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Entry Form and Schedule Available for WKA Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup, Top Kart USA Grand Nationals

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Series Concludes at GoPro Motorplex with Insights into the 2019 Campaign and Annual Membership Meeting

CONCORD, NC - Bringing a close to an amazing WKA Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup season, GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, NC., will be the next stop for the popular series.  As one season comes to a close, WKA Officials will introduce elements that will be a part of the campaign’s 2019 season. 

Introducing new classes for 2019, WKA will offer those classes as Local Option Classes for GoPro.  LO206 Cadet and KA100 Junior will be added to the line-up all weekend to help racers prepare for the 2019 season.

Additionally, as announced by the Board of Trustees from their Summer Rules Meeting, WKA will install the push-back bumpers to 2019.  To help the racers prepare, the system will be required at the GoPro event, with no penalties.  Proven already in other series to help clean up driving craft, racers will get a taste of the system at the event to prepare for next year, with no penalties issued for infractions during this test.

“We are excited to see a ton of great racing at GoPro.” Stated WKA President Kevin Williams, “With Championships being decided, and adding some of next year’s features to help our members prepare for the new season, I expect the weekend to be a thriller.”

Finally, WKA will host its annual WKA Membership Meeting at the Mooresville facility, Friday, October 26 immediately following the Practice Schedule.

“As I’ve said from the beginning, I think it is important to keep our membership informed and to listen to their comments.” Continued Williams, “In addition to our regular Third Thursday Facebook Live broadcasts, the membership meeting is an important part of keeping the dialogue going.”

Entry Forms, Schedules, and Information for the Top Kart USA Grand Nationals are available now at www.worldkarting.com To easily register online, CLICK HERE.

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

Last Call for NCMP Registration & Final Week to Secure Ad Space in the 2019 Tech Manual

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CONCORD, NC - The regulations have been decided on.  Final edits are being performed.  The printer is waiting to fire up the printing machines.  The Tech Manual is nearly ready to go.  All it’s missing is your ad.
 
This is the last week for advertisers to take advantage of the opportunity to be in front of 2,500 Karters throughout 2019 with an ad in the 2019 WKA Tech Manual.  All Ad sizes can still be secured, even custom ad packages.
 
Hurry, artwork deadlines for the 2019 Tech Manual is September 7.  For ad space availability, pricing, or to create your own custom ad package, contact Marie@WorldKarting.com or call 704-455-1606.

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TODAY'S REGISTRATION DEADLINE

The deadline for registration in the next Bridgestone Manufacturer's Cup race at NCMP from September 14-16th is today, September 4th. To make sure you get your pre-entry in, click the link below to be taken to online registration.  See you all at New Castle Motorsports Park in just over a week!

REGISTER NOW

WKA Elevates the Kid Kart Category as a Man Cup National Class for 2018

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Popular Program Gets Immediately Added to the National Class Structure for 2018

CONCORD, NC - Responding to Member comments and requests to bring back the popular Kid Kart Category back to the National Scene, the WKA Board of Trustees recently responded to member requests by voting the class back into the WKA Bridgestone Man Cup as a National Class at their recent meeting.

“One of the many strengths of WKA has always been that we have a place in the organization for everyone,” stated WKA President John Ferris, “And when the participants in the Kid Kart Class expressed that they had nowhere to gain experience on a national level, the Trustees heard, understood and responded to that call.  The system our organization was founded on worked, and these important members were heard.”

The popular category for aspiring young drivers will be added to the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup class list immediately, and entries for the upcoming event at the popular GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, NC, scheduled for March 23-25, 2018. 

Tech Regulations are as printed in the 2018 WKA Technical Manual, 214.1 KID KART.  Legal fuel will be the same as all other classes, Sunoco 110, mixed with Redline Oil, 8-oz., per gallon.

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

PRE-ENTRY DEADLINE FOR MANUFACTURER'S CUP AT #KARTWEEK IS DEC 17

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CONCORD, NC - The entry Deadline for the Margay Sprint Nationals Manufacturer's Cup event is this Sunday, December 17th. This is the first time we are doing the race tire distribution.
Please help us out by Pre Registering so we can get a accurate tire count and also save yourself $100.00 at the track. No exceptions will be made after the December 17th deadline.

TO ENTER ONLINE, CLICK HERE.
TO FAX IN YOUR PAPER BLANK (704)455-1609, CLICK HERE.

We look forward to seeing you all at the speedway for #KARTWEEK!

2018 Manufacturer's Cup Update

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CONCORD, NC - Beginning with the first race of the 2018 season in Daytona, December 27-30, 2017, WKA will be introducing a tire distribution system for all their Manufacturer's Cup Series events.

The reasoning behind this plan is two-fold:

1. This eliminates any rumors about tires that may have circulated in the past.

2. It serves as a small profit center for our organization. WKA is a company that operates on a daily basis with full time employees, overhead and obligations that we incur daily.

The race tires for each event will be included in your entry fee.  Your Race tires will be available for pickup during registration pick up at each track.  Racers will still have to supply their own practice tires. The Micro Swift, Mini Swift, and Yamaha Sportsman racers that raced at The Grand Nationals at Go Pro, still will have to pay their entry fee that includes one set of race tires but for the Daytona event you will be given a free set of practice tires that you will pick up during registration pick up courtesy of Bridgestone.

Shortly, WKA will be introducing a new bar coding system for tires, engines and chassis which will make the WKA racing experience as simple, smooth and enjoyable as possible for all competitors from initial registration thru on track activities.

The Manufacturer's Cup online registration and paper entry blank are now posted on the website.

To be taken to the online registration, CLICK HERE.

To be taken to the entry blank, CLICK HERE.

Thank you for your support of the WKA and hope to see you during the 2018 season.

FREE KA100 engine package available to the first 20 entries

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CONCORD, NC - With the creation of the new KA100 Senior class for the 2018 Manufactures Cup series, IAME USA East is offering a free KA100 engine package to the first 20 drivers who enter the KA100 Senior class for the entire WKA Manufacturer's Cup six race season in 2018 starting with Daytona December 28-30th, 2017.

Registrants must enter though the WKA office and prepay for all six events.   IAME USA East will send a new KA100 engine package with only shipping due to the customer. 

Members of this program will sign an agreement with IAME USA East that they will participate in 5 of 6 events or they will be billed for the engine package by IAME USA East.  

This program ends after the first 20 drivers sign up, or on December 20th, 2017.  Contact Kelly at World Karting office at 704-455-1606 to register for the program.

