has fallen to third behind Gianfranco Casadei, with the drop race a determining factor next month at the series finale.

The same scenario could play out in the Vemme Kart/Extreme Karting X30 Master class with John Crow leading the standings over Mike Rolison. The two-time winner missed Round Three, and only trails the other two-time winner Crow by 145 points. Tim Meyer remains close in third with this championship set to go down to the wire. Defending Mike Manning Karting S4 Super Master Stock Moto champion Ken Schilling remains at the top of the standings with Darrell Tunnell picking up his first win at the Sonoma event, looking to close in at the last two events of the year.

Dante Yu has two wins on the year and maintains a solid lead in the Ryan Perry Motorsport X30 Junior category. Tomas Mejia and Oliver Calvo are the top two challengers for Yu heading into the final two rounds of the season. Just 26 points separate Royal McKee and Garrett McKelvie in the Outsource Utility Contractor S3 Novice Stock Moto class. McKee has two wins in the last three rounds, with McKelvie the winner at the season opener. Dean Heldt has a comfortable lead in the RPG S5 Junior Stock Moto division.

The gap in the Professional Kart Support Mini Swift point lead for defending champion Anthony Willis shrunk after Sonoma, with Jace Jones picking up the highest point total for the weekend. The margin is now 150 points with two events remaining. Each has a victory with Willis holding on to two runner-up finishes, which could come into play during a tie-breaker. Kai Sorensen missed out on his first SKUSA Pro Tour victory last month in Indiana, but remains the driver to beat at the California PKC in the Top Kart USA Micro Swift class. His lead is 305 points, with Kailey Meris and Cooper Hunt the top challengers.

Race pre-entry remains open until Tuesday, August 23 at the online registration section of the Superkarts! USA website – offering the discounted price of $325 for entry and stamped race tires. Move-in begins on Thursday, August 25 at Noon, with PKC also offering an ‘early-bird’ check in for drivers and spectators from 3-6pm. On Friday, the California PKC registration desk opens at 7:00am, with the official practice day beginning on track at 9:00am and running until 5:00pm. Pit spots can be reserved prior to this event for $30 per spot, with the rest of the paddock set up on a first-come, first-served basis. Camping spots are also available for $50 per spot, and can be reserved with pre-payment thru www.skusastore.com. A variety of hotels are in the area for California PKC competitors to select from. Additional event and track information is available at the California PKC Event Page.

New for the Santa Maria weekend for California ProKart Challenge is separate registration lines for driver and spectator check-in. Spectators and other non-drivers can purchase 1-Day or 2-Day PKC pit passes on Eventbrite. This program offers many different options for purchasing tickets to provide an easy process when entering the paddock. Find out more about the program at the following LINK.

Superkarts! USA would like to remind racers that Stock Honda engines MUST have an airbox. Spec fuel and oil are not provided by PKC, so please plan accordingly to pre-order from your local kart shop or by bringing a sufficient supply of both for the weekend. Don’t forget to stick around after all the on-track activities have completed for the post-podium raffle drawings. Superkarts! USA handed out more than $4,000 in prizes at the first four events.

For more info on anything related to Superkarts! USA, please visit the website – www.superkartsusa.com and be sure to follow the Superkarts! USA Facebook page and Twitter account – or call the SKUSA head office at 951-491-0808.

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Round 3 Report of KPX Karting Championship at Bluemax Kart Club http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/18/round-3-report-of-kpx-karting-championship-at-bluemax-kart-club/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/18/round-3-report-of-kpx-karting-championship-at-bluemax-kart-club/#respond Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:04:39 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=70599 KPX Karting Championship logoJuly 17th concluded round 3 of the KPX Karting Championship powered by Briggs & Stratton driven by MG Tires at Bluemax Kart Club in Davis, CA, Bluemax has been working day and night to grow karting and their club. We hit a record attendance of 101 Briggs & Stratton power plant entries, 96 Lo206’s and 5 World Formula’s. We are very excited to watch the growth of the series hitting record numbers race after race, this creates a great opportunity to do big things for the 2017 KPX Karting Championship. This wouldn’t be possible without our sponsors.

Briggs & Stratton Racing has been a huge contributor to the growth of our junior program as they have made it possible to give away 40 free entries to our Jr. 1 and Jr. 2 classes. They have also kept the Briggs Pill Pull alive, giving away $500 a race to our senior classes. WR Motorsports has also kept the series affordable for all the racers by donating five sets of MG Red tires per race to giveaway to the racers. RLV is always supporting the sport and has contributed a lot of goodies to give away at our races and banquet; they provide our pipes, mufflers, and gears for these Briggs classes. Fastech Racing is always a call away for all of our racers karting needs; we will be giving away around $600 in gift cards to help our racers get all their needs. Awards Trophies n’ More has made it available to get trophies and medallions available at a great cost, I suggest you give them a call for all your needs and tell them KPX sent you. Scribner Plastics, Inferno Racing Clutches, Amsoil, and Mad Dog Motorsports have all provided amenities for our banquet to prepare you for the 2017 season. Thank you to all our sponsors and their contributions to our racers, without them this series wouldn’t be as fun.

Jr. 1 LO206:

Junior 1 Grid

Junior 1 Grid

The Jr. 1 classes brought in 25 of the brightest young kids to race and see who’s the best in the region. Kai Sorensen came out the gate with a fast qualifying time of 39.407. As suggested by the parents we split this class into an “A” and “B” class. The A Heat consisted of twelve drivers, Sorensen finished P1 beating out Aiden Kempf by 1.5 seconds.  In the B Heat, Boden Barnwell edged out Adam Freire for P1 both securing a transfer to the A Main. Barnwell went to Texas for The IKF Grand Nationals and brought home the Duffy making us very proud to have him as a part of our series. In the B Main Matthew Fecko put on a one man show and took the victory. Sorensen continued his dominance in the 20 lap A Main by stretching out a lead of six seconds over Kempf who finished P2 and Dean Pinten finishing P3.

