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Registration Now Open for WKA Vega Tires Grand National Road Race

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K.A.R.T. and CES join WKA for Round 6 November 8-10 in Bowling Green KY 

WKA brings its 2019 Road Racing season to a close with a huge bang, the WKA Vega Tires Road Race Series Grand Nationals, November 8-10 at the famed National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  Not only will National Championships be decided at the event, National Classes will also be racing for the coveted WKA Grand National Eagle, and the bragging rights that go along with it.

Adding to the fields this year, partner groups K.A.R.T. and CES will bring their drivers for the three day event in Kentucky.

The Entry Blank, Event Schedule, Class Listings, Hotels, Parking, and Information for event are available now on the Road Racing Series Page 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 WKA 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

Summer Sizzler Returns to Heartland Park

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RACE REPORT WRITTEN BY: JENNIFER HENRY

As summer comes to an end the Summer Sizzler has return for the 2nd year to Heartland Park in Topeka, Kansas.  The Summer Sizzler is a joint venture between 3 great karting organizations, WKA, KART/MARRS and CES.  This race is the 2nd race this year that these 3 groups have gotten together in hopes of bringing in a diverse group of karters.  With Kansas bringing the scorching temperatures there was bound to be some hot and heavy racing as well. 

Starting off the weekend of racing was the Sprint B&S LO206 class.  On Friday this race brought out 14 racers, but that number increased to 27 on Saturday and 26 on Sunday.  With Lindsey Simon leading the points race with the KART organization, would she have what it takes to bring home a 1st place finish.  Unfortunately, lady luck was not on her side this weekend, but there was some great racing fighting for the checkered flag.  With thunderstorms the night before practice was late getting started which meant not much time to prepare for the race Friday afternoon.  That did not stop Joel Negus from dominating the track.  Right out of the gate Joel was passed by the majority of the field with Jason Lorang leading the 1st lap.  It didn’t take long for Joel and his pack, Craig McNeese and Stephen Gibson to track down the leader and take over the top 3 positions. They continued to hang on to the lead with Joel Negus securing a 1st place finish.

“We could tell right from the start of the race that our gearing was quite a bit taller than the competitors. We started towards the front but by the first corner the majority of the field has passed us. It didn't take long for our gearing and top speed to move us to the front. I lead every lap with my race buddies right behind me.”

Again, Kansas thunderstorms pounded the track Friday night and left it with a few rivers in a couple of the turns.  This left many karters with little track time to prepare for the afternoon races, but this did not stop Joel and his crew.  This time they started out leading the field but only after a couple of laps they were overtaken by another pack of karters led by Stephen Hefley.  Unfortunately, this victory was short lived, as Joel Negus and his teammates had once again tracked down the leaders and secured the win.  Regrettably Joel’s luck would run out on Sunday as teammate Craig McNeese secured the win at the line in the Sprint B&S LO206.

“Heartland park track is a fantastic smooth fast track. the facilities are first class and we can't wait to go back. Our LO206 kart reached a top speed of 77 MPH which was the fastest we have run on any road race.”

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The Sprint 125cc Shifter class also brought out the karters with 24 on Saturday and 19 on Sunday.  Russ Pyles came to Heartland Park leading the points race in WKA, but would he have what it takes to bring home the checkered flag?  Right out of the gate one of the top contenders in the class was Pierce Baldus, who has been busy running the ROK circuit.  Having an off weekend, he decided to run the Summer Sizzler in hopes of bringing home gold.  With the drop of the green flag, Jeff Mills had the horsepower and gearing to separate himself from the rest of the class. He continued this pace for the entire race with a 24 second lead.  Pierce Baldus and Coltin Craigo didn’t let this lead discourage them as they continued to battle for 2nd and 3rd.  Ultimately Pierce won the battle and took 2nd place by only .10 of a second over Coltin. 

Again, Sunday brought a little water on the track, but this did not stop the 125 Shifters from fighting the good fight for 1st place.  This time Jeremy Lightwine and Pierce Baldus were able to break away from the pack early on. After just a few laps Jeremy slowly made his move by driving away putting 6 seconds between himself and Pierce.  With only 4 laps to go Pierce was able to overtake the lead from Jeremy but this would be short lived.  Unfortunately, Pierce’s luck would not hold as Jeremy took the checkered flag beating Pierce by 0.15 seconds. 

“All in all, it was a great karting weekend, I recommend marking your calendars for Heartland Park in 2020. Looking forward to the Kart MARRS National Championship Race at Gateway Motorsports Park October 4th through the 6th. Thanks to Trei at Tanda Racing and the rest of the team, Goya Foods, my tuner Alex Norris and my mother and father. Thank you all for the support.”

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Even though the Sprint IAME class did not bring the numbers they made up for it in good ole fashion racing.  Leading the 1st lap the Brown brothers worked together to separate themselves from the group by lap 4.  This would not last long as Jason Lorang hunted them down where they would continue to battle for the entire race.  In the end Jason had what it took to overtake the Brown racing team securing the checkered flag. 

After a disappointing loss on Saturday the Brown racing team was determined to come out with a win on Sunday.  With a gear change and some chassis adjustments Jaime and John came out swinging.  Right from the start they were able to separate themselves from the rest of the group with Cole Peschang hot on their trail.  After only a couple of laps Jamey Brown started pulling away from teammate John, while Jason Lorang overtook the 3rd position from Cole Peschang.  This battle continued for the rest of the race with Jamey winning by almost 30 seconds over teammate John Brown.

According to Sunday’s Sprint IAME winner Jamey Brown, “Topeka was an incredible event that we were proud to be a part of. With the race being a combined event, you always wonder just how many racers will show up. The 3 organizations came together for the sport of Karting and made it work for the benefit of the racers. It is really special to see what can be done in our sport when organizations come together and focus on one goal.”

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Thank you all the karters who came put to supports the race at Heartland Park.  We look forward to seeing everyone at the next stop on the Vega Road Race series, which will be in Bowling Green, Kentucky at NCM Motorsports Park November 8th, 9th and 10th.

 

Friday:

Sprint B&S LO206- 1st- Joel Negus

Saturday:

Sprint 80cc Shifter- 1St- Mike Kellum

Sprint Animal 390- 1st- Keith Losch

Sprint B&S LO206- 1st- Joel Negus

Sprint B&S LO206 Cadet- 1st- Jayden Hoff

Sprint B&S LO206 Jr- 1st- Jacob Frese Jr.

