Pit Board 2010-05-17

WKA's Pit Board - 05.17.2010 *** Speedway Dirt Series reverts to one-day event, lower entry fees, awards 05.17.2010 - After exhausting every possible avenue, WKA officials have elected to host the remainder of their Briggs & Stratton...

WKA's Pit Board - 05.17.2010

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Speedway Dirt Series reverts to one-day event, lower entry fees, awards

05.17.2010 - After exhausting every possible avenue, WKA officials have elected to host the remainder of their Briggs & Stratton Speedway Dirt Series events as one-day shows, beginning with the itsTV.tv Nationals at Margarettsville (N.C.) Speedway June 19.

With a sagging economy still struggling on a greasy ladder, officials felt it was in the best interest of competitors and their families, who spend a tremendous amount of money to attend the events, to help ease the financial burden of additional nights in a hotel, not to mention lost days at school, and what may already be thin available vacation time for many parents and competitors.

In addition to alleviating the hotel cost, officials have also elected to drop the entry fees for competitors in all national point classes to $50 pre-entry, $55 at the track. Local option classes will pay $40 for pre-entry, $45 at the track, thus saving money to many who run multiple classes and enabling them to continue running as many classes as they wish. Pit pass fees will also be dropped to $15 for an event pass, down from $20.

The third and final change to the series will be the return of national awards, in lieu of money payouts. While the face of karting has changed over the years with the inclusion of money into certain programs, WKA all the while maintained its concept of the prestige of winning national awards and championships, a longtime tradition that has propelled many competitors to higher levels of racing for the past 37 years of business.

As World Karting entered it's 38th year of national competition, the continued discussion of money payouts, and competitors looking for an immediate return on their investment led officials to make the switch to money payouts, beginning with the return to Daytona for the Dirt World Championship.

However, at the conclusion of the event, competitors were disappointed in the fact that awards were not available at Daytona, the most prestigious venue to claim hardware. What led officials to make the switch back to awards versus money was not solely attributed to the Daytona event. Competitors in general wanted awards no matter where they raced with WKA, leading officials to the realization that there still is much to be said for the prestige of winning a WKA award, as well as a national title. As a result of that consensus, WKA will revert to Cups for 1st and 2nd place, with plaques awarded to the 3rd -5th place finishers.

Although the show will be confined to a single day, WKA officials will do everything they can to keep the program at a moderate pace, thus not rushing the events, allowing competitors who run multiple classes the opportunity to have time to make the necessary adjustments for their next class.

The reason for these decisions is not just economically driven, but more so a result of the constant input from the membership, looking for a professional atmosphere to participate in, including national caliber tracks, officiating, and proper recognition for the their hard earned efforts, both economically and socially.

World Karting would like to thank its members for their input and dedication to a program many deem the anchor to organized karting in the country.

To view the updated Margarettsville itsTV.tv Nationals entry blank and weekend schedule, go to www.worldkarting.com.

-source: wka

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