eKartingNews.com http://ekartingnews.com The leading karting website in the world Mon, 25 Jul 2016 21:57:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 EKN Trackside: 2016 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour SummerNationals – Sunday Report http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/24/ekn-trackside-2016-superkarts-usa-pro-tour-summernationals-sunday-report/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/24/ekn-trackside-2016-superkarts-usa-pro-tour-summernationals-sunday-report/#respond Mon, 25 Jul 2016 05:00:26 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=69594 SKUSA Pro Tour 2016-logoThe 2016 Superkarts! USA SummerNationals completed Sunday at the New Castle Motorsports Park. Over 100 degree temperatures were felt throughout the day, as the on-track staff and competitors battled humid conditions for nearly 12-hours, completing the fourth round of the SKUSA Pro Tour championship. Overall, the weekend was a success with over 250 entries for the nine categories and well over $10,000 in cash and prizes handed out. Success was earned all weekend for new TB Kart driver AJ Myers, sweeping the main events on the weekend in the S1 Pro division while Ryan Norberg was awarded the victory in X30 Senior following penalties in the main event.

Qualifying

Heat 1

Heat 2

Finals


AJ Myers ran away with the S1 victory making it two on the weekend (Photo: EKN)

AJ Myers ran away with the S1 victory making it two on the weekend (Photo: EKN)

Two-time race winner Ryan Norberg (Tony Kart) and national racing frontrunner Kyle Kirkwood (PSL Karting / Birel ART) were the class of the Nash Motorsportz / CRG Nordam X30 Senior field on Sunday. Kirkwood took the top honors in qualifying before splitting the heat races wins with Norberg. At the start of the main, the Florida drivers worked together to pull away from the 44-kart field, leaving Brandon Jarsocrak (KSNA / Praga) alone in the third position with a multi-driver fight on track for fourth. Kirkwood set the pace for 19 laps of the main event. Norberg kept up the pressure, but was unable to work past before the checkered flag. Kirkwood crossed the line first, believing he had won his first Pro Tour victory. Officials, however, penalized Kirkwood two positions for blocking, handing the win to Norberg, along with the overall weekend win for the $1,000 payday. The podium shook up more with four positions added to Jarsocrak after he was penalized for pushing at the start. This promoted TJ Koyen to the second position, who had worked his way up from 15th in qualifying. It was a no-quit attitude for the Innovative Performance / Exprit driver, continuing to knife his was forward throughout the day after a very tough Saturday. In the end, Kirkwood was demoted to third on the podium as a result of the penalty. Louie Pagano (2Wild Karting / Tony Kart) and Braden Eves (MDD / Kosmic) rounded out the top-five. Jarsocrak was classified seventh behind Nicky Hays (PGR / Ricciardo), who put in a solid effort to finish sixth.

Hunter Pickett became the fourth different winner on the year in S2 Semi-Pro (Photo: EKN)

Hunter Pickett became the fourth different winner on the year in S2 Semi-Pro (Photo: EKN)

There was no stopping AJ Myers in the PSL Karting S1 Pro Stock Moto category, sweeping the action on Sunday to secure his a second victory on the weekend. Myers put his TB Kart at the top of the qualifying sheet before walking away to the opening heat race win. The Saturday winner came under challenge in Heat #2, emerging as the race winner despite the fact that Jake French (DKC / SodiKart) and Danny Formal (DRT Racing / DR Kart) applied extreme pressure. The holeshot was all Myers needed in the main to secure his second Pro Tour victory, getting out and in front of the field to begin the 20-lap main event. While he was not the outright fastest driver on the track, Myers remained consistent to keep Formal from challenging, as they placed 1-2. Myers took home the $1,000 payday for most points on the weekend. French settled for third on the podium, bouncing back from having a podium finish taken away on Saturday due to a mechanical issue. Round Two winner Daniel Bray (GP) fought to a fourth place finish, demoting fellow former Pro Tour champion Joey Wimsett (PGR / Ricciardo Kart) to fifth.

Ryan Kinnear doubled up in the win column, making him the title contender in S4 (Photo: EKN)

Ryan Kinnear doubled up in the win column, making him the title contender in S4 (Photo: EKN)

The championship has tightened up for the 3G Kart Racing S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto category, welcoming Hunter Pickett as the fourth different winner on the season. The Aluminos driver fought forward throughout the day, coming out as the victor and setting up for a great chase for the championship heading to the 20th running of the SuperNationals this November. DKC / SodiKart drivers Austin Wilkins and Sky Finley posted identical fast times in qualifying (1:02.851) to fill out the front row. Each took a win in the heat races, positioning them as favorites heading into the main event. Pickett started fourth and slotted himself third after the opening lap. Once around Finley, Pickett ran down and worked past Wilkins for the lead. Pickett kept the Texan behind him all the way to the checkered flag, notching his first Pro Tour victory. Wilkins settled for second, earning most points on the weekend for a $500 payday. Finley ran third with Saturday winner Kyle Kalish (Franklin Motorsports / Merlin) slotted in fourth ahead of Jamaican Collin Daley (DRT Racing / DR Kart).

Robert Marks earned his second win on the year in S4 Super Master (Photo: EKN)

Robert Marks earned his second win on the year in S4 Super Master (Photo: EKN)

The same three drivers set the pace on Sunday in the Phil Giebler Racing / Ricciardo Kart S4 Master Stock Moto class. Defending champion Jimmy McNeil (PKS / CRG) posted the fast time in qualifying while Round One winner Jordon Musser (3G Kart Racing / Intrepid) and Saturday victor Ryan Kinnear (Champion Racing / Intrepid) split the heat races. The trio pulled away from the field once again in the main event, with Kinnear grabbing the holeshot. That was all he needed, as Kinnear led all 20 laps for his second victory on the weekend, placing himself as the frontrunner for the title heading into Las Vegas. Neither of the challengers were able to be as consistent as Kinnear, but Musser was able to steal second away from McNeil in the late going. Byron Rothenhoefer (Formula K) was able to hold off Round Two winner Alan Michel (MRC / Praga) for his best Pro Tour finish in fourth. Robert Marks (PKS / CRG) came back from a tough Saturday to earn his second Mad Old Nut Racing S4 Super Master Stock Moto victory on the season. Marks held off Texas driver Rod Clinard (CRG Nordam) with Lance Lane (DRT Racing / DR Kart) on the podium in third. Darrell Tunnell (PKS / CRG) finished fourth with point leader and Saturday race winner Nick Firestone (DRT Racing / DR Kart) in fifth.

Mario Barrios swept the day in X30 Master (Photo: EKN)

Mario Barrios swept the day in X30 Master (Photo: EKN)

Sunday brought on a new look at the front of the Parolin Racing Kart X30 Master division, including a new winner in Marios Barrios. The BBR / Gillard driver and team did their homework overnight to come out and sweep the day. Barrios set fast time in qualifying and won both heat races. Championship leader Derek Wang (BBR / FA Kart) was able to lead the opening lap until he was shuffled back. Barrios retook the lead and was then chased by two-time Pro Tour champion Ethan Wilson (PGR / FA Kart) as the lead challenger. Wilson both lost and closed ground on Barrios over the 18-lap event, but he was unable to mount a real challenge at any time. At the checkered flag, Barrios secured his first Pro Tour victory by one-second over Wilson. Wang completed the podium as Saturday winner Erik Jackson (MMK) and Jim Russell Jr. (RKS / Parolin) completed the top-five.

Another great drive by Dylan Tavella gave him win number two on the weekend in X30 Junior (Photo: EKN)

Another great drive by Dylan Tavella gave him win number two on the weekend in X30 Junior (Photo: EKN)

The ‘Dylan Tavella’ we are all used to seeing is now back, as the confidence and speed has returned, as witnessed by a double-win weekend in the Pure Karting X30 Junior class. Now in his second year as a Junior, Tavella set fast time in qualifying and won the opening heat race, only to be penalized two positions for scrubbing his tires past the commitment cone. The IRR / Tony Kart driver fought back to win the second heat race, earning the main event pole position. He and Dante Yu (J3 Competition / CompKart) broke away from the field on Sunday afternoon. Each took a turn at the point, but in the end, Tavella came out the victor. The fight for third was hard fought early until Zoey Edenholm (Koene USA / Tony Kart) came away with the position. Arthur Leist (Kosmic) came from 31st on the grid to end up fourth while Stephen Dial (Franklin Motorsports / Merlin) placed a respectable fifth.

Reece Gold came from deep in the star-studded Mini Swift field to claim the victory Sunday afternoon (Photo: EKN)

Reece Gold came from deep in the star-studded Mini Swift field to claim the victory Sunday afternoon (Photo: EKN)

There is no question throughout the karting community that Reece Gold is among the top Cadet drivers in the nation. The Benik driver proved it once again with an amazing drive to victory in Top Kart USA Mini Swift on Sunday. Gold struggled early on in the day, and was involved in contact during the start of Heat #2, placing him 28th for a Row 14 spot in the main event. It was like he and the kart were in a higher speed range, as Reece knifed his way through the pack with clean, precise maneuvers to climb up the order. By lap 13 of the 16-lap main event, he was into the top-five. Coming to the white flag, he went from third to first, and was able to escape the rest of the lead group as they fought for position instead of working against him. Gold pulled away to a 1.6-second advantage at the checkered flag for his second victory of the weekend. Thomas Nepveu (PSL Karting / Birel ART) slotted himself into second with Kyle Thome (Franklin Motorsports / Merlin) in third. Devin Gomez (Benik) and Nicholas Terlecki (PSL Karting / Birel ART) completed the top-five.

A big victory for Elliot Cox in the Micro Swift division (Photo: EKN)

A big victory for Elliot Cox in the Micro Swift division (Photo: EKN)

The Benik Kart Micro Swift came down to a photo finish. After a great 16-lap main event by the youngest group of the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour, Indiana’s own Elliot Cox (Benik) was able to reach the checkered flag first ahead of Kai Sorensen (Praga) by 48 thousandths of a second. Alex Powell (Birel ART) crossed the line in third with Brandon Carr (Benik) and Piers Aspiras (Ricciardo Kart) ending up fourth and fifth.

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EKN Trackside: 2016 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour SummerNationals – Saturday Report http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/23/ekn-trackside-2016-superkarts-usa-pro-tour-summernationals-saturday-report/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/23/ekn-trackside-2016-superkarts-usa-pro-tour-summernationals-saturday-report/#respond Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:23:13 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=69531 SKUSA Pro Tour 2016-logoIt was a long, hot and humid day for the first round of Superkarts! USA Pro Tour SummerNationals. The sun was out all day at the New Castle Motorsports Park in New Castle, Indiana, with drivers on track for nearly 12 hours from warm-up to the final checkered flag. It was a pretty clean day throughout as the nearly 250 competitors respected one another on the track with no major issues. Racers got plenty of laps to decide the nine winners on the day, including a second victory on the season for X30 Senior driver Ryan Norberg, and a dominant performance put in by fellow Floridian AJ Myers in his S1 debut for 2016.

Qualifying

Heat 1

Heat 2

Finals

The field in the PSL Karting S1 Pro Stock Moto is filled with former champions and former Pro Tour race winners. Saturday’s action added another member to the club as AJ Myers gave TB Kart and himself their first Pro Tour victory. Championship leader Daniel Bray (GP) set the pace early on with the fast time in qualifying (1:02.722) and then won the opening heat race. Myers came on strong when the racing began, working his way to the point of Heat #2 to secure the pole position for the main event. With the holeshot at the start, Myers put his TB Kart out front ahead of an early battle for P2 between 2015 SuperNationals winner Danny Formal (DR Kart) and former Pro Tour champ Joey Wimsett (Ricciardo Kart). Myers was able to establish a solid lead early-on, maintaining this cushion with consistent lap times over the 20 circuits of the main event. At the checkered flag, the gap was 2.6 seconds as Myers earned his first Pro Tour victory. DRT Racing’s Formal settled for second although behind him, the third place driver kept changing late in the race. Jake French (SodiKart) had the position in hand until his engine expired a few laps short of the checkered, handing Oliver Askew (Birel ART) a podium position to cap off his impressive charge from the back. Champion Racing’s Nick Neri (Intrepid) drove to fourth while Joey Wimsett (Phil Giebler Racing / Ricciardo Kart) dropped back to fifth. Championship leader Daniel Bray (GP), Billy Musgrave (Praga) and French all had tough days, opening up the championship chase heading into Sunday’s action.