Sprint TaG 60cc- 1st Trae Gharst

Sprint Yamaha Jr.- 1st Matt Brown

TaG Heavy- 1st Jason Lorang

Unlimited- 1st Mark Nagy

Yamaha Sportsman Med.- 1st Mike Marr

Yamaha Sr- 1st Brad Zoeller

100cc Controlled- Steve Scavuzzo

Sprint 125cc Shifter- 1st Jeff Mills

Sprint 125cc Stock Moto- 1st Glen Luening

Sprint G-125cc- 1st Tommy Plahitko

B&S Animal Sportsman- 1st Austin Henry

Sprint IAME- 1st Jason Lorang

Sprint TaG Masters- 1st George Argiris

Sprint TaG Sr- 1sgt Ted Hite

Sprint Yamaha- 1st Ryan Hoskinson

Sprint Yamaha CIK- 1st Jeff Bierman

B-Stock- 1st Rick Fulks

Formula 125- 1st Allen Hollinger

Piston Port- 1st Mike Keener

Sportsman- 1st Austin Henry

Sprint Stock Honda- 1st Jeff Mills

100cc Open- 1st John Ritchie Sr

 

Sunday:

Sprint Animal 390- 1st- Keith Losch

Sprint B&S LO206- 1st- Craig McNeese

Sprint B&S LO206 Cadet- 1st- Jayden Hoff

Sprint B&S LO206 Jr- 1st- Jacob Frese Jr.

Sprint TaG 60cc- 1st Trae Gharst

Sprint Yamaha Jr.- 1st Matt Brown

TaG Heavy- 1st Jason Lorang

Unlimited- 1st Brian Wilhelm

Yamaha Sportsman Med.- 1st Mike Marr

Yamaha Sr- 1st Brad Zoeller

100cc Controlled- Richard Scavuzzo

Sprint 125cc Shifter- 1st Jeremy Lightwine

Sprint 125cc Stock Moto- 1st Glen Luening

Sprint G-125cc- 1st Tommy Plahitko

B&S Animal Sportsman- 1st Austin Henry

Sprint IAME- 1st Jamey Brown

Sprint TaG Masters- 1st Greg Seep

Sprint TaG Sr- 1sgt Ted Hite

Sprint Yamaha- 1st Aaron Bell

Sprint Yamaha CIK- 1st Jeff Bierman

Piston Port- 1st Mike Keener

Sportsman- 1st Austin Henry

Sprint Stock Honda- 1st Jeff Mills

100cc Open- 1st Chris Ragan

2020 WKA National Road Race Reserved Numbers Now Available

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CONCORD, NC - A new racing season is quickly closing in on us.  The 2020 Road Racing Reserve Number form is now available on our website, via fax, or by calling the WKA office for the form.

Your current number is yours through the Grand National race at Bowling Green, National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park which is November 8th thru the 10th.

IMPORTANT:

**If you want the same number for the new 2020 season send in the renewal forms by November 11th, 2019. 

We must receive your renewal by November 11th to keep your 2019 number

Any numbers not renewed by November 11th are then open to other racers.

Open numbers are reserved on a first come basis after November 11th. 

To view and download the form, CLICK HERE.

 

Entries Now Open for Heartland Park WKA Vega Tires National Road Race

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K.A.R.T. and CES join WKA for Round 5 August 16-18, 2019 in Topeka, KS

CONCORD, NC - In an annual tradition, WKA, K.A.R.T. and CES once again invite Road Racers to Heartland Park, Topeka, Kansas, for Round 5 of the Vega Tires Road Racing National Series, August 16-18.

As the 2019 racing season winds down, championship point battles heat up and start to determine the title fights in all classes. Don’t miss your opportunity to stay in the fight; register today.

Online Registration, Hotels, Parking, and Information for event are available now at www.worldkarting.com or by clicking the link to the VEGA Road Racing Series page below.

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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 WKA 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

WKA Karting Challenge lands at Charlotte Motor Speedway

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By, Jennifer Edens Henry

It’s been a hot minute since the World Karting Association has raced at Charlotte Motor Speedway with the last time being over a decade ago.  This time WKA brought the triple crown to the track with not only Road Racing but also the Manufacturer’s Cup and the Dirt Series.  With WKA’s headquarters being located right there in Charlotte, North Carolina it only made sense to try and bring karting back to its roots.  This event not only brought out the seasoned veterans who had race here before, but it also brought racers trying to scratch another awesome track off their racing bucket list. 

            For those that do not know the history behind this track, Charlotte Motor Speedway was designed and built in 1959 by the current chairman and NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee O. Bruton Smith.  Also, the late Curtis Turner, another Hall of Fame inductee, served as Smith's primary business partner.  Together, they built the 1.5-mile superspeedway on the outskirts of the Queen City and, on June 19, 1960, the first World 600 happened at the new facility.  In addition to the 1.5-mile oval, the Charlotte Motor Speedway complex includes a 2.25-mile road course, which was used this past weekend by both the Road Race Series and the Manufacturer’s Cup Series.

            This weekend also marked a momentous occasion with the induction of Robby Harper to the WKA Hall of Fame.  The Harper family has been a household name in the karting world for 4 generations.  In fact, Robby’s mom, Eloise used to race old 40’s Ford coupes for a few years at a half mile dirt track called the Iron Bowl just outside of town near Tarrant City back during World War II.  Robby got into karting around age 14. They really weren’t racing karts at that time; it was more like yard karts. He and his friends used to race them in a made-up course in the dirt parking lot of Huffman Ballpark behind the local Jim Skinner Ford Dealership.  In the early 70’s the owner of Huffman Cycle Shop and Lawnmower Repair saw something in Robby and offered him a chance to race in an actual go kart.  They had a Fox kart with a Mac 10 engine and started racing at the Talladega Short Track.  From that point on Robby was hooked and has been a part of many different karting organizations.   During the late 70’s and early 80’s Robby began promoting different races. He started by organizing indoor dirt races at local agricultural centers in North Alabama, like Cullman, Oneonta and Priceville. Eventually all the promoting and hard work led Robby to create the Big South Road Racing Series with the help of Chuck West (Southern Kart Club / Roebling Road), Johnny Jacumin (Kershaw, Rockingham).  In the mid to late 80’s Robby brought his 3 sons, Robby III, Daniel and Eric, onto the racing circuit with the Margay sprinters with 5hp Briggs engines and now even has his grandson Austin racing in the cadet classes.  In the early 2000’s he became a member of the WKA Board of Trustees, and he is also the WKA National Enduro Director, promoting national events at places like Charlotte Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motorsports Park and NCM Motorsports Park. Robby’s held many roles over his 52 years in karting from being a really talented driver, maybe an even better tuner, a multi time and defending WKA National Champion, a race promoter, a race director, flagman, tech man, a parts builder, a WKA trustee, and maybe most importantly one heck of a race dad/grandad. Congratulations Robby Harper.

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This past weekend definitely brought out some good ole fashion racing.  The 1st race of the weekend was the CIK LO206 Sprint class which had 26 karts gunning for the 1st place trophy.  Matthew Turner came out of Nascar turn 4 leading the 1st official lap with Jerry Turner, Jeremy Yancy and Miguel Ruiz all drafting in the front pack.  Eventually Matt Turner and Jerry Turner were able to break away from the pack, while Clark Gaynor Jr and Gary Campbell were able to work their way through the pack of racers to 3rd and 4th.  Matt was able to hold onto the lead to secure a 1st place finish, while Jerry Turner took 2nd and Clark Gaynor Jr finished 3rd.  Unfortunately, Matt Turner was not able to secure another 1st place finish in the CIK LO206 Sprint class on Sunday.  That honor went to Kyle Banovertz who took the checkered flag while Trey Kelley placed 2nd and Matt Turner taking 3rd.

