WKA's Pit Board - 07.23.2009 *** Breithoff leads strong group of Pavement racers at Chapel Hill 07.23.2009 -- The WKA Rage Karts Speedway Pavement Series returned to action last weekend, July 17-19, when the tour made its second 2009 stop at...
WKA's Pit Board - 07.23.2009
Breithoff leads strong group of Pavement racers at Chapel Hill
07.23.2009 -- The WKA Rage Karts Speedway Pavement Series returned to action last weekend, July 17-19, when the tour made its second 2009 stop at Humphrey, New York's Chapel Hill Raceway. The 1-800-GOT-JUNK Nationals marked the first race in over three months for WKA's only pavement-oval national series, and 257 race entries were received for the traditional WKA event in upstate New York's scenic Southern Tier region.
A stout group of pavement racers filled the Chapel Hill pit area. While entry numbers from each state have not been tallied, the Carolinas, Connecticut, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia were all well represented. Ironically, the Speedway Pavement opener April 3-5 at the OCR Action Sports Park in Rougemont, N.C., had exactly the same amount of entries as Chapel Hill. On another positive note, last weekend's 1-800-GOT-JUNK Nationals outdrew both of 2008's Chapel Hill national races, which saw entry counts of 228 and 183.
Fifteen drivers left Chapel Hill with at least one national win. Result-wise, Pennsylvania's Ryan Breithoff had the best weekend of any racer. Breithoff won three main events -- Kevin Smith Racing Engines Briggs Jr Lite, Briggs Jr Champ Heavy and Briggs Jr Champ Raptor Final 1. He also finished second in Jr Champ Raptor Final 2 and Jr Champ Lite, while netting a third-place finish in Briggs Jr Heavy. That means Breithoff finished no worse than third in six feature starts -- certainly a weekend to be proud of.
But Breithoff wasn't the only racer celebrating in the Empire State. Maryland's Stephen Brewer Jr., who splits his time between the Speedway Pavement and Bully Clutches Gold Cup series, swept the Sportsman 1 main events, finishing ahead of Aaron Weed in both. Connecticut's Chase Dowling did the same in Sportsman 2 Lite and Heavy.
Speedway Pavement hot shoe Patrick Robertson won two mains at Chapel, taking the top spot in Briggs Jr Champ Lite and Jr Champ Raptor Final 2. Robertson was close to a quadruple-win weekend; he took home second-place results in Jr Champ Heavy and Jr Champ Raptor Final 1, finishing behind Breithoff in both.
Versatile kart racer AJ Roderick, who also splits his time between Gold Cup and Pavement, won two of the more competitive classes of the weekend, Briggs Champ Lite and Turner Racing Engines Briggs Champ Heavy.
George Curtis Jr. topped all in Briggs Lite and the weekend's largest class, Briggs Medium, which had 18 racers start the 20-lap feature. And Kyle Long extended his point lead in Briggs Raptor, winning Custom Trophy Final 1 and Final 2.
Single feature winners at Chapel Hill were Brandon McGough in 3D Motorsports Sportsman 1 Champ Lite; Cameron Lovejoy in Sportsman 1 Champ Heavy; Elijah Rios in Bonsignore Kart Shoppe Sportsman 2 Champ Lite; Matt Pappa in Sportsman 2 Champ Heavy; Jimmy Hayden in Jr Heavy; Craig Wetzel in Briggs Heavy; Cullen Mumaw in Raptor Champ Final 1; and Chelsey Friel in Raptor Champ Final 2.
Andrew Morin, Dale Martel and Jenet Blackmore were the weekend's Kid Kart participants.
Speedway Pavement points are now updated on WKA's Web site. To view them, visit www.worldkarting.com/pg/series/ps/ps-standings.html.
The break is over for the Speedway Pavement racers. The series will be in action once a month from July until October. The next event on the schedule is the big doubleheader with the Gold Cup Series Aug. 21-23 at Indiana's New Castle Motorsports Park. Tagged the Jammer Clutches Grand Nationals, the event is the first ever Speedway Pavement / Gold Cup doubleheader and it is expected to be one of the best events for both series in recent memory. As noted in a news release in the July 21 Pit Board, WKA will be accommodating those racers who run both series.
For more information on the Jammer Clutches Grand Nationals, visit www.worldkarting.com/downloads/eb-2009/0821_newcastle_pave_GN.pdf.
Road Racing competitor survey on WKA Web site, to be distributed at VIR
07.23.2009 -- The WKA Dunlop Tire National Road Racing Series driven by Mazda Technical Committee has developed a competitor survey, which asks for feedback and poses a number of questions regarding the current status of the nine-race touring series.
The survey, which in the past has greatly aided WKA in making important decisions while working to grow the Road Racing Series, was distributed at Road America and will be available for competitors to fill out at the VIRginia International Raceway Summer Nationals July 31 - Aug. 2. The survey also is now available at WKA's Web site. It can be found at www.WorldKarting.com.
If you're a road racer with questions, comments or concerns, this is your chance to be heard. If you're going to VIR, be sure to set aside some time to complete the survey and return it to a WKA staff member.
If you won't be at VIR, please print it off the Internet, complete and mail to WKA, 6051 Victory Lane; Concord, NC 28027. Completed surveys may also be e-mailed to email@example.com or faxed to 704-455-1609.
