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All Systems Go for This Weekends Road Race Grand National

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CONCORD, NC - After keeping a careful watch on Hurricane Irma, as well as staying in constant contact with Atlanta Motorsports Park Officials, World Karting Officials are moving forward with this weekends Grand National event for the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series presented by Russell Karting at Atlanta Motorsports Park in Dawsonville, Georgia. 

Downgraded to a Tropical Storm earlier this week, as of Tuesday morning, the system began moving out of the state of Georgia, slowly losing energy with each passing day. The end result for the track was steady rain the past couple days, with winds measuring no more than 30mph, which, according to AMP Officials, is no different than their average wind during a normal storm.

With the bulk of the storm now gone from the Dawsonville area, the future forecast calls for cloudy skies Wednesday, with temperatures in the mid- seventies, while the weekend forecast will feature sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-eighties all weekend long.

Officials were concerned just as much with the track of the storm, standing in the way of competitors traveling to the venue, as they were of the impact of the storm at the facility itself.

With the weekend weather threat now in the rearview mirror, it will be business as usual for the series, with the weekend scheduling staying the course. As mentioned in a previous Pit Board however, the Thursday schedule will be modified, due to another customer being on the track until 7pm that evening, thus moving parking and registration back a few hours on that day, until the registration building and south paddock are vacated.

As was the case last year, customers arriving early may stage in the north paddock area, or be parked, if they choose to be in that area, which will be available to WKA all weekend long, as it was last year.

Friday activities begin with a full day of practice beginning at 9am, with on track activity both days beginning at 9am as well.

Anyone wishing camping or power for the weekend need to contact the track directly.

To view the weekend schedule for the Road Race Grand Nationals, CLICK HERE.

Thursday Schedule Change for Atlanta Road Race

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CONCORD, NC - For competitors planning on running the Grand National event September 15-17 at Atlanta Motorsports Park for the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series presented by Russell Karting, there is a modification to the Thursday schedule with regards to parking and registration.

Due to another customer utilizing the track on Thursday till 7pm, WKA Customers will be delayed in getting parked and registered on that day. For those who ran the event last year, many competitors staged in the North paddock area until the South paddock area was cleared for parking. Officials of Atlanta Motorsports Park have deemed the North Paddock area available for parking upon arrival, which essentially is closer to the gridding area for karting customers. As was the case last year, both paddocks will eventually be available to WKA customers throughout the weekend.

WKA will have officials on hand to park customers, but are asking initially if you would please stage in the North paddock area upon arrival, as was the case last year, thus allowing for everything to be put into place before parking commences.

In addition to the parking area, the registration building will also be utilized by SCCA Officials, until their on track day has concluded. WKA will utilize their trailer for pre entry and registration purposes until the building becomes available, thus aiding any customers on Thursday evening, until such a time that the building will become available.

On Track activities for the Grand National event will get underway Friday, with practice beginning at 9am, and running till 4pm. Practice for each race day will begin at 9am, with the days first races scheduled to roll off at 11:15am respectively.

Pre Entry deadline for the Grand National event is Wednesday Sept 6.

To view the track and paddock area map, CLICK HERE.

Garland Notches Impressive 3 Wide Win at VIR!!!

CONCORD, NC - Scorching temperatures in the triple digits all weekend long did not deter a packed paddock area at Virginia International Raceway from putting on some of the best racing of the season to date, as the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series presented by Russell Karting hosted the Summer Nationals, stop #4 of the 5 race national program.

Clearly leading the way in the competition category was the Hoosier Racing Tire Animal Heavy Class. Scheduled for a 30 minute session on track Saturday, the top 6 karts in the class ran nose to tail, swapping positions constantly for the entire 30 minute period, with the end result a 3 wide finish, with Darlington, South Carolina's Rob Garland nipping Jonathan Tedder by 0.001 seconds at the stripe, and midwest invader Regan Vehring 0.050 seconds back in third!!! While 6 karts were part of the battle for the better part of the race, the top 3 edged away in the final laps, with Tony Wimmer, David Clevenger, and Robert Garland completing the top 6. Day 2 action for the Animal Heavy Class found Vehring snaring the win over Ben Thomason, Robert Garland, Clevenger, and Rob Garland.

