WKA: Pit Board 2008-06-05

WKA's Pit Board presented by AMB i.t. - 06.05.2008 *** Tire Change For Gold Cup Junior Competitors 06.05.2008 - Effective at the next Horstman Gold Cup Series event July 4-6 at G and J Kartway in Camden, Ohio, there will be a modification to...

WKA's Pit Board presented by AMB i.t. - 06.05.2008

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Tire Change For Gold Cup Junior Competitors

06.05.2008 - Effective at the next Horstman Gold Cup Series event July 4-6 at G and J Kartway in Camden, Ohio, there will be a modification to the spec tire requirements in the Junior Sportsman and Junior level classes. Dunlop Tire has recently discontinued manufacturing and production of the DCM 4.50X5 tire. With there being a limited supply of this particular type tire, World Karting officials have elected to allow competitors the option to run the 4.50x5 DCM tire, or the newly homologated Dunlop 4.50x5 DDM Tire, currently available. The Dunlop DCM's and DDM's can be mixed with no advantage or disadvantage.

This option will only be available for the Michigan Kart Supply Nationals July 4-6 at Camden. As the series makes its return to Circleville Raceway Park in Ohio August 1-3 for the American Power Sports Nationals, the Dunlop 4.50x5 DDM tire will we be the ONLY tire allowed.

Additionally, the Dunlop 600x5 DCM spec tire is still the only current legal tire for the Junior classes utilizing the black restrictor plates until further notice.

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Torco Fuel Designated For Badger Manufacturer's Cup Event

06.05.2008 - Due to financial and geographical challenges, there will be a change in the fuel brand for the upcoming Racersites.com Grand Nationals at Badger Raceway in Dousman, Wisconsin for the George Kugler Bridgestone Manufacturer's Cup Series driven by Mazda.

The Torco Fuel brand, offered at the 2005 event, will again be the designated spec fuel at Badger. The Torco 110 fuel, comparable to the Sunoco 110 purple normally used at the Mfg. events, will be available to competitors throughout the weekend. The price for the Torco fuel will be $8.50 per gallon.

Sunoco will return as the official fuel for the Show Hauler Truck Nationals July 25-27 at Concept Haulers Motor Speedway in Sheridan, Illinois, stop #4 for the Manufacturer's Cup Series.

For more information on the Racersites.com Grand Nationals, go to www.worldkarting.com/downloads/eb-2008/0613_badger_mc.pdf.

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Taylor Miinch Claims Podium At New Castle Motorsports Park

06.05.2008 - "California Pilot Scores Solid Result in East vs. West Showdown" Team Top Kart USA driver, Taylor Miinch, scored another strong run this weekend at the Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by IndyCar series Mazda Race of the Americas at the New Castle Motorsports Park facility in New Castle, Indiana. Miinch claimed the third step on the podium in the first final before being involved in a mid-race incident in final two.

After Friday's official timed sessions, Taylor Miinch would be just inside the top ten. Looking to improve on that and make a run for the pole on Saturday morning, Miinch, lead tuner, Josh Huff, and his crew worked tirelessly on Friday evening to improve the speed of his Team Top Kart USA entry.

Looking to take the Gatorz Pole Position, Miinch started his session off nicely and was near the top of the speed charts. With almost a thousand foot back straight where drafting is a major key to being upfront, Miinch was unable to find a partner and ended up just outside the top five in the eighth position.

With the heat race flight system in effect, Miinch would have to battle his way through the heats to setup a solid starting position for the final. Heat one went well for the Californian as he claimed the fourth position, but heat race two did not go as planned as Miinch would be involved in a turn one crash that would see several top drivers forced to retire.

"The start of the second heat race was very tough," explained Taylor Miinch of Alpine, CA after being taken out in the first corner. "I was hit from behind and in the side and had nowhere to go. The kart sustained a lot of damage but we will be back to fight for the win tomorrow."

Final one was very successful for Miinch as he advanced forward from his 12th place starting position to finish on the podium. Looking like a seasoned veteran, Miinch battled hard and passed kart after kart with his Hi-Rev horsepower to run inside the top five. In the final few circuits, the Team top Kart USA driver made a few more passes to move into the top three and claim a solid podium result.

