Pro IAME Junior and Senior Drivers to Run new Bridgestone YNB Compound for GoPro Finale


CONCORD, NC - Bridgestone Officials have notified World Karting Association, that due to a lack of ample supply of Bar Coded YLM Tires, and in an effort to ensure that competitors in the Pro IAME Junior and Senior classes are well covered for the season ending Grand National event October 13-15 at GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina, the new Bridgestone YNB Compound would be the tire that will be utilized.

All competitors in these 2 classes who have pre-entered by the October 6 deadline, will be issued  1 free set of practice tires, as well as 2 sets of race tires for the weekend. Tire pick-up will begin at noon on Thursday Oct.12th.  Additionally, any drivers in these 2 classes who still have the Bridgestone YLM Tires in the wrapper, can do a one for one exchange for the new YNB compound tire at the event.  Bridgestone asks that competitors contact, Margay Racing Products at (314) 771-4242 or Grand Products at (215) 244-1940 with the quantity of each size so they can have the proper amount at the event for exchange.  

As of September 13, dealers have taken possession of the YNB tire, giving customers time to purchase additional tires for practice, and testing on the new YNB compound.  This is a copy of the Bridgestone announcement:   

As Bridgestone enters its 40th year of supplying premium kart racing tires to the US Karting market, Bridgestone Kartsport would like to confirm its product line for the 2018 season and beyond. Consisting of two new compounds (YNB, YNP) along with two existing compounds (YLC, YDS), Bridgestone continues its practice of offering a complete range of tires for all sprint kart racing applications.

Homologated with CIK-FIA as the ‘prime’ compound, the Bridgestone YNB has already proven to be an outstanding tire in the KZ & KZ2 categories in WSK, the CIK World Championship and CIK European championship and will replace the YLM compound typically used in premier-level racing in the US.

Bridgestone has long been the tire of choice when it comes to wet weather racing and that dominance is set to continue with the new YNP rain tire which features a new compound and more aggressive tread pattern and replaces the YLP compound.

The YLC and YDS compounds have proven to be ideal tires for club, regional and national level racing for several years and both compounds will remain unchanged for 2018.

Continuing a relationship that exceeds 25 years, Bridgestone will be the exclusive tire supplier for the World Karting Associations 2018 six-race Manufacturers Cup series.

2018 Bridgestone Kart Tire Product Summary: 

YDS Compound: Sizes: 4.5/10.0-5, 6.0/11.0-5, 7.1/11.0-5 Durometer: 68 Barcoded: no

Available: now Applications: Club racing with an emphasis on durability



YLC Compound: Sizes: 4.5/10.0-5, 6.0/11.0-5, 7.1/11.0-5 Durometer: 48 Barcoded: yes

Available: now Applications: Club, regional & national level racing, ideal for Briggs LO206 and Yamaha categories 

YNB Compound: (NEW) Replaces: YLM Sizes: 4.5/10.0-5, 7.1/11.0-5 Durometer: 36 Barcoded: yes

Available: September 1st Applications: Premier & National level racing 

YNP Compound: (NEW) Replaces: YLP Sizes: 4.5/10.0-5, 6.0/11.0-5 Durometer: 35 Barcoded: yes

Available: late September Applications: 2 & 4 cycle rain racing 

Please note: durometer readings are taken at a temperature of 23 degrees Celsius +/- 2C (73.4F +/- 3.5F) with a humidity of 50% +/-5%.

This decision was made as a result of the ongoing professional relationship between Bridgestone and WKA, with officials feeling this is the absolute best way to maintain as level a playing field as possible in the midst of an unexpected situation.

Lorang Caps Off Championship Season With Atlanta Grand National Wins


CONCORD, NC - Even Hurricane Irma couldn’t stop the freight train that IS Jason Lorang, as the Midwest racer capped off an amazing season, full of travel, with a car loaded with hardware, and wins totalling double digits, including 2 more in the West Texas Outlaws TaG Heavy class, as the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series, presented by Russell Karting, wrapped up its 2017 national season at Atlanta Motorsports Park.

In addition to the sweep by Lorang in the TaG Heavy class, Stephen Wheatley returned to Road Race competition, as the Georgia driver swept the Hoosier Racing Tire Animal Heavy class. Other multiple winners over the weekend included James Cartledge in Clone LO206 Heavy, Hall of Famer Randy Fulks in Yamaha Sportsman Heavy competition, Bill Anderson in Yamaha Senior, and Tony Wimmer in the Animal Medium class.

Coming into the TaG Heavy finale, Lorang held a pretty healthy lead over his closest challenger in Gary Sircy. While sweeping the Animal Medium class both days, as mentioned earlier, Tony Wimmer also helped himself to a pair of runner-up finishes both days, chasing Lorang across the stripe. Brad Adams, Sircy, and John Bryant were the top 5 on Day 1, while the Day 2 top 5 were Bryant, Sircy, and Ashley Michel.

The other title Lorang was chasing was in the KALL Racing/Millers Dynotime Racing Formula 100 class, where Travis Miller and Rick Fulks snared the weekends top honors. Lorang chased Miller to the win on Saturday, while finishing third to Fulks and Sean O’Shea in the Sunday finale.

And where there is one Fulks winning, there typically is the other, as brother Randy swept the Yamaha Sportsman Heavy class for the weekend, topping Matt Michel and Bill Holder on Day 1. The Sunday finale found Fulks topping Chad Dokken and Bill Holder.

The wins for Fulks are one thing. Fulk’s unselfish actions are yet another, as for the second straight year at the Grand National, Fulks donated his Grand National Eagles to the future of the sport, as competitors in the Cadet LO206 Class were presented an award by one of the most prolific drivers in the history of the sport.

One of those drivers to receive a Fulks Eagle last year was young Madison Wheatley. Since then, Madison has graduated up into the next age group, and thus scored a pair of wins herself, taking the TaG Junior and Junior Sprint wins over the weekend. While Madison was busy winning, Dad Stephen also made a triumphant return to Road Race competition, taking both days in the Hoosier Racing Tire Animal Heavy class, besting the father/son duo of Rob and Robert Garland, who were in the midst of an extremely tight points battle coming into the weekend. Day 2 found Wheatley back on top, followed by Robert Garland, Rob Garland, Steve Johnson, and Ben Thomason.

With just 30 points separating James Cartledge from catching Andrew Boyer in Clone LO206 Heavy action, Cartledge took full advantage of Boyers absence, taking down the wins in the class both days.

Other classes that were tight coming into the weekend included B Stock, where Robby Harper III held a 35 point edge over Dad Robby, with the elder Alabama statesman taking the win over his son, while Jim Farr Jr, Tom O’Reilly, and Eric Harper completed the top 5.

