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Trophies, Prizes, Food and Fun!
NHKA Banquet and Members Meeting

Saturday, January 19, 2019 1-6pm
White Birch Function Hall, Hudson NH
Buffet and cash bar
Trophies and special awards for the 2018 season, plus the always fun raffle.

Members Meeting starts at 1pm sharp.
Hear firsthand about planned updates to rules and procedures for 2019. This is the perfect time to ask questions and offer your input.

All current NHKA Members plus one guest are free, additional guests $10 each.
Any seats remaining after RSVP will be $10 each, first-come/first served.

RSVP by December 31, 2018

Please send the RSVP form with payment to:
FAX: 508-588-2304
Email: nhkaracingseries@gmail.com
Mail: KEI, 7 Renker Drive, South Easton, MA 02375

Seating is Limited!
Reservations Required!
RSVP NOW!!!!



The Best Way to Wrap-Up a Great Year of Racing – More Racing!!!

The 2018 NHKA Racing Series was a huge success. We substantially upped our average entry count and set a new record for the most entries for a one-day event. There were first time winners, first time champions, repeat champions, and lots of new drivers, who mostly came back for more. Of course we also had some controversy, crashes, off-track excursions, scale line ” disagreements ” and midday drivers meetings. But it’d hardly be racing without all of those things. So more than anything, we could not be more proud of our sponsors, drivers, staff, volunteers, members, vendors, shops and families for making the NHKA what it is today. A huge thanks to NHMS and CMC for giving us great places to race, and to Jim Slade for the help with the 2018 Championship Points which are now final and posted here.

We are working on the 2019 schedule and should have it ready in the next few weeks.

Let’s Have Some Fun at Club Motorsports:

World Formula Fun Race
Saturday November 3rd, Gates at 7am
Club Motorsports Kart Track
Tamworth, NH
Trophies Presented by Earthwork Industries

$15 – Pit Passes Sold at Track (All Drivers and Spectators)
$75 – Pre-Entry Only by October 31st (No Registration at the Track)

40 Entries Max (20 WF Light/20 WF Heavy)
Roger Hargens of Prospeed Kart Sports Suggests 19-77 Gearing to Start

Most of the day will be practice, with races later in the afternoon. It’s the perfect opportunity to bring a friend who wants to karting, or a driver from another class who wants to try World Formula.

There is limited paddock space near the kart track, so larger trailers will be parked in a different location and all racers should be prepared to work from a canopy.

To enter, please email your confirmation to nhkaracingseries@gmail.com If paying by credit card, please include your phone number and we will call for your credit card information. To pay by check, please say so in your email confirmation and mail a check to arrive no later than Oct 31st to: KEI, 7 Renker Drive, So. Easton, MA 02375

Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available.



One Minute for George

Sadly, karting recently lost one of its best friends. George Smith was the NHKA’s starter back when we ran the full road course at NHMS. We’ll be marking his passing and honoring his memory Saturday morning at Canaan.

I met George when he and Angelo put together my first kart ten years ago. I didn’t know George very well or very long. I was just getting into karting as he was heading out. But in true George style, he took a moment to hold the door for me and welcome me with a few laughs.

I loved going to that kart shop, and not just because it was net door to a Dairy Queen. First off, George and Angelo together were a riot! They’d totally play off each other to take the stuffing out of anyone for the slightest little anything. Angelo would toss some topic out there, then George would stop dead in his tracks with an expression of mock disbelief. Then, with a deep roll of his eyes and an “here we go!,” he’d take off his ever-present hat to wipe his forehead and face of the make-believe sweat caused by the steaming pile of stupid that had been dumped at his feet.

The main reason I loved going to the shop was for how much I learned about working on my kart. The last mechanical thing I had learned was how to hold a flashlight for my dad, which judging by all the yelling, I never mastered. So to me, George and Angelo were like a couple magicians exiled to the dusty clutter of that Quincy garage for showing everyone how to do all the tricks.

When I say I was an odd fit in racing, what I’m trying to get across is that if a prairie dog wearing a helmet walked through the door of the shop it would have seemed less out of place than me. But George and Angelo needed only a couple cautious sniffs to accept this weird, arty, baby-toting, firehose of questions. Not only did they make me feel like I belonged, they made me feel like I always had – a long-lost friend who they needed to catch up on all the hilarious idiocy that had transpired while I was away.

More than make me feel I belonged at the shop, they made me feel I belonged in the sport. When their help enabled me to have some early success, they must have talked me up in the pits. I didn’t see or hear this, but as I met new people at the track, they’d often say, “Angelo and George were telling me about you.” Given the previously mentioned prairie dog problem, this was big. You see, at the time, I thought I had started racing because, well, I wanted to race. Later I realized what I actually needed was a community. Their vouching for me paved the way.

