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07.20.2016 – Atlanta Road Race GN Entry Blank Now Available, Daytona to start 2017 Season

CONCORD, NC – The Entry Blank for the Grand National event for the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series presented by Russell Karting is now available on the WKA website. The series will be heading to Atlanta Motorsports Park in Dawsonville, Georgia for the first time ever September 16-18, battling for Grand National Eagles, as well as 50 Bonus points for running all 4 of the national events this season.

With the unfortunate cancellation of the July Dominion Raceway event, combined with the challenge of rescheduling another national event in suitable time for competitors, as well as being respectful to the late season regional events and other races scheduled, World Karting Officials felt it was in the best interest of the series, given the circumstances, to settle for a 4 race national program, and come back out in 2017 loaded for bear.

With the decision to go with the 4 race national program, competitors will follow the same format with 4 races as they would have with 5, meaning there is still 1 drop in the program, with drivers running all 4 events earning 50 Bonus Points.

While the challenges of the schedule for 2016 have been trying to say the least, given the repaving project at VIR, as well as the Dominion cancellation, WKA is coming out of the gates in 2017 with a vengeance, beginning with the latest edition of Daytona Kart Week, bringing the Road Race, Mfg Cup, and Speedway Dirt Series drivers back for the annual December Holiday Classic Dec 27-30. More information on the Daytona event will be coming in the next several weeks, as World Karting Officials are also placing the finishing touches on a return to the Midwest in 2017 as well.

To view the Entry info, click here.

07.19.2016 – Entry Blank for Kart City Performance Gold Cup Nationals Now Available

CONCORD, NC – The Entry Blank for the 3rd race of the season for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series, the Kart City Performance Nationals August 5-7 at New Castle Motorsports Park in New Castle, Indiana, is now available for competitors to view and submit.

Several wholesale changes and additions will complement the series return to the famed Midwest facility, including a Friday Night Money Race for Senior LO206 competitors, as well as the addition of a Local Option Senior LO206 Class, utilizing CIK Bodyworks only. The Local Option class will run both Saturday and Sunday as an addition to the 11 National Classes scheduled.

Additionally, World Karting Officials have elected to return the series back to its 2015 format, moving into the second half of the season. There will be no Tiered Fee System. Competitors will pay $85 per class entered from this point until July 29 at 5pm. If competitors miss the pre entry deadline, the At Track Fee will be $110.

Competitors will also pay a 1 time pre entry Practice Fee for the weekend of $60, until July 29 at 5pm, reverting back to the format from last year. At Track Practice Fee for National Competitors will be $70. Local Option class competitors will not practice Friday, but will have 2 rounds of practice on Saturday and Sunday, with a $45 Entry Fee in place per day. If a Local Option class competitor wishes to enter the WKA LO206 all WKA fees will apply.

 Officials felt it was also in the best interest of the series moving forward to eliminate the purse structure for the balance of the season, with drivers reverting back to the format of last year as well, with the top 3 drivers running for awards. While the addition of the purses was most attractive, the added entry and practice fees to offset the purses for the 6 classes eligible each race placed a strain on competitors trying to attend all of the events, with set budgets in place. Returning the series back to its previous structure is a work in progress towards returning the program back to very successful numbers attained in 2015.

The New Castle event also affords the organization, as well as New Castle Motorsports Park, who have enjoyed a most successful KRA Series this season, to find an affordable national venue for the huge throng of Local Option racers to run, while also affording the current national series competitors a more close up look at the CIK Style Bodyworks that has become quite popular in the Midwest, as well as many other areas. Track Owner Mark Dismore will be putting up Prize Money and Tires for the overall weekend event top five KRA members in the Local Option race. To be eligible for this award you must have been a registered KRA member since May 1st 2016. WKA National competitors will be allowed to run with the Local Option drivers, as long as they conform to the rules of the class.

As for the Friday night races, the Sportsman and Junior Pro Gas Shootouts will continue, sponsored by Brads Heating and Cooling, with $200 to the winner, $100 for second, and $50 for third. The Senior LO206 Money Race will follow the same purse format as the Senior Pro Gas Money race, with a 75% payout, based on kart count.

To view the weekends schedule for the Kart City Performance Nationals, click here.

