WKA: Pit Board 2009-07-21

WKA's Pit Board - 07.21.2009 *** Last full weekend of July features inaugural Speedway Dirt National at Liberty 07.21.2009 -- The WKA Briggs & Stratton Speedway Dirt Series will return to North Carolina this weekend for the third stop on the...

WKA's Pit Board - 07.21.2009


Last full weekend of July features inaugural Speedway Dirt National at Liberty

07.21.2009 -- The WKA Briggs & Stratton Speedway Dirt Series will return to North Carolina this weekend for the third stop on the 2009 tour. The Summer Nationals, held at Liberty Raceway Park in Staley, N.C., marks the first ever event for the Speedway Dirt tour at Liberty. The National is expected to be a great one and WKA is anticipating the highest entry counts of the season for the Speedway Dirt Series.

Following pre-entry pickup Friday from 4 to 6 p.m., a full slate of 23 national classes will run between Saturday and Sunday. Kid karts and kid champ karts will run at breaks and Saturday night will be highlighted by another big $1,700-to-win Briggs Animal Heavy Money Race, sponsored by Briggs & Stratton, Firestone, Ultramax Racing Chassis and Tim Fishel Motorsports. $500 bonuses from Firestone Tires and TS Racing / Vega Tires also will be up for grabs. Firestone offers the extra cash for the highest finishing driver on Firestone rubber, while Vega's bonus is good only if the winner is running Vega tires. Last month, Chris Thompson pocketed a fine $2,200 at Georgia's Dexter Raceway for winning the 30-lap Money Race while sporting Vega rubber on his Phantom chassis. Todd Reece garnered the $500 Firestone bonus.

The payouts don't stop Saturday night. Sunday will feature the "Sunday-7," which includes seven classes that pay the top-three finishers $300 to win, $150 for second and $75 for third. The Sunday-7 comprises the following divisions: Briggs Sportsman 1 Heavy, Briggs Sportsman 2 Heavy, Briggs Jr Heavy, Briggs Medium, Briggs Super Heavy, Briggs Jr Champ Heavy and Briggs Champ Heavy.

Liberty's Summer Nationals will include four local option classes, catering to those who still wish to run their Briggs flathead engines. Saturday's local option classes will be Briggs Sr Champ Flathead and Briggs Super Heavy Flathead. On Sunday the two local options will be Briggs Medium Flathead and Briggs Heavy Flathead.

Briggs & Stratton has again provided WKA with some outstanding prizes to be randomly drawn for at the Saturday morning drivers meeting. As was the case last month at the Speedway Dirt Jimmy Rivers Performance Works Grand Nationals at Dexter, five lucky racers will receive either a Briggs 2,500-psi Brute by Briggs & Stratton pressure washer or a Briggs 5,550-watt, 10-horsepower portable generator.

The Summer Nationals also is supported by G-Man Kartworks, which sponsors the Pole Awards; TS Racing, which will award $50 TS Racing gift certificates to any winner running Vega Tires; and of course series sponsor Briggs & Stratton; Firestone; Ultramax and Tim Fishel Motorsports.

If you aren't already pre-registered, you can still sign up for the event at the track. WKA is encouraging all dirt racers to get to Liberty this weekend for what is primed to be the best and most competitive Speedway Dirt National of the 2009 season.

Visit Liberty's Web site at www.libertyraceway.com; or for the weekend schedule and information go to www.worldkarting.com/downloads/eb-2009/0724_liberty_dirt.pdf.


WKA to accommodate New Castle Gold Cup, Pavement racers

07.21.2009 -- Since the release of the announcement late last year regarding the first ever Bully Clutches Gold Cup / Rage Karts Speedway Pavement doubleheader in August at New Castle Motorsports Park in Indiana, many drivers have questioned the possibility of running both events. With no lights on the New Castle property, this has made the challenge even greater.

However, with a little extra elbow grease, combined with a good team effort, WKA officials are assuring total cooperation with drivers in both series, making sure the many that have competed in the Gold Cup Series and the Speedway Pavement Series will have the ability to run both events successfully, while at the same time, catering to the needs of the competitors that run just one series, but also may be running more than one class in a day.

With both series traditionally finishing up the race days at very decent daytime hours, it's just a matter of throwing it in a lower gear, still assuring a respectable finish to the day, time-wise, for both series.

Activities for the Coyote Motorsports Nationals for Gold Cup competitors will begin on Thursday with practice from noon to 6 p.m., while the Speedway Pavement competitors will take to their newest venue Friday at 9 a.m. for a full day of practice to get the Jammer Clutches Grand Nationals under way.

For more information on the Gold Cup Coyote Motorsports Nationals, go to www.worldkarting.com/downloads/eb-2009/0821_newcastle_gc.pdf.

For more information on the Speedway Pavement Jammer Clutches Grand Nationals, go to www.worldkarting.com/downloads/eb-2009/0821_newcastle_pave_GN.pdf.


Upcoming WKA National events:

Briggs & Stratton Speedway Dirt Series
July 24 - 26, 2009
Liberty Raceway Park, Staley, NC

Dunlop Tire Road Racing Series
July 31 -- Aug 2, 2009
Virginia International Raceway, Danville, Va.

Upcoming WKA Divisional events:

Mid-Atlantic Sprint Divisional
Fri. -- Sun., July 24-25-26
Summit Point Raceway in Summit Point, W. Va.
Contact: Dave Koehler 410.882.2375

Florida Karting Championship Series
Saturday and Sunday, July 25-26
Monticello Karting near Monticello, Fla.
Contact John Devine 239.462.3803

Carolina Asphalt Summer Series
Saturday, July 25
OCR Action Sports Park in Rougemont, N.C.
Contact: Ollie Spain 336.214.8072

Northeast Sprint Series (WKANESS)
Saturday, July 25
Avon Kart Track in Avon, N.Y.
Contact: Dan Stowell 208.264.4606

Midwest Sprint Series
Saturday and Sunday, July 25-26
Badger Raceway in Dousman, Wis.
Contact: Missy Nelson Tate 704.496.1046 or Tim Koyen 608.235.4761

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