WKA's Pit Board - 08.17.2010 *** Road Racing Series heads to Putnam Park 08.17.2010 - The WKA Dunlop Tire Road Racing Series driven by Mazda is deep into the second half of its 2010 season with the tour's seventh round approaching this ...
WKA's Pit Board - 08.17.2010
Road Racing Series heads to Putnam Park
08.17.2010 - The WKA Dunlop Tire Road Racing Series driven by Mazda is deep into the second half of its 2010 season with the tour's seventh round approaching this weekend. Many of the top road racers throughout the eastern half of the country will head to the Hoosier State for high-speed kart racing at the Putnam Park Road Course, a 1.78-mile course located in the rural land of Mt. Meridian, Ind.
The fine folks at the Ohio-based Dart Kart Club will again host the Putnam Park Road Race Nationals. The event is the second and last DKC-promoted race of the year and it marks the Road Racing Series' final visit of the season to the Midwest.
This year marks the ninth consecutive season the Road Racing Series has visited Putnam Park. The series first went to Putnam in 1998 before not returning until 2002. The tour has made the west-central Indiana venue an annual stop since with 2003's version of the race being the best attended at 491 entries. Entry numbers have steadily been between 300 and 400 for the last several years, and with strong turnouts this season at nearly every Road Racing national, DKC and WKA officials are optimistic this weekend's race will be one of the best Putnam nationals in recent memory.
The series' 41 regular national divisions plus a host of local-option classes will be in action on Saturday and Sunday. The two days of racing will follow a full day of Friday practice. This year's local options include an array of vintage-kart divisions, two Open Sprint and two Briggs Limited Modified classes, Clone and Briggs LO206 classes and a pair of 250cc Twin categories.
In national categories, laydown Controlled classes have traditionally been strong at Putnam Park. Last year, 100cc Controlled started 21 karts while Controlled Spec had 16. The 100cc Pipe divisions each boasted 15 entries. The pair of Stock Leopard Sprint divisions each started over a dozen karts, and the Briggs Animal categories had respectable fields, as well.
As the end of the season approaches, several racers will have national points on their minds when they hit the track this weekend. A collection of classes have tight point battles at the top of the standings, and with only one race remaining after Putnam Park, this weekend's event is vital to the final standings.
The three senior Briggs Animal classes have consistently been the largest classes in 2010, and each of the three divisions has a close battle for the national championship. Jon Evans leads Mike Stroik in Animal 335 and Animal 360. Evans is 70 points ahead of Stroik in Animal 335, and his lead is just 25 in Animal 360. Animal 385 shows Maryland's Kevin Colborn 20 markers in front of Scott Evans, while Steve Johnson is just 35 points out of the lead in third.
2009 double-class champion Justin Taylor is looking for a repeat in 2010. Despite missing a couple of nationals this season, Taylor still leads 100cc Pipe Medium and Heavy. He is 29 points ahead of Scott Goodman in Medium and 47 points better than Goodman in Heavy.
100cc Controlled Spec 1 and 2 have seen solid fields at most nationals this season. Randy Fulks appears to have Cont. Spec 1 about wrapped up with three victories in the class and a commanding 265-point lead over Jim Fry. Cont. Spec 2 is a different story, however, as Fry sits 17 points ahead of Fulks and 30 points better than his son, Lance, who is in third.
Four of the sprint-shifter classes are close. Stephen Flatt leads John Pickens in both WKA 125 Shifter categories. Flatt is 45 points in front of Pickens in WKA 125 Shifter 1, and 80 points ahead in Sunday's version of the class. In Stock Honda 1, Brian Davies leads Noah Stark by a 25-point margin. Stark is 98 points ahead of Brian Fisher in Stock Honda 2, while Davies sits 100 points out of the lead in third.
The track is open for pit pass sales and parking Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. Gates will open at 7 a.m. throughout the course of the weekend. Practice is slated to start at 9 a.m. Friday; racing will get under way just before 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
To view the Putnam Park weekend schedule and other important information, go to www.worldkarting.com/downloads/eb-2010/0820_putnam_rr.pdf .
Second annual Gold Cup, Pavement New Castle doubleheader is this weekend
08.17.2010 - The WKA Russell Karting Gold Cup and Vega Speedway Pavement series will each run their second-to-last races of the 2010 season this weekend at the popular New Castle Motorsports Park in New Castle, Indiana. This weekend's event marks the second year in a row these 4-cycle series have hosted a twin bill at New Castle in August.
For the Speedway Pavement Series, the X-Caliber / Rage Nationals marks the fourth of five 2010 nationals and the tour's only trip into the Midwest. A good turnout last month at Chapel Hill (N.Y.) Raceway has officials optimistic this weekend will carry the momentum into the series' final race of the season Sept. 24-26 at Pennsylvania's BeaveRun Motorsports Complex.
Last year, over 200 entries hit New Castle's quarter-mile oval, which was the first time the series had ever visited the track.
A look at pre-entry totals shows Briggs Lite, Medium and Heavy appearing to have strong fields this weekend. Champ Lite and Heavy, which both started over 15 karts at Chapel Hill, should be strong fields, as well. Several junior divisions have pre-registered drivers and an anticipated flow of at-track entries should give many classes solid fields at the tricky New Castle high-speed oval.
While the Pavement Series heads to BeaveRun after New Castle, the Gold Cup Series heads to New Castle on the heels of its July 2-4 date at the western Pennsylvania track. This weekend's Coyote Motorsports Nationals marks the third of four 2010 Gold Cup nationals in what has been another competitive season for the 4-cycle sprint series.
Pre-entry counts are on par with last year's version of the New Castle national, which saw 220 total entrants. Several classes reached a double-digit pre-entry count, including Briggs Jr Lite and Medium, Briggs Sportsman 1, Briggs Medium, Briggs Heavy and the Friday night Money Race. Of course, with many teams choosing to register the weekend of the race, a steady flux of at-track entrants is expected.
Friday marks a full day of practice for the Gold Cup racers. While the oval track won't be open Friday for practice, Pavement teams may enter pit area all day to park and get set up for the weekend.
Saturday and Sunday feature a full slate of racing at the quarter-mile oval and the one-mile sprint course. Gates open at 7 a.m. all weekend.
To view the Speedway Pavement's X-Caliber / Rage Nationals weekend schedule and other important information, go to www.worldkarting.com/downloads/eb-2010/0820_newcastle_Pave.pdf .
To view the Gold Cup's Coyote Motorsports Nationals weekend schedule, go to www.worldkarting.com/downloads/eb-2010/0820_newcastle_GC.pdf .
WKA sends thoughts to Steve Huffman family
08.17.2010 - Indiana's Steve Huffman, former WKA member and owner of leading fiberglass kart bodywork outfit Stallion Racing Products, has passed away after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 55.
Huffman's Stallion fiberglass was a top choice for WKA enduro-style kart racers for decades. Stallion fiberglass arguably hit its peak years in the early to mid-1990s, a time when hundreds of sprint- and laydown-enduro karts could be found sporting Huffman's fiberglass throughout WKA Road Racing Series pit areas and at enduro karting events around the country.
WKA sends its thoughts and prayers to the Huffman family as well as Steve's friends throughout the karting industry. To view an eKartingNews.com forum thread devoted to Steve's memory, go to www.ekartingnews.com/viewtopic.php?t=98206