 

07.19.2016 – Mfg Cup Chassis Standings Tighten Up following NCMP Event

The 3-win edge for Tony Kart in the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series Chassis Standings has not only evaporated, several more players have joined the game as a result of the wins that were very evenly spread around this past weekend at the McLaughlin Motorsports Nationals at New Castle Motorsports Park.

6 different chassis manufacturers scored wins in the 16 races over the weekend, with Top Kart, FA, Kosmic, and Benik taking 3 wins apiece. Birel and Comp Kart also laid claim to 2 wins each over the weekend in one of the most competitive weekends in Mfg Cup history, as Tony Kart, Merlin, and Praga, well represented by tough customers, fell short of the top shelf of the podium, thus tightening the chassis race up that much more.

The end result finds Tony Kart and Top Kart tied for the overall lead with 8 wins apiece. Merlin maintains second with 5 wins, while Praga now falls into a tie with FA and Benik with 4 wins. Here’s a look at the updated standings.

 

Tony Kart: 8

Top Kart: 8

Merlin: 5

Praga: 4

FA: 4

Benik: 4

Comp Kart: 3

Birel: 3

Kosmic: 3

Margay: 2

Fullerton: 1

Parolin: 1

Emmick: 1

Energy: 1

Prior to the weekend, Benik, Comp Kart, and Kosmic weren’t even on the radar, while FA had just 1 win in the first two events of the season. Led by Gahanna, Ohio’s Braden Eves, who took 4 national events over the weekend, FA has placed themselves right in the thick of the battle, as 2 of Eves 4 wins came on the FA Chassis, both coming in the Fullerton Karts Yamaha Senior class.

The other FA win was equally impressive as Greenfield, Indiana’s Garrett Adams took down the field in the Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman class.

Eves talent enabled not only FA to get in the hunt, but Kosmic as well, as the young talent swept the KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior Class, also netting $1,000 for being the weekends overall champion, both days wins coming on the Kosmic chassis. And much like FA, there was a Junior win that complimented Kosmics success over the weekend, as St. Cloud, Florida driver Jeremy Fletcher took down the CRPRACING.COM Mini Swift field.

Top Karts league tying effort came primarily on the shoulders of Westlake, Ohio’s John Paul Southern Jr, sweeping the wins in the Franklinkart.com Yamaha Junior class, while Brownsburg, Indiana stalwart Kaden Wharff notched yet another win in the Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman class.

Benik entered the chassis battles as well with Miami Beach, Florida’s Reece Gold sweeping the IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman class, thus garnering a $500 payday for being the weekends overall champion. Benik practically owned the Swift portion of the weekend, as Indianapolis driver Elliott Cox nailed down the Sunday win in the CRPRACING.COM Class.

Comp Karts 2 wins came as a result of the impressive run of Nicholas D’Orlando in the Woltjer Racing Engines Pro Iame Junior class, thus earning D’Orlando $500 as the weekends top overall champion.

And while most wins on a chassis came with a repeat driver, the Water for a Cause Kid Kart class found parity with the Birel Chassis, as both Jefferson, Ohio’s Dusty Larson and Groveport, Ohio’s Preveil Perkins claimed the wins, giving Birel 3 wins for the season.

With the chassis battle heating up with the summer time weather, all eyes fall on the Grand Products Nationals August 19-21 at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, Pennsylvania August 19-21.

The online entry blank is now available for those wishing to take advantage of the registration process in advance. Parking for the event will be handled by WKA. For parking reservations, contact Buddy Long at the WKA Office at (704) 455-1606, ext 112, or buddy@worldkarting.com

Special thanks to Bill McLaughlin for sponsorship of the event, Mark Dismore of Comet Kart Sales for sponsorship of the Fast Time Awards both days, and to Chubbo Budjoso of Checkered Motorsports for sponsorship of the weekends overall Championship Trophy.

Finally, congrats to Nick Landi of Old Bridge, New Jersey, a regular in the Yamaha Senior class, and winner of the Tillotson Generator over the weekend. Special thanks to Charles DiMirjian of Tillotson for supplying the generators, and your continued sponsorship.

 

 

 

 

 

07.13.2016 – Entry Blank for Kart City Performance Nationals to go out next week

CONCORD, NC – Competitors on the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series that are patiently awaiting the entry blank for the third race of the season, the Kart City Performance Nationals at New Castle Motorsports Park in Indiana August 5-7, will be able to view the information early next week, as the finishing touches are being placed on the 3rd race of the 4 race national program.

