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09.02.2015 – Update On Unilli Dirt World Championships at Daytona

CONCORD, NC – Despite recent business moves involving Unilli and another karting group, World Karting, as well as Unilli, would like to assure competitors and fans that the latest version of the Unilli Dirt World Championship at Daytona is moving forward at a daily pace, in preparation for what should be another fantastic December event.

At present, Class Structure, Race Order, and overall purses are being finalized for the classes that will be running the latest edition of Daytona KartWeek Dec 28-30 at the World Center of Racing.

In the coming weeks, entry blank information will be released, thus affording competitors a chance to sign up for their classes and make their latest plans to spend the holidays in Daytona Beach!!!!

09.01.2015 – Welage and Lemke Bag 2 Eagles Apiece at Pittsburgh Grand National

CONCORD – The final race of the national points season for the first of WKA’s National Series came to a conclusion this past weekend as the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series crowned their Grand National Champions for 2015 in the Top Kart USA Grand Nationals at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, Pennsylvania.

Leading the way to nobodies surprise were Jason Welage and Brandon Lemke, with both drivers securing 2 Eagles each in their quest for their respective overall titles. Both competitors have found numerous successes multiple times throughout the course of the season from Daytona through the most recent event at New Castle.

For Welage, the Ohio driver placed his name in the record books as the winner of the 1st Grand National for the all new IAME Swift Cup Class, a Local Option class that grew with each passing event in 2015. While not deemed an official national points class this season, as it was a developing class in 2015, this class contained all the elements of a national caliber class quickly with great competition at each event. Welage bested Luca Mars on Sunday, with Ty Gibbs, Gage Rodgers, and Madison Campeau completing the top 5. Rounding out the top ten in the 15 kart class were Tyler Ferris, Caleb Bacon, Pauly Massimino, Annie Rhule, and Owen Mahle.

Welage came back strong Sunday to claim a second Eagle, taking the DRT Racing Pro TaG Sportsman Final, thus earning another $500 for his efforts as well. Once again, Luca Mars was shadowing Welage to the stripe, earning $250 for his second place effort, while Madison Campeau turned in another solid top five run, and laying claim to a set of Bridgestone Tires by virtue of her third place finish. Rounding out the top five were Connor Ferris and Robert Noaker III, with Caleb Bacon, Thomas Schrage, Pauly Massimino, Jamie Newton, and Ty Gibbs completing the top 10.

Much like Welage, Brandon Lemke scored a Grand National win in one of the four Money Classes, taking the top honors in the KartSport North America Pro IAME Junior Class. Lemke fended off the efforts of Zach Holden for the top honors, earning $500 for his run, while Holden took home $250 for the runnerup spot. Sam Mayer rode home third, earning a set of Bridgestone Tires with Leonardo Stoia returning to the series for a 4th place run. Savannah Fitzgerald completed the top 5.

Lemke wasn’t done for the day though, as he once again engaged in a battle with Holden for top honors in the Woltjer Racing Engines Yamaha Junior Final. And much like the Pro IAME Junior race, it was Holden and Sam Mayer chasing Lemke across the stripe. John Paul Southern Jr and Gold Cup Series regular Matt Miller, making a rare 2 cycle appearance this season, rounded out the top 5. Completing the top ten were Marina Walters, Tahlon Yockel, Brody Warren, Ariana Gnad, and Austin Schulz.

Alexander Kardashian maintained the good momentum for the season, snaring the Hytorc of Texas Pro Leopard Senior finale for the year, thus laying claim to an eagle, as well as the $1,000 top prize that went with the win. Garrett Johnston came home second for a $500 payday with Rylee Osborn getting a set of Bridgestone Tires for third.

Johnston and Kardashian swapped spots in the Tillotson Pro X30 Senior Main Event with Johnston taking the $1,000 payday on Sunday. Kardashian came home second for the $500 payday, thus giving both drivers a good paying weekend, each netting an Eagle and $1,500. Abby McLaughlin chased the pair across the stripe for third, along with a set of Bridgestone Tires.