Ryan Norberg added his second win in X30 Senior on the season (Photo: EKN)

Ryan Norberg added his second win in X30 Senior on the season (Photo: EKN)

The Nash Motorsportz / CRG Nordam X30 Senior class honors came down to four drivers. Kyle Kirkwood (PSL Karting / Birel ART), Ryan Norberg (Tony Kart) and Austin Garrison (CompKart) were all at the top of the result sheets throughout the day. There was no clear cut favorite, however, with Brandon Jarsocrak (Praga) joining the trio at the front of the main event. Norberg and Garrison had the race in their hands for much of the race, shuffling the lead while maintaining their positions up front. Garrison led as the duo took the white flag, but Norberg made his move at the I-70 hairpin. At the line, Norberg secured his second victory of the series, winning by four hundredths of a second. KartSport North America’s Jarsocrak crossed the line in third, just behind the top two as he was positioned to capitalize on any error. Kirkwood ended up fourth ahead of Stepanova Nekeel (BBR / Tony Kart), who carded a solid fifth.

A third different winner was crowned in the 3G Kart Racing S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto, and throughout the day it appeared that Aluminos driver Hunter Pickett would be that driver, as he secured the fast time in qualifying before winning both heat races. The main event began with Kyle Kalish (Merlin) securing the top spot after the opening lap chaos to pace the 34-driver field. Pickett kept is close through the first half of the 20-lap main event. Pickett took the lead briefly with a move at the end of the long start-finish straightaway, but Kalish dove back under him on the exit to retain the position. The shuffle allowed Round Two winner Hunter Kelly (Praga) to come through for the position, putting Pickett back to third. They ran this way until lap 10 when Pickett got into the back of Kelly and the two karts both went off course, ending their races. This promoted Round One winner Austin Wilkins (SodiKart) to the second position, that is, until a charging Salvador de Alba (GP) took the spot away. In the end, Franklin Motorsports’ Kalish drove away to a 3.7-second advantage by the checkered flag to post his first Pro Tour victory. Alba finished second ahead of Wilkins in the third position. Rory van der Steur (FA Kart) continued to impress as he bounced back after an issue in Heat #2 put him 14th on the grid, driving to an impressive fourth ahead of Sky Finley (DKC / SodiKart).

It was a first victory for Kyle Kalish in S2 along with Merlin in the shifter ranks (Photo: EKN)

It was a first victory for Kyle Kalish in S2 along with Merlin in the shifter ranks (Photo: EKN)

Looking at the Parolin Racing Kart X30 Master field, there were a number of drivers with previous Pro Tour experience you would have expected to be in the hunt. However, when it came down to the main event, three drivers drove away from the field with Laurentiu Mardan (Tony Kart) leading Erik Jackson (MMK) and veteran Scot Carapellatti (Formula K). None of the three had yet to win a Pro Tour event. Jackson set the pace throughout the day, but settled in behind Mardan after receiving a jump start penalty for Heat #2. The two pulled away from Carapellatti to decide between themselves, as Jackson got the better of Mardan. At the line, it was Jackson securing his first Pro Tour victory for himself and the MMK chassis. Carapellatti was able to close in down to the checkered flag to steal the second spot from Mardan, with all three earning their first Pro Tour podium. The fight all race was for fourth, with a mixture of the former race winners and Pro Tour champions. John Crow (MRC / Praga) put down fast laps to climb his way from the back after a tire failure in Heat #2, working past championship leader Derek Wang (BBR / FA Kart) and Round Two winner Jamie Sieracki (Franklin Motorsports / Merlin).

It was a near perfect day for Erik Jackson in the MMK machine, driving to his first X30 Master win (Photo: EKN)

It was a near perfect day for Erik Jackson in the MMK machine, driving to his first X30 Master win (Photo: EKN)

It was an Intrepid 1-2 in the Phil Giebler Racing / Ricciardo Kart S4 Master Stock Moto as Ryan Kinnear became the third different winner on the year, triumphing over Round One victor Jordon Musser. The two set the pace throughout the day and pulled away from the field in the main event, putting on a show. They worked together for the most part, but were sizing each other up for the end run in the main event. Kinnear was able to get the edge, reaching the checkered flag for the Champion Racing driver’s first Pro Tour victory in the category. 3G Kart Racing’s Musser settled for second, while defending champion Jimmy McNeil (PKS / CRG) battled his way up from 13th after needing to break his engine seal after Heat #2. Point leader Alan Michel (MRC / Praga) was fourth while Chris Jennings was a solid fifth all day. Nick Firestone and Lance Lane made it a 1-2 for DRT Racing and DR Kart in the Mad Old Nut Racing S4 Super Master Stock Moto. The championship leader was able to hold on in the main event over the charging Lane to secure his second win on the season. PP Mastro (Italcorse) completed the podium, ahead of Darrell Tunnell (PKS / CRG) and Venkat Reddy (CRG) in fourth and fifth.

Ryan Kinnear led a 1-2 finish for Intrepid in S4 Master (Photo: EKN)

Ryan Kinnear led a 1-2 finish for Intrepid in S4 Master (Photo: EKN)

Despite some great racing throughout the day, the final race for the Pure Karting X30 Junior category belonged to Dylan Tavella (IRR / Tony Kart). It was a performance similar to what we have seen Dylan’s early Cadet days, as the sophomore Junior pilot simply drove away to the victory. Zoey Edenholm (Koene USA / Tony Kart) continued her growth as a driver, securing fast time in qualifying and winning the opening heat race, only to be penalized five positions for ignoring the meatball flag in the closing laps. The penatly promoted Merlin driver Alex Bertagnoli (Franklin Motorsports / Merlin) to the race win. It was short-lived at the front as Tavella (Tony Kart) drove his way to the second heat win. From there, Tavella jumped out quickly in front of the field to start the main, leading all 18 laps for his first Pro Tour victory. The battle all race long was for second, with Edenholm locking up the position over Jagger Jones (RPM / Tony Kart). Edward Portz (RPG / Kosmic) ended up fourth with Michael Cruz (FA Kart) an impressive fifth after leading the group for some time.

In the Top Kart USA Mini Swift division, the momentum heading into the event was all on the shoulders of Reece Gold, having won several races leading up to this weekend’s event. After qualifying first in the 34-driver field, Gold lost out on the win in Heat #1, which was won by Kyle Thome (Merlin) and he was then spun around in Heat #2, placing 11th as fellow Benik driver Luca Mars took the win. Mars was comfortably out front during the main with Thome on his bumper, until Benik driver Tyler Maxson closed up with Gold on his rear bumper. Thome was the only non-Benik hope for the rest of the field, until he looped it on lap 10, opening the door for Maxson and Gold to put pressure on Mars. It wasn’t until the last lap that the lead changed hands. Gold took over the position and the rest of the group ended up fighting for the second position. The victory was the first for Gold on the Pro Tour, with Maxson edging out Benik driver Anthony Willis for second over Mars and Elio Giovane. Devin Gomez made it a Benik top-six.

Dylan Tavella went untouched in the X30 Junior main event (Photo: EKN)

Dylan Tavella went untouched in the X30 Junior main event (Photo: EKN)

Anything can happen with the young drivers of the Benik Kart Micro Swift division. Kai Sorensen (Praga) was the driver to beat all day and remained that in the main event until Sebastian Ng (Top Kart) and Eli Trull (Fullerton) were able to match his pace. Ng took over the point for the first time with just a few laps remaining, sparking up some shuffling between the top-three. It continued to the final lap with Trull able to go from third to first in a three-wide move on the exit of turn one. It appeared he was able to get away with the other two making contact. Ng kept his head down and was able to close in, making a run to the checkered flag. At the stripe, it was Ng with the edge and the victory, notching his first Pro Tour win. Trull crossed the line in second, but was removed from the results for missing the battery. That promoted Sorensen to second and Alex Powell (Birel ART) to third. Calem Maloney (OK1) and Ben Maier (Top Kart) completed the top-five.

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Paddock Insider: 2016 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour – SummerNationals http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/21/paddock-insider-2016-superkarts-usa-pro-tour-summernationals/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/21/paddock-insider-2016-superkarts-usa-pro-tour-summernationals/#respond Thu, 21 Jul 2016 23:41:10 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=68950 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 2016 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour SummerNationals at the New Castle Motorsports Park in New Castle, Indiana. 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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Craig Moves Back to OTK

SKUSA #2 plate holder Jake Craig is back on OTK for the SummerNationals (Photo: EKN)

SKUSA #2 plate holder Jake Craig is back on OTK for the SummerNationals (Photo: EKN)

The current #1 driver in the EKN TaG Driver Rankings is former SKUSA Pro Tour champion Jake Craig. The California driver is making a return back to the OTK brand following a 2015 season with Formula K and part of 2016 aboard the fellow IPKarting chassis Praga. The two parties went separate ways following an event here in May, with Craig going out on his own carrying the JCR (Jake Craig Racing) colors aboard a FA Kart. The 2014 champ is looking to put himself back in the title chase following a runner-up finish during Round Two in Phoenix.

Cash Money Up for Grabs in Nearly Every Class

The entry total for this year’s SummerNationals is at 253, setting another record for the seventh annual event. The headline categories each race for $2,500 in cash for the top-five finishers on the weekend. With the large numbers comes more for the other divisions, as all classes with 30 or more earn the right to a $1,000 purse for the weekend total. Micro came into the event with 30, as Mini, S2 and X30 Junior are all above that mark. That puts just the cash purse to $9,000 for the weekend, not to mention the other prizes awarded on the weekend. The drivers will have to earn it as the schedule has been changed to a 10-10-20 format in terms of laps for the Pro classes. Master and Junior divisions will run 10-10-18 and the Mini/Micro groups a 8-8-16 for Saturday and Sunday. With the humidity and the possibility of rain throughout the weekend, it will be money earned.

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2016 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour – SummerNationals http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/21/2016-superkarts-usa-pro-tour-summernationals/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/21/2016-superkarts-usa-pro-tour-summernationals/#respond Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:38:14 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=68937 The 2016 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour continues this weekend with the seventh running of the SKUSA SummerNationals. The event returns for the second straight year at the New Castle Motorsports Park in New Castle, Indiana with 248 entries set for the nine categories on the weekend. Catch all the action live at ekartingnews.com/live and watch update here along with the EKN Social Media network of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Saturday Results
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EVENT COVERAGE

07.24.16 – Sunday Report

07.23.16 – Saturday Report

07.22.16 – Paddock Insider

07.20.16 – Honda Preview

07.20.16 – IAME Preview

EVENT NEWS

PitKit to Present EKN Live SummerNationals Broadcast
SKUSA Bulletin: 2016 SummerNationals Registration Opening June 9
Superkarts! USA Video: TomVersation – SKUSA Pro Tour SpringNationals 2016
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Rock Island Grand Prix Announces Vega Tire Contingency Awards, Special Pricing http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/21/rock-island-grand-prix-announces-vega-tire-contingency-awards-special-pricing/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/21/rock-island-grand-prix-announces-vega-tire-contingency-awards-special-pricing/#respond Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:20:17 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=68935 The Rock Island Grand Prix, Vega Tires and TS Racing have announced a contingency program worth $5,600 to participating racers using Vega Tire compounds. The contingency program is available in all classes where Vega Tires are legal, excluding Vintage and Ignite classes.

Drivers who win a race on four Vega Tires will receive $200 in cash. Those finishing second on Vega Tires will receive a $100 gift certificate from Vega and those finishing third on Vega Tires will receive e a $50 gift certificate from Vega.

