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PDKA opens State Championship Kart Series May 3 Lots of seat time for lots of new and returning riders will be one goal May 3 and 4 as the Pennsylvania Dirt Karters Association kicks off the 2003 series of six state championship series races at...

PDKA opens State Championship Kart Series May 3

Lots of seat time for lots of new and returning riders will be one goal May 3 and 4 as the Pennsylvania Dirt Karters Association kicks off the 2003 series of six state championship series races at the Path Valley Speedway Park.

PDKA racing this season is under the dual sanction of the World Karting Association and the Burris National Speedway Series and PDKA President Butch Diller expects that the option of racing in the WKA nationals is a major asset for the series.

"In addition to producing state kart champions under the Burris Racing banner, we are seeing many additional riders register who want to race major WKA events," Diller said. "We expect an outstanding season with many riders returning who prefer the 2003 WKA technical rules." He added that racing under both sanctions strengthens the winning riders' claim to the only legitimate Pennsylvania State Championships.

The two-day season kick-off at Path Valley will start Saturday at 7 a.m. with gates open and breakfast available, followed by four rounds of practice for each class and, to close out the day, time trials for Sunday's starting lineups. On-site camping does not include hookups.

Sunday, May 4, begins with two rounds of practice for all with activities starting at 10 a.m. Then riders will get their Fast Time Awards before the feature events.

"With so little kart racing completed anywhere this spring due to the wet weather, we hope to give the riders as much seat time in practice as we can," Diller said.

The PDKA races will again be at both Path Valley and the Selinsgrove Raceway. The second race at Selinsgrove is May 18 and the fourth and fifth races are also at Selinsgrove July 27 and August 24. The third and the final races are at Path Valley June 22 and Sept. 14, and Sept. 21 is a rain date.

This year karts will race on American made Burris tires in the M-15 A or B or the SS44 or SS55 series. Champ kart riders must have fire suits and champ karts must be WKA legal. Riders receive points for each feature event and those who enter all six races earn 50 bonus points. Karters who need more information can contact Diller at 717-691-5994 or email answer21e @ aol.com, or consult the website at padirtkart.com.

Classes and weights for the 2003 WKA Dirt Divisionals sponsored by Burris Racing are as follows: Jr. Sportsman I Lite, 250; Jr. Sportsman I Heavy, 265; Jr. Sportsman II Lite, 265; Jr. Sportsman II Heavy, 280; Briggs Jr. Lite, 300; Briggs Jr. Heavy, 320; Briggs Lite, 325; Briggs Medium, 350; Briggs Heavy, 375; Briggs X-heavy, 400.

Classes also include more than the "flat" stock karts. The additional classes and weights are: Jr. Sportsman Champ, 315; Jr. Champ, 345; Controlled Med., 350; Controlled Heavy, 375; Briggs Animal, 375; 2-Cycle Yamaha, 350; and also Stock 2-cycle; Unlimited 2-cycle and Kids Karts.

As in past years, all of those entering the Kids Karts class for the youngest riders will each receive an award or trophy.

Diller said that the many businesses sponsoring awards and supporting the series will be posted on the series website at padirtkart.com and announced at the first race. Additional registrations will be accepted at the first race and a printable membership application is available on the website.

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