2018 Briggs & Stratton Weekly Racing Series Standings Profile – Walker Hess
Former nationally-ranked driver out of Utah stays in touch with sport while attending college
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 USA Senior/Masters Profiles
USA #9 – Walker Hess
Track: Utah Kart Championship
Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
Occupation: Student – University of Utah (Business), part-time Intern for start-up company
Chassis: Tony Kart
Sponsors: Dad (Jay Hess)
Years Karting: 10
2018 Briggs WRS Events
During our promotion of the #OperationGrassroots movement surrounding the Briggs & Stratton 206 powerplant and the Weekly Racing Series, it has not just targeted new racers. Former racers or those who have stepped away temporarily is another area that Briggs 206 racing has been a focus. We see it many times that when young drivers head off to college, karting takes a back seat. The opportunity to jump into a Briggs 206 ride at a local club, and karting can still be part of your life.
That is the case for 20-year-old Walker Hess. A figure on the national karting scene, the Utah driver competed at the major karting events in North America after getting his start locally at the Utah Motorsports Campus (formally Miller Motorsports Park) in 2009. His first kart was a Birel Cadet chassis they purchased from former IMSA driver Austin Versteeg. Hess worked his way up the ranks and was among the top-50 drivers in the eKartingNews.com TaG Driver Rankings by the time he stepped away in 2017 from the national stage to focus on his studies at the University of Utah.
“Going to college made it difficult to continue racing competitively on the national circuit, but racing locally in the Briggs 206 made it easy to drive out for a weekend of fun at my local track with little maintenance or preparation.”
Walker competed in nine of the 13 races of the Utah Karting Championship program in 2018 at the Tooele, Utah facility. Of those nine, Hess won five times with two runner-up finishes to help him finish fourth in the 4-Cycle Senior championship.
“There’s always a nice community feeling at our club races and it makes the racing fun and relaxing, especially compared to the national scene. Although there is drama in some classes in our series, I think it goes to show how competitive a local series can be and why racing can be just as fun at your local track as racing nationally. Of course, I miss the excitement of a 40-kart field in a national race, but racing locally can still give you that seat time that we are always craving and the Briggs 206 makes the racing extremely close and competitive, no matter your level of experience.”
Hess continues his studies at the University of Utah, not certain of his racing plans for the 2019 season. Racing his Briggs 206 at the Utah Kart Championship will continue along with a one-off for the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour SpringNationals, set to visit his home circuit in May.