In addition, TS Racing, the Vega Tire importer for the United States, is also offering a special pricing program for Rock Island Grand Prix competitors. The world class CIK/WSK homologated Vega XM 460/710 tire set is reduced to $189.00. The popular FH Blue 460/710 tire set will be $150.00. Vega has all competitors covered with a wide selection of tire compounds to fit every class.

Check out the Vega Tire selection at TSRacing.com or call 800-962- 4108 and speak to a representative.

Sponsors of this year’s Rock Island Grand Prix include Mediacom, AT&T, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Jumer’s Casino and Hotel, Jack’s Brake & Alignment, MG Tires, Curry’s Transportation, Holiday Inn, ekartingnews.com, CBS4, Fox 18, QC-CW TV, The Dispatch and Rock Island Argus newspapers, Briggs & Stratton Motorsports, Courtesy Car City, G&E Credit Union, Margay Racing, McDonald’s restaurants, Schurr Power, Verizon IndyCar Series. Advanced Medical Transport, Modern Woodmen Bank, Modern Woodmen Financial – Joe Schurr, Gett Industries, Johannes Bus Service, Sunbelt Rentals, Rogan Scales.

The Rock Island Grand Prix is hosted by the Downtown Rock Island Arts and Entertainment District which features retail shops, excellent restaurants, live entertainment, dinner theater, art galleries and comedy clubs all within walking distance of the host hotel. Jumer’s Casino & Hotel is just a short drive away. Rock Island is located on the Mississippi River three hours west of Chicago in an area known as the Quad-Cities which straddles the river and the Illinois/Iowa border. It is at the intersection of Interstate highways 74, 88 and 80 and is served by Quad City International Airport in Moline, Ill. (www.ridistrict.com)

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Brandon Lemke Racking Up National Wins, Selected For Generation-Ganassi Mentorship Program http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/21/brandon-lemke-racking-up-national-wins-selected-for-generation-ganassi-mentorship-program/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/21/brandon-lemke-racking-up-national-wins-selected-for-generation-ganassi-mentorship-program/#respond Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:15:19 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=68932 Wisconsin’s Brandon Lemke has surged to become one of the country’s top TaG racers in 2016 during his rookie season in the senior category – winning races and driving to top finishes between SKUSA, USPKS and WKA national series.

Lemke’s success has not gone unnoticed as the 16-year-old recently received a great honor in being selected over some 100 applicants as a winner of the Generation Ganassi (Gen-G) Mentorship Program, a brand-new program created by championship race team owner Chip Ganassi to help identify young racing talent and provide mentorship via a pairing with a current Ganassi driver, competition person and others from the team’s business operations team.

Lemke, a 13-time national karting champion, will join several of the best racers in the world between the ages of 13 and 18 in the program, identified as “Ones to Watch” in the world of auto racing.

Chip Ganassi Racing will be releasing more details on the new Gen-G program in the coming weeks.

On the track, Lemke hasn’t missed a beat since advancing from the Junior ranks to the Senior category. He opened the year with a WKA Winter Tour championship in the IAME Senior classification and he’s racked up eight national final wins thus far including winning four of six finals thus far in the ultra-competitive Pro IAME Senior class in USPKS.

Lemke’s most recent success came at GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, N.C., where he swept the headline Pro IAME Senior class’s finals with dominating victories both days of competition.

“It’s been an excitingseason so far,” Lemke commented. “We’ve been awesome in USPKS whereas (WKA) Man Cup we haven’t won as many races, but we’ve still been very competitive. Our main focus this year is USPKS, and we’ve been fast in it, so I can’t complain. I’m looking forward to the SKUSA SummerNationals this weekend, too. I’m confident we are going to run well, and hopefully we can pick up a couple wins after we missed the win at Phoenix in the spring.”

As of July 1, Lemke sits P3 in the eKartingNews.com TaG Driver Rankings, a tabulation including approximately 400 TaG and Stock Moto drivers that are ranked using results from the major series and one-off events across North America.

Karts are not the only machines Lemke has been wheeling this year. He recently tried his hand in a U.S. Legends car in the prestigious Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Driving a car owned by Scott Mayer, Lemke learned the ropes quickly and ran competitive during both Monday and Tuesday’s competition.

Lemke has also seen time in a micro-sprint on the dirt at Port City Raceway in Oklahoma.

“I enjoyed the Legends car at Charlotte and I’d love to get back into it this season,” Lemke said. “A big thanks to Scott and Sam Mayer for the opportunity. I also really enjoyed racing on the dirt. It was a lot of fun and something I’d love to do again. We need to stay hungry and keep the success going in the karts, and hopefully we can find an opportunity so I can test my skills at the next level, wherever that may end up being.”

This weekend is one of the biggest races of the summer with the SKUSA Pro Tour’s SummerNationals at Indiana’s New Castle Motorsports Park. Teams from coast to coast will enter New Castle’s gates this week to challenge for prestigious Pro Tour victories.

Brandon will be one of the favorites in the X30 Senior category as he looks to build on his P3 finish in the Pro Tour’s Round 2 at Phoenix, Ariz., in May.

Brandon Lemke is a 16-year-old national champion kart racer from Eagle, Wisconsin. Lemke is a 13-time national champion, 13-time regional champion and the last driver to win four national WKA championships in a single season, which won him the prestigious Triple Crown award in 2013.

Lemke races his family-owned Franklin Motorsports-backed Merlin chassis in the most competitive sprint series in the country. He’s proud to be sponsored by Quickswim, QPS Employment Group, Woltjer Racing Engines and Race Ready Engineering.

To learn more about Brandon, visit BrandonLemke.com and “Like” his Facebook page at “Brandon Lemke Fan Page.”

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WKA NRRS Atlanta GN Entry Blank Now Available, Daytona to Start 2017 Season http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/21/wka-nrrs-atlanta-gn-entry-blank-now-available-daytona-to-start-2017-season/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/21/wka-nrrs-atlanta-gn-entry-blank-now-available-daytona-to-start-2017-season/#respond Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:12:46 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=68930 The Entry Blank for the Grand National event for the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series presented by Russell Karting is now available on the WKA website. The series will be heading to Atlanta Motorsports Park in Dawsonville, Georgia for the first time ever September 16-18, battling for Grand National Eagles, as well as 50 Bonus points for running all 4 of the national events this season.

With the unfortunate cancellation of the July Dominion Raceway event, combined with the challenge of rescheduling another national event in suitable time for competitors, as well as being respectful to the late season regional events and other races scheduled, World Karting Officials felt it was in the best interest of the series, given the circumstances, to settle for a 4 race national program, and come back out in 2017 loaded for bear.

With the decision to go with the 4 race national program, competitors will follow the same format with 4 races as they would have with 5, meaning there is still 1 drop in the program, with drivers running all 4 events earning 50 Bonus Points.

While the challenges of the schedule for 2016 have been trying to say the least, given the repaving project at VIR, as well as the Dominion cancellation, WKA is coming out of the gates in 2017 with a vengeance, beginning with the latest edition of Daytona Kart Week, bringing the Road Race, Mfg Cup, and Speedway Dirt Series drivers back for the annual December Holiday Classic Dec 27-30. More information on the Daytona event will be coming in the next several weeks, as World Karting Officials are also placing the finishing touches on a return to the Midwest in 2017 as well.

To view the Entry info, click here.

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SKUSA SummerNationals Next on the Docket for Team Koene USA http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/21/skusa-summernationals-next-on-the-docket-for-team-koene-usa/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/21/skusa-summernationals-next-on-the-docket-for-team-koene-usa/#respond Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:09:13 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=68928 Only a short drive from their Indianapolis, Indiana location, Team Koene USA will bring nine drivers to the New Castle Motorsports Park facility for the annual SuperKarts! USA (SKUSA) SummerNationals. With some new as well as returning drivers registered, Team Koene USA will once again look towards the front of the field in their quest for race wins and podium results before shifting gears and preparing for the ultimate SKUSA SuperNationals.

“We are continuing to evolve and add some new drivers to the team,” explained Team Principal Mike Maurini. “We have had some drivers move to the car ranks and others that chose different programs, but have filled those voids with fresh faces that are eager and willing to learn. We are committed to providing the best for all of our drivers and will work hard to obtain the desired results.”

Team Koene USA’s largest contingent will come in the X30 Junior class as Payton Durrant, Zoey Edenholm and Alejandro Jaramillo will all do battle. Edenholm is fresh off a fifth place result at the SpringNationals in May as well as a fourth place finish at the most recent round of the US Open in Utah. The young and talented Payton Durrant had one of his best races of the 2016 season in Utah coming from deep in the Rotax Junior field, gaining nearly twenty positions to garner a solid seventh place effort. In Indiana, he will trade his Rotax powerplant in for a stout IAME X30 package in his hopes to continue the upward trend. Alejandro Jaramillo has shown the speed to run at the pointy end of the field but has run into some bad racing luck. Competing this past weekend in Peru, Jaramillo will be back on a familiar track on American soil in Indiana.

Zach Holden, fresh off of his IAME Pro victory at the USA International Raceway and Yamaha Pro win at GoPro Motorplex, will return to the facility where he has grown up, this time in the X30 Senior class. Scoring a podium result at the opening round of the SKUSA Pro Tour, Holden had heartbreak in round two with a broken ground wire while he was in the lead as he was forced to retire. Looking for redemption, Holden will be one to watch.

Ryker Mattes will continue his growth and development with Team Koene USA as he shows his upward trend in speed and results. Timid at his first event with the team back in January, Mattes has shown a greater aggression while making passes, a reduction in lap times and consistent improvement throughout the first six months of the season. Scoring a top-ten in Phoenix at the first round of the SKUSA Pro Tour, Mattes will try to better that effort in New Castle, a facility that he has competed at multiple times already in 2016.

Team Koene USA will enter a pair of drivers in the IAME Mini Swift class as James Egozi and Aryton Hernandez will do battle. While Hernandez has been flying the Koene USA colors in his home state of Texas, he will shift his focus to the national level of karting with his entrant in both the SummerNationals next weekend and the prestigious SuperNationals in Las Vegas in November. Announced just last week, Egozi has been near the front of the field in every series of competition and makes the move to Team Koene USA beginning with the SKUSA SummerNationals. A major player with the Vortex and Rotax powerplants, Egozi will team with the Indiana based squad and look towards the top step in Mini Swift.

Maurini continued, “I am very excited about our three younger drivers as they represent the future of the sport. Ryker has shown unbelievable improvement in his short tenure with the team while Aryton has been a front runner in the Texas region. James is a natural talent behind the wheel and I have no doubt that all three of these kids will be multi-time karting champions.”

Working to better the sport and assist others, Team Koene USA is providing tent space and service Ocala Gran Prix’s Tyler Gonzalez as well as North Carolina’s Brooke Nachtman who will both do battle in X30 Junior.

For more information on Koene USA and their online store, please visit www.TeamKoeneUSA.com or contact company representatives at 317.270.8723 or via e-mail to Info@KoeneUSA.com. Team Koene USA is also very active in social media and can be found on Twitter at @KoeneUSA or on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/KoeneUSA.

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So Cal Oval Karters Return to Wheel2Wheel Raceway in Victoryville Saturday http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/21/so-cal-oval-karters-return-to-wheel2wheel-raceway-in-victoryville-saturday/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/21/so-cal-oval-karters-return-to-wheel2wheel-raceway-in-victoryville-saturday/#respond Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:01:22 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=68926 After four straight weekends off, the So Cal Oval Karters end their summer break this Saturday, July 23rd, when they head to Jon Aden’s Wheel2Wheel Raceway on the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville.  Saturday will be the “3rd Annual Flyin’ Hawaiian Race” and it will also feature the resident speedway sprints and dirt karts on the program.  Spectator gates will open at 5:00 PM with racing at 6:00.

Local karter Chris Southern of Hesperia, who won the first four KT100 main events of the year at Wheel2Wheel, will be out to start a new streak on Saturday on the 1/8 of a Mile-High Desert oval.  At the last race at Perris Auto Speedway on June 23rd, Long Beach racer Joe Gibb put an end to Southern’s streak with a convincing win.  Heading into Saturday’s race, Southern has a 40-point advantage over Gibb, who last week scored a win in Hanford, in the championship standings.  Oxnard’s Rob Marion, who was in the midst of a hot streak exactly one year ago, is third.

