Get to Know WKA Team Member: David Coates

PORTAGE, IN - If you didn't know David Coates and I had to describe him to you using only three words; energetic, positive and passionate would immediately come to mind.  David is absolutely on fire for working WKA Manufacturer's Cup races, not to mention all the other cool hobbies he participates in like playing percussion in a band, photography, and hiking to name a few.  David raced for 12 years and continues to hold the same enthusiasm for karting as he had when he was racing in his younger years.  If you ever come across David at the races, he is easy to spot because he always has a huge smile and kind words to say to all the drivers.  Read more about David below in his interview:

How many years have you been in the racing world (Either a racer, fan, working for a racing organization)?

"Getting close to 50 years that I have loved the sport of racing. My passion for racing began at an early age, [probably around 4 or 5 years old] My dad would take us to Illiana Motor Speedway, one of the Midwest premier paved half mile ovals. The love for the smell of race fuel, rear end grease, hot brakes, burnt rubber and peanuts will forever be etched in my mind. Saturday nights were always the best when we were “going to the track!"

Have you ever raced? If so, what and for how long?

"I raced for 12 years at Club Level at MRP [Michiana Raceway Park] in South Bend Indiana from 1992-2004. I also ran in all four Portage IN. GP’s and all three South Bend Regional Airport GP’s. I ran Yamaha Pipe and HPV 4- Pipe my entire career. I met a lot of great people during those days that I still call friends today."

What made you want to work for the WKA?

"I had worked multiple WKA events at MRP [as an MRP employee] and really liked the camaraderie I saw in the WKA staff. Dennis Long, a long time flagman for WKAand multiple other series, took me under his guidance when it came to flagging races knowing I was very interested in his position, and led me to Buddy Long. The rest is history. Buddy, as well as the entire WKA organization have welcomed not only me, but my son [Alec] to my multiple positions with the Man Cup Series which I am grateful for."

What does a day in the life of you look like at the WKA office?

"Well I am not in the WKA office, LOL but a day in the life of me can have a lot of variables! I live my life on “10”! I have multiple hobbies….I am a musician and play percussion every chance I get weather it is in my shop or with a band. I love Photography, I cannot get enough camping in, in a season, I love the beach, sunset’s and hiking. My wife and I enjoy working in our yard. And more important than anything, I have a beautiful wife, three amazing kids and two totally awesome grandkids [that are into all kinds of fun stuff] that I enjoy more than anything previously mentioned! Life is GREAT, just crazy busy."

What is your favorite racing series to watch?

"Well I would think the appropriate answer would be the WKA! ;-) But since I can’t watch it for the enjoyment of it all, I will have to go to series “B”, I LOVE USAC SPRINTS AND MIDGETS as well as INDY CAR!! Saturday night short track, Late Models and Modified’s……….Well, it don’t get better than that either!!!"

What do you enjoy most about WKA races?

"The family atmosphere. Not only amongst our officiating team, but I am a “people person”, and the relationships that I have, and continue built around the paddock with not only the racers,  but the families makes the long days and weekends on your feet worth it!"

Which race has been your most memorable so far, and why?

"2016 Man Cup at New Castle. Three 100 degree days in a row set a president for any and all races to follow!! Makes all of the others a cake walk! That was nothing short of BRUTAL!!"

 Is there anything else you’d like to share?

"I would just like to thank Buddy Long and the entire WKA Organization for not only believing in me, but also for allowing my son to be a part of this Great Series. Being able to enjoy and share a passion for racing as a national race official with my son……Well work cannot describe! VERY BLESSED, AND VERY APPRECIATIVE FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY!! THANK YOU!"

Road Race Competitors Gearing up for Summit Point National

CONCORD, NC - The nearly 3 month gap between races 2 and 3 on the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series presented by Russell Karting, has nearly evaporated, as Sprint and Laydown competitors gear up for the Summit Point Nationals, slated for June 3 and 4 at Summit Point Motorsports Park in West Virginia. 

Following a most successful March event at Roebling Road Raceway in Savannah, Georgia, racers are set to renew their respective points battles, in quest of the 2017 national title.

Several tight points battles will continue next weekend, one of the closest being in the CKI Yamaha Sportsman Medium Class, where Michigan native Amanda Holewski holds a narrow 5 point edge over Georgia hotshoe Matt Michel. Still within striking distance are Bill Holder, David Lee, and Lyle Trudell, who make up the top 5.

The gap is also tight in the WT Racing IAME Sprint class, where Donald Nelson has a 15 point hold on Gary Sircy after two events, with Lee Curtis, Walter Troup, and AJ Ellis currently in the top 5.

In 4 Cycle competition, Rob Garland has just a 10 point edge over his Dad Robert, with the friendly family fued expected to carry over to Summit. Wesley Thomason, James Cartledge, and Steve Johnson are the next 3 in line, vying for the title in the Hoosier Racing Tire sponosred class.

Jason Lorang comes into the event holding down the lead in two national points classes, a 30 point edge over Michael Tracy in the KALL Racing/Millers Dynotime Racing Formula 100 class, while also leading Emmitt Rodriguez handily in the West Texas Outlaws TaG Heavy class.

Steven Rougeou heads into Summit as the leader over Stephen Flatt in the Fisher Racing Engines Stock Honda class, while Brian Wilhelm leads The Agile Group Unlimited class, with a slim 5 point lead over George Sunderland, as well as leading Kyle Stevens by just 4 tallies in the Formula 125 class.