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Race 3 on Saturday also brought an impressive amount of karters. The Animal Sprint 390 class hosted 24 karts all hoping to take the checkered flag at the WKA Karting Challenge.  Regan Vehring took the led right from the green flag and never looked back.  Croix Beasom was hanging onto 2nd place for quite a few laps, while Jonathan Tedder was in 3rd.  Coming into the halfway mark of the race, Regan was still holding onto the 1st place position while Jonathan Tedder had taken over 2nd place and TJ Zimmerman had worked his way up to the 3rd.   On the next lap TJ Zimmerman finally made it around Jonathan Tedder to take P2.  He and Regan were able to break away and get a little lead over 3rd place.  In the end Regan had what it took to secure the checkered flag and P1.  TJ Zimmerman took 2nd, while Daniel Ring worked his way up to a 3rd place finish.  Sunday’s race was just as exciting with the top 3 racers from Saturday fighting to take home the 1st place trophy.  Regan Vehring just didn’t have enough to secure the checkered flag, but Daniel Ring brought his determination which led him to victory lane.  TJ Zimmerman once again brought home a 2nd place finish, while Regan Vehring took 3rd.

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Yamaha Senior brought their A game on Saturday with a great race between veteran drivers Brad Zoeller and Rusty Benson.  Brad came to Charlotte leading the points in Yamaha Senior while Rusty was 5th in points.  Brad had the lead at the green flag on the 1st lap with Rusty breathing down his neck in 2nd place.  By the 7th lap Rusty had taken over the 1st place position but Brad was not far behind.  This game of cat and mouse continued for most of the race until Rusty spun out but was able to recover and finish the race.  Brad Zoeller took the checkered flag with a 1st place position with Rusty Benson coming in 2nd and Nate Morgan securing a 3rd place finish.

“This was one of the most challenging races I have run in my 50 years of racing karts.  I feel fortunate to leave Charlotte with two wins, beating not only several formidable competitors but a challenging track as well.  I would like to thank TS Racing for the great horsepower, Vega Tire for superior grip, and RRR racing for providing a winning chassis.”

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 The IAME Sprint race on Sunday brought 18 racers to grid ready to bring home the 1st place trophy.  Gary Sircy came to the CMS Karting Challenge leading the class in points, but would it be enough?  Heading down the straightaway on the lap 1, Clark Gaynor Jr, Gary Sircy and Blane Aarup made up the lead pack while Indy Kassy was hot on their trail.  After only 6 minutes, Indy Kassy had already taken over the lead position with Clark Gaynor falling back to 2nd, while Cole Peschang and Jason Lorang had worked their way to 3rd and 4th.  By the halfway mark Jason Lorang had moved up to 1st and had pulled away from the pack consisting of Gaynor, Kassy, and Peschang.  With less than 10 minutes to go Cole Peschang had taken over the 2nd place spot trying to chase down 1st Jason Lorang.  In the end Jason Lorang was able to hold into his 1st place spot over Cole with only 0.121 seconds between them.  Indy Kassy was able to hang on with a 3rd place finish. 

"It was a challenging weekend,” explains Jason. “With evolving track configurations and different weather conditions each day, in the end Charlotte treated me well... 3 times!"

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The Unlimited class on Sunday came to race because unfortunately Saturday’s race was rained out.  Leading on the 1st lap was none other than a member of the Harper family Robby Harper III.  Right on his tail was Dusty Dean and Robby Harper followed by Brian Wilhelm.  By the 10-minute mark Robby Harper III was still hanging onto 1st place with Brian Wilhelm following behind.  With less than half the race to go Brian finally secured the 1st place position over Robby Harper III.  Robby Harper moved up to the 2nd place position while Mitch White held onto 3rd place.

According to Brian, “The track was more interesting than the map showed. If you’re going to race, you need to be able to adapt to different type tracks. I had a great time and I look forward to next time here!  WKA did a good job of putting on this event and accommodating everyone.”

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Thank you to everyone that make the trip back to Charlotte Motor Speedway!!  We look forward to seeing everyone at the next stop on the schedule which is Heartland Park in Topeka, KS

WKA Road Racing Receives New Sponsor for Charlotte New Pre-Entry Program Awards $500 Gift Cards to the Racers

As excitement continues to build for the WKA Charlotte Motor Speedway Karting Challenge, WKA is pleased to welcome yet another new sponsor program for Pre-Registered Road Racers, thanks to long time Racers and WKA Members, Tim and Betsy Wilkerson.

For the WKA Charlotte Motor Speedway Karting Challenge in Concord, NC, all Road Racers who pre-registered by the pre-registration deadline will be entered into a drawing where one lucky Road Racer will win a $500 Visa Gift Card at Saturday’s Driver’s Meeting, then another at Sunday’s Drivers Meeting. 

“Further proof that the Family of Motorsports supports the participants on many levels.” stated WKA President, Kevin Williams, “We are so thrilled that that theme continues in Karting with this new program for our Road Racers.  We can’t thank the Wilkersons enough for their generosity, which goes directly to the Road Racers.”

“I have been in motorsports all my life,” stated Sponsor Tim Wilkerson, “and I support those that support racers.  WKA is going in the right direction for the benefit of the Karters with their continued improvements in membership programs, and their willingness to work with all the other organizations to benefit the sport.”

Registration, Hotel Booking and additional Information for the WKA Charlotte Motor Speedway Karting Challenge, 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

WKA Charlotte Motor Speedway Karting Challenge Registration and Garage Spaces Available for WKA Vega Tires Road Race Event

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CONCORD, NC - Gearing up for the WKA Charlotte Motor Speedway Karting Challenge, the organization has made Registration and Garage Spaces available for the WKA Vegas Tires Road Race Series portion of the event. 

Together with the Woodbridge Kart Club, WKA brings the regular Road Racing National Classes, as well as added Local Option classes to run on the famed Charlotte Roval.  Building off popular Sprint Classes in Road Racing, Open Sprint has been added to the docket with two Finals.  Additionally, to celebrate WKA’s rich history at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, two Vintage Categories have been added, Vintage Piston Port and Vintage Open, each with two Finals for the weekend.

“With WKA’s long-awaited return to the Charlotte Motor Speedway,” stated Kevin Williams, WKA’s President, “our road race committee wanted as much possible opportunity available for road racers to participate on the Roval at Charlotte, which is why the additional classes were added.  It will be exciting how many Karters will be able to say, ‘I raced the Roval!’ ”

Registration, Garage Spaces, Parking, and even Hotel Booking Information for the WKA Vega Tires Road Race Series event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Karting Challenge, June 21-23, are available now on the Road Racing Series page on 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

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

Entries Now Open for WKA Vega Tires National Road Race

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CES Welcomes WKA Road Racers at Gateway Motorsports Park, May 10-12, 2019

CONCORD, NC - Hosting the next round of the WKA Vega Tires Road Racing Series, Championship Enduro Series welcomes WKA Road Racers May 10-12, at Gateway Motorsports Park, in Madison, IL.
For the first time, WKA Road Racers will have the opportunity to participate on the famed Gateway, thanks to a refreshed relationship with CES.

