Article By: WKA Pitboard
KERSHAW, S.C. - Mentor, Ohio's Gary Lawson once again made it look easy with big money on the line in the RLV Gold Cup Series season closer this past weekend at Carolina Motorsports Park, while Georgia's Dylan Murry and Tanner Lee and New York's Dylan Zobkiw unofficially claimed Pro Gas Animal national championships and the brand-new, race-ready go-kart prizes that were included in the year-end awards package.
While Lawson and 17 other drivers raced to Carolina Clash presented by Jammer Clutches & Performance North national wins, a main focus for many was the national championship races in the Sportsman and Senior Pro Gas Animal classes.
Entering the series' final round no fewer than five drivers had mathematical shots at each class championship. Lee had Junior Pro Gas Animal locked up heading into the weekend; he took home the brand-new Razor Chassis for his efforts.
Murry scored the win in Saturday's Baker Racing Engines Sportsman Pro Gas Animal main event, finishing just ahead of Ohio's David Kalb Jr. and Maryland's Zach Wells. One of Murry's closest competitors in the points, Matthew Miller, finished 10th, costing him dearly in the championship race.
But Miller bounced back Sunday to score an impressive victory over Wells and Nick Fauci in Baker Racing Engines Sportsman Pro Gas Animal 2. Murry, who suffered an engine problem on the last lap of the pre-final, started toward the rear of the 14-kart field and finished fifth in the main. Murry's fifth-place finish was enough to unofficially win the class championship and new Margay Racing Products chassis by about a 30-point margin over Miller.
Kalb also entered Sunday's race with a shot at the championship, but he finished seventh in the main and would unofficially settle for third in the final standings.
Murry's win on Saturday earned him one free class entry to each of the four 2014 WKA Gold Cup nationals, while Miller's Sunday win gave him a free set of Bridgestones to each of next year's nationals. Wells' second-place effort Sunday earned him a set of Bridgestones posted by distributor Grand Products.
The Senior Pro Gas Animal points race couldn't have been much closer.
While several drivers had a shot at the title entering the Carolina Clash, Michigan's Jeff Beatty and Zobkiw were on the inside of the points battle with Beatty entering the event with a slim lead over Zobkiw. With a new Coyote XP chassis on the line, both racers were well aware of the high stakes, and both stepped up their games.
Both Beatty and Zobkiw ran strong finished second and third in Saturday's Gas Animal main to Lawson. The race became very interesting in Sunday's pre-final when Zobkiw made a pass on Jacob Heavlow for a top-five position. Zobkiw and Heavlow made contact and Heavlow shot back onto the track and a hard wreck ensued, which involved Beatty.
The Michigan Kart Supply racer was able to continue, but nursed his Coyote home to a 10th-place finish, while Zobkiw finished third.
With Zobkiw starting seven positions better than Beatty in the main, Beatty needed to advance positions as quick as possible.
Zobkiw had a bad started and quickly dropped to fifth, but Beatty couldn't capitalize as he was stuck in traffic around the 10th position. Zobkiw made his way back to fourth and eventually third, meaning Beatty would have to get to the fifth position in order to win the championship.
While Zobkiw ran unchallenged in third, Beatty ran deeper in the field fighting for every position he could gain. He passed top drivers like Tyler Sandmeyer and Sean Meier late in the race, and a last-lap incident between Michael Fauci and Jason Zobkiw while battling for fifth advanced Beatty another two spots.
But the Michigan racer would fall one spot shy of a national championship in his rookie Gold Cup season. Beatty placed sixth, about four seconds back of fifth-place finisher Corey Towles. Beatty's sixth-place run would give Zobkiw the title by a mere three-point margin. If Beatty could have made it to fifth, he would have won the title by seven markers over Zobkiw.
Zobkiw earned the brand-new Coyote XP with a Baker-powered Gas Animal for his efforts.
Chris Wells finished second to Lawson in the 12-lap main event. Zobkiw was third, Dakota Bell fourth and Corey Towles fifth.
Sandmeyer won the $250 Hard Charger Award for advancing the most positions (25th to fifth) in Saturday's Pro Gas Animal main. Towles won the Hard Charger and $250 for starting 19th and finishing fifth in Sunday's main.
Lawson also won Friday's Senior Animal Money Race, meaning the Ohio Arrow pilot pocketed approximately $1,800 for his three wins. In all, Lawson, Dylan Zobkiw, Beatty, Wells, Sandmeyer, Towles and Jim Lipari all took home payouts from the weekend's Senior Pro Gas Animal races.
Travis Manning wheeled his MGM to three big Carolina Clash wins. The biggest came Sunday with Manning's GT Machine / MGM Chassis Animal Medium triumph, which paid a cool $500. Tyler Sandmeyer earned $200 for his second-place run to Manning. Josh Steifel was third.
Manning also triumphed in Coyote Motorsports Animal Lite and Margay Racing Products Animal Amateur Medium. Michael Osborn finished second to Manning in Lite while Josh Stiefel and Paul Headley were second and third in Amateur. Manning also won a new set of Bridgestones for his win in Amateur, sponsored by Grand Products.
David Kalb Jr. swept the Van-K Wheels Sportsman 2 classes. Kalb wheeled his Margay to the win both days over Zach Wells and Adam Cornell.
