WKA: Pit Board 2009-11-03

WKA's Pit Board - 11.03.2009 *** Road Atlanta Road Race Season Finale recap 11.03.2009 -- Mother Nature was the only multi-winner at the Road Race Season Finale at Road Atlanta over the weekend. Rain washed out most of Friday practice and...

WKA's Pit Board - 11.03.2009


Road Atlanta Road Race Season Finale recap

11.03.2009 -- Mother Nature was the only multi-winner at the Road Race Season Finale at Road Atlanta over the weekend. Rain washed out most of Friday practice and all of Saturday's racing before skies cleared for a complete program Sunday.

No driver was able to visit victory lane more than once Sunday afternoon, and several close finishes highlighted the final day of the 2009 season's Dunlop Tire Road Racing Series driven by Mazda competition. Courtney Atkinson won by 0.012 seconds over David Goodwin in PP Can Medium. Lindsay Walkup-Fox and her father, Wilshire Walkup, both crossed the stripe within a half second of Atkinson in third and fourth.

Lance Lane won his first CIK 125 Shifter race of the season with a 0.751-second win over his son, Josh. Brad Zoeller ended his '09 season the same way he began it -- winning a close affair in WKA 125 Shifter 2. Chad Donner was only 0.113 seconds back in second.

Nick Knauz took a big win over 19 other entrants in Briggs Animal 360; Scott Evans was only 0.307 seconds back in the runner-up spot. The Briggs divisions have come a long way on the Road Racing tour, and in 2009 no class averaged more entries per race than Animal 360. The highlight came at the opener when 38 4-cycle racers took the green flag at Daytona's high banks.

David Linhardt won by a slim margin over Chuck Gafrarar in Stock Leopard Final 2. Linhardt nearly made it a pair of victories with a win in Yamaha Sportsman Heavy, but Florida's Scott Buerman was able to hold him off by less than a second at the line.

Jeff Frank won the WKA Sprint 2 main by only two tenths of a second over Courtney Good. Lance Fry won over his father, Jim, in 100cc Controlled Spec. The triumph unofficially garnered Lance the national championship in the class.

Jeff Metter won the weekend's largest class, Unlimited Final 2, over Brian Wilhelm. Twenty-four karts started the highly contested 35-minute affair.

Other winners Sunday at Road Atlanta were Brian Fisher, William Evans, Jonathan Tedder, Derek Somers, Adam Myers, David Williams, Ryan Hatcher, Eric VanCleef, Chad Dokken, JR Osborne, Joey West, Michael Moshenek, Joey Kuley and Blake Casner.

In one of the shortest between-season turnarounds in motorsports, the Road Racing Series will now take a little less than two months off before the traditional season-opener Dec. 27-30 at Daytona International Speedway. Daytona Championships entry blanks are now available online at www.worldkarting.com, however, WKA will not begin accepting the entries until Nov. 11.

Final Road Racing points will be calculated by midweek. When posted online, competitors will have 30 days to dispute any point calculation in question. Of course, racers will gather to accept their 2009 awards at the annual banquet, which will be held as a part of KartWeek 2010 the night of Monday, Dec. 29 at the Daytona 500 Club at DIS.


SSC East / CRG Grand Nationals this weekend at Lowe's

11.03.2009 -- A season which began over 10 months ago will come to its culmination this weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway where George Kugler / Bridgestone Manufacturer's Cup Series driven by Mazda racers will lay it all on the line for a prestigious SSE East / CRG Grand National victory and for some, a 2009 national championship.

Eighteen national classes and Shock Wave kid karts will take the green flag this weekend at the Lowe's infield sprint course, within walking distance of WKA headquarters and in the confines where many of America's greatest race drivers have taken checkered flags. This weekend many of America's best kart racers will be vying for victories and a coveted Grand National Eagle trophy and other awards.

A host of national championships are still up for grabs, and they'll be on the line this weekend after a competitive summer of racing in the Midwest followed the season opener at Daytona way back in December.

All divisional transfers are now reflected on the Manuf. Cup points page (www.worldkarting.com/pg/series/mc/mc-standings.html) of the WKA Web site. Here are the best battles to keep your eye on this weekend:

Kyle Kalish is hoping a consistent season in HPV Sportsman propels him to a national championship in the class. He leads James Bennett by 35 markers and Garrett Johnston by 40 heading into Charlotte. Bennett won the last outing at New Castle and will look to do the same at Lowe's, which might be good enough for the championship depending on where Kalish finishes.