Final two would not have the same success for Miinch. The talented junior was running well inside the top ten and looked as if he would be in the hunt for another top five before being taken out by a fellow competitor in the back section of the course. Miinch would be relegated down the running order and outside the top twenty before battling hard to move back forward to finish 16th.

Miinch currently sits in fifth in standings in the Stars of Karting JICA West Series and 11th in the East Division after a rough start in Ocala, Florida. Look for him to rebound as he heads to USA International Raceway in Shawano, WI July 11-13 for the next East event.

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Former WKA Triple Crown Champion, Jake Crum, Wins At Dillon Speedway, Leads UARA-Stars Point Standings

06.05.2008 - Jake "The Snake" Crum was bitten by bad luck at Bristol Motor Speedway a couple of weeks ago, but things turned around in a big way for the former WKA Triple Crown Champion this weekend at Dillon Speedway. Jake won the Wallace Industrial Technologies 150, the 100th race in the UARA-Stars Late Model Series on Saturday night, which put him back in the point lead for the second time this season.

"I didn't know that, that's pretty cool," commented the winner after finding out it was the 100th race in the series history. "I really want to thank everyone that's helped me; my crew, my parents, my sponsors, Fatz Cafe and Dana Shriver with Made in Multiples. Just everyone that helped me get here."

Jake was running in the top seven in the practice sessions earlier in the day and posted the quickest time in the second session. In qualifying, he laid down a blistering lap, which put him on the top of the charts. Richard Boswell posted the quickest lap of the day, leaving Jake to start on the outside of the front row, in the second position.

"I really thought we had the pole spot," the 16 year-old driver commented. "That's alright though. We have a great car and we'll get out front."

Jake wasted no time once the green flag dropped and immediately took the lead. He led the first 65 laps of the race and led a total of 85 laps that night.

"This car is so awesome," screamed the driver of the No. 1 Fatz Cafe / Made in Multiples Chevy. "I'm just cruising."

The first caution of the night came out on Lap 35 when a four-car pileup occurred in front of Jake, but he cleared the wreckage and moved on. After running in thick lapped traffic, the car seemed to be running a little hot, but nothing a couple of caution laps couldn't take care of.

"The car should be cooling down now that we're out of that lapped traffic," coached Crew Chief, Nick Hutchins, who is also a former WKA winner. "Just keep an eye on the temperature, but we should be just fine."

Jake had a little trouble on the restart after he spun his tires. He quickly regrouped and continued to lead until lap 67, when BJ Mackey caught Jake and passed him for the lead.

Mackey and Jake were the dominant forces in the field all night. They quickly began lapping cars on the second long green flag run of the night. Jake had a slip-up when the car came out from under him and he went sideways around lap 95. He saved the car and kept his second place position.

"I'm good, I'm good," was the only comment mentioned on the radio after the near miss.

Jake began running down the leader when Mackey experienced some mechanical issues. This allowed Jake to take back the lead with just 11 laps to go. Just as Team Crum Racing was on a roll to take their first victory of the 2008 season, a huge wreck piled up in Turn 4. Jake just barely slithered through the carnage of wrecked cars.

"What was that all about?" Jake commented on the radio. Once again the field was parked under a red flag while they cleaned up the wreckage, leaving Jake smoking hot inside his racecar. "It is so hot in here," Jake exclaims on the radio. "I've been out of water since lap 30."

After some words of wisdom and encouragement from his crew, the field was set for the green-white-checkered finish. The green flag dropped and Jake made the restart of his life bringing home the victory. He nearly slapped the wall doing burnouts on the frontstretch during his victory lap.

"Was I that close to it?" Jake asked when he was told how close he was to the wall. "Not to worry, I had it under control."

"We needed this win, I am so proud of this team," the young Statesville, NC Hot shoe commented. "I was getting really hot there on that red flag, but knew I had to focus on getting this win."

Next up for Jake and Team Crum Racing is at Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 14, 2008 in Hickory, NC.

For more information on Jake "The Snake" Crum and Team Crum Racing, visit our website at www.JakeCrumRacing.com or contact us at info@jakecrumracing.com.

-credit: wka

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Drivers Jake Crum , Richard Boswell