In a flip flop in the Open Class, Southern ended the three race win streak of Gibb at Wheel2Wheel on June 4th, but Gibb started a new one when he won his second main of the day at Perris on the 23rd.  Gibb will carry a 60-point advantage over Fountain Valley karter Scott Bohle into Victorville.  Dillon Hoffman of Cathedral City is only 5-points behind Bohle.

Another win streak going into Saturday’s race is held by Don Holdsworth in the Senior 4 Cycles.  The Menifee racer has reeled off four straight wins and has the largest point lead in all of SCOK.  Banning’s Desiree Gaynor is second, but trails Holdsworth by 74-points.  Norwalk’s John Leonhart is third and is only 6-points behind Gaynor.

Whitter’s Steve Juillerat has won three of the first five races in the F200 class this season including two at Wheel2Wheel.  Thus he tops the points charts in the class by 40-points over Banning’s Scott Gaynor.  Riverside’s Justin Garcia is third.

In addition to the adults, the Junior/Junior class will also be at Wheel2Wheel getting valuable laps for tomorrow’s karting stars.

After Saturday’s race, the club will head to the Grand Arena at Industry Hills for its only 2016 appearance on August 6th.

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 – 720
    2. Joe Gibb – Long Beach -680
    3. Rob Marion – Oxnard – 655
    4. Thomas Southern – Hesperia – 624 *
    5. Matt Drotz – Long Beach – 495 *

* Non Member

Open Class

  1. Joe Gibb – Long Beach – 720
    2. Scott Bohle – Fountain Valley – 660
    3. Dillon Hoffman – Cathedral City – 655
    4. Norm Reynolds – San Marcos – 635
    5. Chris Southern – Hesperia – 510

Senior 4 Cycles

  1. Don Holdsworth – Menifee – 720
    2. Desiree Gaynor – Banning – 646
    3. John Leonhart – Norwalk – 640
    4. Ryan Sherman – Lake Elsinore – 500 *
    5. Tony de Almeida – Chino Hills – 486

*Non Member

F200

  1. Steve Juillerat – Whittier – 710
    2. Scott Gaynor – Banning – 670
    3. Justin Garcia – Riverside – 655
    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

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

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

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

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Pendykoski Sweeps Kart Events for His Dad http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/21/pendykoski-sweeps-kart-events-for-his-dad/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/21/pendykoski-sweeps-kart-events-for-his-dad/#respond Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:58:06 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=68923 Merrittville Speedway’s 12th Kart Night of 2016 saw win streaks continue through all 5 Lucas Oil Weekly Karting Series Divisions Tuesday July 19th.

2016 Rookie Nigel Pendykoski – grandson of former Saturday Night Racer John Pendykoski was on a mission Tuesday Night – winning both of his qualifying heats and the 8 lap Feature for the Vansickle Pet Valu Novice 1 Division.

Pendykoski’s dad Mike was unable to see the performance as he was home recovering from day surgery.

Also on a mission was Cohen Corbett who won his second straight Tim Phillips Garage St. Catharines Discount Auto Parts Novice 2 Feature as was two other drivers who won their fourth events of the season.

Owen Kaiser won his 4th straight RCM Racing Equipment Junior 1 Feature – his 5th of the season while Jaedon Lawson also took home his 4th Feature Win in the Ed MacPherson Construction Junior 2 Division.

In other Performance Manufacturing Divisional action, Kyle Phillips won for the third time in the Superior PetroFuels Junior Restricted Division while in the Senior Divisions … John Farnan Lindberg won his second Cassell Manufacturing Senior Fun Feature of the season.

Travis Majuery continues to lead all drivers after winning his 9th Feature in the Wilder Racing Engines Senior Animal Division.

For the next two weeks … Kart Racing moves to Wednesdays … July 27th and August 3rd. Pits Open at 5:30 and when the racing starts at 7 PM – Grandstand Admission is FREE.

Heat Results

Vansickle Pet Valu Performance Manufacturing Novice 1 Division – 6 laps – Heat 1 – Nigel Pendykoski, Jacob Mamo, Mason Richau, William Younger, Christopher Crowe, Gavin Lavallee, Carley Brakespeare, Scarlett Gaboury, Heat 2 – Nigel Pendkoski, William Younger, Christopher Crowe, Jacob Mamo, Gavin Lavallee, Scarlett Gaboury, Carley Brakespeare, Mason Richau.

Tim Phillips Garage KC Auto Parts Performance Manufacturing Novice 2 Division – 6 laps – Heat 1 – Cohen Corbett, Madelyn Goulding, Trevor Evans, Hana Rothwell, Amber White.. Heat 2 – Hana Rothwell, Cohen Corbett, Trevor Evans, Amber White, Madelyn Goulding.

RCM Racing Equipment Performance Manufacturing Junior 1 Division – 8 laps – Heat 1 – Zach Trotter, Spencer Maytum, Owen Kaiser, Logan Illiffe, Aiden Lavallee. Heat 2 – Zach Trotter, Spencer Maytum. Logan Illiffe, Owen Kaiser, Aiden Lavallee.

Ed MacPherson Construction Performance Manufacturing Junior 2 Division – 8 laps – Heat 1 – Joey Priestley, Ali Harmoch, Donny Lampman, Davis Grocott. DNS – Jaedon Lawson. Heat 2 – Donny Lampman, Davis Grocott, Ali Harmoch, Joey Priestley, Jaedon Lawson..

Superior PetroFuels Performance Manufacturing Junior Restricted Heavy Division – 8 laps – Heat 1 – Dalton Slack, Kyle Phillips, Trevor Wright, Austyn Werstroh, Taylor White, Ryleigh Sliter, Noah Mamo, Randy Giroux. Heat 2 – Kyle Phillips, Dalton Slack, Randy Giroux, Ryleigh Sliter, Noah Mamo. Trevor Wright, Austyn Werstroh, Taylor White.

Cassell Manufacturing Performance Manufacturing Senior Fun Division – 10 laps – Heat 1 – Brandon Black, Scott Andres, John Farnan Lindberg, Ron McGarry, John Pendykoski. Heat 2 – John Farnan Lindberg, Brandon Black, Scott Andres, Cam Dueck, John Pendykoski, Ron McGarry.

Wilder Racing Engines Performance Manufacturing Senior Animal Division – 10 laps – Heat 1 – Ashley Moore, Travis Majuery, Dylan Culp, Kathleen Lampman, Daniel McKay, Nathan Boisvert, Paul Lindberg. Heat 2 – Travis Majuery, Dylan Culp, Nathan Boisvert, Ashley Moore, Daniel McKay, Kathleen Lampman, Paul Lindberg..

Burris Tire Feature Results

Vansickle Pet Valu Performance Manufacturing Novice 1 Division – 8 laps – Nigel Pendykoski, Jacob Mamo, Gavin Lavallee, Carley Brakespeare, Mason Richau, Scarlett Gaboury, Christopher Crowe, William Younger.

Tim Phillips Garage KC Auto Parts Performance Manufacturing Novice 2 Division – 8 laps – Cohen Corbett, Hana Rothwell, Trevor Evans, Amber White, Madelyn Goulding.

RCM Racing Equipment Performance Manufacturing Junior 1 Division – 15 lapsOwen Kaiser, Zach Trotter, Aiden Lavallee, Spencer Maytum, Logan Illiffe.

Ed MacPherson Construction Performance Manufacturing Junior 2 Division – 15 laps – Jaedon Lawson, Ali Harmoch, Donny Lampman, Joey Priestley, Davis Grocott.

Superior PetroFuels Performance Manufacturing Junior Restricted Division First Feature  – 15 laps – Kyle Phillips, Dalton Slack, Randy Giroux, Trevor Wright, Austyn Werstroh, Taylor White, Ryleigh Sliter, Noah Mamo.

Cassell Manufacturing Performance Manufacturing Senior Fun Division – 20 laps – John Farnan Lindberg, Brandon Black, Scott Andres, Cam Dueck, Ron McGarry, John Pendykoski.

Wilder Racing Engines Performance Manufacturing Senior Animal Division – 20 laps – Travis Majuery, Ashley Moore, Dylan Culp, Daniel McKay, Nathan Boisvert, Paul Lindberg, Kathleen Lampman.

For further information on Tuesday Night Kart Racing – contact the Speedway Office at 905-892-8266 or by contacting (General Manager) Erica Bicknell-Jones at ebicknell@cogeco.net or Race Director Jeff Riley at merrittvillekartclub@hotmail.com

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS

The 2016 Lucas Oil Kart Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 7 Divisions is brought to racers by partners including Performance Manufacturing, Vansickle Pet-Valu, Tim Phillips Garage, Ed MacPherson Construction, RCM Racing Equipment, Cassell Manufacturing, Superior PetroFuels, Briggs & Stratton, KC Auto Parts, Wilder Racing Engines and Burris Tire.

Lucas Oil Products is one of the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem-solving additives. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at their favorite automotive retailer or repair centre including the KC Auto Parts, Tim Phillips Garage, Kala’s Hardware and through RCM Racing Equipment.

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Sanzaru Games Reaches Mid-Point of Season with Race Five http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/21/sanzaru-games-reaches-mid-point-of-season-with-race-five/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/21/sanzaru-games-reaches-mid-point-of-season-with-race-five/#respond Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:54:04 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=68921 Race #5 on July 23 & 24 will mark the mid-point of the 2016 Sanzaru Games season, 4 races complete and 4 more races after Race #5 to run. The 2016 season has been so far a strong season for competitive racing, especially in the Rotax classes. This race will run on the tough and tight Reverse Sprint configuration with the GoPro feature class being Micro Max. Also at the mid-point of the racing season, the Sanzaru Series is the largest region in the country.

Micro Max has had strong entry numbers all season with over 10 karts per race. Two veteran drivers, Sebastiaan Mulder and Christian Legaspi, have been leading the pack in the early part of the season, with but Skyler Geczi, Ryan Persing and Adam Freire having been close to make it a good five kart battle up front. The Reverse Sprint configuration will make this a real driver’s race.

Kid Karts will again be featured on the Saturday Practice with six sessions of practice and racing.

The race weekend will start with a Practice day on Saturday. All Sanzaru Games Series classes will be able to get in as many as eight practice sessions during the day. Kid Karts will have six sessions throughout the day with the last two sessions being races. Practice starts at 8:30 AM and runs to 5:20 PM. Registration will open at 7:30 AM. Practice is open to all drivers who are up to normal racing speeds with a kart that meets current karting safety specifications. Cost is $50 for Practice only and $30 for Kid Karts.

Sunday’s race day begins at 8:10 AM with a quick round of practice for the nine race groups followed by a five lap group Qualifying session, two eight lap Pre-Mains and a 15 lap Main. Registration will open at 6:45 AM. Race Entry is $110, $15 for transponder rental if needed, $10 for all crew and spectators, and kids under 12 years old are $5. Registration is at the administration building on the right side as you enter Sonoma Raceway, look for the Sanzaru Games Registration sign.

You can get more information about the Sanzaru Games Karting Championships as well as the weekend schedule by going to www.sanzarukarting.com

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Awning Company Super One Series – OK and OKJ MSA British Kart Championships Round 2 http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/21/awning-company-super-one-series-ok-and-okj-msa-british-kart-championships-round-2/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/21/awning-company-super-one-series-ok-and-okj-msa-british-kart-championships-round-2/#respond Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:52:29 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=68916 Dean MacDonald and Jonathan Hoggard were the stars of the second round of this resurgent MSA British Kart Championship at Shenington in north Oxfordshire.  The senior grid was increased on last time as more drivers come to love the performance benefits of this CIK international class, whilst the juniors were marginally down due to driver’s prior commitments.  Nevertheless there were new faces and Strawberry Racing and Vortex had put up a senior and junior engine to be won by best newcomer which turned out to be Ross Martin and Roman Haskett.  The airfield circuit is just over 1Km but produced some thrilling races and the whole weekend was an extravaganza for the annual Shenington SuperPrix and MSA E Plates.  The winners of the OK classes can now sport the E for England champion number plate for the next year.  Along with live music and a barbeque on Saturday evening there were daily demonstrations from around seventy historic and Legend karts.   The last round of the series for nearly all Super One classes is at PF International on 23-25 September.