Participants that utilized this program through IAME USA East for other series programs in 2017 are not eligible to qualify for the WKA program.

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Reminder to IAME Junior and Senior Participants

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CONCORD, NC - Per the WKA Board of Trustees Meeting in May of 2017, beginning with the season opening Manufacturers Cup Series event at Daytona in December, the IAME Junior Restricted Header Size will be changed to 26mm. The 29mm header that was used in the 2017 season will no longer be valid.

Additionally, for both the IAME Junior and Senior classes, the only spark plugs that will be accepted are the NGK-6252K-105 and the NGK-6254E-105. The only exception to this is for a declared rain event, in which the NGK-B10EG and NGK-BR10EG are also acceptable.

Pro IAME Junior and Senior Drivers to Run new Bridgestone YNB Compound for GoPro Finale

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CONCORD, NC - Bridgestone Officials have notified World Karting Association, that due to a lack of ample supply of Bar Coded YLM Tires, and in an effort to ensure that competitors in the Pro IAME Junior and Senior classes are well covered for the season ending Grand National event October 13-15 at GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina, the new Bridgestone YNB Compound would be the tire that will be utilized.

All competitors in these 2 classes who have pre-entered by the October 6 deadline, will be issued  1 free set of practice tires, as well as 2 sets of race tires for the weekend. Tire pick-up will begin at noon on Thursday Oct.12th.  Additionally, any drivers in these 2 classes who still have the Bridgestone YLM Tires in the wrapper, can do a one for one exchange for the new YNB compound tire at the event.  Bridgestone asks that competitors contact, Margay Racing Products at (314) 771-4242 or Grand Products at (215) 244-1940 with the quantity of each size so they can have the proper amount at the event for exchange.  

As of September 13, dealers have taken possession of the YNB tire, giving customers time to purchase additional tires for practice, and testing on the new YNB compound.  This is a copy of the Bridgestone announcement:   

As Bridgestone enters its 40th year of supplying premium kart racing tires to the US Karting market, Bridgestone Kartsport would like to confirm its product line for the 2018 season and beyond. Consisting of two new compounds (YNB, YNP) along with two existing compounds (YLC, YDS), Bridgestone continues its practice of offering a complete range of tires for all sprint kart racing applications.

Homologated with CIK-FIA as the ‘prime’ compound, the Bridgestone YNB has already proven to be an outstanding tire in the KZ & KZ2 categories in WSK, the CIK World Championship and CIK European championship and will replace the YLM compound typically used in premier-level racing in the US.

Bridgestone has long been the tire of choice when it comes to wet weather racing and that dominance is set to continue with the new YNP rain tire which features a new compound and more aggressive tread pattern and replaces the YLP compound.

The YLC and YDS compounds have proven to be ideal tires for club, regional and national level racing for several years and both compounds will remain unchanged for 2018.

Continuing a relationship that exceeds 25 years, Bridgestone will be the exclusive tire supplier for the World Karting Associations 2018 six-race Manufacturers Cup series.

2018 Bridgestone Kart Tire Product Summary: 

YDS Compound: Sizes: 4.5/10.0-5, 6.0/11.0-5, 7.1/11.0-5 Durometer: 68 Barcoded: no

Available: now Applications: Club racing with an emphasis on durability

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YLC Compound: Sizes: 4.5/10.0-5, 6.0/11.0-5, 7.1/11.0-5 Durometer: 48 Barcoded: yes

Available: now Applications: Club, regional & national level racing, ideal for Briggs LO206 and Yamaha categories 

YNB Compound: (NEW) Replaces: YLM Sizes: 4.5/10.0-5, 7.1/11.0-5 Durometer: 36 Barcoded: yes

Available: September 1st Applications: Premier & National level racing 

YNP Compound: (NEW) Replaces: YLP Sizes: 4.5/10.0-5, 6.0/11.0-5 Durometer: 35 Barcoded: yes

Available: late September Applications: 2 & 4 cycle rain racing 

Please note: durometer readings are taken at a temperature of 23 degrees Celsius +/- 2C (73.4F +/- 3.5F) with a humidity of 50% +/-5%.

This decision was made as a result of the ongoing professional relationship between Bridgestone and WKA, with officials feeling this is the absolute best way to maintain as level a playing field as possible in the midst of an unexpected situation.

3 Horse Race in Manufacturer's Cup Chassis Standings

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CONCORD, NC - With just 1 event left on the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series for 2017, the battle for the coveted Manufacturers Championship Trophy is as tight as it has been in quite some time.

As the series prepares for the Grand National finale October 13-15 at GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina, Top Kart holds a slim 2 win edge over Tony Kart, which was winless at Wolf Paving Raceway in Wisconsin, but now sees Benik Chassis a little closer in the rear view mirror, following Benik's 3 win performance in Wisconsin in the AMK Race Products Nationals.

Led by Alexander Kardashian in the Franklinkart.com Senior and KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior Classes, Top Kart now sits atop the standings with 11 wins on the season, while Tony Kart sits idle for a race at 9, but still very much in the hunt.

Beniks success was atrributed primarily to Logan Adams wins in the IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman and Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman classes, while Mateo Rubio-Luengo scored a win for Benik in the CRPRACING.com Mini Swift Class. 

Vemme, a relative new chassis to the Mfg Cup Series, also came out of the gate strong, scoring 3 wins, led by Braden Eves 2 wins in Yamaha Senior and Pro IAME Senior, while Colin Neal scored another Vemme win in the Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior class. Here's a look at the other class and chassis winners over the weekend.

Saturday Classes:

Yamaha Sportsman: Connor Zilisch: Energy Chassis

Yamaha  Junior: Taylor Maas: Merlin Chasis

LO 206: Eric Fagan: TracKart

Sunday Classes:

Yamaha Junior: Jack Dorsey: FA

LO 206: David Kalb Jr: Comet Eagle

Mini Swift: Caleb Gafrarar: Parolin

Pro Swift Sportsman: Connor Zilisch: Energy

Pro IAME Junior: Merlin

With those results, as the series heads to GoPro in October, 3 chassis have a legitimate shot at the title. Here's a look at the current top 5 in the chassis standings;

Top Kart: 11

Tony Kart: 9

Benik: 8

FA: 5

Comet Eagle: 5

For a look at the complete breakdown of the 2017 Mfg Cup Chassis Standings, CLICK HERE.

