WKA's Pit Board - 08.03.2010 *** Rain slows Saturday VIR action; full Sunday program gets in 08.03.2010 - The WKA Dunlop Tire Road Racing Series driven by Mazda made Virginia Int'l Raceway its home last weekend for the sixth stop on ...
WKA's Pit Board - 08.03.2010
Rain slows Saturday VIR action; full Sunday program gets in
08.03.2010 - The WKA Dunlop Tire Road Racing Series driven by Mazda made Virginia Int'l Raceway its home last weekend for the sixth stop on the eight-race 2010 tour.
A full day of Friday practice led to rain showers Saturday which caused the cancellation of all but one of Saturday's race groups. Rain held off Sunday, and after a morning of drying the track, each of the six race race groups were run at shortened lengths.
Race No. 1 was the only group to hit the track Saturday before the skies opened up. The group included the largest field of the weekend in Stock Honda 1, which saw 24 karts take the green flag. Byron "Bear" Rothenhoefer raced to the win ahead of Clark Gaynor Jr. and Noah Stark. The win was the first of two on the weekend for Rothenhoefer. The Virginia driver returned Sunday to sweep the Stock Honda ranks with a victory over Stark and Greg Heberle in Stock Honda 2.
Michael Lattos was the only other winner Saturday. Lattos won Unlimited Final 1 and added Unlimited Final 2 on Sunday to join Rothenhoefer as the weekend's only double winners.
The weekend ended on a positive note as Sunday's racing went off without a hitch. After the track was dried, all six race groups completed their programs. In the laydown-enduro ranks, winners included Sean O'Shea in 100cc Controlled Spec 2, Justin Taylor in 100cc Pipe Medium, Paul Wyzga in Formula 100 #2 and Wilshire Walkup in PP Can Medium. David Goodman won Yamaha Sportsman Heavy, which at 15 starters was the largest laydown field of the day.
In junior divisions, Hank Moore was victorious in Briggs Jr Sprint Heavy. Derek Somers bested Andrew Boyer in Jr Sprint Heavy and JC Sanders won Jr Enduro Heavy.
Several sprint-enduro classes featured strong, competitive fields. Sam Bocchino won over 10 other starters in CIK 125 Shifter 2. Jon Evans continued his reign over the senior Briggs ranks with a victory over Mike Stroik and Zachary Linsell in Briggs Animal 360. Eighteen karts made Animal 360 one of the largest fields of the weekend.
Adam Myers won PP Can Sprint 360 #2, while Charlie Tustison netted his first national win of the season in WKA Sprint 2. Glen Critchett made his first start of the 2010 WKA season, and the veteran won Spec 125 TaG 2 over Don Guilbeault.
Richard White raced to the win in Stock Leopard Final 2, while Chuck Gafrarar extended his point lead with a win in TaG 2. Stephen Flatt triumphed in WKA 125 Shifter 2.
Several local options went off between Friday evening and Sunday afternoon. Local-option winners were Eli Brown, Ian Bushley, Ed O'Shea, Dick Charest, Fiona Collins, Arthur McKenny, Don Johnson, L. Kenneth Chew, Mike Stroik, Randy Gilmore, David Planakis and Doug Dodge.
The Woodbridge Kart Club did another tremendous job promoting and hosting the VIR national. Despite Saturday's rain, the entry count neared the 400 mark and was up about 30 entries from last year's VIR national.
National racers will have one more opportunity to race with the WKC before season's end. The season closer goes off Sept. 17-19 at New Jersey Motorsports Park, and WKC will be hosting the N.J. national for the second year in a row.
Before heading north to the Garden State, the national tour will return the Midwest for the Dart Kart Club-hosted national Aug. 21-23 at the Putnam Park Road Course in Indiana. Pre-registration for Putnam Park is open till Aug. 13. To view the entry blank go to, www.worldkarting.com/downloads/eb-2010/0820_putnam_rr.pdf .
Several multi winners at Palmetto Speed Shop Grand Nationals
08.03.2010 - Six racers drove to at least two wins at the Palmetto Speed Shop Grand Nationals Saturday at the Georgia Karting Komplex. Each winner earned bonus points toward the 2010 WKA Briggs & Stratton Speedway Dirt Series national standings and the prestigious Grand National Eagle trophies, a longtime special award given to each WKA national series' annual Grand National feature winners.