X30 Laydown was also fairly tight between veteran Gary Schenkel and JC Sanders, as 47 points separated the two coming in. With both on hand, they did not disappoint, both taking a win, Sanders on Saturday over Schenkel, David McCauley, and Paul Wyzga, while Schenkel improved one spot on Sunday over Wyzga, Sanders, and McCauley.

While the bulk of the Road Race competitors were able to attend the event,  Hurricane Irma’s visit through Florida, and her ensuing effects, prevented some of the WKA Family from making the event, including the longtime loyal duo of Kerry and Lance Yunck, who were dealing with the devastation left in Florida in Irma’s wake. Lance also sported a 59 point edge over Sean O’Shea in the 100cc Controlled class coming into the finale. With Lance not able to attend, O’Shea was able to secure the Saturday win over Rick Fulks.

Donald Santini came into Atlanta, sporting a 60 point edge over Thomas Dupont in the 125 Sprint Shifter class, with Tracy Phillips, Denver Liabenow, and Dingus Griffin a very tight top 5 in points. All 5 drivers were on hand with Liabenow taking the Saturday win over Griffin, with Bill Pyles, Dupont, and Santini the top 5. On Sunday, Steven Rougeou took down the win, topping Griffin, Liabenow, Dupont, and Phillips.

Another class hanging in the points balance was the WT Racing IAME Sprint class, where points leader AJ Ellis took the Saturday win over Lee Curtis and Greg Heberle, while points runnerup Gary Sircy, trying to overcome a 73 point deficit, finished 10th. Day 2 found Heberle taking the win over Ellis, with Brad Adams, Sebastian Bushey, and Allan Dawson completing the top 5. Sircy was 9th.

The Fisher Racing Engines Stock Honda class had a little bit more of a gap coming in, with Steven Rougeou sporting a 112 point lead over David Harding. Neither driver was able to secure a win, as Brian Fisher took Day 1 action over Stephen Flatt, Mark Nagy, Byron Rothenhoffer, and Rougeou, with Harding placing 6th. Day 2 found Rothenhoffer taking the win over Fisher, Harding, Todd Brown, and Ian Bushey, while Rougeou finished 9th.

Bill Holder came into Atlanta with a 118 point edge over Georgian Matt Michel in the Competition Karting Incorporated Yamaha Sportsman Medium class. Neither driver was able to secure a win over the weekend, as Chad Dokken took the Day 1 honors over Michel, Jeramie Weeden, Lyle Trudell, and Holder, while Trudell rebounded for a win on Sunday over Donald Dump and Michel.

Here’s a look at the balance of the winners over the weekend.


Cadet LO206: Mac Harrison

100cc Piston Port: George Lincoln

Clone LO206 Lite: Peter Mazzarella

WKA Sprint: Anthony Stiffler

Open Sprint: Kim Baker

Unlimited: Jeffrey Matter

Junior Enduro: Ryan Harrison

Vintage Open: Ben Eberhart

CIK LO206 Senior: Douglas Rink

Junior Animal: Jordan Johnson


Cadet LO206: Bryce Sanders

CIK LO206 Senior: Jame Russell

Open Sprint: Brad Schmider

Unlimited: Tracy Phillips

Junior Enduro: Ryan Harrison

Vintage Open: Dick Charest

100cc Piston Port: Lamar Hilliard

Clone LO206 Lite: Peter Mazzarella

WKA Sprint: George Lincoln

Junior Animal: Jordan Johnson

Vintage Euro: Daryl Parks


On behalf of the World Karting Association, our extreme thanks to all who participated in the 2017 season, the many drivers, families, sponsors, crewmembers, officials, and so many other special people that make the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series so very special. Thanks to our sponsors.

Dunlop / Xeramic: Jim Russell Jr

Russell Karting Specialties: Jim Russell Jr

Competition Karting Inc: John and Wendy Klutz

Fisher Racing Engines: Brian Fisher

West Texas Outlaws: The Brown Family

WT Racing: Jeff Troup

The Agile Group: Michael Tracy

Hoosier Racing Tires: Adam Batton

KALL Racing: Kerry and Lance Yunck

Millers Dynotime Racing: Peyton, Bill, and Travis Miller


Next stop is Daytona! Anyone wishing a garage can contact Buddy Long at (704) 455-1606, ext112, or at  

All Systems Go for This Weekends Road Race Grand National


CONCORD, NC - After keeping a careful watch on Hurricane Irma, as well as staying in constant contact with Atlanta Motorsports Park Officials, World Karting Officials are moving forward with this weekends Grand National event for the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series presented by Russell Karting at Atlanta Motorsports Park in Dawsonville, Georgia. 

Downgraded to a Tropical Storm earlier this week, as of Tuesday morning, the system began moving out of the state of Georgia, slowly losing energy with each passing day. The end result for the track was steady rain the past couple days, with winds measuring no more than 30mph, which, according to AMP Officials, is no different than their average wind during a normal storm.

With the bulk of the storm now gone from the Dawsonville area, the future forecast calls for cloudy skies Wednesday, with temperatures in the mid- seventies, while the weekend forecast will feature sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-eighties all weekend long.

Officials were concerned just as much with the track of the storm, standing in the way of competitors traveling to the venue, as they were of the impact of the storm at the facility itself.

With the weekend weather threat now in the rearview mirror, it will be business as usual for the series, with the weekend scheduling staying the course. As mentioned in a previous Pit Board however, the Thursday schedule will be modified, due to another customer being on the track until 7pm that evening, thus moving parking and registration back a few hours on that day, until the registration building and south paddock are vacated.

As was the case last year, customers arriving early may stage in the north paddock area, or be parked, if they choose to be in that area, which will be available to WKA all weekend long, as it was last year.

Friday activities begin with a full day of practice beginning at 9am, with on track activity both days beginning at 9am as well.

Anyone wishing camping or power for the weekend need to contact the track directly.

To view the weekend schedule for the Road Race Grand Nationals, CLICK HERE.

Entry Blank for Top Kart USA Grand Nationals Now Online


CONCORD, NC - With the racing season quickly winding down, World Karting Officials have announced the Entry Blank for the season finale for the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series at GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina is now online and available.

Both the electronic online entry blank, as well as the paper entry blank are now available to view, fill out, and make your reservations for the season finale, as national titles are on the line the weekend of October 13-15.

8 national classes will be presented on that weekend, including;

RLV Tuned Exhaust Products CIK LO206 Senior Mini Swift

Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman

Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior Yamaha Senior

IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman

Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior

KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior

Additionally, the KA 100 Senior Class has been added that weekend as a Local Option Class. The $345 entry fee for the class includes 1 set of YLC Bridgestone Tires. Competitors in this class will run a full schedule of practice on Friday, and compete on Saturday only. Entry Fee for the class includes the Friday Practice and Saturday Race.

This will also be the final race of the year where the weekends overall top 3 in Pro Swift Sportsman, Pro IAME Junior and Senior, will be running for a payday and  a set of Bridgestone Tires.