Mike McAndrews and Gresham Wagner each have a shot at a national title. McAndrews leads Yamaha Sportsman Lite by 19 over Garrett Johnston. Kalish is 33 back in third to make it the smallest top-three point spread in the series. Wagner holds a 47-point lead over Kyle Tilley in Yamaha Sportsman Heavy.

Nick Neri shouldn't have anything to worry about in HPV Jr Heavy. The Florida racer leads Sam Beasley by 143. But HPV Jr Lite is a different story; Beasley only trails Neri by 44 heading to Charlotte. While Beasley is on the outside looking in in the HPV Jr classes, he's in the driver's seat in Yamaha Jr Lite and Heavy. The Ohio driver holds a 104-point lead over Trent Hindman in Lite. Heavy is much closer with Beasley only six points ahead of Hindman and Neri just 62 back in third.

A pair of Illinois drivers is atop the HPV Lite standings. Tommy Andersen is clinging to an 18-point advantage over Ryan Stewart. Patrick Olsen has an outside shot at the championship; the Wisconsin driver is 40 markers back in third. Olsen leads HPV Heavy by 47 over Mark Vielgut.

Tony Jump will have to work for a championship in Yamaha Pipe. He's 20 points ahead of Stewart and 60 in front of Josh Call. None of the top-three drivers have a divisional transfer included. Jump is 100 back of Stewart in Yamaha Supercan Lite; Jason Foley leads Supercan Heavy by 56 over Stewart.

Kalish is way out in front of Santino Ferrucci in Cadet. Marco DiLeo has had an outstanding 2009 season, which has given him a 248-point advantage over Chris Wehrheim in TaG. TaG Masters shows John Dixon 105 markers ahead of Kim Carapellatti. Yamaha Masters has Michael Burrell 136 in front of Jeff Jewell.

Racing will get under way Saturday and Sunday following practice and qualifying. Friday will feature a full day of practice. There is no Thursday practice, although the track will be open from noon to 6 p.m. for pit pass sales, parking, pre-entry pickup and registration.

On a side note, the Grand Nationals will be part of a huge weekend of racing in the Charlotte area. The World Finals for World of Outlaws sprint cars and late models will be running Wed. through Sat. at the Dirt Track at Lowe's. The North-South Shootout for NASCAR modifieds will be going on at Concord Speedway, located about 15 miles from the Lowe's complex.


CKI unveils class structures for WSK North American Florida Cup Series

11.03.2009 (PHOENIX) -- Championship Karting International (CKI) is pleased to announce the class structures for the 2010 WSK North American Series Florida Cup, featuring 7 classes for the 3 event winter program. The Florida Cup series marks the launch of CKI's partnership with the European-based WSK Promotions, the leading international kart competition series. WSK North American Series Florida Cup is sanctioned by the World Karting Association, under the WSK banner.

The 3-event 2010 WSK North American Florida Cup will offer racing in 7 classes, each tendering big paydays of cash and prizes. Classes will include hotly contested competition for KF2, KF3 and TaG Senior pilots, as well as four of the most popular Rotax classes; Mini Max, Junior, Senior and Master.

The 2010 WSK North American Series Florida Cup series will feature a two-race per event format, with drivers accumulating points from both races to crown the overall champions. All events will be held at the renowned Homestead Miami Speedway with contests being held on January 29-31, February 26-28 and March 12-14. Details about the much anticipated prizes and cash payouts will be released shortly.

"WSK is the rising star on the international karting scene, and we are honored to partner with them to bring the very best race program to the North American karting community," states Phil DeLaO, co-founder of Championship Karting International. "The WSK North American Series Florida Cup will offer top notch competition in the most popular classes and formats -- not to mention big prizes. This is just the start of our efforts to raise the level of racing in the U.S. to unprecedented levels."

Next up for CKI in 2009 is the annual PRI Trade Show for the PRI/CKI Karting All-Star Classic. Stay tuned to www.championshipkartracing.com for up-to-date information, photos and results. The PRI show is held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida from December 10 -- 12th with the PRI -- CKI Karting All-Stars Classic taking place on the evening of December 10th. Admission to the event is free for PRI attendees and exhibitors with PRI show credentials.

Championship Karting International is also offering a six-event 2010 WSK North American Series National Format throughout the calendar year.


George Kugler / Bridgestone Manufacturer's Cup Series driven by Mazda
Round 5 of 5 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.
Nov. 6 -- 8
Contact: WKA 704-455-1606

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Series Kart
Drivers Chris Wehrheim , Jeff Jewell , John Dixon , Mark Vielgut , Trent Hindman , Nick Neri , Brian Fisher , David Williams , Scott Evans , Santino Ferrucci
Teams Williams