Online Registration, Hotels, Parking, and Information for event are available on the Road Race Series page on the WKA website, www.worldkarting.com

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

WKA Crowns 2018 Vega Tires Road Racing Series National Champions

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2018 Champions Celebration Scheduled for
Roebling Road Event, March 9


As in years past, WKA will honor the Champions and top-five qualified finishers of the WKA Vega Tires National Road Racing Series at the early spring event at Roebling Road, Saturday March 9, 2019, immediately following the day’s races.  With the assistance of hosts Southern Kart Club, tickets will be available at the event, Friday, March 8.

Tickets are $15 and must be purchased by the end of the day on Friday, March 8th. A ticket will include; 1/2 a roasted chicken, two sides, dessert and drinks.  The location of the awards ceremony will be the Roebling Road Pavillion.

“Of all the things we do at WKA, thanking our members and honoring our Champions is a great way for us to promote our racing programs.” Stated WKA President, Kevin Williams, “With a year’s worth of racing, it’s important to take time to thank our racers, and promote the series champs.”

2018 Champions honored at the event, from each class include:
125 Sprint Shifter – Denver Liabenow
Animal Sprint 90 – Ben Thomason
B Stock – Robby Harper
CIK LO206 Senior – Todd Horton
Clone Sprint 390 – Darren Greene
Formula 100 – Travis Miller
Formula 125 and Unlimited – Allen Hollinger
IAME Sprint and TAG Heavy – Brad Adams
Junior Animal and Junior Enduro – Jordan Johnson
LO206 Sprint 390 - Robert Garland
Stock Honda – Steven Rougeou
X30 Laydown – David McCauley
Yamaha Senior – Brad Zoeller
Yamaha Sportsman Medium – Justin Greene

Tickets will be available Friday at Roebling Road for the 2018 Champions celebration.

Entry Forms, Hotels, Parking, and Information for the Southern Kart Club hosted WKA’s Vega Tires Road Race Series Roebling Road Nationals are available now at www.worldkarting.com

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

WKA Partnership with Phoenix Barriers and New VEGA Road Race Series Sponsor

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WKA Partners with Phoenix Barriers

We are pleased to announce that Phoenix Barriers is offering a special promotional price especially for any WKA track.  For more information, see the flyer below or contact them directly at info@phoenixracing.com or 410-227-2988.

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New VEGA Road Race Series Sponsor

Wooster, Ohio- February 6, 2019: Full service marketing and apparel company, Expert T’s, comes on board with class sponsorship for World Karting Association Road Race Series in 2019. Currently with 3 locations in Northeast Ohio, Expert T’s is branching out their support to grassroots motorsports and beyond. Eager to get started with this elite series in karting, Owners, Joe and Jodi Kennedy want to help increase the sports exposure via their companies involvement while providing quality products and services to drivers, race teams, sponsors, and fans.

Expert T’s is the proud sponsor for WKA’s VEGA National Road Racing Series, 100cc Controlled Final 1 starting at Roebling Road in Savannah, Ga. March 8-10, 2019. As part of their involvement, a special “WINNER”  T-shirt will be given to the winner of this class for each of the remaining races on the 2019 World Karting Association Road Race Series schedule.

 “We were looking to add some new product lines and company generated brands when an employee felt our company would tie in well with kart road racing. After reviewing the sport and its competitors, we quickly agreed.  Karting seemed to be a nice fit with the number of racers nationwide, the quantity of classes and the advancement structure to help drivers and teams get to the next level of competition. We want to be a part of this growth process and feel success will be felt by all parties involved. Our ability to produce most everything in-house, from t-shirts to award jackets, enables us to provide specialized micro services from 12 pieces to thousands. Not to mention the countless promotional products we have access to. What a wonderful way for anyone to promote their team, drivers and or sponsors in an easy and professional manner.”

Any team looking for a new logo, team shirts, hats, hoodies, koozies, promotional items, decals or would like a consultation on what services and products are offered for their budget, should consider Expert T’s! 

The Kennedy’s are also auto enthusiasts with a high performance soul. Though their involvement is just starting, soon you will see their company at the track soon. Be sure to look for their vending trailer or booth at the races this season. 

About Expert T’s: 3 locations to serve customer needs. Wooster, Ohio. Wadsworth, Ohio and Orrville, Ohio. Expert T’s offers an interactive online design studio customers can use to design their own apparel or they can contact Expert T’s and have one of their inhouse graphic artists assist with their design and order needs.  All processes are done in house: embroidery, silk screen, direct to garment, sublimation, decals and more. T-shirts, hats, sweat shirts, hoodies, jackets, chairs, banners, decals, PopUp  shelters...you name it they have it or can get it! 

“We make grassroots motorsports look and feel like the pros!”

Website: www.expert-ts.com

Email: Christy.xpt@gmail.com

Phone: (330) 641-1227

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Entries Now Open for WKA Vega Tires National Road Race

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Southern Kart Club Welcomes Back WKA to Roebling Road, March 8-10

Partnering once again with the Southern Kart Club, WKA will make its next stop of the Vega Tires National Road Racing Series at Roebling Road Raceway in Bloomingdale, Georgia. 

Fresh off a hugely successful race at the high banks of Daytona International Speedway, Road Racers will transition to the flatter 2-mile road course of Roebling, March 8-10, where Championship battles will be sure to heat up.

Entry Forms, Hotels, Parking, and Information for the Southern Kart Club hosted WKA’s Vega Tires Road Race Series Roebling Road Nationals are available now at www.worldkarting.com

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

 

Daytona KartWeek kicks off the 2019 Vega Road Race Series

Karters stream in by the hundreds for the start of the 2019 season at Daytona International Speedway.  For many it’s a chance to escape the freezing temperatures of their hometown for the warm Florida sunshine.  That may sound like a line from a tourist brochure, but families from across the country flock to the Sunshine State to compete in World Karting Association’s Daytona KartWeek in hopes of bringing home a 1st place trophy.  This event which historically runs in the days separating Christmas and New Year’s Day, has become an annual adventure for most of these racing families.  While many of these go-kart drivers aren’t even of legal age to drive on the streets, they come here to experience the sights and sounds of the mecca of racing.  Many stars got their start by competing in Daytona KartWeek events including Marco Andretti, Tony Stewart, Brian Vickers and Bobby Labonte.

