WKA's Pit Board - 08.26.09 *** Show Hauler Trucks Nationals to cap WKA's busy month in Indiana this weekend at New Castle 08.26.09 -- Many close point battles will resume this weekend when the George Kugler / Bridgestone Manufacturer's Cup...
WKA's Pit Board - 08.26.09
Show Hauler Trucks Nationals to cap WKA's busy month in Indiana this weekend at New Castle
08.26.09 -- Many close point battles will resume this weekend when the George Kugler / Bridgestone Manufacturer's Cup Series driven by Mazda holds its fourth of five 2009 rounds at the popular New Castle Motorsports Park in New Castle, Ind. The Show Hauler Trucks Nationals will feature the Manufacturer's Cup Series' 18 national classes, Shock Wave Karting kid karts and two local-option divisions on Friday night.
The 1.1-mile New Castle course should have plenty of fresh rubber after the Bully Clutches Gold Cup Series held the Coyote Motorsports Nationals on it last weekend. For the Manufacturer's Cup racers, the weekend will mark the end of a busy summer, which saw events at Michiana Raceway Park in May and Road America in July, not to mention WKA divisional series in which many racers take part.
But divisional and local racing will be put on the backburner for this last weekend of August -- a month that saw four of WKA's five national series hold events in the Hoosier State. Racers and teams will be putting their best efforts forward with hopes of putting themselves in good positions heading into the SSE East / CRG Grand Nationals season finale Nov 6-8 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Here is a rundown of each class's point battles heading into this weekend at New Castle:
Kyle Kalish is 300 points in front of Santino Ferrucci in Cadet Jr Sportsman. James Bennett is 340 back in third.
New Jersey racer Garrett Johnston leads Illinois' Kalish by 15 points in HPV Sportsman. Aidan Landauer, Ferrucci and Derek Sobel (third through fifth) are all within 100 points of the leader.
Yamaha Sportsman Lite has four drivers within 50 points of one another at the top of the order. Again it's Garrett Johnston out front followed by Kalish, who is 25 back. Mike McAndrews is 45 back in third while Ferrucci trails Johnston by 50 points.
Yamaha Sportsman Heavy, added to the Manuf. Cup class list after Daytona, isn't nearly as close as its sister class. But that's just fine with Kyle Tilley, who leads by 115 over G. Johnston and Landauer, who are tied for second.
Arrow Karts racer Sam Beasley, who was just at New Castle racing in the Gold Cup event, leads Nick Neri by 15 points in HPV Jr Lite. Neri is working on a double-championship season; he has a commanding 145-point lead over Robert Bujdoso and Beasley in HPV Jr Heavy.
Beasley also leads Yamaha Jr Lite by 70 over Jersey's Trent Hindman. Trent is out front in Yamaha Jr Heavy by 65 over Buckeye State shoe Dakota Pesek.
HPV Lite has Ryan Stewart leading by 20 markers over Tommy Anderson. Bill McLaughlin Jr. and Patrick Olsen are tied for third, nearly 100 points back of Stewart.
Wyatt Gooden is well out in front in HPV Heavy. His lead is 105 over Jamie Theil heading into New Castle.
Stewart has a legitimate shot at a Triple Crown Championship. He leads Yamaha Supercan Lite by 65 over fellow Illinois racer Tony Jump. Stewart is second in Supercan Heavy, but only 30 back of Wisconsin's Jason Foley. He's also second in Yamaha Pipe, but 100 points behind Jump.
The popular TaG class seems to be Marco DiLeo's to lose. The talented Canadian is 284 points ahead of Atlanta, Georgia's Chris Wehrheim heading into this weekend. Michele Bumgarner is third, but some 550 behind DiLeo.
Michael Burrell is 75 points in front of Jeff Jewell in Yamaha Masters. John Dixon has a comfortable 160-point advantage in TaG Masters.
The country's best 2-cycle sprint racers will hit the track Thursday afternoon with a 1 to 6 p.m. practice session. Parking and pit pass sales will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pre-entry pickup will take place from 4 to 6 p.m.
Friday will see registration open at 7 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. Official practice will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The two local-option races -- Stock Moto and Yamaha Rookie -- are slated to go off around 5 p.m. following practice.
Saturday and Sunday feature a full slate of national class competition. The drivers meeting is at 7:45 a.m. both days with practice, qualifying and racing to follow. Shock Wave Karting Kid Karts will run at breaks both Saturday and Sunday.
For more information, view the entry blank at www.worldkarting.com/downloads/eb-2009/0828_newcastle_mc.pdf.