Here's a look at some of the other respective class points leaders:

Animal Lite: Ben Thomason

Animal Medium: Quentin Hill

Junior Animal: Jordan Johnson

Yamaha Senior: Don Johnson

Yamaha Sportsman Heavy: Bill Holder

100cc Piston Port: George Lincoln

125 Sprint Shifter: Tracy Phillips

Yamaha Sprint: Mark Justice

Junior Sprint: Ella Brown

WKA Sprint: Louie Magiera

Yamaha Sportsman Sprint: Dan Febbroriello

Clone LO206 Lite: Rob Hindery

Clone LO206 Heavy: Joe Cuslidge

Junior Enduro: Logan Nedelka

X30 Laydown: JC Sanders

B Stock: Randy Fulks

In addition to these national classes in competition, several Local Option Classes will also be in action, including;

TaG Junior

Cadet LO206

Junior LO206

CIK LO206 

Open Sprint

WKC Vintage Euro

WKC Vintage Piston Port

WKC Vintage Open

WKC Vintage USA

Competitors wishing to enter a class can visit the Woddbridge Kart Club website at woodbridgekartclub.com, or make checks payable and mail to:

Woodbridge Kart Club

462 Earle Road

Charles Town, West Virginia 25414

Activities for the Summit Point Nationals get underway with parking at 6pm Friday June 2. A full day of activities continue Saturday June 3, with gates opening at 6am, practice at 8:30, and the first race of the day getting underway at 11am. Gates open at 7 on Sunday, with practice at 8:30, and the first event of the day rolling off the line at 10:45am.

To view the Summit Point Entry Blank, CLICK HERE.

Get to Know WKA Team Member: Xander Clements

WOODSTOCK, GA- If you have raced in or have come to watch a race in the WKA Manufacturer's Cup or Winter Cup, his face may not look familiar but his voice just might.  Xander Clements has been announcing in both of these WKA series for over the past year now and the race action has never been more exciting.  A fellow kart racer himself, Xander conveys the excitement of every move down the twists and turns of tracks all over the Eastern seaboard. He definitely has a voice beyond his years.  Not only does Xander announce, he is friends with many of the racers and often is a source of support and coaching.  Read more about Xander in his interview below:

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

"Woodstock, Georgia."

HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE RACING WORLD? 

"My earliest involvement in the sport takes me back to before I can really remember. When I was really young, my parents were both still working, so my grandmother on my dad's side babysat me often. She also did the same for many of my cousins, and my older cousin Mason stored his Power Wheels monster truck at her and my grandfather's house. I really wanted to drive it, but I was way too small to reach the pedals. After constant nagging, my grandmother finally gave in. She took her walking cane and used it to press the gas gently while I steered around her driveway, and I've been hooked on the sport ever since." 

HAVE YOU EVER RACED? IF NOT, WHAT SPORTS OR HOBBIES DO YOU ENJOY?

"My parents never could afford to buy a kart and a full time mechanic, so I never got started as young as I would have liked. I was always looking up brochures and websites online of every different discipline of entry level racing I could find, though. Mini cups, Bandoleros, Legend Cars, Baby Grands, 1/4 Midgets, 1/2 Midgets, and of course, go karts. But without any mechanical background (my dad is an English major and my mom works in IT) we were still scared of jumping in and running our budget out in a few weeks by not knowing what we were doing.

The summer I turned 9, the local indoor karting track began hosting weekly camps. $199 for five days from 9-5 of non-stop racing, arcade games, coaching, lunch, and hanging with other 8-12 year olds. We did a ton of these weekly sessions, and when I was able to convince the promoter of the track's adult league to open a junior division, I finally got my start. 

I ran three seasons, placing 2nd in Junior Semi-Pro the first season, winning 11 of 12 races and the championship in the season, and then winning the championship in Junior Pro in my final season. 

After that, we took a break from the indoor league as we had reached the top, and began to save up. About a year later, we took a trip down to Barnesville, GA, to watch the club races at Lamar County Speedway. We found a friend from the indoor league racing there, and that was the one connection my parents needed to get involved in the sport with confidence. We bought our first kart a few weeks later.

I eventually graduated from that club after a year and a half and raced my first few national races in 2014, beginning with WKA Daytona KartWeek. In 2015 and 2016, we couldn't afford to race as much and only made one national, but this year I am racing at least five events and possibly more."

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO WORK FOR THE WKA? 

"Well, when I began racing at Barnesville, I asked one the club's board members if I could announce the races I wasn't driving in. Since we had no announcer at the time, he gave me a shot, and I announced every club race there ever since. When WKA Gold Cup returned to the track in 2015, Steve Roberts of Roberts Kart Shop referred Buddy to me to call the action. He even offered to cover my pay for the weekend because he believed that Buddy and everyone would like my announcing so much they'd pay him back in full.

Long story short, the weekend was a success, and when Buddy asked me if I was available for Daytona, I was over the moon. I ended up getting to announce the entire Winter Cup and Manufacturer's Cup seasons for 2016, and am getting to do it all over again this year!"

WHAT DOES A DAY WORKING FOR WKA LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?

"While I don't work in the physical offices, my day normally begins with picking up my announcing binder that Buddy prepares for me for each race. I make a few announcements in the morning to let everyone know our plans for the day, and if we have a wireless mic at the track, wander through the paddock to say hi and welcome all of our racers. 

I really enjoy getting to connect with the drivers and their families at the track, and in most cases I get to do that. However, once qualifying gets under way, I am 100% focused on announcing everything on track until we throw the checkered flag on the last race of the day. After that, I normally wander around again to say hi with any racers I didn't get the chance to talk to yet in the weekend."

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE RACING SERIES TO WATCH? 