In the meantime, anyone wishing to reserve parking for the event can contact the track by calling (765) 987-8090.

Special thanks to Rob Smith of Kart City Performance for sponsorship of the event. Also special thanks to the following sponsors.

 

RLV Tuned Exhaust Products

GT Machine

Briggs & Stratton

Noram Clutches

Mikim Motorsports

Coyote Motorsports

MattMillerRacing.com

Boon and Sons

Water Medic

Bordeaux Dyno Cams

L & A South Tire

Brads Heating and Cooling

Jim’s Marine

Spooner General Contractor

Inferno Clutches

Trackside Kart Supply

07.12.2016 – Bridgestone Mfg Cup Series prepares for summer stretch at NCMP

CONCORD, NC – The 3-month hiatus for the WKA Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series will come to a conclusion in a big way this weekend, as over 140 pre entries will jam the pits of the famed New Castle Motorsports Park in Indiana for the McLaughlin Motorsports Nationals, stop #3 for the popular 2 Cycle Sprint Series.

Following traditional stints in December at Daytona, followed by an early Spring national 4 months later in April at GoPro Motorplex, the series competitors will now be put to the test with 3 national events in 3 months, with an August run in Pittsburgh, followed by the season finale and Grand National event back at New Castle in September.

This weekends event comes 1 week prior to the Summer Nats, also at the Indiana speed plant, with many drivers taking advantage of the Mfg Cup weekend to gain added track time for the latest event for Super Karts USA, hoping to have back to back weekends of on track success.

Amidst the many entries are several in the Water for a Cause Kid Kart class. Coming off an impressive weekend back in April at GoPro in which he scored his first Kid Kart win on Day 2 of the event, Groveport, Ohio driver Preveil Perkins brings not only momentum from the win, but more importantly a 15 point lead over Terre Haute, Indiana competitor Austin Olds, while Indy Ragan, Tristan Young, and Dusty Larson are a few more of the many who will compete for the weekend title.

Due to recent birthdays, combined with WKA’s rule with regards to a driver running his/her attained age, a pair of young aces have elected to graduate up to the CRPRACING.COM Mini Swift class for this event. Grove City, Ohio’s Ayrton Grimm, along with Pataskala, Ohio young gun Ava Dutton will take on the likes of the very best in the Mini Swift class, including Mooresville, North Carolina points leader Eli Trull, along with fellow North Carolina stalwart Caleb Gafrarar from Midland, NC. Stevensville, Maryland driver Benjamin Maier will also be in the mix for the title hunt this weekend, as well as Sebastian NG, Jeremy Fletcher, Danny Dyszelski, not to mention western drivers Jace Denmark-Gessell from Phoenix, Arizona, and Piers Aspiras from California, as well as a trio of drivers from Miami including Elio Giovane, Santiago Trisini, and Sebastian Montoya.

The Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman class is busting at the seams as well, led by Duncannon, Pennsylvania points leader Robert Noaker III, a photo finish winner at GoPro in April, edging Gibsonia, Pennsylvania driver Madison Campeau, who will also be on hand, looking to reverse the finish this time around. Brownsburg, Indiana hot shoe Kaden Wharff will also be on hand this weekend, as well as New Jersey’s Connor Ferris, Illinois’s Lucas Smalec and Nick Terlecki, Wisconsin competitors Taylor Maas and Kyle Thome, Greenfield Indiana products Garrett and Logan Adams, Ohio’s Thomas Schrage, and a host of others.

The Franklinkart.com Yamaha Junior class is also loaded for bear with Go Pro winner and points leader Pauly Massimino from Waxhaw, North Carolina leading the charge. Also in the field will be another GoPro winner in the form of Westlake, Ohio’s John Paul Southern Jr, as well as St Louis competitor Spike Kohlbecker, Mason, Ohio’s Marina Walters, New Jersey’s Tyler Ferris, North Carolina drivers Emory Lyda and Arie Venberg,, as well as Ian Hornish, Connor Cass, Matt Miller, Sam Paley, Chandler Moran, and many more.

The IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman class, not to be outdone, brings a wealth of talent to the game this weekend, led by Hackettstown, New Jersey competitor Connor Ferris, the current points leader. Kaden Wharff is also entered this weekend, as well as #3 points driver Zane Maloney, Luca Mars, Robert Noaker III, Nick Terlecki, Thomas Schrage, Owen Mahle, Madison Campeau, Camrin Cass, Rylee Engel, and many more.   

The Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior class will be led by Pauly Massimino, looking to maintain his points lead in a second class this weekend. Some of Massimino’s toughest competitor is expected to come from Spike Kohlbecker, Connor Cass, Tyler Ferris, Myles Rowe, Ariana Gnad, Sam Paley, Jack Gerzabeck, and many others entered.

On the Senior side, The Kartsport North America Pro IAME Senior will again be running for a top overall weekend prize of $1,000, with $500 to second, and a set of Bridgestone Tires for third. Leading the charge is Oviedo, Florida’s Jonathan Kotyk, leading Eagle, Wisconsin driver Brandon Lemke by a mere 10 points in the battle for the title. Shillington, Pennsylvania driver Brandon Jarsocrak will also be on hand, along with Gahanna, Ohio driver Braden Eves, Jacob Donald from Jeannette, Pennsylvania, Pine Springs, Minnesota campaigner Alexander Kardashian, Old Bridge, New Jersey competitor Nick Landi, as well as Mick Gabriel, Austin Schulz, not to mention a trio of talented female drivers including Julia Boos, Abby McLaughlin, and Olivia Horn.

Nick Landi comes into the Fullerton Karts USA Yamaha Senior class with a scant 20-point edge over Brandon Lemke, with both on hand to continue the battle this weekend. Braden Eves has also entered this class as well, along with long time veteran and champion Dakota Pesek from Centerville, Ohio, Alexander Kardashian, Illinois’s Brad Brittin, Charlotte’s Jake Venberg, Ohio’s Derek Hughes, Indiana’s Tony Peterson, and many more.

The battle for Chassis supremacy will continue this weekend as well with Tony Kart holding a 3-win edge over both Merlin and Top Kart, while Praga sits 4 wins out of the top spot. Here’s a look at the current chassis standings;

Tony Kart: 8

Merlin: 5

Top Kart: 5

Praga: 4

Margay: 2

Fullerton, Birel, Parolin, Benik, FA, Comp Kart, Emmick, and Energy all have 1 win to date.

In addition to the Pro IAME Senior class honoring their overall top 3 for the weekend with a payout, the IMAE USA East Pro Swift Sportsman and Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior classes will also we honoring their overall winner with a $500 payday, with $250 going to second, and a set of Bridgestone Tires for third respectively.

Additionally, start times have changed as well, with the official start time for Friday practice beginning at 8:30am, and each race day mornings activities on Saturday and Sunday getting underway at 7:30am.  1 round of practice, followed by qualifying, 2 rounds of Heat Races, culminating with a final and podium presentations each day will highlight the weekends activities. Be sure and pick up the weekends timelines, as well as all the pertinent info regarding qualifying and tire rules at the tracks official WKA Registration location, which will be conveniently located in the tracks Pro Shop next to Pit Pass Sales.

Since the last visit to New Castle for the Mfg Cup Series, a Sunoco Fuel Pump has also been added, allowing competitors the opportunity to purchase their official Sunoco Race Fuel at anytime, another added convenience to the New Castle event.

Fast Time Awards for the weekend will again be sponsored by Comet Kart Sales, as the run for the Pole will take place each race day. The weekends overall winners in each class will also receive an additional award, sponsored by Checkered Motorsports, while Tillotson will again be providing a generator that will go to 1 lucky winner in either the Pro IAME Senior or Junior classes, though a drawing at the podium at the end of the weekend.  

Be sure and check out the 2015 National Champions Flags displayed at the track, honoring the best of last year in their respective classes, sponsored by New Jersey Sprint Series.

To view the weekends activities at New Castle, click here.

 

 

 

 

07.11.2016 – Dominion Road Race National Cancelled. Replacement Date and Venue Being Finalized

CONCORD, NC – World Karting Association, Woodbridge Kart Club, and Dominion Raceway Officials regret to inform national karting competitors of the cancellation of the scheduled July national road race event for the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series presented by Russell Karting.

The cancellation of the Dominion event continues the unfortunate theme of the Road Race season, as this venue was set to take the place of the traditional July event originally set for Virginia International Raceway. Unfortunately, when VIR Officials informed WKC of their plans to shut down during the month of July for a complete repaving job, after the date and venue had been set for weeks on the national calendar, the wheels were set in motion to expedite the ability to put the newest venue in Virginia into play.

