Buckeye Karting Challenge Moves to Five Events for 2021
One karting series that continued to grow during the 2020 season was the Buckeye Karting Challenge. The state championship traveling series in Ohio hosted six race weekends this past season, averaging 125 entries per event over the course of the year with a mix of 4-Cycle and 2-Cycle categories. Klotz Synthetic Lubricants returns as the title sponsor for the Buckeye Karting Challenge. The 2021 Klotz BKC state championship series will consist of five races, counting the best four finishes toward the final point standings.
“The 2020 season was amazing, with over 200 unique drivers and a season high 141 entries at Camden. For the upcoming season, we are going to trim down the series by one race, not only to reduce costs for our racers, but also allow them to compete in more club, regional, or national events. Our 2021 schedule avoids most of the national and regional events in the Midwest,” stated Scott Smith of the Buckeye Karting Challenge.
The 2021 Buckeye Karting Challenge is spread out from May to October. The program is set for a return to four tracks while welcoming one new destination to the schedule. G&J Kartway was supposed to open the 2020 season before being rescheduled do to COVID concerns. They are once again scheduled to host Round One in 2021 with competitors headed back to Camden, Ohio in May. Thompson Kart Raceway in northeastern Ohio remains the Round Two location in June. Unique about the Thompson weekend will be the first night race for the Buckeye Karting Challenge, set to have the main event battle during the sunset and under the lights.
Circleville Raceway Park is in the center of the state and will be the mid-way point for 2021 with the series headed there in July. Northwestern Ohio’s Fremont Raceway Park is set to host Round Four, with their event held in August. The series will then take off the month of September before gearing up to contest the fifth round and 2021 finale. Motorsports Country Club of Cincinnati is a new venue for the Buckeye Karting Challenge and will host the series finale in October.
New for the 2021 season at the Buckeye Karting Challenge will be the change in race format. The BKC followed the ‘pea-pick’ heat race format for it’s first three years, however for 2021 they will add qualifying to the schedule. Qualifying will be followed by a Prefinal and Final, but with a twist. The Prefinal grid will have a random inversion implemented for up to the top-five qualifiers.
In November, the Buckeye Karting Challenge crowned their 2020 state champions.
Tomar Engineering 2-Cycle Classes
• Logan McCloskey – Elite Insurance Team 50cc Kid Kart
• Nash Gierke – Chuck’s Custom Truck & Trailer Micro Swift
• Nash Gierke – Adkins Speed Center Yamaha Sportsman
• Cole Marr – SignAffects Yamaha Junior
• Jonathan Ocasio – Myers Motorsports Yamaha Senior
• Dylan Cradlebaugh – Cook Racing Engines KA100 Senior
• Mike Davis – Dawson-McCrone KA100 Masters
• Ian Quinn – Cook Racing Engines 125 Tag Shootout
Adrenaline Fix Karting 4-Cycle Classes
• Nash Gierke – Chardon Welding 206 Sportsman
• Dylan White – Burning River Racing 206 Junior
• Michael Miller Jr. – Rocketech Motorsports 206 Senior
• Chris Pettit – QG3 Karting 206 Masters
The largest category of the 2020 season was 206 Senior, averaging 29 entries per race with 51 different drivers competing over the year. 206 Junior and 206 Sportsman completed the top-three in terms of size, each averaging 17 entries per event. Yamaha Senior led the way for the 2-Cycle side of the program, welcoming 28 different drivers over the season to average 14 entries per event.
“Our 2021 class structure will be finalized before the end of the year, but 206 classes will remain unchanged while 2-Cycle senior classes could see minimal changes. There may also be some adjustments to our 2-Cycle Sportsman, Junior, and Kid Kart classes,” added Smith.
Before the 2021 BKC schedule begins, the series and many of the racers will get back to the track during the month of February. The Snowball $250 will take place on February 21 at Fremont Raceway Park. The event will feature a full slate of Briggs & Stratton 206 classes, with the Senior division racing for $250 to win.
For more about the Buckeye Karting Challenge, visit buckeyekartingchallenge.com.
2021 Buckeye Karting Challenge Schedule
May 16: G&J Kartway – Camden, Ohio
June 26: Thompson Kart Raceway – Thompson, Ohio
July 18: Circleville Raceway Park – Circleville, Ohio
August 22: Fremont Raceway Park – Fremont, Ohio
October 24: Motorsports Country Club of Cincinnati – Batavia, Ohio