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Michel Puts the Icing on the Cake at VIR/Updated Points Now Posted

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CONCORD, NC - With rain in the forecast many were wondering if they would even get to race at Virginia International Raceway, but that didn’t seem to stop the dedicated racers from showing up and bringing their (A) game.  As we entered into the 5th race of the season at VIR many had never raced at this track and were excited to see what it had to offer.

Since this is only the 2nd time WKA has ran at this track in quite some time, here is a little background.  Virginia International Raceway originally opened August 3, 1957 but closed in 1974 and then reopened in March of 2000.   VIR offers six track configurations, of which two can be run simultaneously. The "Full Course" is 3.27 miles in length while the "Patriot Course" stretches for 1.1 miles entirely inside the Full Course. The "North Course" is 2.25 miles long and the "South Course" covers a distance of 1.65 miles. Both consist of a portion of the "Full Course" and short connecting sections that connect to portions of the "Patriot Course" to produce the two courses that can run simultaneously.

After a full day of practice and fine tuning many racers felt prepared for the next 2 days of racing.  Some came with brand new karts never to have touched a race track and others came with seasoned karts ready to take home 1st place. 

Starting out in the 1st race of the day was the CIK LO206 Sr class which brought 14 racers to the grid.  One particular racer who made a special appearance in this race was Woodbridge Kart Club’s very own president Rodney Smith.  He, along with the father/son duo of Clark Gaynor Sr and Jr, Greg Heberle, and Scott Clark made up the lead pack for this class.  A few laps later JC Sanders had made his way up to the pack while Gaynor Sr fell back to the 2nd pack along with Mark McNaught, Todd Horton and Jon Tedder. These 2 groups continued to battel for position through out the entire race.  In the end Clark Gaynor Sr. took home the 1st place finish on Saturday but came in 5th on Sunday’s race.  Jon Tedder came in a close 2nd along with Scott Clark, Clark Gaynor Jr. and Greg Heberle rounding out the top 5.

The Yamaha Sportsman Heavy class brought some tough competition with the likes of Randy Fulks, Matt Michel, Chad Dokken, and Bill Holder.  With Matt Michel leading in points, he was going to do whatever it took to take home the 1st place finish to make sure he stayed on top.  Starting out Fulks, Dokken, Clark and Michel drove away from the rest of the class.  About halfway through the race Clark fell out and came in with an 8th place finish.  That left Fulks, Dokken and Michel heading up the lead pack.  Throughout the race the lead changed several times between Randy Fulks and Chad Dokken but in the end the Fulks pulled out the win with a 1 sec lead over Dokken with Michel bringing home a 3rd place finish.

IAME Sprint class also brought a large number of racers to VIR.  There were 14 racers that would battle for the 1st place finish.  Clark Gaynor Jr would be fighting on his own in this race as Sr did not race.  Gaynor Jr would battle the lead pack which consisted of Robert Wimmer, Greg Heberle, Walter Troup, Sebastian Bushney, Chase Speacht, and Indy Kassy.  By the halfway mark the lead pack had dwindled down to only 5 with Gaynor Jr. still leading the way.  He would go on to win the race by one tenth of a second over Robert Wimmer. Heberle, Bushney, and Speacht rounded out the top 5.

The WKC Vintage Open (LO) class also brought an impressive 12 racers to the grid.  As soon as the green flag dropped Louis Mageria took off like The Flash and ran away with the lead.  He continued to dominate all the way to a 1st place finish with a 12 sec lead over 2nd place Rodney Garrison.  Phillip Copeland, Arthur McKenny and Terence Armstrong rounded out the 5 top for the LO class.

The Yamaha Sportsman Medium class also brought out a whopping 15 racers ready to take the checkered flag.  Coming into the 5th race of the Vega Road Race Series racer Justin Greene was leading the class points with a 200-point lead over 2nd place Donald Dump.  The lead pack was soon established with the veteran racers of Randy Fulks, Chad Dokken, Matt Michel and Zack Clark on the lap one.  Throughout the race there were a few lead changes between Fulks and Dokken with Clark and Michel battling in the 3rd and 4th positions.  With only a few laps to go the 3 main contenders continued to be Fulks, Dokken and Michel.  Then on the last lap Michel and Dokken teamed up to pass Fulks which helped Michel go on to take the Checkered flag and Fulks and Dokken coming in 2nd and 3rd. Matt would walk away with three 1st place finishes, one 2nd place finishes and one 3rd place finish for the weekend.

