WKA's Pit Board - 09.30.2009 *** Bonus points, Grand National Eagles, point championships on the line this weekend at BeaveRun Gold Cup 09.30.2009 -- WKA will continue its string of races in the Northeast this weekend when the Bully Clutches...
WKA's Pit Board - 09.30.2009
Bonus points, Grand National Eagles, point championships on the line this weekend at BeaveRun Gold Cup
09.30.2009 -- WKA will continue its string of races in the Northeast this weekend when the Bully Clutches Gold Cup Series heads to the BeaveRun Motorsports Complex in western Pennsylvania for the GT Machine Grand Nationals. The event marks the fourth and final 2009 stop for WKA's only 4-cycle sprint series. Bonus points and celebrated Grand National awards will be on the line, including the prestigious Grand National Eagle trophies that every WKA karter longs to include in their room of racing awards.
Gold Cup racers want to win the battle this weekend in the Keystone State, but many will be looking to win the war. 2009 national championships will be on the line and many tight point battles will take center stage at BeaveRun.
Some close battles to keep your eye on this weekend include Briggs Sportsman 1 Heavy, which has a dead heat at the top of the standings with Stephen Brewer Jr. and Trent Barnes deadlocked at 453 points. But that's not the end of it. Johnny Smith and Jacob Zellner are each only five points behind the leaders at 448. Any one of these four drivers could walk away with the title with a main event win at BeaveRun.
A good GT Machine Grand Nationals weekend should propel Maryland's Jacob Heavlow to a double-championship season. Heavlow leads Briggs Sportsman 2 Lite and Heavy by fairly comfortable margins over Wisconsin racer Parker Williams. Heavlow swept the titles in both classes in 2008, as well.
Dakota Bell may be on his way to a second straight Triple Crown Championship. He leads Briggs Jr Lite, Medium and Heavy heading into this weekend. Sam Beasley is 90 points back in Lite and 45 back in Medium. Zachary Deshaies has a shot in Heavy; the Maryland racer is only 25 points back of Bell in that particular division.
Ohio's Steven E. Smith has a 25-point lead over Tim Stiefel in Briggs Masters. 2008 Masters champion Jerry Vaughn is only 30 points out of the lead in third place.
Briggs Lite appears to be Brett Farmer's to lose. The Michigan racer has an 80-point lead over Ryan Phillips. Farmer has Super Stock Medium and Heavy wrapped up with huge leads in classes that have struggled for entries thus far in 2009.
Gary Lawson, another 2008 Triple Crown champion, may garner the award again in 2009 with a good weekend in Pennsylvania. Lawson leads four classes: Briggs Heavy, Super Heavy, World Formula Medium and World Formula Heavy. Phillips is second in Heavy, World Formula Medium and World Formula Heavy. He's only 25 points back in Briggs Heavy, which is still a very tough margin to make up with Lawson's consistency in the class over the past few years.
In one of the only senior classes not being led by Farmer or Lawson, North Carolina's Daniel Koehler has a commanding lead in Briggs Medium. The 27-year-old racer leads Zachary Linsell and third-place Jim Lipari by over 100 points heading into this weekend.
Once again Friday night will feature the best senior Gold Cup racers competing for top cash prizes and contingencies in the Animal Heavy Money Race. This race has been a hit thus far on the Gold Cup tour, providing exciting action and top-notch competition. The length of the race will be determined Friday. To date, the race has been stopped at halfway when a pill is drawn to determine the invert. This format has worked well in the first three money races, which were won by Gary Lawson at the Lowe's opener and Brett Farmer at G&J and New Castle. For more information on the BeaveRun Money Race, go to www.worldkarting.com/pg/news/2009-09/beaverun-moneyrace.html
For full details on the GT Machine Grand Nationals, view the entry blank at www.worldkarting.com/downloads/eb-2009/1002_beaverun_gc.pdf. Racers can still register at the track, which opens at 7 a.m. Friday.
New fuel procedures in place for Riverhead Pavement finale
09.30.2009 -- As competitors on the Rage Karts Speedway Pavement Series hit the homestretch for their racing season October 9-11 in the Bonsignore Kart Shoppe Nationals at Riverhead Raceway in New York, they will be greeted with a new fuel procedure, new to the series, but not to WKA.
Falling in line with the Bully Clutches Gold Cup Series, competitors will continue to roll up to the grid with an empty fuel tank. However, instead of bringing a gallon of fuel, the fuel will be provided by the track at a charge of $10 per entry to the competitor. This charge covers the qualifying portion of the event, as well as the main.
Tanks will be checked by a grid official. Once the inspection is complete, competitors will move forward and fill their tank. Upon completion of their qualifying run, competitors will be subject to a fuel test as soon as they clear scales.
While providing the fuel has been in place on the Gold Cup program for the past few years, the fuel testing procedures were just implemented this racing season, with very good results.
Prior to karts taking Friday Practice, there will be a drivers meeting to establish race procedures for the weekend. A drivers meeting will also be held Saturday and Sunday. For more information on the Bonsignore Kart Shoppe Nationals, go to www.worldkarting.com/downloads/eb-2009/1009_riverhead_pave.pdf