To start off the race weekend Race 3 brought out an impressive amount of karters to the grid.  The CIK LO206 Sprint class had 28 drivers ready to battle for the checkered flag.  As the drivers took to the front straight away on the 1st lap there seemed to be a couple of packs that had formed from the drop of the green flag.  Leading the front pack and taking advantage of the draft was Jeff Hoff and James Vanderzee followed by Todd Horton and Justin Vanderzee.  Also holding his own on the outside of the pack was Richard Hoff.  By the 3rd lap #290 Richard Hoff and #104 Matt Turner had taken the lead coming into the horseshoe on the road race course. Followed by Jeff Hoff, Todd Horton, and both James and Justin Vanderzee.  Unfortunately, Justin Vanderzee found himself in the grass but was able to recover and join the rest of the pack.  Regrettably around the 17-minute mark an accident occurred, and the red flag was brought out.  Since the race was more than halfway done, the race was called, and the drivers were brought in.  The final outcome of the race was Richard Hoff bringing home the 1st place finish, while James and Justin Vanderzee took home 2nd and 3rd. 

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Sunday’s CIK LO206 class was just as exciting but was time reduced to 20 minutes due to the heavy fog that plagued the track on Sunday morning.  With less time to race the pressure was on for many of the drivers to be part of the front pack.  Coming into the road race portion of the track the lead pack consisted of Matt Turner, Justin and James Vanderzee, Jeff Hoff and Jerry Turner.   Todd Horton and Quincy Smith brought up the rear in this group of racers.  For what seemed like just a few laps these drivers battled back and forth with various lead changes on every lap.  But in the end #300 Jeff Hoff took the checkered flag, while Justin Vanderzee and Matt Turner took 2nd and 3rd. 

While Race 4 did not bring out a huge number of racers among the 4 different classes, what it did bring to the grid was tons of racing experience and too many 1st place trophies to count.  Among the drivers in these classes were the Fulks brothers Randy and Rick.  The Harper family, Robby and Robby Jr. and the Brown family, Jamey and John.  Margay owner, Keith Freber who has attended 37 Daytona races as a driver since 1982.  Also, veteran racers Brad Zoeller, Allen Cox and Jim Farr Jr. brought their A game to the track hoping to secure a 1st place finish.  Matt Michel ended up driving for Robby Sr in the #52 kart.  Right out of the gate in the B stock class Rick Fulks took a 4 sec lead and never looked back.  He held that pace for the entire 25 minutes and ended up taking the 1st place finish followed by Allen Cox and Jim Farr Jr.

 The Yamaha Senior class had a very intense race between veteran drivers Randy Fulks and Keith Freber, and Mid-West KART member Rusty Benson.  Coming off the 1st lap Randy Fulks had somewhat of a lead on Freber and Benson, but that was short lived as they caught up to Randy after the second lap.  While Randy held onto his 1st position, Freber and Benson battled back and forth throughout the entire race for 2nd position.  In the end Randy Fulks took home another 1st finish while Keith Freber took 2nd and Rusty Benson brought home a 3rd place finish. 

The TaG Heavy class in Race 5 brought a whooping 26 drivers to Daytona to fight for the right of 1st place.  With this many drivers there was bound to be some good racing.  Coming off the 1st lap Jason Lorang had a good lead on drivers Matt Cherry and Brad Adams.  In the second group which was close behind, Scoot Cherry, Jeff Bierman, Steven Hefley and Nathan Wilkins were fighting to gain position over one another.   About halfway through the race, positions had changed but Jason Lorang was still holding strong on his 1st place position.  This time Steven Helfley had moved up to 2nd place while Matt and Scott Cherry were vying for that 3rd place position.  This battle continued until the very end where Jason Lorang brought home the checkered flag and Steven Helfley and Nathan Wilkins took 2nd and 3rd.

Sunday’s TaG Heavy race also brought a ton of good ole fashion racing with 29 karts on the grid.  Coming around the 1st lap, John Brown was in the lead followed by Tiffany Fisher, Brad Adams and Jeff Bierman.  Leading the way in the 2nd pack was Jason Lorang Dennis Whittaker, Brandon Rodriguez and Steven Hefley.  By lap 3 positions had changed as Tiffany Fisher took the lead with Jeff Bierman and Jamey Brown hot on her tail.  Steven Hefley was also closing in with 4th place.  Coming into the halfway point of the race Jason Lorang had made a huge leap to take the 1st place position while Tiffany Fisher fell back to 2nd place.  John and Jamey Brown held strong in 3rd and 4th.  As the checkered flag came out Jamey Brown had taken the lead from Jason Lorang who was only 0.016 of sec behind him while fellow teammate John Brown came in a very close 3rd place.

The Unlimited class not only brought out 18 drivers to the grid, but they also brought the speed.  Veteran racer Johnny West took an early lead and kept it with an impressive 1 minute 54 second lap time.  Following him on the 1st lap was #73 James Skyers, #42 Michael Tracy, #23 Jim White and #420 Chuck Gilbert.  By lap 4 both Brian Wilhelm and Mitch White who were in 7th and 8th place had jumped into the 2nd and 3rd spots.  These positions were held until the checkered flag was thrown with Johnny West leading Brian Wilhelm by 32 seconds.

Sunday’s Unlimited class brought out even more racers for a total of 21.  Once again Johnny West brought the speed with an even faster lap time than Saturday’s race.   Again, he took an early lead followed by Rick Fulks, Brian Wilhelm, Patrick Olsen, Larry Dobbs, and James Skyers.  Unfortunately, Patrick Olsen and Rick Fulks were only able to get 1 lap in.  By the halfway mark it seemed as if we were watching the same race as Saturday with Johnny West in 1st place.  This time Brian Wilhelm was hot on his trail with only 1 second separating the 2 racers.  In the end that second was just enough for Johnny West to secure another 1st place finish.  Brian Wilhelm and Mitch White once again snagged the 2nd and 3rd place finishes.

The IAME Sprint class was full of excited and well as controversy as 26 racers lined up to take the green flag.  As the racers came around to take the green flag on the straight away Jamey Brown lead the lead pack followed by John brown and Scott Cherry.  Not too far behind was the 2nd group led by 17 year old female racer Paige Evans.  Hot on her tail was Tyson Knight, Matt Cherry and Jason Lorang.  Coming into lap 4 which marked the halfway point of the race, Jamey Brown still held the lead over teammate John Brown and Scott Cherry.  The 2nd group was gaining ground still led by Paige Evans with Jason Lorang now behind her, followed by Tyson Knight and Nathan Wilkins.  As the checkered flag was thrown racers John Brown and Scott Cherry made a play for 1st place and took the win with Jamey Brown taking 3rd.  Unfortunately following a post-race DQ of the top 3 places, the win went to Paige Evans while Jason Lorang and Tyson Knight came in 2nd and 3rd.

