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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Sep 10, 2019
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One of the longest running events in North American karting is the Rock Island Grand Prix. The world-famous street race in Rock Island, Illinois hosted the 25th edition on August 31-September 1 with racers from all over converging on the Quad Cities area for fun on and off the track. Two action-packed days fill up […]

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EKN Trackside: 2019 Rock Island Grand Prix – Race Report

Liberante claims King of the Streets as Lawson, Neilson and Goettsch add to their record totals

Sep 01, 2019
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Labor Day weekend for the sport of karting is about the Rock Island Grand Prix. The famed street race through the downtown road of Rock Island, Illinois celebrated the 25th running, welcoming another stellar paddock of local stars, grassroots racers, and top pilots from around the country. In total, 18 categories battled for the coveted […]

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EKN Trackside: 2019 Rock Island Grand Prix – Preview

25th running of world’s largest street race takes place this Labor Day weekend in Quad Cities

Aug 30, 2019
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History is set to be made this Saturday when karts hit the streets of Rock Island, Illinois. The 25th edition of the Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix powered by Mediacom begins at 8am Saturday morning when the first practice sessions around the 6/10-mile course. The course and planning of the Labor Day weekend racing festival […]

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Aug 23, 2019
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The Extreme Rock Island Grand Prix powered by Mediacom will host the 20th running of the exciting King of the Streets shifter kart race sponsored by LeCont Tires. King of the Streets is one of the most coveted titles that can be won in North American karting and is always one of the headline races […]

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Aug 21, 2019
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One of the longest running events in United States karting – the Rock Island Grand Prix – is about to write the 25th chapter of the famed Labor Day street race. Each year, a group of volunteers plan and execute a two-day racing festival in the city streets of Rock Island, Illinois. The Quad Cities […]

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Aug 19, 2019
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The Rock Island Grand Prix has become the largest street race in the world, and the longest running at the same time. Every Labor Day weekend, karters from all over converge on the Quad Cities area to compete for two days in the city streets, ready to celebrate the 25th edition on August 31-September 1. […]

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Aug 01, 2019
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The Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix powered by Mediacom has announced its race staff for 2019, the event’s 25th anniversary. Rock Island is the only time each year that this all-star team of officials work together. “Over the years we have had the top officials available from across the U.S. and Canada. A major street […]

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