Jr. 2 LO206:

The Jr. 2 class had their biggest showing yet with 20 karts entering the race. Tomas Mejia started strong with a Qualifying time of 39.246. Mejia stayed on top with a win in the Heat race over Hayden Wagner by three seconds. Wagner finished P3 and just barely got edged out by the Mad Dog Motorsports driver Wyatt Couch finishing P2. Mejia stayed motivated to win, beating his competition by four seconds in the 20 lap Main event.

Sr. LO206:

Junior 2 Briggs 206

Junior 2 Briggs 206

As we have been doing all year we split the 31 entries in the senior class into an “A” and “B” class.  Hunter Corbett has been strong all year and this event was no different. Corbett edged out Geoff Shaw by four hundredths for P1 in Qualifying with a time of 40.131.  17 drivers started the B Heat where Cole Nelson Racing’s driver Nick Robertson won promising a good transferring spot into the A Main. A total of six drivers transferred to the A Main. In the A Heat the fight for P1 was between Shaw and Nicholas Grossi where Shaw edged Grossi out by two tenths. The B Main had 11 drivers left to fight for the win which was a show in itself between Jason Berry, Jeremy Frediani, Julian Wong, and Kevin Straw Jr. After 20 laps less than a second separated these four but Berry wanted more than the rest taking the win. The A Main brought everyone to the fence with a ton of battling going on from second to tenth which let the Nevada Kartsport driver Geoff Shaw break away with a two second lead after 20 laps to get his team the win.

Masters LO206:

Masters Briggs 206

Masters Briggs 206

The fastest growing class in the KPX Karting Championship is the LO206 Masters. 20 drivers entered to see who still has the endurance to win. Jonathan Pinten came out of retirement to put his kart on Pole by almost a tenth with a time of 41.084. Pinten continued leading throughout the Heat race with Brian Rivera, Joe Senna, and Scott Meyer breathing down his neck. Pinten refused to lose as he brought home the win after a 20 lap Main event showing little Dean Pinten how it is done. Senna made Pinten earn the win as they passed each other several times mid race.

World Formula:

KPX is slowly working to grow the World Formula class as 5 drivers showed up. Wayne Bundy came out strong to take the P1 in Qualifying with a time of 40.192. In the Heat race Bundy DNF to allow Steven Taylor to edge out Rich Huston for the win. Taylor and Huston put on a show in the front, Taylor pulled out the win by five tenths over Huston who finished P2. Bundy tried to fight back from last but was unsuccessful finishing P3.

KPX prides themselves on a fun, family, affordable atmosphere. They have put a Race Director Jeff Sakowicz and Tech Director Dan Pellizzari in place to make the racing fair and competitive while working with the clubs to help grow the sport. “Our race director and tech director are the best in the business and take pride in their work with the same views as KPX. This series is about our racers, the clubs, and the sport.” said Kenny Manchester a KPX Director. As you read this big plans are in the works for the 2017 KPX Karting Championship that will further improve these values and goals. Round 4 of the KPX Karting Championship comes to Fresno at Kerman Kart Club September 18th. Series points are up at www.KPXracing.com.

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So Cal Oval Karters at Wheel2Wheel in Victorville on Saturday http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/18/so-cal-oval-karters-at-wheel2wheel-in-victorville-on-saturday/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/18/so-cal-oval-karters-at-wheel2wheel-in-victorville-on-saturday/#respond Thu, 18 Aug 2016 17:51:10 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=70597 For the sixth time this year, the So Cal Oval Karters will make the trip up the hill for a night of racing at Wheel2Wheel Raceway on the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville this Saturday, August 20th.  The three divisions of Speedway Sprints and the Wheel2Wheel Dirt Karts will also be in action.  Gates will open at 5:00 PM with racing at 6:00.

Wheel2Wheel Raceway local Chris Southern of Hesperia and Lakewood’s Joe Gibb will have a showdown in their season long war in the KT100 class.  Southern won the first four main events of the season before Gibb snapped his streak by reeling off two wins in a row.  At the last race at The Grand Arena at the Industry Hills Expo Center two weeks ago, Gibb’s father, Chris, beat everyone to the Craig Zimmerman checkered flag.  Son Joe placed second with Southern finishing fourth behind San Diego’s Randy Truax.  Joe Gibb’s second place allowed him to close the gap to a mere 10-points behind Southern in the championship standings going into Saturday night.

Things have been a bit easier for Joe Gibb in the Open class as he has won six of the first seven main events of the year including two weeks ago at The Grand.  He has a 90-point lead over Fountain Valley’s Scott Bohle.  Bohle is only five points up on Dillon Hoffman of Cathedral City in the battle for second.

Whittier’s Steve Juillerat has won four of the seven main events in the F200 class and is 35-markers ahead of Banning’s Scott Gaynor in the season long standings.  Gaynor took his first win of the year at The Grand and became the fourth different winner in the class in 2016.

Lake Elsinore’s Ryan Sherman hopes to make it two wins in a row after picking up the win in the Senior 4 Cycle Class at The Grand.  The former California Lightning Sprint Car racer’s first SCOK win was a shocker as it ended the five-race win streak of Don Holdsworth of Menifee.  Holdsworth still has a commanding 89-point lead over Banning’s Desiree Gaynor in the standings.

