2018 National Road Race Schedule Released


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.

Lloyd, Dyszelski, Williamson, Van Cleve, Meier, and Barthelemy Pull Out The Brooms at Barnesville


CONCORD, NC - The local hardware store in Barnesville, Georgia is stocking back up on brooms this week, following the sweep by 6 drivers this past weekend, as the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series stormed into the Lamar County Speedway for the Barnesville Bash, fending off the challenges of Hurricane Nate, and ending the season on a most positive note.

The first of 6 drivers to begin the cleanup process was Austin Williamson, who swept the action in the GT Machine Junior Pro Gas Class. Coming into the weekend, Williamson held the points lead over Elmer Edmonson and Brian Van Cleve. And with both those drivers on hand, there was little room for error, which Williamson prevented, taking the class both days, with the end result on the track, the same as that in the points, with Edmonson and Van Cleve chasing the Georgia driver across the stripe.

Well traveled 2 and 4 Cycle driver Danny Dyszelski used an open weekend on his schedule to come to Barnesville as well, taking both the Saturday and Sunday wins in the GT Machine Sportsman Pro Gas Class over Georgian Owen Lloyd. Dyszelski will now focus on his 2 cycle kart this weekend, running the Yamaha Sportsman and Mini Swift classes for the season ending Top Kart USA Grand Nationals for the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series at GoPro Motorplex.

With winners from Georgia and North Carolina in the books, it was time for the state of Florida to come to the front, with veteran Sean Meier taking down the Target Distributing Senior LO206 class,  fending off the efforts of Jim Lipari and Tim Clark both days.

For Clark, his day was just starting, as the veteran racer pulled double duty in Senior competition on a very humid weekend, also running the Masters Senior class, with local product Bob Barthelemy taking down the field on both occasions. Jacksonville competitor Brad Farmer chased Barthelemy on both days to snare a pair of runnerup honors, with Clark third on day 1, while Steve Kiker made a return to competition, taking third on Day 2.

Brian Van Cleve also joined the ranks of the double threats over the weekend, sweeping the Water Medic Junior LO206 Class both days, taking down Austin Williamson and Kevin Lanyi each day. Like Williamson, Van Cleve came into the event with the points lead, and needed to maintain his win status to stay in front, which he did.

The most exciting events of the weekend came in the Boon and Sons Sportsman LO206 Class, where Georgia driver Owen Lloyd, the points leader coming into the event, had to deal with a 14 kart field, peppered with national and local competition. Lloyd was up to the task, taking down the field both days, topping Danny Dyszelski, Lane Littleton, Peyton Bridges, and Blake McGinnis on Day 1, while McGinnis, Bridges, and Clay Thompson chased Lloyd and Dyszelski across the stripe on the second day of competition.

Prior to the weekends points action, the Sportsman and Junior LO206 Classes participated in their annual Shootout races on Friday afternoon, with Kevin Lanyi topping Brian Van Cleve, Austin Williamson, and Elmer Edmonson in Junior action, while local product Peyton Bridges took down the field in the Sportsman LO206 Shootout, thus winning $100 for his efforts, while Danny Dyszelski and Owen Lloyd each earned a $50 payday by virtue of their 2nd and 3rd place finishes. Very special thanks to Arnold Lloyd for providing the special purse money for the drivers.

The Barnesville Bash officially concluded the 2017 season for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series. Special thanks to so many, including:

RLV Tuned Exhaust Products: Art and Rod Verliengre

GT Machine: Dave and Sue Koehler

Coyote Racing Chassis: Mark and Jim Lipari

Boon and Sons: Matt and Dan Boon

Target Distributing: Joe Deboever

Briggs and Stratton: Dave Klaus

Water Medic: Rich Jackson

A very special thanks to all the competitors, fans, moms and dads, and so many others who always make a weekend at a Gold Cup event a most memorable occasion. On behalf of the World Karting Association, our sincerest thanks, and wishes for a wonderful holiday season!



“Free tires for all that enter the event at the GoPro Motorplex”

CONCORD, NC - With the World Karting Association (WKA) Manufacturers Cup finale set to take the green flag this coming weekend, series officials extend entry deadline while Bridgestone Tires announce free tires for all competitors that are entered.

“Due to a logistical issue with the shipper of the container, YLC rear tires will not arrive in time for the Mooresville event, therefore Bridgestone is unable to supply enough rear tires for the YLC classes.  Bridgestone contacted the series on the morning of Friday, October 6 to put a plan in place,” explains WKA President John Ferris.