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With Saturday’s controversy looming over everyone’s head the IAME class took to the grid on Sunday hoping for the same excitement but with a lot less drama.  As the drivers exited turn 4 on the 1st lap the lead pack was led by Jason Lorang and Brian Fisher.  Brian Adams and Cole Peschang were close behind in the 3rd and 4th positions.  As the 2nd group came around it was led by none other than 17-year-old Paige Evans with teammates Jamey and John Brown following suite.  As the racers started lap 3 positions had changed once again.  Paige Evans now led the pack with the Jamey Brown next in line.  With a little distance between them Scott Cherry was leading the charge for the 2nd group followed by Cole Peschang and John Brown.  Coming into lap 5 Jamey Brown had taken over the lead position with John Brown and Jason Lorang hanging onto 2nd and 3rd.  As the checkered flag was thrown the winner on Sunday’s IAME race was John Brown with Jamey Brown 2nd, Cole Peschang 3rd, Scott Cherry 4th and Paige Evans rounding out the top 5.

 

Congratulations to all the winners at Daytona KartWeek!!  The next stop on the Vega Road Race series is Roebling Road, which is where the 2018 Road Race series banquet will be held.  Hope to see you there!!

 

Saturday:

Cadet LO206 (LO): Carson Bartlett

Jr. LO206 (LO): Ayden Gough

Vintage Open: Tony Ellison

Yamaha Sportsman Heavy: Randy Fulks

100cc Controlled: Nate Grindell

CIK LO206 Sprint: Richard Hoff

KA100 Jr: Liam Kelly

PKE Honda Jr: Mason Lastra

PKE Honda Sr: Matt Swiat4ek

TaG Jr: Carson Aarup

B Stock: Rick Fulks

Formula 100: Mitch White

X30 Laydown: Lance Yunck

Yamaha Sr: Randy Fulks

Animal Sprint 390: Ben Thomason

Jr Animal: Madison Wheatley

Stock Honda: Alex Laughlin

Tag Heavy: Jason Lorang

Yamaha Sprint: James Crawford

Formula 100: Travis Miller

Yamaha Sportsman Med: Chad Dokken

100cc Piston Port: Brad Zoeller

Open Sprint: Robin Bank

Unlimited: Johnny West

125 Shifter Sprint: James Crawford

Clone Sprint: Conner Toomey

IAME Sprint: Paige Evans

LO206 Sprint 390: Stephen Bassharr

WKA Sprint Sprint: Louie Mageria

Yamaha Sportsman Spt: Dawn Magiera

 

Sunday:

Clone Sprint: James Cartledge

IAME Sprint: John Brown

LO206 Sprint 390: Clark Simonton

TaG Jr: Carson Aarup

 

Vintage Euro: Edward Dolbow

Vintage Open: Tony Ellison

Yamaha Sprint: David Bruisma

Yamaha Sr: Adam Trumbley

Yamaha Sportsman Heavy: Randy Fulks

100cc Controlled: Lance Yunck

Cadet LO206 (LO): Carson Bartlett

Jr LO206 (LO): Ayden Gough

Open Sprint: Robin Bank

Unlimited: Johnny West

125 Sprint Shifter: Eric Fagan

Formula 100: Brian Morse

X30: Lance Yunck

Yamaha Sportsman Med: Chad Dokken

100cc Piston Port: Rusty Benson

CIK LO206 Sprint: Jeff Hoff

KA100 Jr: Makena Rice

KA100 Sr: Chase Carey

PKE Honda Jr: Mason Lastra

PKE Honda Sr: Destiny Albertson

TaG Heavy: Jamey Brown

Animal Sprint 390: Andrew Boyer

Jr Animal: Madison Wheatley

Stock Honda: Skitchy Barnes

WKA Sprint: Louie Magiera

Yamaha Sportsman Spt: Dawn Magiera

LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR DAYTONA KARTWEEK

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CONCORD, NC - Today, December 12th, is the last day to register for the biggest karting event of the year---Daytona Kartweek.  Registration officially closes at 12pm Midnight (EST) to allow the WKA office time to prepare for the event.

Also, some Daytona hotels have extended their WKA offers until December 17th, so if you haven't booked a room yet, here is your last chance to do so at a reduced rate. Click the hotel booking link under your race series to be taken to the booking platform.

To register, click your race series registration link below:

Daytona Road Race deadline: Dec. 12th

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HOTEL BOOKING

Daytona Dirt World Championship deadline: Dec. 12th
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Manufacturers Cup deadline: Dec. 12th
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Thank you, Happy Holidays and safe travels!

The Grand Nationals Land at Bowling Green

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Story & photos by, Jennifer Edens Henry

WKA along with KART hosted their final race of the season at the National Corvette Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky. This would be the 2nd time that WKA and KART had ever raced at this particular track and the 3rd time that these 2 organizations rallied together to co-host an event.  With the temperature hitting below freezing and rain on Thursday and Friday, the Grands Nationals were at a standstill.  Many weren’t even sure if they would make it on the track for practice day, but by midafternoon things started to look up.  The track had finally dried up enough and the powers at be gave the green light for practice to begin.  As chilling wind and temperatures ripped thru the pits many brave karters layered up and hit the track to make sure that they were ready for the next 2 days of racing.  Many were competing for the infamous Grand National Eagle trophy with only a few points separating 1st, 2nd, 3rd place.  Who would take home the Eagle?

This year the CIK LO206 class has not disappointed when it came to good ole fashion racing.  Two very familiar karters have dominated this class the last 2 races.  Chase Pflughaupt and Lindsey Read have become formidable opponents in this particular class, battling it out in every turn of the track.  On Saturday both Chase and Lindsey started up front and broke away from the pack with only 1 other karter on their tails.  They continued swapped positions numerous times throughout the race, Lindsey was leading when they hit the last turn and headed down the straightaway.  With the white flag waving, Chase knew he was going to have to wait to make his move until the last corner.  Going into turn 14 Chase grabbed the inside line, but Lindsey had a plan of her own and decided to cross under Chase, which started a drag race to the finish.  Lindsey Read ended up taking the checkered flag with only .022 seconds between her and Chase, while Stephen Gibson brought home 3rd place. 

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Once again, Sunday’s CIK LO206 class had spectators on the edge of their seat wondering who was going to take home the 1st place trophy.  Chase and Lindsey once more battled back and forth the entire race with three other karters trying to catch them. With three laps to go, two of those karts drafted off each other to pass Chase and Lindsey.  Unfortunately going into turn 14 they literally pushed each other off the track, eliminating them from the race. The now third place kart was close behind until the finish, but Chase was able to grab his 1st Grand National win while Lindsey Read took 2nd and Craig McNeese secured 3rd place.  According to Chase it was a pretty solid way to the end their second year in karting, going 1-1-2-1 in all of the WKA/KART joint races in which they ran the CIK LO206 class.