Packed classes were the order of the weekend, with Pascual Torres taking down the Fisher Racing Engines Stock Honda Class Saturday, besting Sky Finley, Stevn Rougeou, Aamir Hyder, and Benjamin Eberhart.  Day 2 found Finley improving 1 spot in the order for the win, with Eberhart, Torres, Hyder, and Collin Johnson making up the top 5.

Jason Lorang was up to his usual grueling weekend schedule, as the midwest ace topped the West Texas Outlaws TaG Heavy field on Saturday, turning back Gary Sircy, Ashley Michel, Brad Adams, and Charles Speacht. Brad Adams took the Day 2 TaG Heavy action, topping John Bryant, Gary Sircy, Ashley Michel, and Lorang. Lorang also dipped in to the ultra competitve CKI Yamaha Sportsman Medium field, chasing eventual winner Nate Grindell, Chad Dokken, and Tim Linthicum across the stripe in Saturday action. Brandon Schenkel made up the top 5. Sundays Yamaha Sportsman Medium action found former champ Matt Michel back on top, taking the top honors over Bill Holder, Schenkel, Lamar Hilliard, and Simon Whitnell.

The WT Racing IAME Sprint field was also jammed this past weekend, with AJ Ellis drawing first blood on Saturday, taking down Greg Heberle, Clark Gaynor Jr, Travis Waddell, and Sebastian Bushey. Gaynor rebounded on Sunday for the win, besting Ellis, Heberle, Tiffany Fisher, and Waddell.

The Yamaha Sportman Heavy field was also loaded with immense talent, with Illinois ace Randy Fulks sweeping the weekends action, first besting Sean O'Shea, Scott Clark, Bill Holder, and Brandon Schenkel on Day 1, while O'Shea, Chad Dokken, Nate Grindell, and Scott Stauffer made up Sundays top 5.

Derek Somers also pulled out the broom over the weekend, taking the WKA Sprint finals both days, besting John Leins, James Leins, Louie Magiera, and George Lincoln on Day 1, while James Leins, Magiera, and John Leins chased Somers on Sunday.

Travis Miller also pulled the broom out of the closet as well. Following engine issues at Summit Point, Miller stormed back to sweep the Millers Dynotime Racing/KALL Racing Formula 100 class, besting Lance Yunck, Ian Morgan, Dennis Griffith, and Jason Lorang on Day 1, while Morgan, John Scavuzzo, Yunck, and Kristina Griffith completed the top 5 on Sunday.

Here's a look at the rest of the many weekend winners:

Animal Medium: Jonathan Tedder, Tony Wimmer

Clone LO206 Heavy: Andrew Boyer

Clone LO206 Lite: Peter Mazzarella

Yamaha Sportsman Sprint: Daniel Febroriello both days

Yamaha Sprint: Mark Justice

Junior LO206: Logan Nedelka both days

125 Sprint Shifter: Sky Finley, Thomas Dupont

Unlimited: Kenneth Anderson, Dustin Dean

100cc Controlled: Lance Yunck, AJ Reuter

Junior Enduro: Logan Nedelka both days

Junior Animal: Jordan Johnson both days

Animal Lite: Ben Thomason

X30 Laydown: JC Sanders, Gary Schenkel

B Stock: Thomas O'Reilly

Yamaha Senior: Bill Anderson both days

100cc Piston Port: George Lincoln both days

CIK/LO206 Sprint: Clark Gaynor Sr both days

WKC Open Sprint: Brad Schmider both days

WKC Vintage Open: Tony Ellison

WKC Vintage USA: Bill Anderson

WKC Vintage Piston Port: Arthur McKenney

WKC Vintage Euro: Duane Eberhart

All eyes are now focused on the season ending Grand National event at Atlanta Motorsports Park in Dawsonville, Georgia Sept 15-17, to determine the 2017 national champions. The challenging road course with awesome elevation changes will provide the perfect backdrop for the culmination of the 2017 national racing season.