Special thanks to Trinity Karting Group for their sponsorship of the Overall Weekend Awards.

Overall weekend champion in Pro IAME Senior will take home $1,000, with $500 going to 2nd, and a set of Bridgestone Tires for 3rd.

Pro Swift Sportsman and Pro IAME Junior will run for a $500 payday, with $250 going to 2nd and a set of Bridgestone Tires for 3rd.

Pre-Entry for the Top Kart USA Grand Nationals will run until October 6. Following that, the At Track Pricing will kick in.

Competitors wishing to purchase reserved parking for the event may contact Buddy Long at (704) 455-1606, ext 112, or

To register online: CLICK HERE.

To view the paper entry blank, CLICK HERE.



CONCORD, NC - WKA is excited to announce the 2018 Manufacturer's Cup Series Schedule: 

Daytona International Speedway- Dec. 27-30th 2017

GoPro Motorplex- March 23-25th

Pittsburgh International Race Complex- May 18-20th

New Jersey Motorsports Park- July 13-15th

New Castle Motorsports Park- September 14-16th

GoPro Motorplex- October 26-28th

Please stayed tuned for more detailed information to come!

Rules Clarification Regarding Hollow Shaft Locking System

CONCORD, NC - WKA Officials have recently clarified that the Thru Bolt Hub Locking System, which is used for the Hollow Shaft, is not acceptable with the solid 5/8 shaft system.

For competitors who run WKA National Classes, please refer to the rule that pertains to your series below for further clarification:

Gold Cup: 254.2.1

Road Race Laydown: 304.2.1

Road Race Sprint: 354.2.1

Speedway Dirt: 404.2.1

Speedway Pavement: 454.2.1

Thursday Schedule Change for Atlanta Road Race


CONCORD, NC - For competitors planning on running the Grand National event September 15-17 at Atlanta Motorsports Park for the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series presented by Russell Karting, there is a modification to the Thursday schedule with regards to parking and registration.

Due to another customer utilizing the track on Thursday till 7pm, WKA Customers will be delayed in getting parked and registered on that day. For those who ran the event last year, many competitors staged in the North paddock area until the South paddock area was cleared for parking. Officials of Atlanta Motorsports Park have deemed the North Paddock area available for parking upon arrival, which essentially is closer to the gridding area for karting customers. As was the case last year, both paddocks will eventually be available to WKA customers throughout the weekend.

WKA will have officials on hand to park customers, but are asking initially if you would please stage in the North paddock area upon arrival, as was the case last year, thus allowing for everything to be put into place before parking commences.

In addition to the parking area, the registration building will also be utilized by SCCA Officials, until their on track day has concluded. WKA will utilize their trailer for pre entry and registration purposes until the building becomes available, thus aiding any customers on Thursday evening, until such a time that the building will become available.

On Track activities for the Grand National event will get underway Friday, with practice beginning at 9am, and running till 4pm. Practice for each race day will begin at 9am, with the days first races scheduled to roll off at 11:15am respectively.

Pre Entry deadline for the Grand National event is Wednesday Sept 6.

To view the track and paddock area map, CLICK HERE.

3 Horse Race in Manufacturer's Cup Chassis Standings


CONCORD, NC - With just 1 event left on the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series for 2017, the battle for the coveted Manufacturers Championship Trophy is as tight as it has been in quite some time.

As the series prepares for the Grand National finale October 13-15 at GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina, Top Kart holds a slim 2 win edge over Tony Kart, which was winless at Wolf Paving Raceway in Wisconsin, but now sees Benik Chassis a little closer in the rear view mirror, following Benik's 3 win performance in Wisconsin in the AMK Race Products Nationals.

Led by Alexander Kardashian in the Senior and KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior Classes, Top Kart now sits atop the standings with 11 wins on the season, while Tony Kart sits idle for a race at 9, but still very much in the hunt.

Beniks success was atrributed primarily to Logan Adams wins in the IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman and Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman classes, while Mateo Rubio-Luengo scored a win for Benik in the Mini Swift Class. 

Vemme, a relative new chassis to the Mfg Cup Series, also came out of the gate strong, scoring 3 wins, led by Braden Eves 2 wins in Yamaha Senior and Pro IAME Senior, while Colin Neal scored another Vemme win in the Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior class. Here's a look at the other class and chassis winners over the weekend.

Saturday Classes:

Yamaha Sportsman: Connor Zilisch: Energy Chassis

Yamaha  Junior: Taylor Maas: Merlin Chasis

LO 206: Eric Fagan: TracKart

Sunday Classes:

Yamaha Junior: Jack Dorsey: FA

LO 206: David Kalb Jr: Comet Eagle

Mini Swift: Caleb Gafrarar: Parolin

Pro Swift Sportsman: Connor Zilisch: Energy

Pro IAME Junior: Merlin

With those results, as the series heads to GoPro in October, 3 chassis have a legitimate shot at the title. Here's a look at the current top 5 in the chassis standings;

Top Kart: 11

Tony Kart: 9

Benik: 8

FA: 5

Comet Eagle: 5

For a look at the complete breakdown of the 2017 Mfg Cup Chassis Standings, CLICK HERE.

Entries Filing in for Barnesville Bash!!!


CONCORD, NC - With the final event of the 2017 season for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series just around the corner, entries are beginning to make there way into the WKA Office, as the series will celebrate the Barnesville Bash the weekend of October 6-8 at Lamar County Speedway.

10 major classes of competition will be taking to the legendary Barnesville circuit that weekend, in quest of a shot at the podium, and possibly some major prizes by the end of the weekend. Classes in action that weekend include;

LO206/2 Cycle Kid Karts

GT Machine Junior Pro Gas

GT Machine Sportsman Pro Gas

Target Distributing Senior LO206

Water Medic Junior LO206

CIK LO206 Senior

Boon and Sons Sportsman LO206


Masters Senior

Coyote Racing Chassis Senior Pro Gas

Activities for the Barnesville Bash get underway Friday October 6 with a full day of practice followed by Shootout races for the Sportsman, Junior and Senior LO206 Classes. Guaranteed Purse Payouts will be issued, with a 75% payback to the top 5 in all 3 classes.

On Satruday and Sunday, action gets underway with practice at 8:30am, followed by qualifying, 1 heat race, and a main each day, with podium presentations following each days activities. The weeknds overall Top 3 will be receiving prizes as well.

Competitors wishing to attend the event have until Sept 26 to take advantage of the Pre Entry Pricing.

To view the Entry Blank and weekend scheduled for the Barnesville Bash, click here.

Pre Entry Deadline for Atlanta Grand National Sept 6


CONCORD, NC - With the finale for the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series just a few weeks away, entries are pouring in for the season ending Grand National event scheduled for September 15-17 at Atlanta Motorsports Park in Dawsonville, Georgia. The deadline to take advantage of the pre-entry pricing is also fast approaching, with the cutoff date set for Wednesday September 6.