MSA British Kart Championship for OK Senior

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It was Jamie Flynn who took top spot in timed qualifying with Dean MacDonald just a tenth behind Flynn and Oliver Hodgson.  Then MacDonald got into his stride winning both heats with quite a few retirements including Flynn, Harrison Thomas and newcomer Ross Martin now his funding has run dry in single seaters.  MacDonald went onto to stamp his authority on the meeting by winning both finals comfortably.  The flying Scotsman cruised clear of Hodgson in the first final then Toby Sowery dropped out elevating Jacob Stilp.  Stilp was being pressed by Jamie Flynn who had come from tenth on the grid until Flynn also retired, leaving Luke Knott in fourth, well clear of Roy Johnson.  Veteran Bobby Game had been in the mix for fifth, but fell to eleventh.  For the second final Stilp leapfrogged the fast starting Thomas and Hodgson for second but MacDonald had already cleared off.  Thomas nipped past Hodgson in the chicane whilst Flynn roared up from the back to challenge Ross Martin for fifth.

Final 1 (19 laps): 1 Dean MacDonald (Tony Kart); 2 Oliver Hodgson (Birel ART); 3 Jacob Stilp (Mad Croc) 4 Luke Knott (Tony Kart); 5 Roy Johnson (Tony Kart); 6 Harrison Thomas (Kosmic).

Final 2: 1 MacDonald (19 laps); 2 Stilp; 3 Thomas; 4 Hodgson; 5 Ross Martin (Birel-ART); 6 Jamie Flynn (DR). FL Johnson 40.4s. Pole MacDonald.

MSA Junior British Kart Championship for OKJ

Jonathan HoggardIn the Junior OK category Jonathan Hoggard was at one with the track on a very hot weekend unchallenged from timed qualifying through both heats and both finals.  In the TQ Kiern Jewiss was next just ahead of the Frenchman Axel Charpentier but it was the steady but fast Mark Kimber who lined up alongside Hoggard on the first final grid.  In the first Kiern Jewiss lost second to Axel Charpentier before Morgan Porter took them both, the BMR driver being fifth on the grid.  Mark Kimber leapfrogged to third, as Jewiss was penalized to twelfth with a dropped front fairing from contact, elevating Charpentier, Callum Bradshaw and local driver Roman Haskett.  Porter could only reach within 2s of Hoggard with Kimber a second behind.  Hoggard swiftly pulled a gap on Porter in the second final leaving all the action around third place.  Jewiss had put in a stupendous first lap for fifth, he and Charpentier soon joined by Kimber in the battle for third.  Amidst much jostling on the last lap both into the first hairpin and through the chicane, Jewiss held onto third over Charpentier and Kimber.  Local driver Roman Haskett won the engine for best newcomer, finishing a very creditable seventh.

Final 1 (19 laps): 1 Jonathan Hoggard (Kosmic); 2 Morgan Porter (Octane); 3 Mark Kimber (Tony Kart); 4  Axel Charpentier (Tony Kart); 5 Callum Bradshaw (Exprit); 6 Roman Haskett (Tony Kart).

Final 2: 1 Hoggard (19 laps); 2 Porter; 3 Jewiss; 4 Charpentier; 5 Kimber; 6 Bradshaw

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EKN Trackside: 2016 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour SummerNationals – Honda Preview http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/20/ekn-trackside-2016-superkarts-usa-pro-tour-summernationals-honda-preview/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/20/ekn-trackside-2016-superkarts-usa-pro-tour-summernationals-honda-preview/#respond Wed, 20 Jul 2016 20:45:53 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=68896 SKUSA Pro Tour 2016-logoThe seventh season of the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour continues with the running of the SummerNationals at the New Castle Motorsports Park. The New Castle, Indiana facility is welcoming 248 pre-entries in nine categories, just a little bit more than the SpringNationals in May to once again set another record for entries outside the SuperNationals. Along with the number of racers, the number of laps are going up as well with 10-lap heat races and 20-lap main events each day for the headline divisions, 18-lap Finals for Master and Junior categories, with reduced laps for Mini and Micro competitors.

Television cameras will be rolling throughout the weekend with the CBS Sports Network and MotorTrendOnDemand coverage continues for the second straight year for Superkarts! USA, helping to promote the many drivers in attendance and spread the word about the sport of karting in general. This weekend is Round Three and Four of the SKUSA Pro Tour championship program, with well over $150,000 in cash and prizes set to be distributed throughout the year, all leading up to the 20th running of the SKUSA SuperNationals this November in Las Vegas.

New Castle Motorsports Park was constructed in 2003, opening up in 2004, quickly becoming a instant favorite within the industry. The 1-mile course provides a bit of everything, including long straights, tight corners, elevation changes and plenty of passing opportunities. Indiana was the longtime home of Superkarts! USA in its early years, coming back to the ‘Hoosier State’ for the first time with the current form of the Pro Tour last year. Another return signifies the prestige and excellence track owner Mark Dismore and the entire staff provided to the Superkarts! USA racers. Last year also introduced the new finish line, at the end of the long-pond straight, providing multiple photos finishes. 2016 is sure to do the same with the record number of competitors.

eKartingNews.com, the official media partner of Superkarts! USA, is proud to present the seventh straight year of Trackside Live coverage of the SKUSA Pro Tour. This weekend’s coverage is presented by PitKit. PitKit is something new in the sport, offering a pair of kart-specific tool packages, the PitKit Lite and the Elite, with have been designed with the travelling mechanic in mind. The kits feature Beta tools, organized in high-end portable cases. These kits include the tools you actually need to work on karts, instead of a box full of useless equipment that never get touched. PitKits are now being used by top tuners and club racers, all over the country. To learn more, check out their website – www.pitkitkarting.com. Those unable to attend can enjoy live audio and live timing at the EKN Live page – ekartingnews.com/live. Daily race reports can be seen each day, along with updates and results posted to the Official Discussion Thread, in addition to the EKN social media feeds – FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.


PSL Karting S1 Pro Stock Moto

Kiwi Daniel Bray heads up the S1 Pro championship chase (Photo: EKN)

Kiwi Daniel Bray heads up the S1 Pro championship chase (Photo: EKN)

Looking at the top of the S1 championship standings, you may be thinking its 2011. Well, its not. 2011 SKUSA Pro Tour champion Daniel Bray is back at the top of the category, entering the SummerNationals as the championship leader. The Kiwi driver under the GP VCI Mexico tent scored the victory in Round Two in Phoenix – his first on the SKUSA Pro Tour since 2013 – to propel himself to the top of the standings. Bray was among the top contenders last year in New Castle, forcing the 14 others in Indiana to be on their best to help cut the championship lead.

The top challenger is EKN Stock Moto Driver Rankings #1 pilot Billy Musgrave. The 2012 SuperNationals S2 winner landed his first SKUSA Pro Tour victory in New Castle last year, adding a second this May in Phoenix. The gap between the MRC / Praga driver and Bray is 41 points, with the top-five all within 100 points of the title leader. Jake French (DKC / SodiKart) notched his first S1 podium in Phoenix, and had the rain stayed just 20 minutes longer Saturday at the SpringNationals, it could have been a first victory. SKUSA SuperNationals 2015 winner Danny Formal recorded a best finish of second in Phoenix to sit fourth in the standings. The DRT Racing / DR Kart driver has the opportunity to show his speed once again at the fast New Castle circuit. Kolton Griffin (Pure Karting / Tony Kart) is fifth, running consistently at the front during the SpringNationals. 2015 SummerNationals was the site of his first Pro Tour podium finish, with the Arizona driver looking for more success.

Any of the other entrants have the ability to fight for podium positions, making it another great S1 field full of talent. A new addition is Florida driver AJ Myers. A former KZ podium finisher at the SuperNationals, Myers has moved over to the TB Kart in TaG competition last month and is set to make his S1 debut for 2016.

Provisional S1 Pro Entry List

No. Driver Team Chassis Engine Builder State Country
38f Oliver Askew PSL Karting BirelART SwedeTech FL USA
62nz Daniel Bray GP VCI Mexico GP Fisher Racing Engines NZL
32j Robert Bujdoso Checkered Motorsports PCR BBS Racing Engines OH USA
1y Jarred Campbell Champion Racing Intrepid Pinzini Racing Engines CA USA
317d Sabre' Cook Energy Kart USA Energy SwedeTech CO USA
37a Danny Formal DRT Racing DR SRS Racing Engines CRI
16t Jake French Dallas Karting Complex (DKC) / SodiKart USA SodiKart SwedeTech TX USA
4k Kolton Griffin Pure Karting Tony Kart SwedeTech AZ USA
44j Josh Lane DRT Racing DR Fisher Racing Engines IL USA
131n Alex Manglass DRT Racing DR SwedeTech NY USA
N2 Billy Musgrave Musgrave Racing Company (MRC) Praga Musgrave Racing Company (MRC) CA USA
128f AJ Myers TB Kart FL USA
217f Nick Neri Champion Racing Intrepid SwedeTech FL USA
88c Matias Podboj Mad Old Nut Racing Mad – Croc Darcy DeCoste Racing Engines (DDR) CA ARG
27z Joey Wimsett Phil Giebler Racing (PGR) Ricciardo SwedeTech OR USA


3G Kart Racing S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto

S2 point leader Kyle Wick is making his first SummerNats trip to New Castle (Photo: EKN)

S2 point leader Kyle Wick is making his first SummerNats trip to New Castle (Photo: EKN)

The 2016 SKUSA Pro Tour is shaping up to be another competitive year in the S2 division. Last year was dominated by two drivers over opening four rounds. After the SpringNationals, there is no clear-cut favorite with two different winners and another driver leading the championship chase. Kyle Wick used his sweep of the four heat races to secure the top spot in the point standings in S2. The RPG / Kosmic pilot went winless in the main events, placing fourth and second to establish a 137-point advantage in the title chase. Austin Wilkins (DKC / SodiKart) and Hunter Kelly (LEM / Praga) were triumphant in Phoenix, each taking home their first ever SKUSA Pro Tour victory. Kelly enters New Castle second in the standings with Wilkins in fourth. Between them is Franklin Motorsports / Merlin driver Kyle Kalish. The Illinois native was runner-up in the messy Round One main event, with a fifth in Round Two. Kalish finished on the second step of the podium both days last year in New Castle, looking to improve that in his first race since Phoenix.

There is a long list of drivers still looking for their first Pro Tour victory in the 34-driver field. Champion Racing / Intrepid driver Harry Gottsacker landed his first SKUSA Pro Tour podium at the SpringNationals, sitting fifth in the championship standings. Jamaican driver Collin Daley was impressive in his SKUSA Pro Tour debut in Phoenix, placing third in Round Two. The 19-year-old is back with DRT Racing / DR Kart for New Castle.

A number of local area drivers are set to defend home turf, including Derek Dignan (KSNA / Praga), Andrew Bujdoso (Checkered Motorsports / PCR), Cody Elliott (Champion Racing / Intrepid). Tommy Andersen (Kosmic) is making his first ever S2 start this weekend, as is Indiana’s Robby Seward (BBS / PCR). Double TaG Senior winner at last year’s SummerNationals Jesus Rios Jr. is moving over to the S2 division, still competing aboard the Indianapolis’ manufactured iKart chassis. The list continues on with other notable drivers with a chance to land on the podium this weekend.

