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Lipari Sweeps GT Machine Grand Nationals at Kershaw

CONCORD, NC - The season finale for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, South Carolina finally received the checkered flag, albeit 1 month later, following a postponement due to Hurricane Matthew in October, as the GT Machine Grand Nationals drew the season to a close for WKA Gold Cup Competitors.

While Hurricane Matthew was the talk of October, it was Tropical Storm Jim that led the charge of winners on one of the most interesting weather weekends in recent history, as Rochester, New York’s Jim Lipari led a Coyote Motorsports charge, recording 4 national event wins over the weekend in Senior Pro Gas Medium and Heavy. Coming into the weekend, Coyote needed 11 wins to tie Arrow for most wins in the season, while Arrow needed to go winless. However, Arrow scored 2 wins on the weekend with Kevin Lanyi in the LA South Tire Sportsman LO206 Class, just edging Coyote, in what was a runaway in the chassis standings following Race #3 back in August in New Castle, Indiana.

From near perfect fall weather conditions on Friday, to cold, sunny, and windy conditions on Saturday, culminating with an all-day dose of wet weather on Sunday in raw conditions, competitors in all classes were still up on the wheel, fighting for the right to a Grand National Eagle, as well as an ultimate national title.

In addition to Lipari and Lanyi, other notable winners included Jimmy Cole Jackson, leading the Razor Chassis camp with wins in the Junior Pro Gas Lite and Water Medic Junior LO206 Classes, as well as Blake Boon, notching wins in the MattMillerRacing.com Sportsman Gas Lite classes, as well as the Friday night Sportsman Pro Gas Shootout. Sean Meier also recorded a good weekend for the Coyote camp, sweeping the Senior LO206 Heavy mains, as well as the Friday night Money race. And it can’t be Kershaw unless David Kalb Jr is in victory lane as well, as the Ohio speedster notched wins in the Briggs and Stratton Junior Pro Gas Heavy classes, as well as a Junior Pro Gas Lite and Junior Pro Gas Shootout win on Friday night. Elmer Edmonson was the last double event winner, taking down the Brad’s Heating and Cooling Sportsman Pro Gas Heavy main events.

Action got underway Friday evening with Blake Boon taking the $200 win in the Brads Heating and Cooling Sportsman Pro Gas Shootout. In addition to the win, Boon also received a Grand National Eagle for his effort, as well as a brand new Milwaukee brand power gun, courtesy of Chris Kelly, as well as Dave and Sue Koehler from GT Machine. Hunter Burns chased Boon across the stripe for second and a $100 payday, with Elmer Edmonson coming home third, and garnering $50.

Kalb began his winning weekend, also taking down $200 from Brad’s Heating and Cooling in the Junior Pro Gas Shootout, with Jimmy Cole Jackson and Austin Williamson claiming the $100 and $50 paydays for second and third. Kalb also received a Grand National Eagle, as well as a Milwaukee Power tool.

Meier wrapped up the night, taking the LO206 Senior Money race, topping Patrick O’Neal and Brian Collins. For this race, the Hard Charger in the event would receive the Milwaukee power gun, with Patrick O’Neal being the recipient. To add more interest, $100 was placed inside one of the tool cases, with Blake Boon adding to his win total by an additional $100, totaling a $300 evening.

The busy day of activity was topped off by a Thanksgiving dinner, sponsored by Paul Rice Sr of MGM Chassis, as well as Rich Jackson of Water Medic. WKA Thanks Mr Rice and Mr Jackson, as well as the many supporters who could return for the rescheduled event, and get their Thanksgiving kicked off in fine fashion.

As Race Day #1 approached, Jim Lipari went to work, taking the first main of the day in the Coyote Motorsports Senior Pro Gas Medium event, topping Jacob Connor for the effort. Lipari would return later in the day to take the Bordeaux Dyno Cams Senior Pro Gas Heavy main, again topping Jacob Connor, with Matthew Turner checking in for third. Lipari was the Mikim Motorsports Fast Time winner in both classes.

