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Win A Free Entry to a 2019 WKA Grand National Event

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WKA “Show Your Summit Racing Equipment Receipt” Drawings

Win A Free Entry to a 2019 WKA Grand National Event

In a new program to help WKA Members utilize their Summit Racing Equipment discount code, WKA will hold “Show your Summit Racing Equipment Receipt” Drawings at both the upcoming Sprint and Road Race events in August;

  • Vega Tires Road Racing Nationals | August 16-18 | Heartand Park, Topeka, KS

  • WKA Bridgestone Manufactures Cup FranklinKart.com Nationals August 23-25 | Wolf Paving Speedway | Dousman, WI

 
Racers who show their Summit Racing Equipment receipt from an August, 2019 purchase, using the WKA Discount Code, will be entered into a drawing for a free entry into either the WKA Road Race Grand Nationals at Bowling Green or the Manufacturers Cup Grand Nationals at Newcastle Motorsports Park.  It is important to note that the offer is for August, 2019 purchases, as the discount code for Summit expires August 31. 
 
“Supporting our supporters, and having the great karting community engage them is the best way to ensure we continue relationships that benefit the racers.” Stated WKA President Kevin Williams.  “And having the opportunity to win something in the process is just another great bonus.”
 
Entries for both the Vega Tires Road Race Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka as well as the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup FranklinKart.com Nationals at Wolf Paving Dousman, and hotel accommodation’s for both  are available now at www.worldkarting.com

About World Karting Association- The World Karting Association has been a non-profit, Membership Organization since 1971, and has provided venues for members to enjoy all aspects of Karting in the USA, from its office in Concord, NC, including the famous Daytona Kartweek.  Providing Regulations, Instruction and Certifications, Racing Series, Insurance, and venues for fair and safe Karting on all levels, WKA has a place for everyone in Karting.   For more information, contact WKA at info@worldkarting.com, or www.worldkarting.com

Vegas Tires National Road Racing Tires Grand National set for November 9-11 National Championships to be Determined

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CONCORD, NC - After a long season, the WKA Vega Tires National Road Race program will conclude at the famed Bowling Green, KY facility.  Together with Karters of America Racing Triad, (KART), WKA brings the 2018 campaign to a close, where Championships will be decided.

The pre-entry deadline, October 26th, is fast approaching for this once-a-year Grand National Event.  Entry and event information can be found at www.worldkarting.com or by clicking the link below.

Road Race Series Page

To reserve your race number for the 2019 race season, fill out and send in the form below.

2019 Reserved number form

Beat Brent Crews and win cash in North Carolina

BRENT CREWS BOUNTY PUT IN PLACE FOR WKA MANUFACTURERS CUP FINALE
“Beat Brent Crews and win cash in North Carolina”

CONCORD, NC - In an effort to increase the competition level and provide bragging rights in the World Karting Association (WKA) Manufacturers Cup, series officials are please to announce a cash offer for drivers in the IAME Mini Swift division. With the reigning two-time IAME International Final Champion Brent Crews confirming his participation, any driver other than Crews who tops the podium blocks, in either of the two race days, will be awarded $100.00 cash.
 
“First off, we would like to congratulate Brent on his amazing results,” explains Kevin Williams, President of the World Karting Association. “Not only did Brent represent the United States in Europe, he now has the title of a double IAME International Final Champion. We are welcoming him back to the final round of the 2018 Manufacturers Cup, but also enticing his fellow competitors to see if they can beat a world champ.”
 
With the final event of the 2018 season taking place at the popular GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina, family, friends and fellow competitors will line the fences to see if anyone, or who, can possibly take the checkers ahead of Crews.
 
Williams continues, “We are offering $100.00 to any driver who can beat Crews for both Saturday and Sunday’s main events. If more than one driver is able to finish ahead of the world champion, the cash award will be given to only the winner.”
 
Dubbed the ‘Crews Bounty’, WKA is putting their money on the line in the already exciting IAME Mini Swift division.
 