Entry information for the Grand National event will be out by weeks end. All classes offered at the last two events, including Local Option, will all be made available at the Atlanta event. 

On behalf of the World Karting Association, our sincerest thanks to Rodney Smith and the entire Woodbridge Kart Club staff for an excellent weekend, enduring some most brutal temperatures.

Entries Pouring in for VIR Summer Nationals

CONCORD, NC - Woodbridge Kart Club Officials have been overwhelmed by the turnout of pre entries for the latest event for the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series presented by Russell Karting. The Summer Nationals, slated for July 21-23 at Virginia International Raceway, stop #4 of 5 for the National WKA Series, will mark a return for the first time in 2 years by the Road Race Series, since the track was repaved in July of 2016. Many competitors are busting at the seams with excitement, awaiting the opportunity to return to one of the most competitive and historic tracks in national sprint racing.

Headlining the action will be the first ever Battle of the Tires, featuring 4 classes on Saturday, including the Hoosier Racing Tire Animal Heavy, WT Racing IAME Sprint, Fisher Racing Engines Stock Honda, and Yamaha Sportsman Heavy classes. Drivers that sport either Dunlop or Hoosier tires on all 4 corners of the kart, and win the event, will receive a free set of tires from the respective tire distributor.

In addition to the four classes listed, there will be several more national classes in attendance, including several Local Option classes, ranging from Cadets to Vintage. Here's a look at the Local Option classes available.

Cadet LO206

Junior LO206

CIK LO206 Senior

TaG Junior

WKC Vintage USA

WKC Vintage Open

WKC Vintage Euro

WKC Vintage Piston Port

Open Sprint

Pre Entries for the event must be received by July 14. Otherwise, competitors will have to sign up at the track. To register online, go to Woodbridgekartclub.com. Make checks payable to:

Woodbridge Kart Club

462 Earle Road

Charlestown, West Virginia 25414

Activities for the Summer Nationals get underway with a full day of practice, beginning Friday at 8am, with a full slate of daily activity Saturday and Sunday, starting 11am Saturday, and 10:15am on Sunday.

To view the Summer Nationals entry blank, CLICK HERE.

Remember to register online at www.Woodbridgekartclub.com!!!!

Battle of Tires to Highlight VIR Road Race Weekend

CONCORD, NC - Located in the shadows of one of the many Goodyear Tire Manufacturing Facilities in nearby Danville, Virginia, it’s only fitting that stop #4 for the Dunlop / Xeramic National Road Race Series presented by Russell Karting,  will be the site of a friendly little wheel war July 21-23 at Virginia International Raceway in neighboring Alton, Virginia.

As competitors prepare for the Summer Nationals at the famed Virginia Road Course, both Jim Russell Jr of Dunlop, the series title sponsor, as well as Adam Batton and the folks of Hoosier Racing Tires, have elected to have a little fun with a few classes on Saturday afternoon, thus awarding a set of tires to winners in 4 specific classes. The classes of choice are the following:

Hoosier Racing Tire Animal Heavy

Yamaha Sportsman Heavy

WT Racing IAME Sprint

Fisher Racing Engines Stock Honda

In order for a driver to be eligible to receive the tires, he/she MUST be running either the Dunlop or Hoosier brand on all four corners of the kart.

Tires, and/or certificates for the tires will be available at the track for competitors on that weekend.

The Battle of the Tires adds yet another element to the prestige of racing on one of Americas legendary road courses. With the North Course being repaved in July of last year, competitors are more than ready for a return to the historic course, a key race in the battle for the respective overall national titles, with the Grand National event at Atlanta Motorsports Park in September hanging in the balance as the deciding race to determine the 2017 national champions.

In addition to tires being awarded on the track, there will also be 2 sets of rain tires given away during the weekend.

Tons of national and local option classes will be offered on that weekend, ranging from Cadet Karts to 4 different Vintage Classes, offering something for every age group available.

Activities for the VIR Summer Nationals get underway with a full day of practice Friday, followed by two jammed packed days of racing Saturday and Sunday.

Drivers wishing to enter can do so by going to: Woodbridgekartclub.com and registering.

To view the entry information and weekend schedule, CLICK HERE.