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  • #93654

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    SMART move!!!! Even our local speedway event cancelled. Now what do I do??? LOL Guess we all just look at the bright side, it’s been rescheduled which gives a race between the fall Afton event and the NCM event which was several weeks apart AND, everyone should be ready to go for Afton come May 5/6!!!!

     

     

  • #93568

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    Plan to load Thursday night. Bringing Lindsay who will be running SPRINT TAG SR on Saturday. We have to come home after Saturday but looking forward in seeing everyone. Guess I had better throw in an extra pair of speedos by what you are saying weather temp may be!!! LOL  I love the menu!! Guess where THE MAN will be????????? Sorry Lindsay, find you another mechanic!!!

  • #91772

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    Robert,

    Pretty good post you have here!!!!

    I haven’t gotten on FB to see what your talking about but I can picture it clearly.

    I will say that from myself who has been HEAVILY involved with road racing not only in my local area but across the nation, I have been involved with many conversations just like you have posted. There are pros & cons depending on who is talking. Someone who doesn’t promote doesn’t understand the whole story. As just a racer who shows up to race, it’s not that big of a deal as long as we get our track time.

    I’m currently working with Robby on classes for our KART/WKA combined event August 10-12 at HPT in Topeka Ks. KART has a total of 26 classes (12-sat, 14-sun) and no local option classes where WKA has a total of 58 classes (31-sat, 27-sun) and this includes 11 total local option classes. KART has 5 races per day (3-30, 2-45) with 2 hrs of practice each day. With the schedule I have for the combined event, we have 8 on sat & 7 on sun. Sat has 5-30, 2-45 and Sun has 5-30 & 2-45 races. This could change after this weekends WKA race at Savanna when Robby does some talking to the racers. I have combined as many classes I can and tried to limit the amount of races but it is tuff with the amount of classes!!!

    Those of us who promote understand entries brings dollars and at times, additional pit pass sales which is our sole income to pay all the bills to put an event on. There is a huge difference today then years past as remember the day an event had only 700 entries which was a bad turn out and 1500+ was an excellent turn out?? Look at the numbers today!!

    I could make your post look small (LOL) but I’m stopping here.

    Here is my same statement I have said many times: Racers need to show and support no matter what the BS is or we will someday not have a place to race!!

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 3 weeks ago by  Kelly Read.
  • #91771

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    Since both I and Robby have been asked if the combined KART/WKA race had been cancelled or moved , I want to CLARIFY this post Linda has made.

    This event she has mentioned is for the KART nationals NOT the KART/WKA combined event which will be held at HPT August 10-12. KART had originally looked at going to HPT in September for there nationals but have moved there nationals to Hallett July 7/8.

    PLEASE pass the word out to our racers who may have thought the combined race had been cancelled or moved.

    As for the combined event at HPT, myself & Robby are putting the finishing touches on the schedule as I speak. Plans are for this to be finalized after the WKA race at Savanna this coming weekend as Robby plans to ask WKA racers what local option classes he wants at HPT.

  • #91262

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    Competition Karting Inc (CKI) builds an excellent laydown kart.

  • #84402

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    READ RACING ready to go!!! 1 Tag and 2 Animals. Could possibly need a driver for one of the Animals if Brad can’t make it and it doesn’t look good for him. Know someone, have them contact me at 316-218-3645. Last time kart was out it won the KART nationals.

  • #92119

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    ANSWER!!!LOL

    This has to be one of the best forums I have been involved with in sometime!! GREAT comments by all and everyone is keeping calm which shows a CHANGE!!

    Both Brian & Taylor hit it on the head by telling US RACERS who want to ROAD RACE to get to the ROAD RACE track!! I have posted the same thing many times on various forums.

    Unfortunately several racers across the country aren’t as lucky as my family is as out of the 7 races we have under KART for 2018, 6 are within 2 1/2 hours from my house, THAT’s HEAVEN!!! I will say (AGAIN) SUPPORT WHAT YOU CAN!!! If I have said it once, I have said it hundreds of times, SCREW who the name is at the top of the entry form as far as the sanctioning body that you might not like, go support the CLUB who is putting a lot on the line for you to race. If WE don’t, some day we will all have wall mounts!!! 2017 was not our best year to support with 2 kids getting married along with personal things happening in our lives but we supported all but 2 events at least for one day. Before then and upcoming years, LOOK OUT!!!