This win for the Matt Michel was just the icing on the cake for the Pete Michel racing team as it was the patriarch’s 70th birthday on Saturday. The name Pete Michel has been synonymous with the karting industry for many decades. Pete himself started racing in 1958 and then started building motors for other racers in 1967.  He has since pass down his love of racing to his children Matt and Ashley.   They too have added many wins to the racing team and tradition will continue when Pete himself starts racing again in the Vintage Sprint class in the near future.

The last race of the day featured Stock Honda and TaG Heavy which brought in an impressive 30 go karts to the International Raceway.   The lead pack consisting of Torres, Rothenhoefer, Waddell, Harding and Bushney made their presence know as they pulled away from the rest of the Stock Honda class.  The top four continued to battle through out the race leading Pascal Torres to a 1st place finish. He finished the weekend with two 1st place wins both in Stock Honda.  Rothenhoefer, Waddell, Harding and Eller rounded out the top 5 positions.

TaG Heavy also proved to be a class of warriors with 16 racers ready to do battle.  As the racers took off at the drop of the green flag, Brad Adams, Indy Kassy, and Robert Wimmer quickly made their presence known by pulling out to take the lead.  John Bryant and Ashley Michel quickly followed suit.   Adams continued to hold onto the lead all the way to a 1st place finish.  He would also take home the win in TaG Heavy on Sunday.  Wimmer, Bryant, Michel, and Sircy would finish out the top five for this class.

On behalf of the World Karting Association, we would like to thank all who participated in the 5th race of the Vega Road Race Series, the drivers, families, sponsors, crew members, officials, and so many other people that make this series so special!

Here’s a look at all the of the winners over the weekend:

Saturday:

Cadet LO206: Mac Harrison                              CIK LO206 Senior: Clark Gaynor Sr.

Formula 100: Travis Miller                                Junior Enduro (LO): Ryan Harrison

WKC Classic Controlled: Chuck Morgan        WKC Vintage Piston Port (LO): Arthur McKenny

Yamaha Sportsman Heavy: Randy Fulks

Clone Sprint 390: James Cartledge                  IAME Sprint: Clark Gaynor Jr.

LO206 Sprint 390: Trey Kelley                           TaG Jr: Ajay Sotolongo

WKA Sprint: Adam Meyers                                Yamaha Sprint: James Crawford

Unlimited: Andy Kiker                                         WKC Open Sprint: April Danals

125 Sprint Shifter: Pascual Torres

Jr. Enduro: Ryan Harrison                                    WKC Vintage Open (LO): Louis Magiera

WKC Vintange USA (LO): Dennis Griffith          Yamaha Sportsman Medium: Matt Michel

100cc Controlled: Adam Meyers

Animal Sprint 390: Robert Garland                    Formula 125: Allen Hollinger

Jr. Animal: Croix Beason                                       WKC KA100 Jr. (LO): Levi Holt

WKC KA100 Sr (LO): David Dalton Jr.

B-Stock: Robby Harper                                           Formula 100: Allen Hollinger

X30 Laydown: Brandon Schenkel                         Yamaha Sr.: Brian Ellis

Stock Honda: Pascual Torres                                 TaG Heavy: Brad Adams

Sunday:

Cadet LO206: Mac Harrison                              CIK LO206 Senior: Greg Heberle

Formula 100: Travis Miller                                Junior Enduro (LO): Ryan Harrison

Yamaha Sprint: James Cartledge                     WKC Vintage Euro (LO): Phillip Copeland

Yamaha Sportsman Heavy: Matt Michel

Clone Sprint 390: Darren Greene                      IAME Sprint: Indy Kassy

LO206 Sprint: Trey Kelley                                   TaG Jr: Ajay Sotolongo

WKA Sprint: Adam Meyers                                Yamaha Sprint: James Crawford

Unlimited: Allen Hollenger                                

125 Sprint Shifter: Pascual Torres

Jr. Enduro: Jordon Johnson                                  WKC Vintage Open (LO): Louis Magiera

