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    • #53713
      David Cole
      Keymaster

      It’s that time. The calendar has flipped over to September, and Labor Day weekend is upon us. That means to load up the kart in the trailer and head out to the annual Rock Island Grand Prix. This will be the 21st edition of the fun event, on and off the track for the two-day street race. Racers from all across North America will be in attendance, competing in the 15 categories offered.

      EKN will have complete coverage of the weekend, including updates and results here, along with the Social Media links

      Facebook
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      Find out more by visiting the RIGP section of the website

      David Cole - EKN Managing Editor

    • #53793
      Mark Erpelding
      Participant

      How many racers would like to see Rock Island have a spec tire for your class?   Would more racers attend if they had a spec tire?  Do you like the open tire rule?

      We spend our money on Racin, Whiskey and Women.... The rest we waste....

    • #53841
      Roger Ruthhart
      Participant

      I’ll be interested in seeing the responses, but we have asked this for several years in our driver surveys. 30 percent yes for spec tires, 50 percent no, and the rest don’t care or have no opinion.

      What we hear verbalized in favor of a spec tire is that with the open tire rule, to be competitive you have to buy and test several different tires in practice (although not sure everyone does that!). The argument FOR the open tire rule is that I have a trailer full of tires that I’ve used all season and now near the end of the racing calendar you are asking me to buy and use tires I’ve never raced on before, I don’t want to do that. And we have a lot of racers who come from different tracks or series that have their own spec tire — shouldn’t they be able to continue to use those?

      Last year we have several gearbox drivers who for the reason stated said we should make MG the spec tire for those classes since that’s what they run in SKUSA all season. Made sense and we thought we were responding to desires of our racers so we did that … and our entries went down. This year we are back to open tire and entries are back up.

      We have run open tires and compounds for many years successfully. We think racers should be able to use what they think performs best for them and what they feel safest with. And why shouldn’t tires be part of the setup equation for racing?

      We have worked with all of the tires companies over the years to do promotions for the benefit of our racers and will continue to do so if the tire distributors want to. We also greatly appreciate the long-term sponsorship of the King of the Streets race by MG .. and even as the race sponsor they have not demanded to be a spec tire. Wagner and his crew are also big supporters of our event and we appreciate that.

      Time for me to go have a race. Have a good discussion.

       

       

    • #53888
      David Cole
      Keymaster

      Briggs 206 Heavy Final
      1. Tony Neilson
      2. Dylan North
      3. Matt Pewe
      4. Scott Kleman
      5. Connor Lund
      6. Allen Bortreger
      7. Logan Smith
      8. Scott Barnes
      9. Ken Williams
      10. Kent Schonberger

      David Cole - EKN Managing Editor

    • #53889
      David Cole
      Keymaster

      Yamaha SuperCan Heavy Final
      1. Tim Goettsch +0.096
      2. Tony Jump
      3. Morgan Schuler
      4. Carter Pease
      5. Weston Moon
      6. Casey Jacobs
      7. Alex Angel
      8. Jason Ewers
      9. Dustin Blomme
      10. Chad Peppers

      David Cole - EKN Managing Editor

    • #53891
      David Cole
      Keymaster

      Clone Heavy
      1. Matt Pewe +0.086
      2. Jesse Clossey
      3. Michael Dittmer
      4. Al Cram
      5. Joseph Rapp
      6. Ty Schurr
      7. Mark Petersen
      8. Nelson Ullinskey
      9. Tyler Petersen
      10. Casey Newmarch

      David Cole - EKN Managing Editor

    • #53893
      David Cole
      Keymaster

      King of the Streets Final
      1. Josh Lane +2.651
      2. Alex Conlin
      3. Scott Barnes
      4. Lance Lane
      5. Cody Elliott
      6. Jason Alden
      7. Jenna Grillo
      8. Colton Aldridge
      9. Caleb Smock
      10. Garrick Miller

