WKA: PitBoard 2009-01-27

WKA's PitBoard presented by AMB i.t. - 01.27.2009 Successful KartFest Has WKA And Its Racers Ready For 2009 01.27.2009 -- KartFest 2009 is officially in the record books. In what was considered one of the most challenging events for WKA to put...

WKA's PitBoard presented by AMB i.t. - 01.27.2009

Successful KartFest Has WKA And Its Racers Ready For 2009

01.27.2009 -- KartFest 2009 is officially in the record books. In what was considered one of the most challenging events for WKA to put on in the history of KartFest due to the tough economic conditions in America, both Friday and Saturday's crowds were strong. Many vendors said late Saturday afternoon that they were impressed and encouraged by the amount of karting racers and enthusiasts at the Hickory Metro Convention Center (HMCC) throughout the weekend.

A number of vendors held special raffles throughout the weekend while others promoted special discounted prices on a wide array of products including apparel, bodywork, safety gear and other parts. The HMCC's meeting rooms were full nearly every hour on Saturday with Briggs & Stratton, Bully Clutches, Camp Motorsports, Michael L Davis Insurance and Victory Marketing offering seminars for racers on their specific realm of expertise. The WKA held Town Hall meetings Saturday for the Bully Clutches Gold Cup, Rage Karts Speedway Pavement and Briggs & Stratton Speedway Dirt series'. According to WKA officials and members, the meetings were productive with many ideas presented in an effort to improve the series' in 2009.

Along with the trade show, three awards banquets were held in a span of 24 hours at KartFest -- Speedway Dirt Friday night, Gold Cup Saturday morning and Speedway Pavement Saturday evening. All three banquets saw either all, or nearly all, 10-chair tables full; in fact, on Saturday night extra tables were added to the banquet room to accommodate the large contingent of Speedway Pavement racers on hand. In some classes, eight to 10 racers were eligible for awards with every one of them present to accept. This was terrific to see considering many families traveled from the Northeast, upper Midwest and Deep South to attend.

KartFest 2009 offered WKA racers and teams another fantastic alternative to racing at the track with an opportunity to speak to fellow racers and vendors, gain information on new products and prepare for the upcoming season. Although it is still the dead of winter in many areas of the country, a number of teams will take comfort in the fact that upon arrival home less than two months separate them from their opening race of the season. The Gold Cup and Dunlop Road Racing driven by Mazda seasons begin (or continue, in Road Racing's case) March 20-22 in Concord, N.C., and Kershaw, S.C., respectively. The Speedway Dirt opener is the following weekend (March 27-29) in Kershaw; Speedway Pavement begins April 3-5 in Rougemont, N.C., while the second race of the George Kugler/Bridgestone Manufacturer's Cup driven by Mazda is May 1-3 at Michiana Raceway Park in South Bend, Ind.

-credit: wka

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