WKA: Pit Board 2009-05-14

WKA's Pit Board - 05.14.2009 *** Terrific Weather, 10 Double Winners And A Birthday Win Highlight Road Race Action At Roebling Road 05.14.2009 - The WKA Dunlop Tire Road Race Series driven by Mazda hit the track last weekend at Savannah, ...

WKA's Pit Board - 05.14.2009


Terrific Weather, 10 Double Winners And A Birthday Win Highlight Road Race Action At Roebling Road

05.14.2009 - The WKA Dunlop Tire Road Race Series driven by Mazda hit the track last weekend at Savannah, Georgia's Roebling Road Raceway for their third of nine 2009 events. With the beautiful southern weather ever present, road racers enjoyed terrific racing conditions at the 2.02-mile road course with almost every race being completed at its originally scheduled, full distance

The weekend proved to be a safe and timely-run event thanks to the efforts of the Southern Kart Club. It was also a successful one for a number of WKA road racers. Ten drivers left Roebling with double national-class wins, and two female racers experienced their highlights of the '09 season thus far.

One of those racers was Nikole Wulf, who won a competitive Briggs Animal 360 class on Sunday. The day was one Nikole wouldn't soon forget because Sunday was her 21st birthday. Congratulations to her on a great accomplishment.

But Nikole wasn't the only Wulf family member to find success at Roebling. Her father, Ross, drove to victory in Saturday's Briggs Animal 385 race, meaning the Wulfs won two out of three in Briggs senior class competition.

With her win in PP Can Sprint 360 #2, Courtney Atkinson got her first-ever national senior-class triumph. After dominating the junior 2-cycle classes in recent years, Atkinson advanced to the senior divisions in 2009. After getting shut out of victory lane at Daytona and Kershaw, the young Wisconsin racer found victory at Roebling by winning the Sprint 360 #2 race over Aleks Gregory. Courtney also had top-three finishes in two other classes, showing she is still a force even with tougher competition in the senior divisions.

As mentioned, no fewer than 10 racers accomplished two wins in Savannah: Kevin Webb swept the two 100cc Controlled classes; Matt Michel did the same in the two 100cc Pipe 45-minute affairs; Brian Fisher won Spec 125 TaG 1 and 2; Michael Moshenek won Stock Honda 1 and 2; Blake Casner was the victor in the two Jr Enduro divisions; Louisiana's Aleks Gregory won PP Can Sprint 360 #1 and backed that up with a win in WKA Sprint 1; Scott Buerman continued his winning ways with triumphs in Yamaha Sportsman Medium and Heavy; Florida racer Brad Zoeller won WKA 125 Shifter 1 and 2; Jeff Metter swept the two Unlimited Finals; and Mooresville, North Carolina's Chuck Gafrarar was the victor in Stock Leopard Sprint Final 1 and 2.

Official results are available online at www.worldkarting.com/pg/series/rr/2009/rr-roeblingrd.html.

The road racers now have a few weeks to prepare for the next event, the series' annual Grand Nationals June 12-14 at the Mid Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The race will mark the series' first trip north of the Mason-Dixon Line in 2009.

The series will stay in the Midwest for the fifth national on the tour, the much-anticipated Zoom Zoom Nationals July 10-12 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. For more information on this upcoming event and the complete 2009 schedule, go to www.worldkarting.com/pg/series/rr/rr-main.html


WKA To Be Part Of All Star, Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Activities At Charlotte

05.14.2009 - In many ways, NASCAR and WKA are very much alike. The traditional two-week stint at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina for NASCAR competitors serves as a reprieve before a monster stretch run on the road. For WKA, it serves in the same capacity. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, and points beyond, the karting schedule is hectic to say the very least.

But for two weekends in May, the Concord, North Carolina-based organization gets the opportunity to stay in it's own back yard, thus having the chance to introduce the world of karting to the hundreds of thousands of NASCAR fans who converge at Lowe's Motor Speedway for the annual Sprint Cup Series All Star race May 15 and 16, as well the Coca- Cola 600 festivities May 22-24.

Nestled in amongst the myriad of souvenir haulers on Bruton Smith Boulevard, WKA's Glenn Firing and Sandy Gregory will be on hand Friday and Saturday, May 15 and 16, to answer questions and provide information about WKA. The following weekend, starting with Windstream Pole Night at the speedway Thursday, May 21, Bobby and Carol Gettys will be available. After a break on Friday, the Gettys will return on Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24.

A full display including WKA and industry magazines, national schedules, membership applications and much more will be available both weekends. Be sure to get the latest on WKA in NASCAR's Souvenir Alley.


Former Road Racer, Current WKA's Karting Scene Writer Keith Shampine Joins WKA Office Team

05.14.2009 - If you call the WKA Office and an unfamiliar voice greets you, chances are its Keith Shampine.

Shampine joined the WKA office staff this week as head of Member Services. For Keith, what began last summer as a writing position for WKA's Karting Scene magazine has now flourished into a full-time position at the WKA offices in Concord, North Carolina.

