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Johnson and Batt Split Central States Challenge Double Opener at New Castle
Thursday, 20 May 2010 08:47
The 2010 season got underway for the Superkarts! USA Central States Challenge (SCSC) regional program. Rounds one and two were contested over the weekend at the New Castle Motorsports Park - one of the leading facilities in the United States. The weekend brought together over 100 entries total for the two days with goal of great racing and good times accomplished for the traveling series.

New for 2010 was the format of the race structure to fall in line with the Superkarts! USA format while giving racers more track time in return. The Qualifying, Heat 1, Heat 2, Feature format was implemented to the delight of the racers in attendance. On track, a number of drivers used the new structure to gain maximum points toward the year-end championship, sweeping the day with a couple drivers sweeping the weekend.

The most competitive class of the weekend was the new S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto. The action was close from the first official qualifying session as the top two were separated by just 94-thousandths of a second. Local driver Evan Batt edged out former series champion Derek Crockett, posting a 53.838-lap on the short 0.8-km course utilized for the weekend. Crockett grabbed the holeshot to lead the first three laps of the first heat before Batt retook the spot and earned the win. The two were joined in the second heat by Lukas Johnson - who picked up the pace with his back-up powerplant after seizing an engine during Friday practice. Batt led early before Johnson knifed his way to the point to score the win with Crockett running a close third. Both Batt and Crockett got the jump on the rookie Johnson as the flag waved to begin the 20-lap feature race. On cold MG Tires, Johnson shined as he quickly took care of both to assume the lead by the end of lap three. Crockett was able to challenge early, taking over the lead near the halfway mark however Johnson put it in high gear in the closing laps. Johnson took over the top spot and cruised to a three-second victory. Batt was unable to match the pace set by the top two, settling for the final podium spot.
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SKUSA Mountain Region Kicks Off 2010 at Pikes Peak
Thursday, 13 May 2010 01:00
In the early years of the Superkarts! USA regime, the SKUSA Mountain Region was a strong presence in the sport of karting. Fast forward to the present time and the new era of SKUSA, the organization is looking to build the solid core of regional racing across the country once again. With that, the rebirth of the Superkarts! USA Mountain Region series took place over the weekend at the Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colorado. The two day event took place on a 9/10-mile temporary circuit on the grounds of the PPIR facility. A full day of racing kicked off the season with the opening round contested on Saturday, following Friday’s practice runs.

“It was a very safe weekend of racing and we could not have pulled this off without the help of the local karters connected to the Pikes Peak Kart Racing Club from Colorado Springs,” commented SKUSA Mountain Region Race Director Curt Kistler. “My hat’s off to all the workers, support staff from SKUSA and the leadership team of the SKUSA Mountain Region organization. We look forward to growing this region to its full potential in the next three rounds.”

Leading the way in the top two shifterkart categories were Senior rookie James Michael Sullivan and Masters driver Mike McDonough. Sullivan made his Senior debut with a sweep in the competitive S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto category, where as McDonough lead the way in the S4 Masters Stock Moto division. With the two classes running together, McDonough and Sullivan were the top two drivers in qualifying with McDonough’s 45.627-lap time best in the session. Sullivan was just a tick off the fast lap, with fellow S2 drivers Christian Bird and Cory Milne within a tenth of the rookie’s time.
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EKN One-on-One Audio w/ Tom Kutscher - Superkarts! USA
Written by eKartingNews.com   
Wednesday, 31 March 2010 16:53
The sport of karting is preparing to enjoy the debut of three ‘new’ national championship programs in the month of April. As the newly-rebadged WSK version of their inaugural program of 2009, Championship Karting International (CKI) will kick things off at New Castle Motorsport Park on April 9-11, while the Pan American Rotax Max Challenge makes its entrance on the scene during the April 23-25 weekend. To keep the EKN community up-to-date, we have an interview with CKI’s Kevin Williams on tap for this Friday and we will be contacting Rotax officials soon to chat with them about their own event package.

In between these two races, the Superkarts! USA crew will launch the rebirth of the popular ProMoto Tour, with the new series being dubbed the SKUSA Pro Tour. The inaugural SpringNationals at Infineon Raceway’s Jim Russell Int’l Karting Center on April 16-18 will begin the race to the SuperNats, adding a national series to the organization’s growing regional platform. EKN Editor-in-Chief Rob Howden sat down with SKUSA president Tom Kutscher on Tuesday to discuss his new Pro Tour, the program’s regional growth efforts and the exploding popularity of the SuperNationals. Kutscher goes into detail on the motivation and the development behind the new three-race national series, including the introduction of the new TaG Cadet class. It’s an information interview that eventually includes Kutscher’s thoughts on the schedule conflicts that have plagued the 2010 racing schedule.

Please visit eKartingNews.com to download Audio file.
 
STOCK MOTO UPDATE
Thursday, 07 January 2010 17:49
Recently SKUSA released some changes to our Stock Moto program.  We have received almost universal support from our partners, competitors and engine builders for these changes.  There have been some questions that need further clarification and updating.
  1. SKUSA CR125 Timing Plate: the optional Timing plate was developed to allow competitors to set their timing to stock settings, as we recently required for 2010.  While the reinstallation of an unmodified stock stamped steel plate is also permitted, many have been removed or modified – which makes them unacceptable.  As the plate is not available from Honda separately, the only way to obtain one is to purchase a complete ignition.  The SKUSA Timing Plate was developed to meet this requirement, and is now available from SKUSA on the on-line PKC store (at cost). Note that by developing this solution, even modified aluminum stator base plates may continue to be used.
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Important Announcement: SKUSA Revises TaG Engines/Weights for 2010 Season!
Wednesday, 06 January 2010 15:08
Due to overwhelming feedback from our members – and to help increase participation and competition in the TaG classes –  SKUSA has announced the following revisions to the allowed engines and class weights for the 2010 season, effective immediately.

TaG Engines:
Class A (Senior 375 lbs, Master 405) -- Rok TT & Sonik TX 125
Class B (Senior 365 lbs, Master 395 lbs) – Motori 7 
Class C (Senior 355 lbs, Master 385 lbs) – Leopard (original and MY09) & Rotax
Class D (Senior 345 lbs, Master 375 lbs) – PRD Fireball 2008

SKUSA will continue to monitor input from the field, and reserves the right to make further adjustments to these engines and weights as demand and the marketplace dictate.
 


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