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08.26.2015 – Summit Point Hosting RR Grand Nationals This Weekend

CONCORD, NC – The Eagles will be soaring high this weekend in West Virginia as the VEGA/TS Racing National Road Race Series will host their Grand Nationals this weekend at the legendary Summit Pont Motorsports Park.

With the season winding down quickly, there are many points battles that are extremely tight, as competitors will be afforded Bonus Points for this weekends activities. Many drivers will try and lock up their national title. If not, the Fall Nationals at NCM Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky October 23-25 will carry even more weight.

The tightest battle in points is B Stock, where Randy Fulks and Tom O’Reilly are deadlocked for the lead with 348 points apiece. The Streeter Super Stands Stock Leopard class finds Walter Troup currently holding a 163 point lead over Jay Ellis with 2 races to go.

Chris Hines currently leads both Stock Honda 1 and 2, with Keith Buffo and Michael Hines in hot pursuit. A tight battle also exists in the Animal 385 class as Brent Hadden is holding onto a slim 40 point margin over Rob Garland Jr. Meanwhile, the elder Garland, Rob Sr, has a comfortable margin at present over Bill Lewis in the Van K Wheels Animal Masters 410 class.

Another great battle to watch for the balance of the year is in the Yamaha Sportsman Heavy class where Tim Linthicum has just 20 tallies over Bill Holder for the title. 20 points also separate William Morsperger from David McCauley in the Matthai Material Handling Yamaha Heavy class. Animal 360 is also a tight class heading into the weekend with Blake Beattie edging Zach Linsell by 49 points.

Travis Miller leads the KALL Racing and Millers Dynotime Racing Formula 100 class into town this weekend, holding a 135 point advantage over Michael Tracy while Tracy leads The Agile Group sponsored 100ccControlled Class by 315 points over Adam Myers.

53 National classes will be eligible to run for a Grand National Eagle this weekend, along with 9 Local Option Classes, added by the Woodbridge Kart Club.

Action for the Road Race Grand Nationals gets underway Friday with a full day of practice starting at 8:30am. On Saturday, practice begins at 8:30 with the days first races slated to kick off at 11am. Practice will begin the same time Sunday with racing action slated for a 10:15am start.

For more information on this weekends Grand Nationals, click here.

08.25.2015 – National Points Titles On The Line This Weekend at Pitt

CONCORD, NC – Following a most successful season, the curtain will be drawn this weekend on the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in the Top Kart USA Grand Nationals. And while many points leads could be deemed safe, Bonus Points always play a key factor, sometimes throwing a wrench into what appeared to be a title in hand for some competitors.

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08.18.2015 – WKA Launches New Website

CONCORD, NC – After months of construction, World Karting Association is proud to announce the launch of their new website. The new site should be more navigable and easier to follow, no matter what category followers choose.

Making the website easy to navigate, as well as showcasing the many sponsors WKA has, were two of the many high priorities for their customers.

In the coming weeks, added detailed information regarding the 2015 edition of Daytona KartWeek will appear, as well as info regarding the 2016 version of the WKA Tech Manual, all major projects World Karting is working on at present, in an effort to get the information out to their customers, as well as the rest of the karting world as quickly as possible.

To view the new website, be sure to log onto www.worldkarting.com.

08.18.2015 – Bonus Points Up for Grabs in Pittsburgh Grand National

CONCORD, NC – With just a little over a week till the end of the 2015 national points season for the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series at Pittsburgh International Race Complex, competitors involved in tight points battles are reminded of the Bonus Points on the line for the Top Kart USA Grand Nationals August 28-30.

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08.12.2015 – Tier 1 Deadline For Barnesville Gold Cup Near

CONCORD, NC – Competitors wishing to take advantage of the initial payment tier for the GT Machine Grand Nationals September 25-27 at Lamar County Speedway for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series have just 1 week remaining.

Deadline for Tier 1 is Wednesday Aug 19. After that, the fees for Tier 2 kick in, with a deadline of September 11.

The Grand Nationals at Barnesville, Georgia mark the season finale for what has been a quick and competitive year for the Gold Cup Series, with national titles on the line in all classes.

Activities for the GT Machine Grand Nationals begin Friday September 25 with a full day of practice, followed by Shootout races for the Sportsman and Junior Pro Gas Animal classes, as well as the season ending Money Race for the Senior Pro Gas competitors.

2 full days of qualifying and main events will follow throughout the weekend as the 2015 champions of the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series will be determined.

To view the GT Machine Grand Nationals Entry Blank, click here.

Deadline for Final Tier of Pittsburgh Mfg Cup Nearing

CONCORD, NC – Competitors gearing up for the Top Kart USA Grand Nationals for the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series August 28-30 at Pittsburgh International Race Complex have just slightly over a week to take advantage of the 2nd and final pre entry tier before at track entry fees come into play.

The deadline for Tier 2 is Friday August 14. Anyone wishing to reserve parking for the event need to contact Buddy Long at the WKA Office at (704) 455-1606 extension 112 as soon as possible, as reserved parking is going fast for this season ending event, which will crown the 2015 National Champions.

For those competitors who submitted an entry form in the early stages of the entry blank coming out, but did not reserve a parking spot at that time, if you wish to have reserved parking, please make the necessary arrangements as soon as possible.

Activities for the Top Kart USA Nationals get underway with a full day of practice Friday, beginning at 9am. Saturdays action will consist of practice, qualifying, and 3 rounds of heat races, beginning at 8:30, with activities also kicking off at 8:30 Sunday morning, featuring practice, pre finals, and finals.

To view the Pittsburgh Entry Blank, click here.