Shampine's eventual duties will include many different areas of the WKA operation. The 25-year-old native New Yorker, who now resides in the Charlotte area, is thrilled to be a part of the organization with which he once raced.

"I can't say how pleased I am that I'm now able to work with the people and the organization that helped make many of my racing dreams come true," said Shampine. "Over the last year I've enjoyed writing for the magazine and emceeing the banquets, and now I'll have the opportunity to add more to the WKA, in addition to the writing. I have to thank everyone at WKA for the opportunity."

Keith will be handling new membership and renewals, national point standings and race results, Pit Board content and other administrative tasks. You may also see him at national race events throughout the remainder of the season.

Shampine is a former WKA road racer. He won a national championship in 1999 and competed in karts until 2005 when he began racing supermodifieds at New York's Oswego Speedway. He still has a part-time ride in the ultra-fast division at Oswego.

In 2007 Keith graduated from SUNY Oswego with a bachelor's degree in writing and relocated to Charlotte in May of 2008. One year (almost to the day) after his move south, he joined the WKA Office team.


KF Engines Sourced By Championship Karting International To Help First-Time KF2 And KF3 Racers

05.14.2009 - (Phoenix, Ariz.) -- In an effort to aid racers interested in competing in the Championship Karting International's KF2 and KF3 classes at New Castle Motorsports Park on May 29-31, the series has taken the steps of contacting the importers of the engine packages in North America and located motors for sale at the locations listed below.

This has been done to allow racers to easily locate a powerplant should they be interested in competing in KF2 or KF3. The locations listed below either have engines available or can deliver engines prior to the New Castle race.

"Since deciding on a class structure for Championship Karting International, we felt it imperative to ensure that product was available in North America for our competitors," said Kevin Williams, Director of Competition and Operations. "Once we obtained this information, we wanted to get it into the hands of our customers as soon as possible to assist them in making their racing plans."


Earlier this week, Championship Karting International announced a prize structure worth $27,000 in cash and prizes that will be in place for the first race at New Castle Motorsports Park -- including $7000 in cash for the KF2 podium and $1000 in racers' education savings plans for the KF3 podium.

For more information, visit www.championshipkartracing.com.


Championship Karting International To Award $27,000 In Cash & Prizes At First Race The 'CKI Grand Prix Of New Castle Presented By Bridgestone May 29 -- 31

05.14.2009 - (Phoenix, Ariz.)-- Championship Karting International (CKI), the seven-class WKA-sanctioned national race kart series (www.championshipkartracing.com), is kicking off the 2009 season with a cash and prize package worth $27,000 at the Championship Karting International Grand Prix of New Castle presented by Bridgestone, May 29--31.

The new series has 'turbo-charged' its launch at New Castle with a purse that includes $22,000 in cash; an innovative $3,000 education investment prize program in the KF3, IAME Junior and Cadet classes; plus a IAME Senior and IAME Junior class sweepstakes to win an IAME / Parilla Leopard motor, contributed by Italian Motors and Russell Karting Specialties.

Supporting CKI's mission of helping racers develop careers for the next level, the KF3, IAME Junior and Cadet competitors will compete for prizes totaling $3,000 -- all prizes will be contributed the racers' educational savings plans. In all 3 divisions the winner earns $500, 2nd $300 and 3rd place $200.

"The CKI Grand Prix of New Castle presented by Bridgestone is a great event to launch our new series. The CKI series was developed to support the aspirations of our competitors. We want to help them reach their potential both on and off the track," states Phil DeLaO, co-founder of CKI. "We've developed the series to help racers take their talents to the next level, whether that's behind the wheel, or elsewhere -- and have a great time doing it." All prizes are provided by CKI except for the TaG ICC purse, which is being presented in partnership with Italian Motors.

Sweetening the prize package, the CKI Grand Prix of New Castle presented by Bridgestone will also offer a special prize for the IAME Junior and Senior classes. Italian Motors and Russell Karting Specialties are holding a "race raffle" for all competitors in both classes for a chance to win an IAME / Parilla Leopard Motor package worth $2,200. In addition, the top Master driver (35 years or older) in the IAME Senior class, will receive $500 cash, plus two sets of Bridgestone tires provided by CKI and Grand Products.

"We'd like to send a special thanks to our sponsors Bridgestone Tires, Italian Motorsports and Russell Motorsports Specialties. Their support is helping us break new ground in the world of kart racing -- I'm excited to see how far we can go," states co-founder RJ Valentine. "Stay tuned for information about the purses we'll be awarding for the rest of the season." For more information about CKI sponsors, go to www.bridgestone.com; www.italianmotors.com, and www.russellkarting.com.

The Championship Karting International 2009 series is a launching a WKA-sanctioned 4-event season, featuring seven class races in 2009. In addition to the May 29-31 kick-off at New Castle Motorsports Park, New Castle, IN, CKI will hold races at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, NJ, June 26 -- 29; a race in August (location to be announced); and a race October 9 -- 11 (location to be announced).

Visit www.championshipkartracing.com for more information and documents. Membership, entry, pit request and tire forms can be found on the CKI Web site.

-credit: wka

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Drivers Brian Fisher , Aleks Gregory
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