Briggs & Stratton Weekly Racing Series Standings – September 21

3,100 driver mark reached for grassroots program in North America

History has been made in the fourth year of the Briggs & Stratton Weekly Racing Series, reaching the highest driver mark since the program began in 2015. The driver total racing at the participating North American tracks have 2,012 in Senior/Masters with 1,092 Junior drivers combined in the USA and Canada, breaking the 3,100-mark for the first time ever. The Briggs WRS schedule is coming to a close, with the final events set for the end of October. This release of the standings will be the last one featured before the final rankings of 2018 are published near the end of the year.

The leader in the club house remains to be John Buzza of the Manitoba Karting Association. The Canadian club finished up their 2018 season this past weekend with Buzza earning his eighth main event victory of the season. The only driver to beat Buzza this season was Stephen Bachalo, who won the first two rounds of the MKA season. Bachalo sits second in the Briggs WRS to Buzza, off by just 11 points. Third in the Canada standings is Angelo Amorim of the Edmonton & District Kart Racing Association (EDKRA). The end of the EDKRA season has been cut short with SNOW hitting the area and forcing the cancellation of their recent race. Amorim is the top Master driver in the Briggs WRS rankings thanks to his seven victories on the year.

Calgary Kart Racing Club takes up the next three positions in the Briggs WRS. Alan Haggerty is fourth, with Connor Peet fifth and Dave Cameron sixth. Haggerty and Cameron are the top two drivers in the Heavy division (Masters) while Peet is third in the Senior standings behind Tanveer and Naila Deen, who sit 23rd and 20th in the Briggs WRS respectively. John Kwong, in the ninth position, makes four inside the top-10 from CKRC, to put the organization at the top.

Darren Kearnan (7th), Wyatt Gulash (8th) and Jordan Prior (10th) complete the top-10. Kearnan and Prior call Mosport Kartways home, with Darren sitting second in the MIKA Briggs Masters standings and Jordan leading the MIKA Briggs Senior championship. Gulash is the top driver in the Briggs WRS from the South Sask Kart Club.

The top spot in the Briggs WRS for the United States standings has two drivers locked up at 221 points. Tim Roy has held the #1 spot solo until now, with Jamie Bradford gaining enough points to join him at the top of the standings. Bradford has improved from a finish of 123rd in the 2017 Briggs WRS standings, and is racing aboard a in-house chassis he and a friend build called RPM. Roy remains the top driver at the Michiana Raceway Park program, leading the championship standings heading into the series finale the first weekend of October. Roy is the lone driver from MRP inside the top-10 while Bradford is joined by Chris Dugan in fourth from the TKA program at the NCM Motorsports Park. Dugan is the championship leader in the Senior 206 class while Bradford leads the Spec 206 standings.

Third is 2017 WKA Manufacturers Cup Series champion Eric Fagan from the Ohio Valley Karting Association. OVKA is among the largest clubs racing 206 today, with Fagan and Scot Keith in fifth as the representatives in the top-10. The two are 1-2 in the championship standings at OVKA with this past Saturday hosting their season finale. Utah Kart Championship has two drivers of their own in the top-10. Joshua Fine and Ryan Pool are ninth and tenth. Pool, the 2015 Briggs WRS West champion, has three wins on the season and leads the championship standings 15 points ahead of Fine, who has just one victory but a total of nine podium finishes.

Kaden Gray (sixth), Blake Korth (seventh) and Alex Keadle (eighth) complete the top-10. Gray is a former #1 of the Briggs WRS this season, earning four wins at the North Texas Karters in Denton through their Spring, Summer and Fall programs. Korth leads the KRA 206 Senior standings at New Castle Motorsports Park on the back of five victories this year. Five straight wins at the GoPro Motorplex has put Keadle into the top-10 in their Briggs Senior category, leading the series championship heading into the final four rounds of 2018.

A new driver is at the top of the Junior standings with USA taking eight of the top-10 spots. Badger Kart Club’s Logan Julien is the new #1, eclipsing the 200-point mark. Julien has nine victories on the season in the Briggs 206 Sportsman class, which is averaging over 15 drivers a round. He is joined in the top-10 by BKC racers Austin Smith (fourth) and Brendan Ostrowski (10th). Smith is the Briggs 206 Junior point leader at BKC with five wins in 2018. Ostrowski is his top challenger in the standings with four wins of his own, as the championship chase is set to close out at the end of September. Two others call Wisconsin home inside the top-10 with Cale Zimmerman and Cayden Fretwell sitting fifth and sixth from the Road America Karting Club. The newly repaved circuit in Elkhart Lake, WI welcomes racers to a weekday racing series, with Fretwell earning the Briggs 206 Sportsman series championship and Zimmerman placing third.