Racing World Mourns Loss of Todd King

CONCORD, NC – The World Karting Association community is at a great loss today with the unexpected passing of longtime competitor and contributor Todd King. For the past several years, Todd, along with his wife Karen, served as the official photographers and vendors for the National Road Race Series through their most unique business name, Krapp Photos.

But prior to getting in the photography business, Todd logged many laps in Road Race and Gold Cup Competition for World Karting, most recently running the season opening Gold Cup event at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida.

His success led to many special awards throughout the years. But while Todd enjoyed the gift of racing, his true gift was the smiles and laughter he created in the pits as one of the truly “Good Guys” in the sport, willing to help solve any issues in racing, and be that friend in need, all the while being oblivious to the challenges he was dealt with in the most recent years of his life. His main goal was for everyone to have fun and enjoy themselves at events.

Not allowing the physical ailments to dominate his life, Todd stood tall on the racetrack, helping to provide smiles through the lens of a camera with his great action shots, all the while standing out on a racetrack for hours on end. There was simply nothing Todd would not do for anyone, as long as he was physically able to handle it.

Todd married Karen Brown, the love of his life, this past St Patricks Day. Together, for many years, they enjoyed traveling the road, meeting the wonderful families of the various WKA National Series, with Road Race holding a very special place in their heart.

While funeral arrangements have yet to be finalized, through the efforts of his good friend, and fellow Road Racer Stephen Flatt, a link to donate to Todd’s fund has been established. If you would like to help, please click on to the following link, http://www.gofundme.com/toddkingmemorial.

On behalf of the World Karting Association, as well as the entire karting community, our thoughts and prayers go out to Todd’s family and his loving wife Karen.

Meteor series of Pistons approved

The METEOR series of pistons as distributed by Russell karting Specialties has now met all the criteria for approval for the Controlled Stock classes and will be legal for usage for the 2016 racing season starting in Daytona.

Sizes are available for engines utilizing the 49.90 thru 50.50 bore range.

2016 WKA Mfg Cup Schedule Released Inaugural Winter Cup Series to Debut!

CONCORD, NC – World Karting Association Officials are proud to announce the official venues and dates for the 2016 edition of the Bridgestone Manufacturers Series. With steady and consistent participation, as well as a renewed energy in the entire program and organization, WKA is pleased to announce the continuation of relationships with some of the greatest 2 cycle facilities in the country

Headlined by the World Center of Racing, Daytona International Speedway, for the annual edition of Daytona KartWeek in December, WKA will also be venturing back to the ultra modern Go Pro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina for an April event, giving fans a chance to visit some NASCAR Race Shops during their visit, as well as the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Also on the schedule will be 2 stops at Mark Dismore’s New Castle Motorsports Park in Indiana, the crown jewel of the Midwest, along with a return to the northeast at the always challenging and competitive Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Pennsylvania, a track with high-speed straight-aways and awesome elevation changes

Adding to the excitement of the 2016 schedule will be the first ever edition of The WKA Winter Cup, a three race series, kicking off at Daytona International Speedway, the same week as Daytona Kartweek, giving competitors an opportunity to not only run nationally, but also begin the quest for the Winter Cup title, all at the same time

Stop #2 for the series will take place at the legendary 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida in February, with the third and final run for the title ending up at Go Pro Motorplex, thus crowning the 2016 inaugural Winter Cup Champions For many running both the Winter Cup AND the Manufacturers Cup Series, the final date for the Winter Cup at Go Pro will afford competitors returning for the April Mfg Cup nationals the opportunity to leave their trailers on the property, should they choose to.

“ We are extremely pleased to be able to present our Mfg Cup national schedule to the karting public as early as we can, thus giving them the opportunity to make their plans for all the series they compete in, well in advance” stated WKA President John Ferris.

While still working on class structure for both series, WKA Officials, as well as the respective Competition Committees, are finalizing proposals that will be announced shortly. While the bulk of the Mfg Cup National Classes will clearly remain in place, the Winter Cup will be a strong mix of IAME Classes, as well as LO206 Junior and Senior Classes, providing an awesome mix of 2 and 4 cycle competition, taking many back to the days of old, before the 2 series became independent of one another.

The level of energy has not been measured this high in quite some time in both 2 and 4 Cycle racing, as WKA continues to provide their racers the best venues and class options available in their quest for the ultimate national title!!!!

In the coming weeks, plans for the 2016 dates and venues for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series, as well as the National Road Race series will be announced.

Here’s a look at the 2016 Mfg Cup and Winter Cup Schedules.

Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series:

Dec 28-30: Daytona International Speedway

April 1-3: Go Pro Motorplex

July 15-17: New Castle Motorsports Park

August 19-21: Pittsburgh International Race Complex

September: New Castle Motorsports Park

Note: While the final date for Race #5 has not been finalized, the venue will indeed be New Castle Motorsports Park

2016 WKA Winter Cup

Dec 28-30: Daytona International Speedway

Feb 5-7 103rd Street Sports Complex

March 4-6: Go Pro Motorplex

Tier 1 Deadline July 29 for Pittsburgh, WKA To Handle Parking

CONCORD, NC – The deadline for the first tier for entries for the Top Kart USA Grand Nationals August 28-30 at Pittsburgh International Race Complex for the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series is fast approaching. Competitors wishing to take advantage of the initial pricing have until Wednesday July 29 to get their entries to the WKA Office. Deadline for the 2nd tier will be August 14.

Additionally, World Karting will be handling parking for the event. Competitors who have already submitted their pre entries, as well as all future entrants, should contact Buddy Long at the WKA Office at (704) 455-1606, extension 112. Fee for parking is $50 for a standard 12×40 pit spot.

 

For more information on the Top Kart USA Grand Nationals, click here.