Article By: WKA Pitboard
10.08.2012 (CONCORD, N.C.) - Following months of meetings and discussion, the World Karting Association and the Dyno Cams Tri-State Pro Series jointly announce that the December 28-30 WKA Daytona Dirt World Championships will serve as the 2013 season opener for the Tri-State Pro Series.
The announcement was made Saturday afternoon at Carolina 120 Speedway, where the Tri-State Series was running its season closer. WKA officials made the trip to Carolina Saturday to iron out details of the partnership with Tri-State's Troy Duncan. An agreement was reached and series announcer Phil Combs made the announcement over the public address system.
While the complete class structure for the event has not yet been determined, racers can plan on some of the largest cash purses of the year this December at Daytona. Several big pro races are being planned and other classes will offer traditional WKA trophies, product awards and cash purses or a combination of all.
"We believe this is a great move for WKA, Tri-State and dirt-oval karting on the east coast," WKA's Van Gilder stated. "Daytona provides us with a fantastic track to run on, and we want as many dirt teams and drivers as possible to experience what hundreds of racers have already enjoyed over the last few years. I think with the Tri-State partnership you'll see a terrific turnout of dirt racers at Daytona and some of the best competition of the year. We're really looking forward to the event."
Tri-State's Troy Duncan echoed Gilder's thoughts on the new partnership.
"I've been excited about this for some time now, and I'm just happy it's been released so everyone can start making their plans to be at Daytona this December. It should be a great event and we're all working hard to make it a memorable show for everyone involved," Duncan said.
The event will be held at the popular quarter-mile Daytona Flat Track, located outside turns one and two of the DIS superspeedway. This will mark the fourth year WKA has promoted the Dirt World Championships at the DIS Flat Track. The previous three years' entry count has averaged around 350, and WKA officials are expecting well over double that amount this December with the new partnership with the Tri-State Pro Series.
The tentative schedule includes the Daytona pit area opening for parking Thursday afternoon, Dec. 27. Practice will run Friday, Dec. 28. Racing will begin Saturday, Dec. 29 and will include some of the biggest pro classes running Saturday night, under the Daytona lights. The last day of racing is Sunday, Dec. 30 and may go into Sunday night, depending on the schedule.
Continue to watch WKA's Pit Board and WorldKarting.com for further announcements. More news on the Daytona Dirt World Championships is coming soon.
WKA, Rockingham Speedway partner to return kart racing to "The Rock"
10.08.2012 (CONCORD, N.C.) - World Karting Association officials engaged in a successful meeting last week with Andy Hillenburg of Rockingham Speedway in an effort to bring kart racing back to the North Carolina venue.
WKA is pleased to announce the meeting with Hillenburg went very well and at least one national-level karting event will return to Rockingham in 2013.
Plans also are in place to build divisional karting programs at Rockingham in 2013.
Rockingham boasts a number of tracks suitable for karting, including the infield sprint course that once hosted popular WKA Gold Cup Series nationals, the road course that utilizes the one-mile tri-oval that has hosted WKA Road Racing nationals in the past, and the new half-mile "Little Rock," a Martinsville Speedway replica that has a quarter-mile oval inside it that could host Speedway Pavement-style kart events.
Rockingham last hosted a WKA Gold Cup national in 2004. The last Road Racing national at The Rock was held in 1989.
Hillenburg purchased the track in October 2007 and has worked to revive it since. Series that have raced at The Rock since Hillenburg became owner include ARCA, UARA-STARS late models, NASCAR K&N East and, this past April, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
WKA and Hillenburg share the excitement of bringing karting back to Rockingham. Further 2013 scheduling announcements will be released soon.
Star sponsors Talent Search, race series and workshop
10.08.2012 (SACRAMENTO, Calif.) - The West Coast's one stop shop for all oval track racing needs is stepping up to the plate in three powerful ways to assist young racers for 2013. First on deck, Star Racing Supply will be offering sponsorship to winning drivers in the renowned Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle Driver Development Program Talent Search/Shoot-Out.
Star will provide each winning driver $16,000 to $25,000 for car racing sponsorships in USAC and NASCAR series races, for up to 20 drivers total. That is a $60,000 increase over last year, bringing the grand total to $380,000 in sponsorship dollars awarded to the talented drivers entered in this prestigious annual driver talent search conducted by Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle.
In addition, Star Racing Supply has committed to sponsor the USAC NorCal Ignite Midget Series again in 2013, with some unique and impressive prizes for the top drivers. Star has coordinated and sponsored six test drives to be awarded to top finishing young drivers, ages 12 to 20, in the 2013 USAC NorCal Ignite Midget Championship Series.
The test drives include fully funded 100 lap tests in higher level cars, with top race teams. The top test prize is 100 laps of valuable seat time and coaching in a NASCAR K&N Pro Series Stock Car with Bill McAnally Racing. The other test drives, also 100 laps, include a USAC Pavement car with Tony Hunt Motorsports, NASCAR Late Model stock car with Bill McAnally Racing, NASCAR Modified stock car with Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle, and a spot in the Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle 2013 Shoot-Out in either a Midget or Modified. The 2013 series champion, providing they meet the criteria, will have first pick, the runner up will have second pick and so on through fifth place.
The sixth prize is specifically for the top finishing young "rookie driver" that starts the season under 14 years of age with restrictors. This test prize is a 100 lap test in an unrestricted Ignite Midget with RSWC. The test drive awards are designed to help young racers in the series gain experience in the next level of race cars in hopes of moving up the motorsports ladder.
Maybe the biggest news of the coming year, is Star Racing Supply will be hosting an extensive oval track workshop featuring famous NASCAR Crew Chief Larry McReynolds. The two-day racers workshop will cover all aspects of pavement oval track stock car chassis setup, modern engines, tuning, winning strategies and team building. This workshop is ideal for all oval track racers, crew members, crew chiefs and anyone who wants to learn more about racing stock cars on pavement ovals.
In addition to legendary Larry McReynolds sharing his years of wisdom over the two days, will be expert trainers from Roush Yates Racing Engines, Comp Cams, Ignite Ethanol Racing Fuels, Competition Carburetion, Draco Springs and Naake Suspension.
The workshop will be held at the Marriott Hotel in Sacramento, California on January 5th and 6th. For more information, or tickets, visit www.StarRacingSupply.com or visit The Racer's Store at 8581 Younger Creek Drive, Sacramento, CA 95828 or call (916) 914-1284.
Star Racing Supply is the official source for tires & fuel at Stockton 99 Speedway for all racers, including the NASCAR Whelen All American Series and the USAC NorCal Ignite Midget Series. Star Racing Supply has a full retail store in Sacramento and a track store at Stockton 99 Speedway, offering over 500 brands of racing parts and supplies.
Star Race Cars is the race car building division, located in their Sacramento complex, including machine shop, fab shop, chassis set-up along with body and interior tin work. They offer five brands of stock car/modified chassis and two brands of midget chassis from bare to complete race cars.