2018 Briggs & Stratton Weekly Racing Series Standings Profile – Chris Dugan
Former racer returns with 1994 Invader to become two-time Tennessee Karting Association champion
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 #8 – Chris Dugan
Track: Tennessee Karting Association
Hometown: Spring Hill, Tennessee
Occupation: Storm Water Coordinator for City of Spring Hill
Sponsors: Jody Covington Racing
Years Karting: 12
2018 Briggs WRS Events
#OperationGrassroots has been a big factor into not only getting ‘retired’ drivers back behind the wheel, but also ‘retired’ karts down out of the attic and back on the race track. One of our top-10 finishers in the USA Senior/Masters has completed the comeback of both himself and a former chassis. Chris Dugan is a former karter who jumped back into the sport with the help of a friend who found one of his old karts from the past. Strapping on a Briggs 206 powerplant, and Dugan has become a two-time champion at the Tennessee Karting Association.
“I started racing karts in 1985 on a Bug Scorpion. We raced in local racing series in Tennessee and Alabama. I actually raced with the TKA series in the 80’s and 90’s before I started racing with them again in 2016. Jody Covington, a friend and old competitor, called me and mentioned he may have bought one of my old Invader karts I raced nationally in the 90’s. He said it had a new Briggs 206 on it and wondered if I would like to race it again. Of course I said yes, and we have been very successful with it the last few years.
The old Invader kart Dugan is racing on is a chassis from 1994. 24 years later, the chassis and Dugan are among the top-10 in overall in the Briggs Weekly Racing Series program. Last year, on the same Invader, Chris was #56 overall in the Briggs WRS standings.
At the Tennessee Karting Association, which raced at the NCM Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Dugan scored the series championship in LO206 Senior class in 2017, repeating in 2018 with a total of 6 victories over the 15 rounds of racing.
“Returning to race with the TKA was like reunion of sort. I got to reconnect with friends I hadn’t seen in 20 plus years. The racing is just as good as it was back then and the people that make up the club are still some of the best competitors you will ever race against.”
Dugan plans on defending his two championships at the Tennessee Karting Association in 2019, driving for Jody Covington once again. Their plans may also include a trip to the USAC Karting Battle at the Brickyard in July.