WKA's Pit Board - 06.27.2010 *** VIR marks sixth stop on 2010 WKA Road Racing circuit 07.27.2010 - The WKA Dunlop Tire Road Racing Series driven by Mazda visits the popular VIRginia Int'l Raceway this weekend for the sixth of eight races on...
WKA's Pit Board - 06.27.2010
VIR marks sixth stop on 2010 WKA Road Racing circuit
07.27.2010 - The WKA Dunlop Tire Road Racing Series driven by Mazda visits the popular VIRginia Int'l Raceway this weekend for the sixth of eight races on the 2010 tour. This is the eighth time the Road Racing Series has run at VIR, and the northern Virginia-based Woodbridge Kart Club has hosted the event each year.
WKA and WKC returned to VIR in 2001, a year after the venue reopened after being closed for decades. Over 500 entries made the 2001 event a very successful one, and entry counts at the VIR national have been impressive since. To date, the best turnout for a WKA national at VIR was in 2004, when 634 entries filled the pit area.
The WKA national at VIR has traditionally been a summer event. It began as the season's fourth race and this year will mark the second straight year the VIR national goes off on the last weekend of July as the tour's sixth stop.
VIR offers six different track configurations, and enduro-style karts have traditionally run the North Course, which is 2.25 miles long, features 17 corners, elevation changes, and high- and low-speed corners. For a track map of the VIR North Course, go to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Virginia_International_Raceway_-_North _Course.svg
The VIR national puts the Road Racing Series solidly in the second half of its season. Following VIR, the series will return to the Midwest for a final time this year with the Aug. 20-22 Dart Kart Speedway Club-hosted national at the Putnam Park (Ind.) Road Course. The series will close Sept. 17-19 with another WKC-hosted event, this time at the pristine New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville.
As the stretch run of the season approaches, there are a number of close battles for 2010 national championships. Classes that will have some racers with points in their minds include 100cc Pipe Medium and Heavy, which show Justin Taylor only a handful of markers ahead of Scott Goodman.
Briggs Animal 335 and 360, which routinely have been two of the best-attended divisions over the last couple years, is very close at the top of the standings. Midwest drivers Mike Stroik and Jon Evans are tied for the lead in Animal 360; each driver has one feature win on the season. In Animal 335, Evans holds a 70-point lead over Stroik. Evans has won three Animal 335 mains in 2010.
The WKA 125 Shifter divisions have close battles. Georgia's Stephen Flatt is 45 markers ahead of Ohio's John Pickens in WKA 125 Shifter 1. It's closer in Sunday's version of the class, which shows Flatt only 20 points in front of Pickens.
In Unlimited, Mike Lattos and Chuck Bunnell each have entered seven of the 10 finals. Lattos has won three times while Bunnell is yet to visit victory lane. Lattos has a 69-point lead over Bunnell heading into this weekend.
North Carolina's Brian Davies leads Tennessee's Brian Fisher by 79 points in the competitive Stock Honda 2 division. Noah Stark is third and only 86 points out of the lead.
New Hampshire's Don Guilbeault leads Spec 125 TaG 1 and 2, but it's close in both classes. Guilbeault is seven points ahead of Adrian Dale in Spec TaG 1. He's only 10 points in front of his teammate, Keith Buffo, in Spec TaG 2.
Top winners on the Road Racing tour thus far in 2010 are North Carolina's Chuck Gafrarar and New York's Adam Myers. Gafrarar has an unmatched 14 wins between the Stock Leopard and TaG divisions. Myers has 10 wins in the WKA Sprint and PP Can Sprint classes. Other leading national winners include Courtney Atkinson (7), Derek Somers (7), Matt Michel (7), Randy Fulks (5), Justin Taylor (5) and Joey Kuley (5).
Due to track restrictions, teams will not be able to enter the VIR facility until 4 p.m. Thursday. Pit pass sales begin at 5 p.m.; parking will likely begin at approximately 6:30 p.m., depending on when Thursday's VIR track tenants leave the facility.
Friday marks a full day of practice with racing Saturday and Sunday. Gates open at 7 a.m. Friday through Sunday.
To view this weekend's schedule and other important information, go to www.worldkarting.com/downloads/eb-2010/0730_vir_rr.pdf .
To learn more about VIR and what the fine facility offers, visit www.virnow.com.
WKA Speedway Dirt returns to Carnesville this weekend
07.27.2010 - The WKA Briggs & Stratton Speedway Dirt Series returns to the Georgia Karting Komplex this weekend for the fourth stop on the 2010 schedule. The Palmetto Speed Shop Grand Nationals goes off Saturday as a one-day show. Dirt Series racers will be vying for prestigious Eagle trophies and bonus points as part of the Grand National event.
This is the third time WKA has held a national at the Carnesville, Ga., dirt track and the first time since 2008.
