WKA: Pit Board 2008-07-15

WKA's Pit Board presented by AMB i.t. - 07.15.2008 *** Double Winners Abundant At OCR Pavement Grands 07.15.2008 -- Hot weather breeds hot competition. That could be said for this past weekends H Roark Woodworking Grand Nationals for the ...

WKA's Pit Board presented by AMB i.t. - 07.15.2008

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Double Winners Abundant At OCR Pavement Grands

07.15.2008 -- Hot weather breeds hot competition. That could be said for this past weekends H Roark Woodworking Grand Nationals for the Rage Karts Speedway Pavement Series at OCR Action Sports Park in Rougemont, North Carolina.

Some of the tightest and most exciting racing took place in the Junior Champ classes. Headlining victory lane was young Andrew Yoder, taking both the Briggs Junior Champ Heavy and Junior Champ Raptor classes on Sunday, with each race not being determined till the final turn of the final lap. Tyler Strickland was also a 2 --time Grand National Champ, securing the Briggs Junior Champ Raptor final on day #1, as well as the Jammer Clutches Briggs Junior Champ Lite main.

Five other drivers enjoyed hoisting the eagle more than once this past weekend. Cole Timm took both the Briggs Junior Sportsman 1 Champ Lite and Heavy mains while Chase Hawkins started his weekend off with a win in the Dowling Transport and Services Briggs Junior Sportsman 1 Lite class, backing that effort up with an encore performance in Sundays Briggs Junior Sportsman 1 Heavy finale.

Not to be outdone was past National Champion Josh Hobson, a double winner in the Briggs Junior Lite and Heavy action. On the Senior side of life, Ryan Kendall staked claim to 2 victories, taking the Fab4 Fiberglass Briggs Lite race, then backing up Saturdays performance with a win in Sundays Briggs Medium finale. Home state hot shoe Kenneth Jones rounded out the multiple winners with success in the Briggs Heavy and Raptor 370 classes.

The series will make a return to the Chapel Hill Raceway in Humphrey, New York August 22-24 for the Congdon Body Shop Nationals. For more results from this weekend's Grand National action, click here and watch for complete race coverage in the September issue of WKA's Karting Scene.

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Fauci Earns Her Way To Camden Gold Cup Victory - Lawson, Heavlow, And Beasley Double Up

07.15.2008 -- The annual 4th of July classic for the Horstman Gold Cup Series at G and J Kartway in Camden, Ohio lived up to it's billing as the nations top 4 Cycle sprint racers returned to action for the Michigan Kart Supply Nationals following a 3-month layoff.

Headlining the podium once again was Gary Lawson. Fresh off of a very successful season opener in Jacksonville, Florida, Lawson laid claim to wins on the newly expanded Camden Sprint Course in the Margay Racing Products Briggs Animal Super Heavy and Beasley Motorsports Arrow Karts Briggs World Formula Medium classes. Also checking in for a pair of victories was young Jacob Heavlow, taking the Briggs Junior Sportsman 2 Lite victory on Saturday, followed up by a win in the Bonsignore Kart Shoppe Briggs Junior Sportsman 2 Heavy class on Sunday. Not to be outdone, Sam Beasley claimed the top shelf on the podium, picking up wins in the Digatron Briggs Restricted Junior Lite and Baker Racing Engines Briggs Restricted Junior Heavy classes.

But the feel good story of the weekend was young Kaytlyn Fauci. With a trip to Camden in doubt following Jacksonville, Fauci got herself a job, earning money to help support the trip, thus winning in the ultra competitive Turner Racing Engines Briggs Restricted Junior Sportsman Medium class, fending off some top competitors.

After a three month gap between races 1 and 2, the Horstman Gold Cup competitors receive just a one month break this time around in preparation for the American Power Sports Nationals August 1-3 at Circleville Raceway Park in Ohio. For more results from Camden, click here and for complete coverage watch for the September issue of WKA's Karting Scene.

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Steve Peterson 1949 -- 2008

07.15.2008 -- It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of longtime WKA member and karting supporter Steve Peterson. He was a tremendous ambassador of karting and the WKA. Steve's WKA journey peaked in the early 1990's while serving as a race director at select events, assisted with event planning, the formation of the speedway pavement series as well as co-directing the "Speedway Kart Club". Steve left WKA and karting in January 1995 to work with NASCAR full time as a technical inspector. However, he wasn't gone for good.

Over the past several years, he helped re-form the Speedway Kart Club and was always present at the club events held on the sprint track at Lowe's Motor Speedway. It was rare to find him there without someone new to karting taking a few laps in one of the many karts he would have with him. Steve loved karting and always wanted to share that love with anyone that had an interest.

Many of the other drives in attendance to these practice sessions always knew that if they needed help with set up, driving skill etc-- Steve would be the one to go to. He would literally give someone the karting jacket off his back if that were what he or she needed.

We will be bringing you more details as they become available. At this time, WKA would like to extend our condolences to his family, his co-workers at NASCAR, and the many karters whose lives he touched over his many years in the sport.

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Florida Karting Championship Series
July 18-20, 2008
Ocala Gran Prix
Ocala, FL
Charlene Devine 239-462-3873
www.flwkasprintseries.com

Florida Divisional Dirt Series
July 19 Postponed due to rain
Volusia Speedway Park
Volusia, FL
Contact: Mike Hunter 386.804.7450
www.wkafdds.com

Georgia Sate Dirt Series
July 26, 2008
Burke County Speedway
Contact: Gene McCook 478.494.6683
genemccook@gadirtdivisional.com
www.gadirtdivisional.com

Great Lakes Sprint Series
July 18-20, 2008
Concept Haulers Speedway
Norway, IL
Contact: Penny Farmer 616.453.0737
www.glssweries.com

Northeast Speedway Pavement
July 19-20, 2008
Thunder Road
Montpelier, VT
Contact: Dan Stowell 208.262.9845
www.wkanesps.com

WKA Tennessee Divisional Dirt
July 19, 2008
Dumplin Valley Raceway
Knoxville, TN
Contact: Mark Underwood 865.932.3410
mark1056@comcast.net

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