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SuperNats Entry List Tops 200 with Three Months to Green Flag
Tuesday, 10 August 2010 07:55
Shifterkart racing is making a solid comeback this year under the focused efforts of Superkarts! USA, the racing organization that will once again bring the sport’s top drivers together in Las Vegas in November for the biggest race in the country – the SKUSA SuperNationals. There is a definite evolution underway in gearbox karting as the shift to the Stock Moto engine package continues, and SKUSA is excited about being able to bring this cost-effective powerplant to the forefront. In addition to featuring the Stock Moto program at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino during this year’s SuperNationals on November 17-21, SKUSA will continue offering a category for the European-built KZ2 powerplant (formerly SuperPro), which will be opened up to more racers this year. This season’s SuperNationals – the 14th running of the event – is shaping up to be the best in its history, as entries have already surpassed the 200-driver mark. One class has already reached capacity (S4 Stock Moto Master), and a few others are closing rapidly on the limit. As such, the SKUSA room block at the Rio –which features discounted rates – is also more than half full, so racers hoping to stay at the facility should act soon by citing the special discount code when booking their rooms, as they will most certainly sell out.

The SuperNationals have been in a constant state of improvement since debuting at the Las Vegas Karting Center in 1997, and this year is no different. In an effort to maintain the organization’s focus on a clear progression through the Stock Moto classes, SKUSA will be dropping the ‘SuperPro’ name for the 2010 edition of the race, replacing it with its official CIK classification as ‘KZ2’. SKUSA has verbal confirmations from the top European manufacturers that will bring to the party drivers such as reigning SuperNats champion Bas Lammers, former winner Marco Ardigo, Intrepid hotshoes Norman Nato and Jeremy Iglesias, top Tony Kart talent Rick Dreezen and current CRG factory team driver Gary Carlton, making sure that the race is once again the largest KZ2 event of the year.
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West Coast Shootout to Host North versus South Battle
Thursday, 05 August 2010 11:09
The title of ‘Best in the West’ will be up for grabs next weekend as the second annual ProKart Challenge West Coast Shootout will be contested at the Santa Maria Kart Track on the grounds of the pacific coast city airport in California. The August 13-14 event will pit the ProKart Challenge North series against the ProKart Challenge South program in a North versus South battle on the permanent 7/10-mile circuit. For the North, the event will count as round five of the six event program, while the South competitors will have their championships decided at the completion of the event – putting even more emphasis on the weekend.

The event will see a total of 12 classes competing when combining the two programs together. S1, S2, S3, S4, S5 Junior, TaG Senior, TaG Master, and TaG Junior are classes from both regions, while G1 and S4 Magnum competitors come from PKC South and HPV2 Junior from PKC North. Rounding out the categories will be the addition of the TaG Cadet class per an overwhelming demand from racers in the area. Those in that class, along with others, will be using the Shootout to gauge their expectations for the upcoming SKUSA SuperNationals XIV later in the year, with many of the heavy hitters scheduled to be in attendance in Santa Maria.
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TaG Cadet Added to Class Line-up for West Coast Shootout
Thursday, 29 July 2010 09:51
Due to multiple requests from the field, we are adding the TaG Cadet class to the class line-up for this event on August 13-14. Click HERE to see the tentative event schedule. Click HERE to register online now.
 
Pro Tour T-Shirts -- On Sale NOW
Thursday, 29 July 2010 09:50
Just in case you missed 'em, we have 2 new t-shirts available thru the SKUSA online store, including the commemorative Pro Tour t-shirt. All sizes are available -- small thru XXXL, and available for just $15 plus tax and shipping. Click HERE to order now.
 
Speed and Giebler Emerge as SKUSA SummerNationals Champs
Thursday, 22 July 2010 12:11
For any competitive kart racer, USA International Raceway in Shawano, Wisconsin is an absolute ‘must’ on any ‘bucket list’ of race tracks.  A combination of high-speed corners, tight hairpins, undulations and wild elevation changes makes the track one of the best in the country – and the structural facilities at the venue only help to further complete the package.  This past weekend, the Superkarts! USA organization brought its top drivers to the track for the inaugural SummerNationals, and with blue skies and warm temperatures being the order of the weekend, the racers were treated to a special experience. There was a little rain on Sunday morning that turned the qualifying rounds into a wet weather circus, but things eventually cleared and the afternoon was perfect.  A total of 85 competitors hit the track over the weekend as SKUSA continued its new national Pro Tour program, and when the dust had settled, the big winners in the two headline classes were veterans Alex Speed (S1) and Phil Giebler (TaG Senior).  Each driver raced hard in both the Saturday and Sunday events, taking a win a piece and podiums in both mains, earning themselves their respective $1000 first place check in the process. The addition of NASCAR stars AJ Allmendinger and Jamie McMurray brought the event to a new level, and both drivers showed well in their return to their karting roots.

Speed (GP) was certainly the man to beat in S1 Pro Stock Moto on Saturday, dominating the main event to post a 5.054-second win over his STA Racing teammate Jason Toft (GP).  Allmendinger (Kosmic) rebounded after a tough day of practice on Friday when nothing seemed to work, settling in with long-time tuner Tim Pappas to find the sweet spot of his chassis. The Richard Petty Motorsports driver battled into the top-five in the heats and eventually slipped through for an impressive podium run into third in the main.  Absent from the head of the class was S1 stud Fritz Leesmann, who struggled all day Saturday in his Aluminos CRG.  The veteran shifter pilot exploded back on the scene on Sunday and dominated the proceedings, out-running Speed in the 20-lap main to take the win and second overall for the weekend, although Speed’s pair of podium finishes gave him the crown and the money.  Allmendinger capped a great weekend with another third place finish, taking third overall in the tally.  To his credit, McMurray drove his butt off all weekend, taking fifth on Saturday and fourth on Sunday.  With his Sunday win, Leesmann now takes control of the points heading into the SKUSA Pro Tour finale – the SuperNationals in November.  The Californian leads SpringNationals race winner Clinton Schoombee by 283 points in the chase for the #1 plate.
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