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  • #84809

    Kelly Read
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    I hate to do it (LOL) but, I 2nd what Linda says!!

    SUPER turnout!!! AWESOME racing!!!! Weather OK (LOL)!!!

    I think this needs to be the sight for future KART ROAD RACE CHAMPIONSHIPS!!

     

    #84807

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    Testing the clutch at HPT this past weekend had the same results as the other tests went, AWESOME!!!

    On the previous test sessions I did not go after a win, I went after what would the clutch do or not do. At those races, I put gearing CLOSE but not right on and had our flex length not where we would normally have it and set clutch from anywhere from 3000 – 6000 clutch engagement and worked the piss out of it so Horstman had facts.

    At HPT this past weekend, I dialed Lindsay in to win!!! I had the clutch engagement at 5500. She had a great battle with 2 other drivers for the lead from the start up to the final lap at which time she pulled in to not interfere with the other 2 drivers as they were in the points championship and she couldn’t have placed anyway as we were not legal due to the axle clutch. You can see a pic of this on her facebook page.

    My opinion, this clutch WILL save the racer money let alone the work and time to change clutches out at the track!! I had a KART director tell me this weekend that he had a TAG competitor tell him that KART needed to approve it as he himself was spending $200.00 a weekend on engine clutches and if we want to keep racers in our sport, then this needs to be approved. This made me happy to hear as I have said this before but having someone that I didn’t know say the same thing, that is good!!!

    I have recommended to the KART directors to approve this new clutch in the TAG classes (only class that runs clutches outside of the 4-cycles that axle clutches are not legal in) for the 2018 season.

    Anyone have any questions, contact me at either 316-218-3645 or Kelly.read@westarenergy.com

     

     

     

    #84523

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    Testing at Hallett with a low gear ratio went good. We didn’t even have to change the springs from the higher gear ratio we had ran at another track.

    Next up is HPT (mid gear ratio between what we have ran so far) August 11/12.

    Talking to the driver who is testing the clutch for all other 2-cycle motors, says his has been great. He has even taken his apart and all looks good.

    #84402

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    READ RACING ready to go!!! 1 Tag and 2 Animals. Could possibly need a driver for one of the Animals if Brad can’t make it and it doesn’t look good for him. Know someone, have them contact me at 316-218-3645. Last time kart was out it won the KART nationals.

    #83035

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    David,

    It was actually KART & WKA who got behind this.

    Bruce,

    THANKS for posting the above. Been kind of busy especially with 2 kids getting married in the same year!!!LOL

    As for the regular enduro kart clutch, I was told it was great.

    As for availability, the clutch as a whole is currently in production and will be available come September. As for parts like floaters & discs, they are now available. This should help those with the older clutches as the new floaters & discs fit that clutch also.

    As for the clutch for the tag karts we are testing, we will be going to Hallett July 15/16 to test it there as this is a low gear ratio track and probably the lowest gearing any of us run anywhere I’m guessing (16-84 on a stock Leopard). I’m interested in seeing if the springs we currently have for when we ran a 16-76 ratio works for Hallett. I will have a softer spring just in case.

    Keep you posted

    #81460

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    THE MAN along with my family and friends who made this happen would like to thank all the racers who attended this past weekend!! Great racing and SUPER WEATHER!!! I was asked by a couple of racers that for in September if I could take 1/2 the breeze we had on Sunday and move it to Saturday to make it a PERFECT weekend LOL.

    As for the new HORSTMAN axle clutch we tested for them on a tag (Leopard), AWESOME!!! They hit on the nail!!

    GOOD luck to all this 2017 season

     

    #81118

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    Finally the week has came!!!

    Not looking forward to Wednesday as this is when all the fun begins putting out bales and fencing but it must be done.

    Weather wise looks great for the weekend!!!

    Turnout looks promising up to including some racers from the Chicago area that are coming. MKA (Read family) look forward in seeing all those road racers who plan to attend.

    Reminder, gates will be open from Friday afternoon to the completion of Sunday’s event. All information is on the KART web site (www.kart.org).