Race 3 on Saturday brought in a bunch of heavy hitters running a couple different classes.  The B Stock class was a family affair with the Harper clan making up the majority of the entries.  According to Robby Harper this was one of the only times that all his boys were racing together with him.  Unfortunately, those numbers could not help secure a 1st place finish.  As soon as the green flag dropped for the B Stock class Rick Fulks took the lead and never looked back.  Rick stayed in the lead the entire race with a 60 second lead over 2nd place.  Jim Farr Jr. brought home the 2nd place finish and Robby Harper rounded out the top 3.  The Yamaha Senior class also did not disappoint with 12 karters competing for the National trophy.  Once the race started the lead pack consisted of Randy Fulks, Scott Grenier, Brian Ellis, and Brad Zoeller.  Regrettably they were unable to handle the power of RRR racing as Randy Fulks pulled away from the group, which led him to a 1st place finish over Scott Grenier.  LAD Specialties was well represented with Scott Grenier’s 2nd place finish as well as Brian Ellis bringing in 3rd.  Once again, the Fulks name did not disappoint at the Grand Nationals as Randy Fulks also brought home a 1st place finish in Sunday’s Yamaha Senior race with Scott Grenier taking 2nd and Rex Pierce 3rd.

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The Stock Honda class in race 4 also brought out an impressive 13 karters to the grid.  Starting third, Steven Rougeou had taken the lead by the 1st corner unfortunately somewhere on the track an incident had occurred, and the red flag came out. The karters were once again lined up for a restart once the track had been cleared. This time Steven wasn’t by himself going into the first turn, Alex Watzke and Mark Nagy were right on his tail.  Mark Nagy took the lead and set the pace of the race. Alex seemed to have an issue and fell back halfway through the race. Steven and Mark continued to race neck and neck for the entire race with Mark taking the checkered flag over Steven by 0.413 seconds. However, on Sunday Steven was able to secure a 1st place finish taking home a Grand National Eagle to add to his collection.  Steven’s DR M99 was consistent through the entire race. His SRS engine was strong utilizing the Mezzo heat exchanger.  “I’m glad to have been consistently fast this year and running up front with the fastest guys in the nation. It solidified another national championship in stock Honda.” Chad Donner took home 2nd place, while Alex Watzke came in 3rd.

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Yamaha Sportsman Medium was also another class that brought out 11 racers to Kentucky to vie for the opportunity to take home an Eagle.  Once the green flag was waved Randy Fulks once again took the lead and never let off the gas.  Coming off the 1st lap Rusty Benson was in back in second place followed by Jeramie Weeden, Lamar Hillard, Gianni Scavuzzo, Justin Greene and Amanda Holewski.  As the racers hit the halfway mark Rusty Benson unfortunately fell out of the race and DNW while Lamar Hillard took over 2nd.  For the rest of the race Lamar, Jeramie and Amanda battled which ultimately led to Lamar Hillard hanging on to 2nd place while Jeramie Weeden took 3rd and Amanda Holewski taking 4th.

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Congratulations to all the winners at the Grand Nationals and thank you for being a part of the WKA/KART race at NCM!!!  Looking forward to seeing everyone in Daytona for the start of the 2019 Road Race season.

 

Saturday:

Jr. Endruo- Jordan Johnson

Yamaha Sportsman Heavy- Scott Grenier

100cc Controlled- Johnny Scavuzzo

Animal Sprint- Clark Brittingham

Cadet LO206 (LO)- Austin Harper

CIK LO206- Lindsey Read

Jr. Animal- Jason Pribyl

K Sprint B&S LO206- Joel Negas

Vintage Open- Tony Ellison

B Stock- Rick Fulks

Formula 125- Allen Hollinger

X30- Paul Wyzga

Yamaha Sr.- Randy Fulks

K Sprint CIK Yamaha- Mark McNaught

K Sprint Tag Sr.- Seth Urton

Stock Honda- Mark Nagy

TaG Heavy- Jason Lorang

Formula 100- Travis Miller

K 100cc Open- Keith Wedel

K Piston Port- Taylor Everhart

Yamaha Sportsman Med- Randy Fulks

100cc Piston Port- Scott Campbell

Clone Sprint 390- James Cartledge

IAME Sprint- John Bryant

K Sprint 125 Shifter- Melvin Nelsen

LO206 Sprint 390- Robert Garland

Open Sprint- Jerry Revely

Unlimited- Jeremy Baldi

125 Sprint Shifter- Glenn Critchett

 

Sunday:

Jr. Endruo- Jordan Johnson

Yamaha Sportsman Heavy- Lamar Hillard

Animal Sprint 390- Ben Thomason

Cadet LO206 (LO)- Isabelle Wheatly

CIK LO206- Chase Pflughaupt*

Jr. Animal- Jason Pribyl

K Sprint B&S LO206- Joel Negas

K Unlimited- Wes Jordan

Yamaha Sr.- Randy Fulks

K Sprint Tag Sr.- Seth Urton

Stock Honda- Steven Rougeou

Yamaha Sprint- Otto Volmerhausen

TaG Heavy- Brad Adams

Formula 100- Scott Campbell

K-A Unlimited- Chris Ragan

K Piston Port- Taylor Everhart

Yamaha Sportsman Med- Rusty Benson

100cc Piston Port- Lamar Hillard

Clone Sprint 390- James Cartledge

IAME Sprint- Brad Adams

K Sprint 125 Shifter- Tommy Plahitko

LO206 Sprint 390- Robert Garland

Open Sprint- Jerry Revely

Unlimited- Jeremy Baldi

125 Sprint Shifter- Mark Nagy

X30- Paul Wyzga

WKA RETURNS TO CHARLOTTE WITH ALL THREE NATIONAL PROGRAMS

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November 23, 2018 – Looking to combine multiple World Karting Association (WKA) events at one venue, karting will make its return to the Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2019 over the June 21-23 weekend. With the Vega Road Racing Series utilizing part of the Roval and Speedway made famous by NASCAR, the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup will also use a portion of the Roval in a sprint race style setting while the Maxxis Speedway Dirt Series will compete at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

"Everyone at WKA is thrilled to host an event back on our home soil, and even more excited to bring all three of our National Racing Series together the same weekend,” explains Kevin Williams. “The folks at Charlotte Motor Speedway have been amazing partners with WKA to make this historic event happen." 

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Maxxis Speedway Dirt Series

With the first ever Speedway Dirt Race at the Dirt Track at CMS, careful consideration was needed for track design and track prep. Maxxis Tires and the WKA staff have brought on veteran dirt track manager Mackey Flood to prepare an awesome track.

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Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup

With the added Charlotte event, the 2019 schedule will experience some changes as noted below. Huge thank you to Pitt Race Complex and Concept Haulers Motor Speedway for making room on their calendars for 2019, but the addition of the Charlotte venue will result in the Manufacturers Cup program having to cancel these event venues with hopes to return to these amazing facilities in the very near future. 

Other exciting news from WKA is the confirmation that the Manufacturers Cup will return to Road America on the May 17-19 weekend. Huge credit is given to Badger Kart Club in helping secure the date and additionally, they have gracefully agreed to change their race date to the August 23-25 weekend.