In the junior ranks, Brayton Haws continued his stellar 2010 season with a pair of feature wins. Haws won Briggs Sportsman 1 Lite and Briggs Sportsman 1 Champ. Brayden Smith was the only driver to beat Haws on Saturday. Smith won Briggs Sportsman 1 Heavy while Haws finished second.
Spencer Davis continues to rack up national victories. The Georgia native was the only driver to win three features at Carnesville. Davis out-raced Blaze Burns to the wins in Briggs Sportsman 2 Lite, Sportsman 2 Heavy and Sportsman 2 Champ.
Trey Mishue is on a streak. The Clemmons, N.C., driver won Briggs Jr Lite and Jr Heavy at Carnesville to net his sixth and seventh wins in a row on the national Dirt tour. The only race Mishue lost all season was the Jr Lite main at Daytona, which saw him finish second.
In the senior divisions, Bradley Hauser swept the Champ classes. Hauser won Briggs Champ Lite over Braunlyn Carter while Matthew Ridgway finished runner up to Hauser in Champ Heavy.
Myrtle Beach's Chris Throckmorton bested Pennsylvania racers Dustin Smith and Amber Reisinger in Briggs Lite and Briggs Medium. Smith finished second and Reisinger third in both 20-lappers.
Mark Fleischer made sure a couple Grand National Eagles went home with him to Florida. Fleischer swept the flathead classes at Carnesville, winning Briggs Raptor Lite and Raptor Heavy. Reisinger finished second in Lite and Troy Tanner was second in Heavy.
Single race winners at the Palmetto Speed Shop Grand Nationals were the aforementioned Smith in Sportsman 1 Heavy, Tommy Bolton in Briggs Masters, CJ Waldron in Briggs Heavy and Matt Tanner in Briggs Super Heavy.
Jessica Hauser and Danny Crawford won the two Int'l Stock (Clone) local options.
Next up for the Speedway Dirt tour is the 2010 season closer at Dumplin Valley Raceway in eastern Tennessee. The series will head to Dumplin Valley for a one-day show on Saturday, Sept. 11. The Dumplin entry blank is now available at www.worldkarting.com/downloads/eb-2010/0910_dumplin_dirt.pdf .
iRacing introduces night racing, spectator mode and other upgrades
08.03.2010 (BEDFORD, Mass.) - For the more than 20,000 race gamers and other racing enthusiast members of iRacing.com, the online racing experience just keeps getting better. The latest quarterly update to the iRacing.com service, released earlier this week, introduces new and enhanced features that will make the racing more fun, more convenient, and more realistic than ever.
"One of the great things about iRacing's internet-based model is that it allows us to regularly add new features and content and tweak existing ones seamlessly, without inconvenience to our members," said Tony Gardner, iRacing.com's president. "When a member logs on, his or her software is automatically updated."
Gardner noted that while minor changes are made frequently, larger enhancements are normally implemented about every 90 days.
"When we opened our doors to the public two years ago, iRacing.com was already the most accurate racing simulation available to the public, and provided the best racing experience ever," Gardner said. "But we told those first subscribers that this was just the beginning, that we'd make the service better and better. We've lived up to that promise - taken all together, the developments over the past 24 months are so extensive that the differences seem like night and day."
And that highlights perhaps the most interesting single new feature unveiled this week - night racing under the lights. Along with the ability to log into races as a spectator with a view from any point around the track for any race session on any circuit, iRacing.com has introduced a nighttime version of Richmond International Raceway. With accurately rendered track lighting that puts the light and shadows exactly where they are in the real-world version of the track, this second version of Richmond International Raceway is now bundled with the day-time version of the track and available free for download to all members who already own the three-quarter-mile NASCAR oval.
"We went back to our original laser scans of Richmond to make sure that everything was correct and then our engineers researched light intensities on the track surface and other factors," said Greg Hill, iRacing.com's vice president of art and production. "After determining where the lights would be pointed, we changed the rendering code to produce the relative light intensities on the cars, the pavement and the grandstands and in the shadow areas in each. It was a lot of work, but as is the case with all of our content, fidelity to the real world is the essential requirement."
Hill said that over time iRacing.com plans to add the night-racing feature to other tracks in its inventory.