WKA: National Indoor Dirt Championships preview

By Bruce C. Walls - Special to Motorsport.com TUNICA, MS-This year's National Indoor Dirt Championships scheduled for November 23-24 at the Tunica, MS Arena & Exposition Center promises to be bigger and better than ever. According to...

By Bruce C. Walls - Special to Motorsport.com

TUNICA, MS-This year's National Indoor Dirt Championships scheduled for November 23-24 at the Tunica, MS Arena & Exposition Center promises to be bigger and better than ever. According to promoter Lanier James, "We have numerous pre-entrees already received from 12 states. I'm getting numerous phone calls every day from people wanting information or to pre-register. Last year we had over 700 entrees and this year we're hoping to exceed 800 at our new facility." That new facility, the Tunica Arena & Exposition Center, boasts 366 10'X10' easy access covered pits with electric hook ups and showers for karts and competitors. The banked dirt oval will be 300' X 150. A spacious paved lot surrounding the facility has plenty of RV parking spots with water and electric hookups. Security will be at the Center around the clock. Along with plenty of room for racing and parking the Tunica Arena & Exposition Center boasts comfortable seating for over 3,000 with luxurious skyboxes that are complemented by excellent sound and lighting systems. There will also be plenty of parts venders, exhibitor demonstrations and food concessions from the opening to closing. Legendary World of Outlaws racer Sammy Swindell's sprint car and his son Kevin's mini sprint car will be on display. Kevin is a past National Indoor Dirt champion who will be trying to repeat this year. For karting moms and wives there is a Factory Outlet Mall nearby along with health and beauty spas. Other nearby amenities including Golf, helicopter rides, tours of historical Tunica shops and more. Just 15-miles south of Memphis, TN Tunica, MS proudly calls itself The South's Casino Capitol. Racers and family members attending this year's National Indoor Championship may want to extend their trip to Tunica and visit the many sites and activities the area has to offer. NASCAR Winston Cup Technical Director Steve Peterson will be the Race Director and assisting him in tech will be two giants in the 4-Cycle Tech field, Ralph Helms and Harry Harrison. On Thanksgiving Day (November 22nd) they will be conducting a free 4-Cycle Tech seminar, sponsored by Nexair a local welding company, from 7 to 9 p.m. that will cover technical inspection for both WKA and IKF rules along with tips and advice from the masters of Tech. "We're calling this a Defensive Seminar for Racers," James described. "They will take you from winning through a real world scenario on how to survive technical inspection." Harrison has been called the guru of 4-cycle karting. He was instrumental in the development of 4-cycle karting and was the original author of the 4-Cycle Tech Manual that is the base for all 4-cycle technical manuals that have followed. Many in the sport regard him as the person who led the evolution of 4-cycle karting into what it is today. "It will be about 50/50 WKA and IKF," Harrison said of the Tech Seminar. "We're doing this for the karter's benefit and try to help karters through the process of tech inspection." Helms, who heads 4-Cycle Tech Inspection for WKA said, "We want to show that the tech man is not there to throw you out, but to validate your win. A lot of people don't understand what goes on in tech, what tools to bring and what's expected of them and we're going to enlighten them as to what's legal and what's not." As in past years technical inspection at the National Indoor Dirt Championships will be from both WKA and IKF rulebooks depending on the competitor's preference. RLV mufflers will be required, as will slicks and 35" chains. Legendary racer, engine builder and past National Indoor Dirt Championship winner Rick Huffy' Huffman, of Bridgeville, DE called past events, "A real good winter event. The officiating was fair and always kept an upper hand on things. I've always had a good time at the National Indoor Dirt Championships. One of the things I liked was that all the racers in a class signed the checkered flag and it was given to the winner. That's something I've kept and always been proud of." "The signing of the checkered flags is our trademark," Lanier explained "We've always done that in past year's and of course we'll be doing it again this year." Along with the traditional signed flag winners will also receive $500. From there payouts are halved to sixth place for a total purse of over $25,000. Nineteen companies have signed on as sponsors of this year's event; Burris Racing, Nexair, Lincoln Welding Equipment, SBR (Smith Brothers Racing), Tyler Racing Engines, Memphis Karting, Twister Karts, BAMA Racing Engines, Phantom Racing Chassis, Competition Cams, NAPA Auto Parts of Memphis, TN, Ultramax Racing Chassis, Enik Engines, Parts Plus of Memphis, TN, Builtwiser Racing Karts, Buller Built, Inc. country Select Catfish, Agri Industrial Supply of Memphis and Shane James Racing Engines. So if competing in the National Dirt Championships isn't part of your Thanksgiving karting tradition it's time to start a new tradition and join hundreds of fellow karters for racing Rain or Shine at the 11th Annual National Dirt Championships November 23-24 in the Tunica, MS Arena & Exposition Center. For more information call JAM Promotions at 901.368.5278.

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Drivers Sammy Swindell , Shane James