"Karting is by far the most exciting form of motorsport. In karting, it's a rarity to watch a single driver pull away to an easy victory, but in car racing, it's a rarity to watch a pack of drivers battle for the win on the closing laps."

With that said, I'd have to say either Australian V8 Supercars or NASCAR when it goes to road courses. Both put on a fantastic show."

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT WKA RACES?

"I really enjoy practice being able to spend time throughout the weekend meeting and speaking with all of our racers. Karting is an amazing community of people, and seeing the smiles on parents faces when they hear their kid's name over the PA system is simply priceless."

WHICH RACE HAS BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SO FAR?

"That would easily be the first Daytona KartWeek I announced, at the beginning of the 2016 season. Working out of a hot and humid trailer with the windows open let in the roar of nearly 250 entries every time they opened up the throttle down the front stretch. I wore my voice out that weekend by being so excited to be calling the action. 

I also got to meet and make friendships with some pretty amazing people! Rob Howden was working the EKN broadcast that weekend, and he has since become a great mentor of mine. Chris Wheeler has also helped me a ton as he is a great announcer in his own right, and I consider him a good friend as well. There are a ton of other amazing people I got to meet that weekend - far too many to name."

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE?

"I just want to thank everyone at my WKA home track in Barnesville, GA for always supporting me. Without all of them, I wouldn't have been able to get any of the opportunities I'm enjoying right now. Karting is filled up with great people, and I hope that I can make a quarter of an impact on someone that the GSKA group made on me."

Tomorrow Evening is the Pre Entry Deadline for the Keystone State Nationals!

CONCORD, NC - As the calendar turns to the biggest month for the world of motorsports, one of the many events in the month of May, the Keystone State Nationals for the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series is approaching its pre-entry deadline.

Scheduled for May 19-21 at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, Pennsylvania, the deadline for competitors to take advantage of the pre-entry pricing is Wednesday May 10.

The event, stop #2 for the series, also marks the beginning of the Bridgestone Mid-Season Shootout, the first of 3 races that will tabulate points to determine special prizes for the champions on all 8 national classes. The other two venues that will encompass the Shootout include the July 14-16 event at New Castle Motorsports Park in Indiana, culminating with the August 25-27 event at Wolf Paving Raceway in Dousman, Wisconsin. A competitors Best 5 of 6 finishes during that timeframe will be tabulated to determine the Shootout Champion. It is important to note that the Shootout is separate from the 2017 national championship, as these are two separate situations.

High Point earners in Mini Swift, Pro Swift Sportsman, Pro IAME Junior and Pro IAME Senior will receive a trip to the ROK Cup International in October in South Garda, Italy, for classes that utilize Bridgestone Tires. With the exception of travel, all other expenses will be paid.

High Point Earners in CIK LO206 Senior, Yamaha Sportsman, Yamaha Junior, and Yamaha Senior will receive a free entry, drivers pit pass, and race tires to the October 13-15 Bridgestone Mfg Cup Grand National at GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina, where the 2017 champions in all classes will be determined.

Activities for the Keystone State Nationals get underway Friday May 19 a with a full day of practice, with 2 full days of racing following on Saturday and Sunday.

The Monday through Thursday of the week of the event, the track will be open for competitors from noon to 8pm each to utilize for practice. Cost is $50 per driver per day, with competitors running practice in conjunction with the tracks daily concession kart program.

For those who wish to arrive at the venue early and take advantage of the practice session, you are encouraged to contact Buddy Long at the WKA Office, affording WKA the chance to park you in your reserved spaces for the weekends event, thus preventing any inconvenience of relocating to your weekend parking spots.

For those who still are in need of reserved parking, contact Buddy at (704) 455-1606, ext112, or at buddy@worldkarting.com.

To register online, CLICK HERE.

To view the paper entry blank, CLICK HERE.

Kid Karts Make Return to Keystone State Nationals

CONCORD, NC - World Karting Officials are proud to announce the return of the Kid Kart Class for the remainder of the season on the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series, beginning with the Keystone State Nationals May 19-21 at Pittsbugh International Race Complex in Wampum, Pennsylvania. 

Running strictly as an Exhibition Class, the Kid Karts will join the 8 national classes, including;

CIK LO206 Senior
 

Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman
 

Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior
 

FranklinKart.com Yamaha Senior
 

CRPRacing.com Mini Swift
 

IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman
 

Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior
 

KartSport North America Pro Iame Senior
 

With the Kid Kart Class running as an exhibition class, a competitors Pit Pass will cover the cost of their entry.

Additionally, any legal engine package will also be allowed, including Comer and LO206.

All competitors will also receive participation medals, giving the youngsters an opportunity to join the national competitors on the podium each race day, as well as run on the national caliber tracks, thus preparing for future opportunities at the next age level of WKA competition. 

To view the weekend schedule for the Keystone State Nationals, there is a paper entry blank, as well as online registration where you can see the current entry list.

To view the paper entry blank and sign up, CLICK HERE.

To register online, CLICK HERE.

 

Summit Point Entry Blank Now Available!

CONCORD, NC - The first of 2 events on the National Road Race calendar for the Woodbridge Kart Club is right around the corner, as the entry blank for the Summit Point Nationals, scheduled for June 3 and 4 for the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series presented by Russell Karting is now online.

The Summit event will mark the third event for the national road race series, with stop #4 taking place July 21-23, as the series makes a return to Virginia International Raceway, also a WKC event for WKA, followed by the season ending Grand Nationals September 15-17 at Atlanta Motorsports Park in Dawsonville, Ga.

Online information for the Summit Point event is now available by either viewing the entry blank on the WKA site, or going directly to WoodbridgeKartClub.com. Just like the Roebling Road event, all entries will be processed through the Woodbridge Kart Club site. The entry blank on the WKA site is simply a viewing tool, giving competitors an opportunity to see the national and local option classes available.

