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02.14.2016 – Carl Overton passes away

CONCORD, NC – An old friend passed away this week. Carl Overton. Member of the World
Karting Hall of Fame Carl was Vice President of WKA for many years
through the late 70s and well through the 1980s. He served alongside
my father and was a tremendous support. He served the membership and
truly loved the sport of karting. He and his wife Yvonne were very
involved with the WKA Enduro program back in the day. He was
instrumental in the growth of WKA in the early stages. His dedication
and passion for the sport of karting was as strong as anyone. RIP Carl
you are a true karting legend.

02.14.2016 – Clarification Regarding Road Race Drops for 2016

CONCORD, NC – In recent weeks, there has been some confusion regarding the status of drops for the 2016 Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series driven by Russell Karting.

With 5 national events on the schedule this season, competitors will be allowed 1 drop in their program, counting their best 4 of 5 national events, and 7 of 10. However, if a competitor competes in all 5 national events, he/she will receive Bonus Points for attending all 5 events this year.

Also, the season finale September 16-18 at Atlanta Motorsports Park in Dawsonville, Georgia has been designated as the Grand National event. While bonus points are usually given at the Grand National, they will only apply if this race, being the 5th of 5 races, is indeed the fifth WKA National race a competitor has run all season long. If a competitor has missed any races leading up to the Grand National event, he/ she will not be receiving  Bonus Points at that event, but will obviously be eligible for the Grand National Eagle.

WKA hopes this helps to clarify any questions or concerns people may have had with regards to the proposed drops, in light of the fact that some were unable to attend Daytona, or may not be able to make the rescheduled July race at Dominion Raceway, now 1 week later than the originally scheduled VIR July date, which had to be changed due to a paving project now scheduled for that same month, thus shutting down all activity for the track for that time frame.

02.10.2016 – WKA extends First Tier Entry for Mooresville Winter Cup

CONCORD, NC – WKA has announced that they will extend the first Tier date for the the Mooresville Winter Cup. The new date will be February 19th. We had a great turn out this past week in Jacksonville. We look forward to seeing you at GoPro Motorplex.

Click here for the entry blank.

02.10.2016 – Jax Gold Cup Entry Blank Now Online

  2016 Gold Cup Season Loaded for all Competitors

CONCORD, NC – The series of discussions, dating back to the September, 2015 season finale in Barnesville, Georgia for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series has netted some major results and advancements heading into the 2016 national racing season for the top 4 Cycle Competitors in America.

With the major topic of discussion being a potential increase in fees for the overall betterment of the program moving forward, WKA Officials have devised a plan in which every participating national points class will have something bigger and better to run for in the New Year.

Falling in line with the financial tier system that is currently utilized by the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series with great success, competitors in the Gold Cup Series will also follow the same formula, based on their status of Trophy or Pro Class.

Starting with the Senior Pro Gas Medium, Heavy, and LO206 classes, competitors will pay a Tier 1 fee of $265 per class, which includes their practice fee per class as well. The end result of this fee will net drivers in each of these classes the opportunity to come away with a $500 payday for the weekend per class as the best overall finisher. 2nd place overall will come away with a $250 payday with third place receiving $100. The top 3 in all classes will still receive awards each day as well.

The same formula will also be in place for Junior Pro Gas Lite and Heavy competitors, sporting a $265 Tier 1 Entry Fee, with the top overall finisher receiving $500 to win with $250 for 2nd and $100 for 3rd per class. Competitors in the Junior LO206 Class will fall into the Trophy Class category, which will sport a different entry fee, as they will not be eligible for a purse payout.

Drivers in the Sportsman Pro Gas Heavy class will also run for a $500 to win payout, with $250 for 2nd, and $100 for 3rd. Sportsman Pro Gas Lite and Sportsman LO206 competitors will fall into the category of a Trophy Class.

So in all, 6 classes will be vying for $500 to win paydays, with $250 for 2nd and $100 for 3rd.

Tier 1 Fees for the Trophy classes will be set at $215, which, going by last years Tier 1 system, is no more than a $15 increase per class. However, competitors in Trophy classes also have a shot at $100 to the overall class winner, if their classes entry count exceeds 10 or more entries for the weekend.  The classes that will be listed as Trophy Classes include:

Kid Kart

Sportsman LO206

Sportsman Pro Gas Lite

Junior LO206

Masters LO206

Additionally, the Friday Night Shootout Races for Sportsman and Junior Pro Gas Classes will still take place, with competitors racing for a $200 to win payday for 10 laps of racing, with $100 for 2nd and $50 for 3rd. Trophies will again be available for the Top 5 finishers, with the Entry Fee remaining at $25.

