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Summit Racing Equipment Provides Support to WKA Racers Program Launch at Charlotte Motor Speedway Karting Challenge

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CONCORD, NC - The World Karting Association and Summit Racing Equipment inked a deal today to support WKA Karters starting with the WKA Charlotte Motor Speedway Karting Challenge in Concord, NC.  In a new program that rewards Karters with product discounts and gift cards, Summit Racing Equipment will offer thousands of dollars of product and apparel for Karters bearing the Summit Racing Equipment decals on their karts during the event.

“WKA is constantly looking to improve its membership benefits,” stated WKA President, Kevin Williams, “Since our racers are also great car people, the relationship with Summit Racing Equipment and their generosity towards the racers was a no-brainer.”

In the new program, every racer who enters the Karting Challenge in Concord, NC, will receive a Summit Racing Equipment Tool book with an exclusive limited-time 10% discount on almost anything at Summit Racing Equipment as well as a Summit cap.  Additionally, $50 Summit Gift Cards will be given in a contingency program to be announced closer to the event, for Karters with Summit decals predominantly displayed on their karts.

“We’re excited to partner with the WKA to support its racers,” said Al Noe, Summit Racing Equipment’s Chief Marketing Officer. “We are always looking for new opportunities to grow and support the racing community.”
Keep following www.worldkarting.com for further announcements and details detailing the Summit Racing Equipment Contingency Program.

Registration, Parking, and even Hotel Booking Information for the WKA Charlotte Motor Speedway Karting Challenge in Concord, NC, June 20-23 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 and now the Charlotte Motor Speedway Karting Challenge.  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

To view your race series' information regarding the Charlotte Motor Speedway Karting Challenge, click the links below:

Vega Road Racing Series

Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series

Maxxis Speedway Dirt Race

WKA Announces Charlotte Event Name, Class Structures & Registration Date

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Registration to Open Memorial Day 2019
 

CONCORD, NC - After extensive work and dedication from the WKA Staff, Trustees and Executive Team for WKA’s return to the Charlotte Motor Speedway, June 21-23, the World Karting Association is pleased to bring the event into a little more focus with the announcement of the Event’s Name, Class Structures, and Track Layouts, all available at worldkarting.com.  Registration for all three races will be available Memorial Day.

“The WKA Team has already put so much into this event to applaud our rich history at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, it was time we announced to our membership and the Karting Public the important aspects of this trifecta event.”, stated WKA President Kevin Williams, “Work still continues, securing all other aspects of this stellar event, which when completed will be announced on the event page of WKA’s website, worldkarting.com. Everyone on our great sport is really looking forward to this event.  It’s very exciting!“
Together with the Charlotte Motor Speedway, WKA announces the event name, the Charlotte Motor Speedway WKA Karting Challenge in Concord, NC.  Branding the event as a major step in establishing identification to help Karters from all disciplines to plan their racing commitments.

With input from all the WKA Series Committees, Class Structures for all three racing programs are now available.  National Classes from the WKA Tech Manual are included for both the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup for Sprint Racing, and Vega Tires National Road Racing Series for Road Racing, while Speedway Committee Members recognized an exciting line up for the MaxxisSpeedway Dirt Race.  Local Option Classes offered for the Sprint Track will include the Briggs 206 (CIK Chassis) Senior Class, while the Road Race will invite Open Sprint and Vintage Piston Port and Open racers to the event.

With a well-orchestrated plan to establish safe, competitive, raceable track layouts for all three programs, WKA Staffers solicited industry experts to design and maximize the track layouts for the WKA Karting Challenge at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Road Racers will enjoy the majority of the famed Charlotte Motor Speedway “Roval”, (without the back straight chicane), leaving a substantial amount of the Roval available for the Sprint Racers, both racing in counter-clockwise direction.  Conversely, the Speedway Dirt Racers will relish a modified version of the renowned Charlotte Dirt Track to do battle Friday and Saturday nights of the event weekend.
 