After Saturday, the SCOK will take three straight Saturdays off before returning to Wheel2Wheel on September 17th.

The So Cal Oval Karters would like to thank the following sponsors for helping make the 2016 championship series possible.  Burris Racing, Cory Kruseman Sprint Car Driving School, Hubcapmike.com, Perris Auto Speedway, R&J Motorsports, THC Home Medical Services, T-MAC Racing and Yamaha of America Racing Engines.  If you or your business would like to become a partner of the So Cal Oval Karters 2016 season, please call or E-mail Mike Nigh at (805) 857-2595 or mailto:scokart@gmail.com.

Point Standings

KT100

  1. Chris Southern – Hesperia – 1040
    2. Joe Gibb – Long Beach – 1030
    3. Rob Marion – Oxnard – 970
    4. Thomas Southern – Hesperia – 944 *
    5. Randy Truax – San Diego – 774

Open Class

  1. Joe Gibb – Long Beach – 1080
    2. Scott Bohle – Fountain Valley – 990
    3. Dillon Hoffman – Cathedral City – 985
    4. Norm Reynolds – San Marcos – 940
    5. Chris Southern – Hesperia – 675

Senior 4 Cycles

  1. Don Holdsworth – Menifee – 1070
    2. Desiree Gaynor – Banning – 981
    3. John Leonhart – Norwalk – 782
    4. Ryan Sherman – Lake Elsinore – 680*
    5. Tony de Almeida – Chino Hills – 651

*Non Member

F200

  1. Steve Juillerat – Whittier – 1045
    2. Scott Gaynor – Banning – 1010
    3. Justin Garcia – Riverside – 825
    4. Troy McIntosh – Lake Elsinore – 350
    5. Jason Voss – Lake Elsinore – 320

KT100 Main Event Winners

3-12 Wheel2Wheel – Chris Southern
4-23 Wheel2Wheel – Chris Southern
5-14 Wheel2Wheel – Chris Southern
6-4   Wheel2Wheel – Chris Southern
6-18 Perris Auto Speedway – Joe Gibb
7-23 Wheel2Wheel – Joe Gibb
8-6 Grand Arena at Industry Hills – Chris Gibb

F200 Main Event Winners

3-12 Wheel2Wheel – Jason Morheiser
4-23 Wheel2Wheel – Steve Juillerat
5-14 Wheel2Wheel – Troy McIntosh
6-4   Wheel2Wheel – Steve Juillerat
6-18 Perris Auto Speedway – Steve Juillerat
7-23 Wheel2Wheel – Steve Juillerat
8-6 Grand Arena at Industry Hills – Scott Gaynor

SR 4 Cycle Main Event Winners

3-12 Wheel2Wheel – Jason Morheiser
4-23 Wheel2Wheel – Don Holdsworth
5-14 Wheel2Wheel – Don Holdsworth
6-4   Wheel2Wheel –  Don Holdsworth
6-18 Perris Auto Speedway – Don Holdsworth
7-23 Wheel2Wheel – Don Holdsworth
8-6 Grand Arena at Industry Hills – Ryan Sherman

Open Class Main Event Winners

3-12 Wheel2Wheel – Joe Gibb
4-23 Wheel2Wheel – Joe Gibb
5-14 Wheel2Wheel – Joe Gibb
6-4   Wheel2Wheel – Chris Southern
6-25 Perris Auto Speedway – Joe Gibb
7-23 Wheel2Wheel – Joe Gibb
8-6 Grand Arena at Industry Hills – Joe Gibb

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Pre-Registration Now Open for AKRA Southern Tour at Bushnell, FL http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/18/pre-registration-now-open-for-akra-southern-tour-at-bushnell-fl/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/18/pre-registration-now-open-for-akra-southern-tour-at-bushnell-fl/#respond Thu, 18 Aug 2016 17:45:58 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=70595 Online pre-registration is now available for Round 3 of the AKRA American Sprint Cup Series “Southern Tour” presented by IONIC Edge Chassis, which will take place Sept. 23-25 at the new Bushnell Motorsports Park in Bushnell, Florida.

Click here for the Southern Tour online registration page.

AKRA is excited to travel to Bushnell for the first time to conclude the Southern Tour and final tune-up before the inaugural October 21-23 Grand National Championship of the American Sprint Cup at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Fla.

Read full story here…

In case you missed it…

Saturday Night Money Racing at Nicholson AKRA

The fourth and final round of the 2016 AKRA / Vega USA American Sprint Cup Series – set for August 26-28 at Chestertown, Maryland’s Nicholson Speedway – will include a bonus for many racers with the addition of four special “money races” Saturday following the conclusion of the regular AKRA racing program.

Four classes will be offered Saturday evening and each will boast a $600 purse with $300 going to the winner; $200 for second place and $100 for third place.

Full story…

Cadet, Junior Racers to Compete for TRAXXAS RC Trucks at Nicholson

Nicholson Speedway and AKRA are posting a TRAXXAS 58024 Slash Pro 2-Wheel Driver Short Course Truck for Cadet and Junior racers at the August 26-28 American Sprint Cup Northern Tour Round 4 at Nicholson.

The Cadet driver who wins the most feature races between Saturday and Sunday will win a TRAXXAS truck.

The Junior driver who wins the most feature races between Saturday and Sunday will win a TRAXXAS truck.

Full story…

Pre-registration Open for AKRA at Nicholson Aug. 26-28

Pre-registration is now open for the fourth and final round of the AKRA / Vega USA American Sprint Cup Series August 26-28 at Chestertown, Maryland’s Nicholson Speedway.

Click here for online registration.