2017 WKA Manufacturers Cup Series Dousman Weekend Report

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***Original stories written by David Cole of ekartingnews.com

Saturday's Breakdown

The threat of rain haunted the Wolf Paving Raceway all day long as the first round of competition completed Saturday in Dousman, Wisconsin. The seventh round of the Bridgestone WKA Manufacturers Cup Series at the AMK Race Products Nationals completed qualifying, two rounds of heat races and a main event for all eight categories before the clouds really opened up with rain as the podiums completed. The Badger Kart Club circuit, including the new addition, providing some exciting racing all day, highlighted by two victories for Top Kart driver Alexander Kardashian.

His first victory came in the FranklinKart.com Yamaha Senior division. Kardashian (AMK / Top Kart) swept the event, leading from qualifying through the two heat races en route to the main event victory. A solid field of 18 kept things close throughout the day, including Top Kart teammates Dakota Pesek and Brandon Lemke. Kardashian and Pesek got away at the start of the main, and the two pulled out to a solid lead as the rest of the field fought for P3. Kardashian led all 16 laps, inching away from Pesek for a 1-second advantage. BKC veteran Tommy Andersen (Merlin) was in the third spot until late when Lemke took back the position, securing the podium finish. Andersen fought off Braden Eves (Zero Error / Vemme) for the fourth spot.

The second, in the KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior class, was one he fought for. Braden Eves (Zero Error / Vemme) was the driver to beat, earning fast time in qualifying and winning both heats to secure the pole position. Kardashian was back in P5 on the grid after missing heat two with a mechanical issue. Eves was joined at the front by Brandon Lemke (Top Kart) as the two went back and fourth early. Kardashian put himself into third and began reeling in the top two with 12 less laps on his tires, posting fast laps of the race. Once by Eves, he set his sights on Lemke. On lap 16, Kardashian worked around Lemke for the lead and drove to his first victory on the year in the class. Lemke settled for second with Eves crossing in third. In tech, Eves was removed from the results for an exhaust infraction, thus promoting Lane Vacala (CompKart) to the third step of the podium. Dylan North (CompKart) and Josh Hotz (Merlin) completed the top-five.

Colin Neal put in a stellar performance in the Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior division, securing his first class victory. Neal took over as the lead contender in the heat races after Connor Ferris (Top Kart) qualified on top. The MDD / Vemme driver won both heat races, and started the main event from the pole position. Merlin drivers Kyle Thome and Austin Schaff fought for the second position early, allowing Neal to pull out to a comfortable lead in the opening laps. Schaff put himself into the second position by lap five, however, was not able to close in on Neal in the 16-lap event. Neal scored the victory by three tenths over Schaff with Thome rounding out the podium. Bryce Aron (Kosmic) was a close fourth with Kaden Wharff (Top Kart) placing fifth.

Also scoring a first career victory was Taylor Maas in the Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior division. Maas was in contention from the beginning, pushing forward from her sixth spot in qualifying. She finished second to Jack Dorsey (FA Kart) in the opening heat, flexing her muscle in Heat #2 with the win. Starting outside Dorsey on the front row for the main event, she was shuffled back to third behind Tyler Ferris (Top Kart) and top qualifier Emory Lyda (Merlin). Maas moved to second quickly and worked past Ferris on lap five. From there, the Merlin driver led the way with Ferris on her bumper. Unable to make any maneuver, Ferris set up for a drag race to the line. Maas was able to win the race, securing her first WKA victory with Ferris off by 46 thousandths of a second. Elliot Budzinski (Tony Kart) climbed from eighth to the third step on the podium ahead of James Lynch (Tony Kart) and Colin Neal (Vemme).

The IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman was a toss up all day. Connor Zilisch (Energy) secured fast time in qualifying while Thomas Schrage (PCR) and Santiago Trisini (Benik) secured the heat wins. Those three filled the first three spots on the main event grid, but sitting fifth was Logan Adams (Benik). Along with Annie Rhule (Energy), the top-five got away with Trisini at the point. Adams worked his way forward, taking over the lead on lap eight with Zilisch following him through. Zilisch took the lead from Adams with three laps remaining. Adams waited till the final circuit, making his move early one. Zilisch tried to fight back, but went off track at turn nine, ending his chance at the victory. That gave Adams the space he needed to reach the checkered flag first for his first WKA victory. Trisini made it a Benik 1-2 with Rhule completing the podium. Schrage finished fourth with Zilisch back in fifth.

The first class on the lineup was the Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman class. The nine drivers that made up the field were all able to claim the victory, with a majority of the day spent with the group running nose to tail. In the main event, pole sitter Connor Zilisch (Energy) – who won two heat races – broke away with Mateo Rubio-Luengo (Benik) on his tail. It was decided on the final circuit with the two fighting for the lead entering turn five. Slight contact slowed Mateo’s pace, allowing Zilisch to get away and reach the checkered flag first for his second victory of the season. Rubio-Luengo settled for second with Garrett Adams (Benik) joining him on the podium. Logan Adams (Benik) drove to fourth over top qualifier Annie Rhule (Energy).

Mateo Rubio-Luengo (Benik) came back later in the day to secure victory in the CRPRacing.com Mini Swift division. Mateo swept the action on the day, hounded by Logan Julien (Tony Kart) and Caleb Gafrarar (Parolin). Both Julien and Gafrarar wanted to be in the second spot, with Julien eventually winning the spot. The local driver tried Mateo on the final circuit, drag racing to the line and missing out by 41 thousandths as Rubio-Luengo scored his third victory of the season. Gafrarar settled for third with Danny Dyszelski (Benik) charging to a close fourth. Cameron Myers gave ‘Made in the USA’ Margay a fifth place result.

The Briggs 206 Senior class featured two drivers. Eric Fagan (Track Kart) swept the action on the day, with the category running at the same time as the Yamaha Senior division. Fagan was able to hold off a charge from David Kalb Jr. (Eagle) in the main event to earn his third victory of the sea

Sunday's Breakdown

The final day of the Bridgestone WKA Manufacturers Cup Series AMK Race Products Nationals welcomed rain showers to begin the action. Round Eight of the 2017 championship season, and final step in the Mid-Season Shootout, was contested at the Wolf Paving Raceway – home of the Badger Kart Club. Rain welcomed the racers in the morning, making it a wet warm-up and qualifying session. The rain stopped falling through the middle part of qualifying, with the first two Prefinals contested on wet tires. With the track dry for the rest of the day, WKA champion Braden Eves (Zero Error / Vemme) matched the two-win performance by fellow WKA title winner Alexander Kardashian (AMK / Top Kart), scoring both Senior triumphs on Sunday.