Jimmy Cole Jackson began his multiple win weekend, taking the Junior Pro Gas Lite main Saturday, topping David Kalb Jr, with Austin Williamson, Talia Moffett, and Riley Kelly taking the top 5. Kalb took the Mikim Motorsports Fast Time award.

With 1 win, a Grand National Eagle, and $300 in his pocket already, Blake Boon began his assault on the national points classes, taking the MattMillerRacing.com Sportsman Gas Lite event over Hunter Burns and Elmer Edmonson, with Boon securing the Mikim Motorsports Fast Time award as well.

Meier continued his winning ways from Friday, taking the Briggs and Stratton Senior LO206 event over Corey Towles, Ryan Bennett, Chris Wells, and Jeremy Warren, with Towles taking the Mikim Motorsports Fast Time award.

While the Water Medic Junior LO206 win was his lone of the weekend, Cade Frazier carried the MGM Chassis flag high, rolling to the Saturday win over Jimmy Cole Jackson, Talia Moffett, and Riley Kelly. Frazier also nailed down the Mikim Motorports Fast Time award for the class.

Another first time winner on the weekend was Todd Horton, taking the Briggs and Stratton Masters LO206 Senior class, as the local product topped Tim Stiefel and Brad Farmer for the win. Stiefel claimed the Mikim Motorsports Fast Time Award.

Kevin Lanyi’s 2-win weekend, and ultimate Chassis Championship winning effort began in the LA South Tire Sportsman LO206 Class, where the young driver topped Caleb Gafrarar, Bree Miller, Elmer Edmonson, and Mason Cantrell. Miller took the Mikim Motorsports Fast Time effort for the class.

Kalb found his second win of the weekend in the Briggs and Stratton Junior Pro Gas Heavy class, besting Talia Moffett, Riley Kelly, and Austin Williamson, with Kalb also taking the Mikim Motorsports Fast Time award.

The finale for Day 1 found Elmer Edmonson scoring his first of the weekend in the Brad’s Heating and Cooling Sportsman Pro Gas Heavy class. Edmonson topped Hunter Burns, while also taking the Mikim Motorsports Fast Time Award.

As Sunday rolled around, so did the clouds and damp weather. However, the top shelf of the podium changed very little, with Jim Lipari returning to sweep the Jim’s Marine Senior Pro Gas Medium race over Jacob Connor, while also taking down the Trackside Kart Supply Senior Pro Gas Heavy class over Connor and Matthew Turner, sweeping 4 Grand National Eagles, as well as 4 Mikim Motorsports Fast Time Awards.

Kalb equaled Lipari’s win total for the day, first taking the Junior Pro Gas Lite event over Austin Williamson, Jimmy Cole Jackson, Riley Kelly, and Talia Moffett, while also taking down the Briggs and Stratton Junior Pro Gas Heavy class, topping Williamson, Kelly, and Moffett. Kalb and Jackson were the respective MIKIM Motorsports Fast Time winners.

Boon returned to victory lane in the MattMillerRacing.com Sportsman Gas Lite event, turning back Elmer Edmonson, as well as taking the Mikim Motorsports Fast Time award.

Meier continued his average of 1 win per day, returning to take the Inferno Racing Clutches Senior LO206 main for the second day in a row, topping the heavy rain and water, edging a fast closing Ryan Bennett for the win. Michael Clark rolled home third, with Towles and Stiefel making up the top 5. Towles took the Mikim Motorsports Fast Time effort.

Jimmy Cole Jackson was the only driver to win a race on more than 1 engine package. After winning in Pro Gas on Day 1, Jackson returned to take the Water Medic Junior LO206 event over Saturday winner Cade Frazier, with Talia Moffett and Riley Kelly completing the top 4. Jackson was also the Mikim Motorsports Fast Time winner.