Yamaha Sportsman Sprint: Kyler Febbroriello  Yamaha Sportsman Medium: Matt Michel

Animal Sprint 390: Clark Brittingham                   

Jr. Animal: Croix Beason                                       WKC KA100 Jr. (LO): Makena Rice

WKC KA100 Sr (LO): Victoria Helm                      Formula 100: Travis Miller

X30 Laydown: Paul Wyzga                                     Yamaha Sr.: Brian Ellis

Stock Honda: Pascual Torres                                 TaG Heavy: Brad Adams 

 

To view the updated series points, click the button below and scroll down the series page:

Next up in the Vega Road Race Series is Heartland Park Topeka Raceway in Topeka, Kansas.  Hope to see you all there! Click the button below to see the entry blank for Heartland Park for next weekend:

Summit Point Road Race Fast Approaching

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CONCORD, NC- The beginning of Summer means the next stop of WKA’s Vega Tires Road Race program.  Hosted by the Woodbridge Kart Club, the series stops at the newly paved Summit Point Motorsports Park, June 1st-3rd.   Championship battles are heating up in all classes, which will make the new racing surface of Summit Point the perfect venue to settle the scores.

Entry forms and information are still available, on both the WKA website, worldkarting.com, and Wood Bridge Kart Club’s website @ www.Woodbridgekartclub.com.   Entrants are also reminded to review their pre-race tech inspection, found here

For more information, visit worldkarting.com or contact WKA at 704-455-1606, info@worldkarting.com

Road Racing at Summit Point Motorsports Park Registration Now Available

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CONCORD, NC - After an exciting weekend of Road Racing in Atlanta, WKA’s Vega Tires Road Race program keeps the momentum going by setting its sights on the famed Summit Point Motorsports Park, for stop four of the National Program, June 1st-3rd, 2018, organized in association with the Woodbridge Kart Club.   In past years, the stop at Summit has produced some of the best racing action, and fun weekends that the track and Woodbridge has been known for.

Entry forms and information are available now and can be found on both the WKA website, worldkarting.com, and Wood Bridge Kart Club’s website @ www.Woodbridgekartclub.com.   

For more information, visit worldkarting.com or contact WKA at 704-455-1606, info@worldkarting.com

To register, click the button below to be taken to the VEGA Road Racing page on the WKA website:

REGISTRATION

WKA’S VEGA ROAD RACING PROGRAM HITS ATLANTA MOTORSPORTS PARK WITH NEW INCENTIVES FOR RACERS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Info@RaceTechDevelopment.com
Prepared by: RTD Media & Management

Date: April 12, 2018


April 12, 2018 - Spring means a return to the famed Atlanta Motorsports Park for the 2018 World Karting Association (WKA) Vega Tire National Road Racing Series for the third stop of the program. With the April 23 pre-entry deadline fast approaching, WKA is adding additional benefits for road racing participants.

“Our WKA family of road racers have been some of the most loyal followers of our series and sport in general,” expressed WKA President Kevin Williams. “It was long overdue that we give something back to them for their continued support.”

All pre-entries for the event will be entered into a pair random drawings that will award two lucky racers each a free entry for the 2018 WKA Daytona Kartweek this December. Racers will receive a drawing ticket for each class they pre-enter by the April 23 deadline. The more classes pre-entered, the more drawing tickets an entrant will receive. The drawings will be conducted at each of the driver’s meetings on both Saturday and Sunday in Atlanta.

Additionally, for the Atlanta Motorsports Park event, WKA is extending an invitation to new members, or members who have not renewed their membership in the past 12 or more months, with a $20 temporary membership to participate in the event. Should these new or returning members wish to turn their temporary membership into a WKA annual membership, they may do so before May 31st and apply the $20 to their annual membership application.

Williams continued, “With a sprint and road race background myself, I always enjoyed taking my normally raced sprint kart to the road races to run the same tracks I saw my heroes race their cars on, and the Atlanta Motorsports Park circuit is perfect for sprint racers to try road racing for the first time.  The track is a driver’s track, and very similar to a big sprint track.”