An immediate visit by WKA the week of the VIR announcement set plans into place, with the intent of the Road Course being ready for organized racing as early as April. Several ensuing visits by both WKA and the WKC, working with Dominion officials in a consulting capacity, kept the hope of a July national intact. However, the winter months of heavy snow, joined by 18 days of rain in a 22-day period in May helped further delay the efforts by the Dominion staff to get the necessary work done, delaying a test by many karting competitors until July 7.

The end result of the test indicated a need for a few areas of continued upgrades from a safety and comfort standpoint for competitors. Given the remaining amount of work that would need to be done in a short period of time, it was mutually decided by both WKA and WKC to cancel the event for this year, with the hope of returning back to the facility later this year for another test session to determine if this could be a potential national venue for 2017.

In the meantime, WKA is working on finalizing a venue and date for the 5 race national series, which should be announced shortly. At present, the next scheduled event for the series would be the series Grand National event Sept 16-18 at Atlanta Motorsports Park in Dawsonville, Georgia. Entry Blank information will be available shortly.

World Karting and Woodbridge Kart Club did not take this decision lightly. Several days and hours of discussions following the test led both groups to this most painful decision. While it is completely understood of the enormous inconvenience and potential cost this has created for competitors, engine builders, sponsors, vendors, and many more, it was a very easy decision to make when it came to the safety of the competitors, not wanting to take a series to a track that is on the cusp of completing its course, thus looking out for the future best interests of the facility, and the wellbeing of the drivers. While it is not expected to soak in immediately, it is hoped everyone will eventually understand, that by taking a mutual stand here, the payoff will be much greater for Dominion Raceway, WKA, WKC, and all of their members whose best interests always come first, thus paving the way for a much brighter schedule for 2017.

Our sincerest and deepest apologies to all involved.

 

Respectfully,

The staff of WKA

 

 

 

6.28.2016 – Pre Entry Deadline for McLaughlin Motorsports Nationals July 5

CONCORD, NC – The roar of 2 cycle engines on the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series are about to come to life as the summer months of racing are upon us. For competitors intending to compete at the McLaughlin Motorsports Nationals July 15-17 at New Castle Motorsports Park in Indiana, the pre entry deadline is fast approaching, with the final day of pre entry scheduled for Tuesday July 5.969F9271With the holiday weekend fast approaching, Officials with WKA wanted to be sure they caught customers before it was too late, thus giving them a chance to take advantage of the pre entry price, by either entering online, or by mail, still a week in advance of the deadline date.

The New Castle event serves as the first WKA National event in which the new online entry system has gone into effect, with very positive results to date. As mentioned earlier, competitors can enter either way, by going to the WKA site, clicking Racing Series, then going to the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series and either choosing “Register Online” or “Entry Blank” and enter electronically, or by mail.

969F9978The New Castle event kicks off 2 fantastic weeks of racing at New Castle, with the Super Karts USA program coming in on the heels of the Mfg Cup event the following weekend. WKA Pre Entry registration is also open to SKUSA competitors in the Mini Swift and Pro Swift Sportsman classes, as well as the Pro IAME Senior and Junior classes, allowing many Super Karts USA competitors to gain a week’s advantage of track time prior to their event the following week.

For those that miss the pre entry deadline, the WKA staff will be at New Castle Thursday July 14 at noon to accept entries.

To view the entry blank for the McLaughlin Motorsports Nationals, click here!!!

06.27.2016 – Boon, Gafrarar, Smith Highlight Weekend of Career Firsts at Kershaw Gold Cup

CONCORD, NC – Kershaw, South Carolina in June can only mean 1 thing, HEAT!!!!!!! And there was plenty of it this past weekend at Carolina Motorsports Park for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup competitors for their second stop of the 4 race national season. However, with heat index numbers, and sometimes daily temperatures, reaching into the triple digits, the level of competition was extraordinary.

IMG_1984A great mix of multiple, repeat, and first time career winners greeted the podium each day, led by the respective 4 and 5 win performances of David Kalb Jr and Jacob Heavlow, the driving forces in the Arrow chassis camp, thus moving Arrow back on top in the overall chassis standings, following the second event of the season.

