WKA: Pit Board 2009-08-20

WKA's Pit Board - 08.20.2009 *** Speedway Pavement enters second half of season this weekend at New Castle 08.20.2009 -- While the four other WKA national touring series are already into the second half of their respected 2009 campaigns, the...

WKA's Pit Board - 08.20.2009

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Speedway Pavement enters second half of season this weekend at New Castle

08.20.2009 -- While the four other WKA national touring series are already into the second half of their respected 2009 campaigns, the Rage Karts Speedway Pavement Series only has two of five National events in the record books as we enter the latter stages of the summer. Round 3 will be this weekend at the state-of-the-art New Castle Motorsports Park, the first ever Pavement Series race at the central Indiana facility's asphalt oval.

The event, tagged the Jammer Clutches Grand Nationals, will run in conjunction with the Coyote Motorsports Nationals, Round 4 of the Bully Clutches Gold Cup Series. The weekend marks the third doubleheader of WKA's 2009 season and first for these two series. Gold Cup will be competing on New Castle's sprint road course, the same track the George Kugler / Bridgestone Manufacturer's Cup Series will utilize for their Round 4 event next weekend, Aug. 28-30.

With the race being a Grand National and bonus points on the line along with the prestigious Grand National Eagles, the weekend will be a pivotal one for the Pavement racers. A number of close point battles will take center stage on Saturday and Sunday. Good results in Indiana will be important for many racers as the season hits its stretch run with fall events at BeaveRun (Pa.) Motorsports Complex and Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway, which concludes the tour.

South Carolina's Aaron Weed leads Camden Gullie by 10 points in Briggs Sportsman 1 Lite. Chase Hawkins leads Weed by a 25-point margin in Sportsman 1 Heavy. Kyle Soper has only a five-point lead on Matthew Pappa in Sportsman 2 Lite. Brandon McGough leads the two Sportsman 1 Champ classes. Only 35 points separate him and Cole Timm in Lite.

Soper and Pappa are deadlocked at the top of the Sportsman 2 Champ Heavy tally, each with 369 points. Pennsylvania's Ryan Breithoff and New York's Patrick Robertson also are tied at the top of Jr Champ Heavy, each with 405 points. Only 10 points separate James Hayden from Chris Hammett and Hayden Newcomb in Briggs Jr Heavy. Hammett and Newcomb are tied for second.

Justin Bonsignore is 10 points ahead of AJ Roderick in Briggs Champ Heavy. Tyler Robertson is only 20 back in third. George Curtis Jr. leads Briggs Medium by 15 over Justin Fulmer, while Cullen Mumaw is 25 points ahead of Tyler Robertson in Briggs Champ Raptor.

Race haulers will be pulling into New Castle throughout Thursday and Friday. Official practice begins at 9 a.m. Friday and runs till 4 p.m. Practice will resume Saturday at 8 a.m. before a mandatory 10:30 a.m. drivers meeting, which will feature Briggs & Stratton pressure washer and generator giveaways, and qualifying at 11:15 a.m. The schedule is mostly the same on Sunday. Races will follow qualifying each day; kid karts will run at breaks.

For a detailed schedule and additional information on this weekend's big Jammer Clutches Grand Nationals at New Castle, visit www.worldkarting.com/downloads/eb-2009/0821_newcastle_pave_GN.pdf.

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Tech updates for New Castle Manuf. Cup Show Hauler Truck Nationals

08.20.2009 -- WKA has received several inquiries regarding technical specifications for the TaG classes at New Castle. Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions:

1. What weights will apply?

Here are the current TaG weights. (Add 20 pounds for eights in the Masters Class.)

ENGINES & MINIMUM WEIGHTS:
BM Jaguar -- 350 lbs
Cheetah SQ 125 -- 350 lbs
Comer K365 -- 380 lbs.
Easykart -- 350 lbs.
Morori Seven -- 365 lbs
Parilla Leopard -- 365 lbs.
Rotax -- 365 lbs.
Sonik TX 125 (125cc) -- 380 lbs.
Sonik VX 125 (118 cc) -- 365 lbs.
Vortex Rok ('03 & '04) 350 lbs.
Vortex Rok TT -- 380,
PRD Fire Ball (2005 & 2008) 350 lbs.

2. How is the exhaust system length calculated for the Parilla Leopard and Sonik TX engines?

The system length is measured from the backside of the header flange at the cylinder (not the engine side of the flange), around the right side of the header, connector, and pipe to the first to the weld at the end of the divergent cone. The measurement for the Parilla Leopard is 15 3/4" and 17" for the Sonik TX. The measurement is taken with a flexible steel ruler.

3. What new Rotax FR 125 parts are approved?

The following clutch parts are now approved:
1. Clutch Assembly 281720
2. Clutch Drum 659902
3. Clutch Drum 659930
4. Balance Gear 234436
5. Starter Gear 434840

The following parts are not currently approved for the 2009 competition year:
1. Senior Cylinder 223993
2. Read Valve Assembly 224389
3. Ignition Coil 265578

New cylinder, reed assembly and coil are not approved for the Rotax FR 125.

For additional information, contact WKA Technical Director Dan Stowell (dan@worldkarting.com).

-credit: wka

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