WKA's Pit Board - 02.16.2010 *** A host of past, current WKA racers joins McMurray in success at Daytona 02.16.2010 -- While WKA member Jamie McMurray captured the most prestigious trophy of Daytona Speedweeks with his triumph in Sunday's ...
WKA's Pit Board - 02.16.2010
A host of past, current WKA racers joins McMurray in success at Daytona
02.16.2010 -- While WKA member Jamie McMurray captured the most prestigious trophy of Daytona Speedweeks with his triumph in Sunday's Daytona 500, the Joplin, Mo., native wasn't the only current or former WKA karter to experience success at Daytona over the past couple weeks.
1987 WKA national champion Tony Stewart had a disappointing 22nd-place finish in the Daytona 500 but he did drive to victory in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300. The win was Stewart's third straight in the Nationwide season opener at the track where he once raced laydown-enduro go-karts.
Making headlines throughout Speedweeks was Danica Patrick, who made her first appearance in a stock car Saturday, Feb. 6, and recorded a fine sixth-place finish in the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 for the ARCA Series. Danica was in the midst of another solid showing in her first NASCAR Nationwide Series event Saturday before she was collected in an accident on Lap 69.
Danica impressed many during her first foray into full-fendered racecars, similar to the way she impressed the world of karting throughout the1990s. Patrick was a 1994 Yamaha Sportsman national champion in the WKA Manufacturer's Cup Series and she won a pair of Man Cup national titles in 1996 before heading to Europe to race formula cars.
A current WKA member who had a fine race going in the Daytona 500 was A.J. Allmendinger. The California native, who raced in the TaG divisions at the Manufacturer's Cup Margay Sprint Championships in December at Daytona, blasted his way from the back of the field to take the lead on Lap 46. Allmendinger looked to have one of the cars to beat before a pit road setback mired him deep in the pack over the second half of the race. Allmendinger's day ended just short of the finish when he spun off Turn 2 on Lap 198, but the skilled sprint-kart racer appears primed for his best Sprint Cup season in 2010.
WKA congratulates all of its past and current members for continuing to do the organization proud with outstanding efforts at the highest levels of motorsports.
March WKA Board Meeting rescheduled
02.16.2010 -- The March WKA Board Meeting has been rescheduled. Originally slated for Friday, March 26 and Saturday, March 27, the meeting will now be held one week earlier on Friday, March 19 and Saturday, March 20.
The date change was made due to the NHRA Nationals at Charlotte Motor Speedway's zMax Dragway March 25-28.
Incentives, promotions make Briggs & Stratton LO 206 remarkably cost-effective
02.16.2010 -- WKA recently announced that two local-option classes for the new Briggs LO 206 engine would be part of the Briggs & Stratton Speedway Dirt and Vega Speedway Pavement series. Now, with a new promotion from Briggs & Stratton and a special voucher program from WKA, the affordability of the LO 206 is striking.
The LO 206, which Briggs promotes as an all-new crate engine that can be continually built as a driver moves up the racing ladder, is redefining the term "affordable racing" with some fine incentive programs for racers who purchase the engine and run it on a WKA national level.
The Manufacturer's Advertised Price (MAP) on the LO 206 engine is $459.95. Anyone who purchases the engine will receive a $50 Briggs & Stratton gift card, bringing the price down to $409.95. And now, WKA is offering the first 20 entrants in the LO 206 #1 and LO 206 #2 classes at each Speedway Dirt and Vega Speedway Pavement 2010 national a voucher of $30 to use toward their entry fee at the next national they attend. This means that if a driver is one of the first 20 entrants in both LO 206 classes at each of the five Dirt or Pavement nationals in 2010, they would save $240 in entry fees, affectively bringing the price of an LO 206 engine down to $169.95.
"This is an incredible value for running a hand-built, factory-controlled racing engine," stated David Klaus, director of Briggs & Stratton Racing.