The weekend also found 1st time career Gold Cup winners in Blake Boon, Caleb Gafrarar, and Rob Smith in their respective classes. Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup regular Danny Dyszelski also showed up on the Gold Cup side for the weekend, taking down 2 national wins, as well as the Friday night Sportsman Pro Gas Shootout, while other wins went to Corey Towles, Hunter Fox, Elmer Edmonson, Sean Meier, and Jimmy Cole Jackson, making for a great mix of national event winners for the weekend.

Activities started off Saturday in the Coyote Motorsports Senior Pro Gas Medium class where Heavlow began his weekend points assault, topping brother Jimmy Heavlow, Jim Lipari, Mike Greiner, and Zach Linsell. Jacob would return on Sunday to take down the class again, this time sponsored by Jim’s Marine. However, the day and sponsor were the only differences, as the top 5 changed very little, with Lipari, Jim Heavlow, and Mike Greiner the top 4, while Jacob Connors improved 1 spot from his 6th place Saturday run to claim a top 5. Jacob Heavlow and Jim Lipari were the Mikim Motorsports Fast Time Award winners.IMG_3140

Heavlow also excelled in the Bordeaux Dyno Cams and Trackside Kart Supply Senior Pro Gas Heavy class for the weekend, topping Jimmy Heavlow, Matthew Lewis, Chris Osgood, and Jacob Connors on Day 1, with brother Jimmy, as well as Connors chasing Jake across the stripe on Day 2. Heavlow again claimed the Mikim Motorsports Fast Time awards for both days.

Heavlow accounted for 4 national wins for the weekend, as well as the Friday night Senior Pro Gas Money race, in which he restarted the second half of the race in 6th, yet still found his way to the front to garner yet another checker for the weekend. Mike Greiner came home 2nd on Friday, with Zach Linsell, Patrick O’Neal, and Jimmy Heavlow completing the top 5.

For Ohioan David Kalb Jr, he returned to the scene of his most successful stop from 1 year ago, when he claimed 3 of the 4 class wins in Junior competition. Kalb swept the Junior Pro Gas Lite classes both days, besting Matt Miller, Austin Williamson, Talia Moffett, and Alex Vrabel on Day 1, while Jimmy Cole Jackson chased Kalb to the stripe on Sunday, followed by Vrabel, Williamson, and Moffett. Kalb also swept the Mikim Motorsports Fast Time Awards.

IMG_3189What worked well in Lite for Kalb was equally successful in the Briggs & Stratton Racing Junior Pro Gas Heavy class as well, with Kalb topping Miller, Vrabel, Williamson, and Brian Van Cleve on Saturday, with the Sunday top 5 a carbon copy of Day 1. Kalb took the Mikim Motorsports Fast Time effort on Saturday, while Vrabel, inching so much closer to that first national win of the year, was the top qualifier on Sunday. While it wasn’t a national event win in the traditional points sense, Vrabel still turned back all the heavyweights in the Friday Night Junior Pro Gas Shootout sponsored by Brads Heating and Cooling , taking the $200 top prize, with Matt Miller coming home second, grabbing $100, and Austin Williamson, another steadily improving Junior driver, taking the $50 third place prize.

A regular in the Mini Swift and Yamaha Sportsman classes on the Bridgestone Manufacturers Series for WKA, area driver Danny Dyszelski has now showed his prowess in both 2 and 4 Cycle action, taking down 3 wins for the weekend on the 4 Cycle side, starting with the Brads Heating and Cooling Sportsman Pro Gas Shootout Friday night, topping Landen Lewis and Elmer Edmonson for the top $200 prize. Dyszelski then proceeded to take down the MattMillerRacing.com Sportsman Gas Lite class Saturday, edging out Blake Boon, Elmer Edmonson, Landen Lewis, and Hunter Burns, then returning Sunday in the same class, sponsored by Spooner General Contractors, claiming his 3rd win of the weekend. Boon and Edmonson were again second and third, with Burns and Lewis the top 5. Dyszelski and Lewis shared the Mikim Motorsports Fast Time honors.

