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National Titles on the Line at Barnesville This Weekend

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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.  

Briggs Generators and Many Prizes to be Handed Out at Thompson National

CONCORD, NC - In keeping with the theme of the first race of the year in Jacksonville, Florida, WKA Officials will once again be organizing merchandise to go along with the awards to the weekends top overall finishers in the series second event of the season for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series, the Northeast Knockout July 28-30 at Thompson Kart Raceway in Thompson, Ohio.

Through the efforts of Dave Klaus of Briggs & Stratton, the weekends overall champions will be receiving generators for their efforts, with prizes also going to the weekends 2nd and 3rd place overall finishers. In order to claim the prizes, there must be a minimum of 3 karts in the respective national classes.

Classes eligible for the merchandise include:

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

Rookie

Masters Senior

Coyote Senior Pro Gas

The LO206 and 2 Cycle Kid Kart Classes will be a part of the weekend program as well, running as a non national points class, with awards going to the participants in the class each day.

In addition to the weekend prizes, competitors can get a jump on extra track time and potential money with the Shootout Races Friday evening following practice. Classes will include Sportsman, Junior, and Senior LO206 with a 75% payback to the top 5, based on kart count.

Thompson Kart Raceway will also be hosting a practice session on Thursday July 27 from 1-8pm. For more information, contact Doug Marsh at (440) 289-5291.

Entries are now being taken for the inaugural visit by WKA to the Ohio facility. To view the weekend schedule, and register for classes, CLICK HERE.

Coyote Takes Big Lead in Gold Cup Chassis Standings

CONCORD, NC - After just missing out on the 2016 Manufacturers Championship Trophy by a mere victory, Coyote Motorsports, led by Mark and Jim Lipari, came to Jacksonville, Florida with a vengeance, leaving the Water Medic Southeast Showdown for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series at 103rd Street Sports Complex with a 7 win edge over 3 of their rivals in the sport.

The wins for Coyote encompassed the Sportsman, Junior, and Senior classes, making for a complete weekend for the camp out of western New York. Here’s the breakdown of Coyote winners over the weekend:

GT Machine Sportsman Pro Gas: Blake Boon, 2 wins

GT Machine Junior Pro Gas: Austin Williamson: 2 wins

Coyote Motorsports Senior Pro Gas: Jim Lipari: 2 wins

Target Distributing Senior LO206: Matt Mayes, Saturday

Target Distributing Senior LO206: Jason Yarbrough, Sunday

Masters Senior: Brad Farmer, Saturday

3 Chassis manufacturers are tied for 2nd with 2 wins apiece, as Ionic Edge, MGM, and Razor all found success over the weekend as well, Ionic Edge with Brian Van Cleve in the Junior LO206 ranks, MGM with Justin Vanderzee in the CIK LO206 Senior class, and Timothy Clark in Masters Senior, while Owen Lloyd powered Razor to 2 wins in the Boon and Sons Sportsman LO206 class.

Comet Chassis checked in for 1 win over the weekend, with James Vanderzee taking the CIK LO206 Senior main on Sunday.

Here’s a look at the current standings:

Coyote: 9

Ionic Edge: 2

MGM: 2

Razor: 2

Comet: 1

The battle for the top chassis spot continues July 28-30 when the series heads to Thompson Kart Raceway in Ohio for stop #2 for the series!

Williamson, Lloyd Collect First Ever National Event Wins in Jax Gold Cup Opener

CONCORD, NC - The season opener for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series not only welcomed back many of the fine families in the sport of 4 cycle racing, it also produced some new national winners from competitors who have been digging hard the last few years to get to the top shelf of the podium.

Leading the way in the new national winner category in the Water Medic Southeast Showdown were Austin Williamson and Owen Lloyd. For Williamson, his wins came in the GT Machine Junior Pro Gas classes both days, while Lloyd, a graduate from Kid Kart competition, took down both days of the Boon and Sons Sportsman LO206 Class.