    As for expenses, I AGREE that for me and others to attend road races vs sprint races especially those who have sprint tracks locally, road racing is more expensive BUT, you take the amount of track time you get on a road race track to a sprint track, tires and other misc items, is it really that more expensive?? In the day, we went sprint racing like we do for road racing. Would leave on Friday night, Saturday was a practice day & Sunday was a race day with little practice in the morning. With this said, I still had the same expenses with 2 nights motel, etc. as I do in road racing. Probably one of the biggest difference is the entry fees. Must keep in mind that ROAD RACE tracks are VERY expensive to rent and that usually doesn’t include workers, EMT, etc. and dates are not always the best to choose from.

    In my mind, one of the biggest things I enjoy in road racing is the NO RUSH!! It’s more laid back then sprint racing (this comes from current racers to date even). How sweet it is to have time to just VISIT with friends you hardly see!!!

     

     

     

  • #88024

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    Jeremy,

    Got ya now!!! Just wanted to make sure something wasn’t wrong at NCM.

    You are correct on the cost for running what we would call the WHOLE track vs either the West or the East circuit. I know everyone I had talked to, liked the West circuit we ran 2 years ago. I have heard from groups who have ran both circuits, prefer the West. Who knows, maybe in the future if everything works out, we could run the full course.

    Just to clarify, KART/MARRS will be hosting the HPT event with myself as the race director. WKA will be hosting the NCM event with Robby and his group putting it on. At both events, I and Robby will be the co- race directors at the other organizations event just like we did at NCM 2 years ago.

    With these 2 tracks chosen for the combined events, everyone should enjoy the facilities at each track.

     

  • #87874

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    Being that myself will be representing KART and Robby Harper will be representing WKA for the 2 WKA/KART 2018 combined events, I assure you that it will be just like or even better than we did 2 years ago at NCM. Those who were there then and the afterwards comments posted, all were very pleased!! You can expect the same in 2018. Having THE KING (Robby/apprentice) working with THE MAN (ME/professor), I will say that we do a great job as a TEAM to make it happen for ALL racers!!!

    As for the track layout to be ran at NCM, we plan to run the same layout as 2 years ago. Is there something there I need to know about?

    We will be starting to put together the event schedule shortly. If you have some thoughts as far as classes, PLZ let me know. I can be contacted at Kelly.read@westarenergy.com or 316-218-3645 (C).

    I’m here to promote ROAD RACING, not get into the politics with either organization so I ask you to HELP me make our events a success by giving me positive feedback and suggestions!!

    THE MAN

  • #85744

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    We tested the clutch this past weekend at LAKE AFTON for the last time.

    RESULTS: NO CHANGE!! It worked flawlessly the entire weekend.

    Questions/answers:

    1) Is it faster? NO. The past 2 races I had Lindsay set up for the WIN and she battled for the lead. Did she win, NO. Could she, ??. Even if she would have, it would have been close!! Just an FYI, she pulls in at the end to not interfere with the others who are in the points. Even Lindsay can’t say if she would have won.

    2) What about maintenance? With 4 races along with several hours of practice, all I have done is changed the oil and measured the springs.

    3) What advantage does it have over a engine clutch? 1) Can’t cheat!! What I mean by that is that those who spray there friction hub to help the clutch slip off the line to get a jump on the others, that is cheating in my mind. 2) Being experienced with the engine clutch, I spent a lot of time on friction hubs & drums being sure that the drum is perfectly round as possible and the linings on the friction hubs were tru to the drum. Plus, let alone spending several hundred dollars keeping fresh clutches. It doesn’t take much especially if you are new to the tag classes with destroying your engine clutch. 3) BIG and ONLY advantage I see is, COST!!

     

     

  • #85737

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    The READ family would like to THANK ALL of those drivers, families and friends who supported our fall race of 2017!!! Big thanks go out to my family, friends and troop 494 who help me put this event on. I could not do this without having them!!!!!!

    As for the weather, what better could it have been with “THE MAN” promoting this event!!! LOL

    As for the racing, AWESOME!!! I even had to use transponder placement as the final result in a couple of classes due to not even my own KEEN EYES could tell which kart crossed the line first.

