Jun 09, 2022
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Registration is now open for the 27th running of the Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix, the world’s most prestigious karting street race, Saturday and Sunday, September 3-4. Register here: https://nkaforms.formstack.com/forms/rigp_pre_entry_2022 Racers registering between now and August 1 will become eligible for a built-to-race Briggs & Stratton 206 engine, provided by the National Karting Alliance and Schurr […]

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May 26, 2022
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The Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix, the world’s largest karting street race, is excited to unveil a new team racing event where drivers from the same track can collect teams points even if they are racing in different classes. There are no additional entry fees and few rules, just the chance to win glory and […]

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Apr 15, 2022
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As the Covid pandemic hopefully moves into the rear-view mirror, the Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix, the world’s largest go kart street race, is preparing for its 27th year by inviting kart racers to “Return To The Rock.” “If you’ve raced with us before, we’re inviting you to return to what we hope will be […]

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Mar 10, 2022
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Organizers of the Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix have announced a wide-ranging class lineup for the 27th running of the world’s largest karting street race on Sept. 3-4, 2022. The race lineup remains essentially unchanged from last year with one exception. A driver survey conducted last Fall, and subsequent discussions with racers, urged race organizers […]

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Ignite Majors Set for 2022

Premier tracks and the sport’s iconic street races fill schedule

Mar 09, 2022
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If you look back at the last seven years, the Margay Ignite Karting program is one of the biggest success stories in American karting. Launched in 2015 with the goal of providing a low-cost spec American-made racing package that lowered the barrier of entry for newcomers, Margay’s Ignite program has expanded to a series of […]

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Oct 19, 2021
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Dates have been set for the 27th running of the Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix, the world’s largest karting street race, on September 3-4, 2022. The race lineup and rules are expected to be similar to 2021, with some changes under discussion. Organizers say, after hopefully moving out of the Covid era, racers can expect […]

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eKartingNews.com Driver of the Month: September 2021 – Michael Dittmer

Inaugural King of the Rock Briggs 206 winner claims first ROCK trophies since 2014

Oct 13, 2021
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In a continued effort to highlight the many outstanding performances by drivers around the country, eKartingNews.com is proud to introduce the ‘Driver of the Month’ program. Each month, the staff at EKN will determine the one driver who stood out above the rest and give the viewers a chance to know exactly what they accomplished […]

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Sep 10, 2021
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After missing from the 2020 calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rock Island Grand Prix returned on the annual Labor Day weekend spot. Karts returned to the streets of Rock Island, Illinois for the 26th edition of the world’s largest street race. Over 200 entries battled over the two-day kart race festival, including the […]

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EKN Trackside: 2021 Rock Island Grand Prix – Race Report

Labor Day weekend street race returns with new and returning winners of the Rock trophy

Sep 05, 2021
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It is 735 days since the last karts hit the streets of Rock Island, Illinois for the Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix. The 26th edition was a welcome return this weekend following the loss of the race in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 200 entries battled in 15 categories over the two-days around […]

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EKN Trackside: 2021 Rock Island Grand Prix – Preview

26th edition of world famous street race hits the Quad Cities area once again

Sep 03, 2021
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It has been 733 days since karts were zooming around the city streets of Rock Island, Illinois. The 2021 edition of the Rock Island Grand Prix is one of the most anticipated in recent years following the cancellation of last year’s event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This Labor Day weekend marks the 26th running […]

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Sep 02, 2021
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The EKN Trackside Live program visits multiple events throughout the karting season. Leading up to major events on the calendar, EKN is happy to provide a show as part of the EKN Radio Network. The EKN OutLap is a preview podcast show, geared at providing you the top stories, breaking news, and championship battles going […]

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Aug 31, 2021
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The 26th running of the Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix, the world’s largest karting street race, this year will feature 17 racing classes. Admission is free to this family-oriented event. This year the focus has been on creating other things to do downtown beyond just enjoying the races. Racing is schedule for 8 a.m. to […]

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Aug 23, 2021
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Rock Island race officials have made 2 changes to the Supplemental Rules for Ignite classes in 2021. First, they have specified the 19T Clutch Drive Gear is mandatory (with a #35 chain). Second, they have amended the tire purchase rule. The RIGP has always agreed to run Ignite Rules and officials have determined that requiring competitors to purchase tires for Rock Island […]

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Aug 11, 2021
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eKartingNews has launched a new program for social media and the EKN Radio Network – Face2Face. The show is broadcasted live over Facebook and YouTube, with the audio version making its way to the only 24 hour / 7 days a week radio station. 2021 marks the return of the Rock Island Grand Prix. What […]

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Jul 05, 2021
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Registration is now open for the 17 classes to be featuring at the 26th running of the Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix, the world’s largest karting street race. This marks the first year of the event’s operation with the National Karting Alliance. Previously announced race classes include (not in race order): *Briggs & Stratton 206 […]

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Jun 15, 2021
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The Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix is known as the largest street race in the world, with fun and excitement on and off the track. The 2020 season saw the event in Rock Island, Illinois cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic that impacted many spectator events throughout the year. 2021 is a new year, and […]

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Feb 08, 2021
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After shutting down for a year due to the Coronavirus, organizers of the Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix, the world’s largest karting street race, have announced plans for the race to return to its usual Labor Day weekend dates, Sept. 4-5, this year. It will be the 26th year for this popular motorsport event, run […]

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Sep 01, 2020
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Having just completed its 25th year in 2019, the Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix kart race has announced a new partnership designed to ensure this great event continues for another 25 years. It was announced earlier this year that the race has been suspended for 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions but will return in 2021. The […]

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Jun 24, 2020
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With the uncertainty of when the state will reach Phase 5 of Restore Illinois, and with a strong commitment to the health and safety of the racers, volunteers, staff and spectators, the Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix, the world’s largest karting street race, has announced that this year’s Labor Day weekend event will not be […]

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eKartingNews.com Driver of the Month: September 2019 – Evan Stamer

Margay driver grabs first career Rock trophies from Rock Island Grand Prix

Oct 24, 2019
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In a continued effort to highlight the many outstanding performances by drivers around the country, eKartingNews.com is proud to introduce the ‘Driver of the Month’ program. Each month, the staff at EKN will determine the one driver who stood out above the rest and give the viewers a chance to know exactly what they accomplished […]

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