2017 Briggs & Stratton Weekly Racing Series Standings Profile – Nolan Payne
Colorado driver finishes Cadet career strong, improves national position
The 2017 season marked the third year of the Briggs & Stratton Weekly Racing Series Presented by RLV. The purpose of the effort is to promote the grassroots Briggs 206 program across North America, providing racers with the opportunity to match up against other drivers from across the United States and Canada. Through the support of their racers, clubs and tracks signed up for the program and, in return, both the tracks and racers received prizes at the end of the season, including many products produced by Briggs & Stratton.
The 2017 Briggs WRS program welcomed a combined 3,000 racers in Senior/Masters and Junior competition, enjoying just over 50 participating tracks throughout North America. This growth features a 27% increase in Senior/Masters numbers and an event larger explosion for the Junior ranks, which doubling in size from its first year in 2016.
eKartingNews.com is now recognizing the top-10 overall in both the Senior/Masters division and the Junior ranks. For complete rankings, visit the Briggs WRS 2017 Final Report and for more on the program, visit www.briggsracing.com
Top-10 Briggs Weekly Racing Series Junior Profiles
Junior #6 – Nolan Payne
Track: Colorado Karting Tour
Hometown: Westminster, Colordao
Occupation: Student – 7th Grade
Sponsors: Tender Belly, CompKart
Years Karting: 3
2017 Briggs WRS Events
Racers find a path to the sport of karting in many different ways. One of the most common for the current generation is through indoor karting. That is where Nolan Payne found himself involve in karting. The Unser Racing facility in Denver, Colorado is a popular destination for those looking to get that ‘need for speed’. Payne has spent many days at the indoor circuit, and it eventually led to buying a Birel Cadet off the internet in 2014 and began racing with the Colorado Junior Kart Club (CJKC).
The Payne family jumped right into the Briggs Cadet division after purchasing their first kart. “Price for performance ratio is something you can not beat it,” stated Nolan’s father Cody Payne. “The engine is super reliable, just check those bolts on the clutch and motor mount.”
The 2016 season brought on the new Colorado Karting Tour as the organization expanded. Nolan finished the year fourth in the series championship thanks to two podium finishes. That equated to 62nd in the Briggs Weekly Racing Series. The 12-year-old improved for the 2017 season. Nolan scored four victories, along with two additional podium results, placing inside the top-five in all eight rounds of the series. Those performances gave Payne the series championship and boosted him to sixth in the Briggs WRS standings for 2017.
“We love the karting family,” added Payne. “It is competitive, yet everyone in our club supports everyone else! Fun to hangout, get dirty, and cheer on the racers!”
Nolan still hits the Unser Karting indoor facility from time to time, and currently holds the lap record for the Junior karts, and is second in the Adult karts by only 0.088. 2018 is a transition year, as Payne is moving up to the Junior level in 2018.