WKA: Pit Board 2009-08-27

WKA's Pit Board - 08.27.2009 *** End of summer means end of Thursday Gold, Manufacturer's Cup practice 08.27.2009 -- This weekend's Show Hauler Trucks Nationals for the George Kugler / Bridgestone Manufacturer's Cup Series driven by Mazda...

WKA's Pit Board - 08.27.2009


End of summer means end of Thursday Gold, Manufacturer's Cup practice

08.27.2009 -- This weekend's Show Hauler Trucks Nationals for the George Kugler / Bridgestone Manufacturer's Cup Series driven by Mazda will mark the final 2009 WKA event featuring Thursday afternoon practice.

The Thursday sessions, utilized by the Manuf. Cup and Bully Clutches Gold Cup Series, will not be available at the Oct. 2-4 Gold Cup GT Machine Grand Nationals at BeaveRun Motorsports Complex or the Nov. 6-8 Manuf. Cup SSC East / CRG Grand Nationals at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

The events at BeaveRun and Lowe's close the 2009 season for each series.


Local-option classes announced for Speedway Dirt season closer at Hurricane

08.27.2009 -- Four local-option classes will run at the Briggs & Stratton Speedway Dirt Series Shadow Racing Chassis Nationals Sept. 11-13 at Hurricane Raceway in Alma, Ga.

Saturday will see Briggs Lite Flathead and Briggs Medium Flathead run after the 12 national classes complete their main events. The two flathead classes will go off before the much-anticipated Briggs Animal Heavy Money Race Saturday night.

On Sunday, Briggs Medium Flathead will have another feature event, which will be followed by Briggs Heavy Flathead. Again, the two flathead features will follow the 11 national classes.

The Shadow Racing Chassis Nationals will feature the usual outstanding opportunities for dirt races to take home some extra cash and prizes. The Saturday night Money Race, sponsored by Briggs & Stratton Racing, Firestone and Ultramax Racing Chassis, will again be a cool $1,700 to win with $400 going to second, $300 to third and $100 to fourth. The $500 bonuses from Firestone and Vega will be on the line. Vega's is good only if the winner is on their rubber and Firestone offers the bonus to the highest finishing racer running their tires.

The "Sunday 6" Money Classes will run on the weekend's final day. The classes -- comprising Briggs Sportsman 1 Heavy, Sportsman 2 Heavy, Jr Heavy, Briggs Medium, Super Heavy and Champ Heavy -- pay out a generous $250 to the winner.

TS Racing is offering $50 gift certificates to their Bushnell, Florida-based kart shop to any winner running Vega tires.

The event in southeast Georgia is the fifth and final Speedway Dirt event of the 2009 season. Pre-entries must be received by WKA (6051 Victory Lane; Concord, NC 28027) by Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Look for a race preview and any further announcements regarding the weekend in an upcoming Pit Board. To view the entry blank, visit www.worldkarting.com/downloads/eb-2009/0911_hurricane_dirt.pdf.


Spot to be awarded to WKA racer in driver talent search

08.27.2009 (SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- The national talent search for the driver development program conducted by Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle launches today. Supporting sponsors, K&N Filters and Sunoco Racing Fuels will be awarding four free spots in the 2009 Talent Search Shoot-Out to young, talented drivers from various forms of motorsports, with several going to Kart racers.

Many successful car racers today honed their driving skills driving karts. K&N Filters and Sunoco Racing Fuels have stepped up to award a position in the Shoot-Out to one young racer with WKA kart-racing background. The Shoot-Out application process is open to all drivers 11 to 19 years of age with race-winning backgrounds.

RSWC has developed many young kart racers to successfully make the transition from kart racing to winning races in USAC and NASCAR pavement oval track series, including Jessica Brunelli, Beau DeBard, Bobby Grewohl, Ian Miille, Benny Moon, Jimmy Moon, Brennan Newberry, Thomas Merrill ... and WKA Champion Jeff Oleen.

Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle (RSWC) is an established talent scout and development program, providing long term, comprehensive racing and career development for up and coming drivers focused on NASCAR careers. RSWC drivers are raced, coached, groomed, trained and molded, within a professional racing environment, into what top teams look for when hiring drivers.

The Shoot-Out process is designed to identify talented, young, up and coming drivers from across the United States and Canada with the talent, potential and commitment to achieve a driving career in NASCAR. RSWC is currently accepting resumes through September 30th, 2009. RSWC expects to receive over 700 resumes, as they have in the past, and narrow it down to approximately 40 drivers to test. The Shoot-Out is conducted in early October, in three types of race cars, on a California paved short oval track.

Sutton has said, "We're not looking for a number. We are looking for young talent that has real potential to go all the way to NASCAR Sprint Cup." Day one of the Shoot-Out includes a seminar for parents and drivers, "The Real World Good, Bad & Ugly of Driver Career Development" and a training course for drivers on driving strategies, expectations and terminology. Three separate tests for the young drivers include body fat fitness, a written problem solving test and psychological analysis.

Days two and three are on track, with drivers getting five 20-lap sessions on track, with coaching, to show their talent. Judges evaluate the drivers on 45 points, with the key areas being coachability, accurate feedback, focus, motivation, training retention, communication skills, personality, aggressiveness, learning rate, confidence and lap times.

The talented drivers selected for the RSWC development program through the Shoot-Out will have a training program designed specifically for their age, experience and development stage, then be placed with a top team in the racing series that fits best, including various classes in SCCA, USAC and NASCAR series.

The career development program consists of 12 veteran driver coaches, 24 classroom topics and eight organizations fielding 24 race teams, all dedicated to develop drivers in the RSWC program. The teams are a balance of Open Wheel and Stock Car oval track race teams, with Road Racing added, to develop highly versatile and accomplished winning drivers.

Young winning drivers ages 11 to 19, and their parents, are encouraged to get all the information and answers to common questions from the web-site, then submit their resume in time to be considered. The web-site is www.Winners-Circle-Racing.com

-credit: wka

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Series Kart
Drivers Jessica Brunelli , Brennan Newberry