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Briggs & Stratton to Provide Major Product to Jax Gold Cup Winners

CONCORD, NC - As the newest season for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series prepares to take to the track this weekend in the Water Medic Southeast Showdown at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida, competitors will have the chance to not only compete for the right to stand atop the podium as the weekends overall champion for the event in their respective classes, they will also be taking home a Power Washer courtesy of Dave Klaus and the folks at Briggs & Stratton.

Following last season in which Briggs was the sponsor of 4 national classes, and also providing generators, which will be given out to the 2016 Year End Champions, also this weekend at Jacksonville, the strong relationship between Briggs & Stratton and the WKA Gold Cup program continues to flourish into a new season.

The Briggs product, in the form of generators to the overall winners, will continue July 28-30, when the series makes its second, and inaugural stop at Thompson Kart Raceway in Ohio for stop #2, with products also being made available to the Grand National Champions at the season finale October 6-8 at Lamar County Speedway in Barnesville, Georgia.

But for this weekend, the quest for the Gold Cup title begins for the following classes:

Coyote Motorsports Senior Pro Gas

GT Machine Junior Pro Gas

GT Machine Sportsman Pro Gas

Target Distributing Senior LO206 Heavy

LO206 Kid Karts/ 2 Cycle Kid Karts

Junior LO206

CIK LO206 Senior

Boon and Sons Sportsman LO206

Rookie

Masters Senior

Prior to the national competitors making the run for the weekend cup and Briggs product, WKA will again be hosting the Friday Night Shootout Races, involving the Sportsman and Junior LO 206 classes, as well as the annual Money Race for the Senior LO206 Heavy class, offering a 75% payback to the top 5, based on kart count. The Shootout races will again pay $200, with 2nd receiving $100, and $50 going to third in both classes, with awards for the top 3 also available. Entry Fee for the Shootout classes is $25, a cheap price to pay for extra track time, and a shot at $200. Entry Fee for the Senior LO206 Heavy Money race is $50. Both the CIK and Traditional Gold Cup Bodyworks will be allowed in this race.

Once the Shootout Races conclude, the focus will shift back to 2016 where the national champions, as well as other award recipients will be honored in the annual awards ceremony, held again this year at the track.

The following champions will be recognized:

Water Medic Junior LO206: Jimmy Cole Jackson

Junior Pro Gas Lite: David Kalb Jr

Briggs & Stratton LO206 Senior Heavy: Sean Meier

Briggs & Stratton Masters Senior: Tim Stiefel

Bordeaux Dyno Cams/Trackside Kart Supply Senior Pro Gas Heavy: Jacob Heavlow

Coyote Motorsports/Jim’s Marine Senior Pro Gas Medium: Jacob Heavlow

L&A South Tire Sportsman LO206: Kevin Lanyi

Brad’s Heating and Cooling Sportsman Pro Gas Heavy: Elmer Edmonson

MattMillerRacing.com/Spooner General Contractor Sportsman Pro Gas Lite: Blake Boon

Briggs & Stratton Junior Pro Gas Heavy: David Kalb Jr

2016 Champions will be receiving the following:

Champions Eagle

1 set of Bridgestone Tires

Briggs Generator

Champions Sticker, Flag, and Hat

2nd place finishers this year will receive:

Gold Cup

RLV Kart Stand

Free Entry to One 2017 Gold Cup event

Bridgestone Hat

3rd Place finishers will receive:

A plaque

Free Pit Pass to Gold Cup races 2 and 3

Xeramic Power Wipes

4th place will receive:

A plaque

Free Pit Spot for One 2017 Gold Cup race

1 Pit Pass for one 2017 Gold Cup event

5th place will receive:

A plaque

Free Pit Spot for one 2017 Gold Cup event.

Other special awards include:

Manufacturers Championship Trophy

Family of the Year

Sportsmanship Award

Most Improved Junior Driver

Appreciation Awards

Doors for the awards presentation will open at 6:45, with dinner at 7:15, and the awards presentation beginning at 7:45pm. A full buffet dinner, provided by Monroe’s Catering will be served, featuring smokehouse chicken, smoked beef brisket, baked beans, mac and cheese, garlic toast, banana pudding, cookies and brownies, sweet and unsweet tea. Tickets are $20 per person.

