WKA: Pit Board 2009-07-30

WKA's Pit Board - 07.30.2009 *** Hanging Rock Dirt Series announcements 07.30.2009 -- The Briggs & Stratton Speedway Dirt Series will return to action Aug. 14-16 for the Briggs & Stratton Dirt Nationals at Hanging Rock Kartway in Kershaw, ...

WKA's Pit Board - 07.30.2009

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Hanging Rock Dirt Series announcements

07.30.2009 -- The Briggs & Stratton Speedway Dirt Series will return to action Aug. 14-16 for the Briggs & Stratton Dirt Nationals at Hanging Rock Kartway in Kershaw, South Carolina. The event will be the fourth of five on the 2009 Speedway Dirt tour. The following are important announcements regarding the mid-August Dirt National at Hanging Rock.

Three local-option classes will run at Hanging Rock. They will be the final two races on Saturday before the Briggs Animal Heavy Money Race, and the last race on Sunday. The Saturday local-option classes are Briggs Medium Flathead and Briggs Super Heavy Flathead. Sunday's final feature event will be the Briggs Heavy Flathead local option. Of course, these classes cater to the racers still wishing to run their flathead engines. Last weekend's Summer Nationals at Liberty Raceway Park saw double-digit entry numbers in two of the three flathead local-option classes and seven entries in the other.

The other important announcement regards the "Sunday 7" Money Class program WKA has been offering the Dirt racers this season. At Hanging Rock and the final Speedway Dirt race of the season Sept. 11-13 at Hurricane (Ga.) Raceway, the program will be the "Sunday 6," and only the winner of the feature will receive a payout of $250. The six classes will be Briggs Sportsman 1 Heavy, Briggs Sportsman 2 Heavy, Briggs Jr Heavy, Briggs Medium, Briggs Super Heavy and Briggs Champ Heavy.

The revisions to the Sunday 7 Money Classes have been made due to the sluggish economy. WKA extends its apologies to all the Speedway Dirt racers and teams affected by these revisions.

The Hanging Rock entry blank has been updated and can be viewed at www.worldkarting.com/downloads/eb-2009/0814_hangrock_dirt.pdf.

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WKA Midwest Sprint Series Round 3 recap from Badger Raceway

07.30.2009 (Sun Prairie, Wis.) -- The Midwest Sprint Series (MWSS) spent this past weekend buzzing around the friendly confines of the 5/8 mile Badger Raceway, located in Dousman, Wisconsin. Over 170 entries were on hand for the third event in the five-race Russell Karting -- MWSS 2009 schedule.

Saturday action got under way with Jesse Wirtz showing the way over Patrick Olsen and Scott Kopp in the HPV Heavy Prefinal. Wirtz would do it again in the Final, but not without a challenge from Olsen, who briefly held the lead, but a broken throttle cable would prove to be more than Olsen could overcome and Wirtz cruised to the win. Tommy Andersen, who started 4th, finished 2nd, with Kopp, Brian McEnvoy, and Travis Kosik rounded out the top 5.

In Yamaha Sportsman Lite, it was Mike McAndrews who notched the wins in the Prefinal and Final, en route to a clean sweep of the class. Kyle Kalish and James Bennett tried to make it close in the final, but neither had anything for McAndrews. Canadian Christian Van Weiringen come home 4th, with Joel Jens rounding out the top 5.

The HPV Jr. classes are always a dogfight and this weekend's Heavy class was no exception. Andrew Hobbs completed a clean sweep of his own, but not without a fight. Points leader Nick Stagl dogged him all day, but in the end, he had nothing for Hobbs, who cruised to a 1.5 second victory. Ohio racer Olivia Beam ran 3rd in front of Andrew Kiedrowski and Christian Vogel.

Kyle Gluth put on a dominating performance in Yamaha Supercan, putting his Merlin out front every time he hit the track. Matt Laukaitis and Jason Foley put on a battle in the Final, while Gluth was busy checking out. Ultimately Foley would nab 2nd, relegating Laukaitis the 3rd. Tony Jump ended up 4th and Kevin Nelson 5th.

In Briggs Medium action, Conner Lund and Ryan Hoke traded paint for the entire Final, but it was Lund by .143 seconds at the stripe on the only lap that counted. Kyle Flores was 3rd and Mark Ording 4th.

