Pit board 2010-09-22

WKA's Pit Board - 09.22.2010 ** WKA's oval-kart season wraps up this weekend at BeaveRun 09.22.2010 - Another WKA national series closes its 2010 campaign this weekend with the running of the Bonsignore Kart Shoppe Grand Nationals for the...

WKA's Pit Board - 09.22.2010

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WKA's oval-kart season wraps up this weekend at BeaveRun

09.22.2010 - Another WKA national series closes its 2010 campaign this weekend with the running of the Bonsignore Kart Shoppe Grand Nationals for the Vega Speedway Pavement Series. WKA's only asphalt-oval national series heads to western Pennsylvania for the two-day show, where the series' top racers will compete on BeaveRun Motorsports Complex's high-speed tri-oval.

This weekend's BeaveRun national is the fifth straight year the Pavement Series visits the Wampum, Pa., venue. This season marks the track's return as the series' final race after Long Island's Riverhead Raceway closed last year's five-race tour.

The tour's final race also marks the series' 2010 Grand National, meaning GN Eagle trophies will be awarded to each national-class feature winner. While racers will be focused on winning the battles and capturing the prestigious Grand National awards, many will also be thinking about national championships.

While some championships have already been decided, several tight point battles will take center stage this weekend. A division to keep an eye on includes Briggs Heavy, which shows only 10 points separating the top three. James Hayden enters the race as the leader by five points over Ryan Breithoff. Kyle Long is just 10 points out of the lead in third. Local competitor Craig Wetzel, who has two wins in two appearances this season, should be present at BeaveRun although he's far back in the championship hunt.

Briggs Champ Lite shows Gavin Soraghan and Tyler Robertson 10 points apart heading to BeaveRun. Both drivers have one win on the season, and Soraghan currently holds a 10-point lead over the New York driver. Robertson has nearly a 100-point cushion over Soraghan in Champ Heavy.

Chris Hammett leads David Schilling by a five-point spread in Briggs Jr Lite. Schilling, however, has a 20-point advantage over Connor Cleveland in Jr Heavy. Both class championships will be on the line this Saturday and Sunday.

The Sportsman 2 divisions have provided terrific racing this season and they're all fairly tight in the points. Only 35 markers separate first through third in Briggs Sportsman 2 Champ Lite. Indiana's John Hawley is the leader by five points over Brandon McGough. Matt Pappa is third, 35 back of the leader.

The top three is similar in Sportsman 2 Champ Heavy, although McGough leads by 15 over Hawley. Pappa is 40 points back in third.

McGough and Pappa are tied in both Sportsman 2 flat-kart classes. Each driver has two wins in each class, and each has looked stout throughout the season. Entry counts have been sparse in these divisions in 2010, but the racing has been top shelf with these two young shoes out front.

Tyler Frantz appears to have both Sportsman 1 flat-kart classes locked up. The Maryland racer has a several-hundred-point lead in the divisions.

Stephen Ford has 85 points on Brayden Houpt in Briggs Sportsman 1 Champ Lite. Houpt is in a better position in Sportsman 1 Champ Heavy, which shows him 95 points up on Cameron Lovejoy.

Tyler Gauthier appears headed for a second straight Briggs Medium championship. The Troutman, N.C., racer is 90 markers in front of Breithoff. Briggs Lite is still up in the air. The class is under protest from New Castle, and the issue has not yet been resolved.

Patrick Robertson has nine national wins in 2010 - more than any Speedway Pavement racer - and leads three divisions heading to BeaveRun. Robertson is well ahead in Briggs Jr Champ Lite and Jr Champ Heavy. Jr Champ Raptor is close, however, as Robertson leads Zack Switzer by 43 points in the last remaining Speedway Pavement flathead division.

David Hardman and Dave Mumaw have been consistent entrants in the new Masters Champ division. Hardman has five wins in the class to Mumaw's two, and he holds a 56-point lead heading to western Pa., this weekend.

The Burris / Raptor Throw Back Money races for senior champ competitors will go off as the final race Saturday and Sunday. The pair of 15-lappers will each pay a cool $350 to win, and payback will go through the field. Weight is set at 425 pounds and drivers must be at least 15 years old.

