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WKA Bridgestone ManCup Pitt Entry Form Now Available

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CONCORD, NC - It’s Spring.  And that means the next round of the WKA Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup is fast approaching.  The series will once again converge on the Pittsburgh International Race Complex, May 18-20, for the Spring Nationals, a favorite mid-year stop for many of the ManCup Competitors.  Mid-season events have been some of the most exciting racing in WKA’s history due to the Championship battles that start heating up, and the Pitt Spring Nationals are expected to be just as exciting as previous years.

After a successful first outing last month, WKA has once again employed its new Online Registration System, simplifying the process for all classes.  The new system, introduced for Round 2 of the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup, allows competitors to register for their classes, rent transponders, AND reserve their pit space, all in one quick and easy process.  What’s more, the process is optimized for both desktop and mobile devices!

Entry forms and additional information is available by following the Series Link to the WKA Bridgestone Manufacturer Cup Series on the WKA website, www.WorldKarting.com

Pesek Wins with Heavy Heart in Keystone State Nationals

CONCORD, NC - For families, competitors, race officials, and fans, the second event for the WKA Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series at Pittsburgh International Race Complex was already going to be greeted on a somewhat somber note, with the news of the passing of WKA Hall of Famer Kyle Adkins, whose son Brandon not only participated on the series for many years, but also had been a past employee of the facility.

The news became more bleak in the karting world, as just a short time later, yet another proud karting Dad, Kevin Pesek, passed away. The father of past WKA National Champion Dakota Pesek, who currently competes in the Franklinkart.com Yamaha Senior class, Kevin never missed an event, and was one of the strongest supporters of his son and his racing career.

Fighting through the challenges of losing a Dad, as well as wet track conditions, a determined Dakota Pesek willed his way to the top shelf of the podium in Sundays finale for the class, thus hoisting both hands straight up in the air, pointing to the heavens, motioning to his Dad, "This one is for you, Thanks Dad!!"

Pesek's victory immediately extinguished all other challenges anyone may have been dealing with throughout the weekend, from wet weather to poor luck on the track, or anything else, thus placing what the organization, the series, and its competitors place squarely in perspective, FAMILY.

Coming off a second place finish to Braden Eves on Saturday, Pesek's win also netted him the weekend's Overall Championship, garnering the hardware from Trinity Karting Group. Nick Landi, Alexander Kardashian, Eves, and Jake Venberg rounded out the top 5 on Sunday, with Kardashian taking the Comet Kart Sales Pole Award. Following Eves and Pesek on Saturday were Kardashian, Venberg, and Derek Hughes, with Eves collecting the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time Award. 

Eves victory on Saturday was the first of 2 for the weekend, as he also claimed Sundays win in the KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior class, topping Kardashian, AJ Myers, Brandon Lemke, and Nick Landi. Lemke claimed the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time Award. Saturdays action found Lemke taking the top honors, with Eves coming home second, followed by Kardashian, Myers, and Ryan Raffa. Eves took the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time Award. Eves success also netted the Overall Weekend Champions Award, sponsored by Trinity Karting Group, as well as earning $1,000 for his efforts. Lemke received $500 for the weekend, while Kardashian won a free set of Bridgestone Tires.

Eves wasn't the only driver to score more than 1 win for the weekend, as Connor Zilisch, Eric Fagan, and Mateo Rubio-Luengo also doubled up for the weekend.

For Zilisch, his weekend began with the win in the Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman Class, topping Logan Adams, Thomas Schrage, Annie Rhule, and Sam Hinds. Luengo, the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time Winner, wound up 6th, but rebounded in a big way, taking the Day 2 activities over Zilisch, Schrage, Rhule, and Garrett Adams. Zilisch not only netted the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time Award, but was also the weekends Overall Champion, receiving the Trinity Karting Group award.