Jason Alder and Miller split the Sportsman 1 divisions. Alder triumphed over Nick Fauci and Miller in Saturday's Performance North Sportsman 1 Lite. On Sunday, Miller scored his first of two wins on the day in Sportsman 1 Heavy. Alder was second and Trevor Vargo third.
Sarah Luoma, Tanner Lee, Tyler Stiefel and Haley Kummer all scored Junior wins at Kershaw. Luoma won Junior Lite over Tyler Stiefel. Lee picked up wins in Junior Heavy, Junior Clone 2 and both Junior Pro Gas mains. Kummer won over David Lawrence and Lee in Junior Clone 1 while Stiefel scored the win in Restricted Junior.
Cody Hall and Zach Wells split the Sportsman 2 Clone features. Hall won over Wells in Sportsman 2 Clone 1 while Wells came back Sunday to pick up the win over Hall and Cade Frazier in Sportsman 2 Clone 2.
Cale Hall bested Nick Torres and Tanner Carter to win Sportsman 1 Clone.
Tanner Carter bested Blake Boon in LO206 Kid Kart 1 Saturday. Carter moved up to the Sportsman 1 ranks for Sunday's racing, leaving Boon to claim the win in Sunday's LO206 Kid Kart main event.
Sandmeyer was able to score one victory on the weekend in Animal Heavy. The Maryland MGM racer won over Headley and Josh Stiefel. Sandmeyer left Kershaw with $650 between his second-place Animal Medium run, second place in Friday's Money Race and Hard Charger Award in Saturday's Senior Pro Gas Animal.
Jacksonville, Fla.'s Patrick O'Neal swept the Senior Clone features to put an exclamation point on his Clone championship season. O'Neal wheeled his Coyote to the Saturday Clone win over Coyote owner Jim Lipari. Razor pilot Matthew Horst was second to O'Neal Sunday in a close race.
Wiley Holcombe won Target Distributing Animal Masters over Stevie Roberts.
Murry won Friday night's Sportsman Pro Gas Animal Shootout over Miller and Kalb. Murry earned a new ECX radio-controlled truck for the win.
Lawson won the $500 plus the lion's share of the 75 percent payback for scoring the win in Friday's Money Race. Sandmeyer pocketed over $300 for second and Lipari over $200 for third. Sean Meier and Dakota Bell also finished in the money in fourth and fifth, respectively.
Go to www.mylaps.com/en/events/965294 to view MyLaps results from the Carolina Clash presented by Jammer Clutches & Performance North.
Go to worldkarting.com/downloads/2013-results/Kershaw_GC.pdf to view the weekend's top-10 results.
WKA Announces Online Training for Race Officials, Master Tracks and Race Series
CONCORD, N.C. WKA is entering an exciting new era as it begins to offer live, online training for its Race Officials and representatives of WKA Master Tracks, Race Series and Clubs. These online seminars will make it possible for Race Officials and representatives from WKA Master Tracks and Racing Series to receive valuable training without the time and financial commitment needed to attend formal classroom events. The seminars will be presented using GoToMeeting.com, a popular online training application used by many major corporations.
Initially there will be two distinct seminars.
Race Official Training
The first of two online offerings will be Race Official Training, a seminar that has already been delivered in a classroom format several times over the past three years. This seminar is designed for national, divisional and local race and event officials. As we have with the classroom seminars, the online seminars will be presented in an interactive format allowing for questions and interaction with other participants. All of WKA's national race officials have successfully completed this seminar as have some of our divisional series and master track officials.
Included are job descriptions for virtually every position on the race event team including:
This seminar will be offered on Monday, October 28 at 7:30 PM EDT. It generally runs for about 90 minutes. At the end of the seminar, those participants wishing to apply for SFI/WKA Race Official Certification will be provided with an open book exam that they can compete and return to SFI. Those participants who pass the exam will become SFI/WKA Certified Race Officials.
Club, Track and Race Series Management
Where the Race Official Training described above focuses on individuals directly involved in the conduct of race events, this seminar, Club, Track and Race Series Management, is designed for the people who lead, manage and administer the organizations behind the race events. Its objective is to help provide a solid organizational foundation with strong sustainable leadership, good business management and sound financial controls. It can provide a roadmap for creating a new club, track or series or a checklist to review an existing organization.
The information presented is based in part on WKA's own experience in bringing the Association to its present healthy financial position. The seminar will be taught in an interactive format which will provide opportunities for participants to ask questions and share their own experiences in running a successful organization.
Organization Structure - mission, vision and values
Personnel - organization and event
Contracts & Settlement
Financial Tracking & Reporting
Track Benefit and Insurance
This seminar will be offered online using GoToMeeting.com on Monday, November 4 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM.
The cost per person for either seminar is $125. Individuals who attend both seminars can do so for a combined cost of $185. SFI/WKA Certification is available for participants in Race Official Training. Those participants successfully completing the exam will receive a clothing patch and an ID card, and their names will be included on the list of SFI/WKA Certified Race Officials. The certification is good for two years.
To register for either or both of these seminars can call Marie Borsuk at WKA Headquarters, 704-455-1606 x11. Participants must be WKA members in good standing and register in advance to attend.
To participate in the online seminar they must be able to sign on the GoToMeeting.com system through a high speed internet connection. They can use their computer speakers and microphone, or they can use a telephone connection for the audio portion of the seminar. If they have never used this service before, they will have to go to the GoToMeeting.com website and download the required software prior to the seminar. Complete instructions will be sent to participants when they register for the seminars.