Many of the WKC local option classes include 4 different Vintage classes, including Vintage USA, Vintage Euro, Vintage Open, and Vintage Piston Port. On the national side, many local option classes are being offered, including Cadet LO206, Junior LO206, CIK LO206 Senior, Open Sprint, and TaG Junior.

Activities for the Summit Point Nationals begin on Saturday June 3 with practice at 8:30am, followed by a full day of competition. Sunday will be a busy day as well, again with a full slate of racing. While the June Summit Point event will not host a Friday Practice Day, competitors will be allowed to enter the facility at 6pm that day to begin set up and preparations for the event. It is important to note that gates for all, including WKC Staff, will not open till 6pm, as per Summit Point Motorsports Park Officials. So be sure and plan your travel accordingly.
 

Special thanks to the many 2017 Road Race sponsors
 

Russell Karting Specialties

WT Racing

Fisher Racing Engines

West Texas Outlaws

The Agile Group

Competition Karting Inc

Hoosier Racing Tires

KALL Racing

Millers Dynotime Racing
 

To view the Summit Point Entry Blank, CLICK HERE.

WE WANT MORE ROAD RACER SPOTLIGHTS!


That's right.  We want more Road Racers to be featured on our #RaceLife Spotlight and would like to extend the opportunity to showcase more of this series' talented drivers! Do you want your son/daughter or yourself to be featured across social media and on the World Karting website?  Email us at shift.counseling@gmail.com to receive your interview questions today.

Pre Entry Deadline for Keystone State Nationals May 10

CONCORD, NC - As the calendar turns to the biggest month for the world of motorsports, one of the many events in the month of May, the Keystone State Nationals for the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series is approaching its pre-entry deadline.

Scheduled for May 19-21 at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, Pennsylvania, the deadline for competitors to take advantage of the pre-entry pricing is Wednesday May 10.

The event, stop #2 for the series, also marks the beginning of the Bridgestone Mid-Season Shootout, the first of 3 races that will tabulate points to determine special prizes for the champions on all 8 national classes. The other two venues that will encompass the Shootout include the July 14-16 event at New Castle Motorsports Park in Indiana, culminating with the August 25-27 event at Wolf Paving Raceway in Dousman, Wisconsin. A competitors Best 5 of 6 finishes during that timeframe will be tabulated to determine the Shootout Champion. It is important to note that the Shootout is separate from the 2017 national championship, as these are two separate situations.

High Point earners in Mini Swift, Pro Swift Sportsman, Pro IAME Junior and Pro IAME Senior will receive a trip to the ROK Cup International in October in South Garda, Italy, for classes that utilize Bridgestone Tires. With the exception of travel, all other expenses will be paid.

High Point Earners in CIK LO206 Senior, Yamaha Sportsman, Yamaha Junior, and Yamaha Senior will receive a free entry, drivers pit pass, and race tires to the October 13-15 Bridgestone Mfg Cup Grand National at GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina, where the 2017 champions in all classes will be determined.

Activities for the Keystone State Nationals get underway Friday May 19 a with a full day of practice, with 2 full days of racing following on Saturday and Sunday.

The Monday through Thursday of the week of the event, the track will be open for competitors from noon to 8pm each to utilize for practice. Cost is $50 per driver per day, with competitors running practice in conjunction with the tracks daily concession kart program.

For those who wish to arrive at the venue early and take advantage of the practice session, you are encouraged to contact Buddy Long at the WKA Office, affording WKA the chance to park you in your reserved spaces for the weekends event, thus preventing any inconvenience of relocating to your weekend parking spots.

For those who still are in need of reserved parking, contact Buddy at (704) 455-1606, ext112, or at buddy@worldkarting.com.

To register online, CLICK HERE.

To view the paper entry blank, CLICK HERE.

April Board Meeting Minutes Now Available

CONCORD, NC - The minutes from the most recent WKA Board of Trustees Conference Call are now available to view online.

Minutes from the April 11 discussion can now be seen by going to the WKA web page, clicking Docs, then hitting Latest Meeting Minutes.

Entries Rolling in for Keystone State Nationals at PittRace

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CONCORD, NC - With just 3 weeks until just the second event for the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series, entries are flowing in at a steady pace for the Keystone State Nationals at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, Pennsylvania.

The race, slated for May 19-21, will also mark the first race of the Bridgestone Mid Season Shootout, a concept that will encompass 3 tracks, Pittsburgh, the July event at New Castle Motorsports Park in Indiana, culminating with the August race at Wolf Paving Raceway in Dousman, Wisconsin.

8 national classes will resume their battle for their respective 2017 points championships, those classes including;

CIK LO206 Senior

Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman

Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior

FRANKLINKART.com Yamaha Senior

CRPRACING.com Mini Swift

IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman

Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior

KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior

The Pittsburgh event will also mark the return of the Kid Kart Class, which will be run purely as an exhibition class for the remaining races in 2017.

Also returning will be the purses for the 3 Pro Classes, Pro Swift Sportsman, Pro IAME Junior, and Pro IAME Senior. The weekend's overall champions in Pro Swift Sportsman and Pro IAME Junior will receive a $500 payday, with $250 going to second and a set of Bridgestone Tires going to third. The Pro IAME Senior Overall Weekend Champion will receive a $1,000 payday, with $500 going to second and a set of Bridgestone Tires for third. Additionally, the weekends overall champion will receive an award courtesy of Trinity Karting Group.