Pre-entry pricing is $80 per class (per day) and $55 for Friday practice. Other options include weekend transponder rental $25; reserved parking $50 per spot; and pit passes for the event.

The local Nicholson Speedway Junior 1 Purple-plate has been added to the AKRA national program. Competitors may enter for the local-option class HERE.

Pre-registration will remain open through Tuesday before the race (August 23).

The American Sprint Cup Series is proud to be sponsored by Vega USA, AKRA racing programs sponsor RockAuto.com, class sponsors Kart City Performance, Briggs & Stratton Racing, Razor Chassis, Roberts Kart Shop, IONIC Edge Chassis, TSRacing.com, Michigan Kart Supply, Target Distributing and Boon & Sons, and associate sponsors Power Plus Lubricants and S&M Kart Supply.

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CRG Squad All Set for the Fight of Kristianstad http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/18/crg-squad-all-set-for-the-fight-of-kristianstad/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/18/crg-squad-all-set-for-the-fight-of-kristianstad/#respond Thu, 18 Aug 2016 17:30:18 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=70592 Among the novelties of the forthcoming KZ World Championship to be held in Sweden next September 4th, Kozlinski at the start with CRG. The Italian outfit will line up its complete works team with a great presence also in KZ2’s International Super Cup.

The final sprint of the season with CIK-FIA’s World Championships is approaching fast, and CRG works team is ready to face the first world appointment of the KZ World Championship and KZ2 International Super Cup, race to be held next September 4th in Kristianstad (Sweden) with all its drivers and with some new arrivals.

This is going to be another useful occasion to aim to a prestigious result after the recent success at the European Championships, where CRG secured two titles with Pedro Hiltbrand in OK and Fabian Federer in KZ2.

THE NEW ARRIVAL KOZLINSKI

The novelty of KZ is the comeback of “Koko” Arnaud Kozlinski as CRG works driver, after a season spent by the French driver to help the young Dennis Hauger taking him very close to the European title of Junior. In Sweden,  Kozlinski will have the chance to show everyone that he is still among the best in the world, ready to get another good result in KZ (he was third in the World Championship last year) after winning the Super KF 2009 World Championship with CRG in Macau.

CRG’S LOT FOR KRISTIANSTAD

CRG will line up an extraordinary squad in KZ. Teams drivers will be led by 2015 KZ World Vice Champion  Paolo De Conto, 2015 European KZ Champion  Flavio Camponeschi and by Simo Puhakka, who was very close to the victory in the latest round of the KZ European Championship in Genk. De Conto and Puhakka will employ the new TM engines, while Camponeschi will use the Parilla works engine instead.

CRG lineup in Kristianstad will also be strengthened by Jorrit Pex, who won the World Championship in Le Mans last year awarding yet another title to the Italian outfit, while his brother Stan Pex has been promoted to KZ for the occasion, following a good season in KZ2. Both drivers will wear CRG Holland colors. Team Nuova 3M will field 2014 KZ2 European Champion Andrea Dalè.

Category KZ2 will see a stunning 89 drivers entered in the world round of the International Super Cup. CRG works team will field the new OK European Champion Pedro Hiltbrand, Felice Tiene, Fuma Horio, Fabrizio Rosati, Gerard Cebrian and José Enrique Brito.

A novelty in this category is the presence of Tom Joyner who has secured several wins in direct drive karts so far and ended second in the OK European Championship this year. Joyner will be back on a shifter kart, the Zanardi-Parilla after competing in the KZ 2014 European Championship held in Kristianstad.

Several other drivers will employ CRG chassis in Kristianstad. Team SRP Racing will field the new European Champion of the category Fabian Federer, Kaspar Kallasmaa and Daniel Stell. Team CRG Keijzer will line up Dylan Davies, while CRG Holland Benjamin Tornqvist, Andreas Johansson, Bent Viscaal, Max Tubben, Max Weering and Henri Kauppi.

CRG / TININI GROUP PALMARES KZ-KZ2

CIK-FIA World Championship KZ-KZ2 (and previous equivalent categories)

2015: Jorrit Pex (NL), KZ, CRG / TM / Bridgestone

Le Mans, 13.09.15

2013: Max Verstappen (NL), KZ, CRG / TM / Bridgestone

Varennes, 22.09.13

2012: Jordon Lennox-Lamb (GB), KZ2 (World Cup), CRG / Maxter / Vega

Sarno, 02.09.12

2011: Jonathan Thonon (B), KZ1 (World Cup), CRG / Maxter / Dunlop

Genk, 04.09.11

2009: Jonathan Thonon (B), KZ1 (World Cup), CRG / Maxter / Dunlop

Sarno, 06.09.09

2008: Jonathan Thonon (B), KZ1 (World Cup), CRG / Maxter / Dunlop

Varennes, 07.09.08

2007: Jonathan Thonon (B), KZ1 (World Cup), CRG / Maxter / Dunlop

Sarno, 02.09.07

1993: Alessandro Piccini (I), FC 125 cc, CRG-Kalì-Kart / Pavesi / Dunlop

Val Vibrata, 05.09.93

1992: Danilo Rossi (I), FC 125 cc, CRG / Pavesi / Dunlop

Mariembourg, 06.09.92

1989: Gianluca Giorgi (I), FC 125 cc, CRG-Kalì-Kart / Kalì-Kart / Dunlop

Olomouc, 03.09.89

1985: Piermario Cantoni (I), FC 125 cc, CRG-Kalì-Kart / Balen / Dunlop

Laval, 01.09.85

1984: Gabriele Tarquini (I), FC 125 cc, CRG-Kalì Kart / Balen / Dunlop

Axamo, 09.09.84

CRG / TININI GROUP PALMARES KF

CIK-FIA World Championship KF (and previous equivalent categories)