Lanyi returned to sweep the LA South Tire Sportsman LO206 activities, besting Bree Miller, Caleb Gafrarar, Collin Miller, and Mason Cantrell on Sunday, while Blake Boon, an 8th place finisher in the event, was the Mikim Motorsports Fast Time winner.

Tim Stiefel notched the Sunday win in the Briggs and Stratton Masters LO206 Senior class, while Elmer Edmonson wrapped up the weekend in the Brad’s Heating and Cooling Sportsman Pro Gas Heavy ranks.

With the results in hand, the Unofficial Chassis Rankings gives Arrow a narrow 1-win edge over Coyote 24-22, with Razor finishing up in third with 11 wins.

Here’s a look at the unofficial standings:

Arrow: 24

Coyote: 23

Razor: 11

Ionic Edge: 6

Bandit: 6

Comet Eagle: 6

FA: 3

MGM: 2

With the season in the books, special thanks go out to so many sponsors, including:

RLV Tuned Exhaust Products

GT Machine

Kart City Performance

Mikim Motorsports

Noram Clutches

Coyote Motorsports

MattMillerRacing.com

Briggs and Stratton

Boon and Sons

Water Medic

Bordeaux Dyno Cams

LA South Tire

Brads Heating and Cooling

Jim’s Marine

Spooner General Contractor

Inferno Racing Clutches

Trackside Kart Supply

The 2017 season is shaping up, with the announcement for the new year, pertaining to Class Structure and Scheduling due out December 1st.

On behalf of the World Karting Association, our sincerest thanks to the many wonderful people who love and support the Gold Cup Series. We wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving, and the very best of the holiday season. 

Titles on the Line This Weekend for Gold Cup at Kershaw

CONCORD, NC - Following a 5 week delay by virtue of Hurricane Matthew in October, the season finale for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series will officially return to action, providing a unique challenge at this weekend's GT Machine Grand Nationals at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, South Carolina, as competitors will be going in the opposite direction, a vast difference than the June national, thus making the run for the coveted Grand National Eagle, as well as the overall national title in each class, that much more interesting.

Leading the charge for the title will be Jacob Heavlow of Galena, Maryland, the current leader by 175 points over brother Jimmy in the Coyote Motorsports/Jim's Marine Senior Pro Gas Medium class. Staying in contention all season long also has been Glen Burnie, Maryland driver Jacob Connors, while New Yorker Jim Lipari, and Floridian Mike Greiner round out the top five in the classes current standings.

Another Marylander, in the form of Perry Hall, Maryland's Matt Miller is looking to take the top brass in the Junior Pro Gas Lite category. Miller currently sports a 210-point edge over Alex Vrabel, while Ohio's David Kalb Jr, who has become a complete master on the Kershaw course, sits third in the standings, followed by Brian Van Cleve Jr and Austin Williamson.

The battle in the MattMillerRacing.com/Spooner General Contractor Sportsman Gas Lite class is a little tighter, with Rochester, New York driver Blake Boon closing in on the title, leading Fort Myers, Florida driver Elmer Edmonson by 90 tallies, while Hunter Burns, Landen Lewis, and Aiden Baker Crouse complete the top 5.

One of the most competitive classes this year has been the Briggs and Stratton/lnferno Racing Clutches Senior L0206 Class, where Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida driver Sean Meier holds a 112-point edge over Jacksonville, Florida's Corey Towles, while Jacob Heavlow, Michael Clark, and Patrick O'Neal are waging war within the top 5.

The Boon and Sons Kid Kart class has seen a few different competitors up top, with Brently Miller currently atop the standings over Rachel Richter and Carlos Willis, with newcomer Walker Porter expected to mount a challenge this weekend as well.

Possibly the best battle of the weekend to watch may be the Water Medic Junior L0206 Class, where

Matt Miller may have a little tougher fight on his hands, leading by just 35 tallies over Cape Coral, Florida's Jimmy Cole Jackson. Kannapolis, North Carolina driver Cade Frazier, third in the standings, will also be on hand, with Hunter Fox and Talia Moffett rounding out the top 5 in the standings.