In addition to sponsoring a class through their Comet Racing Engines sponsorship, Comet Kart Sales returns as the sponsor of the Fast Time Awards, given out on both race days.

The Pittsburgh facility will also be adorned with the 2016 National Champions Flags, courtesy of New Jersey Sprint Series. And 1 lucky competitor will again go home with a brand new Tillotson Generator.

As mentioned earlier, the Pittsburgh event will serve as Race #1 for the Bridgestone Mid Season Shootout, which is totally separate from the 2017 championship. A drivers best 5 of 6 finishes will be tablualted with the highest point earner in Mini Swift, Pro Swift Sportmsan, Pro IAME Junior, and Pro IAME Senior winning a trip to the October ROK Cup International Final in South Garda, Italy, for classes that utilize Bridgestone Tires. Aside from the cost of travel, all other expenses will be paid.

High point earners in CIK LO206 Senior, Yamaha Sportsman, Yamaha Junior, and Yamaha Senior will receive a set of tires, pit pass, and free entry to the season ending Grand Nationals Ocotber 13-15 at GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina.

Activities for the Keystone State Nationals get underway Friday May 19 with a full day of practice, followed by 2 full race days Saturday and Sunday.

Anyone wishing to reserve parking may contact Buddy Long at the WKA Office at (704) 455-1606, ext112, or at buddy@worldkarting.com.  

To register online for the Keystone State Nationals, CLICK HERE.

To view the weekend schedule for the Keystone State Nationals, CLICK HERE.

Get To Know WKA Team Member: Lynn Haddock

CONCORD, NC - Perhaps you don't recognize him without his famous toothpick, but this week's WKA Team spotlight is on the WKA Hall of Fame award-winning and tech guy extraordinaire, Lynn Haddock.  Lynn has over 40 years of racing in his blood and closer to 50 years of technical karting experience. He is also the Vice-President of 2-cycle in the WKA. Read on to learn more about the racer turned tech king in his interview below.

How many years have you been in the racing world (Either a racer, fan, working for a racing organization)?  

"Since 1958."

How long have you raced? 

"I raced for 40 years straight, from 1958 until 1998."


What made you want to work for the WKA?  

"I love the sport of karting, love the people and to just have fun."


What does a day in the life of you look like at a WKA race?  

"I hang out in the tech area at the races."


What is your favorite racing series to watch?  

"Formula 1 and NHRA drag racing."


What do you enjoy most about WKA races?  

" I enjoy the people and the intense competitive attitude they bring to the arena."


Which race has been your most memorable so far, and why?  

"Winning the 1978 World Championships with driver Lake Speed (I was the mechanic)."


Is there anything else you’d like to share? 

"As a driver, I won over 100 National championships in IKF, WKA and PKA -- I raced in two cycle, four cycle, sprint, enduro, speedway and road race on both dirt and asphalt -- this includes over 35 Duffy awards in the IKF."

Hall of Fame Members Listed on WKA Site

CONCORD, NC - In a continuing effort to honor the history within the WKA organization, it is WKA's great pleasure to take our members down memory lane for a look back at the many pioneers who have been a part of creating a legacy that was started back in the early seventies.

The list of HoF Members list is a virtual Who’s Who in not only the karting industry but the motorsports world, displaying the great relationships World Karting has built over the past several decades. Included in that list is George Kugler, the organizations founder, as well as legendary names such as Bill France and Humpy Wheeler, past representatives of the two powerful groups in NASCAR, International Speedway Corporation and Speedway Motorsports Inc, more specifically Daytona and Charlotte.

Other karting pioneers from the big leagues of racing include LG Dewitt, Lake Speed, Scott Pruett, Mark Dismore, and Jamie McMurray, as well as Dan Wilson from Briggs & Stratton. Over the years, many karting specific pioneers have been inducted, too many to mention here. But one gander at the list will take many people back to some wonderful memories of days past in karting, thanks to these fine men and women. Some of the women include Anne Kugler, Alice Keating, Carma Withrow, Yvonne Overton, Audrey Griffith, Shirley Howard, Marie Borsuk, and Missy Nelson-Tate, showing the vast contributions by females in the industry.

The most recent induction was held in March of 2016, with Pete Michel from Georgia being placed in the Hall as a member of the Road Race Series. 2 new members from the Road Race program will be inducted in June when WKA pays a visit to Summit Point Motorsports Park for the latest edition of the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series presented by Russell Karting.

If you know of someone you feel is a candidate for future Hall of Fame consideration, contact Buddy Long at buddy@worldkarting.com.

To view the list of Hall of Fame Members, CLICK HERE.

In the future, the list is available by going to DOCS on the main page, then clicking WKA Hall of Fame.

1ST Annual Yamaha Shootout Coming to Concept Haulers Motor Speedway

Officials at Concept Haulers Motor Speedway in Sheridan, Illinois are proud to announce the 1st edition of the Yamaha Shootout. Scheduled for Saturday April 29, the Shootout will be incorporated into the regular Saturday racing schedule.

Entry Fee for the event is $75, $100 the week of the event, or at the gate, just a $20 increase from the normal Saturday Club races. Over $3,000 in cash and prizes will be on the line at the famed Illinois facility.

Featuring both Yamaha Senior and Junior classes, The race will consist of a 10 lap pre-final with a 22 lap final. Drivers are welcome to come out for practice on Friday April 28 from 10am-6pm.

For more information regarding the 1st Annual Yamaha Shootout, call the track at (815) 496-CHMS.

If you are a track, club, or group that is part of the WKA Insurance and Wristband program, and would like to further promote your events on the WKA site, contact Buddy Long at buddy@worldkarting.com.