Echoing Williams’ remarks, WKA invites sprint racers to give road racing a try. Just a couple easy modifications that a sprint karter’s local kart shop can help them with will get them enjoying the road race event from the first green flag. What’s more, sprint racers wanting to try road racing for the first time can enjoy the same new benefits mentioned above. 

Entry forms and additional information are available by following the series link to the WKA Vega National Road Racing Series on the WKA website at www.WorldKarting.com.

For information on press releases or other media services offered by Race Tech Development, please contact Mike Maurini via e-mail at Info@RaceTechDevelopment.com or 317.270.8723. Race Tech Development can also be found on Twitter at @RaceTechDvlp as well as Facebook at their Race Tech Development Fan Page.

Road Race Awards Banquet RSVP Deadline Approaching

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CONCORD, NC - We are only three short weeks away from the upcoming Roebling Road Nationals, March 9th-11th. We will kick off the weekend honoring the 2017 National Road Race Champions with the Awards Banquet, following Fridays practice.

Reservations must be made and received in the WKA office by Friday March 2nd, 2018. The Reservation form can be found on the WKA website or by clicking HERE.

We look forward to a fun weekend of racing with the Southern Kart Club and honoring our 2017 National Road Race Champions!

2017 WKA Road Race Series Awards Banquet Form Now Available

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CONCORD, NC- Road Racers the reservation form for the 2017 Nation Road Race Series Award Banquet is now available on the WKA website. The Banquet will be held Friday night, March 9th, 2018, following practice at Roebling Road. The buffet style banquet will be held at the Bloomingdale Community Center located at 202 E. Moore Street, Bloomingdale, GA 31302.

Doors will open at 7:00 pm, Dinner will begin at 7:30pm and the Awards Ceremony at 8:00pm.

We look forward to celebrating and honoring our champions and the racers who have supported our series in 2017.

To make sure you qualify for year-end awards, please refer to rule 802.1 in the 2017 Tech Manual.

Please fax, scan and email or mail in your reservation form to Marie at WKA office by Friday March 2nd, 2018.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW AND PRINT THE FORM

2018 SHOWS A GOOD START FOR CKI CHASSIS

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CONCORD, NC –The VEGA Tire National Road Race series presented by VEGA, starting at Daytona International Speedway during WKA KartWeek, saw a total of 19 different chassis represented at the race event.

With an available 44 (F1 & F2) first place slots up for grabs Competition Karting Incorporated (CKI) of Welcome, NC captured 17 of them.

Second place belonged to Elite with 4 wins posted.   Margay and CRG shared 3rd place with 3 wins each followed by ItalKart taking 4th place.

Chassis competition continues with the series heading to Roebling Road Raceway in Bloomingdale, GA on March 9th -11th.

2017 WKA National Road Race Series Award Banquet

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CONCORD, NC- Road Racers mark your calendars. The 2017 National Road Race Series Award Banquet will be held Friday night, March 9th, 2018.  The buffet style banquet will be held at the Bloomingdale Community Center located at 202 E. Moore Street, Bloomingdale, GA 31302.

RSVP form and more detailed information to follow within the next few days!

SKC Registration for 2nd Event of Road Race Series is Open

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CONCORD, NC - We are pleased to announce that SKC has opened Registration for the second event of our Road Race Series.   The race event takes place March 9th – 11th at Roebling Road Raceway in Bloomingdale, GA.
 
Southern Kart Club is ready for the event and is more than prepared to welcome the
Karting community for what will be an enjoyable, competitive weekend.  
 
For on-line registration please go to www.motorsportreg.com    Paper pre-entries are also available and can be printed from www.southernkartclub.comwebsite or www.worldkarting.com . Instructions for mailing paper entries is on the Pre-Entry form.
 
As always, groups and tracks that participate in the WKA insurance and wristband program are more than welcome to promote their upcoming events on the WKA website.   Please feel free to contact Marie Borsuk at marie@worldkarting.com
 
We look forward to seeing you at Roebling Road Raceway!