2013: Tom Joyner (GB) (Tinini Group), KF, Zanardi / TM / Vega

Rd1 Brandon, Rd2 Bahrain

2012: Felice Tiene (I), KF (World Cup), CRG / Bmb / Vega

Zuera, 23.09.12

2011: Matthew Graham (GB) (Tinini Group), U18, Zanardi / Wke / LeCont

Rd1 Ortona, Rd2 Essay, Rd3 Sarno

2011: Nick De Vries (NL) (Tinini Group), KF1, Zanardi / Parilla / Bridgestone

Rd1 Wackersdorf, Rd2 Zuera, Rd3 Genk, Rd4 Sarno, Rd5 Suzuka

2010: Oliver Rowland (GB) (Tinini Group), Super KF (World Cup), Zanardi / Parilla / Bridgestone

Suzuka, 24.05.10

2010: Nick De Vries (NL) (Tinini Group), KF2, Zanardi / Parilla / Dunlop

Zuera, 19.09.10

2009: Arnaud Kozlinski (F), Super KF, CRG / Maxter / Bridgestone

Macau, 08.11.09

2009: David Da Luz (P) (Tinini Group), KF2 (World Cup), Zanardi / Parilla / Dunlop

Alcaniz, 20.09.09

2003: Wade Grant Cunningham (NZ), Formula A, CRG / Maxter / Bridgestone

Sarno, 26.10.03

2002: Giedo Van der Garde (NL), Formula Super A, CRG / Maxter / Bridgestone

Rd1 Mariembourg, Rd2 Alaharma, Rd3 Braga, Rd4 Salbris, Rd5 La Conca

2001: Vitantonio Liuzzi (I), Formula Super A, CRG / Maxter / Bridgestone

Rd1 Montreal, Rd2 Salbris, Rd3 Sarno, Rd4 Mariembourg, Rd5 Kerpen

2000: Lewis Hamilton (GB), Formula A (World Cup), CRG / Parilla / Bridgestone

Montegi, 26.11.00

1999: Danilo Rossi (I), Formula Super A, CRG / CRG / Dunlop

Mariembourg, 19.09.99

1999: Vitantonio Liuzzi (I), Formula Super A (World Cup), CRG / CRG / Bridgestone

Suzuka, 28.11.99

1997: Danilo Rossi (I), Formula Super A, CRG / CRG / Dunlop

Salbris, 14.09.97

1994: Alessandro Manetti (I), Formula Super A, CRG / Rotax / Vega

Cordoba, 18.09.94

1994: Luca Casazza (I), Formula A (World Cup), CRG / Rotax / Vega

Suzuka, 29.05.94

1993: Paolo Moro (I), Formula A (World Cup), CRG-Kalì / Italsistem / Vega

Suzuka, 30.05.93

1992: Danilo Rossi (I), Formula K (World Cup), CRG / Rotax / Dunlop

Suzuka, 31.05.92

1992: Alberto Pedemonte (I), Formula A (World Cup), CRG-Kalì / Rotax / Dunlop

Suzuka, 31.05.92

1992: Danilo Rossi (I), Formula K, CRG / Rotax / Dunlop

Ugento, 20.09.92

1990: Jan Magnussen (DK), Formula K, CRG / Rotax / Bridgestone

Jesolo, 16.09.90

1990: Danilo Rossi (I), Formula A, CRG / Rotax / Dunlop

Jesolo, 16.09.90

1989: Mike Wilson (GB), Formula K, CRG / Komet / Dunlop

Valence, 17.09.89

1988: Emmanuel Collard (F), F. Super 100, CRG / Rotax / Dunlop

Laval, 18.09.88

1988: Mike Wilson (GB), Formula K, CRG / Komet / Dunlop

Laval, 18.09.88

1985: Mike Wilson (GB), Formula K, CRG-Kalì / Komet / Dunlop

Parma, 22.09.85

1984: Joern Haase (DK), Formula K, CRG-Kalì / Komet / Dunlop

Liedolsheim, 16.09.84

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eKartingNews.com Driver of the Month: July 2016 – Reece Gold http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/18/ekartingnews-com-driver-of-the-month-july-2016-reece-gold/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/18/ekartingnews-com-driver-of-the-month-july-2016-reece-gold/#respond Thu, 18 Aug 2016 13:06:39 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=70583 In a continued effort to highlight the many outstanding performances by drivers around the country, eKartingNews.com is proud to introduce the ‘Driver of the Month’ program. Each month, the staff at EKN will determine the one driver who stood out above the rest and give the viewers a chance to know exactly what they accomplished and who they are.

Over the last decade, we have seen a number of Cadet drivers become a dominant force at their age level. Sage Karam, Colton Herta, Anthony Gangi Jr., Brandon Lemke, and Dylan Tavella all became multi-time champions and have risen up the karting ladders. A number of drivers under the age of 13 are racing each and every weekend across the country, developing their skills to be considered as good, if not better, than those names listed. Florida driver Reece Gold is making a solid case for his efforts in 2016, including a dominant month of July that saw him win five of six main events in three straight weekends against the best of the best.

Gold’s month began with his continuing bid toward the United States Pro Kart Series championship, holding their third event of the season at the GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, NC. The weekend following the Fourth of July celebration brought in some warm temperatures that drivers had to battle all weekend long. Those in the IAME Cadet chased Gold in the previous three rounds where he came away with the main event victories to place him as the championship leader. After qualifying ninth for Saturday’s round of racing, Gold worked his way forward, and was leading by the beginning of the main event. The Benik driver led the first 13 laps until contact with his teammate at the fast monza corner took both out of contention for the victory.