Much like Miller, Jacob Heavlow will also be looking to secure his second title of the weekend, holding a

180-point edge over brother Jimmy in the Bordeaux Dyno Cams/ Trackside Kart Supply Senior Pro Gas Heavy Class. Drafting with this pair again is Jacob Connors, with Chris Osgood and Matthew Lewis making up the top 5.

The L&A South Tire Sportsman L0206 Class will also be a great battle to watch, with Midland, North

Carolina driver Caleb Gafrarar, fresh off a Grand National win in the Mini Swift class at New Castle

Motorsports Park in Indiana, ready to tackle another piece of hardware, leading Madison, Alabama's Kevin Lanyi by 35 points. New York's Blake Boon is 75 tallies back as well, with Florida's Elmer Edmonson and Maryland's Brady Atwood making up the top 5.

Miller will be seeking the trifecta this weekend, holding a 175-point edge over Alex Vrabel in the Briggs & Stratton Junior Pro Gas Heavy class, with Brian Van Cleve Jr, David Kalb Jr, and Austin Williamson holding down the top 5.

The Briggs & Stratton Masters L0206 Senior class is by far the tightest points battle, with just 10 tallies separating leader Brad Farmer from New York's Tim Stiefel, with Tennessee's Matt Skaggs, Illinois's Ryan Cassity, and Indiana's Rob Smith completing the top 5.

Finally, in the Brad's Heating and Cooling Sportsman Pro Gas Heavy class, Florida's Elmer Edmonson looks to lock up the title, holding a commanding lead over Landen Lewis, with Aiden Baker Crouse, Adam Maxwell, and Tanner Carter making up the top five spots.

The battle for the Grand National Eagles will kick off Friday with a full day of practice, followed by the Brad's Heating and Cooling Sportsman and Junior Pro Gas Shootouts, in which the winners will also

receive eagles for their efforts, with $200 going to the winner, $100 to 2 nd, and $50 to 3 rd . The Senior L0206 drivers will also be running their final Money Race of the season, with an eagle on the line, and Cups going to second and third, as well as a money payout. The Shootout races will roll off at 4:45 Friday afternoon.

Following the events on Friday, there will be a Thanksgiving Dinner for all competitors, sponsored by MGM Chassis and Water Medic, as WKA will show its appreciation to all competitors for their support for the 2016 season. The dinner will be served buffet style at The Palmetto Club, with guests welcome to head back to the pits and enjoy an early evening meal.

Saturday and Sunday activities will hit the track each day at 8:30am with 1 round of practice, followed by the Mikim Motorsports run for the pole, then 1 heat race, followed by the main events for each day, culminating with the hoisting of the Grand National Eagles for each race winner.

To view the weekends schedule for the GT Machine Grand Nationals, click here.

Thanksgiving Dinner to Highlight Kershaw Gold Cup Weekend

CONCORD, NC - Feasting on holiday turkey will begin a couple weeks early this season, as World Karting Officials will be hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner on Friday, following the Shootout and Money races, as part of the opening day festivities for the GT Machine Grand Nationals Nov 11-13 at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, South Carolina.

Sponsored by Paul Rice Sr of MGM Chassis, as well as Rich Jackson of Water Medic, the dinner not only returns fond memories of the Thanksgiving Weekend events at Rockingham Speedway in North Carolina, but also gives the organization an opportunity to thank the many loyal customers and families of the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series for their support for the 2016 season.

The dinner, free to all of our WKA customers, will take place at the Palmetto Club, at 6:30pm Friday evening. The menu includes;

Turkey

Collard Greens

Mashed Potatoes

Mac and Cheese

Cookies

Brownies

Lemonade

Sweet Tea

To view the weekend schedule for the GT Machine Grand Nationals, click here

Revised Kershaw Gold Cup Entry Blank Posted

CONCORD, NC- With the postponement of the GT Machine Grand Nationals recently at Carolina Motorsports Park due to Hurricane Matthew, World Karting Officials have updated and released the newest version of the event entry blank and weekend schedule for the season finale for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series.

