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  • #90028

    Donald Dump
    Participant

    This past fall I was looking around my shop and noticed that my kart had a Daytona 2007 inspection sticker. My girl friend also took note and said we had to go racing again.  After going on line I saw that there was a race coming up at Atlanta Motor Sports Park. Dusted everything off made sure the brakes worked and the motor would run and the motor home was loaded and it was off to Atlanta.  Had many problems as I relearned to set up a kart. Lost the practice day when after thrashing all morning on the kart I went to the line in the afternoon and the motor would not fire.  Back to the pits and replaced the used 10 year old motor with a used 13 year old motor. Race one I simple drove off the track on lap one. The next day I managed a second place.  My girl friend said we had to do more of this so the plan was made to run the whole circuit the coming season. Daytona was more of a relearning curve and I failed to finish all three races but had a lot of fun and I am ready to head to Savanna.  I was greeted with open arms by everyone who remembered the bumblebee and it was a lot of fun. The Daytona staff who in the past could be a bit of a hassle could not have been more helpful and friendly. It is sad to see how our numbers are dwindling. I don’t have an answer but I know that if somehow we could get some exposure for our invisible sport and people learned that for a relatively small amount (by racing standards) they can race at Daytona our numbers would swell. But regardless the bumblebee is back and looking forward to a lot of good racing and good times with friends.

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    John Barthelmass
    Participant

    Great to read your account, and great to see that you’re enjoying road racing again!

  • #90683

    Ian Krueger
    Participant

    yeah the daytona staff didnt know where registration was they sent me in, and out, and back in, and back outfield several times. they got to know my Turquoise Astrovan after a few hours. also we got there at 7:30 pm and couldnt get into the track on wednesday night which sucked. Then we were directed to a different gate and the guy thankfully understood and let us camp in the parking lot. only track ive ever been to that wasnt open till the wee hours of the morning. well they were open but wouldnt let us in lol. it was a fun event but i wasn;’t impressed by the staff at all, only one guy actually knew what was going on. I kept saying I was road racing and they kept saying ‘oh the track is by nascar turn 3’ im like…

    Well next time I go ill know to not take 95 south and sit in traffic for 8 hours. I think i saw your kart I was camped way up in lake loyd and remember the ‘bumble’ bee paintjob. I had a blast!

    WKA sprint

  • #90849

    Donald Dump
    Participant

    I had a similar experience. Once I found the proper gate to enter and got my pit pass I was escorted to the pits where they would not let me in. Was then sent to the sprint track where they took me back to the main pits.  Was complicated because I use a large motor home with all my gear loaded (including kart) underneath, no trailer. This of course made it difficult to get to where I could unload. I can say that after we got entry taken care of the staff could not have been more helpful in getting the rig positioned. Fortunately my pit was the second one through the gate so it was relatively painless. As I said I am looking forward to heading to Savanna.

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