That would be the only main event blemish over the three weeks. Gold returned the following day to nearly sweep the round. Reece took fast time in qualifying and during the ‘cool down’ lap was involved in an incident, flipping his kart over. His Benik crew got his kart ready for the opening heat, placing second to teammate Santiago Trisini. Gold went on to win Heat #2 and fight off local favorites Gray Leadbetter and Saturday winner William Robusto for the first victory of the month.

A week later Gold made his WKA Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series debut in the Pro Swift Sportsman division, holding the first of two events at the New Castle Motorsports Park in Indiana this year. Saturday began by securing the fast time in qualifying before relinquishing the top spot in the heat races to Elio Giovane. Gold reassumed the top spot, leading 13 of the 14 laps to secure his first WKA victory in 2016, edging out Kaden Wharff by just 18 thousandths of a second. Sunday was all Gold, sweeping the round to earn a second victory on the weekend. Reece was challenged early until running away with the Heat #2 win and then dominated the feature to a five-second advantage after 14 laps, becoming the first driver to win multiple feature races.

The third weekend brought Gold back to the New Castle facility for the seventh running of the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour SummerNationals. After missing the SpringNationals in Phoenix, Gold was making his SKUSA debut for 2016. Reece secured the top spot in Round Three qualifying against the 34-driver field. He lost to a four-driver photo finish, placing fourth after leading during the eight-lap race. Gold was shuffled back early in Heat #2, and was spun around on lap four to drop him out of the top-15. He fought back to 11th to start inside row six of the main event. Sixteen laps in the main event was enough time for Gold to fight his way forward. Reece was able to catch Benik teammates Luca Mars and Tyler Maxson and in just four laps, took over the lead. The battle for second allowed Gold to pull away, earning his first Pro Tour victory.

Sunday’s performance was one of the greatest drives of the season, if not in Pro Tour history. Gold qualified a disappointing ninth, and was only able to gain one spot in Heat #1. Contact at the start of Heat #2 dropped him down to the tail of the field, placing 28th to start from Row 14 for the main event. Gold navigated his Benik like it was in another speed zone, gradually passing karts one by one until reaching the top-10 at the halfway point. Once there, it was another one-by-one set-up as Gold continued to move up the order. With two laps remaining, Reece was behind teammates Diego LaRoque and Tyler Maxson, working past both on the same lap to take over the lead. Gold was able to get away in the final laps as they fought for the runner-up position, completing a 28th to first triumph for the victory.

Gold is the championship leader in the United States Pro Kart Series IAME Cadet division, with the finale set for September 9-11 at Pittsburgh International Race Complex. Before that, Reece will look to lock up the Rok Cup USA Midwest championship at New Castle Motorsports Park on August 26-28. Then it’s back to Orlando Kart Center for the Rok Cup USA National Final. In October, Gold is set to travel to Italy to compete in his first international events – the Bridgestone Cup and the Rok Cup International Final at the famed South Garda Karting facility in Lonato. November, Gold will attempt for his third SKUSA Pro Tour victory of the season at the 20th Superkarts! USA SuperNationals.

July 2016 EKN Driver of the Month – Reece Gold

Reece Gold (Photo: EKN)

Reece Gold (Photo: EKN)

Bio

Born: Miami, Florida
Hometown:
Miami Beach, Florida
Parents:
Mark Gold and Caroline Gold
Siblings:
None
Height/Weight:
4’ 10” / 84lbs.
Education:
7th Grade
Job:
Student

Racing Resume

Chassis: Benik Kart
Engine/Engine Builder:
Woljter Engines and AM Engines
Sponsors:
The Ticket Clinic, A Law Firm
Series You Compete In:
Superkarts! USA, United States Pro Kart Series, Florida Winter Tour, Rok Cup USA
Years Karting:
7 Years
How did you get started in karting?
My Dad raced cars and he took me to most of his races. And then on my 5th birthday he bought me a Kid Kart.
What has been the high point in your racing career?
Sweeping SKUSA and USPKS and coming from 11th to first and 28th to first at New Castle
What are your goals in racing?
To make it to F1
In a few words, how would you describe your driving style?
Smart, Smooth, and Clean
Funniest moment at the race track?
Was probably just all the funny stuff me and friends do because there are so many funny things we do.

Likes

Favorite Track: New Castle Motorsports Park
Favorite form of professional motorsports:
Formula 1
Favorite karting driver:
Devlin Defrancesco
Favorite professional driver:
Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo
Favorite website:
eKartingNews.com and Youtube
Favorite movie:
Iron Man and Fast and Furious
Favorite actor/actress:
Robert Downey Jr.
Favorite music/group:
The Weeknd
Favorite vacation/activity spot:
London and Chicago
Favorite food:
Bolognese and Lasagna

The Real Deal

What do you do when not at the track? Play Basektball and play Racing Games
What are your goals outside of karting?
To be an Architect or a Lawyer
What app or game do you play a lot of right now?
F1 2016 and Project Cars
What type of street car would you like to drive?
Bugatti Chiron
What are your pet peeves or things that irritate you?
People who say I win because of either a draft or a certain setup
What do you think could be done to improve the sport of karting?
Its already really good but I think an idea is spread everybody out by about 2 seconds in qualifying
What are your favorite aspects about the sport of karting?
The fun on and off the track and the intensity of all the races

July 2016 Driver of the Month – Honorable Mention:

– Nicholas d’Orlando: WKA Manufacturers Cup Series – 2 Wins (IAME Junior)

– Braden Eves: WKA Manufactures Cup Series – 4 Wins (IAME Senior / Yamaha Senior)