On track competition begins Friday, October 26 with unofficial practice while Saturday and Sunday will provide the platform for two complete race days. IAME Mini Swift drivers will do battle in their main events in the afternoon of each day, with some cash on the line.
 
About World Karting Association: The World Karting Association has been a non-profit, Membership Organization since 1971, and has provided venues for members to enjoy all aspects of Karting in the USA, from its office in Concord, NC, including the famous Daytona Kartweek.  Providing Regulations, Instruction and Certifications, Racing Series, Insurance, and Venues for fair and safe Karting on all levels, WKA has a place for everyone in Karting.   For more information, contact WKA at info@worldkarting.com or www.worldkarting.com.
 
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Pre-Entry Deadline Approaching WKA Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup GoPro Motorplex, Mooresville, NC

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CONCORD, NC - The much anticipated WKA Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Grand Nationals is fast approaching, and so is the October 16th deadline for the pre-entry discount.  

In preparations for the 2019 racing season, WKA has added the highly anticipated Briggs 206 Cadet class as a local option for the event, as well as the KA100 Junior Category.  This is the perfect opportunity for those drivers to get some valuable track time in racing conditions by joining the regular Manufacturers Cup program.

In addition, season-long championship battles will be determined in all National Classes, and promoted on eKartingNews all weekend.  All classes are up for grabs as the series concludes its 2018 campaign in Mooresville, NC.

Also on the docket for the event is the Annual WKA Membership Meeting, immediately following Friday's practice sessions.

Go to www.worldkarting.com for entry and event information or click the link below to register now.  See you in Mooresville!

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.  

GoPro Pre Entry Deadline Oct 6

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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.

CKI Takes Another Chassis Title

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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.

Entry Blank for Top Kart USA Grand Nationals Now Online

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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.

Pre Entry Deadline for Atlanta Grand National Sept 6

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CONCORD, NC - With the finale for the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series just a few weeks away, entries are pouring in for the season ending Grand National event scheduled for September 15-17 at Atlanta Motorsports Park in Dawsonville, Georgia. The deadline to take advantage of the pre-entry pricing is also fast approaching, with the cutoff date set for Wednesday September 6.

Following a most successful debut in September of 2016, competitors have had this date circled on the calendar for quite some time, as the challenging elevation changes of more than 85 feet, along with the high speed the 2 mile course provides, has drivers patiently waiting their next opportunity on the very unique course.

Activities for the Grand National event will get underway with a full day of practice Friday, beginning at 9am. On Saturday, following practice, competitors will take to the track at 11:15am for the first race of the weekend, with the same schedule slated for Sunday. Competitors will not only be vying for the coveted WKA Grand National Eagle, but the battle for the ultimate 2017 points titles will also be on the line.

Special thanks to the following sponsors for their support in the 2017 season:

Dunlop

Xeramic

Russell Karting Specialties

Competition Karting Inc.

Fisher Racing Engines

West Texas Outlaws

WT Racing

The Agile Group

Hoosier Racing Tires

KALL Racing 

Millers Dynotime Racing

To view the Entry Blank and weekend schedule for the season ending Grand National event at Atlanta Motorsports Park, 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.

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

WKA Salutes 2016 Road Race National Champions

CONCORD, NC- The battle for supremacy in the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series concluded for the 2016 recently at the Atlanta Motorsports Park in Dawsonville, Georgia. And while the rain shortened event provided a perfect summation to the season, that didn’t sway the positive spirit, nor high intensity for all competitors on and off the track.

Leading the way in the title category was Matt Michel. After suffering through a horrific crash in December at Daytona, Michel roared back to life with a vengeance, taking the CKI sponsored Yamaha Sportsman Medium class by 148 tallies over David Lee, who in turn edged Amanda Holewski by just 2 points for the runner-up spot. Michel also conquered the Yamaha Sportsman Heavy class, again edging Lee, with Bill Holder rounding out the top 3.

Michel wasn’t the only double titlist, as Stephen Wheatley, Louie Magiera, and Cole Peschang checked in for a pair of 2016 titles as well.