The event has been rescheduled for the weekend of Nov 11-13, with the full intent to run the track in the opposite direction, thus adding a little challenge to those still in contention for a 2016 national title.

Additionally, the deadline for anyone who would like to pre enter has been extended to Friday November 4, giving those who were planning on coming, and missed the deadline, the opportunity to take advantage of the pre entry pricing. This also leaves the door open to any competitors who could not originally make the October 7-9 event, and would now have the opportunity to attend.

Other than the date change and extended pre entry deadline, the program will remain unchanged, with a full day of practice Friday, followed by the Sportsman and Junior Pro Gas Shootout Races, sponsored by Brad’s Heating and Cooling, as well as the Senior LO206 Money Race.

Saturday and Sunday activities will kick off at 8:30am each day with practice, qualifying, 1 heat race, and the final event each day, as competitors will fight for the right to hoist the traditional Grand National Eagle at day’s end.

To view the info on the GT Machine Grand Nationals, click here.

GT Machine Grand Nationals Rescheduled for Nov 11-13

CONCORD, NC - As a result of the postponement of the scheduled Oct 7-9 GT Machine Grand Nationals weekend at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, South Carolina due to the potential damaging effects of Hurricane Matthew on the area, World Karting Officials, in cooperation with the track and national competitors registered for the event, have mutually agreed to reschedule the event for November 11-13.

The decision to postpone the event for the October date was met with overwhelming positive results, as competitors from Florida, New York, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Georgia, and more locally would all have been met with great challenges to not only make it to the event, but possibly endure some extremely dangerous weather conditions while at the facility. Potential flooding and 60mph winds are expected in the Kershaw area.

“Postponing this event put all of the Florida customers in a little better frame of mind’, stated Brad Farmer of the North Florida Kart Club in Jacksonville. “While it’s always a joy to be at the track, the constant thought of what is happening to my family and property while I am gone, would have constantly weighed on my mind the entire weekend. I applaud the decision”

Coming from a similar perspective, yet different geographic direction, Jim Lipari of Coyote Motorsports of New York realized the potential war zone they could be driving into. “We’re hearing parts of I-95 South were being shut down, which would force us to not only redirect our path to the track, but then the unknown element of what we would be facing while we were there. WKA did the right thing to ensure people’s safety. I know that wasn’t an easy call, but I think it’s clearly for the best”

While 2 dates were made available by David Watkins of the Carolina Motorsports Park, the date that best suits the majority of competitors is the November date.

Although Daylight Savings Time will have kicked 1 week earlier, WKA is more than confident, given the expedient and consistent manner in which they run a Gold Cup show, that impending darkness as the fall season hits, will not be a factor at all.

Nothing has changed as far as the weekend schedule. Activities will begin Friday at 8:30am with a full day of practice till 4:30pm, followed by the Sportsman and Junior Pro Gas Shootout Races, sponsored by Brads Heating and Cooling, as well as the Senior LO206 Money Race, all beginning at 4:45pm.

Saturday and Sunday activities will roll off at 8:30am each day with 1 round of practice, followed by qualifying, heat race, and final each day.

WKA sincerely thanks all competitors and families involved in our Gold Cup program for their positive support of the postponement, and working with the organization to find a suitable date to finish the season, with all drivers earning their titles on the track.

