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Prepared by: RTD Media & Management

Date: May 31, 2018

May 31, 2018 – As the World Karting Association (WKA) Manufacturers Cup returns to the Midwest, series officials are pleased to announce discounted entry pricing for two of the Yamaha powered classes and the return of a popular award. While Yamaha Sportsman and Yamaha Senior drivers will receive entry, tires and two days of racing at a steep discount, KA100 Senior competitors will battle for the popular ‘Sword’ in the KA100 Senior Throw Down at Concept Haulers Motor Speedway.

“We are working hard to make racing more affordable,” explained Kevin Williams. “The Yamaha classes have had such a rich history in the WKA Manufacturers Cup Program, especially in the Midwest region, we wanted to recognize and reward those drivers still participating with the Yamaha motor package. We have come up with a program that will see Yamaha Sportsman and Senior drivers receive entry, tires and two days of racing at a fraction of the cost to help support our current national level entries as well as local drivers looking to compete in the WKA Manufacturers Cup.”

In place for both events at Concept Haulers Motor Speedway in Norway, Illinois and New Castle Motorsports Park in New Castle, Indiana, Yamaha Sportsman competitors will receive entry for two days of racing and one set of Bridgestone YLC race tires for $195.00. Yamaha Senior drivers will receive entry for two days of racing and two sets of Bridgestone YLC Tires for $415.00.

Not to be out done, the KA100 Senior class will be vying for money and ‘The Sword’ at the upcoming Illinois event.

WKA President Kevin Williams added, “The IAME KA100 Throw Down Sword was a popular award that drivers strived for in Midwest competition. I think it is important that we renew this special award and provide some fun for our senior level drivers. Offering cash awards for KA100 Senior drivers on Saturday, the premier field will race for ‘The Sword’ on Sunday in an all-out wheel-to-wheel battle.”

“I am happy to bring KA100 Throw Down and the Sword back into competition,” explained Franklin Motorsports’ Jamie Sieracki. “Not that the Sword has any monetary value, but the bragging rights of winning this award is priceless.”

In Saturday’s competition, KA100 Senior drivers will be shooting for:

First Place - $200.00

Fastest Lap - $100.00

Oldest Entered Driver - $100.00

Youngest Entered Driver - $100.00

Prior to the main event, a random draw for a kart number entered for the weekend will take place. If your number is drawn, that driver will receive an automatic $50.00. If that kart number wins the race, the driver will also receive a $250.00 bonus on top of their $200.00 winner’s purse.

Online entry for the KA100 Senior class will include two days of racing and race tires. All drivers must be pre-entered to be eligible for Saturday and Sunday awards. All Yamaha drivers must pre-enter online to take advantage of Yamaha class pricing discounts.

WKA will be offering its temporary membership once again for the balance of the 2018 season. For only $20.00 for any person who has not been a member in the last twelve months or have not been a member in the past. At the conclusion of the event, any temporary members can become a WKA member can apply the $20.00 fee to a full membership. 

Entry forms and additional information are available by following the series link to the WKA Manufacturers Cup on the WKA website at

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Concord, NC - With a Board of Trustees meeting held less than two weeks ago, one of the big items conveyed during that meeting by new President Kevin Williams was a return to growth through club, regional and national racing. The new World Karting Association (WKA) President, with support from the WKA Board of Trustees, has decided it is in the best interest of the membership and new direction to move the July 13-15 event scheduled at New Jersey Motorsports Park to Concept Haulers Motor Speedway, outside of Chicago (CHMS). 

“First, I would like to thank New Jersey Motorsports Park for the opportunity to use their facility and I hope we can work together in the future,” stated WKA President Kevin Williams. “With that said, we left a huge void with our membership in our 2018 schedule by not having a Midwest event this year and that needed to be fixed. For me, the Concept Haulers Motor Speedway decision was easy as they are a long time WKA Sanctioned Track under great management. I hope our current membership, long-time WKA supporters and non-members will see this as a positive move forward.”

“I have been here 13 years now as the owner of the facility and I have enjoyed being supportive of WKA across the Mississippi River in its quest for westward movement,” stated Les Fink, Owner of the historic facility. “We are thrilled to host a WKA National Event again this year. We now have a full-time Barbeque Shack at the track with food well above other racetrack standards. Come and join in the fun of racing against some of the best drivers in America in July.”

WKA understands that changing schedules mid-season is not ideal, but was needed to better serve the WKA Family of racers. Many competitors participated in the historic Daytona Kartweek and chose to skip the second event weekend and utilize that as a drop race in their program but are reminded that attending the balance of the series they are still championship eligible. WKA invites everyone, existing and new participants, to race its events to experience the WKA atmosphere. 

Williams continued, “Also, to attract more racers in the areas our events are being held, and starting at the Manufacturers Cup event in May at Pittsburgh, then for the balance of our 2018 season, anyone who has not been a WKA member or hasn’t been a WKA member in the last 12 months will have the opportunity to purchase a $20.00 temporary membership to come and race with WKA. After racing with us and you would like to upgrade your membership to a full membership and get championship points and a WKA tech manual, the $20.00 would be credited towards the annual membership cost. We want to try and grow the Manufacturers Cup program and revive it to be the best program in the country, and this incentive to the racers is a way to do that.” 

Concept Haulers Motor Speedway replacing the New Jersey Motorsports Park event will now serve as the final round in the run for the very generous IAME USA East prize announced back in early March, of representing the USA and the World Karting Association at the IAME international Finals at Le Mans, France later this year.

Look for many more big announcements by WKA and please be reminded that paper and online entry blanks are now available online at for the next Manufacturer's Event, the Keystone Spring Nationals at Pitt Raceway May 18-20.

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1ST Annual Yamaha Shootout Coming to Concept Haulers Motor Speedway

Officials at Concept Haulers Motor Speedway in Sheridan, Illinois are proud to announce the 1st edition of the Yamaha Shootout. Scheduled for Saturday April 29, the Shootout will be incorporated into the regular Saturday racing schedule.

Entry Fee for the event is $75, $100 the week of the event, or at the gate, just a $20 increase from the normal Saturday Club races. Over $3,000 in cash and prizes will be on the line at the famed Illinois facility.

Featuring both Yamaha Senior and Junior classes, The race will consist of a 10 lap pre-final with a 22 lap final. Drivers are welcome to come out for practice on Friday April 28 from 10am-6pm.

For more information regarding the 1st Annual Yamaha Shootout, call the track at (815) 496-CHMS.

If you are a track, club, or group that is part of the WKA Insurance and Wristband program, and would like to further promote your events on the WKA site, contact Buddy Long at