“Making information available to our members and the karting public, especially on our website, worldkarting.com, is an important part of delivering consistent news that is beneficial to our audience and helps the karting community make their plans., “continued Williams, “The enormous assistance of the WKA team and the amazing staff at Charlotte Motor Speedway to bring such a monumental event to the karting community is really for everyone’s enjoyment.  After all, that’s why we bring such creative events to karting.  With these announcements today, we now look to prepare the registration forms, which will be available Memorial Day.”

Hotels and discounted rental cars have already been secured for the participants at discounted prices, and are available for the event right now at www.worldkarting.com   Online Entry/Entry Forms, parking, garage/pit space/camping reservations will be available Memorial Day, 2019.

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 and annual Charlotte Motor Speedway Karting Challenge.  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

To view your race series' information regarding the Charlotte Motor Speedway Karting Challenge, click the links below:

Vega Road Racing Series

Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series

Maxxis Speedway Dirt Race

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!

WKA DAYTONA KARTWEEK NOMINATED FOR BEST SPORTS EVENT OF 2017

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“Vote for Karting!"

August 9, 2018 – As one of the most anticipated events on any karters calendar, the World Karting Association (WKA) Daytona KartWeek is a must attend for North American teams and drivers and just today, the event was nominated for the Best Sports Event of 2017. Nominated by the readers of SportsTravel for a 2018 SportsTravel Award, the WKA organization was the only motorsports organization of any kind that received a nod.

“Wow!” expressed Kevin Williams, President of the WKA. “We pride ourselves on good racing and putting on great events so receiving a nomination of the stature, really shows how much effort our staff puts into our events. Our goal is to ensure that every team and driver leaves at the events conclusion with a smile and wanting to come back the following year.”

With voting open until August 15th, 2018, the WKA Daytona KartWeek event can be found on the awards ballot that appears at www.SportsTravelAwards.com. The WKA Daytona KartWeek can be seen on the ballot in two separate divisions:

 - Amateur Sport - Best Sports Event, Series, or Circuit

 - Overall Best Sports Event of 2017

Williams added, “I would invite and welcome all of the karting community, including your friends and family, to vote and vote often. This is exciting news and helps promote karting to the world outside of motorsports.”

The winners of the 2018 SportsTravel Awards will be announced at TEAMS ’18 in Louisville, Kentucky during the week of October 1 – 4, 2018. More information about TEAMS ’18 can be found at http://teamsconference.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

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WKA Mourns the Loss of Pete Michel

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Pierre “Pete” Jules Michel, 70, passed away unexpectedly on August 3rd, 2018 at his home in Perry, Georgia. Pete’s funeral service will be held on Friday August 10th, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at McCullough Funeral Home, 417 S. Houston Lake Road Warner Robins, Ga 31088.

Pierre Michel was born on July 21st, 1948 in Manchester, New Hampshire to the late Eugene and Marie-Jeanne Michel.

Pete has been widely known in the karting industry beginning with the opening of Michel’s Kartway, Inc. on October 1st, 1967 in Miami, Florida. Pete started racing himself in 1958 and building motors for other racers since 1967. On March 12th, 2016 Pete was inducted in the World Karting Association’s Hall of Fame. He has since passed down his love of racing to his children, Matthew and Ashley Michel.

Pete is survived by his beloved wife, Linda Michel; Children: Collette Baglia, Matthew Michel, Ashley Michel, Tina Romaine, Teri Rionda (George). Grandchildren: Kayla Rionda, Geovanni Romaine, Nicole Romaine, Victor Romaine, Noah Romaine and Jordan Rionda. Siblings: Andy Michel and Paul Michel (Cookie).

The family asks in Lieu of flowers to please donate to this Go Fund Me account:

https://www.gofundme.com/pete-michel-memorial.

If it is easier, you can send checks to the WKA office payable to Matt Michel and we will be glad to forward all donations to the family.