Homologation Update

CONCORD, NC - The WKA Board of Trustees has announced that homologation is now open for engines less than 125cc for the 2018 racing season.

Rules and Procedures may be found in item 117.1.1 in the 2017 WKA Tech Manual.

Due to the late announcement, the May 1st deadline has been extended to June 1st.

BRIDGESTONE OFFERS HUGE PRIZES TO WKA RACERS

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CONCORD, NC - Bridgestone Tires, one of the World Karting Association's long-standing sponsors has created for their loyal racers, the Bridgestone Mid-Season Shootout.  Bridgestone Tires has put together an offer for free entries to future events for some classes, while others will be offered invites to the ROK Cup International Final where Bridgestone is the official tire.

The Bridgestone Mid-Season Shootout will see all eight classes receive an additional prize package on top of the end of the year awards and prizes that have already been established from the Manufacturers Cup program. The winner of the Shootout in Mini Swift, Pro Swift Sportsman, Pro IAME Junior and Pro IAME Senior will receive an all-expense paid trip, less travel, to the ROK Cup International Final in South Garda Italy in October that utilize Bridgestone tires. Shootout class champions will have the opportunity to compete in Vortex Mini ROK (winners of both Mini Swift and Pro Swift Sportsman) as well as Vortex ROK Junior and Vortex ROK Senior.

The Bridgestone Mid-Season Shootout will also see a lucrative prize package for Yamaha Sportsman, Yamaha Junior, Yamaha Senior and L0206 Senior. The highest point earner after the best five of six main events that conclude in Dousman, Wisconsin will receive entry fee, race tires and drivers pit pass to the final WKA Grand Nationals at the GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina over the October 13 - 15 weekend.

Details listed below for Mini Swift, Pro Swift Sportsman, Pro IAME Junior and Pro IAME Senior

  • Races that count towards the Bridgestone Mid-Season Shootout, will be May 19 - 21 at the Pittsburgh Race Complex in Wampum, Pennsylvania, July 14 - 16 at New Castle Motorsports Park in New Castle, Indiana and August 25 -27 at Wolf Paving Raceway in Dousman, Wisconsin.
  • Best five of six main events will count points towards the Bridgestone Mid-Season Shootout.
  • Entry fee, chassis, complete engine package, tent fee as well as fuel, race and practice tires are all included in prize package. Winners will need to cover all of their own travel expenses

Details listed below for Yamaha Sportsman, Yamaha Junior, Yamaha Senior and L0206 Senior

  • Races that count towards the Bridgestone Mid-Season Shootout will be May 19 - 21 at the Pittsburgh Race Complex in Wampum, Pennsylvania, July 14 - 16 at New Castle Motorsports Park in New Castle, Indiana and August 25 -27 at Wolf Paving Raceway in Dousman, Wisconsin.
  • Best five of six main events will count points towards the Bridgestone Mid-Season Shootout.
  • Entry fee, drivers pit pass and race tires are all included in prize package. Winners will need to cover all other expenses

For more information on the Bridgestone Mid-Season Shootout, please contact the World Karting Association office at 704.455.1606 or via e-mail to kevin@WorldKarting.com

To register online for the Keystone State Nationals, CLICK HERE.

To view the Paper Entry for the Keystone State Nationals,  CLICK HERE.

Registration Now Open for Summit Point Raceway Season Opener

CONCORD, NC- With the third event for the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series presented by Russell Karting just around the corner June 3 and 4 at Summit Point Raceway in West Virginia, Woodbridge Kart Club Officials are busy preparing for the first tune-up for that prestigious event with the announcement of registration being open for the first event of the karting season at the SPR Shenandoah Course.

The event, slated for April 29 and 30, is now open to competitors to register online at WoodbridgeKartClub.com. This will enable drivers running for the national title an opportunity to get some additional track time, and also afford the local competitors a chance to well prepare for the national event.

To view the online registration form for the April event, go to woodbridgekartclub.com. Any other tracks or groups that are a part of the WKA insurance and wristband program are more than welcome to promote their upcoming events here on the WKA site by contacting Buddy Long at buddy@worldkarting.com.

Paper Entry Blank for Pitt Mfg Cup Event now Online 

CONCORD, NC - Following the recent posting of the online entry blank for the Keystone State Nationals for the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series, scheduled for May 19-21 at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, Pennsylvania, the paper entry blank is also now available, for those who wish to print out and either email or fax their entry in.

Competitors planning on attending the event need to contact Buddy Long (WKA) at buddy@worldkarting.com, to arrange for their respective parking needs, including those who may have already entered online.

The Pittsburgh event will also serve as a return for the Kid Kart program, which will be running as an exhibition class. For competitors in that class, the pit pass will also serve as the entry fee for that weekend. In addition to the Kid Karts, the full national slate of classes will be returning, including:

CIK LO206 Senior

Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman

Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior

Franklinkart.com Yamaha Senior

CRPRACING.com Mini Swift

IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman

Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior

KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior

The return of the Money Races will also take place at Pittsburgh, with competitors in Pro Swift Sportsman, Pro IAME Junior and Senior running for paydays in the top 2, with a set of Bridgestone Tires going to the third-place finishers. Sportsman and Junior drivers will run for a $500 payday, given to the weekends overall champion, with $250 going to 2nd place. For Senior, $1,000 will go to the overall weekend winner, with $500 going to second.

The event will also mark another drawing for a Tillotson Generator, which will also be done during the Sunday afternoon podiums.

While Winter Cup Champions were just crowned, the points battle at Pittsburgh will be a result of the current points from the Margay Sprint Championships back in December at Daytona.