The Senior Pro Gas Money Race will also remain intact with competitors running their unique event with a 75% payback based on class participation. Entry Fee will remain at $50 for the event, not only giving drivers additional track time, but yet another shot at some great purse money before the weekends activities get underway for the points classes.

On top of this, the 2015 Year End Awards Presentation, scheduled to take place at the season opening event April 15-17 at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida, will also mark the return of Champions Rings to all the 2015 National Champions as well.

Sponsors are lining up fast for what is looking to be an awesome season of racing for Americas premier 4 Cycle Sprint Series, including major participation from Briggs and Stratton, as well as Brads Heating and Cooling, Coyote Motorsports, Mikim Motorsports, new sponsors Water Medic, Boon and Sons, Jim’s Marine, Trackside Kart Supply, Inferno Racing Clutches, and MattMillerracing.com. Additionally, Noram Clutches has signed on as an associate sponsor for the season, with longtime Speedway Dirt Series sponsor Bordeaux Dyno Cams making a run into Gold Cup as well. Many other sponsors are being finalized at this very moment, with 2016 shaping up very nicely.

To view the 2016 Jacksonville Gold Cup Season Opening Entry Blank, click here.

02.10.2016- WKA Welcomes Kelly Frazier to Concords Office Team

CONCORD, NC -World Karting Officials are proud to announce a continued expansion to the Concord, North Carolina office with the appointment of Kelly Frazier to the office staff. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina area, Kelly’s knowledge and passion for sports, along with her vast background in office administration, as well as top notch customer service, add to a trio of personnel already in place that has well served the needs of the karting community.kelly

“We are very excited and thrilled to add Kelly, only a year after hiring Buddy Long as yet another excellent customer service representative to the WKA Family” stated WKA President John Ferris. “Led by our Office Manager Marie Borsuk, her sister Jeanne Harrison, who serves as WKA’s Membership and Points Administrator, among many other duties, the team in place at this time is one of the strongest in the history of the organization.”

Kelly began her initiation process into the World of Karting Monday, February 8, and is excited to dive into her new career with the World Karting Association. Kelly can be reached at (704) 455-1606 ext 114, or by emailing her at Kelly@worldkarting.com.

02.09.2016 – Tier 1 Deadline for GoPro Winter Cup Fast Approaching

CONCORD, NC – With many competitors just returning home from the WKA Winter Cup Series second event at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida, the window is quickly closing to cash in on the Tier 1 Deadline for the series finale March 4-6 at GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina.

As mentioned earlier, WKA will be handling the parking for the event. So all requests need to be submitted via fax, email, or phone to Buddy Long at the WKA Office in Concord, North Carolina.

Deadline for Tier 1 is Thursday Feb 11, with the Tier 2 deadline slated for Feb 24.

To view the GoPro Winter Cup Entry Blank, click here.

02.09.2016 – Welage Leads Winter Cup Winners at Jax

CONCORD, NC – The second round of the inaugural WKA Winter Cup Program could not have been labeled more precisely, as bone chilling temperatures, accompanied by occasional rain, challenged the efforts of driver and crew all weekend at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida. However, the end result was a success witnessed by the large crowd of spectators in attendance.

The February Winter Cup also marked the return of 2 Cycle racing to Jacksonville under the WKA umbrella for the first time in many years. With 103rd Street serving for many years as THE Stop for 2 cycle racers back in the day during Daytona KartWeek, the eventual construction of a sprint track in the infield at Daytona International Speedway, enabled all three parts of the Daytona KartWeek puzzle to fit in together in one place, thus ending a long run down the 1,000 foot backstretch for quite a while.

The February return to 103rd brought back memories for many in the 2-cycle world. And when the dust settled, a driver who was oblivious to racing at Jax the last time 2 cycles were there, ended up on the top shelf of the podium twice for the weekend, as Jason Welage scored the overall wins in the Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman class, as well as the IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman categories.

Other overall winners for the weekend included Jason Yarbrough, leading again another very strong contingent of Briggs & Stratton LO206 Senior class competition, Brent Crews in the CRPRACING.COM Mini Swift class, and Lance Fenderson the top dog in the Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior class. Bradon Eves took top honors for the weekend in the KARTSPORT North America Pro IAME Senior division, while Karsyn Walters took the top spot on the podium in the Water for a Cause Kid Kart class. And Jimmy Cole Jackson topped all comers in the Briggs & Stratton LO206 Junior class.