All drivers in Yamaha Junior, Yamaha Senior, IAME Junior and IAME Senior will receive two sets of race tires and one additional set of practice tires of the YNB compound. If you are in LO206 or the KA100 classes you will receive two sets free of charge, one for practice and one for race competition. Additionally, seeing that the KA100 class is only going to be run on Saturday and the tires for that class are now free the entry fee has been reduced to $140.00 but still includes Friday practice and Saturday race fees as well as the tires.

“I understand the circumstances are not perfect but one thing has to be said about our sponsorship with Bridgestone and the people in Nashville,” continues John Ferris. “They have stepped up for WKA and their members; this is one of the reasons myself andprevious WKA presidents have chosen to work with Bridgestone. Dealing with such a large company that has its full recourses at our disposal, that is a true partnership we both share.”

Bridgestone understands the need to help all the WKA members that have entered the Mooresville, North Carolina event. Bridgestone will be giving all the drivers in Yamaha Sportsman, Pro Swift and Mini Swift a free set of tires at Daytona Kart week that are pre-entered this weekend, keeping to their word, “Free for All!” And to clarify, the Cadet classes will still be on YLC for Mooresville.  

WKA is keeping its online entry open until 11:59pm Tuesday, October 10 and the offer of free tires will only apply to pre-registered entrants. WKA urges competitors to not waste their time getting entered for the event and welcome them to come get a few free sets of tires as well as enjoy the Friday evening cookout.

To enter the WKA Manufacturers Cup event this weekend at the GoPro Motorplex, CLICK HERE.

Ferris concludes, “With the free tires available and the extended entry deadline, we are hoping to attract even more drivers to one of WKA’s best facilities.”

In summary, if you are in Yamaha Junior, Yamaha Senior or IAME Junior and IAME Senior that were announced to receive free tires in a media release three weeks ago, all will receive three sets of YNB tires at no charge. Competitors in LO206 or KA100 will receive two sets for free while KA100 will receive two sets and a reduction in the entry price. All the drivers in Yamaha Sportsman, Pro Swift and Mini Swift will receive a free set of tires at WKA Daytona Kart Week that are pre-entered this weekend.

Congrats to Jonathan Kotyk on TEAM USA Scholarship

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(Original story by: FORMULA RACE PROMOTIONS)

Salem, NH - Formula Race Promotions and F1600 Championship Series driver Jonathan Kotyk was announced as one of two winners of the 2017 Team USA Scholarship. The 23-year-old from Atlantic Beach, Florida, was one of six finalists, and will now travel to England to race in the Formula Ford Festival and the Walter Hayes Trophy.

“I couldn’t be more excited to represent the Team USA Scholarship,” said Kotyk, who drives for Team Pelfrey. “With its history of past champions like Josef Newgarden, it’s something I’m honored to be a part of and look forward to bringing home a great result. I would like to thank Jeremy Shaw and the entire team behind the Team USA Scholarship for giving me this amazing opportunity.”

Kotyk has five wins thus far this season in F1600 Championship competition, and sits in Championship contention heading into this weekend's triple-header season finale at New Jersey Motorsports Park. 

“I can honestly say that this year’s candidates provided the judges with some of the toughest decisions in the history of this program which dates back to 1990,” said Team USA Scholarship Founder and President Jeremy Shaw. “The selection process began with 10 talented youngsters being interviewed by an illustrious panel of judges during the Verizon IndyCar Series/Mazda Road to Indy weekend at Mid-Ohio in late July. We had a hard time whittling the group down to six for a shootout at the M1 Concourse facility in suburban Detroit, and an even tougher task in selecting our two winners.

Kotyk will fly to England next week to begin preparations for the Formula Ford Festival on October 21/22.

National Titles on the Line at Barnesville This Weekend


CONCORD, NC - While it may just be the second race of the season for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series, national championship hopes hang in the balance for drivers in the 8 national classes this weekend at Lamar County Speedway in the Barnesville Bash.

Drivers eligible for a title will have to have entered in all 4 of their respective class races at the 2 venues this season, the March Southeast Showdown at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida, as well as this weekend in Barnesville, Georgia. The class must also contain an average of 3 participants, with eventual champions being awarded the coveted WKA National Champions Eagle. There will be no drops.

One of the tightest battles is in the Target Distributing Senior LO206 Class, where Aren Lloyd holds a 5 point edge over Matt Mayes, with Jason Yarbrough just 15 points out of the lead. Jim Lipari and Sean Meier round out the top 5.

The CIK LO206 Senior class is a virtual deadlock between bothers James and Justin Vanderzee, with Brian Collins and Michael Gay in the hunt.