Here's a look at the top 5 in points in the respective classes, heading into Pittsburgh:

CIK LO206 Senior:

1 Corey Towles

2 Zach Linsell

3 Hunter Fox

4 Dustin Demattia

5 Mike Greiner

Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman:

1 Garrett Adams

2 William Robusto

3 Mateo Rubio-Luengo

4 Anderson Leonard

5 Logan Adams

Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior:

1 Elliott Budzinski

2 Tyler Ferris

3 Colin Neal

4 Emory Lyda

5 Finnegan Bayliff

Franklinkart.com Yamaha Senior:

1 Alexander Kardashian

2 Braden Eves

3 Jake Venberg

4 Chris Slinden

5 Josh Fierke

CRPRACING.com Mini Swift

1 Mateo Rubio-Luengo

2 Caleb Gafrarar

3 Calem Maloney

4 Alex Powell

5 Ben Maier

IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman:

1 Ashton Chilton

2 Santiago Trisini

3 Elio Giovane

4 Lucas Rodriguez

5 Anderson Leonard

Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior:

Dylan Tavella

2 Zane Maloney

3 Pauly Massimino

4 Max Peichel

5 Oliver Calvo

KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior

1 AJ Myers

2 Brandon Jarsocrak

3 Jonathan Kotyk

4 Braden Eves

5 Austin McCusker

 

To register online for the Keystone State Nationals, CLICK HERE.

To view the Paper Entry for the Keystone State Nationals,  CLICK HERE.

WKA RECIEVES A STATMENENT FROM BRIDGESTONE, ANNOUNCES NEW TIRE MARKING PROCEDURE & MAJOR PRIZES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

CONCORD, NC - WKA has been in consultation with Bridgestone regarding the concerns that arose at the WKA Winter Cup event in Ocala. Recognizing a need to take action Bridgestone's kart product manager stated, "It's unfortunate our valued karting customers experienced performance differences of YLC compound tires between the two logo version tires (“new” and “old”), and that WKA had to shoulder the burden at the event, however, we will work with WKA and take the proper steps to avoid this from happening in the future."

As always when there is a change there is a transition period and Bridgestone is working with its distributors to release the “new” logo tires through its normal distribution channels and ensure the tires are available to the competitors. Additionally, for drivers that have not procured the “new” logo tires by the WKA Pittsburgh Event Bridgestone will also offer a 1 for 1 exchange at the event (tires must be new in wrappers). These important steps ensure the drivers are all competing on equal equipment now and into the future.

WKA New Tire Marking Procedure:

For the Pittsburg Event, all WKA competitors will be required to bring to the WKA official tire marking area their race tires on competition Friday from 10:00am to 5:00pm. The tires will receive a very unique marking system to make sure that the tires submitted are personalized to the driver competing in that class. WKA’s President John Ferris stated, “Bridgestone has given assurances to WKA a return to the “Bar Codes” getting put back on the tires I see this as a temporary solution until that happens later this year. This temporary process will ensure that all drivers are using the required tires that were meant for that day’s competition and to make sure our valued racers know that the driver next to them is on the same tires for the competition day. Again this process will only be temporary as with the return of the “Bar Codes” WKA will be moving into a full scanning system of Tires, Engines and Chassis.” 

Stay tuned to our Pitboard emails and social media posts, as we will be making an exciting announcement about major additional prizes to go into effect starting at the first Manufacturer's Cup race at PittRace on May 19-21st.

Get To Know WKA Team Member: Erik Graham

JACKSON, NJ- If you race in the WKA Manufacturer's Cup but you have never had the joy of meeting one of our officials, Erik Graham, you are definitely missing out.  Erik is not only an official, but a racer who has experience in driving legends cars, factory stock cars and karts.  He has a great sense of humor and is not afraid to join in on jokes with our younger racers. More than anything, he enjoys being apart of developing the future race car drivers of the world. Read more about Erik in his interview below:

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

"I am from Jackson, NJ. If you draw a line between New York City and Philadelphia you will find Jackson in the middle."

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HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE RACING WORLD? 

"Pretty much my whole life. My first memories are of my home track (Wall Stadium) and racing. When I was a child my Uncle ran in the Demo Derbies that were a very big deal back then. So my Saturday's were spent with my Grandmother at the races and my Sunday's would involve my whole family supporting my Uncle." 

HAVE YOU EVER RACED? IF NOT, WHAT SPORTS OR HOBBIES DO YOU ENJOY?

"Yes! I actually started out in karts at Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ. After doing that for a few seasons I was able to accomplish a life long dream and race stock cars (Legends and Factory Stocks) at Wall Stadium. After racing for a while I became a Karting official, then a Stock Car official. I'll get more into how that came to be later. As far as other sports, growing up the son of a sports writer I love pretty much all stick and ball sports. My favorite sports team is the Philadelphia Eagles."

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO WORK FOR THE WKA? 

"Once I left karting to race stock cars I found myself at the kart track on Sundays anyway. You meet so many amazing people in karting I couldn't stay away. One day on a whim I asked John Ferris (Race Director / Promoter at Englishtown) if he needed any help on the track. He gave me my first opportunity as a race official and I fell in love with it. Having many years in management under my belt after a season I was directing club races. Later on, I was asked to direct the New Jersey Sprint Series. I also became the Assistant Race Director at Wall Stadium after I retired from behind the wheel in 2013. In early 2016 I was given the honor of becoming a co-director for the WKA Manufacturers Cup. It's amazing how many great people I've met and places I have been thanks to the WKA. I couldn't ask for a better organization to work for."

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WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE RACING SERIES TO WATCH? 

