WKA: Pit Board 2008-05-20

WKA's Pit Board presented by AMB i.t. - 05.20.2008 *** WKA's Karting Scene Keepsake Issue On Sale Now 05.20.2008 -- WKA's Karting Scene's annual "Champion's Edition" is now available. This special issue features a full page dedicated to each...

WKA's Pit Board presented by AMB i.t. - 05.20.2008

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WKA's Karting Scene Keepsake Issue On Sale Now

05.20.2008 -- WKA's Karting Scene's annual "Champion's Edition" is now available. This special issue features a full page dedicated to each of the 2007 WKA Triple Crown Champions. These special tributes are sure to increase in value as the featured drivers continue to excel in the their racing careers.

This is the second largest issue of the magazine printed each year honoring the WKA National and Divisional Champions. This keepsake issue contains coverage from KartFest 2008, the Daytona Banquets held at the Daytona International Speedway, all the champion's celebrations from Hickory, NC, as well as profiles on many National and Divisional Champions.

As always, the magazine contains the 2008 points standings in each series, entry forms for upcoming events, a directory of the WKA Divisional Series', WKA Master Tracks and much more.

This keepsake issue is sure to sell out. Make sure you secure your extra copies for grandparents, family, and friends today! For less than a gallon of gas, you can pick up an extra copy for this special issue. There are discounts for bulk orders. To find out more, contact Kathy Sorrell at the WKA office via email or by calling 704.455.1606, extension 17 (Mon -- Wed).

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Susan Shriefer Retiring After Nine Years

O5.20.2008 -- After several years of "threatening" to retire, the time has come to wish a final farewell to a very loved member of the World Karting Association. Susan Schriefer, who has been the Membership Coordinator since 1999 and semi-retired back in 2004, will begin her full-time retirement on Friday, May 23, 2008.

It is a toss up as to whether she will be mostly missed for her deep dedication to her job or her chocolate chip cookies, which are rumored to be "best in the world," by several staff members. Susan is one that truly cares about her job and always tries to help people out in any way she can. If she doesn't have the answer to a question, she will hunt one down. She also helps us all to take a moment and remember the important things in life, like family, friends and holidays; whether that be putting up Halloween or Christmas decorations or bringing in baked goods for the staff to enjoy. Susan always has a smile on her face, through good and bad, and exemplifies the true meaning of customer service.

This is not a goodbye for Miss Sue, but a good luck to a new chapter in her life. Susan plans on taking it easy over the summer spending time with her family, her grandchildren and doing a little bit of traveling. Everyone at WKA wishes Susan the best, as everyone here will dearly miss her at the WKA office and the WKA racing community.

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Two-In-A-Row: Harraka Wins Second Straight Race

05.20.2008 - A week off didn't slow down former WKA member, Paul Harraka, who won his second consecutive race on Saturday night. Harraka drove the No. 16 Ruth's Chris Steak House Toyota to Victory Lane in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model feature event at All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif.

"The weekend off didn't hurt us at all," said Harraka, a third-year participant in the Drive for Diversity program. "The No. 16 Ruth's Chris Steakhouse Toyota was great today. I have to thank all the guys at Bill McAnally Racing, the Drive for Diversity program, Toyota, and Ruth's Chris Steak House for helping me get my third win of the season."

Harraka won the Toyota TRD 100 on May 3. He also won the season opener at All American Speedway last month.

Harraka started Saturday night's race in the pole position after an invert of the top-three qualifiers. He never relinquished the lead, and crossed the finish line 0.245 seconds ahead of second-place John Moore.

Harraka, of Fair Lawn, N.J., is second in the 2008 All American Speedway Late Model point standings with three wins and four top fives. He finished second in the All American Speedway Late Model point standings last season with 11 top-fives and 14 top-10s in 17 starts, which earned him Rookie of the Year honors.

Harraka will return to the track at All American Speedway on Saturday, May 24.

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Drive For Diversity Notes:

Kristin Bumbera qualified on the pole for Saturday night's event at All American Speedway, and started the race third after the three-car invert. Bumbera fell back a few spots at the start of the race, but regained those positions to finish in the top-three. Bumbera gained three spots in the points, moving up to sixth in the All American Speedway Late Model point standings.

Michael Cherry was also on track this weekend, competing in the Pine Ridge Nursery and Landscaping 150 in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va. Cherry scored his season best finish, a sixth-place effort, after qualifying 14th in his No. 34 FDJ Motorsports Chevrolet Impala.

Mike Gallegos, Jesus Hernandez and Jonathan Smith all competed in the NASCAR Camping World Series East/West showdown at Iowa Speedway on Sunday afternoon. Hernandez finished best of the three D4D driver competing in the event, scoring a sixth-place finish after qualifying 37th in the No. 11 Dale Earnhardt Inc. Chevrolet. Gallegos finished 24th in the No. 34 RTD Motorsports Chevrolet after a 13th-place qualifying effort, and Smith finished 37th in the No. 21 Raintree Vacation Club Dodge after suffering an oil leak.

About Drive for Diversity

The Drive for Diversity Program, run by Access Marketing & Communications, seeks to develop minority and female drivers in the NASCAR Camping World Series and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Drive for Diversity also supports crew member candidates each year. The Drive for Diversity program is committed to supporting and enhancing diversity in all aspects of motorsports. The goal is to foster an environment that enables people from diverse backgrounds to participate in all levels and capacities of NASCAR. Much of the success of the Drive for Diversity initiative is a result of support from key sponsors and involved team owners.

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Upcoming National Events

STUMO Racing Grand Nationals
June 6-8, 2008
Margarettsville Speedway, Margarettsville, NC
For more information visit www.worldkarting.com

Upcoming Divisional Races

Great Lakes Sprint Series
May 23 --25, 2008
Southbend Raceway Park
Southbend, IN.
Penny Farmer: 616.453.0737
www.glsseries.com

WKA Northeast Sprint Series
May 23 -- 25, 2008
Raceway Park
Englishtown, NJ
Dan Stowell: 203.262.9845
www.wkaness.com

WKA Northeast Speedway Pavement Series
May 24 & 25, 2008
Route 106 Race Park
Pembroke, NH
Dan Stowell: 203.262.9845
www.wkaness.com

Southern Kart Club
May 24 - 25
Roebling Road Raceway (SKC)
Lindsay Fox 352.475.5034
www.southernkartclub.com

Mid-west Sprint Series
May 31 -- June 1, 2008
Badger Raceway
Dousman, WI
www.midwestsprint.com

Northeast Dirt Series
May 31, 2008
Turkey Trot Raceway
Ft. Edward, NY
www.wkanortheast.com
www.turkeytrotraceway.com

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Series Kart
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jonathan Smith , John Moore , Jesus Hernandez