WKA's Pit Board - 09.015.2010 *** Close point battles take center stage heading into N.J. Man Cup closer 09.15.2010 - The WKA George Kugler / Bridgestone Manufacturer's Cup Series driven by Mazda makes its last stop of the season at a new ...
WKA's Pit Board - 09.015.2010
Close point battles take center stage heading into N.J. Man Cup closer
09.15.2010 - The WKA George Kugler / Bridgestone Manufacturer's Cup Series driven by Mazda makes its last stop of the season at a new venue for the 2-cycle sprint series - New Jersey Motorsports Park. The stars of the Man Cup Series will run the facility's F1 New Jersey 1.1-mile sprint course, and the SSC East / CRG Nationals will play host to a number of heated battles for 2010 national championships.
Talk of the point chases has to begin with the Komet Jr and Yamaha Jr classes, and specifically Ohio Arrow driver Sam Beasley and Florida Tony Kart pilot Nick Neri. Each driver has a shot at the WKA Triple Crown, inarguably the most prestigious driver laurel in WKA racing and an award that Beasley won last season.
Beasley and Neri are tied at the top of the standings in both Komet Jr Lite and Komet Jr Heavy. Each driver has two wins in Komet Jr Lite while in the Heavy version of the class Beasley has two wins to Neri's zero. But Neri has put together a more consistent season in the division thus far, and the steady runs have given him equal the amount of points as Beasley after four races.
Remembering that only the best four of five races will count, when factoring the drops the two are still virtually tied in Komet Jr Lite. But in Komet Jr Heavy Beasley holds a 15-point advantage over Neri when dropping each of their worst races.
Yamaha Jr Lite shows Beasley well ahead of Austin Self and Neri but it's a bit closer when factoring the drops. When negating the top-three drivers' worst results thus far, Beasley leads Neri by 73 markers and Self by 83.
Rolls are reversed in Yamaha Jr Heavy. Neri has nearly a 200-point lead over Beasley after four races, but when dropping the pair's worst results, Neri leads Beasley by 67 points.
Upon departure from New Jersey this weekend, either Beasley or Neri could leave with a Triple Crown championship, or neither driver could. It'll certainly be interesting when the Yamaha and Komet Jr classes hit the track, as it's one of the most intriguing point battles in recent memory.
(None of the following calculations figure in drops or divisional bonuses.)
The four junior categories could all change hands at the top of standings. Cadet shows Gresham Wagner 47 points ahead of Ashley Rogero. Komet Sportsman has Rogero in front of Wagner by 70.
Yamaha Sportsman Lite is very close. Emerson Reed has a 10-point advantage over Kyle Tilley and Brandon Jarsocrak, who are tied for second. Wisconsin's Mike McAndrews is fourth, only 15 points out of the lead. Wagner and Rogero are at the top of the order in Yamaha Sportsman Heavy. Wagner currently holds a 10-point lead over the Florida driver.
Ryan Stewart has a shot at, at least two national championships. The senior driver leads Yamaha Supercan Heavy and Komet Heavy heading into New Jersey. He's third in Supercan Lite, behind leader Shinya Michimi and second-place Dakota Pesek. Komet Lite shows Patrick Olsen in front of TJ Koyen and Colton Ramsey, who are tied for second.
TaG has been extremely competitive all season and four different winners in four races proves it. Robert Bujdoso, Tommy Andersen, Jacob Sekey and Scott Ferris all have final victories; we'll see at Jersey if one of those talents can repeat or if there will be five different winners in five races. Currently, Bujdoso holds a 57-point lead over New York's Michael Politis. Koyen, Andersen and Sekey are third through fifth.
Bujdoso also leads TaG Heavy. He's 30 points better than Sekey. Andersen has two wins in Parilla Leopard and leads the points by 95 over Politis. Jackson Mears appears to have Rotax wrapped up.
John Dixon is the only driver that has won every race in a class so far this Man Cup season. He's four-for-four in TaG Masters, and holds a comfortable advantage over John Ferris III in the standings.
Tony Jump is looking for another Yamaha Pipe title. He has three wins on the season and leads Kevin Nelson by 55 markers. Nelson is well out in front in Yamaha Masters.
The track is open for parking and pit pass sales Thursday from 8 a.m. till 8 p.m. Registration is open from 4 to 6 p.m.
Practice is all day Friday and racing Saturday and Sunday.
To view a detailed schedule and other important information for this weekend's SSC East / CRG Nationals for the Manufacturer's Cup Series. Go Here: www.worldkarting.com/downloads/eb-2010/0917_newjersey_mc.pdf --------------
Road Racing closes season this weekend at New Jersey
09.15.2010 - The WKA Dunlop Tire Road Racing Series driven by Mazda ends its 2010 season this weekend with the Fall Nationals at New Jersey Motorsports Park. The Woodbridge Kart Club-hosted event marks the eighth and final national of the year and the first time the WKA Road Racing circuit has closed a year at New Jersey.
The Road Racing Series will run on New Jersey's Lightning Course while WKA's Manufacturer's Cup Series will be at F1 New Jersey, a 1.1-mile sprint course on the grounds of NJMP.
WKC ran at the New Jersey venue in March but the race was on NJMP's Thunderbolt Course. This weekend marks the first time this season enduro-style kart racing will run on the 1.9-mile Lightning Course. The course features 10 corners, high- and low-speed sections, and a fair amount of elevation change.