Later in the day on Saturday, Zilisch took the IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman top honors, becoming the only driver to take 2 wins in a single day for the weekend. Brent Crews chased Zilisch across the line, followed by Ashton Chilton, Logan Adams, and Annie Rhule. Chilton improved from third to the top step on the podium Sunday, taking the win, as well as the Overall Weekends top honors, netting a $500 payday. Crews, a runnerup for the second straight day, netted a $250 payday, with Zilisch gaining a set of Bridgestone Tires, by virtue of his 4th place finish on Sunday. Nestled in between Crews and Zilisch was Logan Adams in third, while Isaac Beekman rounded out the top 5. Zilisch also swept the Comet Kart Sales Pole honors both days.

Eric Fagan enjoyed a weekend sweep in the CIK LO 206 Senior class, topping Pennsylvania stalwart Zach Linsell on Day 1, with David Kalb Jr, Jeremy Warren, and Evan McCorquadale rounding out the top 5. Day 2 action found Kalb chasing Fagan to the line, with Warren, Dustin Demattia, and McCorquadale rounding out the top 5. Linsell and Kalb took the respective Comet Kart Sales Fast Time Awards, while Fagan took the Trinity Karting Group Overall Weekend Championship top honors.

Colin Neal and Elliott Budzinski shared the honors in the Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior class, with Neal taking the Day 1 honors over Caiden Young, Tyler Ferris, Arie Venberg, and Matthew Mockabee, while Budzinski fended off runnerup Young on Sunday, with Ferris, Neal, and Evan Stamer completing the top 5. Consistency paid off for Young, as the pair of second place finishes netted the young driver the Trinity Karting Group Overall Weekend Title. Tyler Ferris swept the Comet Kart Sales top qualifying efforts for the weekend.

The CRPRacing.com Mini Swift class also found parity in the win column, with Mateo Rubio-Luengo and Caleb Gafrarar sharing the weekends top honors. For Luengo, the Sunday win marked his second for the weekend, as Elliot Cox, Gafrarar, Danny Dyszelski, and Ben Maier chased the 2 time winner across the stripe. Gafrarar, the Saturday Comet Kart Sales Fast Time winner, rebounded for a weekend ending win on Sunday, besting Maier, Miles Murray, Charlie Knoll, and Christian Rutty. Cox, the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time winner on Sunday, rode home 6th. With his win and 3rd place finish, Gafrarar netted the Trinity Karting Group Overall Weekend Title.

Keeping with the multiple win theme were Pauly Massimino and Tyler Ferris in the Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior class. Massimino took the Day 1 action over Tahlon Yockel, Colin Gasparini, Ferris, and Madison Campeau, with Ferris topping Yockel, Massimino, Gasparini, and Alex Yankowski on Day 2. Yockel and Kaden Wharff took the respective Comet Kart Sales Fast Time Awards, with Massimino garnering the Trinity Karting Group Overall Weekend title, and also a $500 payday. Yockel netted a $250 payday with Ferris gaining a set of Bridgestone Tires.

The Kid Kart Class also made their first appearance of the season as an exhibition class. Special thanks to Colton Guiher, Lewis Beckham, and Parker Garrigus for joining the national classes this past weekend as well, as future hopefuls in the sport.

The Keystone State Nationals also marked Race #1 for the Bridgestone Mid Season Shootout. The 3 race program, run within the confines of the Mfg Cup Point System, but separate from the season ending championship, will continue July 14-16 at New Castle Motorsports Park in Indiana for the TEAM EMPOWER Natonals, with the third and final stop on the tour taking place August 25-27 at Wolf Paving Raceway in Dousman, Wisconsin.

High Point Earners in Mini Swift, Pro Swift Sportsman, Pro IAME Junior, and Pro IAME Senior classes will receive an all expense paid trip, less travel, to the ROK Cup International Final in South Garda, Italy in October, for classes that utilize Bridgestone Tires.

High Point Earners in Yamaha Sportsman, Yamaha Junior, Yamaha Senior, and CIK LO206 Senior will receive a free entry, race tires, and a drivers pit pass to the season ending WKA Grand National event for the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series October 13-15 at GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina.

