2018 Briggs & Stratton Weekly Racing Series Standings Profile – Ryan Cassity
Veteran Mid-State Kart Club racer finishes season runner-up in USA Senior/Masters standings
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 #2 – Ryan Cassity
Track: Mid-State Kart Club
Hometown: Decatur, Illinois
Sponsors: Coyote, Kart City
Years Karting: 37
2018 Briggs WRS Events
The sport of karting is full of ‘lifers’. Racers who enjoy the sport and spend multiple years competing, or serving as a member of the industry. In the Midwest, one of those lifers is Ryan Cassity. The driver from Illinois’ time in the sport is reaching four decades, and remains one of the top drivers in the region today. In fact, Cassity has gone undefeated at the Mid-State Kart Club Briggs 206 Senior category over the last five seasons.
For the last five years, Cassity has won every main event he started at the Springfield, Illinois facility for club racing. In 2018, Ryan went seven for seven in the races he contested to earn a fifth straight club championship in the class. That adds to the many others he has gained throughout the years at Mid-State Kart Club. In 1983, Cassity got his start in karting at the Mid-State Kart Club aboard a 1966 Dart Kart and remained part of the organization that continues to promote the sport on the backs of many volunteers.
This second place in the Briggs Weekly Racing Series USA Senior/Masters standings puts him into the top-15 for each of the last four years. Cassity was P1 in the Midwest standings for the inaugural season of the Briggs WRS in 2015. He finished 5th overall in 2016 and 14th in 2017.
“Competition, coupled with the fact Briggs 206 was the only 4 cycle package offered by the local club,” stated Cassity when asked what brought him to racing the Briggs 206 engine package. “I really enjoy how family centric karting is and that it brings together people of all ages.”
In addition to winning the Mid-State Kart Club championship once again, Cassity scored the Cup Karts North America Central Division Senior Medium title. Cassity finished fourth at the Cup Karts North America Grand Nationals in the Senior Medium division. For 2019, Ryan plans to run LO206 Senior at Mid-State Kart Club, defend his title at the CKNA program and also may run in the CIK Medium division as well.