      David Cole - EKN Managing Editor

    • #53895
      David Cole
      Keymaster

      TaG Masters Final
      1. Ethan Wilson +0.20
      2. Anthony Honeywell
      3. Ryan Starzyk
      4. Brian Wake
      5. Gary Roehl
      6. Christopher Wilberg
      7. Marciano Santos
      8. Paul Russo
      9. Shane Wells
      10. Dean Leifheit

      David Cole - EKN Managing Editor

    • #53896
      David Cole
      Keymaster

      Briggs LO206 Medium
      1. Tony Neilson +0.233
      2. Scott Kleman
      3. Scott Barnes
      4. Matt Pewe
      5. Connor Lund
      6. Ryan Otterman
      7. Greg Jasperson
      8. Kent Schonberger
      9. Chris Rossiter
      10. Robby Warner

      David Cole - EKN Managing Editor

    • #53897
      David Cole
      Keymaster

      Yamaha SuperCan Medium
      1. Tony Neilson +1.304
      2. Tony Jump
      3. Devon Smith
      4. Michael Dittmer
      5. Dustin Blomme
      6. Austin Osborne
      7. Killian Keaveny
      8. Aaron Bromberek
      9. Josh Fisher
      10. Erin Dunn

      David Cole - EKN Managing Editor

    • #53899
      David Cole
      Keymaster

      Margay Ignite Final
      1. Jeremy Remick +0.093
      2. Jeffrey Dolian
      3. Keith Schaff
      4. Nick Todtenhaupt
      5. Colten Dudici
      6. Dicky Wilson
      7. Al Cram
      8. Michael Scharf
      9. Chris Prey
      10. Austin Blair

      David Cole - EKN Managing Editor

    • #53900
      David Cole
      Keymaster

      TaG Senior Final
      1. Scott Hargrove
      2. Austin Osborne
      3. Josh Lane
      4. Lane Vacala
      5. Gary Roehl
      6. Aaron Snyder
      7. Christopher Wilberg
      8. Raphael De Campos
      9. Monroe Jordan
      10. Don McGregor

      David Cole - EKN Managing Editor

    • #53901
      David Cole
      Keymaster

      Briggs LO206 Masters Final
      1. Tony Neilson +9.028
      2. Ken Williams
      3. Robby Warner
      4. Bryan Bernloehr
      5. Jason Birdsell
      6. Greg Jasperson
      7. Stacey Gunn
      8. Jesse Pritchett
      9. Larry Luedtke
      10. Damon Cuccia

      David Cole - EKN Managing Editor

    • #53905
      David Cole
      Keymaster

      125 Masters Final
      1. Scott Barnes +3.944
      2. Jason Alden
      3. Terry Riggins
      4. Lance Lane
      5. Daniel Laporta
      6. Tom Wood
      7. Garrick Miller
      8. Darrick Lang
      9. Devon Smith
      10. Eric Riggs

      David Cole - EKN Managing Editor

    • #53909
      David Cole
      Keymaster

      Briggs LO206 Heavy 2 Final
      1. Tony Neilson +0.230
      2. Connor Lund
      3. Matt Pewe
      4. Logan Smith
      5. Derek Hastings
      6. Dylan North
      7. Kent Schonberger
      8. Scott Kleman
      9. Jordan Bernloehr
      10. Greg Jasperson

      David Cole - EKN Managing Editor

    • #53910
      David Cole
      Keymaster

      Yamaha SuperCan Heavy 2 Final
      1. Tony Neilson +0.501
      2. Austin Osborne
      3. Weston Moon
      4. Mike Welsh
      5. Morgan Schuler
      6. Tim Goettsch
      7. Alex Angel
      8. Killian Keaveny
      9. Casey Jacobs
      10. Erin Dunn

      David Cole - EKN Managing Editor

    • #53971
      Doug Harden
      Participant

      Here’s a recap from Harden Racing….who also lost our GoPro4..in case anyone found it….

       

      I was tempted to start this recap of the races with “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”…but that’s…

      Posted by Harden Racing on Tuesday, September 8, 2015

       

       

       

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