For Welage, consistency would be the name of the game on Day 1, as the 3 time Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Champion from 2015 would shadow Kaden Wharff across the stripe in the Yamaha Sportsman Class. For Wharff, as well as anyone else that became acquainted with the 1,000 foot backstretch at 103rd Street, being in the right place on the right lap is everything, especially in Jacksonville, as Wharff laid claim to the win. The top 2 were chased across the stripe by Annie Rhule, Eli Trull, and Rylee Engel for the top 5, with Welage taking the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time Award.

Welage would again find second as the spot in the IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman Class as Connor Ferris took the victory on Saturday, with Robert Noaker III, Annie Rhule, and Ashton Chilton completing the top 5. Welage again would be the recipient of the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time Award.

In other Saturday action, Brent Crews fended off the efforts of Sebastian Ng for the win in the CRPRACING.COM Mini Swift class. Caleb Gafrarar rode home third on Day 1, with Danny Dyszelski and Nicholas Terlecki completing the top 5. Eli Trull, the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time winner, rode home 6th.

For the second race in a row, the Allison Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior class did not disappoint, as Lance Fenderson turned back the efforts of Ty Gibbs for the win. Fenderson was also the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time winner. Chasing the top 2 across the line were Vincenzo Sarracino, Alex Bertagnoli, and Pauley Massimino.

Coming to Jacksonville, many in attendance in the Briggs & Stratton Racing LO206 Senior class knew Corey Towles would be tough to fend off, following a stellar Daytona performance. But Jason Yarbrough was one of those who dug in the trenches a little deeper, and was able to secure the Day 1 win over Towles, with Michael Clark, Matt Mayes, and Patrick O’Neal rounding out the top 5. Towles was able to secure the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time Award on Saturday.

If your name was Bradon or Brandon, the front was the place to be on Saturday in the KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior class, as Bradon Eves held back the efforts of Brandon Jarsocrak and Brandon Lemke for the top honors. Calvin Ming and Comet Kart Sales Fast Timer Jonathan Kotyk completed the top 5.

For the second time in 2 races, competitors in the Water for a Cause Kid Kart Class had to be on Cloud Nine. First the chance to run at Daytona, then the long backstretch at Jacksonville, which made the most minimal speed of a racing weekend seem like 100 mph. And for CJ Bowman on Day 1, that was the case, as the young driver scored the win over Comet Kart Sales Fast Timer Karsyn Walters, with Ayrton Grimm and Dusty Larson following closely behind.

Cody Hall successfully wrapped up Day1 action, taking the highly competitive Briggs and Stratton Racing Junior LO206 Class, as one of the top young Gold Cup standouts bested fellow Gold Cupper Mark Steube, Ryan Rogers, Jimmy Cole Jackson, and Nash Duyn. Steube took the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time award.

Sundays action found another recent Kid Kart graduate in the form of Caleb Gafrarar scoring his first career win in the crpracing.com Mini Swift class. To understand and appreciate the transition of these drivers from the beginning level to Mini Swift, you have to see it for yourself, as the mere difference in speed alone makes this an impressive step up to the next national level class. Chasing Gafrarar across the stripe was Sebastian Ng, followed by Comet Kart Sales Fast Time winner Brent Crews, Sam Corry, and Nicholas Terlecki.

Lance Fenderson roared back on Day 2, not only sweeping the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time honors, but also the Allison Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior class, again being chased by Ty Gibbs, with Pauley Massimino, Vincenzo Sarracino, and Alex Bertagnoli making up the top 5. With the win, Fenderson became the only driver for the weekend who was able to sweep his class and take the Checkered Motorsports Trophy, signifying Lance as the overall class winner for the weekend.

For Jason Welage, his runner up fortunes would change in the Woltjer Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman class on Day 2, as he checked in for his first win of the weekend, topping Robert Noaker III, Rylee Engel, Comet Kart Sales Fast Timer Kaden Wharff, and Eli Trull for the Top 5.

Welage would back that up, also taking the IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman class, topping Noaker, Ferris, Wharff, and Rhule.

Not to be denied at his home track for a national class win, Sean Meier turned back the field Sunday, taking the finale for the Briggs and Stratton LO206 Senior drivers, topping Matt Mayes, Corey Towles, Jason Yarbrough, and Mike Greiner. Meier also claimed the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time award for the day as well.

Returning to victory lane as well was former WKA National Champion Mike Giessen, laying claim to the Sunday portion of the KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior class, topping the 3 B’S, with Brandon Jarsocrak, Saturday winner Bradon Eves, Brandon Lemke, and Derek Dignan for the top 5. Dignan’s top 5 run was quite the comeback, following a grinding crash on Saturday in which his tie rod broke, sending him crashing through safety barriers, thus placing a serious crimp in his ride as well. Dignan was fine. Jarsocrack took the top pole honors for the class.