As the season begins for the 3-race national program, it is important to note that a competitors best 5 of 6 races will be counted towards the overall national championship, with no bonus points being awarded this season. For further info regarding the points structure for 2017, you can refer to the Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes from March 7.

The excitement begins this week at 103rd Street Sports Complex!!!

To view the weekend Entry Blank, CLICK HERE

To view the Banquet Form, CLICK HERE

Deadline Approaching for Jax Gold Cup Season Opener / First #RaceLife Spotlight Chosen

CONCORD, NC -  The beginning of the new season for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series is right around the corner, March 24-26 to be precise, with the pre-entry deadline for the Water Medic Southeast Showdown at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida set for Tuesday March 14. Entry fees for the national classes are $85, with a 1 time practice fee of $60. Competitors in the LO206 and 2 Cycle Kid Kart Classes will have a $50 pre-entry fee, with a $50 practice fee set.

With a new season comes some new changes and modifications to the program. This season, the Gold Cup Series will encompass 3 national events, starting at Jacksonville, then heading to Thompson Kart Raceway in Ohio July 28-30, followed by the season ending Grand National event October 6-8 at Lamar County Speedway in Barnesville, Georgia. Competitors will be able to count their best 5 of 6 races in their quest to win the 2017 national championship.

Additionally, awards will be given out to the weekends overall champion, based on average finish for the 2 days of competition. Awards for 2nd and 3rd will also be given out. For Kid Karts, which are not a national class in 2017, the overall winner in both the LO206 and 2 Cycle classes will receive awards, with the balance of drivers receiving participation medals.

Here are the classes that are being offered for the 2017 season:

LO206/2 Cycle Kid Karts

Rookie

Sportsman Pro Gas

Sportsman LO206

Junior Pro Gas

Junior LO206

Senior Pro Gas

Senior LO206

CIK Senior LO206

Masters Senior

Both traditional Gold Cup and CIK Bodyworks will be allowed, with the exception of the CIK Senior LO206 Class, which obviously will be CIK only.

No changes have occurred with regards to tires and rims for the new season, with the same rules intact from 2016.

WKA welcomes back Water Medic, Coyote Motorsports, and Boon and Sons as some of the initial sponsors signing back up for the 2017 season. Any additional sponsors interested in joining the 2017 season may contact the WKA Office at (704) 455-1606.

The series first stop of the season at Jacksonville will also coincide with the 2016 Year End Awards Ceremony, scheduled for Friday evening at the track. 2016 champions that will be honored include Jimmy Cole Jackson, David Kalb Jr, Sean Meier, Tim Stiefel, Jacob Heavlow, Kevin Lanyi, Elmer Edmonson and Blake Boon.

Many other special awards will be handed out that evening, as well as some great product from RLV, Briggs, Bridgestone, WKA, and much more!!!!

Doors Open at 6:45 with dinner at 7:15 and awards beginning at 7:45. A full buffet dinner including smokehouse chicken, smoked beef brisket, baked beans, mac and cheese, garlic toast, banana pudding, cookies and brownies, sweet and unsweet iced tea will be available.

It's a great time of year, with the North Florida Kart Club and 103rd Street Sports Complex serving as the backdrop for a great new season for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series.

To view the Water Medic Southeast Showdown Entry Blank, CLICK HERE.

To view the Gold Cup Awards Banquet Form, CLICK HERE.

 

FIRST WKA #RACELIFE SPOTLIGHT CHOSEN

MEET: GRAY LEADBETTER

The #RaceLife Spotlight is open to WKA racers of all series.  Interested? Email Nicole at shift.counseling@gmail.com for more information.

 

To read more about Gray, CLICK HERE to visit the WKA website.

Jacksonville, Thompson, Barnesville Headline 2017 Gold Cup Schedule

CONCORD, NC - World Karting Officials have recently released the 2017 national schedule for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series.

3 national events will define the series for 2017, with the first stop being the traditional venture to the popular 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida March 24-26. Run in conjunction with the North Florida Kart Club, the Water Medic Southeast Showdown will set the stage for what should be another great season for the top 4 cycle competitors in the country.

