WKA: Pit Board 2009-09-22

WKA's Pit Board - 09.22.2009 *** Eighteen leave BeaveRun with Pro Kart Nationals wins 09.22.2009 -- Only one round remains on the 2009 WKA Rage Karts Speedway Pavement Series with the conclusion of last weekend's Pro Kart Racing Karts ...

WKA's Pit Board - 09.22.2009


Eighteen leave BeaveRun with Pro Kart Nationals wins

09.22.2009 -- Only one round remains on the 2009 WKA Rage Karts Speedway Pavement Series with the conclusion of last weekend's Pro Kart Racing Karts Nationals at Wampum, Pennsylvania's BeaveRun Motorsports Complex. Terrific weather and top-notch competition highlighted the Pavement Series' return to the western Pa. facility. Over 200 entries made up the 23 feature events, which was a steady increase from last year's official BeaveRun entry count of 196.

Racers of all ages and experience levels vied for national victories throughout Saturday and Sunday. In the end, 18 blacktop oval-track racers were able to garner a Pro Kart Nationals victory. But Ryan Breithoff, who was racing in his home state, clearly had the best weekend of anyone. The 14-year-old Quakertown, Pa., shoe was the only driver to win three times on BeaveRun's 0.800-mile oval. Breithoff netted victories in Briggs Jr Heavy and both Briggs Jr Raptor Champ finals. His wins came over solid competition in each class, especially the Jr Raptor Champ finals which saw him fend off top contenders Ryan Douglas, Craig Lutz and Patrick Robertson for the wins.

Next to Breithoff's success, equal competition was the story at BeaveRun. Sixteen other racers were able to visit victory lane once in western Pa., and only one of them saw it twice, which is usually a more common occurrence at nearly every WKA national event.

Here are the other 17 drivers who stood atop the podium at the Pro Kart Nationals: North Carolina's Tyler Gauthier was the only double winner with triumphs in two of the most competitive Pavement divisions, Briggs Lite and Medium. Maryland's Stephen Brewer Jr. won Sportsman 1 Lite; Brandon McGough won in his home state in Sportsman 1 Heavy.

Jacob Leverstein drove to victory Sportsman 1 Champ Lite; Ryan Timm earned his first national triumph with a fine drive in Sportsman 1 Champ Heavy; Chase Dowling traveled west from Connecticut and won Sportsman 2 Lite; Matt Pappa was victorious in Sportsman 2 Heavy.

Jacob Thompson won one for the Buckeye State in Sportsman 2 Champ Lite; brothers Patrick and Tyler Robertson won Jr Champ Lite and Raptor Champ Final 1; Craig Lutz drove to victory in Briggs Jr Lite; Eilijah Rios continued a solid '09 season with a win in Sportsman 2 Champ Heavy.

Jacob Gunn was another Pennsylvania victor in Jr Champ Heavy; Cullen Mumaw surprised a few with his first win of the season in Champ Heavy; Craig Wetzel scored another victory in Briggs Heavy; Kyle Long won Raptor Final 1 while Chad Brooks was victorious in Raptor Champ Final 2.

Briggs & Stratton Racing and WKA drew for some more outstanding Briggs product at BeaveRun. Four Brute by Briggs pressure washers and one portable generator were given away at Saturday morning's drivers meeting. Winners of the fine Briggs product were Justin Fulmer, Kyle Ellwood, Kyle Long, Tommy Stilphen and Emily Flaim. Fulmet, Ellwood, Long and Stilphen won pressure washers and Flaim took home the generator.

As noted, only one race remains on the 2009 Rage Karts Speedway Pavement tour -- and it's going to be a big one. The tour will travel to Riverhead Raceway Oct. 9-11 for the Bonsignore Kart Shoppe Nationals. The event is the inaugural event at the Long Island track and marks the first ever WKA national on Long Island.

Racers will not only be contending for national wins at Riverhead, but national championships as well.

Updated Speedway Pavement point standings will be available on worldkarting.com by the end of the week. The Bonsignore Kart Shoppe Nationals entry blank can be viewed at www.worldkarting.com/downloads/eb-2009/1009_riverhead_pave.pdf. Pre-entries will be accepted until Sept. 30.


Three local-option classes will run at Riverhead

09.22.2009 -- The inaugural WKA national for the Rage Karts Speedway Pavement Series at Riverhead Raceway will feature three local-option classes. Saturday will see Jr Sportsman 1 Raptor Champ Flathead and Jr Sportsman 2 Raptor Champ Flathead run. Sunday will feature Sr Champ Raptor Over 35 Flathead. The minimum weight will be 425 pounds.

The Bonsignore Kart Shoppe Nationals will mark the first time local-option classes will race at a Speedway Pavement event since the opener at North Carolina's OCR Action Sports Park in April.