 

Revised Final Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup 2019 Schedule:

·       Daytona Kartweek, Daytona International Speedway - December 27-30, 2018

·       GoPro Motorplex, Mooresville, NC - March 29-31, 2019

·       Road America Karting Motorplex, Elkhart Lake, WI - May 17-19, 2019

·       Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC - June 21-23, 2019

·       Badger Kart Club Wolf Paving Raceway, Dousman, WI - August 23-25, 2019

·       New Castle Motorsports Park, New Castle, IN - October 11-13, 2019**

**WKA Grand National Event

 

Other changes to the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup include a change to Motul 2T Kart Oil for all 2-cycle categories as it becomes the spec oil for the series. 

Additionally, at the most recent Trustee Meeting, some changes were made to the 2019 Regulations to make participation more member-friendly, as recommended by the Manufacturers Cup Competition Committee. After sampling many of the members to discuss the program's two finals per event format for each class, the drops allowed for 2019 Manufacturers Cup have changed from two entire event drops to four daily drops. 

Also, to assist Mini drivers with their transition to the Junior ranks, WKA has added the KA100 Junior category to allow drivers to gain more experience before they move to the popular IAME X30 Junior class. To further assist, WKA will allow drivers with the attained age of 11-years old to advance to KA100 Junior for 2019.

 

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Vega Tires Road Race Series Schedule:

With the addition of a return to the historic Charlotte Motor Speedway and racing on the famed Roval, the 2019 race schedule is now complete:

·       Daytona Kartweek, Daytona International Speedway - December 27-30, 2018

·       Roebling Road Raceway together with the Southern Kart Club, Bloomingdale, GA - March 8-10, 2019**

·       Gateway Motorsports Park, together with C.E.S., Madison, IL, - May 10-12, 2019

·       Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval, together with Woodbridge Kart Club, Concord, NC - June 21-23, 2019

·       Heartland Park, together with K.A.R.T., Topeka, KS - August 16-18, 2019

·       NCM Motorsports Park, together with K.A.R.T. and CES, Bowling Green, KY - November 8-10, 2019

 

WKA Vega Tires Road Race Series Banquet

Also, after polling many of the road race members, the decision was made to celebrate the 2018 Vega Road Race Series Champions Banquet at Roebling Road in March 2019, as has been in previous years. 

"I've said from the beginning of my short time as President that we wanted to make WKA more member-focused,” adds Williams. “These program enhancements and schedules for our 2019 national campaigns bring the excitement and experience meter way up for our members. Special thank you to our committees, office team, trustees, and especially the support of our partners for making all this happen. 2019 promises to be one of our most exciting years yet."

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.

For information on press releases or other media services offered by Race Tech Development, please contact Mike Maurini via e-mail at Info@RaceTechDevelopment.com or 317.270.8723. Race Tech Development can also be found on Twitter at @RTDMediaAndMGMT as well as Facebook at their Race Tech Development Fan Page.

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TECH MANUAL UPDATE 2019-002

103.2.1 Competition Age

Change "December 25, 2018" to "December 27, 2018"

104.4.3 Driver if Record - Speedway Division

Delete the words, "104.4.4 Replacement Driver and"

104.4.4 Replacement Driver Approval Prior to Event- Delete

104.4.5 Replacement Driver Approval At Event

Change to: A Replacement Driver may be used if a driver cannot compete in the event as a result of injury from that event.  The Race Director must approve the replacement driver.  Replacement drivers cannot be WKA National Champions in the past two comepetition-years. The replacement drver may qualify his/her own kart, but must start at the rear of the field.

104.4.6 Releife Drivers - Road Race

Delete the words, "104.4.4 or"

104.4.7 Additional Replacement Driver Provisions: Delete

212.1.5 Overall Class Champion-Delete

801.1  Manufacturers Cup---Change To: A competitors best eight out of twelve daily (Final) results at Manufracturers Cup Events count towards the National Championship.

VEGA TIRES EXTENDS ITS SUPPORT OF WKA’S ROAD RACE PROGRAM THROUGH 2021

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Popular Global Tire Manufacturer Continues as the Title Brand of the National Series

 

CONCORD, NC - After years of support of the WKA National Road Race program, Vega Tires has committed to continue its support to the WKA Road Racers by extending its backing as Title Sponsor for another 3-years.

“Vega Tires, together with TS Racing have always been valuable members of the WKA Family, and their extended commitment to our National Road Race Program proves their support for the benefit of the racers.” Stated WKA President Kevin Williams, “We are thrilled that loyal partners like Vega Tires see the value of supporting karters, and we cannot be happier they have pledged their commitment for another 3-years.  This is an exciting time for the Vega National Road Race Series.”

As a part of their dedication to the Road Race program, TS Racing and Vega Tires will be available at the National Road Race events to offer support to the participants, from technical assistance to product knowledge.

“Vega Tires and TS Racing have been long-time supporters of WKA and their many programs,” stated TS Racing President Tod Spaude, “We believe WKA’s support of all racers is a home for TS Racing and Vega Tires to promote our products and expertise, to enhance the experience for the racers.”

Next stop for the Vega Tires National Road Race Series is KartWeek at Daytona International Speedway.  Entry Forms and information can be found at https://www.worldkarting.com/road-racing-series

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

 

WKA Daytona Kartweek Entry Forms, Hotels, and Parking are Now Available

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CONCORD, NC - With the start of the 2019 WKA National Karting Calendar upon us, WKA has made entry forms, hotel availability, and pit parking available for all three events of the famed WKA Daytona Kartweek at www.worldkarting.com
“The WKA Team has worked tirelessly to make this Daytona the best ever,” stated WKA President, Kevin Williams, “I’m excited about all the enhancements lined up for this year’s Daytona, which set up the reason season in all our programs.”
For the Maxxis Tires Dirt Championships at Daytona, in addition to a full-schedule of classes the WKA Dirt Committee has decided to bring back long-time partners of the Unlimited All Stars, (UAS), in favor of the Hobby classes. 
In addition to Daytona, the Vega Tires Road Race Series has secured dates at Roebling Road, Topeka, and a new venue this year at Gateway Motorsports Park, outside St. Louis. Heavy negotiations are being finalized now for additional tracks, with the full 2019 Road Race Calendar to be announced in the coming days.
The Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup will see the most changes this year, as the series welcomes the IAME KA 100 Junior and Briggs 206 Cadet.  As with previous years, the Margay Ignite program will be back at Daytona, along with Margay’s Title Sponsorship of the Daytona Event.
Finally, WKA has recently partnered with Eventure Event Specialists to secure hotel rooms for the participants, for all the National Events of WKA’s 2019 Schedule.  Hotel booking links are found on each of the racing series event pages at www.worldkarting.com

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To register for the Daytona Kartweek Bridgestone Manufacturer's Cup event, click the button below to be taken to the Manufacturer's Cup Series page on our website.

Manufacturer's Cup

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To register for the Daytona Kartweek Vega Tires Road Race Series event, click the button below to be taken to the Road Race Series page on our website.

Road Race Series

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To register for the Daytona Dirt World Championships event, click the button below to be taken to the Dirt World Championship page on our website.

Dirt World Championships

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