There were only four karts in the Cadet Sportsman Final, but that didn't stop three of them from crossing the line side by side. While Joel Jens and Tristan Van Weiringen swapped the lead back and forth, Kyle Noonan rode in third lap after lap, then on the white-flag lap, while the front two battled, Noonan came from nowhere and slid right up alongside the duo and managed to pull both Jens and Van Weiringen at the line to take the unlikely win. This certainly was one of the most exciting finishes of the weekend.

Mark Vielgut dominated again in the TaG class, putting his Haase chassis on the pole in qualifying and showing no mercy for the rest of the day, capping off a clean sweep with a final win over Derek Crane, Samantha Silver, and Micheal Weimer.

In Yamaha Jr. Lite, it was the Kevin Bowler show. Bowler took the pole and followed with a decisive Prefinal win. Jordan Laukaitis briefly got his Merlin kart to the top of the pylon after getting around Bowler on lap 10, but Bowler would not be denied and grabbed the top spot back on lap 13 to secure the victory. Olivia Beam came home 3rd, Jake Cole 4th, and Andrew Kiedrowski 5th.

Other feature winners from Saturday included Tanner Long in Briggs Jr. Heavy, Jacob Zellner in Briggs Sportsman 1 Heavy and Natalie Decker in Briggs Sportsman 2 Heavy.

Kid kart racers this weekend included Carter Cass, Connor Cass, Jeremiah Bales, Cole Fransen, Ty Schneider, Nick Ksobiech, Nicholas Granata, Gabriel Zellner, Davis Rios, JJ Wayer, Austin Peterson, and Colby Horn.

In Sunday action, Hannah Roskopf showed the way in the Yamaha Rookie local option class, completing a clean sweep with a win over Ian Nelson and Preston Benisch. Robby Linnell and Alex Bertagnoli rounded out the top 5.

Birel pilot Scott Kopp set fast time in HPV Lite, but Patrick Olsen would grab the Prefinal win. Kopp jumped into lead in the final and held it until lap 5, when Olsen took over and never relinquished it. Jess Wirtz made a great run through the field to finish 2nd over Kopp, Tommy Andersen, and Jason Foley.

In the Yamaha Sportsman Heavy class, Mike McAndrews picked up the feature win over Tristan Van Weiringen, Travis Lemay, Josh Bales, and Kyle Noonan.

Jake Cole paced the Yamaha Jr. Heavy Final, taking a commanding victory of 6.455 seconds over fellow Merlin pilot Ben Hewitt. Olivia Beam, Andrew Kiedrowski, and Grant Vogel rounded out the top 5.

Connor Lund picked up the win in Briggs Heavy over Brad Miller and Kyle Flores.

James Bennett trounced the field in HPV Sportsman by notching a feature win 6.968 seconds ahead of Kyle Kalish. For Bennett, it capped off a clean sweep of the class. Mike McAndrews was unable to complete the trifecta after notching two wins already over the weekend. He finished 3rd. Ethan Roskopf was 4th and Tristan Van Weiringen was 5th.

HPV Jr. Lite was another big class and this time Nick Stagl would not be denied. After getting knocked off the track on lap 1 of the Prefinal, Stagl was on a mission. Restarting last, Stagl passed six karts in the Prefinal to finish 8th. A terrific start in the Final had him up to 2nd by the end of the first lap. From there, it was only a matter of time until he got by Andrew Kiedrowski to secure the lead. Kiedrowski would hold on to 2nd with Jake Cole, Andrew Hobbs, and Sawyer Haese in tow.

Other winners on Sunday included Mark Vielgut in Leopard Sr., Tony Jump in Yamaha Pipe, Tanner Long in Briggs Jr. Lite, Jacob Zellner in Briggs Sportsman Lite 1, and Parker Williams in Briggs Sportsman Lite 2.

Please mark your calendars for August 15-16 when the MWSS will be at Mid-State Raceway in Springfield, Ill.

The Midwest Sprint Series is a WKA Regional sprint series. More information can be found on the series website www.midwestsprint.com or by contacting Tim Koyen at 608-235-4761 or at tkoyen@kartlift.com.

-credit: wka

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Series Kart
Drivers Kevin Nelson , Mark Vielgut , Andrew Hobbs
Teams Williams