Wheatley’s double dip came in the Hoosier Racing Tire Animal Lite class, where he bested Rob Hindery by 55 points, with Blake Beattie, Ben Thomason, and David Clevenger rounding out the top 5. Wheatley also laid claim to the Animal Medium class, topping Quentin Hill, Robert Wimmer, Rob Garland Jr, and Zach Linsell.

For long time veteran Louie Magiera, the titles came for the New Englander in the Yamaha Sprint and WKA Sprint categories, while up and comer Cole Peschang from the Midwest took down the Junior Animal Lite and Heavy top honors.

Steve Gore came away with the top honors this season in the Kion/Linde Forklifts Yamaha Heavy class, besting David McCauley and Ryan Hatcher, while Lamar Hilliard claimed a title this season in the Foster 4J Ranch Yamaha Medium category, topping McCauley and Hatcher as well.

In The Agile Group Unlimited class, Jeff Standridge took the top honors for the year over Ron Miller and Darrin Cuthbertson, while Emmit Rodriguez was the champion in the West Texas Outlaws TaG Heavy division.

The WT Racing Leopard Sprint class again saw good competition this year with Robert Wimmer edging Jeff Troup, Donald Nelson, Quincy Smith, and Jesse Holt for the top honors.

Stephen Flatt joined the list of drivers celebrating a title this year, taking the Fisher Racing Engines Stock Honda class, besting Steven Rougeou, Chris Hines, Aamir Hyder, and Keith Buffo.

In the KALL Racing/Millers Dynotime Racing Formula 100 class, Travis Miller won the battle over Lance Yunck, with Michael Tracy, Scott Campbell, and Rick Fulks completing the top 5.

And Bill Morsberger laid claim to the Matthai Material Handling 100cc Piston Port Class for the season, taking the title over John Brown.

Here’s a look at the remaining 2016 National Champions:

B Stock: Duane Eberhart

Yamaha Sportsman Sprint: Dawn Magiera

125 Sprint Shifter: Thomas Dupont

Clone LO206 Lite: Rob Hindery

Clone LO206 Heavy: Robert Garland Sr

Animal Heavy: Steve Johnson

On behalf of the World Karting Association, our sincerest congratulations to all the national champions, as well as all participants in the 2016 season.

Special thanks to Jim Russell Jr of Russell Karting Specialites, the entire list of sponsors for the year, as well as the Southern Kart Club, Woodbridge Kart Club, and the many officials who take time away from their personal lives to help make the Road Race program truly one of the best places to be on a weekend.  

While the season will kick off, as always at Daytona for KartWeek, the annual awards presentation will be announced shortly.

Entry information for Daytona KartWeek will be out shortly.

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

Gonzalez, Lemke Double Down at Top Kart USA Grand Nationals

GONZALEZ AND LEMKE DOUBLE DOWN AT TOP KART USA GRAND NATIONALS

CONCORD, NC- The return to New Castle Motorsports Park for the Top Kart USA Grand Nationals held significant meaning for many, as the season finale would identify the 2016 national champions in the 8 respective classes for the WKA Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series,

And while the finishing touches are being placed on the season ending standings to date, many drivers did their part to either pad their lead in their respective standings, or tighten the gap, taking one final shot at the top shelf of the national podium.

Leading the charge over the weekend were Tyler Gonzalez and Brandon Lemke, both double winners in the season finale. Gonzalez was the top dog in the pair of Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior events while Lemke rounded out the double event winners for the weekend, taking the KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior and Fullerton Karts USA final events.

Other winners on the final weekend of racing included:

Water for a Cause Kid Karts: Austin Olds, Indy Ragan

KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior: Braden Eves

Franklinkart.com Yamaha Junior: Pauly Massimino, Colin Neal

IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman: Devin Gomez, Luca Mars

CRPRACING.com Mini Swift: Caleb Gafrarar, Eli Trull

Fullerton Karts USA Yamaha Senior: Dakota Pesek

Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman: Zane Maloney

For Madison Campeau, the wave of momentum continued, following a great weekend in August at her home track in Pittsburgh during national event #4. Campeau topped Kaden Wharff, Garrett Adams, Thomas Schrage, and Logan Adams in the Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman main on Day 1.  Sam Hinds was the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time winner. On Day 2 for the class, Maloney vastly improved from his 8th place run the day prior to record the win, with Logan Adams, Snell, Campeau, and Wharff completing the top 5. For her efforts, Campeau also was the weekends overall top finisher in the class, thus receiving an additional award, sponsored by Checkered Motorsports. Snell took the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time Award.