– Ryan Kinnear: SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals – 2 Wins (S4 Master Stock Moto)

– Brandon Lemke: United States Pro Kart Series – 2 Wins (IAME Pro)

– Sam Mayer: United States Pro Kart Series – 2 Wins (IAME Junior / Yamaha Junior)

– AJ Myers: SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals – 2 Wins (S1 Pro Stock Moto)

– Ryan Norberg: SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals – 2 Wins (X30 Senior)

– William Robusto: United States Pro Kart Series – 2 Wins (IAME Cadet / Yamaha Cadet)

– Dylan Tavella: SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals – 2 Wins (X30 Junior)

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SKUSA BULLETIN: Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino Host Hotel Information for SuperNationals 20 http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/17/skusa-bulletin-westgate-las-vegas-resort-and-casino-host-hotel-information-for-supernationals-20/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/17/skusa-bulletin-westgate-las-vegas-resort-and-casino-host-hotel-information-for-supernationals-20/#respond Wed, 17 Aug 2016 19:29:02 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=70566 The opening week of registration for the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 20 presented by VCI Mexico / GP Racing Kart has kept things exciting and very busy for the office staff. The X30 Master division sold out the 44 spots in less than 30 minutes after entry opened to the public on August 10. X30 Senior competitor Josh Sarchet was the first driver to register, submitting his information within the first minute of the online site skusastore.com going live. He is one of over 200 competitors to register thus far in the 10 categories set to compete November 16-20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Just across from the LVCC parking lot, site of SKUSA SuperNationals 20, is the host hotel. The Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino is just a five-minute walk from the lobby area to the paddock, again providing three beautifully remodeled styles of rooms under the Superkarts! USA special room rate. Premium Rooms are $79+tax/night, Signature Rooms are $99+tax/night, and Concierge Rooms are $164+tax/night. The cut-off date is October 11 to book these rooms under the special SKUSA pricing — unless they sell out first. The special SKUSA pricing block is good for any days of stay between November 9 and November 28. To book now, visit the Hotel Information section on the SKUSA website here.

The event schedule for Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 20 is the next item to be confirmed, and will be published on the SKUSA website in the near future. For more info on anything related to Superkarts! USA, please visit the website – www.superkartsusa.com and be sure to follow the Superkarts! USA Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram accounts – or call the SKUSA head office at 951-491-0808.

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Awning Company Super One Series: Larkhall Report http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/17/awning-company-super-one-series-larkhall-report/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/08/17/awning-company-super-one-series-larkhall-report/#respond Wed, 17 Aug 2016 13:51:01 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=70544 The series moved north to the Scottish circuit of Larkhall, where Sunday was dry but only 14 degrees after rain on Friday practice.  X30 and KZ1 have just one round to run, whereas Rotax classes have two.  The circuit is well liked, although only 852m, but with exciting expansion plans in place for next year.  Several local drivers took guest positions and in Senior Rotax Max in particular were uncatchable by the regulars.

ABkC Honda Cadet National Championship

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Oliver Bearman took the spoils in two hard fought Honda Cadet finals but it was Harry Thompson the early protagonist heading timed qualifying from Sam Heading and Wesley Mason in the first session.  The second session was much slower topped by Astin Wigley.  Thompson won both his heats, Caden McQueen the other.  Slightly disadvantaged at the start of the first final, Thompson went back to third whilst Lucas Ellingham forged ahead of Bearman.  The trio traded the lead, joined by McQueen, until Bearman finally escaped to leave the battle for second raging.  Thompson nipped past Ellingham for runner up on the penultimate lap, Mason fourth ahead of McQueen.  In the second final Ellingham and Bearman broke away with Bearman soon taking up the lead and holding to the chequer.  Thompson fell back from third to 20th with mechanical issues whilst McQueen leapfrogged Mason for third.  Seven drivers had warnings whilst Archie Swinscoe was excluded for driving standards.  Normally a front runner, Ben Kasperczak had a terrible time with a DNF and a 28th.

Final 1: 1 Oliver Bearman (Project One); 2 Harry Thompson(Synergy); 3 Lucas Ellingham (Zip); 4 Wesley Mason (Project One); 5 Caden McQueen (Zip); 6 Archie Swinscoe (BRK).

Final 2: 1 Bearman; 2 Ellingham; 3 McQueen; 4 Mason; 5 Alex Eades (BRK); 6 Sam Heading (Project One).

MSA British Short Circuit Gearbox Kart Championship

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No one could touch Scott Allen in KZ1 as he moves to the top of the standings for the British short circuit gearbox crown.  Allen was fastest from the off, in TQ, winning both heats and both finals.  Less than three tenths split the five karts entered during timed qualifying, hopefully more will appear for the last round.  Dan Kelly inherited second in the first final when Allen’s team mate Danny Keirle failed to finish the last lap with a seized engine.  Starting at the back Keirle rocketed through to second in the second final, beating Kelly on the tenth lap.  Erstwhile championship leader John Pike had a lack lustre weekend and fell to third in the standings behind Kelly and Allen.

Final 1: 1 Scott Allen (Gold/IAME); 2 Dan Kelly (Birel/TM); 3 John Pike (Octane/Modena); 4 Hannah Lang (Tonykart/Vortex); 5 Danny Keirle (Gold/IAME).

Final 2: 1 Allen; 2 Keirle; 3 Kelly; 4 Pike; 5 Lang.