This weekend's national also marks a special event for the Shane Byers family. Shane, a former WKA racer who lost his life only weeks after racing in December's Daytona Dirt World Championships, will be honored this weekend at Carnesville. The Briggs Jr Heavy division, which was one of the classes Shane raced at Daytona, is tagged the Shane Byers Memorial this weekend with a special award recognizing Shane's memory going to the winner.
Shane finished a strong fifth in the Briggs Jr Lite feature at Daytona and had plans to run the entire WKA national circuit in 2010. WKA continues to keep the Byers family in its thoughts and prayers and the organization is proud to honor Shane's life this weekend and help keep his memory alive within the dirt-karting community.
Pennsylvania-based AKS Race-Fab will continue its support of the Speedway Dirt Series and its racers with another free bodywork kit giveaway. The winner of the bodywork will be determined by a random draw from the Briggs Medium division, which has consistently been the best-attended class on the Dirt Series in 2010.
There are several close point battles to keep an eye on this weekend at the Palmetto Speed Shop Grand Nationals.
Brayton Haws leads Dillen Brown by close margins in each Briggs Sportsman 1 flat-kart divisions. Haws holds a 15-point lead over Brown in Sportsman 1 Lite, while his lead is 25 points in Sportsman 1 Heavy.
Florida's R.L. Anderson has a commanding lead over Spencer Davis and Blaze Burns in the Briggs Sportsman 2 Lite class. It's closer in Sportsman 2 Heavy, which shows Anderson only a 50 points ahead of Burns. Davis leads Branson Dils by 30 points in Sportsman 2 Champ.
Trey Mishue is well ahead of Austin Berry in Briggs Jr Lite and Jr Heavy. Douglas Stearly is third in both classes. Berry has all but clinched the Briggs Jr Champ Lite and Heavy classes.
In the senior ranks, Myrtle Beach, S.C.'s Chris Throckmorton is 10 points in front of Bradley Hauser entering this weekend's race.
Briggs Medium is very close between four drivers. Florida's C.J. Waldron is 12 points ahead of Throckmorton. Pennsylvania drivers Dustin Smith and Amber Reisinger are third and fourth. Smith is only 20 points out of the lead while Reisinger is 30 points back.
Waldron leads Briggs Heavy by 46 points over Shay Chavous. Matt Tanner is in control of Briggs Super Heavy with a 110-point lead over Marlin Gunter. Hauser has comfortable point leads in both Briggs Champ Lite and Champ Heavy.
The Briggs Raptor classes have seen good fields in 2010. Florida's Darren Brown leads the Raptor Lite standings by nearly 100 markers over fellow Floridian Mark Fleischer and Pennsylvania's Tyler Campbell, who are tied for second. Raptor Heavy shows Troy Tanner with a 65-point advantage over Fleischer. Ronald Little Jr. is 100 points back in third.
The track will be open Friday at noon for parking. Registration and pre-tech will be open Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. Gates will close at 10 p.m. before reopening Saturday morning at 7. Three rounds of group practice beginning at 8 a.m. will precede qualifying, which is slated to start at 1 p.m. with main events to follow.
To view Saturday's practice and race schedule, directions to the track and other important information, go to www.worldkarting.com/downloads/eb-2010/0730_GKK_dirt.pdf .
CKI announces Manufacturer's Championship for WSK North America Series
07.27.2010 - In an effort to reward the manufacturers that continue to support CKI, a championship has been established. The CKI Manufacturer's Champion will be crowned at the end of the season. The Championship will be based on the most wins over the entire season. A plaque will be presented at each race for the chassis that has the most victories at each event.
The points will work as follows. The chassis with the most wins will win the championship. If there is a tie then the chassis with the most second-place finishes will break the tie. Points are one point per Final win.
"We greatly appreciate the ongoing support of our race teams and chassis manufacturers. This is one way we have of giving them the gratification they deserve for helping our series and our customers," said CKI General Manager Kevin Williams.
At the 2010 opener at New Castle, CRG garnered the most victories with four. At round two in Phoenix, Top Kart came away with seven victories.
Current point standings are:
Top Kart 9 CRG 5 Wildkart 5 Kart Mini 3 Alonso 1 Kosmic 1
About Championship Karting International
Championship Karting International (CKI) offers North America's highest level of kart racing available today. Through a partnership with WSK Promotions, the leading international karting competition series, and sanctioning by the World Karting Association, CKI promotes and operates the national WSK North American Series by CKI that features world-class events at premier karting facilities.
In addition, CKI's outreach programs provide young karters the opportunity to build a kart-oriented racing career or climb the ladder to professional auto racing for more aspiring drivers. Through safety, fairness, and sportsmanship, CKI maintains the utmost level of professionalism available in karting.
For more information, visit www.championshipkartracing.com.