Corey Towles continued his strong season in the Briggs & Stratton Racing Senior LO206 class, taking the Saturday win in the sweltering heat over Sean Meier, Jacob Heavlow, Patrick O’Neal, and Michael Clark. On Sunday, Towles found himself chasing both Jacob Heavlow and Sean Meier, with Meier winning a great battle for the weekend finale. Towles came home second, as Heavlow unfortunately lost a weight on the track, leaving him light at the scales. Michael Clark came home third on the final day with local products JT Swygert and Jeremy Ghent completing the top 5. Towles was the Mikim Motorsports Fast Time winner both days.IMG_2877

Maintaining the theme of the Senior LO206 Class, the Water Medic Junior LO Class also found 2 different winners in victory lane on the weekend, with Hunter Fox taking the checkers on Saturday, topping Jimmy Cole Jackson and Talia Moffett in a tremendous 3-way battle to the stripe, with Matt Miller and Brian Collins completing the top 5. Jackson improved 1 step on the podium Sunday, taking down the win, with Miller, Fox, Brian Van Cleve, and Moffett completing the top 5. Miller and Jackson were the Mikim Motorsports Fast Time winners.

While much celebrating had already taken place on the podiums to this point in the weekend, for some, the best had yet to come, as Blake Boon notched his first career WKA Gold Cup victory, taking the L&A South Tire and Auto Sportsman LO206 win, edging Danny Dyszelski, Kevin Lanyi, Elmer Edmonson, and Caleb Gafrarar. Day #2 saw yet another first time Gold Cup National winner in this class, as Gafrarar laid claim to his first win, topping Dyszelski, Lanyi, Edmonson, and Boon. Gafrarar also claimed the Mikim Motorsports Fast Time wins both days.

The firsts continued in the Masters Senior LO206 Class where long time, and well respected engine builder Rob Smith, took back to the wheel and claimed a popular win in the class, his first career with WKA, topping another well known chassis builder, who ALSO took to the wheel, that being Paul Rice, who finished 2nd. Tim Stiefel and Brad Farmer has a great battle for third, with Stiefel claiming the spot, while Shane Burkett rounded out the top 5. Day 2 found Smith back on top again, with Stiefel and Farmer the top 3, followed by Dirt Series standout Jamie Knopf, and Burkett once again in fifth. Smith took the Mikim Motorsports Fast Time honors both days.

IMG_3134And the finale both days was proof positive that it only takes 2 karts to make a show. Elmer Edmonson and Landen Lewis battled the entire distance, practically side by side in the Brad’s Heating and Cooling Sportsman Pro Gas Heavy class, with Edmonson taking the win both days. Both drivers shared the Mikim Motorsports Fast Time honors.

As mentioned earlier, the national points wins by both Heavlow and Kalb, 8 totaled, moves Arrow Chassis to the top of the board with a total of 12 wins for the year. Coyotes success over the weekend, notching 6 wins, places them right on the heels of Arrow with 8 wins, while Razor, aided by the Jimmy Cole Jacksons win, is also at 8 wins for the season. Here’s a look at the current Chassis Standings.

 

Arrow: 12

Coyote: 8

Razor: 8

Ionic Edge: 6

Bandit: 5

Comet Eagle: 2

The next event for the series returns them back to the Midwest, at Mark Dismore’s New Castle Motorsports Park in Indiana August 5-7 for the Kart City Performance Nationals. Entry info regarding the event will be available shortly.

On behalf of the World Karting Association, our sincerest thanks to all families, competitors, sponsors, track staff, and spectators, for enduring a very hot weekend. Congratulations out to all the first time winners, as well as all winners from the national event weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

06.16.2016 – Gold Cuppers Prepping for Summer Heat at Kershaw

CONCORD, NC – If the calendar says June, and it’s Kershaw, South Carolina, then the heat is on!!!!! That’s what many 4 cycle competitors on the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series are preparing for next weekend, as the series takes to the Palmetto State Track for stop #2 on the series.

Looking to maintain a hot streak started back in April at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida is Aiden Baker Crouse. The young North Carolina talent scorched the field in April, sweeping the classes he entered, all 6 of them, as well as the Sportsman Pro Gas Shootout on Friday.  Crouse’s wins came in the MattMillerRacing.com Sportsman Pro Gas Lite, LA South Tire Sportsman LO206, and Brads Heating and Cooling Sportsman Pro Gas Heavy classes, thus taking home some serious cash in the Shootout and Pro Classes. Challenging Crouse next weekend are Cale Hall, Elmer Edmonson, Blake Boon, Caleb Gafrarar, to name a few of the heavyweights.