Following a most successful debut in September of 2016, competitors have had this date circled on the calendar for quite some time, as the challenging elevation changes of more than 85 feet, along with the high speed the 2 mile course provides, has drivers patiently waiting their next opportunity on the very unique course.

Activities for the Grand National event will get underway with a full day of practice Friday, beginning at 9am. On Saturday, following practice, competitors will take to the track at 11:15am for the first race of the weekend, with the same schedule slated for Sunday. Competitors will not only be vying for the coveted WKA Grand National Eagle, but the battle for the ultimate 2017 points titles will also be on the line.

Special thanks to the following sponsors for their support in the 2017 season:



Russell Karting Specialties

Competition Karting Inc.

Fisher Racing Engines

West Texas Outlaws

WT Racing

The Agile Group

Hoosier Racing Tires

KALL Racing 

Millers Dynotime Racing

To view the Entry Blank and weekend schedule for the season ending Grand National event at Atlanta Motorsports Park, click here.

Kid Karts Make Popular Return to Manufacturer's Cup Series at Dousman

CONCORD, NC - While 8 national classes on the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series were vying for either a potential trip to Italy, or the chance for free tires and entry to the season finale in October for the Grand Nationals at GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina, no one class had as much intensity, drive, and anxiety as the Kid Kart class as several future stars of karting found their opportunity to return to the national stage this past weekend during the AMK Race Products Nationals at Wolf Paving Raceway in Dousman, Wisconsin.

Featuring 2 different engine packages, the LO206 and Comer youngsters took to the Wolf Paving Raceway course both days, with Ava Hanssen and Blake Pietenpol coming away with a sweep of the respective classes. Hanssen swept both days of competition in the Comer class, as well as taking the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time Award both days, besting Chase Gohr and Jacob Schaible both days.

For Pietenpol, he also swept the wins both days in the LO206 category, topping Ethan Tovo and Jack Tovo. While Pietenpol garnered the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time Award on Saturday, Ethan Tovo was able to snare the top award for Fast Time on Sunday.

World Karting and Badger Kart Club Officials would like to extend a very special Thank You to the parents and young future stars for coming out to Wolf Paving Raceway, helping to add more excitement, and a ton of smiles to the many in attendance over the weekend.


2017 WKA Manufacturers Cup Series Dousman Weekend Report


***Original stories written by David Cole of

Saturday's Breakdown

The threat of rain haunted the Wolf Paving Raceway all day long as the first round of competition completed Saturday in Dousman, Wisconsin. The seventh round of the Bridgestone WKA Manufacturers Cup Series at the AMK Race Products Nationals completed qualifying, two rounds of heat races and a main event for all eight categories before the clouds really opened up with rain as the podiums completed. The Badger Kart Club circuit, including the new addition, providing some exciting racing all day, highlighted by two victories for Top Kart driver Alexander Kardashian.

His first victory came in the Yamaha Senior division. Kardashian (AMK / Top Kart) swept the event, leading from qualifying through the two heat races en route to the main event victory. A solid field of 18 kept things close throughout the day, including Top Kart teammates Dakota Pesek and Brandon Lemke. Kardashian and Pesek got away at the start of the main, and the two pulled out to a solid lead as the rest of the field fought for P3. Kardashian led all 16 laps, inching away from Pesek for a 1-second advantage. BKC veteran Tommy Andersen (Merlin) was in the third spot until late when Lemke took back the position, securing the podium finish. Andersen fought off Braden Eves (Zero Error / Vemme) for the fourth spot.

The second, in the KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior class, was one he fought for. Braden Eves (Zero Error / Vemme) was the driver to beat, earning fast time in qualifying and winning both heats to secure the pole position. Kardashian was back in P5 on the grid after missing heat two with a mechanical issue. Eves was joined at the front by Brandon Lemke (Top Kart) as the two went back and fourth early. Kardashian put himself into third and began reeling in the top two with 12 less laps on his tires, posting fast laps of the race. Once by Eves, he set his sights on Lemke. On lap 16, Kardashian worked around Lemke for the lead and drove to his first victory on the year in the class. Lemke settled for second with Eves crossing in third. In tech, Eves was removed from the results for an exhaust infraction, thus promoting Lane Vacala (CompKart) to the third step of the podium. Dylan North (CompKart) and Josh Hotz (Merlin) completed the top-five.

Colin Neal put in a stellar performance in the Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior division, securing his first class victory. Neal took over as the lead contender in the heat races after Connor Ferris (Top Kart) qualified on top. The MDD / Vemme driver won both heat races, and started the main event from the pole position. Merlin drivers Kyle Thome and Austin Schaff fought for the second position early, allowing Neal to pull out to a comfortable lead in the opening laps. Schaff put himself into the second position by lap five, however, was not able to close in on Neal in the 16-lap event. Neal scored the victory by three tenths over Schaff with Thome rounding out the podium. Bryce Aron (Kosmic) was a close fourth with Kaden Wharff (Top Kart) placing fifth.

Also scoring a first career victory was Taylor Maas in the Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior division. Maas was in contention from the beginning, pushing forward from her sixth spot in qualifying. She finished second to Jack Dorsey (FA Kart) in the opening heat, flexing her muscle in Heat #2 with the win. Starting outside Dorsey on the front row for the main event, she was shuffled back to third behind Tyler Ferris (Top Kart) and top qualifier Emory Lyda (Merlin). Maas moved to second quickly and worked past Ferris on lap five. From there, the Merlin driver led the way with Ferris on her bumper. Unable to make any maneuver, Ferris set up for a drag race to the line. Maas was able to win the race, securing her first WKA victory with Ferris off by 46 thousandths of a second. Elliot Budzinski (Tony Kart) climbed from eighth to the third step on the podium ahead of James Lynch (Tony Kart) and Colin Neal (Vemme).

The IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman was a toss up all day. Connor Zilisch (Energy) secured fast time in qualifying while Thomas Schrage (PCR) and Santiago Trisini (Benik) secured the heat wins. Those three filled the first three spots on the main event grid, but sitting fifth was Logan Adams (Benik). Along with Annie Rhule (Energy), the top-five got away with Trisini at the point. Adams worked his way forward, taking over the lead on lap eight with Zilisch following him through. Zilisch took the lead from Adams with three laps remaining. Adams waited till the final circuit, making his move early one. Zilisch tried to fight back, but went off track at turn nine, ending his chance at the victory. That gave Adams the space he needed to reach the checkered flag first for his first WKA victory. Trisini made it a Benik 1-2 with Rhule completing the podium. Schrage finished fourth with Zilisch back in fifth.