Eves began with drive forward in the FranklinKart.com Yamaha Senior division. A flat tire in the Prefinal cost him a chance to battle for the race win. Saturday winner Kardashian went on to score the race win while Eves was scheduled to go from sixth on the grid due to the unique point structure of the Sunday events in WKA. Eves got a great start and was into second by the completion of the opening lap, slipping back to third behind Dakota Pesek (Top Kart) and Kardashian. Eves took back second helping Kardashian to move into the lead. Then on lap 15, Eves assumed the top spot and held on to the checkered flag for his second victory of the season. Kardashian settled for second with Pesek in third, securing the Mid-Season Shootout title. Michael McAndrews (Fullerton) came from 13th to fourth, working past Michael Geringer (Merlin) late in the race.

Eves started on the pole position for the main event in the KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior division. Brandon Lemke (Top Kart) and Kardashian shuffled Eves back to third. The two fought for the second position, however, kept Lemke within site. Eves was able to secure the second spot from the Prefinal winner, putting his focus on Lemke. Coming to the white flag lap, Eves grabbed the lead and held on to the checkered flag for his second victory on the day, and second on the year in the category. Lemke crossed second with Kardashian third. Josh Hotz (Franklin / Merlin) and Dylan North (CompKart) completed the top-five.

Austin Schaff (Franklin / Merlin) was able to fight back from electrical issues to go from zero to hero in the Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior category. Schaff started the Prefinal last, working up to third to earn a P8 starting spot in the main event. It took him seven laps to climb to the top, and once there, never relinquished the top spot. The win was Schaff’s first on the season. Top qualifier Kaden Wharff (Top Kart) appeared to have the pace to challenge, coming up a few laps short after securing the second spot. Bryce Aron (Kosmic) drove to his first podium finish in third, working past Prefinal winner Kyle Thome (Franklin / Merlin) with championship leader Pauly Massimino (Top Kart) in fifth. Massimino took home the big prize on the day, earning the ticket to Italy for the Mid-Season Shootout winner.

Throughout the season, we have seen the most dramatic racing in the Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior division. This was the category when they began the Prefinal, a handful tried dry Bridgestone tires, including Tyler Ferris (Top Kart) and Colin Neal (Vemme) on the front row. They washed out at the first turn, with the rain tire karts showing the way. Elliott Budzinski (Tony Kart), as he showed in Pittsburgh, mastered the wet, drying track to the race win, earning the pole position for the main event. He was joined at the front by a large pack of karts. He and Neal, who started fourth due to the unique point system, battled for the lead early on. They settled down for the middle portion of the race, but with four laps remaining the fireworks began. Contact between Neal and Budzinski sent them off course, with Elliott receiving the worse damage and unable to continue. Neal rejoined, out the top-five. This handed the lead to WKA Winter Cup champion Jack Dorsey (FA Kart), going on to earn his first Manufacturers Cup victory. The fighting continued for second, with Ferris coming up from seventh to earn the spot – along with the Mid-Season Shootout title – ahead of Brian Rettig (FA Kart), who also put in an impressive performance coming from 14th on the grid. Arie Venberg (Merlin) and Emory Lyda (Merlin) rounded out the top-five.

The IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman saw Connor Zilisch (Energy) earning his second victory of the season to tighten up the championship heading to the series finale. Zilisch started second but fell behind Logan Adams (Benik), who started fourth with polesitter Annie Rhule (Energy) slipping back. Zilisch took over the lead on lap five, as the top-five spaced out. A two-minute light rain put the pressure on the drivers not to slip off the course, and also kept the spread out in the remaining laps as Zilisch crossed the line first. With the win came the Mid-Season Shootout title, and a trip to Italy. Adams ran second with Santiago Trisini (Benik) up to third ahead of Schrage and Rhule.

Logan Adams locked up his second victory on the weekend, winning Sunday in Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman. Brother Garrett Adams (Benik) started on the pole position for the main event after winning the Prefinal. Logan, starting third, took over the lead on lap three, losing it for a lap to Mateo Rubio-Luengo (Benik), before retuning to the point. He remained in the lead with Mateo waiting for the next opportunity. Rubio-Luengo closed up on the final circuit, coming up 21 thousandths short at the line with Adams earning the checkered flag. The consolation prize for MRL – winning the Mid-Season Shootout. Annie Rhule (Energy) came from eight to finish a close third ahead of Sam Hinds (FA Kart) and Garrett Adams.

The same top three filled out the front of the field in the CRPRacing.com Mini Swift lead pack. Mateo Rubio-Luengo (Benik) set fast time in the wet and won the Prefinal in the dry. Logan Julien (Tony Kart) and Caleb Gafrarar (Parolin) joined him again, as they battled for the main event victory. Julien became the lead challenger, attempting a few times to work past Mateo. On lap 15, the two went side by side into turn one, making contact and pushing into the barrier. Both were able to walk away, however, unable to continue. This put Gafrarar in the lead with Danny Dyszelski (Benik) now as the lead challenger. Danny looked, but did not complete a pass as Gafrarar earned his third victory of the season to help put him back in the title chase. Dyszelski was a close runner-up as Sofia d’Arrigo (Nitro Kart) finished third, each earning their first podium finish of the season. Championship leader Ben Maier (Nitro Kart) was fourth, securing the Mid-Season Shootout and the Italy ticket, while Cameron Myers put the ‘Made in USA’ Margay in the top-five.

David Kalb came out the winner in the Briggs 206 Senior category. Eric Fagan was top qualifier and Prefinal winner. The two were nose to tail when they were lapped by the Yamaha drivers late in the Final. Contact with one of them ripped off the valve stem on the left front of Fagan’s Track Kart, allowing Kalb to take the victory in his Eagle kart. The WKA Manufacturers Cup Series will wrap up the 2017 season at the GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina with the Grand National event on October 13-15.

2017 WKA Manufacturers Cup Series – Dousman Preview

Original story written by David Cole of eKartingNews.com

The fourth stop of the World Karting Association Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series takes racers to the historic town of Dousman, Wisconsin. The newly renamed Wolf Paving Raceway has been part of karting history for decades, home to the longstanding Badger Kart Club. A number of current and former karting stars got their beginnings at the facility just outside the Milwaukee area. The AMK Race Products Nationals will host Round Seven and Eight of the year-end championship chase, along with the final two races toward the Bridgestone Mid-Season Shootout.