Provisional S2 Semi-Pro Entry List

No. Driver Team Chassis Engine Builder State Country
00t Nathan Adds Dallas Karting Complex (DKC) / SodiKart USA SodiKart SwedeTech TX USA
77j Colton Aldridge GP USA GP SwedeTech IN USA
2j Tommy Andersen Mitz Racing Kosmic Musgrave Racing Company (MRC) WI USA
8k Kol Bailey Pure Karting Tony Kart SwedeTech AZ USA
100t Garrett Boone 3G Kart Racing Intrepid SwedeTech TX USA
327j Andrew Bujdoso Checkered Motorsports PCR BBS Racing Engines OH USA
18t Vincent Cossard 3G Kart Racing Intrepid SwedeTech TX FRA
412a Collin Daley DRT Racing DR JAM
42m Salvador de Alba GP VCI Mexico GP Fisher Racing Engines MEX
142j Derek Dignan Kartsport North America Praga Musgrave Racing Company (MRC) MI USA
777x Josh Early Musgrave Racing Company (MRC) Praga Musgrave Racing Company (MRC) CA USA
21j Cody Elliott Champion Racing Intrepid Fisher Racing Engines WI USA
97t Sky Finley Dallas Karting Complex (DKC) / SodiKart USA SodiKart Fisher Racing Engines TX USA
69t Harry Gottsacker Champion Racing Intrepid SwedeTech TX USA
725q Tyler Guilbeault DRT Racing DR SRS Racing Engines NH USA
012m Arturo Hernandez GP VCI Mexico GP Fisher Racing Engines MEX
219j Kyle Kalish Franklin Motorsports Merlin SwedeTech IL USA
435y Hunter Kelly Leading Edge Motorsports (LEM) Praga Pinzini Racing Engines CA USA
19e Kyle Kennedy Crockett Motorsports CRG BS Racing Engines MO USA
65t Ryan P. Lewis VemmeKart / Extreme Karting Vemme SRS Racing Engines TX USA
07j Tony Malito Frontier Autosport BirelART Musgrave Racing Company (MRC) IN USA
6j Darin Marcus Franklin Motorsports Merlin SwedeTech IL USA
96t Lawson Nagel Dallas Karting Complex (DKC) / SodiKart USA SodiKart Fisher Racing Engines TX USA
146y Jason Pettit Aluminos Aluminos Aluminos CA USA
36y Hunter Pickett Muscle Milk / Pickett Racing Aluminos SwedeTech CA USA
127f Jesus Rios Jr. Team iKart iKart FL USA
53j Joe Ruch Frontier Autosport BirelART Musgrave Racing Company (MRC) IN USA
11d Ryan Rudolph GP USA GP SRS Racing Engines CO USA
94c Aaron Schmitt Champion Racing Intrepid SwedeTech CA DEU
63j Robby Seward BBS Racing Engines PCR BBS Racing Engines IN USA
1 Callum Smith Musgrave Racing Company (MRC) Praga Musgrave Racing Company (MRC) CA AUS
29n Rory van der Steur Musgrave Racing Company (MRC) FA Kart Musgrave Racing Company (MRC) MD USA
109z Kyle Wick Rolison Performance Group (RPG) FA Kart Collins Racing Engines WA USA
22t Austin Wilkins Dallas Karting Complex (DKC) / SodiKart USA SodiKart SwedeTech TX USA


Phil Giebler Racing / Ricciardo Kart S4 Master Stock Moto

Following success at his home track, Alan Michel looks to continue running at the front this weekend in S4 (Photo: EKN)

Following success at his home track, Alan Michel looks to continue running at the front this weekend in S4 (Photo: EKN)

All of the top contenders from Phoenix will be in Indiana for the S4 battle, except for one. SKUSA #2 plate holder Darren Elliott is remaining in California and is not competing at the SummerNationals following two third-place results in Phoenix. The rest of the top finishers are set to battle on the 1-mile circuit, including championship leader Alan Michel. The S4 rookie nearly swept the weekend at his home track in Phoenix, missing out on the win in Round One after the rain moved in, following it up by leading the entire day in Round Two for his first SKUSA Pro Tour victory. Last year, Michel was fighting hard in the S2 field, and will make the transition to remain out front of the S4 field.

Notching the win in the wet Round One main event was 2013 SKUSA Pro Tour champion Jordon Musser. It was his first victory aboard the Intrepid chassis as the 3G Kart Racing / Champion Racing pilot drove to fourth in Sunday’s main. Musser sits 70 points back of Michel entering the weekend. His Intrepid teammate Ryan Kinnear is among the top Master drivers in the country, having won the US Open title last year and the Challenge of the Americas crown this winter. The Champion Racing pilot was absent for last year’s SummerNationals, although he is very familiar with the circuit. 2014 SKUSA Pro Tour title winner Gian Cavaciuti is next in line behind Kinnear in the title chase. Two fifth-place results put him nearly 200 points out of first, as the GP driver needs podium finishes each day to help his cause at a second title.

Jimmy McNeil is the only driver in S4 with two championship over the six-year history of the SKUSA Pro Tour. The CRG driver had a weekend to forget in Phoenix, and is currently 11th in the standings. The positive, the SummerNationals are back at New Castle where he nearly swept the entire weekend, earning both main event victories to help push him toward the championship. Chris Jennings was fast at New Castle last year, placing runner-up to McNeil on Sunday. The DRT Racing / DR Kart driver is among those to watch for podium contention, along with eShifterKart / CKR pilot Terry Lawrence.

Provisional S4 Master Entry List

No. Driver Team Chassis Engine Builder State Country
118n Christiaan Bouhuys DRT Racing DR Fisher Racing Engines PA NED
333m Jesse Carrasquedo GP VCI Mexico GP SRS Racing Engines MEX
48c Gianfranco Casadei Mad Old Nut Racing Mad – Croc Darcy DeCoste Racing Engines (DDR) CA BRA
N3 Gian Cavaciuti GP VCI Mexico GP Fisher Racing Engines ITA
8s Brian Davies DRT Racing DR Fisher Racing Engines NC USA
16m Jorge de la Huerta GP VCI Mexico GP Fisher Racing Engines MEX
78m Juan Garcia Nash Motorsportz CRG SwedeTech CA MEX
175t Chris Jennings DRT Racing DR SRS Racing Engines TX USA
823m Victor Jimenez Rolison Performance Group (RPG) Tony Kart SwedeTech FL MEX
85t Ryan Kinnear Champion Racing Intrepid SwedeTech TX GBR
13z Terry Lawrence Team eShifterKart CKR SwedeTech ID USA
N1 Jimmy McNeil PKS Kart Supplies / Team Visalia CRG SwedeTech CA USA
110c Alan Michel Musgrave Racing Company (MRC) Praga Musgrave Racing Company (MRC) AZ MEX
16t Jordon Musser 3G Kart Racing Intrepid SwedeTech TX USA
27j Jeffrey Neubert Checkered Motorsports PCR BBS Racing Engines OH USA
29a Michael Patrizi PSL Karting / Woodsource Ricciardo SwedeTech AUS
13s Byron Rothenhoefer Brian Fisher Racing Formula K Fisher Racing Engines VA USA


Mad Old Nut Racing S4 Super Master Stock Moto

Nick Firestone stands on top of the S4 Super Master standings heading into the weekend (Photo: EKN)

Nick Firestone stands on top of the S4 Super Master standings heading into the weekend (Photo: EKN)

The S4 Super Master division made its debut at the SpringNationals, competing within the S4 race group, similar to what you see at sportscar competition. Robert Marks (CRG) and Nick Firestone (DR Kart) became the inaugural winners in Phoenix, with Firestone leaving with the championship advantage. The gap is just 35 points between the two with another solid group of nine others chasing them on the weekend. Rod Clinard (CRG) was runner-up to Firestone on Sunday, making the trek from Texas to Indiana along with notables Darrell Tunnell (CRG), Phil Conte (CRG), and PP Mastro (Italcorse). Former S4 SKUSA #3 plate holder Lance Lane is making his return to Superkarts! USA competition, back with DRT Racing and DR Kart. Coy Dayton is another to watch, making his SodiKart debut with DKC.

Provisional S4 Super Master Entry List

No. Driver Team Chassis Engine Builder State Country
104x Levi Bennett PKS Kart Supplies / Team Visalia CRG SwedeTech CA USA
79g Stephen Boyer Trinity Karting Group Tony Kart KY USA
710t Rod Clinard CRG Nordam CRG SRS Racing Engines TX USA
10c Phil Conte Nash Motorsportz CRG SwedeTech CA USA
32t Coy Dayton Dallas Karting Complex (DKC) / SodiKart USA SodiKart Fisher Racing Engines TX USA
66c Nick Firestone DRT Racing DR SwedeTech AZ USA
65j Lance Lane DRT Racing DR Lane Racing Engines IL USA
103x Robert Marks PKS Kart Supplies / Team Visalia CRG SwedeTech CA USA
27c PP Mastro Italcorse America Italcorse Darcy DeCoste Racing Engines (DDR) CA USA
68t Venkat Reddy Musgrave Racing Company (MRC) CRG Musgrave Racing Company (MRC) TX IND
102x Darrell Tunnell PKS Kart Supplies / Team Visalia CRG SwedeTech CA USA

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WR Motorsport and LeCont Announce Partnership for North American Market http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/20/wr-motorsport-and-lecont-announce-partnership-for-north-american-market/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/20/wr-motorsport-and-lecont-announce-partnership-for-north-american-market/#respond Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:29:00 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=68890 The following is a statement from WR Motorsports regarding the new relationship with LeCont Tires

WR Motorsports has enjoyed over twenty years of fabulous relationships with high quality products such as MG Tires and Alfano Timing Systems. Today opens a new chapter in our effort to provide our customers and partners with another industry leading product.

Besides those two great names, we are truly excited to announce a new partnership that will provide our North American karting community with the best that Europe has to offer. Le Cont tire will be making a debut with WR Motorsport that will be hard to ignore, as the speed and durability have become world renowned. With the level of product development and customer service we have witnessed from LeCont it is very clear, this is what we would like to offer our clients and racers! The FIA demands for product durability and quality have reached a whole new level and the next homologation period will be ever more stringent. LeCont is very focused on these types of goals and is determined to continue to exceed in every way.

To be more familiar with Le Cont tire please visit www.lecont.com

We look forward to an exciting partnership that will benefit the karting community as a whole.

Stay tuned! The best is yet to come!

Wagner Rossi
WR Motorsports
www.wrmotorsports.com

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Record-Setting Event for West Coast Kart Club at Greg Moore Raceway http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/20/record-setting-event-for-west-coast-kart-club-at-greg-moore-raceway/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/20/record-setting-event-for-west-coast-kart-club-at-greg-moore-raceway/#respond Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:43:42 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=68882 A late-season uptick in club race participation at West Coast Kart Club in 2015 keeps on rolling in ‘16, with entries setting new highs at each club race this year.  WCKC Race #5 at Greg Moore Raceway, the west coast’s premier kart track, featured 99 entries and the spectacle of a 39-kart LO206 Senior grid hammering into turn 1 …. levels not seen in recent memory.  It’s not just all about the 4-strokes though, the growth and good racing is spreading all across the spectrum from Micro Max all the way up to the new ‘T3’ TaG Heavy class.  Free race entries, tires, or RaceNow arrive-and-drive package prizes drawn at the end of each race may be part of it, or it could be the awesome new WCKC promo video, revival of the newsletter, or club BBQs.  One thing that has not changed is the terrific GMR facility with our first-class track layout and trackside storage facilities for members.  Most likely it’s all of the above, plus the good feeling of being in a busy paddock, even on practice day, with family teams of two, three, or even four parents and kids all racing, lots of new faces, and some long-time racers returning after years away.  Bottom line is there’s a good buzz around GMR these days!

WCKC-Mini MaxMicro Max started the year with the whole grid having the ‘X’, surely a good sign for the future.  Addison Jones is following in the footsteps of older brother Logan and dad Sean, both club series regulars.  Ryland Eagles has his sights set on dad Chris’ WCKC RoKGP crown, and Katie Musgrave has sister Ellie running up front in Rotax Jr. for inspiration.  Newcomers Dante Bottiglieri (Micro Max) and Kellen Sichewski (Jr. 1 LO206) are also learning the ropes in this group.  Race #5, however, saw experienced visitors Asthon Torgerson and Shawn Kozma, both preparing for the upcoming CanAm Challenge round at GMR, in P1 and P2 with WCKC series leader Antonio Costantino in P3.