The first class on the lineup was the Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman class. The nine drivers that made up the field were all able to claim the victory, with a majority of the day spent with the group running nose to tail. In the main event, pole sitter Connor Zilisch (Energy) – who won two heat races – broke away with Mateo Rubio-Luengo (Benik) on his tail. It was decided on the final circuit with the two fighting for the lead entering turn five. Slight contact slowed Mateo’s pace, allowing Zilisch to get away and reach the checkered flag first for his second victory of the season. Rubio-Luengo settled for second with Garrett Adams (Benik) joining him on the podium. Logan Adams (Benik) drove to fourth over top qualifier Annie Rhule (Energy).

Mateo Rubio-Luengo (Benik) came back later in the day to secure victory in the Mini Swift division. Mateo swept the action on the day, hounded by Logan Julien (Tony Kart) and Caleb Gafrarar (Parolin). Both Julien and Gafrarar wanted to be in the second spot, with Julien eventually winning the spot. The local driver tried Mateo on the final circuit, drag racing to the line and missing out by 41 thousandths as Rubio-Luengo scored his third victory of the season. Gafrarar settled for third with Danny Dyszelski (Benik) charging to a close fourth. Cameron Myers gave ‘Made in the USA’ Margay a fifth place result.

The Briggs 206 Senior class featured two drivers. Eric Fagan (Track Kart) swept the action on the day, with the category running at the same time as the Yamaha Senior division. Fagan was able to hold off a charge from David Kalb Jr. (Eagle) in the main event to earn his third victory of the sea

Sunday's Breakdown

The final day of the Bridgestone WKA Manufacturers Cup Series AMK Race Products Nationals welcomed rain showers to begin the action. Round Eight of the 2017 championship season, and final step in the Mid-Season Shootout, was contested at the Wolf Paving Raceway – home of the Badger Kart Club. Rain welcomed the racers in the morning, making it a wet warm-up and qualifying session. The rain stopped falling through the middle part of qualifying, with the first two Prefinals contested on wet tires. With the track dry for the rest of the day, WKA champion Braden Eves (Zero Error / Vemme) matched the two-win performance by fellow WKA title winner Alexander Kardashian (AMK / Top Kart), scoring both Senior triumphs on Sunday.

Eves began with drive forward in the Yamaha Senior division. A flat tire in the Prefinal cost him a chance to battle for the race win. Saturday winner Kardashian went on to score the race win while Eves was scheduled to go from sixth on the grid due to the unique point structure of the Sunday events in WKA. Eves got a great start and was into second by the completion of the opening lap, slipping back to third behind Dakota Pesek (Top Kart) and Kardashian. Eves took back second helping Kardashian to move into the lead. Then on lap 15, Eves assumed the top spot and held on to the checkered flag for his second victory of the season. Kardashian settled for second with Pesek in third, securing the Mid-Season Shootout title. Michael McAndrews (Fullerton) came from 13th to fourth, working past Michael Geringer (Merlin) late in the race.

Eves started on the pole position for the main event in the KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior division. Brandon Lemke (Top Kart) and Kardashian shuffled Eves back to third. The two fought for the second position, however, kept Lemke within site. Eves was able to secure the second spot from the Prefinal winner, putting his focus on Lemke. Coming to the white flag lap, Eves grabbed the lead and held on to the checkered flag for his second victory on the day, and second on the year in the category. Lemke crossed second with Kardashian third. Josh Hotz (Franklin / Merlin) and Dylan North (CompKart) completed the top-five.

Austin Schaff (Franklin / Merlin) was able to fight back from electrical issues to go from zero to hero in the Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior category. Schaff started the Prefinal last, working up to third to earn a P8 starting spot in the main event. It took him seven laps to climb to the top, and once there, never relinquished the top spot. The win was Schaff’s first on the season. Top qualifier Kaden Wharff (Top Kart) appeared to have the pace to challenge, coming up a few laps short after securing the second spot. Bryce Aron (Kosmic) drove to his first podium finish in third, working past Prefinal winner Kyle Thome (Franklin / Merlin) with championship leader Pauly Massimino (Top Kart) in fifth. Massimino took home the big prize on the day, earning the ticket to Italy for the Mid-Season Shootout winner.

Throughout the season, we have seen the most dramatic racing in the Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior division. This was the category when they began the Prefinal, a handful tried dry Bridgestone tires, including Tyler Ferris (Top Kart) and Colin Neal (Vemme) on the front row. They washed out at the first turn, with the rain tire karts showing the way. Elliott Budzinski (Tony Kart), as he showed in Pittsburgh, mastered the wet, drying track to the race win, earning the pole position for the main event. He was joined at the front by a large pack of karts. He and Neal, who started fourth due to the unique point system, battled for the lead early on. They settled down for the middle portion of the race, but with four laps remaining the fireworks began. Contact between Neal and Budzinski sent them off course, with Elliott receiving the worse damage and unable to continue. Neal rejoined, out the top-five. This handed the lead to WKA Winter Cup champion Jack Dorsey (FA Kart), going on to earn his first Manufacturers Cup victory. The fighting continued for second, with Ferris coming up from seventh to earn the spot – along with the Mid-Season Shootout title – ahead of Brian Rettig (FA Kart), who also put in an impressive performance coming from 14th on the grid. Arie Venberg (Merlin) and Emory Lyda (Merlin) rounded out the top-five.

The IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman saw Connor Zilisch (Energy) earning his second victory of the season to tighten up the championship heading to the series finale. Zilisch started second but fell behind Logan Adams (Benik), who started fourth with polesitter Annie Rhule (Energy) slipping back. Zilisch took over the lead on lap five, as the top-five spaced out. A two-minute light rain put the pressure on the drivers not to slip off the course, and also kept the spread out in the remaining laps as Zilisch crossed the line first. With the win came the Mid-Season Shootout title, and a trip to Italy. Adams ran second with Santiago Trisini (Benik) up to third ahead of Schrage and Rhule.

Logan Adams locked up his second victory on the weekend, winning Sunday in Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman. Brother Garrett Adams (Benik) started on the pole position for the main event after winning the Prefinal. Logan, starting third, took over the lead on lap three, losing it for a lap to Mateo Rubio-Luengo (Benik), before retuning to the point. He remained in the lead with Mateo waiting for the next opportunity. Rubio-Luengo closed up on the final circuit, coming up 21 thousandths short at the line with Adams earning the checkered flag. The consolation prize for MRL – winning the Mid-Season Shootout. Annie Rhule (Energy) came from eight to finish a close third ahead of Sam Hinds (FA Kart) and Garrett Adams.