Tyler Gonzalez then began his sweep of the weekend, taking the Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior class main events both days, topping Pauly Massimino, Tahlon Yockel, Max Peichel, and Jacob Abel on Day 1, while Lance Fenderson, Massimino, Michael Cruz, and Tyler Ferris chased Gonzalez on Day 2. For his efforts, Gonzalez was also the Checkered Motorsports overall weekend winner, thus also claiming a check for $500. Gonzalez also swept the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time Awards for the weekend.

Lemke began his weekend with the winning effort in the Kartsport North America Pro IAME Senior class, as the Wisconsin driver bested Brandon Jarsocrak, Braden Eves, Jonathan Kotyk, and Mick Gabriel for the top 5. Lemke also took the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time Award. Much like Lemke, Braden Eves provided a similar performance 24 hours earlier, taking the Day 1 win in the class, as well as the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time, with Lemke coming home second, followed by Jarsocrak, Kotyk, and Gabriel. By virtue of his 1st and 2nd, Lemke took the Checkered Motorsports Overall weekend award, thus also earning $1,000 for his efforts.

The Water for a Cause Kid Kart class was greeted with a pair of winners, as Austin Olds and Indy Ragan were the highlight of the weekend, each taking a win, Olds on the first day, followed by Ragan, Karsyn Walters, Tristan Young, and CJ Bowman. On Day 2, Ragan improved 1 notch in the order, besting Olds, Walters, CJ Bowman, and Dusty Larson. Olds was the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time winner both days, thus also taking down the Checkered Motorsports award as the weekends top overall performer.

The Franklinkart.com Yamaha Junior class found a pair of winners as well, with Pauly Massimino taking the Day 1 win over Colin Neal, Ian Hornish, Caiden Young, and Arie Venberg, with Young taking the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time Award. And much like the Kid Kart class, 1st and 2nd on Day 1 switched places, with Neal securing the Day 2 win over Massimino, with JP Southern, Hornish, and Spike Kohlbecker completing the top 5. Much like day 1, Caiden Young took the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time award. As a result of his overall efforts, Massimino took the Checkered Motorsports Award for the Overall weekend winner.

In the IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman class, Devin Gomez drew first blood for the weekend, taking the Saturday win over Luca Mars, Kaden Wharff, Jason Welage, and Zane Maloney. Welage, making a return to karting after being off the last few national events, was the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time Award winner. Day 2 found Mars improving 1 spot in the order, taking the win over Welage, Gomez, Wharff, and Logan Adams, while Madison Campeau took the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time award. Mars success over the weekend also netted him the Checkered Motorsports Overall weekend winner award, as well as $500.

The CRPRACING.com Mini Swift class found a pair of young North Carolina aces in the form of Caleb Gafrarar and Eli Trull securing the wins. On Day 1, Gafrarar took the top spot on the podium over Jeremy Fletcher, with Trull, Danny Dyszelski, and Sebastian Ng completing the top 5. Gafrarar was also the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time recipient. On Day 2, Trull slid into the top spot for his lone win of the weekend, with Gafrarar, Christian Miles, Thomas Annunziata, and Adam Brickley making up the top 5. Trull also took the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time Award, while Gafrarar’s 1st and 2nd netted him the Checkered Motorsports Overall Weekend Winner Award.

The Fullerton Karts USA Yamaha Senior class found former champion Dakota Pesek back in victory lane again, taking the Day 1 win over Emerson Reed, Billy Lewis, Brandon Lemke, and Jake Venberg, while Braden Eves, the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time winner, came home 6th. Day 2 found Lemke checking in for his 2nd win of the weekend, with Eves, Reed, Lewis, and Venberg rounding out the top 5. Eves swept the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time Awards for the second day in a row, while Lemke took the Checkered Motorsports Award for being the weekends top overall performer.