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WKA ADDS A TON OF FIRSTS FOR NEWCASTLE MANUFACTURERS CUP EVENT

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New Title Sponsor, New Local Class, New TV, New Electric Karting

CONCORD, NC - Giving back to the racers once again, WKA has brought new enhancements to the upcoming Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Event at Newcastle, September 14-16 that will surely appeal to a vast array of Karters.
 
New Title Sponsor
Continuing with their rapid growth, Nitro Kart has stepped up as title sponsor of the event, now known as the Nitro Kart Fall Nationals.  In their 2+-year existence, Nitro Kart has already covered podiums all around the country. 
 
“WKA has been great friends of Nitro Kart since their existence a few short years ago,” stated Kevin Williams, WKA’s President, “We are thrilled to help them expand their presence with this title sponsorship, and thankful for their continued support and participation of the various WKA Programs.  I encourage anyone to stop by their paddock during the event.  They’d be happy to talk to racers about their programs.”
 
Local Option LO206 Cadet Added
In preparation for the class to be added Nationally in the 2019 Manufacturers Cup, LO206 Cadet has been added as a Local Option at Newcastle.  The class will run the same schedule as the National Classes, with Friday Practice, and Races both Saturday and Sunday.
 
Electric Karting Series Added on the East Track
Continuing its support of the Collegiate and High School Electric Karting Series, WKA will be bringing the program to Newcastle, running parallel with the Manufacturers Cup Event.  The Series will Practice Friday and Race Saturday on Newcastle’s East Track. 
 
TV Production for Manufacturers Cup
Stadium View Network will return the film the Manufacturers Cup Race Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, filming the finals to air on their distribution network, made up of over 6,000 restaurants, sports bars and entertainment venues across the country; some LIVE and some recorded playback.  More information to follow.
 
Special Pricing Returns for Yamaha Sportsman and Yamaha Senior Classes
For the second event this year, WKA extends special pricing to enter the Manufacturers Cup event at Newcastle for basically the cost of race tires.  Yamaha Sportsman only pay $195 for the weekend, while Yamaha Senior drivers will only pay $415.
 
Introductory Temporary Membership Pricing
New to WKA?  Haven’t renewed your membership with WKA in 12-or-more months?  Special membership pricing is available at Newcastle just for you at the special price of just $20.
 
“Everyone at WKA wants the racers to feel welcome with new and exciting programs, and this event is no different,” stated WKA President Kevin Williams, “We are already making plans for a great Daytona Event this year with new ideas, and the team thought, ‘let’s throw out some fun ideas for this year too’.  I have to agree with them.”
 
Entry Forms and information are available at www.WorldKarting.com or accessed from the buttons below.  More information to follow in the near future.
 
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.  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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Meeting Minutes of the Trustees' Annual Rules Meeting

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CONCORD, NC - Although still reviewing a few rules, the Trustees held their annual face-to-face meeting to review the regulations in the WKA Tech Manual for 2019.  The intention is to get the book out earlier than in past years, as a benefit to the members.

Here  are some of the highlights that will take affect in 2019:

 - 2019 Manufacturers Cup Dates, Venues, and Classes

 - Kid Karts have been added to Daytona 

 - More flexible event requirements and points structure for Manufacturers Cup

 - Revise Camera Mounting Regulations on Karts to help racers

 - Addition of the Push-Back Bumpers in Manufacturers Cup

 - Clearer definition of Competition Age

 - Clearer definition of some Road Race Classes

 - Much more...

These regulation changes were reviewed and updated solely to benefit the racers, and make the Tech Manual more understandable and easier to follow.  Check back over the next couple of weeks for final 2019 Tech Manual updates as the Committees and Trustees continue to make WKA better for its members.

