2018 Briggs & Stratton Weekly Racing Series Standings Profile – Kyle Sheard
Top youth driver for Ohio Valley Karting Association hits top-10 in North America
The 2018 season marked the fourth 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 2018 Briggs WRS program welcomed a combined 3,400 racers in Senior/Masters and Junior competition, enjoying just over 50 participating tracks throughout North America. Over the past four years, the program has welcomed a total of 15,000 competing racers and, with the help of RLV, the Hilliard Corporation and Amsoil, over $150,000 in prizes have been awarded.
eKartingNews.com is now recognizing the top-10 overall in the USA and Canada Senior/Masters divisions and the Junior ranks. For complete rankings, visit the Briggs WRS 2018 Final Report and for more on the program, visit www.briggsracing.com
Top-10 Briggs Weekly Racing Series Junior Profiles
Junior #9 – Kyle Sheard
Track: Ohio Valley Karting Association
Hometown: Centerville, Indiana
Occupation: Student – 7th Grade (Centerville Junior High)
Chassis: FA Kart
Sponsors: BBS Race Engine Development, Certified Home Inspection, Mull Chiropractic, Dickinson Construction, Vanwinkle Automative
Years Karting: 6
2018 Briggs WRS Events
The Ohio Valley Karting Association (OVKA) had three drivers in total reach the top-10 in the Briggs & Stratton Weekly Racing Series program overall. The lone driver in the Junior division is Kyle Sheard. The Indiana karter made the short 30 minute journey across the Ohio border to compete at the G & J Kartway in Camden, Ohio in the 13 races for the 2018 season. Sheard finished within the top-two in 12 of the 13 LO206 Sportsman main events, winning three times in 2018 to end up second in the OVKA championship standings to Wes Schroeder.
Sheard began karting at the age of six at OVKA in Kid Karts back in April 2012. Since then, Kyle graduated to the Cadet level, racing in Briggs 206 and Yamaha Sportsman at OVKA along with events at New Castle Motorsports Park and Whiteland Raceway Park.
“I like karting because it is so intense. You can’t show any weakness or you will get passed. I work on improving my lap times with my driving coach Thomas all season long. I put in hundreds of laps every weekend to prepare for the races. I like OVKA/G&J Kartway because it is family oriented. The track is very technical with multiple turns to make you a better driver.”
The plan for 2019 season is for Sheard to race the LO206 Sportsman at OVKA/G&J Kartway and a few other places. He is also planning on running Mini Swift in WKA races.