Pit board 2010-06-17

WKA's Pit Board - 06.17.2010 *** Johnny Jacumin has passed away 06.17.2010 - WKA would like to send its thoughts and prayers to the family of karting ambassador Johnny Jacumin, who passed away Thursday morning at the age of 71. Jacumin's...

WKA's Pit Board - 06.17.2010

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Johnny Jacumin has passed away

06.17.2010 - WKA would like to send its thoughts and prayers to the family of karting ambassador Johnny Jacumin, who passed away Thursday morning at the age of 71.

Jacumin's contributions to the sport of karting are staggering. A North Carolina native, Jacumin was involved in karting for several decades. His Karolina Karters group promoted several WKA Road Racing Series events over the years, in the past at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway and more recently at the Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, S.C.

Jacumin and the Karolina Karters promoted the annual March Road Racing national at Kershaw through 2009. Jacumin stepped aside prior to the most recent Kershaw national due to health issues.

A 1988 inductee to the WKA Hall of Fame and former member of the WKA Board of Trustees, Jacumin was well-respected and revered throughout the karting community, and particularly in Road Racing.

Jacumin had several interests outside of karting. He served five terms as a Wingate, N.C., Commissioner. He made his living as a public school teacher and was an accomplished head coach of Wingate University's successful Lady Bulldogs basketball team.

Jacumin is survived by his wife, Cookie, and children Scott and Ginger.

The entire karting community will greatly miss Jacumin and forever appreciate his contributions to the sport.

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Clark, Gafrarar take three wins each at Mid-Ohio Grand Nationals

06.17.2010 - The WKA Dunlop Tire Road Racing Series driven by Mazda, the series Johnny Jacumin was so passionate about, ran its annual Grand Nationals event last weekend at the acclaimed Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

Unfavorable rainy weather plagued the event all weekend, but Dart Kart Club officials worked hard and were able to run each of the 13 race groups.

Despite the rain, entries unofficially surpassed last year's mark of 468. While an official entry count is yet to be determined, if the number did in fact surpass the 2009 Mid-Ohio Grand National, it would mark the fourth straight Road Racing national that had a greater entry count than last year's similar event.

West Virginia's Scott Clark and North Carolina's Chuck Gafrarar led all road racers with three wins each at Mid-Ohio. Clark, who was racing in his first WKA national of the season, won both WKA Sprint features and the 100cc Pipe Heavy class.

Gafrarar has been at every Road Racing national thus far this season, and he's won at every one of them, too. Gafrarar's three wins at Mid-Ohio came in TaG 1, TaG 2 and Stock Leopard Final 2. The only class Chuck G didn't win was Stock Leopard Final 1, which saw him finish a close second to David Linhardt.

A number of drivers took a pair of Grand National Eagles home. L.A.D. Specialties driver Scott Grenier won 100cc Controlled and Formula 100 #2, while Margay pilot Randy Fulks got wins in 100cc Controlled Spec #1 and Formula 100 #2. Scott Buerman won the other Controlled class, which was 100cc Controlled Spec #2.

Regan Vehring had a terrific weekend in the Briggs ranks. Vehring won Briggs Animal 360 and 385. Vehring also garnered the win in the DKC Limited Mod Heavy local option. Mike Stroik won Briggs Animal 335, meaning a Wisconsin driver won each of the three senior Animal features.

Like Clark, Jarret Schwarz hadn't raced a WKA national in 2010 before Mid-Ohio. The Iowa driver wasted little time finding victory lane; Schwarz won PP Can Lite and PP Can Sprint 360 #2.

Richie Warren won twice in his home state. Warren swept the Spec 125 TaG divisions. Michigan's William Schmitt equaled Warren's success, taking both Unlimited finals over solid fields in each class.

Woodbridge Kart Club regular Byron Rothenhoefer made the trek to Mid-Ohio and bested two strong CIK 125 Shifter fields for a pair of Grand National victories.

Single national winners not mentioned above were Justin Taylor in 100cc Pipe Medium, Gary Schenkel in B Stock, Joey Kuley in Briggs Jr Sprint Lite, Trevor Rau in Briggs Jr Sprint Heavy, Scott Davis in Formula 125, Charles Fox in PP Can Medium, Wilshire Walkup in PP Can Heavy, Courtney Atkinson in PP Can Sprint 360 #1.

Josh Lane and Brian Fisher split the Stock Honda mains, while Michael Ryan Arnold and Derek Somers each won a Jr Sprint feature. Aaron Jones won WKA 125 Shifter 1 and John Pickens won Sunday's WKA 125 Shifter 2.

WKA would like to thank the Dart Kart Club, its officials and all the racers and fans who made the trip to central Ohio for this fine event. It's a strong testament to the Road Racing Series that entry counts continue to soar above last year's despite a still struggling economy. The series is strong and WKA and all the fine host clubs of these nationals are working hard to keep it that way.

Next up is the prestigious Zoom Zoom Nationals at Road America, Wis., July 9-11. To view the Road America entry blank. Go to www.worldkarting.com/downloads/eb-2010/0709_rdamer_rr.pdf .

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Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic Sprint in action this weekend

06.17.2010 - Two WKA divisional series are running midseason events this weekend, and both are sprint series providing racers an opportunity at bonus points toward the WKA Manufacturer's Cup and Gold Cup national programs.

The Great Lakes Sprint Series has its third of five 2010 events at BeaveRun Motorsports Complex in western Pennsylvania. Practice is Friday from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. with full days of 2- and 4-cycle sprint racing to follow on Saturday and Sunday.

The GLSS will run its fourth divisional event July 23-25 at New Castle (Ind.) Motorsports Park and closes its season Aug. 27-29 at G&J Kartway in Camden, Ohio.

For more information on the Great Lakes Sprint Series, visit www.glsseries.com.

On the east coast, the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Divisional runs its third event of the 2010 season this weekend at Sandy Hook Speedway in Street, Maryland. The Mid-Atlantic series also runs 2- and 4-cycle sprint classes and this weekend's race at Sandy Hook marks the third of six races on their 2010 schedule. The series also visits Summit Point Raceway in the West Virginia panhandle.

Racing is Saturday and Sunday at Sandy Hook. There is no Friday practice.

For more information on the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Divisional, visit www.sandyhookspeedway.com.

-source: wka

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