Mini Max has grown this year with club regulars Logan Jones and Jason Leung moving up from Micro, plus Alexander Yettaw arriving late last season, joining ’15 series points winner Maxwell Inkpen.  At Race #5 CanAm series regulars Asthon Torgerson and Jason Leung ran a close 1-2 in the final, with Ryan Dezall (one of no less than 4 Dezall’s racing this weekend) in 3rd.

WCKC-Jr2BriggsIn Jr2 LO206 has sophomore drivers Arjan Mann and Liam MacRae returning, joined by a group of Rotax Jr. regulars doing double-duty: Marco Kacic, TJ Madonna, and Jonathon Yettaw.  Race #5 also featured guests Matthew Taskinen, Carsen Kunz, and Austin Torgerson with Taskinen, Kunz and Kacic P1-P2-P3 in the final.

11 drivers took the Rotax Jr. final start with Taskinen, Kacic and Tyler Kozma finishing 1-2-3 all within 0.50 second; P1 qualifier Ellie Musgrave was an unlucky DNF.

RokGP/T1/T2 brings together the various Senior 2-stroke motor and tire combinations running at light weights, and drew 16 entries for Race #5.  Perennial WCKC front runner Chris Eagles took the final with his RokGP, over another WCKC stalwart Peter Cheung (Rotax) and guest Ben Maxfield (Rotax).  Pre-Final winner Rosario Verderame (Rotax) was a DNF in the final, as was early final leader Richard Lee (Rotax).  This class is paving the way for a headline 2-stroke category that can hopefully overcome the fragmentation of Sr. 2-stroke classes.

WCKC-T1-T2‘T3’ or ‘Tag Heavy’ was introduced this season as a sportsman-level class for older 2-stroke equipment to compete.  Perfectly good but ‘obsolete’ equipment wasting away in shops and garages has long been a curse of grassroots karting, and T3 is providing a cure.  There is no age restriction (as in Masters), but weight at 390 lbs and a three heat (8-8-10 lap)/no qualifying format makes this a good place for new and/or older drivers.  T3 has brought back Christian Fau (former MotoGP mechanic for brother Bernard in the ‘70’s and 80’s ‘Continental Circus’ days) after an absence from karting of almost 10 years, and Kevin Inkpen, after 30 years away.  So what does T3 stand for?  Tylenol 3, of course, which is what some of us in this class need on Sunday night after a race!  For Race #5, rookie Clay Wotherspoon (recently relieved of his ‘X’ and having upgraded from an old RokTT to a less-old Leopard) found a new level and did the clean sweep of all three heats at Race #5, over current points leader Aleksander Lebeda.  T3 welcomed new driver Robert Samson at Race #5.  T3 is combined on track with our long-standing TKM group, Greg Henderson winning over John McCoy and new competitor Geoff Tupholme.

WCKC-Briggs 206 StartLO206 Senior has become well established over the past couple of seasons, usually with grids of 25 karts, but Sunday’s monster grid of 39 took it to a new level.  After trying a standing start earlier in the season (to mixed reviews), first corner carnage was kept to a minimum by returning to a rolling start with the start line moved further down the straight closer to Turn 1.  Battles throughout the pack ensued – in the final WCKC regulars Bryce Choquer and Derek Wang took P1 and P2, followed by Brandon Cusak in P3, the usual ‘yawning gap’ of 0.216 seconds covering all three across the line.  WCKC Vice President (and all around uber-volunteer) Erik Gerlof was bemused to see his P1 in Qualifying and P2 in the Pre-Final eroded to a P8 in the final, two places behind teenage son Sam, but that’s just how this class rolls.  More time testing and less time driving the excavator at track cleanup might fix this Erik!

The weekend following Race #5, the GMR paddock was jammed again for Rounds 3 and 4 of the CanAm Karting Challenge.  Then we’re back for WCKC Race #6 July 30-31.  See you at the track!

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Margay Racing Returns to the Rock Island Grand Prix for the Second Annual Ignite Shootout http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/20/margay-racing-returns-to-the-rock-island-grand-prix-for-the-second-annual-ignite-shootout/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/20/margay-racing-returns-to-the-rock-island-grand-prix-for-the-second-annual-ignite-shootout/#respond Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:14:05 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=68873 A full field of rumbling spec Ignite LO206 karts will take the green flag this Labor Day weekend for the second annual Ignite Shootout at the 22nd edition of the Rock Island Grand Prix. After a successful inaugural event last September, the Ignite Shootout returns to ‘The Rock’ as the only spec class that will see the checkered flag. Margay’s spec Ignite formula has put the driver back into kart racing. Each entry will wheel a spec Margay Ignite K3 package, powered by the popular Briggs LO206 power plant. This program is designed to take aim at the grassroots level of karting and provide an opportunity for racers to get off the couch and in the seat for the most prestigious street race in the country.

RIGP Finish 3 wide-Ignite-MargayJoining the popular Ignite Senior class this year is the addition of the Ignite Junior class, the only opportunity for racers between the age of 12 and 15 to compete at this historic event. In both Ignite Junior and Senior, Ignite Shootout will feature a full field competitors wheeling Ignite K3 spec chassis manufactured by Margay Racing. These chassis will be equipped with Briggs & Stratton LO206 engines and the Bridgestone YDS tire compound. This combination is the perfect marriage between minimizing costs and maximizing competition.

“The Rock Island Grand Prix is one of the premier events in karting. We wanted to help open the door to a broader base of participants and allow karters to experience the event first hand, in a competitive class where the emphasis is on the driver. Our spec Ignite program is ideally suited for those who want to ‘Arrive & Drive’ or compete with their own Ignite karts,” said Margay Racing owner Keith Freber. “The RIGP is not only a great race, it’s a gathering…a pillar of the great karting events, its one not to be missed and the Ignite Shootout is the perfect opportunity for those from around the country and from outside of the country to ‘fly & drive’ and compete in this labor day weekend classic” continued Freber.

“After the success of last year’s event, we discussed the addition of a Junior Ignite class for 2016 with the RIGP team. Collectively, we felt the addition of Ignite Junior would be an ideal way for the 12-15 year old drivers to experience the competition and atmosphere that can only be experienced at Rock Island. We’re expecting a strong field of Junior drivers and are looking forward to crowning our first RIGP Ignite Junior Champion in 2016,” said Freber.

Margay Racing will provide full Arrive & Drive packages that will feature LO206 powered Ignite K3 chassis, Bridgestone YDS tires, racing fuel, tent space, catered lunches and a shared mechanic. Existing Ignite K3 owners are welcome to participate in the shootout, call 1.800.562.7429 for pricing and information. The Ignite Shootout package is the excuse you need to get in the seat for yourself and let your driving do the talking.

For more information on the Ignite Shootout pricing, structure and rules please visit www.margay.com/company/ignite-shootout.html or call 1.800.562.7429.

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Historical Finale of X30 Euro Series http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/20/historical-finale-of-x30-euro-series/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/20/historical-finale-of-x30-euro-series/#respond Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:08:14 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=68867 From July 14th to 17th Zuera was venue of the finale of the X30 Euro Series, which made history by crowning its first champions ever. Following its successful debut in Castelletto Di Branduzzo in Italy the brand and highly prosperous series again welcomed about 50 drivers from almost 20 nations for the second and last stop of the year.

The 1.700-metres-long Circuito Internacional de Zuera in Spain’s North, presented some big challenges to the drivers: on the one hand, hot weather demanded physical fitness from the competitors, while on the other hand the track’s special characteristics marked another task: many high-speed passages made the slipstream a decisive factor which determined victory or defeat. Talking about victory, it was not only the race wins, the drivers headed for but the championship titles! Consequently the tension was high in the categories of junior, senior and Super Shifter. The latter had not been available for sign up for the season opener but made its debut in Spain, equally replacing the Super X30 for the big showdown.

Junior: Win for Westover, Title for Lulham

Junior podiumLouie Westover (Fusion Motorsport) set the best time in the qualifying session on Friday. By only 0.004 seconds the Brit boosted himself onto the top while his teammate and championship leader Chris Lulham (Fusion Motorsport) followed in a promising second place. Behind the top two drivers, Ruben Moya Lopez (LTP Competicion), Oscar Palomo Ortiz (Team Ivan Racing) and Kilian Meyer (CRG SPA) formed a Spanish Armada by taking positions three to five.

The heats on Saturday mixed up the ranking again. In the end it was Kilian Meyer who conquered the lead. Though not winning a heat, Meyer showed a very solid and consistent performance in all three heats, which was enough to keep his opponents at bay. Title contender Ben Wooldridge (Vital Motorsport) from the UK improved to second place after he had been only in seventh place after the qualifying. Third place went to Chris Lulham who had to compensate a penalty due to unfair driving throughout the heats. Ethan Hawkey (Vital Motorsport) from the UK and Louie Westover followed on fourth and fifth spot before the prefinal.

In the prefinal, pole sitter Kilian Meyer could not tie in with his performance from the heats. After leading the race shortly, he dropped back one position after the other and ended up in sixth place only. On the top, Ben Wooldridge, Chris Lulham and Louie Westover were the pacemakers. The trio pulled away from the rest of the pack, settling the win in the very last lap – or more precisely – on the last metres. Side by side the three drivers crossed the finish line and by a gap of only 0.035 seconds it was Chris Lulham taking the win ahead of his title rival Ben Wooldridge and Louie Westover, who only missed the victory by 0.061 seconds. Fourth place went to Frenchman Milan Petelet (Praga) ahead of Oscar Palomo Ortiz, who in the end both were close at the leader’s heels, too, being separated by less than one second from the race winner.

After a close and thrilling prefinal, the championship was not decided between Lulham and Woodridge and the conditions before the all-decisive final could not have been more exciting. And indeed the spectators should not be disappointed. Ben Wooldridge, Chris Lulham, Louie Westover and Milan Petelet were the protagonists of the race. They pulled away from the rest of the grid and kept changing their positions permanently. Each of them was able to lead the race at least once during the race distance. But due to the leader’s fighting, another group of drivers caught up and stirred up the action. Finally the last lap developed into a real carnage, which Louie Westover mastered best. He took the win closely in front of Oscar Palomo Ortiz and Ethan Hawkey, while the championship contenders – Chris Lulham and Ben Wooldridge – had to be satisfied with seventh and eighth place respectively. Equally this result meant that Lulham took the overall victory in the championship ahead of runner-up Ben Wooldridge and Kilian Meyer in third place.

Senior: Berkay Besler first Champion

Senior podiumAlthough racing at Zuera for the very first time, that handicap did not bother Berkay Besler (Bouvin Power) much. The Turkish driver who headed for Spain as championship leader set the benchmark in the qualifying session. By a time of 1:04.478 minutes he was 0.101 seconds faster than the Spanish drivers Carlos Leon (LTP Competicion) and Mauricio van der Laan (LTP Competicion). Hugo Ellis (Vital Motorsport) from the UK and Taylor Greenfield (PDB Racing) from Peru completed the top five before the heats on Saturday.

The heats did not go according to plan for the pole sitter: Berkay Besler did not call the tune anymore. Mainly a time penalty due to a misaligned front fairing cost him important positions throwing him back to fourth place. On the top Mauricio van der Laan did not leave any doubt. He won all heats thus taking the lead in the intermediate ranking. Behind him his teammate Carlos Leon followed in second place ahead of UK driver Brett Ward (MLC Motorsport). Being the runner-up in the championship table, Ward preserved his chances for the title, which applied to Ellis Hugo who complemented the top five.

Pole Sitter Mauricio van der Laan set the pace in the first laps of the prefinal. But the Spaniard could not keep up the speed and was pushed back a few positions, leaving the lead to his teammate Carlos Leon. But the win was not his to take. After some fighting he dropped back to fifth place behind Frenchman David Beaumann (Jacob Beaumann). Equally the championship contenders Berkay Besler and Brett Ward moved up the order and showed a breath-taking duel on the top. But in the last lap Mauricio van der Laan recovered, caught up and stole the show from the leading duo. By a last minute manoeuvre, Mauricio van der Laan won the prefinal in front of Brett Ward and Berkay Besler who consequently were separated by only one point in the championship table before the big final.