Brian Van Cleve holds a pretty substantial lead over Kevin Lanyi in the Water Medic Junior LO206 class, with Elmer Edmonson, Austin Williamson, and Macon Moore making up the current top 5.

Williamson is looking to take down the GT Machine Junior Pro Gas class, as he has a strong advantage over Edmonson, with Van Cleve and Moore the top 4.

20 tallies is all that separates points leader Brad Farmer from Timothy Clark in Masters Senior competition, with Tim Stiefel, Kevin Medearis, and Vernon Sparks chasing the top 2.

Owen Lloyd holds a good lead over Camryn Reed in the Boon and Sons Sportsman LO206 Class, while Blake Boon looks to secure the GT Machine Sportsman Pro Gas top honors, sporting a healthy lead over Camden Gruber.

Jim Lipari rounds out the points leaders heading into this weekends action, leading the Coyote Racing Chassis Senior Pro Gas class.

Activities for the Barnesville Bash get underway Friday with a full day of practice, starting at 8:30am. Immediately following practice, the traditional Shootout Races will take place, featuring Sportsman, Junior, and Senior LO206.

Saturday and Sunday action will kick off at 8:30am with practice, followed by qualifying, 1 heat race, and the main events. The weekends overall top 3 finishers will also be receiving prizes, along with their awards.

To view the weekend schedule for the Barnesville Bash, CLICK HERE.  

KA 100 Senior Class Joins 2018 Mfg Cup Class Structure

CONCORD, NC - World Karting Officials are proud to announce the addition of the IAME KA100 Senior Class as part of the national class structure for 2018 for the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series.

The series, which will kick off its 2018 season Dec 28-30 at Daytona International Speedway, will again feature 8 national classes, including;

Micro Swift

Mini Swift

IAME Junior

IAME Senior

Yamaha Sportsman

Yamaha Junior

Yamaha Senior

KA100 Senior

While the KA100 Senior will begin its national points season at Daytona, many drivers can get a head start in just a couple weeks at GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina for the Top Kart USA Grand Nationals, as the class will be featured as a Local Option Class the weekend of Oct 13 and 14. Competitors in that class will have the opportunity to practice all day Friday with the 8 national classes on hand, as well as race on Saturday, with awards being presented to the top 3 finishers in the Saturday event.

As an added bonus for the new class, the GoPro Entry Fee includes 1 free set of Bridgestone YLC Tires for the weekend, as well as a WKA Membership, which will also carry them through the Daytona event in December, enabling them to kick off a new season with the class. Expiration on the membership will be January 1, 2018, affording competitors the ability to not have to renew their membership until the March 23 Mfg Cup event at GoPro Motorplex, which would serve as stop #2 for the 6-race series in 2018.

Following the March GoPro event, the balance of the schedule includes:

May 18-20: Pittsburgh International Race Complex

July 13-15: New Jersey Motorsports Park

September 14-16: New Castle Motorsports Park

October 26-28: GoPro Motorplex

With the addition of a 6th national event in 2018, all national competitors can also count their best 9 of 12 finishes for the season, beginning at Daytona.

The IAME KA100 Senior Class officially replaces the LO206 Senior class for 2018.

For competitors in the KA100 Senior Class, as well as the other 8 current national classes, pre-entry deadline for the Top Kart USA Grand Nationals is October 6th. Be sure and take advantage of the pre-entry pricing.

To register online, CLICK HERE.

To view the Paper Entry Blank, CLICK HERE.

GoPro Pre Entry Deadline Oct 6


CONCORD, NC - With the finale for the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series quickly approaching, so is the pre entry deadline for competitors wishing to compete in the TopKart USA Grand Nationals Oct 13-15 at GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina.

Those wishing to take advantage of pre entry pricing have until Friday October 6th.

The Grand National event will also determine the 2017 national champions in the following classes.

RLV Tuned Exhaust Products LO206 Senior

CRPRACING.com Mini Swift

Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman

Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior

FranklinKart.com Yamaha Senior

IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman

Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior

KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior

Joining the national classes on that weekend as a Local Option class will be the KA 100 Senior class, which will participate in the Friday practice, as well as the Saturday race festivities.