The track is open for parking Friday from 4 till 8 p.m. Gates open at 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday with practice slated to go off at 9 a.m. both days.

For more this weekend's Bonsignore Kart Shoppe Grand Nationals schedule and other important information go here. www.worldkarting.com/downloads/eb-2010/ 0924_beaverun_pave.pdf

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Momentum building for CKI Grand Championship at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas

09.22.2010 (Tempe, Ariz.) - Championship Kart Racing, North America's premier national kart racing series, is in full stride as they make final preparations for the closing event on the 2010 season, the WSK North American Series Grand Championship being held at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

Building momentum has been a signature philosophy for the second year series as they look to change the face of karting in North America through creative programs and new classes. As the entire motorsports community looks to reset in the wake of trying economic conditions, CKI continues to invest in new properties as they look to the future of the sport. Always striving for the perfect mix of locations, prizes and classes, the ultimate event of 2010 is sure to be an amazing experience set on the famous Las Vegas Strip at the luxurious Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

After a hugely successful WSK World Series event held in Millville, New Jersey, which drew competition from the world over, CKI now focuses on the next big event in national karting, the Grand Championships at Mandalay Bay. In addition to national championships being decided in all categories for its core program, CKI has added new classes for the Las Vegas event. Continuing its Race Lives Near You program, which supports karting at all levels, CKI will add PRD Senor, KPV Senior, KPV2 and KPV1 to the four-day Mandalay Bay event. These popular classes, added to the already announced Machismo 500-mile Endurance Race, will make the Grand Championship at the Mandalay Bay an exciting event in one of the most popular cities on the planet.

"The WSK World Series event was such a success, along with our involvement in the popular Rock Island Grand Prix, our drivers continue the excitement by focusing on our Mandalay Bay event," states Series Manager, Kevin Williams. "We are excited to add PRD Senior, KPV Senior, KPV2 and KPV1 and thrilled to have the Machismo 500-mile Endurance Race join us in Las Vegas."

The addition of the new classes are a sneak peak into the 2011 season as CKI looks to evolve the program to meet the needs of kart racers across the country. Part of this evolution is adding value priced classes like PRD and HPV. A closer look at the entry forms, located at www.championshipkartracing.com/downloads/event-forms/CKI_Bay.pdf shows that the ultra popular Comer Cadet program has also been moved to the value priced program all in an effort to build grassroots support across the country.

These engine packages have been the foundation of many race programs and names like Verlingere and Haddock bring a new level of excitement to the program. Especially important to the program is adding these classes now to let kart racers know the CKI program is developing a structure to meet today's karting reality as they push the envelop looking to build a national program with a local flavor. CKI has been proud to develop two major programs that support this philosophy including the Race Lives Near You and Karting's Got Talent. These ground-breaking efforts, along with the national race series, gives CKI the strongest portfolio of karting programs in the industry.

"The additional classes added allows more karter racers to participate in this one-of-a-kind venue, and CKI is happy to bring the opportunity to the drivers that normally run those classes," continues Williams. "This is going to be a true karting event, and we can't wait to get there. Kart racing is no stranger to the Las Vegas Strip and we look forward to bringing the tradition back."

The Grand Championships at Mandalay Bay will start with Thursday optional practice on October 21st, followed by official event practice on Friday, October 22nd. The double racing action begins on Saturday with a full slate of classes running on Sunday. The weekend of racing action will be followed by the awards and class championship presentations all set poolside on Sunday night. During the evening hours, the 3rd Annual Machismo 500-mile Endurance Race will take place from Thursday night through to Saturday night. More information on the Machismo 500 can be obtained by contacting Brad Packard at 951-241-3872, or email Brad directly at Brad@CalSpeedKarting.com

Entries for the WSK North American Series Grand Championship at Mandalay Bay are being accepted online at www.ChampionshipKartRacing.com. Be sure to check out the online entry forms, tire order forms and hotel information.

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.

-source: wka

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Drivers Robert Patrick , Kyle Long
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