The same top three filled out the front of the field in the Mini Swift lead pack. Mateo Rubio-Luengo (Benik) set fast time in the wet and won the Prefinal in the dry. Logan Julien (Tony Kart) and Caleb Gafrarar (Parolin) joined him again, as they battled for the main event victory. Julien became the lead challenger, attempting a few times to work past Mateo. On lap 15, the two went side by side into turn one, making contact and pushing into the barrier. Both were able to walk away, however, unable to continue. This put Gafrarar in the lead with Danny Dyszelski (Benik) now as the lead challenger. Danny looked, but did not complete a pass as Gafrarar earned his third victory of the season to help put him back in the title chase. Dyszelski was a close runner-up as Sofia d’Arrigo (Nitro Kart) finished third, each earning their first podium finish of the season. Championship leader Ben Maier (Nitro Kart) was fourth, securing the Mid-Season Shootout and the Italy ticket, while Cameron Myers put the ‘Made in USA’ Margay in the top-five.

David Kalb came out the winner in the Briggs 206 Senior category. Eric Fagan was top qualifier and Prefinal winner. The two were nose to tail when they were lapped by the Yamaha drivers late in the Final. Contact with one of them ripped off the valve stem on the left front of Fagan’s Track Kart, allowing Kalb to take the victory in his Eagle kart. The WKA Manufacturers Cup Series will wrap up the 2017 season at the GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina with the Grand National event on October 13-15.

Daytona KartWeek Plans in Full Swing


CONCORD, NC - With the 2017 racing season rapidly coming to a conclusion, World Karting Officials are busy preparing for the beginning of the 2018 national season, which, in comparison to most other forms of motorsports, begins before the previous calendar year comes to a halt.

WKA and Daytona International Speedway Officials, as well as other groups involved in the December spectacle, have already begun discussion on the latest edition of Daytona KartWeek. At present, the various Competition Committees for the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series, Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series presented by Russell Karting, and Speedway Dirt have begun not only the process of finalizing class structure, but also nailing down the 2018 national schedule.

As always, Daytona KartWeek will get underway December 27 with parking for all 3 groups participating, followed by a full day of practice for Road Race and Mfg Cup Dec 28, while Speedway Dirt will begin Race Day #1. National competition for the Road Race and Mfg Cup Series will officially kick into gear Dec 29th and 30th.

Be sure and keep in touch with the World Karting website for weekly updates, as the latest edition of Daytona KartWeek nears.

Competition Karting Extends Road Race Chassis Lead


CONCORD, NC - Following the latest event for the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series presented by Russell Karting at Virginia International Raceway, Competition Karting Inc is well on their way to securing yet another Manufacturers Title.

Coming into the event, CKI had 34 victories in the bank, following the June Summit Point Nationals. Adding another 7 wins at VIR has given the Welcome, North Carolina manufacturer 41 wins and a commanding 33 win edge, heading into the season finale September 15-17 at Atlanta Motorsports Park.  

In all, 11 chassis registered wins at VIR, with MGM, Elite, and DR posting 2 wins apiece, while single wins went to Harris, Emmick, DSE, CRG, Ital Kart, Arrow, and Praga.

To date, there have been 27 different chassis that have registered wins on the series this season. Here is a look at the current top 5 in the standings:

CKI: 41

MGM: 8

Elite: 7

Ital Kart: 6

4 Chassis are tied for fifth with 4 wins, including Margay, CRG, Praga, and Arrow.

To view the complete 2017 Chassis Standings, click here.

As mentioned earlier, the season finale is right around the corner, September 15-17 at Atlanta Motorsports Park in Dawsonville, Georgia, which will serve as the series Grand National event. Entries are pouring in at a rapid pace, following the success of the event last year, not to mention the rave reviews of the track and facility.

Pre Entry for the Grand Nationals closes Wednesday September 6. So be sure and take advantage of the pre entry pricing.

To view the Atlanta Entry Blank, click here.


Entry Blank for Barnesville Bash Now Available!!!!

CONCORD, NC - Officials for World Karting and the Georgia Sprint Karting Association are proud to announce the entry blank for the "Barnesville Bash" for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series is now online. The event, slated for October 6-8 at the legendary Lamar County Speedway in Georgia, promises to be stacked with great competition, as some of the very best 4 Cycle competitors in the country will be vying for the top shelf of the podium, not to mention the opportunity to grab some great prizes, being awarded to the weekends overall top 3 in the national classes. 

Classes that will be offered at Barenesville that weekend include:

LO206/2Cycle Kid Kart

GT Machine Junior Pro Gas

GT Machine Sportsman Pro Gas

Target Distributing Senior LO206

Water Medic Junior LO206

CIK LO206 Senior

Boon and Sons Sportsman LO206


Masters Senior

Coyote Racing Chassis Senior Pro Gas

These national classes will be running each day on Saturday and Sunday, with practice, qualifying, a  heat race and final making up the bulk of each day. Prior to that, there will be a full day of practice on Friday, followed by the traditional Friday evening Shootout races, featuring the Sportsman LO206, Junior LO206, and Senior LO206 classes. 

Complimenting the Lamar County Speedway staff will be WKA Gold Cup National Race Director Jayson Brown, as well as longtime WKA Tech Man Bobby Gettys, taking care of competitors on and off the track. Additionally, the national staff will be completed by former WKA National announcer Buddy Long, who will be returning to the booth to call the weekend action from beginning to end.

Competitors wishing to make parking arrangements can contact Vicki Forsyth at vforsyth6096@gmail .com.

The 2017 finale for the Gold Cup Series at Barnesville will clearly be one to attend, as the tight, tricky track, with elevation changes, clearly challenges driver and machine. This will be one to watch!!!!

To view the entry blank for the Barnesville Bash, click here.


2017 WKA Manufacturers Cup Series – Dousman Preview

Original story written by David Cole of

The fourth stop of the World Karting Association Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series takes racers to the historic town of Dousman, Wisconsin. The newly renamed Wolf Paving Raceway has been part of karting history for decades, home to the longstanding Badger Kart Club. A number of current and former karting stars got their beginnings at the facility just outside the Milwaukee area. The AMK Race Products Nationals will host Round Seven and Eight of the year-end championship chase, along with the final two races toward the Bridgestone Mid-Season Shootout.

A best five of six mini-series was established prior to the Pittsburgh event back in May, with Bridgestone providing a hefty prize package. The winners in Pro IAME Senior, Pro IAME Junior, Pro Swift Sportsman and Mini Swift earn an all-expense paid trip (minus travel) to the ROK Cup International Final in South Garda, Italy this October. The winners in Yamaha Senior, Yamaha Junior, Yamaha Sportsman and Briggs 206 Senior earn an entry fee, race tires and driver pit pass to the WKA Grand Nationals set for October 13-15 in Mooresville, North Carolina.

Braden Eves is in the driver’s seat for one of the tickets to Italy with his lead in the KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior division. Four podium finishes – including one win and three runner-up results over the first four rounds of the Shootout gives the Zero Error / Vemme driver the advantage heading to Dousman. Former WKA champions Brandon Lemke (Top Kart) and Alexander Kardashian (Top Kart) are the lead challengers, needing to make up 75 and 115 points each to have a shot at the Shootout title. The three are in the overall title chase, with Eves leading by over 200 points.