The heavily anticipated weekend at Riverhead also will see more Briggs & Stratton product given away. WKA and the fine folks at Briggs have come together this season to randomly draw for Brute by Briggs 2500-psi pressure washers and 5,550-watt, 10-horsepower portable generators.

Many lucky racers have left Pavement, Briggs & Stratton Speedway Dirt and Bully Clutches Gold Cup series events with this great product and that will continue at Riverhead.


2010 Manufacturer's Cup schedule date change

09.22.2009 -- A date on the tentative 2010 George Kugler / Bridgestone Manufacturer's Cup Series driven by Mazda schedule has been changed. The fourth race on the tour, originally scheduled for Aug. 27-29, is now slated for Aug. 6-8.

Venue announcements will be coming shortly. Look for the announcements in an upcoming WKA's Pit Board and on the worldkarting.com Web site.

Tentative 2010 schedules for each of WKA's five national tours can be viewed on worldkarting.com. The link can be found at the top-center on the homepage under the scrolling advertisements.


High speed karting, car shows on tap for this weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park

09.22.2009 (Millville, N.J.) -- This weekend will mark one of the most unique racing weekends at New Jersey Motorsports Park, when the World Karting Association Dunlop Tire National Road Racing Series driven by Mazda visits Thunderbolt Raceway, September 25-27.

The Road Race Nationals, hosted at New Jersey Motorsports Park by the Woodbridge Kart Club, is the eighth stop on the nine-race tour and marks the only time this season the series will visit the Northeast region.

This weekend's three-day affair for the country's best karting road racers also marks the inaugural national event at South Jersey facility. While Woodbridge Karting Club has competed on the 1.9-mile Lightning Raceway, this event marks the first time these karts will race on the 2.25-mile, 12-turn Thunderbolt Raceway.

The karting series, featuring karts capable of running up to 125 mph or more, will run practice sessions on Friday, with 15 race groups comprising 59 national and local classes running races on both Saturday and Sunday.

Spectators are welcome to enjoy the racing activities for the price of $15 per day, with tickets available at the gate. Children 12 and under are admitted free to every event at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Additionally, the Garden State 50s Auto Club will host its inaugural car show and barbecue party on Saturday, September 26. The car show is open to any classic or custom vehicle. Registration for car show participants is $15 and includes two admissions.

Registration for the Garden State 50s Car Show is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on the morning of September 26.

More information on the Woodbridge Karting Club is available at www.woodbridgekartclub.com.

To learn more about the Garden State 50s Car Show can be found by calling John at 856-825-3047.

Information on New Jersey Motorsports Park and directions to the facility are available at www.njmp.com.

Sitting on over 500 acres in Millville, N.J., New Jersey Motorsports Park is conveniently located to Philadelphia, the Jersey Shore, New York and Baltimore, and offers diverse and dynamic motorsports attractions. The facility includes two world-class road courses (Thunderbolt and Lightning), an exclusive motorsports country club known as the Drivers Club, the Breighton Room Restaurant open to the general public, and F1 New Jersey, one of the top karting facilities in America. Opened in July 2008, New Jersey Motorsports Park hosts eight major motorsports events in 2009. The 2009 spectator schedule opened with the Verizon Wireless 250 presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 in May, and also includes the Formula X weekend featuring the Atlantic Championship powered by Mazda and a host of Mazda-powered race series, as well as All Revved Up; the debut of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Pro Road Race Series, including the American Superbike class and the new Daytona Sportbike program; the return of the ARCA/ReMax Series as the only road course visit on the series schedule; a Ferrari Challenge event and the excitement of two separate Vintage race weekends.

For more information on New Jersey Motorsports Park, F1 New Jersey, Breighton Room, or to purchase tickets, visit www.njmp.com or call 856-327-7217. Children 12 and under are admitted free to every event at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Contact: Reece White, Director of Public Relations, rwhite@njmp.com, 856-327-7215


Upcoming WKA Nationals

Dunlop Tire Road Racing Series driven by Mazda
September 25-27, 2009
New Jersey Motorsports Park
Millville, NJ

Bully Clutches Gold Cup Series
October 2-4, 2009
GT Machine Grand Nationals
BeaveRun Motorsports Complex
Wampum, PA -- GN

Upcoming WKA Divisionals

Great Lakes Sprint Series
BeaveRun Motorsports Complex in Wampum, Pa.
Friday, Sept. 25 -- Sunday, Sept. 27
Contact: Penny Farmer 616.453.0737

South Carolina Divisional Dirt Series
Georgia Karting Komplex in Carnesville, Ga.
Saturday, Sept. 26
Contact: Jayson Brown 864.304.4589

Northeast Speedway Pavement Series (WKANESPS)
Riverhead Raceway in Riverhead, N.Y.
Saturday Oct. 3, Sunday Oct. 4
Contact: Dan Stowell 208.264.4606; dan@worldkarting.com

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