Former #1 Hudson Tran has maxed out his score at 199, currently sitting in second with his events at the Stockholm Karting Center in Minnesota for the Briggs WRS completed. The same for James Altamirano as the top Canadian driver in the Junior standings for Briggs WRS. His 196-point score is the best he can do from his results at the Calgary Kart Racing Club. Fellow CKRC driver Enzo Sartor is the only other Canadian inside the top-10. Kyle Sheard and Lanie Buice are the remaining drivers that make up the top-10. Sheard, from the Ohio Valley Karting Association, is up from 20th last month to sit seventh. Buice, a former #1 this year that competes at Georgia Sprint Karting Association, has dropped down to eighth.

For complete standings and information, visit briggswrs.com.


Senior/Masters – Canada

John Buzza
Points: 223
Track: Manitoba Karting Association

Age: 21
Hometown:
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Occupation:
Student
Chassis:
Birel ART
Sponsors:
REG Electronics, Thunder Rapids Amusement Park, Midas Winnipeg
Years Karting:
10

POS RACER TRACK NAME TOTAL AVG
1 JOHN BUZZA Manitoba Karting Association 223 27
2 STEPHEN BACHALO Manitoba Karting Association 212 26
3 ANGELO AMORIM Edmonton & District Kart Racing Association 209 26
4 ALAN HAGGERTY Calgary Kart Racing Club 208 26
5 CONNOR PEET Calgary Kart Racing Club 200 25
6 DAVE CAMERON Calgary Kart Racing Club 200 25
7 DARREN KEARNAN Mosport Kartways 195 24
8 WYATT GULASH South Sask Kart Club 193 24
9 JOHN KWONG Calgary Kart Racing Club 190 23
10 JORDAN PRIOR Mosport Kartways 189 23
11 MORGAN MCDONALD Manitoba Karting Association 188 23
12 KEVIN R DOWLER Edmonton & District Kart Racing Association 185 23
13 WHITNEY STEVENSON Edmonton & District Kart Racing Association 184 23
14 JONATHAN TREADWELL Mosport Kartways 184 26
15 ELI YANKO Mosport Kartways 184 23
16 RYLAN DESPINS Manitoba Karting Association 184 23
17 AARON KENNEDY Championship Karting Racing Association 183 22
18 HALEY GULASH South Sask Kart Club 182 22
19 COLBY WALLACE Edmonton & District Kart Racing Association 182 22
20 NAILA DEEN Calgary Kart Racing Club 180 22
21 ANTHONY CASTRO Mosport Kartways 178 22
22 FRANCESCA PASUBIO Toronto Kart Club 177 22
23 TANVEER DEEN Calgary Kart Racing Club 172 21
24 GRIFFIN DOWLER Edmonton & District Kart Racing Association 172 21
25 DEVON BOYLE South Sask Kart Club 172 21

For complete standings and information, visit briggswrs.com.


Senior/Masters – United States

Jamie Bradford
Points: 221
Track: Tennessee Karting Association

Age: 41
Hometown:
Juliet, Tennessee
Occupation:
Auto Mechanic
Chassis:
RPM
Sponsors:
Bradford AutoCare, RPM Chassis
Years Karting:
3

POS RACER TRACK NAME TOTAL AVG
1 JAMIE BRADFORD Tennessee Karting Association 221 27
2 TIM ROY Michiana Raceway Park 221 27
3 ERIC FAGAN Ohio Valley Karting Association 219 31
4 CHRIS DUGAN Tennessee Karting Association 217 27
5 SCOTT KEITH Ohio Valley Karting Association 212 26
6 KADEN GRAY North Texas Karters 210 26
7 BLAKE KORTH Kart Racers of America 208 26
8 ALEX KEADLE GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge 208 29
9 JOSHUA FINE Utah Kart Championship 206 25
10 RYAN POOL Utah Kart Championship 206 25
11 JODY COVINGTON Tennessee Karting Association 206 25
12 KEIR PECKHAM Badger Kart Club 206 25
13 EVAN STAMER Ignite Series 205 29
14 JOHN EWING Kart Racers of America 204 25
15 GAGE RUCKER Ignite Series 204 25
16 TRAVIS RODERICK Hill Country Kart Club 203 25
17 MIGUEL MIER North Texas Karters 197 28
18 ZACK KEITH Ohio Valley Karting Association 196 24
19 JEFFERY DOLIAN North Texas Karters 194 27
20 MIKE SMITH Tri-C Karters 193 32
21 DREW LANSING Kart Racers of America 191 23
22 JOHN O’KEEFE Kart Racers of America 190 23
23 EVAN MCCORQUODALE Kart Racers of America 190 23
24 MATT CHUBB Ignite Series 190 27
25 RICHARD FINE Utah Kart Championship 189 23

For complete standings and information, visit briggswrs.com.