A Few Daytona KARTWEEK Reminders

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CONCORD, NC - With the Daytona event just around the corner, we wanted to remind our members about a few items that have changed since last year and about some that need emphasizing: 

  1. All pets are required to be on a leash when in the pits and paddock area -- absolutely no pets allowed at anytime in any hot grid area's (Man-Cup -- Speedway Dirt -- Road Race)
  2. Sunoco 110 is the spec fuel for all gasoline spec fuel classes for two and four cycle -- this includes Man-Cup and Road Race
  3. For the Man-Cup series, the required mixing ratio is 8 ounces per gallon for all two cycle classes
  4. RUNNING ENGINES WHILE KART IS ON STAND:   Engines may only be run on kart stands in their assigned pit areas. They may not be run on the stand outside of the assigned pit area or while being rolled through the pits. Engines may be started on the grid when the karts are on the ground and the grid steward gives permission. This will be about one minute before the karts are allowed on the track.
  5. WKA MEMBERS ONLY IN TECH AREA:   All persons present in the engine tech area must be WKA members.
  6. Participants are reminded about 618.8 -- auxiliary carb return spring -- this is an important safety item -- please review -- this is a post tech item
  7. ENGINE TAGGING -- All engines running in the WKA Man-Cup competition must be sealed using the official WKA engine seal. Any modification, tampering or attempt to violate the spirit and intent of the engine tagging system will result in immediate disqualification. Said infraction will be reported to the board of Trustees and may results in further disciplinary action. All bolts and nuts involved in the sealing process must be thru drilled. Holes should be 3/32” minimum in diameter and should be de-burred or chamfered on the edges to avoid damage to the wire sealing device. The wire must pass through BOTH sides of the nut or bolts being used.
  • X30 Sr -- thru two head bolts
  • X30 Jr -- two head bolts and header strap
  • Micro Swift--head bolt and header nut
  • Mini Swift -- thru one head nut and opening in a fin
  • Yamaha -- two head bolts and muffler strap

(See photo's on page 87 of the new 2018 WKA Tech Manual)

8. 609.6.1 SPARK PLUGS -- X30 -- Allowable spark plugs -- NGK R6252K-105 --and-- NGK R6254E-105

  • For declared rain events -- NGK B10EG -- and-- NGK BR10EG may also be used 
  • This applies to sprint and road race

9. TAG ENGINE NOTES:  (E1)   IAME X30 no holes in clutch drum allowed

10. 214.6 IAME JUNIOR    spec restricted header is 26mm (changed from 2017 season)

11. Chassis tech sheet must be completed and turned in to obtain chassis seal PRIOR to entering the track -- this included having all four kart numbers in place -->> violation will be loss of one practice round

12. All divisions --> sprint -- speedway dirt -- road race ---> All bolt on ballast must be painted white and must be double nutted or safety clipped

LAST DAY FOR #KARTWEEK ROAD RACE PRE-ENTRY

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CONCORD, NC - Today is the last day to have your pre-entries into the WKA office for the Vega Road Racing event at Daytona International Speedway.  If you would like to enter, please fax (704) 455-1609.  The entry blank can be viewed and printed by clicking the button below.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the speedway for #KartWeek!

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5 Helpful Hints for Daytona KartWeek

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CONCORD, NC - With Daytona KartWeek fast approaching, please make sure your WKA membership is current and up to date. If you plan on racing the Road Race or Manufacturer's Cup events you must be a WKA member (rule 103.0).

Temporary memberships are no longer offered through the WKA office. We recommend having your membership completed prior to KartWeek to expedite your time at registration and pre-entry pick up.

New and renewing members can find the membership application on the WKA website by clicking HERE.

Please have your WKA membership cards available to time of registration and pre-entry pick up.  

Thank you and see you all very soon!

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2018 National Road Race Schedule Released

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CONCORD, NC - As preparations for the latest edition of Daytona KartWeek approach, WKA Officials are happy to release the 2018 version of the National Road Race Schedule. As a long standing participant in Daytona KartWeek, the Road Race Series will again kick off what will amount to a 7 race national schedule beginning at the World Center of Racing.

The national schedule gets the increase in events as a result of successful discussions with the KART organization in the midwest, returning a much needed midwest venue to the national fold for WKA. Events at Heartland Park Topeka, as well as a return to the National Corvette Museum facility will enhance a national schedule that features a great mix of national venues, including continued relationships with Southern Kart Club and Woodbridge Kart Club. 