Mauricio van der Laan and Berkay Besler were the driving forces in the final. Both headed away from the grid and arranged the win amongst themselves. While Mauricio van der Laan led the race most of the time, Berkay Besler lurked behind, waiting for a strike towards the end of the race. Equally the chasers closed the gap, which suddenly made the race explode to life for the last two laps. Mauricio van der Laan could not defend the top any longer and ended up in fifth place, while Berkay Besler and Carlos Leon struggled for the win, which closely went to the Spaniard. But the Turk had reason to be happy, as well: he took the triumph in the championship ahead of vice champion Brett Ward, who saw the chequered flag in Zuera in third place.

Super Shifter: Eduardo Garcia wins on Home Soil

Shifter podium and championsThe gearbox category of the X30 Super Shifter made its debut within the X30 Euro Series. The honour of marking the very first pole position had Constantin Schoell (Daems Racing). The Austrian drove a best time of 1:00.712 minutes and was only a blink of an eye quicker than local hero Gerard Cebrian (LTP Competicion) from Spain who missed the top by only 0.013 seconds. Dutchman Rinus van Kalmthout (RR Racing) proved his all-round skills in karting and managed the third place of the shifters ahead of Belgium’s Frederic Op de Beek (Kart Club Sambrea) and Spain’s and Eduardo Garcia (LTP Competicion).

During the heats pole sitter Constantin Schoell was without luck. He had to retire each of the heats and consequently dropped back the order dramatically. On the other hand Rinus van Kalmthout was in good shape. After a third and a second place, he won the last heat and established himself on top of the heat ranking. Gerard Cebrian celebrated two heat wins but he had to retire in the last race. Yet he gained enough points to finish the day in second spot of the heat’s merge. The Spaniards Eduardo Garcia, Euripidis Hatzistefanis (Daems Racing) and Toni Forne Tomas (Toni Forne Tomas) followed in the chaser’s roles behind.

In the prefinal pole sitter Rinus van Kalmthout did not manage a good start, he lost ground and did not play an important role during the race. Right the opposite applied to Gerard Cebrian who boosted himself into the lead while Eduardo Garcia followed on his heels. Finally Gerard Cebrian did not show any weakness, he took the victory ahead of his teammate who defended his position closely against Constantin Schoell, being the fastest man on track. Frederic Op de Beek and Rinus van Kalmthout followed in fourth and fifth place.

Eduardo Garcia was the man of the final. By a brilliant start, he shot to the front. Lap by lap he was able to enlarge his lead, which he controlled easily up to the finish line. Thus the local hero did not only win the race but took the championship victory on home soil, too. In second place Gerard Cebrian completed the Spanish double success for LTP Competicion. Constantin Schoell made his way onto the podium in third spot ahead of Rinus van Kalmthout and Frederic Op de Beek.

Super: Viktor Oberg victorious

Not being offered at Zuera, the X30 Super class had already been decided during the round in Italy: Viktor Oberg (PDB Racing) gained the most points which granted him the championship title. Behind the Swedish driver, his teammate Taylor Greenfield completed a double triumph for PDB while Dutchman Rinus van Kalmthout (Daems Racing) took the third place in the overall ranking.

X30 Euro Series even bigger in 2017

After a remarkable season debut of the X30 Euro Series one is already looking ahead. RGMMC is proud to announce that the X30 Euro Series will continue in 2017 with an even bigger concept. ”RGMMC and IAME decided that the X30 Euro Series will be the official European Series for X30 IAME classes in 2017. We plan to set new standards to the Super X30 class and aim to create a platform for the Mini categories, too. All told the X30 Euro Series will comprise four races”, says RGMMC CEO Roland Geidel.

The season opener will be held from March 23rd to 26th March 2017, followed by round two from May 18th to May 21st. The second half of the season will start from July 20rd to 23rd while the finale is planned from September 14th to 17th. The dates are subject to the CIK/FIA and the world motorsport council approval. The tracks will be announced shortly. More information regarding reports, photos, results and videos are available on the official websites www.x30euro.com or www.telemundi.com.

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Eves On a Rampage, Clean Sweep at WKA http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/20/eves-on-a-rampage-clean-sweep-at-wka/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/20/eves-on-a-rampage-clean-sweep-at-wka/#respond Wed, 20 Jul 2016 14:54:39 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=68865 Jay Howard’s Motorsports Driver Development kart team is on a rampage. Team driver Braden Eves is having a stand out year, the best of his career, winning at every level in Senior this year.

Last weekend Eves went on to a clean sweep for the entire weekend, claiming pole position in all 4 qualifying sessions, IAME X30 Sr and Yamaha Sr. He went on to win heat races and most impressive of all, continue his dominance by winning all 4 finals!!!!! So far this year, Eves was crowned SKUSA Spring Nats Champion, he has also won at USPKS events, now adding more WKA wins to his collection this season.

This is an impressive run, Team owner Howard commented “I said it before, Braden is very talented, he has a gift to drive fast. We as a team continue to work hard to better ourselves in all departments on a daily basis, we want more, we want to win everything. There is still more to come from Braden, I can only imagine how good he will be by the end of the year, he just needs to keep doing what he is doing”.

Eves in currently the SKUSA IAME X30 Senior points leader and one of the favorites to win the championship. Eves is also leading the WKA Man Cup championship and equally as impressive, is sitting second in the USPKS championship. There is still a lot of racing to go, but it’s great to be a contender for all these great championships, competing against the best of the best.

The MDD team is competing in the SKUSA Pro Tour, USPKS Championship and WKA Man Cup series. Howard commented “The goal is to win every race, every weekend, I have high expectations and will push all my team drivers to strive for perfection on a daily basis. I am optimistic for the remainder of the year, we will keep working hard to stay out front”.

The youngest team member Danny Dyszelski continues to improve in the IAME Rookie Swift category. Every event Dyszelski is a front runner, Howard commented “Danny continues to make progress, I was super happy for him at USPKS when he won his first national heat race, a big confidence booster for him. He was the youngest driver in IAME Micro Swift at USPKS, so it was impressive to watch him battle it out with the older kids. Danny had a good run at WKA Man Cup, constantly in the top 5 competing for the win, looking forward to Summer Nats this weekend”.

Jacob Abel joined the MDD team at USPKS for his first outing. An impressive start, running top 5 speed all weekend, almost getting his first pole position in IAME X30 Jr. Howard commented “We will build off of a great debut and carry the momentum into the SKUSA weekend, Jacob is a very fast learner”.

Returning to the MDD team is IAME Mini Swift driver Chase Gardner. Howard commented “Chase has been visiting me in New Orleans at the beautiful NOLA Motorsports Park facility getting some one on one coaching in, I hope to see some of our hard work pay off at New Castle”.

Fresh out of Kid Kart racing and on the MDD program will be Ayrton Grim. Grim was dominant in Kid Karts, now he will be working on learning the new Micro Swift category and developing his skills with the MDD team.

MDD drivers continue to improve, impress and represent the team in a way we are all very proud of. We strive to be the best at MDD, hard work and dedication.

If you are interested in being a part of the MDD team, MDD has Arrive and Drive packages available, or for drivers that own your equipment and just want to be a part of the team and receive driver coaching, data analysis, track walks, video analysis, technical advice etc, we offer this program too. MDD has limited team spots, once we are full we will not take on any more drivers.

MDD is not tied to any chassis manufacture, or any kind of equipment, all karts, engines, engine builders, tuners etc are welcome. MDD is strictly a program to develop the drivers, coach, educate and get the very best from the driver. Jay consults with engine builders and tuners with what he see’s and offers advice/assistance.

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Entry Blank for WKA Kart City Performance Gold Cup Nationals Now Available http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/20/entry-blank-for-wka-kart-city-performance-gold-cup-nationals-now-available/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/20/entry-blank-for-wka-kart-city-performance-gold-cup-nationals-now-available/#respond Wed, 20 Jul 2016 14:51:38 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=68863 The Entry Blank for the 3rd race of the season for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series, the Kart City Performance Nationals August 5-7 at New Castle Motorsports Park in New Castle, Indiana, is now available for competitors to view and submit.

Several wholesale changes and additions will complement the series return to the famed Midwest facility, including a Friday Night Money Race for Senior LO206 competitors, as well as the addition of a Local Option Senior LO206 Class, utilizing CIK Bodyworks only. The Local Option class will run both Saturday and Sunday as an addition to the 11 National Classes scheduled.

Additionally, World Karting Officials have elected to return the series back to its 2015 format, moving into the second half of the season. There will be no Tiered Fee System. Competitors will pay $85 per class entered from this point until July 29 at 5pm. If competitors miss the pre entry deadline, the At Track Fee will be $110.

Competitors will also pay a 1 time pre entry Practice Fee for the weekend of $60, until July 29 at 5pm, reverting back to the format from last year. At Track Practice Fee for National Competitors will be $70. Local Option class competitors will not practice Friday, but will have 2 rounds of practice on Saturday and Sunday, with a $45 Entry Fee in place per day. If a Local Option class competitor wishes to enter the WKA LO206 all WKA fees will apply.

Officials felt it was also in the best interest of the series moving forward to eliminate the purse structure for the balance of the season, with drivers reverting back to the format of last year as well, with the top 3 drivers running for awards. While the addition of the purses was most attractive, the added entry and practice fees to offset the purses for the 6 classes eligible each race placed a strain on competitors trying to attend all of the events, with set budgets in place. Returning the series back to its previous structure is a work in progress towards returning the program back to very successful numbers attained in 2015.

The New Castle event also affords the organization, as well as New Castle Motorsports Park, who have enjoyed a most successful KRA Series this season, to find an affordable national venue for the huge throng of Local Option racers to run, while also affording the current national series competitors a more close up look at the CIK Style Bodyworks that has become quite popular in the Midwest, as well as many other areas. Track Owner Mark Dismore will be putting up Prize Money and Tires for the overall weekend event top five KRA members in the Local Option race. To be eligible for this award you must have been a registered KRA member since May 1st 2016. WKA National competitors will be allowed to run with the Local Option drivers, as long as they conform to the rules of the class.

As for the Friday night races, the Sportsman and Junior Pro Gas Shootouts will continue, sponsored by Brads Heating and Cooling, with $200 to the winner, $100 for second, and $50 for third. The Senior LO206 Money Race will follow the same purse format as the Senior Pro Gas Money race, with a 75% payout, based on kart count.

To view the weekends schedule for the Kart City Performance Nationals, click here.

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IKF: Briggs & Stratton 206 Rule Update http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/20/ikf-briggs-stratton-206-rule-update/ http://ekartingnews.com/2016/07/20/ikf-briggs-stratton-206-rule-update/#respond Wed, 20 Jul 2016 14:49:03 +0000 http://ekartingnews.com/?p=68861 Rocker Arm/Carburetor Cap

The following rule clarifications do not affect any factory built 206 race engine therefore these rule updates are effective immediately.

Add to section 721.5:

Throttle cable cap on the top of the carburetor must be properly installed and secured in the fully tight position. Juniors with restrictor slides must have secured throttle cap locking device from BRIGGS on carb.

Reason– Idle should be set using the idle speed screw.

Add to section 721.9.1:

Rocker arm must be stock B&S part #555711 (US) or #797443 (METRIC) and may not be altered in any way. BRIGGS LOGO must be present.

Reason– Adding the logo identification mark in conjunction with the clarification of stock.

Add to section 721.13:

Rocker studs must be stock, unaltered B&S part # 694544 US (1/4-28 thread) or #797441 Metric (M8x1.00 thread) and in stock location.

Rocker arm #555711 (US) must be used with rocker stud #694544 (US)

Rocker arm #797443 (Metric) must be used with rocker stud #797441 (Metric)

Reason– Interchanging does not change lift, duration, or power but it is a modification and not factory stock.

Please contact George Shear at 918-618-6800 with any questions you may have.

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