CKI News Release:
Championship Karting International adds Rotax classes to Aug. 6-8 Grand Prix of California
PHOENIX (July 23, 2009) -- Championship Karting International (CKI) has expanded race options for competitors at the CKI Grand Prix of California (Aug. 6-8), with Rotax Masters and Senior class events. Run under RMAX Challenge rules and regulations, both classes will offer a $1,500 cash purse with the winner pocketing $500; 2nd place $400; 3rd place $300; 4th $200 and 5th $100.
"The Rotax classes at the CKI Grand Prix of California will provide local racers with more options to get in on the competition and enjoy the CKI experience," states CKI Director of Operations Kevin Williams. "They help us offer racing opportunities to everyone. The karting community in and around Southern California is huge-- the Rotax events should be great, just like every other division."
Entry fees for the CKI Rotax Masters and Senior classes are set at the reduced rate of $200 -- a great deal to get on the track at CalSpeed Karting Center for a full weekend of competition. The two local option non-championship classes will run together and be scored individually.
With the two Rotax classes, the field is shaping up to include a purse of over $27,000 in cash and prizes. In the hotly contested KF2 and KZ2 divisions, competitors will hit the track contending for a piece of a $14,000 cash purse. IAME Senior class competitors will shoot for a share of $6,000. Sweetening the pot in the IAME Sr. class, CKI is throwing in $500 for highest placing Master driver.
KF3, IAME Jr. and Cadet classes will each feature a $3,000 education investment prize program. Once again, the CKI event will also include raffles for an IAME / Parilla Leopard motor, contributed by Italian Motors.
Entries for the Grand Prix of California are now being accepted through the event pages on CKI's Web site, offering racers an easy to use, one-stop portal to register for races. Check it out at www.championshipkartracing.com.
The Championship Karting International 2009 series is a WKA-sanctioned four-event season. In addition to the Grand Prix of California at CalSpeed Karting Center, the series hosted events at New Castle Motorsports Park, New Castle, Ind., in May, and the Grand Prix of New Jersey at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, N.J., June 26 -- 29. A season finale is slated for Oklahoma Motorsports Complex, Norman, Okla., Oct. 9 -- 11.
For more information and entry forms, visit www.championshipkartracing.com. Sponsor for the CKI series include Bridgestone Tires (www.bridgestone.com); Formula BMW Americas (www.formulabmwusa.com); SSC East (www.ssceast.com); Italian Motorsports (www.italianmotors.com); DeCal Works (www.decalmx.com) and Russell Motorsport Specialties (www.russellkarting.com).
Margay Products Inc. News Release:
Margay wins 5 in WKA Manufacturer's Cup weekend
ST. LOUIS -- (July 23, 2009) -- Margay claimed five important wins at the WKA Manufacturer's Cup Series Zoom Zoom Nationals at Road America, proving once again that the chassis made in America for American drivers is worth its weight in gold.
Five Margay drivers had winning weekends -- Garrett Johnston, Kyle Tilley, Mike McAndrews, Kevin Nelson and Tony Jump. Margay continued its winning streak in the Junior Sportsman classes with New Jersey's Garrett Johnston qualifying on pole and driving to victory in HPV Junior Sportsman. Johnston was dominant in Yamaha Junior Sportsman Heavy as well, winning the Pre-final and running fastest lap in the Final, but Indiana Margay driver Kyle Tilley drove around Johnston to win the final by .193 seconds. It was Tilley's second impressive win in a row aboard his Margay Brava Rookie after taking the checkers previously at South Bend.
Mike McAndrews was the star of the weekend, besting 44 of the nation's best Junior Sportsman drivers with a clean sweep in Yamaha Junior Sportsman Lite, scoring his first national victory after qualifying on the pole and winning the Pre-final. Garrett Johnston continued his stellar weekend by taking third place. Garrett's twin brother, Jake Johnston, took the victory in Yamaha Junior Sportsman Lite at South Bend, ensuring that a Margay driver claimed the top step of the podium in each of the last four Yamaha Junior Sportsman main events.
Margay took three of the top-five spots in Yamaha Pipe, with longtime champion Kevin Nelson adding to his impressive resume with yet another victory aboard his Margay Brava chassis. Tony Jump kept Nelson honest by finishing second and Josh Call finished fourth. Jump completed his weekend by claiming both the win and fast lap in Yamaha Supercan Lite.
"We always enjoy being at the track to support our customers," Margay President Keith Freber remarked, "but Road America was a particularly rewarding weekend. Jason Birdsell and the rest of our company have worked hard over the last year to really develop our Brava Rookie chassis. That hard work has paid off with wins in five out of the last six Sportsman events. We're fortunate to have such talented and committed drivers, engine builders and mechanics, but they wouldn't be with Margay if they didn't believe in our products. It's always exciting for me to see a driver get his first national win, and in the last two WKA Manufacturers Cup Events, we've seen four Margay Junior Sportsman drivers score their first National win. That's pretty thrilling and that's one more thing that motivates us to keep building winning karts here in the USA."
The Margay Factory Team will compete next at the WKA Manufacturer's Cup event at Mark Dismore's New Castle Motorsports Park in New Castle, Ind., August 28- 30. Factory arrive and drive programs are still available for this and other events. For more information or inquiries about kart sales and service, contact Margay Racing at 1-800-5MARGAY or visit www.margay.com.