On the heels of a second place run the day prior, Karsyn Walters roared back to take the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time award, as well as the Day #2 win in the Water for a Cause Kid Kart class, topping Ayrton Grimm, James Newell, Dusty Larson, and Samuel Newell.

The finale for the weekend found Jimmy Cole Jackson taking the Briggs and Stratton LO206 Junior class finale, besting Nash Duyn, Cade Frazier, Mark Steube, and Andrew Willis, with Frazier taking the Fast Time honors.

All overall winners for the weekend received a special Overall Winners Cup for the weekend, courtesy of Checkered Motorsports.

With 2 events in the books, the series will wrap up its inaugural season at GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina March 4-6, where the first ever WKA Winter Cup Champions will be crowned.

To view the complete results for the Jacksonville Winter Cup Series event, click here.

To view the GoPro Winter Cup entry Blank, click here.

02.03.2016 – Road Race Year End Awards Presentation

CONCORD, NC – With the calendar flipping quickly to February, here is just a quick reminder regarding the Year End Awards Presentation for the National Road Race Series. The 2015 national champions, as well as many other special recipients, will be honored Friday evening at the Bloomingdale Community Center, following a full day of practice for the series second national event of the season at Roebling Road Raceway in Savannah, Georgia.

Complete information regarding the Year End Awards Presentation is available by clicking on Racing Series on the WKA website, clicking Road Race, then clicking the 2015 Banquet Form.

02.03.2016 – Go Pro Mfg Cup Entry Blank Now Available Online

LO206 Senior added as Local Option Class

CONCORD, NC – As competitors from the northeast and Mid Atlantic continue to dig out from the first major snowstorm of the season, thoughts of the 80 degree weather from Daytona KartWeek are but a distant memory, as the reality of the winter months of racing kick into full gear.

Not far off in the near future lies spring, and with that, the second major event for the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series April 1-3 at Go Pro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina. Race #2, the Praga North America Nationals, will also mark the first race of the season where the Manufacturers Cup Series breaks away from the Winter Cup program, as 8 national classes, headlined by the KARTSPORT North America Pro IAME Senior group, will tackle the ultra modern Mooresville facility. Also on hand for Race #2 will be:

Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman

FRANKLINKART.COM Yamaha Junior

Fullerton Karts USA Yamaha Senior

Water for a Cause Kid Karts

CRPRACING.COM Mini Swift

IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman

Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior

 

In addition to the 8 national classes, officials at Go Pro Motorplex have requested a LO206 Senior class be added as a Local Option class for this event.  Specs for the Class include:

14+ years old

CIK Bodywork/Seat Rules

Briggs Header #557045 with RLV Silencer #4110. KartSport North America will provide these for use, free of charge, for any competitor that want to participate, but don’t own this exhaust system. Participants are required to reserve these ahead of time by emailing info@kartsportnorthamerica.com

Sunoco 87 Non Ethanol Fuel, available at track

Bridgestone YLC 450X710 tires

Comet Kart Sales will also be on hand to honor the top qualifiers in competition both days, while Checkered Motorsports will again be the sponsor of the Champions Award, given to the overall top performer in each class from the weekends activities.

Pro Swift Sportsman and Pro IAME Junior competitors will again battle for the top overall prize of $500 to win, with $250 for second and a set of Bridgestone Tires for third, while Pro IAME Senior drivers will again battle for the $1,000 top prize for the weekend, with $500 going to second, and a set of Bridgestone Tires for third.

Activities for the Praga North America Nationals get underway with a full day of practice Friday from 9am- 5pm, with Practice, Qualifying, 2 heat races per class, and a Final, making up the days action on both Saturday and Sunday.

To view the Entry Blank for the Praga North America Nationals, click here.

01.28.2016 – Go Pro Winter Cup Entry Blank Online, WKA to handle Parking

CONCORD, NC – As competitors busily eye the pivotal 2nd stop for the inaugural WKA Winter Cup Series Feb 5-7 at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida, the other eye is focused on the series finale as well, March 4-6 at Go Pro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina.

With titles on the line for all 8 classes, competitors will have to remain on the top of their game to lay claim as the inaugural Winter Cup Champion. For competitors looking to get a jump on Race #3, the official entry blank is back online, with a few tweaks.

Competitors wishing to get their parking straight will do so by contacting Buddy Long with WKA at (704) 455-1606, ext 112, or buddy@worldkarting.com. Anyone needing tent accommodations should go to the Go Motorplex website, www,gopromotorplex.com/race-events.

Sponsor Parking will begin at 10am Thursday morning, with competitor parking slated to begin at noon.

To view the Go Pro Winter Cup Entry Blank, click here.