A best five of six mini-series was established prior to the Pittsburgh event back in May, with Bridgestone providing a hefty prize package. The winners in Pro IAME Senior, Pro IAME Junior, Pro Swift Sportsman and Mini Swift earn an all-expense paid trip (minus travel) to the ROK Cup International Final in South Garda, Italy this October. The winners in Yamaha Senior, Yamaha Junior, Yamaha Sportsman and Briggs 206 Senior earn an entry fee, race tires and driver pit pass to the WKA Grand Nationals set for October 13-15 in Mooresville, North Carolina.

Braden Eves is in the driver’s seat for one of the tickets to Italy with his lead in the KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior division. Four podium finishes – including one win and three runner-up results over the first four rounds of the Shootout gives the Zero Error / Vemme driver the advantage heading to Dousman. Former WKA champions Brandon Lemke (Top Kart) and Alexander Kardashian (Top Kart) are the lead challengers, needing to make up 75 and 115 points each to have a shot at the Shootout title. The three are in the overall title chase, with Eves leading by over 200 points.

Three drivers sit within 65 points in the Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior Shootout standings heading to Dousman. Last year’s series champion Pauly Massimino (Top Kart) has two podium finishes, including a victory in Pittsburgh has him at the top of the overall and Shootout standings. The advantage is just 35 markers with fellow Pittsburgh winner Tyler Ferris (Top Kart) sitting second. Three podium finishes has Tahlon Yockel (Tony Kart) in the hunt, with the trio to decide who will travel to Italy.

The IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman Shootout is down to just two drivers. Connor Zilisch (Energy) holds a 70-point advantage over double New Castle winner Santiago Trisini (Benik). Trisini is the overall championship leader, five points ahead of Zilisch heading into Dousman. Ashton Chilton (Nitro Kart) remains in the overall chase along with Logan Adams (Benik) and Annie Rhule (Energy) needing a solid weekend to jump back in.

Ben Maier has a sizable lead in the CRPRacing.com Mini Swift Shootout standings. The Nitro Kart driver won the two main events in New Castle to put him on top of the chase for the ticket to Italy. Behind him is championship leader Mateo Rubio-Luengo (Benik). Maier leads by 110 points in the Shootout while Mateo leads by 45 points in the overall standings. Pittsburgh winner Caleb Gafrarar (Parolin) remains in the overall title chase, looking up to make ground where is father once won in 2013.

Three straight wins has Dakota Pesek (Top Kart) in the lead for the FranklinKart.com Yamaha Senior Shootout. His win streak gives him a 105-point advantage ahead of overall championship leader Braden Eves (Vemme). Eves holds a 25-point lead over Pesek with Daytona winner Alexander Kardashian (Top Kart) within 100 points in the overall title chase. The weekend in Dousman will see a number of local drivers competing – including Jason Foley (Merlin), Michael Geringer (Merlin) and Mike McAndrews (Fullerton).

The Comet Kart Sales Yamaha Junior category has been one of the most exciting classes all season. Three different winners in the four Shootout races make it a tight battle for the Grand Nationals entry. One driver not to reach the top step of the podium this year is Caiden Young (Tony Kart). Three podium finishes in the four Shootout rounds have him as the driver to beat heading into Dousman. Young holds a 55-point advantage over three-time race winner Colin Neal (Vemme). Overall championship leader Tyler Ferris (Top Kart) trails Young by 60 points in the Shootout standings with three podium finishes of his own. Ferris holds a 10-point advantage over Neal in the overall championship chase while Elliott Budzinski (Tony Kart) – a two time winner on the year – sits third and within 50 points of Ferris. Young still has a shot at the overall championship as well, needing to continue his podium run.

The Shootout title and year-end championship remain up for grabs in the Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman division. Six drivers come into Dousman within 75 points for the Shootout crown with Sam Hinds (FA Kart) leading the way. Hinds won in New Castle, coming out as the overall weekend winner. That gave him a 15-point advantage ahead of overall championship leader Garrett Adams (FA Kart) heading into the weekend. Pittsburgh winners Connor Zilisch (Energy) and Mateo Rubio-Luengo (Benik) are within 35 points of Hinds while Logan Adams (FA Kart) and Annie Rhule (Energy) sit tied in fifth. Adams holds a 65-point lead over Mateo in the year-end title chase with Hinds and Logan Adams within 150 points.

Eric Fagan (TrackKart) and David Kalb Jr. (Eagle) each have two wins per weekend in the Briggs 206 category. Fagan dominated Pittsburgh with Kalb proving to be the quickest in New Castle. Fagan holds a 20-point lead in the Shootout standings over Kalb, while Zach Linsell (MGM) remains the leader in the championship chase.

Be sure to catch all the action from the weekend at the EKN Live page – www.ekartingnews.com/live and on the WKA Facebook page!

Pre Entry Deadline for Wisconsin Mfg Cup Aug 16

CONCORD, NC - The pre-entry deadline for the upcoming AMK Race Products Nationals for the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series at Wolf Paving Raceway in Dousman, Wisconsin is fast approaching. Competitors have until Wednesday Aug 16 to take advantage of the pre entry pricing before at track pricing kicks in.

The event in Wisconsin, scheduled for August 25-27, is the 4th stop for the series, and the third and final stop for the Bridgestone Mid Season Shootout, which will award invites to the ROK Cup International Final for some, and free entry, product, and much more for others for the season ending Grand National event October 13-15 at GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina.

Classes being offered in Wisconsin include:

RLV Tuned Exhaust Products LO206 Senior

Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman

Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior

Franklinkart.com Yamaha Senior

CRPRACING.com Mini Swift

IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman

Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior

KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior

WKA is proud to add RLV Tuned Exhaust Products as the official sponsor of the CIK LO206 Senior class for the remaining 2 events this season. Already the title sponsor for the Gold Cup Series, Art and Rod Verliengre, through their RLV brand, have pretty much been a part of every national racing series that WKA has had during its 45 year history in karting. 

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

Shootout Class Champs in Yamaha Sportsman, Yamaha Junior and Senior, as well as LO206 Senior, will receive free entry, drivers pit pass, and race tires to the season ending Top Kart USA Grand Nationals Oct 13-15 at GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina.