    Questions, contact myself at 316-218-3645 (C)

    #78552

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    I personally went and checked out the repaving a few months back. Just as you come out of the corkscrew to the lower bridge area leading to flatiron is baby butt smooth!!!! This area was getting really bad so, everyone should love the improvement!!! As for the rest of the track, it looked pretty good and should not be any issues.

    • This reply was modified 5 months, 3 weeks ago by  Kelly Read.
    #73805

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    Being one involved with Lynn and Gary on this project from when Lynn first contacted me for input, let me clarify something. It’s mainly the TAG motors low stall speed their trying to figure out not the other motors. As for 4-cycles and being experienced with 4 cycles, I can’t see running ANY axle clutch on a 4-cycle in my mind (Just saying). As I told both of them, with the TAG motors having a 6,000 (SR), 7,000 (JR) RPM maximum engagement by the rules, this clutch would need to fit these applications before it was allowed in the TAG classes (for sure in KART). NO, I am not in favor of changing the clutch engagement rule mainly due to that the current MFG’s of the engine clutches are set up that way now. Gary said that this will take some work but feels they can figure it out. This I don’t doubt as these guys have done a SUPER job in the past with both axle & engine clutches. Why not open the market??

    This clutch will be wide (4 1/2″) due to the size of bearings needed to make a clutch to fit from 1 1/4″ – 50mm vs the old one that went from 1″ – 30mm. I don’t see a issue here as for the karts I seen, there is room between the bearing hanger and wheel for it unless you run your wheel in real tight. You can bet for sure that when this does come available, it will be first class and work!!!

    I know that I for one am very interested in seeing this come out especially now that Lindsay is going to TAG (sit-up). From experience when she drove for some people along with when Brad had his Tag, I spent enough money on engine clutches to keep under the MAX RPM per the rules to pay for more than one of these.  Having the ability to make an adjustment on the kart vs installing a new friction hub and possibly even a new drum to be legal, sure will make it more feasible in the long run. I don’t know how many times I have been on the starting line and heard karts leave that were over the MAX stall speed!!! With this, WE have no excuses why we are over the max engagement. I believe (HOPE) that when they do figure out how to get the low engagement needed for a TAG motor, ALL organizations will allow a axle clutch in their TAG classes. Currently, KART allows axle clutches in all classes but 4-cycle & TAG that could possibly run one. I’m hoping this changes after this new clutch comes out and is proven to work with the current rules.

    • This reply was modified 9 months, 2 weeks ago by  Kelly Read.
    #72931

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    Ian,

    If your looking for a Horstman, I have 3 left that are 1 1/4″. All fresh. 2 with external adjusters.

    Need more info, contact me at 316-218-3645.

    #72755

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    Must admit that the crew pulled it off without THE MAN!!  Good job Jim, Maysha, Roger, Jackie, those who helped pre-tech and all the HMRC staff. Also want to pass on to the Baldus Racing Team as I had several compliments of the count down clock this team supplies at all our KART/MARRS events. It seemed to help some make there move at the right time I was told!! ALL YOU RACERS who supported this event, THANK YOU!!

    As usual SUPER racing!!!

    Do want to apologize that coverage wasn’t available on race monitor due to computer malfunction.

     

    #72380

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    Plans are to have live coverage on RACE monitor (guess that’s what it’s called!!)

    #72379

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    George,

    Check your message box.

     

    #72266

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    THE MAN is looking forward in attending his 3rd event of 2016!!! One month ago I wasn’t going to be able to make it but now, I will be there to support this super event put on by KART/MARRS as just a spectator.

    Even though my drivers (Brad, Lindsay) won’t be there since we have sold their karts, I will still be bringing a trailer load of karts and wrenching for a couple of drivers.

    Get a chance, drop by my trailer and check out the remaining items I have to sell. Everything is priced to sell and is good stuff!!!

    Se you all soon.

    THE MAN

    • This reply was modified 10 months, 3 weeks ago by  Kelly Read.
    #72148

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    CARB!!!!

    If it isn’t right, clutch won’t be right either.  Clutch is like a dummy (not you Ric)!!!  Clutch only puts the amount of power to the axle as the carb and motor puts to the clutch. I proved this to a competitor at Afton a few weeks back.