Several classes' national championships will be decided this weekend. Randy Fulks is in the market for a couple of championships. He leads 100cc Controlled Spec 1 by a comfortable margin over Jim Fry. In Controlled Spec 2, Fulks leads over Jim Fry bby only 53 points. Jim's son, Lance, is third, only 58 out of the lead.
Adam Myers may be headed for a Triple Crown championship. The New York driver leads both PP Can Sprint classes and both WKA Sprint categories. Myers has 14 wins total in the can- and pipe-sprint ranks.
The only driver with more wins than Myers this season is Chuck Gafrarar. The North Carolina-based veteran has 19 national wins this year - 10 of them in Stock Leopard Sprint - and appears headed for titles in Stock Leopard and both TaG divisions.
Florida's Scott Goodman leads both 100cc Pipe classes over 2009 double champion Justin Taylor. Goodman is over 100 in front in both Pipe Medium and Heavy.
Illinois' Jon Evans is in position for the titles in Briggs Animal 335 and 360. Evans is ahead of Mike Stroik by 95 points in 335 and he's 55 ahead of Stroik in Animal 360. The Heavy version of the Briggs category, Briggs Animal 385, shows Jon's brother Scott in front of Andy Bruner by 70 markers.
Beth Chryst leads Mikey Wright by slim margins in both CIK 125 divisions. Chryst is ahead of Wright in CIK Shifter 1 by only a dozen points. She leads the Florida driver by 36 in Sunday's version of the class.
Two of the closest classes are WKA 125 Shifter 1 and 2. Georgia's Steve Flatt leads Ohio's John Pickens by only 30 points in WKA Shifter 1. In Sunday's version of the class, Pickens is ahead of Flatt by only two markers.
Don Chrzan appears to have both Formula 100 categories locked up. The same can be said for Milo Schoonover in 100cc Controlled. And Scott Davis looks primed for his second Formula 125 championship in a row.
Michael Ryan Arnold and Derek Somers are close in Jr Sprint Lite. Arnold heads to New Jersey with a three-point lead over Somers. Somers has a formidable lead over Andrew Boyer in Jr Sprint Heavy.
In the PP Can enduro ranks, Lance Yunck leads PP Can Lite while Wilshire Walkup has PP Can Medium and Heavy in hand. Courtney Atkinson has missed several nationals this season but still leads Yamaha Sportsman Medium by 146 points over Matt Michel, who hasn't raced since Roebling Road. In Sportsman Heavy, Alabama's Michael McCombs is several hundred points ahead of his nearest competitor.
Mike Lattos is easily ahead of Chuck Bunnell in Unlimited. Lattos has four Unlimited final wins on the year. Noah Stark leads both Stock Honda categories by several hundred points.
Don Guilbeault has three wins in the Spec 125 TaG classes this season, and the New Hampshire driver leads both divisions. Guilbeault is 52 markers in front of Adrian Dale in Spec TaG 1 and 75 better than his teammate Keith Buffo in Spec TaG 2.
Regional bonus points are yet to be calculated.
The Road Racing section of the pits will open Thursday at approximately 5:30 p.m. for parking and pre-entry pickup. WKA and WKC sponsors will be parked first.
Gates open at 7 a.m. Friday through Sunday. As normal for WKA nationals, practice is all day Friday and racing Saturday and Sunday.
For a detailed schedule and other important information for this weekend's Road Racing season finale. Go Here: www.worldkarting.com/downloads/eb-2010/0917_newjersey_rr.pdf -------------
Rain plagues Dumplin Valley Speedway Dirt closer
09.14.2010 - Storms swept through the mountains of eastern Tennessee Saturday and put a damper on the WKA Briggs & Stratton Speedway Dirt Series 2010 season closer at Dumplin Valley Raceway.
A window opened late Saturday afternoon which allowed officials to work in the track. A handful of the 25 classes were able to run their feature events before storms returned, ultimately canceling the rest of the day's program.
Winners of the classes run were Blaze Burns in Briggs Sportsman 2 Lite, Austin Berry in Briggs Jr Champ and Chris Throckmorton in Briggs Lite. The balance of the divisions' racers received rain points, and national points will be updated by week's end.
WKA thanks the fine people - racers, officials and sponsors alike - that followed the Speedway Dirt Series throughout the season. Many people came together to offer dirt racers the best possible circuit.
Most of the series' classes were sponsored this season, a testament to the businesses in the industry that continue to plug away through a difficult economy.
Class and special-award sponsors in 2010 were:
- Competition Karting Inc.
- Falcon Racing Chassis / Southern Express
- Tommy's Karts-n-Parts
- Ultramax Racing Chassis
- Bordeaux Dyno Cams
- ARC Racing
- RLV Tuned Exhaust Products
- Shadow Racing Chassis
- Maxxis Tires
- Radical Racing
- Al's Kart Supply / AKS Race-Fab
- E.C. Distributing
- Performance Engine & Chassis (PEC)
- Team Simpson Racing
- Custom Trophy
- Power Products / SuperSeat / G-Man
- United Trailers
- MyChron by AIMSports
National race sponsors were:
- Bordeaux Dyno Cams
- Palmetto Speed Shop
WKA also thanks the venues that hosted WKA Dirt nationals this season, which were Daytona Int'l Speedway, Hurricane Raceway, Margarettsville Speedway, Georgia Karting Komplex and Dumplin Valley.
The 2011 Speedway Dirt tour kicks off in just a few short months. The series will run Daytona's quarter-mile oval this December as a part of WKA's Daytona KartWeek. An entry blank for the Dec. 27-30 show will be available soon.