The meeting minutes have been posted to the documents page on the WKA website.  To access and read them now, click the button below:

IAME KA100 Senior Throwdown Sword Award Returns

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CONCORD, NC - After a short hiatus from the National Karting Scene, the popular KA100 Throwdown returns, July 14 and 15 at Concept Haulers Speedway in Sheridan, IL.  WKA, together with Franklin Motorsports, will host the competition during the fourth stop of the 2018 Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup.  In additional to huge bragging rights that comes with this historical event, KA100 Senior Drivers will fight for a cash purse of up to $800 Saturday, July 14, and the all-important, one-of-a-kind  Throwdown Sword Award Sunday, July 15.  Previous editions have treated spectators to amazing racing, and this year's edition will certainly not disappoint.  

WKA President Kevin Williams added, “The IAME KA100 Throwdown 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.

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 www.WorldKarting.com or by clicking the buttons below:

Manufacturer's Cup Page

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WKA WANTS YOUR VOTE FOR BEST SPORTS EVENT TO HIGHLIGHT KARTING

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Calling All WKA Members, Vote for WKA Daytona Kartweek!

Sports Travel Magazine conducts its National Sports Travel Awards each year, and the time has come to submit nominations by June 30.  

Sports Travel Magazine is an organization that WKA participates in, and pairs Venues with Sports Organizations and offers event assistance for each party to ensure that events are the best they can be for everyone.  Each year they recognize the best Sports Events and it is time the WKA Members show the rest of the Sporting Event world that Karting is a relevant sport.  

WKA is asking its members to cast a nomination vote for WKA's Annual Daytona Kartweek as the Best Single-Sport Event each year, the only Karting event that hosts Sprint, Dirt Oval and Road Racing all in one event week. 

Voting is simple, simply click on Sports Travel Awards link, https://www.sportstravelawards.com/   click Nominate, then type in WKA Daytona Kartweek in the Category of Best Single-Sport Event to bring Karting to the forefront of the Sport Event world.

Let's promote one of the best Karting Events of each year by voting WKA's Daytona Kartweek!

2017 Season WKA Manufacturers Cup Awards Banquet Details

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CONCORD, NC- The Awards Banquet for the 2017 Manufacturer's Cup season will be held Wednesday December 27th 7:00pm at The Plaza Spa and Resort.  The Plaza Resort and Spa has made available a special room rates for WKA members for anyone wanting to stay on Daytona’s famous beach.  See below for details:

*** The Plaza Resort & Spa WKA ROOM SPECIAL***

(Rate Expires 12/15/17)

No Resort fees Free parking!

Call 1-855-327-5292. Special Rate Code:"WORLD KARTING 2017"

600 North Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118

CLICK HERE to Book your room Online

CLICK HERE to view and print the banquet RSVP

2018 National Road Race Schedule Released

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CONCORD, NC - As preparations for the latest edition of Daytona KartWeek approach, WKA Officials are happy to release the 2018 version of the National Road Race Schedule. As a long standing participant in Daytona KartWeek, the Road Race Series will again kick off what will amount to a 7 race national schedule beginning at the World Center of Racing.

The national schedule gets the increase in events as a result of successful discussions with the KART organization in the midwest, returning a much needed midwest venue to the national fold for WKA. Events at Heartland Park Topeka, as well as a return to the National Corvette Museum facility will enhance a national schedule that features a great mix of national venues, including continued relationships with Southern Kart Club and Woodbridge Kart Club. 

Additionally, preparations are also in the works for the 2017 National Road Race Awards Presentation to be held in conjunction with the annual awards presentation for the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series on December 27. Location and time of the festivities is still being finalized, and will be anounced shortly.

Once the series departs Daytona, competitors get a couple months off before heading to Roebling Road Raceway in Savannah, Georgia for stop #2 with the Southern Kart Club March 9-11. 

The third stop on the series will be a change from the past 2 years, as WKA Officials will switch the annual September event at Atlanta Motorsports Park to the weekend of May 4-6. 