Entry Information for the TEAM EMPOWER Nationals at New Castle will be released shortly.

Kid Karts Make Return to Keystone State Nationals

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

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

CIK LO206 Senior
 

Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman
 

Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior
 

FranklinKart.com Yamaha Senior
 

CRPRacing.com Mini Swift
 

IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman
 

Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior
 

KartSport North America Pro Iame Senior
 

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

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

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

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

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

To register online, CLICK HERE.

 

Pre Entry Deadline for Keystone State Nationals May 10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To register online, CLICK HERE.

To view the paper entry blank, CLICK HERE.

Entries Rolling in for Keystone State Nationals at PittRace

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

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

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

CIK LO206 Senior

Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman

Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior

FRANKLINKART.com Yamaha Senior

CRPRACING.com Mini Swift

IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman

Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior

KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paper Entry Blank for Pitt Mfg Cup Event now Online 

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

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

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

CIK LO206 Senior

Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman

Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior

Franklinkart.com Yamaha Senior

CRPRACING.com Mini Swift

IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman

Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior

KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior

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

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

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

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

CIK LO206 Senior:

1 Corey Towles

2 Zach Linsell

3 Hunter Fox

4 Dustin Demattia

5 Mike Greiner

Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman:

1 Garrett Adams

2 William Robusto

3 Mateo Rubio-Luengo

4 Anderson Leonard

5 Logan Adams

Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior:

1 Elliott Budzinski

2 Tyler Ferris

3 Colin Neal

4 Emory Lyda

5 Finnegan Bayliff

Franklinkart.com Yamaha Senior:

1 Alexander Kardashian

2 Braden Eves

3 Jake Venberg

4 Chris Slinden

5 Josh Fierke

CRPRACING.com Mini Swift

1 Mateo Rubio-Luengo

2 Caleb Gafrarar

3 Calem Maloney

4 Alex Powell

5 Ben Maier

IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman:

1 Ashton Chilton

2 Santiago Trisini

3 Elio Giovane

4 Lucas Rodriguez

5 Anderson Leonard

Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior:

Dylan Tavella

2 Zane Maloney

3 Pauly Massimino

4 Max Peichel

5 Oliver Calvo

KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior

1 AJ Myers

2 Brandon Jarsocrak

3 Jonathan Kotyk

4 Braden Eves

5 Austin McCusker

 

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

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

Pittsburgh Online Registration Now Open 

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

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

CIK LO206 Senior

Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman

Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior

Franklinkart.com Yamaha Senior

CRPRACING.com Mini Swift

IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman

Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior

KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior

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

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

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

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

CIK LO206 Senior:

1 Corey Towles

2 Zach Linsell

3 Hunter Fox

4 Dustin Demattia

5 Mike Greiner

 

Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman:

1 Garrett Adams

2 William Robusto

3 Mateo Rubio-Luengo

4 Anderson Leonard

5 Logan Adams

 

Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior:

1 Elliott Budzinski

2 Tyler Ferris

3 Colin Neal

4 Emory Lyda

5 Finnegan Bayliff

 

Franklinkart.com Yamaha Senior:

1 Alexander Kardashian

2 Braden Eves

3 Jake Venberg

4 Chris Slinden

5 Josh Fierke

 

CRPRACING.com Mini Swift

1 Mateo Rubio-Luengo

2 Caleb Gafrarar

3 Calem Maloney

4 Alex Powell

5 Ben Maier

 

IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman:

1 Ashton Chilton

2 Santiago Trisini

3 Elio Giovane

4 Lucas Rodriguez

5 Anderson Leonard

 

Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior:

Dylan Tavella

2 Zane Maloney

3 Pauly Massimino

4 Max Peichel

5 Oliver Calvo

 

KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior

1 AJ Myers

2 Brandon Jarsocrak

3 Jonathan Kotyk

4 Braden Eves

5 Austin McCusker

 

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