Three drivers sit within 65 points in the Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior Shootout standings heading to Dousman. Last year’s series champion Pauly Massimino (Top Kart) has two podium finishes, including a victory in Pittsburgh has him at the top of the overall and Shootout standings. The advantage is just 35 markers with fellow Pittsburgh winner Tyler Ferris (Top Kart) sitting second. Three podium finishes has Tahlon Yockel (Tony Kart) in the hunt, with the trio to decide who will travel to Italy.

The IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman Shootout is down to just two drivers. Connor Zilisch (Energy) holds a 70-point advantage over double New Castle winner Santiago Trisini (Benik). Trisini is the overall championship leader, five points ahead of Zilisch heading into Dousman. Ashton Chilton (Nitro Kart) remains in the overall chase along with Logan Adams (Benik) and Annie Rhule (Energy) needing a solid weekend to jump back in.

Ben Maier has a sizable lead in the Mini Swift Shootout standings. The Nitro Kart driver won the two main events in New Castle to put him on top of the chase for the ticket to Italy. Behind him is championship leader Mateo Rubio-Luengo (Benik). Maier leads by 110 points in the Shootout while Mateo leads by 45 points in the overall standings. Pittsburgh winner Caleb Gafrarar (Parolin) remains in the overall title chase, looking up to make ground where is father once won in 2013.

Three straight wins has Dakota Pesek (Top Kart) in the lead for the Yamaha Senior Shootout. His win streak gives him a 105-point advantage ahead of overall championship leader Braden Eves (Vemme). Eves holds a 25-point lead over Pesek with Daytona winner Alexander Kardashian (Top Kart) within 100 points in the overall title chase. The weekend in Dousman will see a number of local drivers competing – including Jason Foley (Merlin), Michael Geringer (Merlin) and Mike McAndrews (Fullerton).

The Comet Kart Sales Yamaha Junior category has been one of the most exciting classes all season. Three different winners in the four Shootout races make it a tight battle for the Grand Nationals entry. One driver not to reach the top step of the podium this year is Caiden Young (Tony Kart). Three podium finishes in the four Shootout rounds have him as the driver to beat heading into Dousman. Young holds a 55-point advantage over three-time race winner Colin Neal (Vemme). Overall championship leader Tyler Ferris (Top Kart) trails Young by 60 points in the Shootout standings with three podium finishes of his own. Ferris holds a 10-point advantage over Neal in the overall championship chase while Elliott Budzinski (Tony Kart) – a two time winner on the year – sits third and within 50 points of Ferris. Young still has a shot at the overall championship as well, needing to continue his podium run.

The Shootout title and year-end championship remain up for grabs in the Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman division. Six drivers come into Dousman within 75 points for the Shootout crown with Sam Hinds (FA Kart) leading the way. Hinds won in New Castle, coming out as the overall weekend winner. That gave him a 15-point advantage ahead of overall championship leader Garrett Adams (FA Kart) heading into the weekend. Pittsburgh winners Connor Zilisch (Energy) and Mateo Rubio-Luengo (Benik) are within 35 points of Hinds while Logan Adams (FA Kart) and Annie Rhule (Energy) sit tied in fifth. Adams holds a 65-point lead over Mateo in the year-end title chase with Hinds and Logan Adams within 150 points.

Eric Fagan (TrackKart) and David Kalb Jr. (Eagle) each have two wins per weekend in the Briggs 206 category. Fagan dominated Pittsburgh with Kalb proving to be the quickest in New Castle. Fagan holds a 20-point lead in the Shootout standings over Kalb, while Zach Linsell (MGM) remains the leader in the championship chase.

Be sure to catch all the action from the weekend at the EKN Live page – and on the WKA Facebook page!

Sponsor Spotlight: AMK Products


How long has AMK Race Products been around, and who founded it?

AMK Race Products was officially registered in April of 2015.  However, the father and son team of Chris and Alexander Kardashian (co-founders and co-owners) have been racing, tuning, analyzing data, coaching drivers, offering advice, and lending a helping hand since Alexander began racing in 2006. With its roots in Minnesota, AMK markets, sells, supports and races Top Kart karts in the Midwest while also offering apparel, trackside support and driver coaching.  AMK Race Products was formed to provide an outlet to share our passion for motorsports.  It’s not a part of our life; it is our way of life.


How long have you been a sponsor of the WKA and what brought you into the karting world? 

This is our first year sponsoring a WKA event although our main driver, Alexander Kardashian, has been participating in WKA for several years.  The need for all things speedy hooked Chris on racing and he shared his passion for it with Alexander.  And now, Chris and Alexander want to share their passion with other families and karting enthusiasts.

Are there any WKA racers you sponsor and would like to highlight?

We have several drivers that are helping us navigate the course of being a new company.  AMK-sponsored racers at ManCup Events include:  Alexander Kardashian (Minnesota), Brandon Lemke (Wisconsin), Carter Pease (Illinois), Chris Slinden (Minnesota), Jordan Bachmeyer (North Carolina), Kiara Stai (Minnesota), and Nate Dean (Minnesota).

What's going on right now with AMK, and where is he company going in the future? 

AMK Race Products has received the Top Kart USA Top Sales Award every year since its inception (two consecutive years 2015 and 2016).  We have our sights set on achieving it for a third time this year and are keeping pace to do so.  During this same 2-year period, Top Kart and AMK have become the dominant race package at our local track, Stockholm Karting Center, in Cokato, MN. 

Is there anything else you would like to add that people should know about AMK Race Products?  

We work hard.  We play hard. We take customer satisfaction very personally. 

To read more about AMK Race Products and what they offer, check out their website and social media accounts:





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Remembering The Father of Go Karts, Frank "Duffy" Stanley Livingstone

Duffy admiring "The Duffy." The coveted award presented to IKF National Champions. Photo: Graeme Barwick

Duffy admiring "The Duffy." The coveted award presented to IKF National Champions.

Photo: Graeme Barwick

*Original story written by: Frank Weir, photos as credited.

Duffy Livingstone who will always be remembered as the father of the Go Kart died August 13, 2017 aged 92. He was born January 25, 1925. When he was 1 year old Duffy’s parents relocated from Springfield Illinois to Pasadena California. In March 1942 Duffy went to war.

Having survived flying missions over the South Pacific Duffy was discharged in 1946 and returned to Pasadena. He immediately purchased a hot rod from Dave Mitchell who owned Mitchell’s Roadster Shop in Pasadena close to the Rose Bowl. After Duffy purchased the roadster he went to work at Mitchell’s where he learned to weld. Later the business name would change to Mitchell Mufflers. Duffy actually built Mitchell’s first glass-pack muffler; before that mufflers were packed with steel. By 1953 Duffy had left Mitchell’s and together with an old high school pal Roy Desbrow started a muffler business behind a gas station in Pasadena.

