WKA: SpeedNews 2004-03-25

WKA's SpeedNews - 03.25.2004 The class order for the Briggs & Stratton National Speedway Dirt Series has been updated in preparation for stop number two of this at CrossRoads Motorplex in Jasper, Florida April 16th - 18th. This change has been...

WKA's SpeedNews - 03.25.2004

The class order for the Briggs & Stratton National Speedway Dirt Series has been updated in preparation for stop number two of this at CrossRoads Motorplex in Jasper, Florida April 16th - 18th. This change has been made to prevent back to back classes on the Saturday order. Please contact your Race Directors at CrossRoads Motorplex in April with any conflicts.

Saturday
1 - Briggs Controlled / Animal Medium
2 - Briggs Jr Sportsman 1 Lite
3 - Yamaha 2-Cycle
4 - Briggs Lite
5 - Briggs Jr Lite
6 - Briggs Limited Heavy
7 - Briggs Sr Champ Lite
8 - Briggs Jr Sportsman 2 Lite
9 - Briggs Animal Heavy
10 - Unlimited
11 - Briggs Senior
12 - Briggs Jr Animal
13 - Briggs Jr Sportsman Champ Lite
14 - Briggs Heavy
15 - Kid Karts (run during breaks)

Sunday
1 - Briggs Controlled Animal Heavy
2 - Briggs Jr Sportsman 1 Heavy
3 - 4-Cycle Modified
4 - Briggs Briggs Sr Champ Heavy
5 - Briggs Jr Heavy
6 - Stock 2-Cycle
7 - Briggs Limited Lite
8 - Briggs Super Heavy
9 - Briggs Jr Sportsman 2 Heavy
10 - Briggs Jr Champ
11 - Briggs Medium
12 - Briggs Jr Sportsman Champ Heavy
13 - Briggs Super Stock
14 - Kid Karts (run during breaks)

With record numbers at the opening event of the 2004 season for the Briggs & Stratton National Speedway Dirt Series exceeding all expectations with record numbers over 2,200 entries, hopes are high for stop number two at CrossRoads Motorplex in April. Enter now by downloading the entry blank by visiting www.worldkarting.com/main/downloads.html.

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April is fast approaching and with it comes the Weekly Racing Series action at tracks across the country. The WRS is truly going to be a national affair for these "average joe" karters. Tracks spanning the entire nation, including tracks in Colorado, California, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, and Florida will permit karters the opportunity to compete and be recognized at the National level without ever leaving their hometown. This is truly the beauty of WKA's Weekly Racing Series.

"WKA has realized that local level karting has taken a backseat to the money races and divisional and national programs. Our hope is that the WRS points format will promote karting at the local level and allow karters to compete and be recognized on the national level", Tony Barton, WKA Director of Marketing.

The WKA will recognize the top Junior and Senior drivers - in both Speedway (dirt and asphalt oval) and Sprint (2- and 4-cycle sprint), the top five in each region, and the top ten in the nation in both Junior and Senior categories. WKA continues to work hard on obtaining year-end awards and merchandise for the WRS competitors. Plans will be announced once finalized on JoeKarter.com, the Official Web site of WKA's Weekly Racing Series.

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In one of its most aggressive construction projects since Daytona International Speedway was built in 1958, track officials on Wednesday announced an exciting, multi-million dollar, multi-faceted infield renovation project -- making "The World Center of Racing" not only the most prestigious track on the NASCAR circuit, but one of the most modern as well.

The immense project, scheduled to begin following the 46th running of the Pepsi 400 on July 3, will include a new tunnel, new NASCAR NEXTEL Cup garages, new NASCAR Busch garages, a new Gatorade Victory Lane, a Fan Zone, new specialty vehicle parking, new scoring trilons and expansion of the existing media center.

The massive undertaking is scheduled to be completed in time for the Speedway's World Karting Association events in December. The project will not alter the layout of the track's surface.

"Without a doubt, this is one of the most expansive and aggressive projects at Daytona International Speedway," said DIS President Robin Braig. "Our goal has always been to make "The World Center of Racing" unique and fan friendly. Our new amenities make it just that for our fans, officials, competitors and sanctioning bodies."

Specifically, the infield 'face-lift" includes:

A new tunnel located in Turn One will be able to accommodate team transport vehicles and guests specialty vehicles. New NASCAR NEXTEL Cup garage area. New NASCAR Busch series garages similar to the NASCAR Nextel Cup garages. A new Gatorade Victory Lane which will include a "Victory Lane Club" for fans wishing to experience the excitement of the area during post-race revelry. A Fan Zone, located between the NASCAR NEXTEL and NASCAR Busch garages with a "Walk of Champions." Expansion of the existing media center to accommodate ever-growing media covering events at Daytona International Speedway.

"The fan experience has always been a priority for International Speedway Corporation," said ISC President Lesa France Kennedy. "Our additional fan amenities continue to keep Daytona International Speedway in the forefront of fan-friendly facilities."

-wka

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