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    Rob Howden

    Hi William,

    Asking a question in the forums, on a race weekend, a holiday weekend at that, will often guarantee that you’ll have to wait a little bit to get an answer. In the meantime, welcome to and welcome to the sport of karting. You won’t find a better sport in which to connect with your son and teach him so many life lessons.

    One of the first things any of our forum members will want to know if order to help you is your location. By filling us in on where you live, we can better assess the options that you may have in terms of tracks, available classes and race shops in the area. You want to find a club to check out, and we always recommend just heading out and watching a club race first hand. It will also be important to find a good kart shop to work with, as you can certainly buy a used package from the EKN forums or a local racer, but your kart shop owner will likely be your go-to guy for assistance and any parts you might need.

    It’s funny that you’ve posted this question, as we’re very close to rolling out the first installment of our ‘Karting 101′ series of articles, which will be designed to help educate people new to the sport and those looking to getting into it.

    So, let us know, where do you live and what club is that closet to your home?


    Rob Howden
    Editor-in-Chief / Publisher


    Rob Howden

    Thanks guys, we’ll look at it.


    Rob Howden

    Masters Max Saturday Qualifying

    1. Donald Durbin Jr. – 55.113
    2. Andre Erickson
    3. Ken Maxfield
    4. Brian Phillipsen
    5. James Dix
    6. Justin Peck
    7. Scott Ripslinger
    8. Stephan Gaundreau
    9. John Breidinger
    10. Chad Wallace


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    Junior Max Saturday Qualifying

    1. Austin Versteeg – 53.967
    2. Kyle Wick
    3. Callum Smith
    4. Sting Ray Robb
    5. Chase Farley
    6. Enzo Prevost
    7. Christian Brooks
    8. Corrie Hiatt
    9. Phillippe Denes
    10. Horatio Fitz-Simon


    Rob Howden

    OK, I’m signing up…if only to bet against Michigan so I can piss off Cole. This did make it in, right, Cole? Please tell me they’re up against Appalachian State in the Round of 64!


    Rob Howden


    I’ve had good success with the Hilliard Inferno (not sure if Blaze or Flame model) and the MaxTorque during my two outings in the LO206 class.


    Rob Howden

    Junior Max – Final Practice

    1.Christian Brooks (46.876)
    2.Phillippe Denis
    3.Nick Brueckner
    4.Austin Versteeg
    5.Sting Ray Robb
    6.Jake Boyle
    7.Kyle Wick
    8.Max Fedler
    9.Walker Hess
    10.Jeff Fulham


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    Rotax Masters – Final Practice

    1.Ken Maxfield (47.916)
    2.Brian Phillipsen
    3.Donald Durbin Jr.
    4.Larry Hayashigawa
    5.Kurt Fisher
    6.Justin Peck
    7.Jacob Zamora
    8.Dave Kunicki
    9.James Dix
    10.Richard Hensley


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    MicroMax – Final Practice

    1.Diego LaRoque (0.062)
    2.Jak Crawford
    3.Austin Torgerson
    4.Sebastian Davis
    5.Tyler Ruth
    6.Branyon Tiner
    7.AJ Hernandez
    8.Cooper Becklin
    9.Corbin Emery
    10.Cole Keith Cotham


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    Senior Max – Final Practice

    1.Louie Pagano (45.714)
    2.Jake Craig
    3.Phillip Arscott
    4.Luke Selliken
    5.Carlee Taylor
    6.Mason Marotta
    7.Blaine Rocha
    8.Phil DeLaO
    9.Joey Wimsett
    10.Andrew Wiener


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    MiniMax-Final Practice

    1.Payton Durrant-49.815
    2.Jacob Blue Hudson
    3.Filip Niemkiewicz
    4.Griffin Dowler
    5.Zoey Edenholm
    6.Colin Queen
    7.Conner Wick
    8.Hannah Greenemeier
    9.Everest Fedler
    10.Trey Brown


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    DD2-Final Practice

    1. Bailey Murphy-45.292
    2. Sabre Cook
    3. Gavin Reichelt
    4. Christian Bird
    5. Andy Lee
    6. Bronson Eggert
    7. Matt England

    DD2 Masters-Final Practice

    1. Alan Rudolph (45.109)
    2. Ben Johnston
    3. Mike Urban


    Rob Howden

    We are on-track with the Friday afternoon Pre-Qualifying Timed Practice sessions. The order is:

    DD2/DD2 Masters
    Senior Max
    Rotax Masters
    Junior Max

    We’re working on some equipment upgrades for the live broadcasts and will likely be doing our usual tea, streaming for the laster sessions.


    Rob Howden

    You know, Justin, it just seems like the FIA keeps adjusting the specs and the designers keep manipulating them to the best of their abilities. The simple fact is that the resultant lines are just flat-out ugly. It doesn’t matter what changes the FIA makes, maximizing aero is the goal, not matter what the form.