    As for the kids (Brad, Lindsay), they both ran and had super races in the B&S ANIMAL SPORTSMAN classes. It was nice to see Brad come out of retirement and come run!!! Lindsay in her SPRINT STOCK LEOPARD kart ran well and up front both days with 2 other top drivers battling for the lead. Saturday she lost the air box on the next to last lap and pulled in (THANK YOU!!) and on Sunday, she pulled in on the last lap to not interfere with the other drivers who are in the points championship battle as she is not legal at this time due to running the Horstman axle clutch that we have been testing this year for HORSTMAN. You can see my updates on this clutch on another forum.

    Good luck to everyone at the KART ROAD RACE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS at Hallett!!

     

  • #84967

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    Being there myself on Tuesday and again on Thursday this week, I am glad to report that Mike is moving forward in his recovery. Thursday he reacted to me when I was there and I could tell that he wanted to say something but was unable to with the tube in his throat.

    Lindsay is up there today as I speak.

    As Linda says, Mike is strong and will get through this!!!!

  • #84809

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    I hate to do it (LOL) but, I 2nd what Linda says!!

    SUPER turnout!!! AWESOME racing!!!! Weather OK (LOL)!!!

    I think this needs to be the sight for future KART ROAD RACE CHAMPIONSHIPS!!

     

  • #84807

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    Testing the clutch at HPT this past weekend had the same results as the other tests went, AWESOME!!!

    On the previous test sessions I did not go after a win, I went after what would the clutch do or not do. At those races, I put gearing CLOSE but not right on and had our flex length not where we would normally have it and set clutch from anywhere from 3000 – 6000 clutch engagement and worked the piss out of it so Horstman had facts.

    At HPT this past weekend, I dialed Lindsay in to win!!! I had the clutch engagement at 5500. She had a great battle with 2 other drivers for the lead from the start up to the final lap at which time she pulled in to not interfere with the other 2 drivers as they were in the points championship and she couldn’t have placed anyway as we were not legal due to the axle clutch. You can see a pic of this on her facebook page.

    My opinion, this clutch WILL save the racer money let alone the work and time to change clutches out at the track!! I had a KART director tell me this weekend that he had a TAG competitor tell him that KART needed to approve it as he himself was spending $200.00 a weekend on engine clutches and if we want to keep racers in our sport, then this needs to be approved. This made me happy to hear as I have said this before but having someone that I didn’t know say the same thing, that is good!!!

    I have recommended to the KART directors to approve this new clutch in the TAG classes (only class that runs clutches outside of the 4-cycles that axle clutches are not legal in) for the 2018 season.

    Anyone have any questions, contact me at either 316-218-3645 or Kelly.read@westarenergy.com

     

     

     

  • #84523

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    Testing at Hallett with a low gear ratio went good. We didn’t even have to change the springs from the higher gear ratio we had ran at another track.

    Next up is HPT (mid gear ratio between what we have ran so far) August 11/12.

    Talking to the driver who is testing the clutch for all other 2-cycle motors, says his has been great. He has even taken his apart and all looks good.

  • #83035

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    David,

    It was actually KART & WKA who got behind this.

    Bruce,

    THANKS for posting the above. Been kind of busy especially with 2 kids getting married in the same year!!!LOL

    As for the regular enduro kart clutch, I was told it was great.

    As for availability, the clutch as a whole is currently in production and will be available come September. As for parts like floaters & discs, they are now available. This should help those with the older clutches as the new floaters & discs fit that clutch also.

    As for the clutch for the tag karts we are testing, we will be going to Hallett July 15/16 to test it there as this is a low gear ratio track and probably the lowest gearing any of us run anywhere I’m guessing (16-84 on a stock Leopard). I’m interested in seeing if the springs we currently have for when we ran a 16-76 ratio works for Hallett. I will have a softer spring just in case.

    Keep you posted

  • #81460

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    THE MAN along with my family and friends who made this happen would like to thank all the racers who attended this past weekend!! Great racing and SUPER WEATHER!!! I was asked by a couple of racers that for in September if I could take 1/2 the breeze we had on Sunday and move it to Saturday to make it a PERFECT weekend LOL.

    As for the new HORSTMAN axle clutch we tested for them on a tag (Leopard), AWESOME!!! They hit on the nail!!