The battle for the Manufacturers Championship Trophy was also decided at New Castle as well, with Top Karts 4 wins propelling them to another title as the winning chassis on the series. The battle remained tight all season.

Here’s a look at the final standings:

Top Kart: 17

Tony Kart: 12

Benik: 9

FA: 8

Merlin: 7

Praga: 7

Kosmic: 6

Comp Kart: 3

Birel: 3

Margay: 2

Fullerton, Parolin, Emmick, Energy, and Epico all had 1 win.

With the Grand Nationals in the books, another chapter in the life of the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series concludes, with very little break, as preparations are being made already for the latest edition of Daytona KartWeek December 27-30 at Daytona International Speedway, as well as the Year End Awards Presentation, to again be held at the Daytona Beach Resort and Spa December 27. Complete information regarding both events is currently being processed, and will be released shortly.

On behalf of the World Karting Association, our sincerest congratulations to all of the 2016 Grand National Champions, and a very special thanks to the drivers, crew members, parents, and many other family members, sponsors, tracks, national and local staff, and many others for making the 2016 edition of the WKA Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series a huge success!!! We will see you in Daytona!!! 

 

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.

 

Correction on Atlanta Class Winner

Correction on Atlanta Class Winner

CONCORD, NC- As a correction to the results posted Monday September 19 for the Atlanta Grand National event for the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series, presented by Russell Karting, Robert Wimmer was the winner of the WT Troup sponsored Leopard Sprint class, with John Brown 2nd.

As a result, Wimmer joined the many other winners who hoisted a Grand National Eagle for the season finale. Our congratulations to Robert Wimmer on his Grand National winning effort.

Wheatley, Garland, and Fulks Families make Atlanta Grand National History

Wheatley, Garland, and Fulks Families make Atlanta Grand National History

CONCORD, NC- The inaugural appearance of World Karting Association at the ultra-modern Atlanta Motorsports Park for the series Grand National event found some monumental results in the season finale for the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series presented by Russell Karting.

Nestled in the small southern town of Dawsonville, Georgia, home to legendary Nascar Sprint Cup star Bill Elliott, as well as son Chase, who is running for Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year honors, the element of family was extended through the karting ranks, as competitors absolutely fell in love with the 2-mile course, which offers some of the most demanding hill climbs, with elevation changes of 86 feet within the 2-mile distance.

At the end of Day 1, winners of Grand National Eagles included the Father/Daughter duo of Stephen and Madison Wheatley, as well as a Father/Son combination of Robert and Rob Garland, not to mention a brother tandem of Randy and Rick Fulks. Not to be forgotten was Ryan Hatcher, the ONLY driver to secure 2 wins on Saturday.

The stories of some of these families was so wonderfully intertwined, with Randy Fulks taking the hotly contested 100cc Controlled win over bother Rick, with Joe Scavusso, Johnny Scavusso, and Lance Yunck completing the top 5. Well known for scores of wins and titles, not to mention a great personality, the Illinois Hall of Famer honored Cadet winner Madison Wheatley by giving her his race winning eagle, as Wheatley, a Local Option top dog in the Cadet Class, received a plaque for her winning efforts, thus sending the momentum of the weekend through the roof.

Fulks brother Rick, not to be denied the top shelf of the podium, took top honors in the KALL Racing Formula 100 class, topping Lance Yunck, Joe Scavusso, John Ellsworth, and Sean O’Shea.

For Stephen Wheatley, the weekend was complete with not only enjoying the success of his daughter Madison, but also securing the Animal Medium top honors on Saturday as well.

The final family duo found Robert Garland taking the Clone LO206 Heavy class, edging Wesley Thomason, Steve Johnson, and James Cartledge, while Rob Jr was the big winner in the Animal Heavy ranks, topping Steve Johnson.

