Spring Run, PA -- Defying heavy overnight rains, more than 220 of the top kart riders in PA and adjoining states converged on the Selinsgrove Raceway Park Sunday, July 14, for round four of the Pennsylvania Dirt Karter's Association (PDKA) State...
Spring Run, PA -- Defying heavy overnight rains, more than 220 of the top kart riders in PA and adjoining states converged on the Selinsgrove Raceway Park Sunday, July 14, for round four of the Pennsylvania Dirt Karter's Association (PDKA) State Championship Series.
Amber Lyter of Landisburg was among several excited teens who won their first ever feature events in the PDKA features for some 19 classes of karts. Only two riders repeated wins from the previous race. Four of the races in the six-race series have been completed.
The PDKA riders also earn points toward national championships in the Burris National Speedway Series (BNSS) sanctioned by IRL.
According to PDKA President Butch Diller, some riders did not race in the fourth PDKA event because they have no hope of a top ten finish. The overnight rain also kept some away. Other races this season have had as many as 250 entries. Many race for the prestige and experience in the highly respected series.
"Some of the riders from Maryland and Virginia did not want to risk a wasted trip, but the weather here was almost perfect," he said. "The rain last night made the track much better than our last race here, and the riders were driving much better too."
The six-race series alternates between Path Valley and the Selinsgrove Raceway and the remaining two events are Sunday races. Gates open at 7 a.m. with practice at 10 a.m. and racing at noon. The best five finishes are counted toward the Pennsylvania State Championships and the Burris National Speedway Series points.
The fifth race at Path Valley is August 18 and the final race is at Selinsgrove Sept. 29. Rain dates are Sept. 22 and Oct. 6.
Feature race winners in all classes with 12 or more karts receive a winner's plaque and a $100 gift certificate from the class sponsor. Burris M15A or M15B tires are required for all classes. All riders setting fast times in their class receive a medal. All of those entering the Kids Karts class receive a trophy and cash payouts are based on the number of entries.
New classes this year are Briggs Junior Sportsman Champ, Star Champ, Briggs Junior Sportsman 1 Lite & Heavy, Briggs Junior Sportsman 2 Lite & Heavy, F-200 Intek/ Honda/ Kohler/ Tecumseh @ 360#'s. For F-200 Rules click the Info & Rules section of the BNSS web site at www.burrisnationalspeedwayseries.com/.
The PDKA competitors range from Kid Karts for those 5 to 7 years old up to adult classes for those 15 and older. For rules, past state champions and information on the PDKA, riders can consult the series website at www.padirtkart.com/.
The day's general racing sponsor was JJ's Auto Body, and Midnite Power sponsored the Fast Time Awards. Individual class sponsors for the 19 divisions of karts include: JJ's Auto Body, Awards and Beyond, JS Specialty, Path Valley Speedway, Paul E. Power, Locke's Auto/Viper Engines, Little's Kart Shop, quality cleaning, York County Kart Supply, Trim's Automotive/T-E Motorsports, Ensor's Speed Shop in 2 classes, Selinsgrove Raceway Park, Silver Springs Speedway, In Memory of Kevin Gobrecht, Silver Springs Speedway, Kirby's Speed Secrets, Frank Sears Sanitation, and American Carpentry/Frame to Finish.
The results are unofficial until certified by the PDKA board of directors and only the best five finishes of the six-race series count toward the Pennsylvania State Championships. In addition to electronic timing and scoring, the PDKA races feature extensive and minute technical inspections and the winners commonly take their engines home "in a box."