Additionally, preparations are also in the works for the 2017 National Road Race Awards Presentation to be held in conjunction with the annual awards presentation for the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series on December 27. Location and time of the festivities is still being finalized, and will be anounced shortly.

Once the series departs Daytona, competitors get a couple months off before heading to Roebling Road Raceway in Savannah, Georgia for stop #2 with the Southern Kart Club March 9-11. 

The third stop on the series will be a change from the past 2 years, as WKA Officials will switch the annual September event at Atlanta Motorsports Park to the weekend of May 4-6. 

Stop #4 will be a return to the freshly repaved Summit Point Motorsports Park in West Virginia June 2 and 3. The Woodbridge Kart Club is currently looking into the ability to host a Friday Practice Day, with details coming shortly.

WKC will be the host of the 5th stop on the series, as competitors hopefully find a little cooler weather this year at the famed Virginia International Raceway July 20-22. Strong numbers in the series return to the facility this past year were greeted by incredibly hot temperatures, but fantastic racing. 

The insurgence of midwest flavor on the schedule takes center stage for the remaining 2 events with stop #6 at Heartland Park Topeka Raceway in Kansas August 10-12.

From there, the series has a chance to catch its breath, as many tracks will be wrapping up regional programs. The Grand National finale will take place at NCM Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky November 9-11.

With an increased schedule, competitors will be able to count their best 5 of 7 races for season points, with a minimum of 4 races required to be run to qualifyfor year end awards. For Final 1/Final 2 formatted races, it will be best 9 of 14 races, with a minimum of 8 races run for year end awards.

Here's a look at the 2018 National Road Race Schedule:

Dec 27-30: Daytona International Speedway

March 9-11: Roebling Road Raceway

May 4-6: Atlanta Motorsports Park

Jun 2, 3: Summit Point Motorsports Park

July 20-22: Virginia International Raceway

Aug 10-12: Heartland Park Topeka Raceway

Nov 9-11: NCM Motorsports Park

If you would like to reserve your number for 2018, CLICK HERE to be taken to the form.

CKI Takes Another Chassis Title

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CONCORD, NC - For yet another year, Competition Karting Incorporated has garnered the Manufacturers Championship Trophy in the Dunlop / Xeramic National Road Race Series presented by Russell Karting.

The Welcome, North Carolina company, headed by John Klutz, took 7 wins in the season ending Grand National event recently held at Atlanta Motorsports Park in Dawsonville, Georgia, giving them 48 wins on the season.

CKI took wins in the 100cc Piston Port class, as well as the CKI sponsored Yamaha Sportsman Medium class both days. They also took a sweep in Yamaha Sportsman Heavy class, while also claiming 1 win in the X30 Laydown class, and the KALL Racing/ Millers Dynotime Racing Formula 100 class.

In all, 8 different chassis's found their way to victory lane in Atlanta, with Sodi Kart registering 3 wins over the weekend in the 125 Sprint Shifter and Fisher Racing Engines Stock Honda classes.

MGM, placing 2nd overall in the 2017 standings with 10 wins, scored 2 wins in Atlanta in the Hoosier Racing Tires Animal Heavy class. 

Intrepid got on the 2017 board in the final event with a pair of wins in the West Texas Outlaws TaG Heavy class, while Jaguar, DSE, DR, and Rogetil each scored 1 win a piece.

For the 2017 season, 30 different chassis's found their way to victory lane. Here's a look at the top 5 in the final standings:

CKI: 48

MGM: 10

Elite: 7

Ital Kart: 6

7 chassis's were tied for 5th with 4 wins, including:

Margay, CRG, Arrow, Praga, DR, DSE, and Sodi Kart.

On behalf of World Karting, congratulations to John and Wendy Klutz of CKI on their accomplishment, and special thanks and appreciation to the many chassis's that participated in 2017.

CKI will be presented with their Manufacturers Championship Award at the Year End Awards Presentation, of which a date and location will be announced shortly.

To view the Final 2017 Road Race Chassis Standings, CLICK HERE.

Lorang Caps Off Championship Season With Atlanta Grand National Wins

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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.

Saturday:

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

Sunday:

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 buddy@worldkarting.com  

All Systems Go for This Weekends Road Race Grand National

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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.