Pit Board 2010-06-30

WKA's Pit Board - 06.30.2010 *** WKA Board of Trustee update 06.30.2010 WKA Members and Industry Partners - The events of these last 30 days have been among the most tumultuous during WKA's history and certainly during my tenure. Along...

WKA's Pit Board - 06.30.2010

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WKA Board of Trustee update

06.30.2010

WKA Members and Industry Partners -

The events of these last 30 days have been among the most tumultuous during WKA's history and certainly during my tenure. Along with the Executive Committee and current Trustees, I am anxious to share with you a sequence of events and facts of what has occurred over the past year and even beyond. While the recent focus has been on a specific incident that ultimately caused suspension of these members, the reality is that there has been an escalating hostile environment within the Board of Trustees. Unfortunately, the outcome was a lot of negative activity and counterproductive use of time and energy by all involved. A skewed picture has been painted for many of you, to the detriment of the organization and the members.

For now, we do need to keep the details of these recent events confidential until the suspension appeal process has run its course. Once that is complete and we are able to fully share these facts and other circumstances we are confident you will see that a significant change was needed to be able to get the organization back on track and moving forward. The WKA Executive Committee and Board of Trustees is committed to providing and sustaining a safe, competitive and fair environment for karting. As the economy and the current generations continue to evolve, it is as critical that we are equally focused on growing both the industry and WKA. This has not been the focus over the last several months, resulting in somewhat of a standstill during a time that WKA must be seen and act as a leader in the industry.

Over the next weeks and months we will share with you as much as we can. We'll start with simply putting more specifics and context to what we've already communicated. We will also have new temporary trustees in place very soon for members to direct questions and feedback. As always, feel free to contact any member of the Executive Committee or any Trustee. For those of you who have continued to be supportive, I thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time. I encourage those of you who are unsure to be open-minded as you learn more about what has transpired, where we are headed and how we plan to get there.

Respectfully -

Rick Dresang

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Board meeting minutes now posted

06.30.2010 - Minutes from the May 27, 2010, and June 28, 2010, Board of Trustee conference calls are now posted. To dowload a PDF of the minutes, go to www.worldkarting.com/downloads/minutes/2010-boardminutes.pdf .

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Gold Cup heads to BeaveRun this weekend

06.30.2010 - The WKA Russell Karting Gold Cup Series renews its annual Fourth of July tradition this weekend with the Jammer Clutches Nationals at Wampum, Pennsylvania's BeaveRun Motorsports Complex. The race is the second of the 2010 Gold Cup season following March's opener at Carolina (S.C.) Motorsports Park.

The Jammer Clutches Nationals marks the Gold Cup Series' fifth national at BeaveRun. The series first visited the western Pennsylvania venue in 2003, when nearly 400 entries made it the best-attended Gold Cup event at BeaveRun to date. This year marks the first time the BeaveRun Gold Cup national has been held on Fourth of July weekend. Last year, it was the season closer while in the three previous Gold Cup races at BeaveRun it held the third slot on the four-race Gold Cup schedule.

Pre-entry totals have matched last year's count. A number of categories are in double digits for pre-entries, including Briggs Sportsman 1, Briggs Jr Lite, Briggs Jr Medium, Briggs Medium, Briggs Heavy and the Animal Heavy Money Race.

The Money Race is slated to go off Friday after practice. In addition to a 75 percent payback based off entry fees, a host of key karting outfits have donated product and certificates for Money Race finishers. Businesses offering incentives include American Power Sports, Coyote Motorsports, Calabrese Motorsports, Baker Racing Engines, GT Machine, Wells Motorsports, Robertson Torque Tube, Thor Oil and series sponsor Russell Karting.

Eighteen national classes will hit track between Saturday and Sunday. Senior and junior Clone divisions, tagged Pure Stock, have races slated for Saturday and Sunday, as well as senior and junior categories the new Briggs LO 206 engine. All of the Clone and LO 206 classes are local options.

Performance North / Baker Racing Engines Kid Karts will run at breaks throughout the weekend.

The track is open Thursday from noon to 6 p.m. for parking. Registration and pre-entry pickup will be open from 4 till 6 p.m. Thursday. Gates and registration open at 7 a.m. Friday through Sunday.

To view the weekend schedule and other important information, go to http://www.worldkarting.com/downloads/eb-2010/0702_beaver_gc.pdf .

Visit the BeaveRun Web site, which features a track map, directions to the facility and much more at http://www.beaverun.com/karting.php .

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Streeter Super Stands remains open for business

06.30.2010 (OAK CREEK, Wis.) - After the recent passing of Streeter Super Stands founder Larry Streeter, Streeter Super Stands remains open for business.

Judy Streeter, wife of Larry, and the entire Streeter family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and support through this difficult time.

Streeter Super Stands has been building quality kart stands and other karting-related products for over 25 years and the business looks forward to continue building the quality products karters have come to recognize for many years.

For more information on Streeter Super Stands and their products or to become a dealer, contact Streeter Super Stands at 414-761-1883 or visit www.streetersuperstands.com.

-source: wka

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