The Jacksonville event will also play host to the 2016 Year End Awards Presentation, which will be held at the track, following the Friday Practice Day. 2016 Champions will be honored with their traditional championship Eagles, as well as product from Bridgestone, RLV, Briggs & Stratton, and much more!! Many other recipients will be honored on that evening. Doors open at 6:45pm, with dinner at 7:15 and the awards presentation at 7:45. A full buffet dinner will be provided.

Once the series departs Jacksonville, the second stop will serve as a new venue for World Karting, as competitors will head to Thompson Kart Raceway in Ohio July 28-30 for the Summer Nationals. Headed by Doug Marsh and the Championship Kart Racing Association, WKA is excited to place the series on new soil for the Gold Cup program.

A change comes in the third and final venue, as the series will crown its Grand National Champions October 6-8 at Lamar County Speedway in Barnesville, Georgia. Recently, the Georgia Sprint Karting Association opened their doors for one of their first practice sessions of the season, with a plethora of new faces coming out for the season’s first crack at the fabled facility.

The format for this seasons events will be very similar to that of last season, with competitors participating in qualifying, 1 heat race, and a final each day. However, in 2017, awards will be issued on Day 2 ONLY, to the highest overall finisher of the classes they participate in, with the top 3 receiving awards. Kid Kart participants in both LO206 and 2 cycle will run together, but scored separately, with an award going to the overall winner in both categories, and participation medals going to the balance of entrants. The Kid Kart Class will not be a national class in 2017.

Both the traditional Gold Cup bodyworks, as well as CIK bodywork will be allowed in all classes for one more season. Simply stated, competitors may run a Gold Cup nose with a Gold Cup column fairing, or a CIK nose with a CIK column fairing.  Additionally, a CIK LO206 Senior Class has been added, for those wishing to run CIK Bodyworks solely.

Specs on wheels, tires, and seat rules have not changed from 2016.

Entry Fees for this season will be set at $85 per pre-entry, and $100 at the track for all national classes, with a 1 time practice fee of $60 with pre-entry, and $75 for any at track entry. Kid Kart competitors will pay $50 for their pre-entry, and $65 at the track, with Practice Fees set at the same price as well.

WKA has also incorporated a new Rookie Class for 2017, with the age group set at 6-9 years old. This being a national class affords parents of 6-9-year-old competitors a smooth transition from the Kid Kart Class.

As the season nears, those wishing to take part in any sponsorship opportunities can call the WKA Office at (704) 455-1606.

To view the Water Medic Southeast Shootout Entry Blank, CLICK HERE.

To view the Gold Cup Year End Banquet Form, CLICK HERE.

To view the 2017 Gold Cup Class Specs, CLICK HERE.

 

Deadline for Jax Winter Cup Feb 10

CONCORD, NC - The turn of the calendar into February also signifies the cranking up of kart engines for the second event of the season for the WKA Winter Cup Series. Competitors wishing to take advantage of the Pre-Entry pricing for the series 2nd stop at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida have until Friday February 10. After that, the At Track Pricing kicks into effect.

The event, scheduled for Feb 24-26, will feature 8 national classes including;

CIK LO206 Senior

Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman

Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior

OTK Kart USA ROK Shifter

CRPRACING.com Mini Swift

IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman

Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior

KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior

Fast Time Awards will again be sponsored in the event by Comet Kart Sales, with the weekends overall winner receiving an award per class courtesy of Trinity Karting Group.

Fresh off his sweep of 4 cycle competition at Daytona, Corey Towles leads the CIK LO206 Senior class standings, with Zach Linsell, Hunter Fox, Dustin Demattia, and Mike Greiner the current top 5.

Garrett Adams comes into Jacksonville, holding the advantage over William Robusto, Mateo Rubio-Luengo, Anderson Leonard, and Logan Adams in the Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman Class, while Elliott Budzinski is the current top dog in the Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior class, with Tyler Ferris, Colin Neal, Emory Lyda, and Finnegan Bayliff the current top 5.

In the OTK Kart USA ROK Shifter category, Vicenzo Sarracino has a solid lead over Jonathan Kotyk, while Ryan Lewis, Michael Stevens, and Rory Van der steur make up the top 5.

While currently third in the Yamaha Sportsman class, Mateo Rubio-Luengo holds a comfortable margin over Caleb Gafrarar in the CRPRACING.com Mini Swift class, with Calem Maloney, Alex Powell, and Ben Maier the current top 5.

The IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman class finds Ashton Chilton atop the leader board, with Santiago Trisini, Elio Giovane, Lucas Rodriguez, and Anderson Leonard the current top 5 following Daytona.

Dylan Tavella will head to Jacksonville, sporting the edge over Zane Maloney in the Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior class, with Pauly Massimino, Max Peichel, and Oliver Calvo the top 5, while AJ Myers holds the edge over Brandon Jarsocrak, Jonathan Kotyk, Braden Eves, and Austin McCusker in the KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior class.

As mentioned many times before, all champions, aside from the ROK Shifter champion, will receive a set of Bridgestone Tires, as well as a free entry to one of the remaining Bridgestone Manufacturer Cup Series events in 2017.

The ROK Shifter Champion will receive tires, fuel, oil, and a free entry into the ROK Cup USA Nationals in September in Orlando, Florida.

Additionally, drivers in the Pro IAME Junior and Senior classes who participate in all 3 Winter Cup events will be eligible for a drawing on Sunday April 2 at Ocala Gran Prix, site of the final Winter Cup event. The winner of the drawing will have the opportunity to travel to Lemans, France for the X30 International Finals in October. Winter Cup winners of each event will also have their name inserted in the drawing an additional time, providing more incentive for drivers to win and increase their chances to win the drawing. Aside from the travel expense, all other expenses will be paid for that weekends prestigious event.

Activities for the Jacksonville Winter Cup event get underway Friday March 24 with a full day of practice. Saturdays action features Qualifying, 2 Heat Races, and the Final, with Qualifying, 1 Heat Race, and a Final on Sunday to round out event 2 for the event.

Both online registration and paper entry blanks are available now.

To view the paper entry blank, CLICK HERE.

To register online, CLICK HERE.

Jacksonville Winter Cup Entry Blank Now Available Online

CONCORD, NC - With very little time to lift off the gas pedal, following the latest edition of Daytona KartWeek, the next round for the WKA Winter Cup Series is just around the corner, as the entry blank for the 2nd stop of the series, coming to 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida, is now available online.

With no drops in the series this season, the return of 2 cycle competition to Jacksonville for the second straight year should provide an overflowing pit area and great competition on the historic long backstretch of the 103rd Street Complex.

Both an electronic online version, as well as a paper version of the entry blank are available for the series event, which again will consist of the following classes:

LO206 Senior

Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman

Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior

OTK Kart USA ROK Shifter

CRPRACING.com Mini Swift

IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman

Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior

KARTSPORT North America Pro IAME Senior

While the 2 cycle competitors have the chance to return for the second straight year to 103rd Street, the LO206 Senior drivers also are afforded the chance to get a leg up on the track, with the February event a good tune-up prior to the season opening Southeast Showdown for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series, scheduled for March 24-26.

The Jacksonville event will also mark the second round for the major incentive program for eventual champions, as well as competitors who participate in all 3 Winter Cup Events, the finale being March 31-April 2 at Ocala Gran Prix.

2017 Winter Cup Champions, aside from the ROK Shifter Class, will receive a set of Bridgestone Tires, as well as 1 free entry into 1 of the 4 remaining Bridgestone Manufacturer Cup Series events for 2017, including Pittsburgh, New Castle, Briggs and Stratton Raceway Park, and GoPro Motorplex.

The ROK Shifter Champion will receive tires, fuel, oil, and a free entry into the ROK Cup USA Nationals in September in Orlando, Florida.

For competitors in the Pro IAME Junior and Senior classes, drivers who compete in all 3 events, including race and overall event winners, will be eligible to win a trip to Lemans, France in October for the X30 International Finals. The incentive for drivers is the more you win, the more times your name will be placed in the drawing, increasing your odds to be chosen for the trip. Aside from the travel cost, all other expenses will be paid for that weekends prestigious event.

Pre-Entry deadline for Round 2 of the Winter Cup Series is February 10. TO REGISTER ONLINE, CLICK HERE. To view the info for the Jacksonville Winter Cup event, CLICK HERE.

Also, there was a new TECH UPDATE posted on January 9th.  You can view that update by clicking HERE.