South Bend Gold Cup Primed to be a Big Show; Pre-registration Nearing End

Round two of the 2013 WKA RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series is nearing as the Michigan Kart Supply Nationals are set to go off May 24-26 at JET Karting near South Bend, Indiana, the popular sprint track formerly known at Michiana Raceway Park.

Pre-registration is open for only one more week. The close of pre-registration is Wednesday, May 8. After that date, drivers will need to enter at the track.

Go to to view and print the Michigan Kart Supply Nationals entry form.

Mail completed entry forms to WKA at 6051 Victory Lane; Concord, N.C. 28027; fax to 704-455-1609 or scan to Keith Shampine at

The second round of the Gold Cup will feature a new look with a special Fast Friday program for Sportsman and Junior Pro Gas divisions and the big Animal Heavy Money Race supported by a cool $2,500 purse plus 75 percent payback of entry fees.

Friday evening’s festivities will kick off with a pair of 10-lap Shootouts for Sportsman Pro Gas Animal and Junior Pro Gas Animal. The entry fee for these classes is only $25 and trophies are awarded to the top-five finishers.

In addition to trophies, the Sportsman and Junior Pro Gas Shootout winners will be awarded a brand-new Animal engine, sponsored by Briggs & Stratton Racing.

With the Animal engine going to the winner, WKA has received requests to qualify these classes to determine starting lineups. Sportsman and Junior Pro Gas Shootout classes will qualify for starting position. After qualifying, karts will stay on the track and lined up on the front straightaway in the order they qualified. The 10-lap Shootout will then begin.

The Animal Heavy Money Race has attracted a good bit of attention since the $2,500 purse was announced. A new Animal engine will also go to the first Pro Gas Animal engine across the finish line, while second through 10th-place Pro Gas finishers are guaranteed at least $100 payback.

For Pro Gas Senior Money Race entrants, the top-10 payout will be as follows.
* 1st – New Briggs Animal engine
* 2nd – $100
* 3rd – $200
* 4th – $300
* 5th – $400
* 6th – $500
* 7th – $400
* 8th – $300
* 9th – $200
* 10th – $100

* Fast lap time of race – complete Pro Gas exhaust system

Methanol-powered Animal engines are encouraged to run this race, as well. Methanol-powered Animals are guaranteed 75 percent payback based on all the entries (Pro Gas and methanol) in the race.

Of course, Friday night’s activities are only the beginning of an action-packed weekend of 4-cycle sprint racing in Indiana. A full lineup of national classes is on tap for Saturday and Sunday, May 25-26.

Pro Gas Animal, methanol Animal and Clone classes are offered for every age group. LO206 Kid Kart runs both days for the 5-to-7-year-old youngsters.

For more information on the Gold Cup Series, contact WKA at 704-455-1606.

JET Karting offering track walk at South Bend Gold Cup
Andy Finke of JET Karting is offering WKA RLV Gold Cup racers a free safety meeting and track walk Thursday, May 23 at 4:30 p.m. ET.

The track walk is aimed at the young LO206 Kid Kart and Junior Sportsman racers; however, any driver or parent in attendance is welcomed to join.

The track walk’s goal is to get young racers familiar with the challenging JET Karting circuit and offer pointers and suggestions on the best driving line and safe passing opportunities.

Final week to pre-enter for New Castle Man Cup; South Bend Grand Nationals entry form now available
Round three of the 2013 WKA Mazda / Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series is on tap for May 17-19 at the popular New Castle (Ind.) Motorsports Park and we’re now into the final week to pre-enter for the event.

Go to to view and print the McLaughlin Motorsports Nationals entry form.

Round four of the Man Cup is the 2013 Grand National event for the 2-cycle sprint series, taking place June 28-30 at JET Karting, formerly Michiana Raceway Park, near South Bend, Indiana.

Pre-registration for the Top Kart USA Grand Nationals at JET Karting has just opened.

Go to to view and print the Top Kart USA Grand Nationals entry form.

The lowest tier pre-entry prices for South Bend are valid through May 29, giving racers and teams nearly a month to submit pre-entries to WKA at the best prices. Pre-registration for the event will be open through June 19.

Mail completed entry forms to WKA at 6051 Victory Lane; Concord, N.C. 28027; fax to 704-455-1609 or scan to Keith Shampine at

Direct questions to WKA at 704-455-1606.

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