Stop #4 will be a return to the freshly repaved Summit Point Motorsports Park in West Virginia June 2 and 3. The Woodbridge Kart Club is currently looking into the ability to host a Friday Practice Day, with details coming shortly.

WKC will be the host of the 5th stop on the series, as competitors hopefully find a little cooler weather this year at the famed Virginia International Raceway July 20-22. Strong numbers in the series return to the facility this past year were greeted by incredibly hot temperatures, but fantastic racing. 

The insurgence of midwest flavor on the schedule takes center stage for the remaining 2 events with stop #6 at Heartland Park Topeka Raceway in Kansas August 10-12.

From there, the series has a chance to catch its breath, as many tracks will be wrapping up regional programs. The Grand National finale will take place at NCM Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky November 9-11.

With an increased schedule, competitors will be able to count their best 5 of 7 races for season points, with a minimum of 4 races required to be run to qualifyfor year end awards. For Final 1/Final 2 formatted races, it will be best 9 of 14 races, with a minimum of 8 races run for year end awards.

Here's a look at the 2018 National Road Race Schedule:

Dec 27-30: Daytona International Speedway

March 9-11: Roebling Road Raceway

May 4-6: Atlanta Motorsports Park

Jun 2, 3: Summit Point Motorsports Park

July 20-22: Virginia International Raceway

Aug 10-12: Heartland Park Topeka Raceway

Nov 9-11: NCM Motorsports Park

If you would like to reserve your number for 2018, CLICK HERE to be taken to the form.

Lloyd, Dyszelski, Williamson, Van Cleve, Meier, and Barthelemy Pull Out The Brooms at Barnesville

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CONCORD, NC - The local hardware store in Barnesville, Georgia is stocking back up on brooms this week, following the sweep by 6 drivers this past weekend, as the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series stormed into the Lamar County Speedway for the Barnesville Bash, fending off the challenges of Hurricane Nate, and ending the season on a most positive note.

The first of 6 drivers to begin the cleanup process was Austin Williamson, who swept the action in the GT Machine Junior Pro Gas Class. Coming into the weekend, Williamson held the points lead over Elmer Edmonson and Brian Van Cleve. And with both those drivers on hand, there was little room for error, which Williamson prevented, taking the class both days, with the end result on the track, the same as that in the points, with Edmonson and Van Cleve chasing the Georgia driver across the stripe.

Well traveled 2 and 4 Cycle driver Danny Dyszelski used an open weekend on his schedule to come to Barnesville as well, taking both the Saturday and Sunday wins in the GT Machine Sportsman Pro Gas Class over Georgian Owen Lloyd. Dyszelski will now focus on his 2 cycle kart this weekend, running the Yamaha Sportsman and Mini Swift classes for the season ending Top Kart USA Grand Nationals for the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series at GoPro Motorplex.

With winners from Georgia and North Carolina in the books, it was time for the state of Florida to come to the front, with veteran Sean Meier taking down the Target Distributing Senior LO206 class,  fending off the efforts of Jim Lipari and Tim Clark both days.

For Clark, his day was just starting, as the veteran racer pulled double duty in Senior competition on a very humid weekend, also running the Masters Senior class, with local product Bob Barthelemy taking down the field on both occasions. Jacksonville competitor Brad Farmer chased Barthelemy on both days to snare a pair of runnerup honors, with Clark third on day 1, while Steve Kiker made a return to competition, taking third on Day 2.

Brian Van Cleve also joined the ranks of the double threats over the weekend, sweeping the Water Medic Junior LO206 Class both days, taking down Austin Williamson and Kevin Lanyi each day. Like Williamson, Van Cleve came into the event with the points lead, and needed to maintain his win status to stay in front, which he did.

The most exciting events of the weekend came in the Boon and Sons Sportsman LO206 Class, where Georgia driver Owen Lloyd, the points leader coming into the event, had to deal with a 14 kart field, peppered with national and local competition. Lloyd was up to the task, taking down the field both days, topping Danny Dyszelski, Lane Littleton, Peyton Bridges, and Blake McGinnis on Day 1, while McGinnis, Bridges, and Clay Thompson chased Lloyd and Dyszelski across the stripe on the second day of competition.