"Working with NASCAR style modifieds, weekly of course I love the NASCAR Modified Tour. A few of our weekly competitors actually race on the tour so it's fun to watch them on TV. As far as road racing goes I love the Supercars Championship in Australia. Their races are amazing, if you have never watched I highly recommend it."

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WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT WKA RACES?

"The people by far. Getting to see the country is great but the people you meet through the WKA are amazing. It's also a wonderful and humbling feeling to know I am a small part in developing the future race car drivers in the world." 

WHICH RACE HAS BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SO FAR?

"This has a two part answer. 

As a driver, my most memorable race was getting to race in front of my Grandmother. She wasn't doing too well when I started racing. Somehow she was up to coming to see me race one day and my Uncle was able to get her there. I was so emotional knowing she was there I actually got into a wreck. 

As an official, I think this is an easy one. By far getting to Officiate a race in Daytona was a life changing experience for me. Plus having my Cousin Sam (also a WKA official) there was the icing on the cake. It's crazy how far I've come after just asking John if he wanted some help at the track one day. I can't thank the WKA enough for the opportunity."

Pittsburgh Online Registration Now Open 

CONCORD, NC - With the WKA Winter Cup Series serving as the buffer between the Daytona Mfg Cup event back in December, and the race #2 May event at Pittsburgh International Race Complex, it will serve as a welcome sight for those who are specifically running the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series solely, as the online registration for the Keystone State Nationals is now open.

Scheduled for May 19-21, the Pittsburgh event will also serve as a return for the Kid Kart program, which will be running as an exhibition class. For competitors in that class, the pit pass will also serve as the entry fee for that weekend. In addition to the Kid Karts, the full national slate of classes will be returning, including:

CIK LO206 Senior

Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman

Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior

Franklinkart.com Yamaha Senior

CRPRACING.com Mini Swift

IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman

Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior

KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior

The return of the Money Races will also take place at Pittsburgh, with competitors in Pro Swift Sportsman, Pro IAME Junior and Senior running for paydays in the top 2, with a set of Bridgestone Tires going to the third-place finishers. Sportsman and Junior drivers will run for a $500 payday, given to the weekends overall champion, with $250 going to 2nd place. For Senior, $1,000 will go to the overall weekend winner, with $500 going to second.

The event will also mark another drawing for a Tillotson Generator, which will also be done during the Sunday afternoon podiums.

While Winter Cup Champions were just crowned, the points battle at Pittsburgh will be a result of the current points from the Margay Sprint Championships back in December at Daytona.

Here's a look at the top 5 in points in the respective classes, heading into Pittsburgh:

CIK LO206 Senior:

1 Corey Towles

2 Zach Linsell

3 Hunter Fox

4 Dustin Demattia

5 Mike Greiner

 

Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman:

1 Garrett Adams

2 William Robusto

3 Mateo Rubio-Luengo

4 Anderson Leonard

5 Logan Adams

 

Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior:

1 Elliott Budzinski

2 Tyler Ferris

3 Colin Neal

4 Emory Lyda

5 Finnegan Bayliff

 

Franklinkart.com Yamaha Senior:

1 Alexander Kardashian

2 Braden Eves

3 Jake Venberg

4 Chris Slinden

5 Josh Fierke

 

CRPRACING.com Mini Swift

1 Mateo Rubio-Luengo

2 Caleb Gafrarar

3 Calem Maloney

4 Alex Powell

5 Ben Maier

 

IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman:

1 Ashton Chilton

2 Santiago Trisini

3 Elio Giovane

4 Lucas Rodriguez

5 Anderson Leonard

 

Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior:

Dylan Tavella

2 Zane Maloney

3 Pauly Massimino

4 Max Peichel

5 Oliver Calvo

 

KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior

1 AJ Myers

2 Brandon Jarsocrak

3 Jonathan Kotyk

4 Braden Eves

5 Austin McCusker

 

To register online for the Keystone State Nationals, CLICK HERE.

World Karting Mourns Loss of Hall of Famer Kyle Adkins

World Karting Mourns Loss of Hall of Famer Kyle Adkins

CONCORD, NC- The Karting Family was hit with some very sad news Wednesday morning, as World Karting Hall of Famer Kyle Adkins passed away. Known as a man who wore many hats, Kyle's involvement in kart racing is the epitome of a man who bled karting from beginning to end.

From a racer to race track owner, as well as engine builder, shop owner, sponsor, and most importantly Racing Dad to his son Brandon, Kyle contributed to every corner of the karting world. His track, Adkins Raceway Park, still in operation in Ohio, was also on the WKA radar for a future Gold Cup event, once Kyle was completely satisfied the track was adequate enough to meet the challenges of a national caliber track, typical of Kyle's ethics in racing.

For many years, through his Adkins Speed Shop company, Kyle was a class sponsor on the Bridgestone Manufacturers Series, giving back to a sport he so loved.

That dedication and love for the sport also placed Kyle in a very elite class in the World Karting Hall of Fame, as Kyle joined fellow 2007 honorees Kenny Venberg, former vice president of WKA, legendary Road Race King Randy Fulks, engine wizard Robin Bradshaw, and longtime WKA executive Rosie Howell.

To honor Kyle's memory, a commemorative sticker is already being designed, which will be issued to all competitors in the Keystone State Nationals, the next stop on the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series, scheduled for May 19-21 at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, Pennsylvania. Racers will have the opportunity to proudly display their appreciation for a man who truly loved the sport of kart racing, and his karting family.

On behalf of the World Karting Association, our sincerest sympathies, as well as complete thoughts and prayers are with Kyle's Family at this time.

Information regarding funeral arrangements will be posted as soon as they become available.