Special thanks to all of our sponsors:

RLV Tuned Exhaust Products

GT Machine

Kart City Performance

Mikim Motorsports

Noram Clutches

Coyote Motorsports

Jim’s Marine

MattMillerRacing.com

Briggs & Stratton

Boon and Sons

Water Medic

Bordeaux Dyno Cams

L&A South Tire

Brad’s Heating and Cooling

Spooner General Contractor

Inferno Racing Clutches

Trackside Kart Supply

Pre Entry Deadline for Gold Cup Grand Nationals Sept 30

Pre Entry Deadline for Gold Cup

Grand Nationals Sept 30

CONCORD, NC - Competitors wishing to compete in the season ending GT Machine Grand Nationals for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series October 7-9 at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, South Carolina, have 1 week to take advantage of the pre entry pricing fees, as the deadline for the season finale will be Friday September 30.

The second return to the Palmetto State Sprint Track will feature quite a twist, as competitors will be running the track backwards, something the track has done with some of their local programs during the course of the year.

The GT Machine Grand Nationals will mark the final race to determine national championships for the 2016 season, with many titles still up for grabs.

Activities will begin with a full day of practice on Friday, followed by 3 Shootout races, featuring the Sportsman and Junior Pro Gas Classes, as well as the LO206 Senior class, sponsored by Brad’s Heating and Cooling.

Saturday and Sunday action will feature 1 round of practice, beginning at 8:30am, followed by qualifying, 1 heat race, and the main events.

Anyone wishing to reserve parking for the event may contact Buddy Long at (704) 455-1606, ext 112, or at buddy@worldkarting.com.

Special thanks to all of our 2016 national sponsors:

RLV Tuned Exhaust Products

Kart City Performance

GT Machine

Mikim Motorsports

Noram Clutches

Coyote Motorsports

MattMillerRacing.com

Briggs & Stratton

Boon and Sons

Water Medic

Bordeaux Dyno Cams

L&A South Tire

Brad’s Heating and Cooling

Jim’s Marine

Spooner General Contractor

Inferno Racing Clutches

Trackside Kart Supply

To view the info for the GT Machine Grand Nationals, click here.

 

KERSHAW GOLD CUP ENTRY BLANK NOW AVAILABLE

KERSHAW GOLD CUP ENTRY BLANK NOW AVAILABLE

Competitors looking for the final entry blank for the 2016 RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series can now view the entry information for the GT Machine Grand Nationals online. The series finale will be held at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, South Carolina October 7-9, however, with an interesting twist, as competitors will run the sprint circuit in the opposite direction, thus throwing out the challenge to many who have never run the configuration other than the traditional course WKA has utilized in the past.

The weekends action will kick off with a full day of practice on Friday, followed by Shootout Races for the Sportsman and Junior Pro Gas Classes, as well as a Money Race for the Senior LO206 competitors.

The ultimate battle for the 11 national titles up for grabs will kick into full swing on Saturday, as competitors will actually be vying for 2 Eagles, one the traditional Grand National Eagle, the other being the eagle champions receive for winning the national title. Here’s a look at the classes fighting for the championships;

Coyote Motorsports/Jim’s Marine Senior Pro Gas Medium

Junior Pro Gas Lite

MattMillerRacing.com/Spooner General Contractor Sportsman Gas Lite

Briggs & Stratton/Inferno Racing Clutches Senior LO206 Heavy

Boon and Sons Kid Karts

Water Medic Junior LO206

Bordeaux Dyno Cams/Trackside Kart Supply Senior Pro Gas Heavy

L&A South Tire Sportsman LO206

Briggs & Stratton Junior Pro Gas Heavy

Briggs & Stratton Masters LO206 Senior

Brad’s Heating and Cooling Sportsman Pro Gas Heavy

Fast Time Awards will once again be provided by Mikim Motorsports with Noram Clutches serving as Associate Sponsor for the weekends activities.

The battle for chassis supremacy will also be determined, with Arrow holding a commanding 11-win edge over Coyote 22-11, with Razor at 9, Ionic Edge and Comet Eagle with 6 wins, and MGM responsible for 1 win this season.

Action on Saturday and Sunday kick off with Practice at 8:30am, followed by qualifying, 1 heat race, and the main events. Podium presentations will follow each days activities with a new wave of 4 Cycle National Champions on the horizon.