Entry info for the Top Kart USA Grand Nationals will be coming out shortly.

In the meantime, competitors preparing for the AMK Race Products Nationals may contact George Sieracki at 262.827.1100 for their parking needs, or email George at geo@dreamworkskarting.com.

To view the online entry blank, CLICK HERE.

To view the paper entry blank, CLICK HERE.

Manufacturer's Cup Chassis Standings all Knotted Up

CONCORD, NC - Following the TEAM EMPOWER Nationals recently at New Castle Motorsports Park, the battle for chassis supremacy on the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series is at a virtual deadlock. Coming into the event, Top Kart held just a 1 win edge over rival Tony Kart. However, major parity on the series, in which 9 different chassis's scored wins at New Castle, has made dominance hard to come by these days.

Leading the charge at New Castle were both Tony Kart and Benik, both scoring 3 wins apiece. Top Kart, Nitro, and Praga checked in for 2 wins over the weekend, with FA, Comet Eagle, Margay, and Track Kart scoring 1 win each as well.

The first Tony Kart win came in the form of Colin Neal's win in the Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior class. Tyler Maxson scored a win later that day as well for Tony Kart, taking the Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior Top honors. Maxson roared back Sunday to again take the Pro IAME Junior victory.

Santiago Trisini lead the charge for Benik, sweeping the IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman class both days, while Chloe Chambers scored a popular win on Sunday in the Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman class. Those wins propelled Benik into third in the standings, just 4 behind Top Kart and Tony Kart, and also leaping them over FA Chassis, which checked in for a win with Sam Hinds win in the Yamaha Sportsman Class on Saturday.

Praga made some headway, riding the shoulders of Brandon Jarsocrak and his 2 wins in the very impressive KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior class. 

The Nitro camp was led by young Ben Maier and his 2 very impressive wins in the CRPRACING.com Mini Swift Class.

Other winners included:

David Kalb Jr: LO206 Senior: Comet Eagle Chassis

Spike Kohlbecker: Yamaha Junior: Margay Chassis

Evan McCorquodale: LO206 Senior: Track Kart Chassis

Here's a look at the most updated standings:

Top Kart: 9

Tony Kart: 9

Benik: 5

FA: 4

Comet Eagle: 4

Kosmic: 3

Praga: 3

Nitro: 2

Parolin: 2

Energy: 2

Keener: 2

Comp Kart: 1

TB Kart: 1

Margay: 1

 

MANUFACTURER'S CUP WEEKEND RECAP FROM NEW CASTLE MOTORSPORTS PARK

***ORIGINAL STORY WRITTEN BY DAVID COLE OF EKARTINGNEWS.COM***

SATURDAY'S RECAP

NEW CASTLE, IN - The opening round of racing for the 2017 WKA Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series Team Empower Nationals went into the books Saturday at the New Castle Motorsports Park. The fifth round of the 2017 championship chase marked the halfway point of the season, with a solid turnout of competitors in all eight categories, nearly reaching the 150 mark for the day. After cloud covered the New Castle, Indiana area for much of the morning, the skies cleared and the humidity rose, making for a challenging day for the competitors chasing the right setup.

Five drivers had the pace to compete for the win in the KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior division. Top qualifier Braden Eves (Zero Error / Kosmic) and double heat race winner Brandon Lemke (Top Kart) were joined by Daytona winner Brandon Jarsocrak (KSNA / Praga), Garrett Johnston (Top Kart) and Alexander Kardashian (Top Kart). In the end, it came down to the 3 B’s. They shuffled for the lead throughout the main event. Coming to the white flag, Eves made a great move at the I-70 corner to go from third to first. That shuffled them up taking the white, and Jarsocrak emerged from the first turn with the lead. He held the advantage throughout the last mile, crossing the line first for the victory. Eves came in a close second over Lemke with Kardashian placing ahead of Johnston.

Eves came into the weekend leading in both championships, including the FranklinKart.com Yamaha Senior division. Eves (Zero Error / FA Kart) found himself battling with Alexander Kardashian (Top Kart) in qualifying and the heat races. Kardashian set fast time in qualifying and won Heat #2 with Eves taking the opening heat. Dakota Pesek (Top Kart) and Jake Venberg (Merlin) joined them at the front in the main event. The two Top Kart drivers locked up and were able to get away, deciding the race on the final circuit. Kardashian led going into the final corner, driving the defensive line. Pesek pulled a ‘Cole Trickle’, running the outside line and making it hold through the corner. Kardashian had to pinch the exit, slowing his pace. This allowed Pesek to carry the momentum into the lead and to the victory by 32 thousandths of a second. Kardashian settled for second with Eves beating Venberg for the third podium step. Marina Walters (Top Kart) completed the top-five.

Last year at the season finale, Tyler Gonzalez walked away with two wins on the weekend in the Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior. Today, it was a dominating performance by Junior rookie Tyler Maxson (SCR / Tony Kart). After qualifying second, Maxson went on to win both heat races before dominating the main event with a 5.6-second advantage. Top qualifier Connor Ferris (Top Kart) won the battle for runner-up ahead of Tahlon Yockel (Tony Kart) and Spike Kohlbecker (Margay). Point leader Pauly Massimino (Top Kart) drove to fifth.

Colin Neal (MDD / Tony Kart) and Elliott Budzinski (Kart Craft / Tony Kart) came into the weekend tied for the championship and in the win column with two victories a piece. They broke both ties with a showdown to close out the day. A red flag came out with five laps remaining in the main event, involving top qualifier Zack Pretorius (Comet / FA Kart), double heat race winner Spike Kohlbecker (Margay) and Tyler Ferris (Top Kart). The incident bunched up the field for a shootout to determine the day’s winner. Neal and Budzinski came out as the top two drivers, with Neal holding the advantage at the checkered flag for his third victory of the season. Budzinski came 41 thousandths short at the line with Matthew Mockabee (Comet / Tony Kart) joining them on the podium. Junior rookies Kaden Wharff (Top Kart) and Donald Whorton (FA Kart) completed the top-five.

The IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman came down to two drivers. Santiago Trisini (Benik) and Annie Rhule (Energy) were able to get away from the field early and maintain an advantage while the rest of the field battle for position. Trisini led for most of the race with Rhule waiting for an opportunity to work past. On the final lap, Rhule made her move but Trisini fought it off, going on to take the checkered flag for his first victory of the season. Rhule settled for runner-up with Connor Zilisch (Energy) winning the battle for third over Chloe Chambers (Benik) and Logan Adams (Benik).