Prior to the weekends points action, the Sportsman and Junior LO206 Classes participated in their annual Shootout races on Friday afternoon, with Kevin Lanyi topping Brian Van Cleve, Austin Williamson, and Elmer Edmonson in Junior action, while local product Peyton Bridges took down the field in the Sportsman LO206 Shootout, thus winning $100 for his efforts, while Danny Dyszelski and Owen Lloyd each earned a $50 payday by virtue of their 2nd and 3rd place finishes. Very special thanks to Arnold Lloyd for providing the special purse money for the drivers.

The Barnesville Bash officially concluded the 2017 season for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series. Special thanks to so many, including:

RLV Tuned Exhaust Products: Art and Rod Verliengre

GT Machine: Dave and Sue Koehler

Coyote Racing Chassis: Mark and Jim Lipari

Boon and Sons: Matt and Dan Boon

Target Distributing: Joe Deboever

Briggs and Stratton: Dave Klaus

Water Medic: Rich Jackson

A very special thanks to all the competitors, fans, moms and dads, and so many others who always make a weekend at a Gold Cup event a most memorable occasion. On behalf of the World Karting Association, our sincerest thanks, and wishes for a wonderful holiday season!

WKA AND BRIDGESTONE ANNOUNCE MORE FREE TIRES FOR WKA MANUFACTURERS CUP

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“Free tires for all that enter the event at the GoPro Motorplex”

CONCORD, NC - With the World Karting Association (WKA) Manufacturers Cup finale set to take the green flag this coming weekend, series officials extend entry deadline while Bridgestone Tires announce free tires for all competitors that are entered.

“Due to a logistical issue with the shipper of the container, YLC rear tires will not arrive in time for the Mooresville event, therefore Bridgestone is unable to supply enough rear tires for the YLC classes.  Bridgestone contacted the series on the morning of Friday, October 6 to put a plan in place,” explains WKA President John Ferris.

All drivers in Yamaha Junior, Yamaha Senior, IAME Junior and IAME Senior will receive two sets of race tires and one additional set of practice tires of the YNB compound. If you are in LO206 or the KA100 classes you will receive two sets free of charge, one for practice and one for race competition. Additionally, seeing that the KA100 class is only going to be run on Saturday and the tires for that class are now free the entry fee has been reduced to $140.00 but still includes Friday practice and Saturday race fees as well as the tires.

“I understand the circumstances are not perfect but one thing has to be said about our sponsorship with Bridgestone and the people in Nashville,” continues John Ferris. “They have stepped up for WKA and their members; this is one of the reasons myself andprevious WKA presidents have chosen to work with Bridgestone. Dealing with such a large company that has its full recourses at our disposal, that is a true partnership we both share.”

Bridgestone understands the need to help all the WKA members that have entered the Mooresville, North Carolina event. Bridgestone will be giving all the drivers in Yamaha Sportsman, Pro Swift and Mini Swift a free set of tires at Daytona Kart week that are pre-entered this weekend, keeping to their word, “Free for All!” And to clarify, the Cadet classes will still be on YLC for Mooresville.  

WKA is keeping its online entry open until 11:59pm Tuesday, October 10 and the offer of free tires will only apply to pre-registered entrants. WKA urges competitors to not waste their time getting entered for the event and welcome them to come get a few free sets of tires as well as enjoy the Friday evening cookout.

To enter the WKA Manufacturers Cup event this weekend at the GoPro Motorplex, CLICK HERE.

Ferris concludes, “With the free tires available and the extended entry deadline, we are hoping to attract even more drivers to one of WKA’s best facilities.”