ABkC MiniMax National Championship

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Although Jenson Butterfield was in charge through the Saturday heats after topping TQ from Dexter Patterson and Tom Canning, Patterson out witted him in both finals.  Tom Canning and Jonny Edgar both came off at the first final start, Canning black flagged whilst Edgar recovered to tenth.  Butterfield had taken the lead but Patterson crept closer until past and through with Lorcan Hanafin joining them for a blanket finish. Patterson and Butterfield broke away in the second final and stayed in that position to the chequer whilst Hanafin had a steady third.  Canning charged through the pack from the back and eventually beat Edgar for fourth.  Butterfield is still well ahead in the points table and maybe did not wish to take any risks.

Final 1: 1 Dexter Patterson (Kosmic) 2 Jenson Butterfield (Tonykart); 3 Lorcan Hanafin (Tonykart); 4 Finlay Bunce (Tonykart). 5 Clayton Ravenscroft (Tonykart); 6 Evan Smillie (Gillard).

Final 2: 1 Patterson; 2 Butterfield; 3 Hanafin; 4 Tom Canning (Kosmic); 5 Jonny Edgar (Esprit); 6 Smillie.

ABkC Junior Max National Championship

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Joe Turney had been fastest in the time trials with Myles Apps in fourth but it was the local Scottish Champion Tony Logie who won the first heat with Turney taking a front fairing penalty, then Turney winning the second.  Apps led off from pole and successfully held off Rory Hudson and William Pettitt until Hudson plunged to the back.  Apps went clear for the win over Pettitt, Tyler Chesterton losing out at the end to Turney and Jonathan Hoggard.  Logie was sixth but excluded for a non-compliance.  Apps set off in the lead for the second final but was quickly relegated to fourth as Turney and Chesterton pulled clear.  But Chesterton fell to fourth leaving Turney out on his own and Apps could not challenge for Hoggard’s second place.  Turney stays in the lead with 9 points over Hoggard and Pettitt.

Final 1: 1 Myles Apps (Tonykart); 2 William Pettitt (Tonykart); 3 Joe Turney (Kosmic); 4 Jonathan Hoggard (Tonykart); 5 Tyler Chesterton (Tonykart); 6 Tommy Foster (Tonykart).

Final 2: 1 Turney; 2 Hoggard; 3 Apps; 4 Chesterton; 5 Pettitt; 6 Mark Kimber (Tonykart).

ABkC Senior Max National Championship

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Scottish guest drivers Mark Ross and Paul Stewart set the scene in timed qualifying, out driving all the regulars from the top teams.  Ross won both heats although Stewart was only 7th and 4th.   Jack McCarthy, Josh White and Rob Ellis all failed to finish the second heat so were back on the first final grid.  So Ross had it all his own way whilst McCarthy battled past Harrison Thomas and Stewart but could not close the gap to the leader.  It was a similar story in the second final, the locals pulverising the rest with Ross and Stewart nearly 2s clear of McCarthy and Thomas. Josh Collings was fourth in the first final but took a front fairing penalty and fought back to fifth in the second one.  McCarthy has a 4 point lead over Josh Skelton.

Final 1; 1 Mark Ross (Birel); 2 Jack McCarthy (Tonykart); 3 Paul Stewart (Tonykart); 4 Harrison Thomas (Tonykart); 5 Josh Skelton (Tonykart); 5 Josh White (Tonykart).

Final 2: 1 Ross; 2 Stewart; 3 McCarthy; 4 Thomas; 5 Josh Collings (Alonso); 6 Skelton.

Junior X30 International Qualifier

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(Photo: Kartpix)

Gordon Mutch has had his exclusion for not having his helmet done up at Llandow overturned so is back in the hunt for points, some 21 behind Angus Fender.  Fender had the edge on Saturday with best qualifying time and winning both heats.  Fender set off in the lead of the first final with Max Jeanne on his tail, until Oliver Clarke powered up behind.  Going into the two double lefts after the start line Clarke tried a pass on Fender but was rebuffed and cut over the grass, both drivers dropping back and letting Mutch take the win over Jeanne.  Fender finished seventh, and Clarke was given a 10s penalty.   Mutch led the second final with Fender leapfrogging into second over Shane White.  But Clarke was on a mission, carving past his opponents and by lap 6 was into second over Fender and chasing down Mutch.  That pass was quick to follow as Clarke won with 1.26s in hand.

Final 1: 1 Gordon Mutch (Mad Croc); 2 Max Jeanne (TBA); 3 Shane White (Tonykart); 4 Harry McQuillan (Tonykart); 5 Teddy Pritchard (Birel ART); 6 Ethan Pitt (Mach 1).

Final 2: 1 Oliver Clarke (Tonykart); 2 Mutch; 3 Angus Fender (Gold); 4 Pritchard; 5 White; 6 Angus Moulsdale (TBA).

Senior X30 International Qualifier

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(Photo: Kartpix)

Brett Ward took TQ honours and he and Josh Collings took the heat wins, putting them on the front of the first final grid.  Ward got a flying start, Collings going back to 8th and working hard for 6th.  That became third after Matt Davies overhauled Ward, and Matthew Hirst fell from third to fifth behind Dean Hale.  Matt Gilliland fared worse, going from grid 4 to last and only reaching ninth and would DNF the second final.  In that Collings was quick to take over the lead from Davies and eke out 1.46s with Hale and Ward battling for third.  Collings has 19 points in hand over Ward.

Final 1: 1 Matt Davies (Tonykart); 2 Brett Ward (Mach 1); 3 Josh Collings (Alonso); 4 Dean Hale (Gold); 5 Matthew Hirst (Kosmic); 6 Scott Mackrell (Tonykart).

Final 2: 1 Collings; 2 Davies; 3 Hale; 4 Ward; 5 Matt Gilliland (TBA); 6 Mackrell.

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