Anyone in the Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman field had the chance to win. For Sam Hinds, it was his turn. Most of the field ran together until five drivers broke away. Hinds (FA Kart) led with the Adams brothers Garrett (Energy) and Logan (FA Kart) working together. Double heat race winner Connor Zilisch (Energy) tried to break up the trio at the front, but could not stay ahead of them. Coming down to the finish, Hinds led with Garrett on his bumper. The two drag-raced to the line with Hinds able to reach the line first by nine thousandths of a second. Logan completed the podium with Chloe Chambers (Benik) able to take fourth away from Zilisch.

The CRP Racing Mini Swift also welcomed a first time winner with Ben Maier taking the victory. Four drivers battled for the lead position throughout the main event, all taking a turn at the point. Christian Miles (Formula K) appeared to be the quickest driver coming off the Heat #2 win with top qualifier and Heat #1 winner Mateo Rubio-Luengo (Benik) right there. Indy driver Elliot Cox (Energy) joined the fight with Maier emerging at the end of the race as the driver to beat. Coming to the checkered flag, Maier was able to edge out Mateo by eight thousandths of a second. Cox completed the podium in third with Miles ending up fourth. Danny Dyszelski (Benik) rounded out the top-five.

David Kalb Jr. went from zero to hero on the day in the Briggs 206 Senior division. Kalb (Eagle) was shuffled off the track in the opening heat race, placing 10th. Up front, three drivers each led a session with Zach Linsell (MGM) posting fast time in qualifying while Track Kart drivers Eric Fagan and Evan McCorquodale each took a heat race win. Kalb worked his way forward in Heat #2, placing third, helping to move him up on the main event grid. Kalb was the quickest kart on the circuit in the main event. Once joining the top three, Kalb worked his way to the point. Once there, he held the enough gap on the final circuit to cruise to the victory, his first on the year. Fagan drove to second with McCorquodale third. Linsell ended up fourth with Dustin DeMattia (Keener) placing fifth.

SUNDAY'S RECAP

The final day of action completed Sunday at the New Castle Motorsports Park for the WKA Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series Team Empower Nationals. The New Castle, Indiana facility provided great weather all weekend long with warmer conditions all day. The racing all weekend was great, with many of the races coming down to the wire. In the end, six of the eight classes saw drivers double up in the win column.

Brandon Jarsocrak notched his third victory of 2017 at the Manufacturers Cup, coming out of the 20-lap battle in the KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior as the top driver. Top qualifier and Prefinal winner Brandon Lemke (Top Kart) led the majority of the race with Braden Eves (Zero Error / Kosmic), Alexander Kardashian (Top Kart) and Jarsocrak. Kardashian led early with Lemke taking over. It looked as they would be able to lock up and get away, however the rest of the lead pack, including local guest Zach Holden (Comet / Tony Kart) would not let that happen by breaking them up. Holden retired at the halfway point with a broken chain, holding up South African driver Fabienne Lanz (VSR / Tony Kart), thus making it four at the front. Coming to the white flag, Lemke and Jarsocrak went back and forth for the lead. Jarsocrak took over the point at turn one, and Eves went on the attack for second on Lemke. This gave ‘Money’ enough space to reach the checkered flag first. Eves edged out Lemke for the second spot with Kardashian placing fourth. Lanz followed back in fifth.

Braden Eves (FA Kart) and Saturday winner Dakota Pesek (Top Kart) came away as the top two drivers in the FranklinKart.com Yamaha Senior. Eves set fast time in qualifying with Pesek coming away from the Prefinal battle with the win. The two were able to break away from the field in the 18-lap main event. The drag race to the line went to Pesek by 24 thousandths, earning his second win on the weekend and third straight counting the Sunday victory at Pittsburgh. Tyler Trent (Tony Kart) won the battle for the final step on the podium with Jake Venberg (Merlin) and Marina Walters (Top Kart) placing fourth and fifth.

It was a dramatic day in the Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior division. Round Four winner Tyler Ferris (Top Kart) set fast time in qualifying and came away with the Prefinal win after both Saturday winner Tyler Maxson (Tony Kart) and Connor Ferris (Top Kart) retired early while leading. Each started at the back of the 21-kart field in the 20-lap Final. Up front, Junior rookie Kaden Wharff led a Top Kart train of Ferris and Pauly Massimino while fellow rookie Caleb Bacon (Tony Kart) looked to move forward. Everyone however was watching the progress of Maxson, who continued to click off the fast laps of the race. By the halfway point, Maxson was stalking the top-five, and lap 18, took the lead from Wharff. Maxson went on to take the second victory of the weekend with Bacon able to edge out Wharff at the line for second. Tyler Ferris ended up fourth with Massimino in fifth.

Sunday was a notable day for the championship chase in the Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior class. Championship leaders Elliott Budzinski (Tony Kart) and three-time winner Colin Neal (Tony Kart) each had issues in the main event. Budzinski retired early after contact while Neal, who won the Prefinal, was leading the main event until a chain broke with four laps to go. This left three drivers to fight for the victory – top qualifier Spike Kohlbecker (Margay), Tyler Ferris (Top Kart) and Caiden Young (Tony Kart). Coming to the line, Kohlbecker was able to lead out of the I-70 corner. Ferris set up for a pass on the inside down the stretch, but switched back to the outside as Kohlbecker drifted to the left. This slowed Ferris progress enough in the slingshot attempt to give Kohlbecker the advantage at the checkered flag by 87 thousandths of a second. Young followed closely in third with Jack Dorsey (Tony Kart) beating Zack Pretorius (FA Kart) for fourth.

Santiago Trisini (Benik) was one of the six double winners on the weekend, scoring the Sunday victory in the IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman division. Four drivers made up the lead pack with top qualifier and Prefinal winner Chloe Chambers (Benik) getting away at the start thanks to a rough opening corner that included a flip by point leader Ashton Chilton (Nitro Kart). He and everyone else walked away unhurt as the race continued. The trio ran her down by the halfway point with Trisini taking over the point. From there, he led the group for the remainder of the race and won the race to the checkered flag for the victory. Thomas Schrage (PCR) took second with Chambers in third. Connor Zilisch (Engery) was a close fourth with Elio Giovane (Benik) winning the battle for fifth.

The Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman division went down to the wire. Garrett Adams (FA Kart) and Saturday winner Sam Hinds (FA Kart) led the majority of the race with Chloe Chambers (Benik) and Annie Rhule (Energy) looking to make a move. It was not until the last push to the checkered flag that anything happened. Adams and Hinds went side-by-side with Chambers pulling the slingshot, going from third to first by the checkered flag to score her first WKA victory in her first event with the series and visiting the New Castle circuit for the first time. Adams was off by 46 thousandths with Hinds in third. Rhule was fourth with Mateo Rubio-Luengo (Benik) in fifth.

It was four drivers in the hunt early for the CRPRacing.com Mini Swift category until it came down to two at the end. Saturday winner Ben Maier (Nitro Kart) and Mateo Rubio-Luengo (Benik) were the two left standing at the end, with Maier winning the race to the checkered flag by three hundredths of a second. Sebastian Ng (Nitro Kart) was able to make a run at the end of the race to steal third away from Christian Miles (Formula K) and Elliot Cox (Energy) who faded away at the end.

The victor in the Briggs 206 Senior class was decided off the track. On the track, it was a three wide finish with Evan McCorquodale (Track Kart) crossing the line first by four hundredths of a second over David Kalb Jr. (Eagle) and Eric Fagan (Track Kart). In tech, McCorquodale failed a muffler measurement, and had the win removed. This put Kalb on top of the podium for a second time this weekend. Zach Linsell (MGM) was moved to third ahead of Kyle Fogt (CompKart) and Dustin DeMattia (Keener Kart).

MANUFACTURER'S CUP NEW CASTLE EVENT SCHEDULE

CONCORD, NC - We are all geared up for the races this weekend, how about you? Click the button below to view the schedule of events for the Bridgestone Manufacturer's Cup at New Castle Motorsports Park this weekend, July 14th-16th, for the Team Empower Nationals.  See you all real soon!

New Castle Online Registration & Entry Blank Now Available

CONCORD, NC - With 2 races down and 3 to go for the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series, the Summer officially begins with stop #3 for the series July 14-16 at New Castle Motorsports Park in Indiana in the running of the TEAM EMPOWER NATIONALS.

Competitors wishing to get a jump on registering for stop #3 of the Bridgestone Mid Season Shootout and the third overall national points race for 2017 can do so now, as both the online and paper entry blanks are now available to view and get signed up.

8 national classes again will be offered, including;

CIK LO206 Senior

Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman

Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior

Franklinkart.com Yamaha Senior

CRPRACING.com Mini Swift

IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman

Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior

KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior

The Kid Karts, debuting a few weeks ago at Pittsburgh, will once again be a part of the program, with a competitors Pit Pass covering their cost of entering for the event. 

Pro Swift Sportsman and Pro IAME Junior will again be running for a $500 payday to the weekends overall champion, with $250 going to Second, and a set of Bridgestone Tires going to third, while the Top Overall Champion in Pro IAME Senior will take home a $1,000 payday, with $500 going to second and a set of Bridgestone Tires to the third place overall finisher for the weekend.

One lucky recipient will again be eligible for a Tillotson Generator, courtesy of a drawing to be held Sunday afternoon.

The race will mark the two thirds distance in the Bridgestone Mid Season Shootout, with the finale taking place Aug 25-27 at Wolf Paving Raceway in Dousman, Wisconsin. High Point Earners in the Mini Swift, Pro Swift Sportsman, Pro IAME Junior, and Pro IAME Senior classes will receive an all expense paid trip, less travel, to the ROK Cup International Final in October in South Garda, Italy.

High Point earners in Yamaha Sportsman, Yamaha Junior, Yamaha Senior, and CIK LO 206 Senior will receive entry fee, tires, and drivers pit pass to the season ending Grand National event Oct 13-15 at GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina.

For those wishing to reserve parking for the New Castle event, contact NCMP at (765) 987-8090.

To register online, CLICK HERE.

To view the paper entry blank, CLICK HERE.

Pesek Wins with Heavy Heart in Keystone State Nationals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top Kart Takes Chassis Lead Following Keystone State Nationals

CONCORD, NC - A well rounded effort of 4 different winners in different age categories helped propel Top Kart to the lead in the annual chassis standings on the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series, following the series second event of the season this past weekend at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, Pennsylvania.

While Tyler Ferris's win in the Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior class was the last of 4 for Top Kart, helping to break the tie with Tony Kart, many in the industry will see the 1 win edge, and point to Dakota Pesek's emotional win in the rain in the Franklinkart.com Yamaha Senior class, honoring his departed father Kevin, as the difference, as the series now heads in the direction of Indiana in July for the TEAM EMPOWER Nationals at New Castle Motorsports Park.

Joining Ferris and Pesek for the Top Kart camp were Pauly Massimino, a winner in the 1st day of action for the Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior class, while steady Brandon Lemke took the Day 1 honors in the KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior class.

For Tony Kart, 2 wins were scored, the first coming in the form of Colin Neal's win in the Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior class, while Elliott Budzinski scored the Yamaha Junior win on Day 2.

Other teams enjoying multiple success were Energy Chassis, backed by Connor Zilisch's 2 wins on Saturday in the Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman class, while later taking the IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman honors.

Keener Chassis, led by 4 cycle standout Eric Fagan, led the way for 2 wins in the CIK LO206 Senior class, while Mateo Rubio-Luengo also notched 2 wins to help Beniks cause, taking the CRPRACING.com Mini Swift final on Day 1, as well as the Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman finals on Day 2.

Other drivers notching a victory for their respective chassis's were the following:

Braden Eves: FA

Caleb Gafrarar: Parolin

Ashton Chilton: Nitro

Braden Eves: Kosmic

Here's a look at the updated chassis standings.

Top Kart: 7

Tony Kart: 6

Kosmic: 3

FA: 3

Benik: 2

Comet Eagle: 2

Parolin: 2

Energy: 2

Keener: 2

Comp Kart, TB Kart, and Praga have 1 win apiece.

Tomorrow Evening is the Pre Entry Deadline for the Keystone State Nationals!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To register online, CLICK HERE.

To view the paper entry blank, CLICK HERE.

Kid Karts Make Return to Keystone State Nationals

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

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

CIK LO206 Senior
 

Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman
 

Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior
 

FranklinKart.com Yamaha Senior
 

CRPRacing.com Mini Swift
 

IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman
 

Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior
 

KartSport North America Pro Iame Senior
 

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

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

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

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

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

To register online, CLICK HERE.