    GOOD luck to all this 2017 season

     

  • #81118

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    Finally the week has came!!!

    Not looking forward to Wednesday as this is when all the fun begins putting out bales and fencing but it must be done.

    Weather wise looks great for the weekend!!!

    Turnout looks promising up to including some racers from the Chicago area that are coming. MKA (Read family) look forward in seeing all those road racers who plan to attend.

    Reminder, gates will be open from Friday afternoon to the completion of Sunday’s event. All information is on the KART web site (www.kart.org).

    Questions, contact myself at 316-218-3645 (C)

  • #78552

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    I personally went and checked out the repaving a few months back. Just as you come out of the corkscrew to the lower bridge area leading to flatiron is baby butt smooth!!!! This area was getting really bad so, everyone should love the improvement!!! As for the rest of the track, it looked pretty good and should not be any issues.

  • #73805

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    Being one involved with Lynn and Gary on this project from when Lynn first contacted me for input, let me clarify something. It’s mainly the TAG motors low stall speed their trying to figure out not the other motors. As for 4-cycles and being experienced with 4 cycles, I can’t see running ANY axle clutch on a 4-cycle in my mind (Just saying). As I told both of them, with the TAG motors having a 6,000 (SR), 7,000 (JR) RPM maximum engagement by the rules, this clutch would need to fit these applications before it was allowed in the TAG classes (for sure in KART). NO, I am not in favor of changing the clutch engagement rule mainly due to that the current MFG’s of the engine clutches are set up that way now. Gary said that this will take some work but feels they can figure it out. This I don’t doubt as these guys have done a SUPER job in the past with both axle & engine clutches. Why not open the market??

    This clutch will be wide (4 1/2″) due to the size of bearings needed to make a clutch to fit from 1 1/4″ – 50mm vs the old one that went from 1″ – 30mm. I don’t see a issue here as for the karts I seen, there is room between the bearing hanger and wheel for it unless you run your wheel in real tight. You can bet for sure that when this does come available, it will be first class and work!!!

    I know that I for one am very interested in seeing this come out especially now that Lindsay is going to TAG (sit-up). From experience when she drove for some people along with when Brad had his Tag, I spent enough money on engine clutches to keep under the MAX RPM per the rules to pay for more than one of these.  Having the ability to make an adjustment on the kart vs installing a new friction hub and possibly even a new drum to be legal, sure will make it more feasible in the long run. I don’t know how many times I have been on the starting line and heard karts leave that were over the MAX stall speed!!! With this, WE have no excuses why we are over the max engagement. I believe (HOPE) that when they do figure out how to get the low engagement needed for a TAG motor, ALL organizations will allow a axle clutch in their TAG classes. Currently, KART allows axle clutches in all classes but 4-cycle & TAG that could possibly run one. I’m hoping this changes after this new clutch comes out and is proven to work with the current rules.

  • #72931

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    Ian,

    If your looking for a Horstman, I have 3 left that are 1 1/4″. All fresh. 2 with external adjusters.

    Need more info, contact me at 316-218-3645.

  • #72755

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    Must admit that the crew pulled it off without THE MAN!!  Good job Jim, Maysha, Roger, Jackie, those who helped pre-tech and all the HMRC staff. Also want to pass on to the Baldus Racing Team as I had several compliments of the count down clock this team supplies at all our KART/MARRS events. It seemed to help some make there move at the right time I was told!! ALL YOU RACERS who supported this event, THANK YOU!!

    As usual SUPER racing!!!

    Do want to apologize that coverage wasn’t available on race monitor due to computer malfunction.

     

  • #72380

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    Plans are to have live coverage on RACE monitor (guess that’s what it’s called!!)

  • #72379

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    George,

    Check your message box.

     

  • #72266

    Kelly Read
    Participant

    THE MAN is looking forward in attending his 3rd event of 2016!!! One month ago I wasn’t going to be able to make it but now, I will be there to support this super event put on by KART/MARRS as just a spectator.

    Even though my drivers (Brad, Lindsay) won’t be there since we have sold their karts, I will still be bringing a trailer load of karts and wrenching for a couple of drivers.

    Get a chance, drop by my trailer and check out the remaining items I have to sell. Everything is priced to sell and is good stuff!!!

    Se you all soon.

    THE MAN

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