In summary, if you are in Yamaha Junior, Yamaha Senior or IAME Junior and IAME Senior that were announced to receive free tires in a media release three weeks ago, all will receive three sets of YNB tires at no charge. Competitors in LO206 or KA100 will receive two sets for free while KA100 will receive two sets and a reduction in the entry price. All the drivers in Yamaha Sportsman, Pro Swift and Mini Swift will receive a free set of tires at WKA Daytona Kart Week that are pre-entered this weekend.

Congrats to Jonathan Kotyk on TEAM USA Scholarship

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Salem, NH - Formula Race Promotions and F1600 Championship Series driver Jonathan Kotyk was announced as one of two winners of the 2017 Team USA Scholarship. The 23-year-old from Atlantic Beach, Florida, was one of six finalists, and will now travel to England to race in the Formula Ford Festival and the Walter Hayes Trophy.

“I couldn’t be more excited to represent the Team USA Scholarship,” said Kotyk, who drives for Team Pelfrey. “With its history of past champions like Josef Newgarden, it’s something I’m honored to be a part of and look forward to bringing home a great result. I would like to thank Jeremy Shaw and the entire team behind the Team USA Scholarship for giving me this amazing opportunity.”

Kotyk has five wins thus far this season in F1600 Championship competition, and sits in Championship contention heading into this weekend's triple-header season finale at New Jersey Motorsports Park. 

“I can honestly say that this year’s candidates provided the judges with some of the toughest decisions in the history of this program which dates back to 1990,” said Team USA Scholarship Founder and President Jeremy Shaw. “The selection process began with 10 talented youngsters being interviewed by an illustrious panel of judges during the Verizon IndyCar Series/Mazda Road to Indy weekend at Mid-Ohio in late July. We had a hard time whittling the group down to six for a shootout at the M1 Concourse facility in suburban Detroit, and an even tougher task in selecting our two winners.

Kotyk will fly to England next week to begin preparations for the Formula Ford Festival on October 21/22.

KA 100 Senior Class Joins 2018 Mfg Cup Class Structure

CONCORD, NC - World Karting Officials are proud to announce the addition of the IAME KA100 Senior Class as part of the national class structure for 2018 for the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series.

The series, which will kick off its 2018 season Dec 28-30 at Daytona International Speedway, will again feature 8 national classes, including;

Micro Swift

Mini Swift

IAME Junior

IAME Senior

Yamaha Sportsman

Yamaha Junior

Yamaha Senior

KA100 Senior

While the KA100 Senior will begin its national points season at Daytona, many drivers can get a head start in just a couple weeks at GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina for the Top Kart USA Grand Nationals, as the class will be featured as a Local Option Class the weekend of Oct 13 and 14. Competitors in that class will have the opportunity to practice all day Friday with the 8 national classes on hand, as well as race on Saturday, with awards being presented to the top 3 finishers in the Saturday event.

As an added bonus for the new class, the GoPro Entry Fee includes 1 free set of Bridgestone YLC Tires for the weekend, as well as a WKA Membership, which will also carry them through the Daytona event in December, enabling them to kick off a new season with the class. Expiration on the membership will be January 1, 2018, affording competitors the ability to not have to renew their membership until the March 23 Mfg Cup event at GoPro Motorplex, which would serve as stop #2 for the 6-race series in 2018.

Following the March GoPro event, the balance of the schedule includes:

May 18-20: Pittsburgh International Race Complex

July 13-15: New Jersey Motorsports Park

September 14-16: New Castle Motorsports Park

October 26-28: GoPro Motorplex

With the addition of a 6th national event in 2018, all national competitors can also count their best 9 of 12 finishes for the season, beginning at Daytona.

The IAME KA100 Senior Class officially replaces the LO206 Senior class for 2018.

For competitors in the KA100 Senior Class, as well as the other 8 current national classes, pre-entry deadline for the Top Kart USA Grand Nationals is October 6th. Be sure and take advantage of the pre-entry pricing.

To register online, CLICK HERE.

To view the Paper Entry Blank, 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.