As mentioned recently, the Pro IAME Junior and Senior classes will be utilizing the Bridgestone YNB tire for this event, due to a shortage of YLM tires. Competitors who pre enter for the event prior to October 6, will receive 3 free sets of Bridgestone YNB's, 1 for practice, and a set for each race day. Additionally, any competitor who still has sets of YLM tires in the wrappers, may trade them in for a free set of YNB's through your Bridgestone dealer. For more info on the trade, you may contact the following dealers:

Grand Products: (215) 244-1940

Margay Racing Products: (314) 562-7429

The weekends activities at GoPro will kick off with a full day of practice, followed by a barbecue dinner in the afternoon. Special thanks to the following companies who contributed to the dinner:

Fast Kart Supply: Jim Maier

Chuck G Fabrication: Chuck Gafrarar

Charlotte Mechanical: Dan Dyszelski

Nitro Karting: Nick Tucker

Twin Automotive: Paul Massimino

Top Kart USA: Bill McLaughlin

Rev Branding: Kevin Williams

Franklin Kart: George Sieracki

CNC Performance: Chris Nachtman

Following the barbecue, WKA will be conducting its annual membership meeting, at a location on the property to be announced during the day Friday. 

Those wishing to still reserve parking can contact Buddy Long at (704) 455-1606, ext 112, or at buddy@worldkarting.com.

To view the weekend schedule for the Top Kart USA Grand Nationals, CLICK HERE.

Barnesville Bash is a Go!!!


CONCORD, NC - Despite unsubstantiated and unofficial rumors, World Karting Officials are proud to announce what they have been stating for several weeks. And that is the Barnesville Bash for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series WILL RUN at Lamar County Speedway the weekend of October 6-8.

The event, which will kick off Friday with a full day of practice, followed by traditional Shootout races for Sportsman, Junior, and Senior LO206, will feature several national classes, including;

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

Saturday and Sunday will feature practice, qualifying, a heat race, and final.

WKA will be sending down national race director Jayson Brown to oversee the weekends on track activities, while lead national 4 cycle tech director Bobby Gettys will also be on hand. Joining the crew will be WKA Director of Operations Buddy Long to call the weekends activities as well.

Awards and prizes to the weekends top 3 overall finishers will also be given out during the weekend, provided there are a minimum of 3 karts in each class. 

The Barnesville Bash will officially wrap up the 2017 Gold Cup season at one of Americas oldest and notorius sprint tracks in the country!!!!!

To view the Barnesville Entry Blank, CLICK HERE.

CKI Takes Another Chassis Title


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.

Update on Recent Rules Clarification


CONCORD, NC - With regards to the recent Pit Board that went out September 7 pertaining to a clarification to the steering hub attachment system, after reviewing the existing rules, as per the 2017 WKA Technical Manual, World Karting will be enforcing these existing rules for the remainder of the 2017 season and the rule will be totally rewritten for the 2018 season.  World Karting apologizes for the confusion in this matter, as well as any inconvenience this may have caused.

Annual WKA Membership Meeting at GoPro Motorplex & Barbecue to Follow Friday Practice


CONCORD, NC - World Karting Officials have announced the date for the annual Membership Meeting will be held on Friday afternoon October 13, following the days practice for the Top Kart USA Grand Nationals for the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series. Nestled in between the end of practice and the meeting will be a sponsored barbecue for all WKA customers, with the meeting to follow.

The meeting, which will be conducted by WKA President John Ferris, will also include many WKA Officers and Trustees, affording the membership in attendance a first-hand update on the status of the organization. An announcement on the precise location of the meeting on the track property will be announced during the day Friday.

For the second year in a row, during one of the WKA National events held at the track, competitors, sponsors, family, and crew members, as well as track officials, will be able to partake in a barbecue following the days activities.

Special thanks to the following sponsors for stepping up to help with the barbecue.

Fast Kart Supply: Jim Maier

Chuck G Fabrication: Chuck Gafrarar

Charlotte Mechanical: Dan Dyszelski

Nitro Karting: Nick Tucker

Twin Transmission: Paul Massimino


Pre-Entry Deadline for Barnesville Bash Sept 26

CONCORD, NC - Competitors wishing to take advantage of the pre-entry pricing for the Barnesville Bash, the 2017 finale for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series, have until Tuesday September 26 before the At Track pricing kicks in.

The event will feature the following classes:

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 with a full day of practice, followed by the traditional Shootout Races for Sportsman, Junior, and Senior LO206.

Activities on Saturday and Sunday will consist of practice, qualifying, 1 heat race, and the final event. The top 3 overall finishers in each national class will also be receiving prizes, with a minimum of 3 entries in each class to be eligible.

Be sure and get your entry in for the season finale at one of the souths most fabled tracks!!!!

To view the weekend schedule for the Barnesville Bash, CLICK HERE.

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 buddy@worldkarting.com  

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

CRPRACING.com Mini Swift

Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman

Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior

FranklinKart.com 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 buddy@worldkarting.com.

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