WKA: Pit Board 2009-06-02

WKA's Pit Board - 06.02.2009 *** Mid-Ohio Road Race Grand Nationals Fast Approaching 06.02.2009 -- One of the greatest benefits to racing on the Dunlop Tire National Road Racing Series driven by Mazda is the opportunity to compete at some of...

WKA's Pit Board - 06.02.2009

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Mid-Ohio Road Race Grand Nationals Fast Approaching

06.02.2009 -- One of the greatest benefits to racing on the Dunlop Tire National Road Racing Series driven by Mazda is the opportunity to compete at some of America's best and most historic road courses. An event at one of those famous courses is now just around the corner: the Road Race Grand Nationals June 12-14 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

Racers from all over the country are expected at the Mid-Ohio Grand Nationals. The Ohio-based Dart Kart Speedway Club will again host the event. They'll also host the seventh event on the National Road Racing Series Aug. 13-15 at the Putnam Park Road Course in Mt. Meridian, Indiana.

Mid-Ohio is conveniently located in the heart of Ohio off I-71 between Cleveland and Columbus. The renowned central Ohio facility has played host to enduro-style karting events since the mid-60s. This year's Grand National will mark the eighth consecutive year WKA has held a National event at the 47-year-old track, commonly referred to as "the most competitive in the U.S." Before 2002 when a WKA National returned to Mid-Ohio, only regional road racing events were held since 1984.

The Road Race Grand Nationals is the fourth of nine events on the 2009 National Road Racing schedule. It will be the first event in the northern part of the country; events in Daytona Beach, Fla., Kershaw, S.C., and Savannah, Ga., opened the season.

Many southern-based road racing teams are expected to head north for the event to challenge a strong contingent of Midwest teams that will get a crack at the national competition in their home region for the first time this year. A number of teams from New York, Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic region usually make the reasonable trip west to Mid-Ohio to compete on the narrow, twisty 2.4-mile course.

Pre-registration for the event is open until Friday. Pre-entries should be mailed to the Dart Kart Club. Entry blanks with all necessary information can be found at www.worldkarting.com/pg/series/rr/rr-main.html.

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Shadow Karts Adds Name To Dexter Speedway Dirt Money Race

06.02.2009 -- Following a very successful first round of action at Margarettsville Speedway in April, the Briggs & Stratton Speedway Dirt Series sets its sights on the coveted Grand National event June 26-28 at Dexter Raceway in Georgia for the Jimmy Rivers Performance Works Nationals.

Nestled in the middle of the two-day event will be the second major money race of the season for Briggs Animal Heavy competitors. World Karting officials are proud to announce the addition of Shadow Karts as the latest sponsor to step on board for the prestigious race. Shadow Karts will join Briggs & Stratton, Ultramax Racing Chassis and Firestone to add to the purse which will pay the race winner $1,700. The $500 bonus for the highest finishing driver on Firestone Tires will still be in place, giving a driver an opportunity to take home a cool $2,200 if they win on Firestones.

Along with the Animal Heavy Money Race, seven national classes will again be running for a $300 payday in addition to the Grand National Eagle. Those classes include:

Briggs Sportsman 1 Heavy
Briggs Sportsman 2 Heavy
Briggs Junior Heavy
Briggs Medium
Briggs Super Heavy
Briggs Jr Champ Heavy
Briggs Champ Heavy

The top-three positions will offer payback with second place receiving $150 and $75 being awarded for third.

Continuing with the Margarettsville theme, Briggs will also be awarding a generator, as well as several Power Washers to lucky recipients. To check out race weekend details for the Jimmy Rivers Performance Works Nationals, go to www.worldkarting.com/pg/series/ds/ds-main.html.

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NHKA June 6, 7 Race Cancelled

06.02.2009 (Loudon, N.H.) -- Due to track construction and wet weather in New England, the New Hampshire Karting Association's (NHKA) second scheduled event of 2009 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway has been cancelled. The event was originally scheduled for this weekend, June 6 and 7.

Construction was scheduled for past weeks but adverse weather delayed the work. The construction is now taking place throughout this week, which forced the speedway to cancel the event.

Pre-entries will be returned.

The next event on the NHKA schedule is Aug. 8 and 9 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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Former Triple Crown Champion Becomes Youngest Driver Ever To Win NASCAR Race

06.02.2009 -- Iowa's Brett Moffitt broke Joey Logano's record as the youngest driver to ever win a NASCAR Camping World Series East race on Saturday night at Virginia's South Boston Speedway. Moffitt, who will turn 17 on Aug. 7, drove an Andy Santerre-owned No. 44 to a convincing victory in only his fourth CW East start.

Moffitt is another example of past WKA karters who are making headlines in numerous divisions around the country. Brett is a former Triple Crown Champion in 2006 on the WKA Heartland Series. On his Web site (www.brettmoffitt.com), he still lists his WKA Triple Crown championship as his favorite racing moment.

At only 16 years old, Moffitt is certainly a driver to watch. His career accomplishments to date rival those of successful drivers twice his age. WKA is proud to promote Moffitt as another up-and-coming former karting champion who is achieving great things in the sport.

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Another Former WKA Champion Gets Big Win Saturday In ASA Southeast

06.02.2009 -- Justin Larson drove his Ware Oil / Victory Marketing Team Chevrolet to his first ASA Southeast win of 2009 Saturday night at Georgia's New Senoia Speedway. Larson, a 20-year-old driver from Clearwater, Florida, started on the outside pole and led wire-to-wire in the 100-lap race.

Larson is a former sprint-kart racer who won numerous national races and championships on the Bully Clutches WKA Gold Cup tour. Before his departure from the karting ranks in the mid-2000s, Larson accomplished seven national championships, 11 state championships in Florida and 10 Grand National race wins.

Since Justin called it a career in WKA, he took the driving skills he honed behind the wheel of a go-kart and has become one of the top late model racers in the country. He was the 2008 ASA Late Model Series South Division Rookie of the Year, drove to four top-five finishes in the '08 as an ASA South rookie and also in 2008 set a new track record for late models at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Upcoming WKA Divisional Events:

Maryland Speedway Pavement
Saturday, June 6; Sunday, June 7
Sandy Hook Speedway in Street, Md.

Great Lakes Sprint Series
Friday, June 12 -- Sunday, June 14
G & J Kartway in Camden, Ohio

Delaware Dirt Divisional Series
Saturday, June 13
US 13 Kart Club Track in Delmar, Del.

Northeast Sprint Series (WKANESS)
Saturday, June 13
Cherry Valley Motorsports Park in Lafayette, N.Y.

South Carolina Divisional Dirt Series
Saturday, June 13
Possum Kingdom Super Speedway in Belton, S.C.

New York Asphalt Championship Series
(Formally Chapel Hill Pavement Div Series)
Saturday, June 13
Chapel Hill Raceway in Humphrey, N.Y.

Mid-Atlantic Sprint Divisonal
Saturday, June 13; Sunday, June 14
Nicholson Speedway in Chestertown, Md.

Pennsylvania Dirt Divisional Series (PDKS)
Sunday, June 14
Shellhammer's Speedway in Shoemakersville, Pa.

-credit: wka

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Drivers Joey Logano , Brett Moffitt