In Junior competition, Matt Miller will be also looking to repeat some of his early season success, following wins in the Junior Pro Gas Lite class both days in Jacksonville, as well as a sweep in the Water Medic Junior LO206 Class. On the Briggs & Stratton Racing Junior Pro Gas Heavy side, Cody Hall was the top dog, taking both days of competition, as well as the Friday Night Shootout event. The duo will be challenged heavily by the likes of Jimmy Cole Jackson, Brian Van Cleve, Riley Kelley, Alex Vrabel, Talia Moffett, Austin Williamson, and many more.

The Senior class will be working hard to figure out the Galina, Maryland One Two punch known as Jacob and Jimmy Heavlow. After sweeping the top spots in the Coyote Motorsports and Jims Marine Senior Pro Gas Medium and Bordeaux Dyno Cams and Trackside Kart Supply Senior Pro Gas Heavy classes, as well as success in the Friday Night Money race, the duo is primed and ready for round #2, with the likes of Sean Meier, Mike Greiner, Josh Stiefel, Paul Headley, Jacob Connors, and others ready for the challenge.

Michael Clark leads the charge to Kershaw in the Briggs & Stratton Racing and Inferno Racing Clutches Senior LO206 class, looking to unseat Florida winner Corey Towles. Clark was a close second in the season opener to both Towles and Sunday winner Jason Yarbrough.

The debut of the Masters Senior class was a huge hit, with 9 drivers joining the new class, including inaugural winners Joey Miller and Brad Farmer. The class also witnessed some of the tightest battle throughout the days of racing, as well as some clean racing, and close finishes.

These classes, as well as the Boon and Sons Kid Kart competitors will be in action for a full 2 days of racing, beginning with the traditional Friday Practice Day, followed by the Sportsman and Junior Pro Gas Shootouts, each 10 lap races paying $200 to win, $100 for 2nd, and $50 for third, sponsored by Brads Heating and Cooling.  The Senior Pro Gas class will again have their traditional Friday Night race as well, with a 75% payback going to the top 5, based on the kart count for the event.

Saturday and Sunday will feature 6 classes running for an overall weekend top prize of $500, with $250 going to second, and $150 to third. Those classes include:

Sportsman Pro Gas Heavy

Junior Pro Gas Lite

Junior Pro Gas Heavy

Senior Pro Gas Medium

Senior Pro Gas Heavy

Senior LO206 Heavy

Special thanks to the following sponsors:

RLV Tuned Exhaust Products

Briggs & Stratton Racing

Coyote Motorsports

MattMillerRacing.com

Boon and Sons

Water Medic

Bordeaux Dyno Cams

LA South Tire

Brads Heating and Cooling

Jims Marine

Spooner General Contractor

Inferno Racing Clutches

Trackside Kart Supply

Mikim Motorsports

Noram Clutches

Miller Welders

Intercomp

 

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06.16.2016 – Missouri Karting Pioneer Gus Traeder Passes

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CONCORD, NC – The karting family is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of TNT Kartways owner and Wisconsin native Gus Traeder. Born on a farm in Rome, Wisconsin, Traeder began his working career at the age of 24 as manager of a Montgomery Wards store in Quincy, Missouri. In just 2 short years, the business was recognized as the #1 farm store in the nation.

In the late 50’s, Gus was introduced to go karting though a store promotion. Not long after, Traeder built TNT Kartways in West Quincy, Missouri. Just 6 years later, kart racing was introduced to the world, as ABC’s Wide World of Sports televised the National Championships, appropriately named The Grand Prix of Karting. The event would run for the next 30 years. In the early seventies, Gus created the now famous Miller Gran Prix Carting Classic in Quincy’s South Park.

In addition to his major karting contributions, Traeder was also a loyal supporter of the Quincy Blue Devil Basketball Program for over 30 years, eventually donating the scoreboard which hangs in the gym to this very day. The Blue Devil Basketball program was but 1 of many various groups that Gus supported for many years.

Traeder is a member of the Talladega Hall of Fame in Alabama, is the inaugural member of the Vintage Racing Hall of Fame, a member of the Quincy High Sports Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the Quincy Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame in 2013.

While Gus would have been 91 August 9th, he truly left his mark on the karting and sports world for the better part of his ninety years on this earth.

Visitation will take place Thursday June 16 at Luther Memorial Church in Quincy, Illinois from 4-7, with the funeral set for Friday at 11am at the same location. Donations of flowers can be sent to:

Luther Memorial Church

12th and Jersey

Quincy, Illinois, 62301

c/o Gus Traeder

The World Karting Association extends its deepest sympathies to the family of a true karting legend and humanitarian.