    And I agree…the new F1 cars really brutal…almost embarrassing. LOL


    Rob Howden

    Hey Rodney,

    Just our luck. David was off today on a family getaway and I’m on the West Coast, so I’m three hours behind on firing up the laptop. It’s a conspiracy for sure!!! ;-)

    We’ll address it for the future, that’s for sure.


    Rob Howden

    The Maranello karts continue to be run with great success in Canada, as the foundation for Trevor Wickens’ Prime Kartsport team. He’s focused on running a small squad, but they do extremely well with the Maranello, including back-to-back Canadian National Championships in DD2 Masters with Stuart Clark.

    Clark also won the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship (ECKC) on his Maranello in DD2 Masters, and Brendon Bain and Fred Woodley were second and third in the ECKC behind Ben Cooper.

    Results point to it being a strong chassis, and in talking to the Prime guys, they love it.


    Rob Howden

    Hey Walt,

    Our advertising program is not designed around the ‘pay per click’ approach. We use a monthly fee for our program. I have worked aggressively in recent years to develop a wider spectrum of benefits for our advertising partners, and the marketing packages they purchase include many different deliverables to fully leverage what we can offer.

    EKN is fortunate to have a list of great marketing partners who have worked with us for countless years. It’s all about value, in my opinion. If we help them be successful, then we’re success in return.


    Rob Howden

    Thanks to everyone who is supporting Wesley on the fundraiser site. It’s incredible to see. I’m sure than Sandra will give us a new update soon.


    Rob Howden

    hope everything goes well.

    I went to school with a person named Wesley Boswell. He was from Illinois at the time. Would there be any coincidence that this person also have been from Illinois in his youth?

    I don’t think so, Kurt. Wesley’s a NorCal native, I think.


    Rob Howden


    I just got off the phone with Sandra Booher, who is with Wesley along with her son Austin Elliott and Wesley’s family. She’s going to get signed up to the forum so she can post updates, but in the meantime, she contacted us directly.

    She let me know that Wesley was involved in an car accident late last night in California, having went off the road, eventually hitting a tree. He has broken ribs and a fractured pelvis. There is some concern regarding internal bleeding, but the doctors are running tests and monitoring him closely.

    Sandra told me that Wesley is stable and doing better. He is conscious and coherent, and is speaking with everyone, but he’s a little foggy due to the meds and doesn’t remember much about last night. It is expected that he will be in the hospital for a couple of days. We’ll get additional updates as they become available.

    Wesley will be on the sidelines on the mend for some time, so we are now in the process of putting together a fundraising effort to help support his loss of income. We’ll get this information out once it’s finalized.

    Sandra also wanted everyone to know that the family is overwhelmed by the outpouring of well wishes. Keep them coming, folks, so Wesley know that we’re by his side through this!


    Rob Howden

    Taylor, send us press release on this event and we’ll get it posted up on the site!   Looks like it would be a blast!



    Rob Howden

    Just to add in a little commentary, here is what I believe you can expect for the 2014 SuperNationals:

    1. Live Video – EKN will be producing a live streaming video broadcast in cooperation with SKUSA – my goal is to then use that footage to put together a show for one of the cable channels like MAVTV

    2. The class numbers will shrink to shorten the days – I highly doubt any classes will be added at this time

    3. KZ will return to the line-up thanks to strong domestic participation this year in the absence of some of the factory efforts

    4. A increased focus will be put on improving the quality of the racing

    5. There will be an expansion in purse money and prizes

    It’s all about small improvements each year to make sure the race gets better and better.


    Rob Howden

    I totally agree, Mike.  There is some really nice stuff being built in the US right now.  And it’s performing well.  I raced a Margay 4.11 this year in Ontario, and it’s a great kart with incredible finish.  It turned alot of heads.  I think it they had a dealer in the area, it would do very well.

    That said, we’re going to start working on some editorial to put the US builders in the spotlight.  I’ve spoken with John Martin for iKart on a number of occasions and I’m excited to learn more about his approach to the chassis design and his plans for 2014 and beyond.  We’ll be using the ‘off-season’ to roll out lots of cool and interesting editorial like this.



    Rob Howden

    The excitement level continues to build here in Las Vegas, as all the teams have moved in and kart prep is wrapping up.  We’re on-track with the first rounds of practice in the morning and everyone is anxious to get things rolling.

    In regards to coverage, we’ll be providing straight audio this year, but Tom Kutscher and I spoke today and EKN will be producing a live video broadcast in 2014 to add that component to the event.  The lack of video obviously doesn’t effect attendance, as SKUSA will top 600 drivers to set a new record.  And that’s 600 drivers, not 600 ‘entries’.  It’s crazy.

    We’ll work diligently over the off-season to find the commercial sponsorship to make sure that the live video is a straight expense.  It will be our first foray into video, and we’re looking forward to it.


    Rob Howden


    We’ve talked about putting together an industry-only restricted forum section to allow interaction between business owners etc.  Might be time to pull the trigger on it.


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