In addition to the newest winners, there were also several other double-event winners, including;

Jim Lipari: Coyote Motorsports Senior Pro Gas

Blake Boon: GT Machine Sportsman Pro Gas

Brian Van Cleve: Junior LO206

Other single event winners included;

Matt Mayes: Target Distributing Senior LO206

Justin Vanderzee: CIK LO206 Senior

Brad Farmer: Masters Senior

Jason Yarbrough: Target Distributing Senior LO206

James Vanderzee: CIK LO206 Senior

Timothy Clark: Masters Senior

Williamson began his weekend sweep with a win in Saturday's second race of the day for the GT Machine Junior Pro Gas class. Graduating from the Sportsman ranks very successfully, Elmer Edmonson challenged Williamson throughout, coming home second in his Junior debut, with Macon Moore and Brian Van Cleve rounding out the order. Williamson took day 2, with Brian Van Cleve, Edmonson, and Moore rounding out the top 5. For the weekend, Williamson was the overall class champ, with Edmonson and Van Cleve rounding out the top 3. Weekend Champions in all classes received Power Washers, courtesy of Briggs & Stratton, with Tool Sets going to both the second and third place finishers.

For Lloyd, a graduate from the Kid Kart ranks, the weekend sweep marked his first 2 WKA National event wins in the Sportsman ranks, taking the Boon and Sons Sportsman LO206 Class results both days, first fending off Blake Boon on Day 1, followed by Fast Timer Camden Gruber, Camryn Reed, and Brentley Miller. On Day 2, Camryn Reed, one of the newest young female talents on the series, and fresh off a third place finish in the Sportsman Shootout Friday, came home second, followed by yet another Kid Kart graduate in Brentley Miller with a fine third place run. Gruber, the fast timer again on Day 2, was 4th, followed by Boon. For his sweep, Lloyd was also the weekend's overall champ, with Reed and Gruber the top 3.

Fresh off a 2016 championship, Blake Boon went right back to work in Event #1, claiming the GT Machine Sportsman Pro Gas Classes. Boon, however, found some stiff competition from Fast Time winner Camden Gruber both days, as Gruber tailed Boon to the stripe, with Owen Lloyd and Camryn Reed rounding out the field each day. Boon took the Fast Time on Day 2, as well as the Overall title for the weekend, over Gruber and Lloyd. Boon also took the Friday Night Sportsman LO206 Shootout, netting $200 for the weekend.

The last sweep of the weekend came for Brian Van Cleve in the Junior LO206 category. Fresh off his $200 win in the Friday Night Shootout for the Junior LO206 Class, Van Cleve took control of the weekend, netting the Saturday national event win over Austin Williamson, followed by Edmonson, Sportsman graduate Kevin Lanyi, and Collin Miller. Much like Edmonson, Lanyi, fresh off a 2016 Sportsman title, began to find his comfort zone in the next age level, shadowing Van Cleve in second, with Moore, Edmonson, and Miller making up the top 5. For his efforts, Van Cleve was the weekend's overall champion, followed by a pair of freshman in Lanyi and Edmonson.

The Target Distributing Senior LO206 Class found some extremely tough competition both days, with the local contingent turning back many of the outside invaders in the series first race of the year. Day #1 found Florida product Matt Mayes scoring a popular win over New Yorker Jim Lipari, with Marylander Jimmy Heavlow, Aren Lloyd, and Brandon Murzynski rounding out the top 5. Worth mentioning was Sean Meier’s 6th place run, as the Florida driver made a stellar run from the back of the 15 kart field. Day #2 found yet another local hotshoe in the form of Jason Yarbrough taking the last lap victory in exciting fashion, with Aren Lloyd again checking in for a top 5, taking second, with fast timer Sean Meier, Tyler Lloyd, and Michael Clark making up the top 5. By virtue of his top 5 consistency, Aren Lloyd was the weekend's overall champion, with Matt Mayes and Jim Lipari the top 3.

