WKA: Pit Board 2009-09-10

WKA's Pit Board - 09.10.2009 *** Limited Medium to run Sunday at Hurricane 09.10.2009 -- World Karting officials have announced a change to the race order for this weekend's Shadow Racing Chassis Nationals for the Briggs & Stratton Speedway...

WKA's Pit Board - 09.10.2009

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Limited Medium to run Sunday at Hurricane

09.10.2009 -- World Karting officials have announced a change to the race order for this weekend's Shadow Racing Chassis Nationals for the Briggs & Stratton Speedway Dirt Series at Hurricane Raceway in Alma, Georgia.

The Power Products / SuperSeat Briggs Limited Medium class, traditionally run on Saturday, will be inserted into the Sunday rotation of classes. For drivers that may enter the class this weekend, a local-option class for the Limited Medium drivers has been established for Saturday with a one-time only fee being applied if drivers choose to run both days.

Out of respect to drivers running both the Limited Medium and Bordeaux Dyno Cams Limited Heavy class on Sunday, officials will provide enough of a buffer, allowing drivers to properly prepare for both classes.

For more information on this weekend's Shadow Racing Chassis Nationals, visit www.worldkarting.com/downloads/eb-2009/0911_hurricane_dirt.pdf.

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Marinucci recovering from auto accident

09.10.2009 -- The World Karting family would like to extend its best wishes to Bully Clutches Gold Cup Series competitor Russ Marinucci as he recovers from multiple injuries stemming from an automobile accident.

The Stevensville, Maryland, driver, a regular competitor in the Briggs Medium and Briggs Raptor classes in Gold Cup, suffered a broken left femur and right wrist, cracked ribs, bruised lungs, and other injuries when his truck veered off the road while returning home from work in the early hours of the morning.

While Russ will not be able to compete in the series season finale, the GT Machine Grand Nationals Oct. 2-4 at BeaveRun Motorsports Complex in Wampum, Pennsylvania, the Marinucci family is hoping to bring Russ to the track as a spectator that weekend.

In the meantime, anyone wishing to send get well wishes to Russ can write to the following address:

Russ Marinucci
117 Eareckson Lane
Stevensville, Maryland 21666

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CKI Adds Stock Moto class to Oct. 9-11 Grand Championships

09.10.2009 (PHOENIX) -- Adding momentum to the excitement building around the CKI season finale, Championship Karting International is pleased to announce the addition of a new class -- CKI Stock Moto -- at the CKI Grand Championships at Oklahoma Motorsports Complex, Norman, Okla., on Oct. 9-11. The Stock Moto class, which will be run under WKA Tech rules, features a $3,000 purse and a reduced entry fee.

"There's been a big call in the karting community for a Stock Moto class, so we're adding one at the Grand Championships. It brings another big cash purse for the racers to chase and gives the Stock Moto pilots a taste of racing on the national level," states CKI Director of Operations, Kevin Williams. "We'll continue to do everything possible to make CKI the best national series and race experience in karting. We've had three great events so far and the CKI Grand Championships will be the best yet."

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top-five finishers, with the winner grabbing $1,000; $750 for 2nd; $500 for 3rd; $400 for 4th and $350 for the 5th spot.

Run on two sets of Bridgestone YKC tires, CKI Stock Moto will be a three-day competition -- practice and qualifying on Friday; three heat races on Saturday and a pre-final and final on Sunday. Entry forms and tire order forms, as well as a rulers primer, are available on CKI's website, www.championshipkartracing.com.

Following the Grand Champinoships, CKI then goes to the annual PRI Trade Show for the PRI / CKI Karting All-Star Classic in Orlando, Fla., on Dec. 10. Entries are now being accepted at the CKI Web site event page, offering racers an easy to use, one-stop portal to register for races. Check it out at www.championshipkartracing.com.

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K&N Filters to award $40,000 NASCAR sponsorship, driver development scholarship to young racer

09.10.2009 (RIVERSIDE, Calif.) -- K&N Filters announces a sponsorship program to provide a young, upcoming race driver with a funded 10-race season in the 2010 NASCAR Grand American Modified Series, plus a one year driver development program. Long known for the company's ongoing support of grassroots racing across America, K&N Filter's heritage of motorsports involvement ranges from lawn mower racing to the top tiers of NASCAR.

NASCAR recently announced for 2010 they are reducing the minimum age to 14 in NASCAR's Charger divisions, including the Grand American Modified Series. This opens the K&N talent search up to young drivers as young as 13, as long as they turn 14 by the 2010 season. "We love being involved in the NASCAR Grand American Modified Series for a lot of reasons ... one being the K&N Flow Control System, because it makes more power, is the filter of choice for a huge majority of the competitors," stated Bob Harris, Corporate Race Accounts Manager for K&N Filters.

The winning driver will be placed with Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle (RSWC) race team in the series on the West Coast. The RSWC Modifieds weigh 2550 pounds and feature 410" V-8, 520 hp, roller valve train, methanol burning engines utilizing K&N air and oil filters. The talented driver selected will be awarded a one year scholarship in Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle NASCAR focused driver development program. The K&N scholarship winner will have a training program designed specifically for their age, experience and development stage.

"The $40,000 race sponsorship and driver development scholarship are just the next step in K&N Filters long history of supporting young racers," stated Tony Yorkman, Sports Marketing Manager at K&N Engineering. "These are challenging times for everyone but, we are not going to stop caring about young racers. Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle already has a great process in place to find talented young drivers. We are tapping into their program to help us find a deserving young racer for K&N's award."

Sacramento, California based Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle is currently accepting driver resumes through the deadline of September 30th, 2009. The talent search concludes with an on-track Driver Shoot-Out with 40 of the nations' top talented drivers on a California paved oval short track in early October. The application process is open to all drivers 13 to 19 years of age, with race winning backgrounds.

Many successful car racers today, honed their skills driving something smaller, such as Karts, Legends, Dwarf Cars, Quarter Midgets, Mini/Micro-Sprints, Dirt Karts and other forms of youth racing. K&N Filters and Sunoco Racing Fuels, an additional supporting sponsor, are awarding six free spots to young racers from various forms of youth motorsports in the 2009 RSWC Talent Search Shoot-Out.

"K&N Filter's support for grassroots racing is unprecedented. Last year they came on board to sponsor several free spots in our talent search. This year, in a tough economy, K&N increased their involvement by adding a 10 race sponsorship and training program to a deserving young racer. We are excited to help develop a young racer's career with K&N's help," said Ron Sutton.

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 coached, groomed, trained and molded into what top teams look for when hiring drivers. The career development program consists of 12 veteran driver coaches, 24 classroom topics and eight organizations fielding over 20 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 to develop highly versatile and accomplished winning drivers.

Young winning drivers ages 13 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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