Pit Board 2010-01-08

WKA's Pit Board - 01.08.2010 *** 2010 Gold Cup class drops, additions 01.08.2010 -- Changes have been made to the Bully Clutches Gold Cup Series class schedule in 2010. The Gold Cup Committee submitted a proposal featuring these changes to...

WKA's Pit Board - 01.08.2010

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2010 Gold Cup class drops, additions

01.08.2010 -- Changes have been made to the Bully Clutches Gold Cup Series class schedule in 2010. The Gold Cup Committee submitted a proposal featuring these changes to the WKA Board of Trustees, and the proposal was approved by a unanimous vote at a special board meeting held Wednesday night.

Beginning with the Gold Cup season opener March 12-14 at Kershaw, South Carolina's Carolina Motorsports Park, the Briggs Super Stock Medium and Heavy classes will no longer be a part of the series. In place of Super Stock will be Briggs Modified Lite and Briggs Modified Heavy. Modified Lite will run at a 350-pound minimum weight while Modified Heavy competitors will have to tip the scale at, at least 375 pounds.

Four local-option classes have also been added to the card, comprising two senior International Stock and two junior International Stock divisions, featuring the engine popularly referred to as the "Clone." The senior Clone classes will be Int'l Stock Pure Stock and junior divisions Int'l Stock Restricted Pure Stock. The four divisions will run as local options for the entire 2010 season.

The Clone divisions debuted last month at Daytona KartWeek at the Road Racing Series' Daytona Championships and Dirt World Championships. The International Stock Pure Stock division saw a promising number of seven karts start Wednesday's feature at the dirt track, giving WKA officials reason to be optimistic that the class will gain momentum as the season progresses.

The Gold Cup Committee has made these changes to broaden the performance levels available in WKA's only 4-cycle sprint national touring series. The Clone divisions are suitable for entry-level or budget-minded racers while the Modified classes provide senior Gold Cup racers with a faster, top-level alternative to the Briggs Animal-powered classes.

Additional rules announcements regarding these new Gold Cup classes will be forthcoming. Continue to check Pit Boards and worldkarting.com for these announcements.

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Carol Gettys is doing well, set to return home

01.08.2010 -- Carol Gettys is anticipating a return to her North Carolina home Saturday, Jan. 9, after sustaining an injury Dec. 27 at Daytona International Speedway. Carol fell in the registration booth at the Manufacturer's Cup sprint track while helping other WKA officials with pre-race registrations. The fall broke Ms. Carol's hip, and she underwent hip-replacement surgery at Halifax County Hospital in Daytona Beach only hours after sustaining the injury.

Carol was transferred to the Peninsula Rehabilitation Center in Ormond Beach, Fla., around the first of the year, where she has stayed since. Now, barely a week after many racers returned home following KartWeek, Carol will return home as well.

Most racers know Ms. Carol as the pleasant and caring lady who works the WKA souvenir trailer at national events. She and her husband, Bobby Gettys, who works 2-cycle and 4-cycle WKA tech and spends numerous weeks on the road hauling the WKA trailer from race to race, have been staunch supporters of WKA for many years and have been important assets to the organization.

WKA sends Carol its thoughts and prayers, and wishes her a speedy recovery. For those who would like to send Carol a get-well wishes, you may do so by mailing to the Gettys at PO Box 93; Ellenboro, NC 28040.

-source: wka

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