    You all keep this up and you will have ALL my SECRETS!!! LOL

    #72140

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    If this is the question, Ric pretty much hit it on the head!! Glad I taught him well!!! LOL

    Getting it close in the pits keeps you from over/under slipping it to much once you hit the track. With this, on track is the true final setting as this is where everything gets up to temp.

    As for where to set the clutch engagement, most generally it is within 200RPM of the max torque of the motor.

    #71590

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    The event information is on the KART web site (www.kart.org).

    The schedule posted will be revised as that there will be a SPRINT ROTAX SR class added to the sat & sun schedule. This class will run in races 3 & 11. Rules are:

    Age: 16+

    Weight: 385#

    Fuel: Gas/Oil (per KART tech rules)

    Motors: Rotax Max FR125, EVO

    #71588

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    The READ family would like to THANK ALL THE RACERS, FAMILIES & FRIENDS who supported this event!!! Even thou we haven’t been able to race this year due to certain circumstances, it was well worth all the work it took to put this event on with what mother nature dealt us from Wed-Fri. It’s been awhile since THE MAN has had to work that hard to get a track green and ready by Saturday morning!! THANKS to everyone for your patience while we worked to get the track ready to go. Only being 1 hour late starting is amazing to me!!  I owe a big THANKS to my family (Donna, Brad, Lindsay), All our friends (YES, I do have a couple) who were there to help including way early Saturday morning to help sweep the track.

    As for the turnout and the racing, AWESOME!!! Turnout was up from the April event. Racing was once again unbelievable!! I lost count on just how many races were decided by the main flagman and Maysha in scoring as there were many finishes that they had to visual decide who went across the line first.

    Congrats to all the lucky winners of the items that were given out throughout the weekend.

    We look forward in seeing everyone back in 2o17.

     

     

    • This reply was modified 11 months, 1 week ago by  Kelly Read.
    #70937

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    Just an FYI!!!

    You want to be at this event!!!!!!!

    Lindsay has been doing some great work in getting things to raffle off for this event. She has $50.00 Carlos O Kelly’s gift cards, gift baskets, free motel rooms, Spangle gift cards, free entries and working on more!!! I may just have to throw in a “THE MAN” autograph!! LOL !! PLUS, it’s not costing the racer a penny (outside of entering) to have a chance to win any of these items!! You get a ticket when you enter. Be sure to enter before noon on Saturday (hint hint).

    Just come and have a FUN FUN time!!!! The READ family is getting fired up as we have missed not racing this year and want to show our appreciation to everyone for supporting our event.

    #70317

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    READ RACING wishes everyone a SAFE & FUN weekend!!!! We wish we could attend but HAYWIRED (Brad) has shows both Friday & Saturday nite.

    #69635

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    I don’t like getn the shaft either (been there done that over my many years in karting) BUT, there are always 2 sides (even more at times) to a story. I’m not here to pick sides as there is no one here or even the people involved that I am BEST friends with!!!!

    I took it upon myself to look into this and after talking to several people including reading some texts that went back and forth (including some who have posted on here), there is more to this then what it sounds to be from the original post. Not saying that some things are not right from what I found out but, there is more to the story!!!! Without making some people look bad, I will just leave at that.

    I will say that rather it’s myself or whoever, I don’t believe this is the place to discuss things like this here or on any forum (my opinion only). Tell your friends, fellow racers, etc, but here??

    #68895

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    I’m not askn you to post the name on here but would you mind sending me a PM??

     

    #67047

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    Roger,

    You trying to say something?? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sounds like this event went very well. Glad to hear that!!!! GREAT job everyone!!!

    #66639

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    Gas pumps will be available. Sunoco

    #66352

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    Glen, you beat us to the punch!!!

    Saturday will be ran CW, Sunday will be ran CCW. This allows the KART officials to see which way is best to run their KART NATLS in October.

    Entry form and event schedule is on the KART web site (www.kart.org).

    You will notice that for this event that there is a SPRINT TAG EVO class. Weight is 385#.

    The READ family wishes everyone a SAFE & FUN weekend as we will not be able to make this event due to SHOWTIME (HAYWIRED) has 2 major shows scheduled we cannot miss. Not everyday you get to perform at these events that his manager (Lindsay) got them in on this weekend.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 2 months ago by  Kelly Read.
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