The New Jersey Sprint Series Yamaha Rookie class found Donald Whorton II hoisting the Eagle on the podium Sunday, as he topped Owen Mahle, Isaac Beekman, Lucas Smalec, and Charlie Knoll for the top honors.

Not to be outdone in his home state, Robert Noaker III came on strong in the Comet Kart Sales Yamaha Sportsman Final, topping a strong field of young competitors, including 2 time weekend winner Jason Welage, with Madison Campeau having an awesome top five weekend with her third podium finish of the day. Tyler Ferris and Nic Sheppard completed the top five with Ian Hornish, Pauly Massimino, Annie Rhule, Joshua Warren, and Thomas Schrage completed the top 10.

Dakota Pesek finished what he started this year, taking top honors in the Zero Error Racing Yamaha Senior Pipe finale. While battling Derek Hughes all season long, issues for Hughes relegated him to a 4th place finish on Sunday with Rudy Agras and Patrick Healey making up the top 3.

By far, one of the most impressive seasons was turned in by the CRP Racing Kid Kart Class. With strong fields all season long, the young competition never disappointed the crowds on hand. And this past weekend was no different with Benjamin Maier taking the Eagle for the young class. Adam Brickley rode home second for the final event of the year with Sofia D’Arrigo holding up the competition for the girls with a third place finish. Hoyt Mohr and Austin Olds completed the top 5 with Danny Dyszelski IV, Ava Dutton, Sam Corry, Aubrey Adams, and Wyatt Ervin completing the top ten.

Congratulations also go out to all the Streeter Super Stands Fast Time award recipients.

With the national points season in the books, final points will be tallied once the remaining Super Divisional at Concept Haulers Motor Speedway in Sheridan, Illinois is accounted for, that event happening the weekend of September 18-20.

Once tallied up, the 2015 national champions will be declared, with plans for the annual awards presentation to be held in Daytona Beach, Florida as part of Daytona KartWeek in December.

More information with regards to the awards presentation, as well as the class and race structure for Daytona will be coming shortly.

On behalf of the World Karting Association, congratulations to all of the 2015 Grand National Race Winners, and top ten finishers. A great thanks to all sponsors for their efforts this season, and to all the competitors, Moms and Dads, Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles, and everyone who helped not just bring some stability back to the Mfg Cup program, but have become a huge part of what is guaranteed to be a spectacular 2016 season, beginning with Daytona KartWeek!!!!

08.27.2015 – Bowling Green Road Race Entry Blank Now Online

CONCORD, NC – There has been quite a bit of energy in the air for quite some time since the

announcement that World Karting was heading to NCM Motorsports Park in Bowling

Green, Kentucky in the fall. And for competitors on the VEGA/TS Racing National Road

Race Series, that energy has just been heightened, as the entry blank for the Fall

Nationals is now available for the season ending event.

As competitors battle this weekend at Summit Point Motorsports Park in West Virginia

for the coveted Grand Nationals, the season ending event in Kentucky will truly crown

the 2015 National Champions.

And with the KART Organization joining WKA for the season finale, a record 79 classes

will be taking to the track for action all weekend long. 53 classes will be from WKA,

with 26 classes added to the list from the KART side, making for a truly blockbuster

weekend of high-speed racing.

Action begins on Friday with a full day of practice from 9am-5pm. Practice will kick

things off Saturday at 8:30am, followed by a busy day of racing, beginning at 10:45am.

Practice will get underway at 8:15am Sunday, with races slated to begin at 1pm,

following the track mandated quiet time.

A reminder for those entering classes, please note the difference between the WKA and

KART Classes. The KART Classes are in bold print at the bottom of the entry blank in a

portion of column 3, and all of column 4.

All entries for the Fall Nationals will be taken by the WKA Office.

To view the Fall Nationals Entry Blank, click here.

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.