2018 Briggs & Stratton Weekly Racing Series Standings Profile – Alex Keadle
Two-time GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge champion finishes year inside top-10 in USA
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 #7 – Alex Keadle
Track: GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge
Hometown: Salisbury, North Carolina
Occupation: Student – Aspiring Mechanical Engineer and/or Race Car Driver
Years Karting: 3
2018 Briggs WRS Events
The GoPro Motorplex facility in Mooresville, North Carolina has become one of the staple circuits in North American karting. Since it opened, they have been on-board with the #OperationGrassroots movement under the Briggs & Stratton Racing banner. Each Karting Challenge event sees a number of Briggs 206 powered karts competing. Among them is Alex Keadle, a now two-time GoPro Motorplex Karting Challenge champion in the Briggs 206 Senior division.
For the 2018 season, Keadle went on to win seven of the 12 rounds to earn a second straight series championship. Those results put him #7 in the Briggs WRS USA standings for 2018 after placing 38th in 2017. This is only his second season in the Senior category, as he was vice-champion at GoPro’s Briggs 206 Junior class while finishing 58th in the Briggs WRS standings.
Keadle began karting three years ago when he was a freshman in high school, getting his start at the GoPro Motorplex with his dad buying a used Birel kart. “My dad bought it from our friend John Corry. It was fast right away. I feel that Briggs 206 is the most competitive class because everything is so even. You really can’t get away from the field and have to drive a nearly perfect race to win. I really enjoy that challenge. GoPro Motorplex is one of the best tracks in the country and the series is huge and very well run. It is truly a regional series due to the quality of the track and the central location. We routinely have very large fields with competitors from Canada to Florida and everywhere in between. I love the challenge of racing against some of the best drivers in the country.”
For the 2019 season, Keadle will compete in the KA100 Senior class at GoPro Motorplex and also run several Briggs 206 races. “I definitely want to compete in the MGM summer series, and I’m very excited to compete at Indy this year.” Keadle finished seventh place at USAC Karting’s Battle at the Brickyard in Briggs 206 and won in his first KA100 Senior race this year.