Junior

(Photo: Rinker Photos)

Logan Julien
Points: 204
Track: Badger Kart Club

Age: 9
Hometown:
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
School / Grade: Montessori School of Waukesha / 4th
Chassis:
Merlin
Sponsors:
Team FMS, Franklin Motor Sports
Years Karting:
5

POS RACER TRACK NAME TOTAL AVG
1 LOGAN JULIEN Badger Kart Club 204 25
2 HUDSON TRAN Stockholm Karting Center 199 24
3 JAMES ALTAMIRANO Calgary Kart Racing Club 196 24
4 AUSTIN SMITH Badger Kart Club 196 24
5 CALE ZIMMERMANN Road America Karting Club 191 27
6 CAYDEN FRETWELL Road America Karting Club 191 23
7 KYLE SHEARD Ohio Valley Karting Association 191 23
8 LANIE BUICE Georgia Sprint Karting Association 190 23
9 ENZO SARTOR Calgary Kart Racing Club 189 23
10 BRENDAN OSTROWSKI Badger Kart Club 189 23
11 LOGAN PERL Road America Karting Club 186 23
12 LUKAS KLIMEK Stockholm Karting Center 185 23
13 KIARA STAI Stockholm Karting Center 184 22
14 EMILY DEMASTER Road America Karting Club 183 26
15 TJ ZIMMERMAN Road America Karting Club 183 22
16 KIEFER PEET Calgary Kart Racing Club 183 22
17 JUSTIN WEIERKE Stockholm Karting Center 181 22
18 CODY HETTWER Badger Kart Club 181 22
19 AVERY MILLER Mosport Kartways 179 22
20 AIDEN CARRUTHERS Calgary Kart Racing Club 178 22
21 HAILEY TODTENHAUPT Ignite Series 177 22
22 ISLA KANTS Championship Karting Racing Association 175 21
23 HUDSON HAMELIN Toronto Kart Club 174 21
24 LILY FLINTOFF Mosport Kartways 173 21
25 WES SCHROEDER Ohio Valley Karting Association 173 21

For complete standings and information, visit briggswrs.com.


Created in 2015, Briggs & Stratton announced the ‘Briggs Weekly Racing Series presented by RLV’ program for the grassroots Briggs 206 racers across North America. The premise is to match up racers against other racers at tracks from the same state, the same region, and the entire continent. While Briggs presented the WRS to tracks all over the country, the ultimate responsibility was put on the racers to have their own track or club series sign up for program, and in return both the tracks and racers would receive a prizes at the end of the season, including many of the great products produced by Briggs & Stratton.

The format is simple. Three standings are recorded on the season – Senior/Master is split up by country – United States of America and Canada, while the Junior division includes all of North America. A racer must compete in the Senior or Masters 206 category – or a Junior 206 (Junior 1 or Junior 2 level) division – at ONE recognized Briggs WRS tracks or series, racing in at least seven events in the calendar year before October 21, 2018, all in accordance to the Briggs & Stratton rule set. Each track must be a sanctioned facility in good standing with WKA, IKF, NKA, TAG USA or AKRA. The Senior, Masters, and Junior 206 classes must follow the Briggs & Stratton factory rule set in its entirety with no exceptions (in Canada, the official ASN rule set). The track must submit a maximum of 11 race dates (including rain dates), and the final results within one week following said events. Full list of track schedules HERE.

Points are accumulated based on the first eight races attended, with the best seven of eight counted at the end of the season. Both Senior and Masters drivers compete head-to-head in the standings, while Junior drivers will have their own rankings. Points for Senior/Master are based on three categories:

Category 1 – Quantity of karts participating in the class. The scale is 1 point to 11 points, based on the number of karts. More than 11 karts is still 11 points.

Category 2 – Finishing position. First place equates to 11 points down to 11th place or above at 1 point.

Category 3 – Number of karts finished ahead of (maximum is 11 karts).

Category 4 – Prefinal / Heat win bonus equals 0.25 points

Points for Junior are based on these three categories:

Category 1 – Quantity of karts participating in the class. The scale is 1 point to 10 points, based on the number of karts. More than 10 karts is still 10 points.

Category 2 – Finishing position. First place equates to 10 points down to 10th place or above at 1 point.

Category 3 – Number of karts finished ahead of (maximum is 10 karts).

Category 4 – Prefinal / Heat win bonus equals 0.25 points

Each United States and Canadian Senior/Masters top-50 and combined Junior top-50 in the final Briggs WRS standings will receive prizes.

1st-2nd: 7,000watt Elite Series Generator ($1,200 value)
3rd-8th: Powersmart P2200 Inverter Generator ($650 value)
9th-15th: 3,000 PSI Power Flow Plus Pressure Washer ($400 value)
16th-25th: 2,200 PSI Pressure Washer ($327.95 value)
26th-35th: 10 quarts of Briggs & Stratton 4T by AMSOIL ($160 value)
36th-50th: Hilliard Inferno Flame Clutch ($85 value)

In total, over $48,000 will be awarded at the end of the Briggs & Stratton Weekly Racing Series presented by RLV.

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