As mentioned earlier, Ryan Hatcher was the only repeat winner of the day, first taking the CKI Yamaha Sportsman Medium class, besting Matt Michel, Tim Linthicum, Amanda Holewski, and David Lee.. Hatcher’s second win came later in the day in the Foster 4J Ranch Yamaha Medium Class, as he topped Lamar Hilliard and John Brown.

Michel’s second place run in the Yamaha Sportsman Medium class was as close as anyone else would get to 2 wins, as Michel took the Yamaha Sportsman Heavy Class over David Lee.

In other action, Blake Beattie topped Rob Hindery, Ben Thomason, and Stephen Wheatley in the Hoosier Racing Tire Animal Lite class, while Stephen Basham took down the field in the WT Racing Leopard Sprint class, topping Donald Nelson, Curtis Lee, Scott Taylor, and Jesse Holt.

Brian Fisher was the big winner in the Fisher Racing Engines Stock Honda class, besting Stephen Flatt, Ben Everhart, David Harding, and Aamir Hyder, while Jamey Brown was the top dog in the West Texas Outlaws TaG Heavy class, topping Jean Brown, Emmitt Rodriguez, and Gary Sircy.  John Brown took the Matthai Material Handling 100cc Piston Port Class.

Day 2 activities were drowned out by Mother Nature. And while WKA changed their policy where competitors can run in the rain in Road Race, ultimately the call is at the discretion of the Race Director. Heavy rain left considerable ponding in critical areas of the track, forcing the decision to scrub the Day 2 activities. 

Here’s a look at some of the other weekend winners:

Cadet Local Option: Madison Wheatley

Clone LO206 Lite: James Cartledge

Vintage Limited Local Option: Robby Harper

WKA Sprint: Louie Magiera

Yamaha Sportsman Sprint: Dan Febboriello

Junior Enduro: Taylor Collins

Junior Animal Lite: Cole Peschang

Yamaha Sprint: Anthony Stiffler

B Stock: Allen Cox

Formula 125: Brian Wilhelm

Animal Limited Modified Local Option: Charles Wilbur

The final weekend of racing also secured yet another Manufacturers Championship Trophy for John and Wendy Klutz and the entire CKI staff, with an unofficial total of 41 victories this year in the 4 race program for Competition Karting Incorporated.

The next event for the Road Race program will be the annual return to Daytona International Speedway December 27-30 for Daytona KartWeek, with the Year End Awards Presentation slated for March, the same weekend as the Roebling Road National. That date, as well as the balance of the 2017 National Road Race Schedule is in the process of being finalized, and should be out shortly.

The 2017 Class Structure will be announced shortly as well.

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

On behalf of the World Karting Association, our sincerest thanks to all the competitors, sponsors, tracks, officials, families, and so many others for helping to put a great exclamation point on the 2016 season. We wish you all a safe and happy holiday season, and look forward to seeing you at Daytona in December!!!!

Pre Entry Deadline for Top Kart USA Grand Nationals Sept 14

Pre Entry Deadline for Top Kart USA Grand Nationals Sept 14

CONCORD, NC - The pre entry deadline for the season ending Top Kart USA Grand Nationals at New Castle Motorsports Park is quickly approaching. Competitors wishing to take advantage of the pre entry pricing have until Wednesday Sept 14, before At Track pricing kicks in.

The event, slated for Sept 23-25 will crown 8 new national champions, including:

  • Water for a Cause Kid Karts
  • Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman
  • KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior
  • FranklinKart.com Yamaha Junior
  • IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman
  • CRPRacing.com Mini Swift
  • Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior
  • Fullerton Karts USA Yamaha Senior

All race winners will receive their Grand National Eagle at New Castle, with awards to honor the weekends overall champion, sponsored by Checkered Motorsports, presented as well.

Fast Time Awards will again be sponsored by Comet Kart Sales.

The entry blank is available in paper form to print out, or you can register online.

This will also be the final opportunity this season for competitors who meet the pre entry deadline to receive their FREE event tee shirt, available at the WKA Souvenir Trailer.

The event tee sports a new design for this monumental event. Check out the image of the Top Kart USA Grand Nationals Event Tee below.

To view the entry blank for the event click here.  To register for the race online, click here.