Duffy at The Big One in Fremont Ohio, 2010.  Photo: F Weir.

Duffy at The Big One in Fremont Ohio, 2010. 

Photo: F Weir.

At this juncture Duffy became involved with a race car known as the Eliminator, a Ford T- Bucket which was named after the Potvin Eliminator cam. The car raced under number 184; Duffy was in Company 184 in the Navy. This car was more than a match for the sports cars of the day which all had fancy names such as Testarossa and Scuderia Ferrari; so Duffy added Tihsepa to the Chevy powered Eliminator as the model name. It took event organisers a while to figure out that Tihsepa was a dyslexic joke and banned the name. Today there is a Tihsepa kart club called after the famous Eliminator car. Members of that prestigious kart club regularly compete at the Vintage Karting Association Reunion held annually at Riverside California. As to the Eliminator, the aged junkyard dog as one well known car magazine writer referred to it ended up winning first in class at the 2003 Pebble Beach car show considered to be the most revered event in the entire world of automobiles.

It was now 1956 and Duffy and his friend Roy Desbrow had three locations of Duff and Roy’s Muffler Shop in the East Los Angeles area. Duffy had developed a muffler packed with fibreglass and was marketing the units as GP Mufflers, a pun on the shared acronym of Grand Prix and Glass Pack. The glass-packed muffler business was good for Duffy and his partner.

Duffy in his front engine experimental kart, powered by a 20 HP Puch built in 1960. Photo: Enzo Falconi Collection.

Duffy in his front engine experimental kart, powered by a 20 HP Puch built in 1960.

Photo: Enzo Falconi Collection.

Because of his sports car fabrication and racing activities Duffy often consulted with his friend Art Ingels who worked at the famous Kurtis Kraft plant in nearby Glendale. During a visit to Art’s place Duffy saw the Ingels’ creation; a small tubular frame attached to four wheels at each corner and powered by a lawn mower engine. Art’s invention stuck in Duffy’s mind. He immediately started to construct his own version of Art’s machine after getting the OK from Art, one for himself and one for a friend. Then another friend wanted one and another and another. Duffy then called Art and organised a play day at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The Rose Bowl at that time attracted quarter midgets and many of their owners also wanted to know where to obtain these new fangled miniature cars. Duffy drew up plans and put together materials lists and started to supply kits of parts to the converts. At this time Bill Rowles joined Duffy’s team as parts buyer.

The Go Kart 400C created by Duffy in 1959. Photo Tom Smith

The Go Kart 400C created by Duffy in 1959.

Photo Tom Smith

The little cars ran at the Rose Bowl for quite a while. One Sunday a newspaper showed up and wrote a story about the activities in the parking lot. The following Sunday the Police arrived. The local residents finally found out where the noise was coming from and that was the end of Duffy and Art’s creations at the Rose Bowl. Other parking lots were found for the week-end activities for the miniature vehicles and again they were moved on because of noise complaints. Incidentally one of the police officers who had to deal with Duffy at the Rose Bowl would eventually end up working for Duffy at the Go Kart Raceway as head of security on race days!

Fabricating the small cars started taking up more and more of Duffy’s time and was becoming a lucrative business. Duffy suggested to his partner Desbrow that they quit the muffler business. A friend who worked in advertising was approached to help them come up with a name for the little cars. Duffy remembers that Dart kart, Zip kart, Fun kart and Go Kart were considered; they finally decided on Go Kart and Go Kart Manufacturing Company was formed located at 152 East Huntington Drive Monrovia California.

Next an organisation had to be created and a set of rules drawn up to enable fair competition and to ensure that safety was paramount for the little cars. Duffy was a founding member of the Go Kart Club of America back in November 1957 (now known as the International Kart Federation).

A rear engine design masterpiece created by Duffy in late 1960, the Go Kart 800. Photo: F Weir

A rear engine design masterpiece created by Duffy in late 1960, the Go Kart 800.

Photo: F Weir

Finding a place to run the new breed of miniature race car was a concern for Duffy. Land was acquired at Irwindale Avenue in Azusa and a purpose built race course for the little cars was constructed. This was the first track solely for karts in the World and was 0.3 of a mile per lap with 11 turns one of which was a challenging Monza type banked turn. The layout of the Azusa track layout was considered to be so good that its shape was reproduced at many locations through out the United States and further afield.

Unfortunately during 1963 Go Kart Manufacturing got into financial difficulties and Duffy retuned to the muffler and welding business. He still continued to make karts during the 1960’s; one model was known as the Flexible Flyer and was Duffy’s version of a sidewinder kart that was revolutionizing kart chassis design worldwide.

Duffy retired to Grant s Pass, Oregon from Costa Meza, California with his second wife Deedee. There they kept 7 dogs at one time, rescued three donkeys, a couple of goats and a few sheep; Duffy sure liked things with four legs and four wheels. Later Duffy and Deedee would relocate to Tennessee.

Speaking of contemporary karting Duffy admitted that he didn’t go to karting events anymore simply because he did not enjoy the experience. He thought that the younger guys that were racing the modern karts seem to be out to win at all costs. However, he very much enjoyed attending vintage kart meetings.

Duffy’s take on a sidewinder kart known as the Flexible Flyer built in 1966. Photo: Enzo Falconi Collection.

Duffy’s take on a sidewinder kart known as the Flexible Flyer built in 1966.

Photo: Enzo Falconi Collection.

All of Duffy’s years of involvement in kart racing as a driver, mechanic, kart manufacturer, co-founder of organised karting and the Go Kart Club of America which evolved into the International Kart Federation, have been honoured by the International Kart Federation through their Duffy Awards, a bronze statuette of 'Joe Karter' 12 inches tall mounted on a wooden base 6 inches high. These statuettes are presented every year to IKF National Champions. Duffy also served as an International Kart Federation Board Member and was a Past President of the International Kart Federation.

As well as karting Duffy enjoyed building and flying complex radio controlled multiengine model aircraft. As a young teenager back in Pasadena he worked in a model shop for 75 cents a week. There he developed a fondness for the scaled down aircraft.

Duffy fathered two children, Terry and Kim with his first wife Gloria. He lived in Ooltewah, Tennessee with his second wife Deedee and her son Steve and his wife Jackie. Deedee also had two other children from her first marriage.

In 1939 aged 14 when he started working in the model shop in Pasadena, his given name of Frank gave way to Duffy for some forgotten reason; however his massive contribution to the early days of the sport of karting will never be forgotten.

The coveted Duffy awarded to IKF National Champions. Photo Rob Voska.

The coveted Duffy awarded to IKF National Champions.

Photo Rob Voska.