The series also debuted a new CIK LO206 Senior Class with the Vanderzee brothers, Justin and James, sharing the weekend wins. Justin took Day #1 over James, with Michael Gay coming home third, while the brothers flip-flopped the end result on Sunday, with James the winner, Justin second, and Brian Collins checking in for a third place finish. James Vanderzee took the Overall weekend top honors, with Justin second, and Brian Collins the top 3.

Since its debut 1 season ago, the Masters Senior class has been full of tough competition. That statement was again backed up into a new year, with a pair of winners over the weekend, as Brad Farmer took the Day 1 honors over New Yorker Tim Stiefel, with Timothy Clark, Joey Miller, and Kevin Medearis making up the top 5. Day 2 found Clark, in a backup kart, following extensive damage on his primary kart in the heat race, taking the win over Farmer and Stiefel, with Medearis and Vernon Sparks completing the top 5. Farmer was the weekend's overall champion, with Clark and Stiefel making up thetop 3.

With the weekend tucked in the books, the series points to the second event of the 3 race national program, coming July 28-30 at Thompson Kart Raceway in Ohio, with the finale being the Grand National Oct 6-8 at Lamar County Speedway in Barnesville, Georgia.

Special thanks to Briggs and Stratton for providing major product to the weekend's overall champions, as well as Water Medic for the title sponsorship of the series first event of 2017. Thanks also to Coyote Motorports, GT Machine, Boon and Sons, and Target Distributing for their tireless efforts to help make the first event of the 2017 season a great success.   

Friday Night Shootouts Return, Boon and Sons, GT Machine, and Target Return to Gold Cup

CONCORD, NC - As the 11th hour approaches, the energy for this year’s edition of the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series continues to gain momentum into the 2017 season. With the pre-entry deadline for this year’s edition of the Water Medic Southeast Showdown at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida just 24 hours away, sponsors are signing into the program for 2017.

World Karting Officials are proud to announce the return of GT Machine, Boon and Sons, as well as Target Distributing, joining RLV, Water Medic, and Coyote Racing Chassis as sponsors for the new season. Supporting the series as the Grand National race sponsor for many years, Dave and Sue Koehler of GT Machine in Longs, South Carolina will be sponsoring the Sportsman Pro Gas class at the Jacksonville event.

Also returning is Matt Boon of Boon and Sons in Rochester, New York as the official sponsor of the fast-growing and highly popular Sportsman LO206 Class. WKA also welcomes back Joe Deboever and Target Distributing of South Bend, Indiana. For many years, Target, through the efforts of Joe, and his late brother and WKA Hall of Famer Norm Deboever, sponsored a barbeque at Michiana Raceway Park, prior to the race weekend. WKA is a proud patron of Target Distributing, purchasing many of their race products through the longtime midwest based company. Target will be the official sponsor of the Senior LO206 Heavy class in 2017.

Feeding off the sponsorship momentum, WKA is also proud to announce the return of the Friday Night Shootout races, always a driver and fan favorite at the end of the Friday Practice day. This year, the 3 classes for the shootouts will be the Sportsman and Junior LO206 classes, running for a $200 to win payday, with $100 going to second and $50 for third, with awards also available. Entry Fee for the 2 classes will be $25, with racers eligible to sign up at the track on practice day. Additionally, the Senior LO206 Heavy class will be featured in their always exciting Money Race, with a 75% payback going to drivers, based on participation. Both Traditional and CIK Bodyworks will be allowed for this class on Friday. Entry Fee will be $50.

Following the shootout races, the 2016 national champions, as well as many other deserving competitors and individuals will be honored in the annual awards presentation, to be held at the track. Doors open at 6:45pm, with dinner at 7:15 and the awards presentation set for 7:45.

Pre- Entry Deadline for the Water Medic Southeast Showdown is Tuesday, March 14. So be sure and get your entry in as soon as possible.

To view the entry blank for the Water Medic Southeast Showdown, CLICK HERE.

To view the form for the Gold Cup Awards Banquet, CLICK HERE.

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.

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