As much as I liked George, there was something about him I couldn’t figure out at the time. Why was he always around? He didn’t seem to be Angelo’s employee, and was at the shop too often to be considered a visitor. He often worked on karts, but he didn’t race himself. And he was always at the track as NHKA’s starter – where he coined the phrase known to veteran road racers across the country, “One minute to the one minute!”

At first I chalked up his presence to a helpful nature and love of racing. But something else emerged as I pieced together his backstory. George put his son Mike into a kart for the first time when he was about nine years old. They worked at it, improved and had lots of fun together. They ran well, moved up the ladder, kept working and kept improving. They joined up with Angelo’s team and hit the road, racing at tracks like Daytona, Mid-Ohio and Road America, maybe even allowed themselves to dream “the dream.” By the time Mike reached his twenties, it was clear that fabled paid ride to the big show wasn’t going to materialize, just like it hadn’t for so many other talented racers. Suddenly a Saturday night hanging out at home with friends seemed like a lot more fun to Mike than another 22-hour haul out to some track in Indiana. And just like that, it was done.

I don’t think George stuck around in karting because he was lost, bored or nostalgic. I think he was grateful for all the time, adventures and memories the sport gave him with Mike. Racing for so long at the upper levels forges a unique father/son connection that only comes from years of close collaboration in an intense environment. I’m sure George considered those years the best of his life. So I believe he stuck around karting because it was important to him that other dads and kids got to have this incredible shared experience too.

This gratitude and generosity – a compulsion to pass along what karting gave to you – is the beating heart that keeps fresh blood pumping through the sport. I see it all the time, expressed in lots of different ways. It’s my favorite thing about the sport, and it was George who showed it to me first. Which is why for me, George Smith is karting.



2018 NHKA Racing Series Finale Preview

It’s hard to believe we’re only days away from the last event of the 2018 NHKA Racing Series – Saturday, October 6th at Canaan Motor Club. (Click here to make sure you get your pre-registration in before midnight October 3rd!) Wow, what a season it has been. By the time we hand out the RJT Karting sponsored trophies at the end of the day, we’ll know who the champions are, and they’ll know they pulled it off in a season like no other.

This year it felt like every knob got turned up a few notches. Attendance was amazing, with 100+ entry events becoming NHKA’s new normal. And rather than diluting the level of competition, it pushed it through the roof. Sure, the usual standouts continued to dominate the top step of the podium, but instead of there being just three or four drivers with a legitimate shot at the win, now in some classes there might be twice that many. Further evidence of how high NHKA racers have elevated their game, is how long it’s been since we’ve heard the word “hooligans.” Serious on-track incidents and one-kart wrecks are rarer. The same can be said for breakdowns. You guys are getting very, very good at this. That means in addition to being the most generous, friendly and sportsman-like club in karting, this season you’ve also grown into some of the best drivers and mechanics. Even if you’re not called out below, based on what we’re seeing on track, you’ve made big gains this season you should be proud of.

Races to Watch
While there are only a couple classes where the championship isn’t all but locked, there are several classes where the second and third steps of the points podium could be a race all the way to the last checkered flag of the season. (Note: Points tallies include anticipated drop race.)

Kid Karts
So what there’s no championship to battle over, or that nobody is keeping (official) track of finishing positions? Race after race this growing pack of little speed demons goes out there and gives it their all. Then there’s their families who make sacrifices, meet challenges and get greasier than any soccer mom ever has in her worst nightmare. Does this make the Kid Karts a race to watch? Damn right it does! So if you can tear yourself away a few minutes, let’s give them a cheering-on they’ll always remember!

Briggs 206 Cadet
With five wins, only one finish off the podium, and a 65-point lead going into Canaan, Caleb Jarvis-Comi has set sail to his second Cadet championship in a row. Another sure thing is that Myles Danoff and Zachary Fasset will also be on the championship podium. But because after nine races they are tied in points, it be fun to watch them sort out who stands on which step.

Briggs 206 Junior
Ever hear the expression “winning isn’t everything?” With a 27-point lead, Wyatt Jarvis-Comi could come away from Canaan with the championship, but what he probably really wants is his first win of the season. Nipping at his heels is Christian Flagg, and only 18 points behind him is Alessandro Boas, who has the momentum of a win and a 2nd coming into the finale.

Briggs 206 Senior and Masters
Every greyhound race is won by a rabbit. Briggs 206 Senior champ Mike Oliver and Masters champ Alan Morrison played the part well in 2018, helping to drive growth in the Briggs 206 adult classes by giving everyone someone fast to chase. Pssst… keep an eye on Briggs 206 Senior drivers Jake Emory and Robert Bone. There’s only 30 points between them for 2nd place.

TaG Junior
Valentin Andrieux attended eight races and won all but one, in which he finished 2nd to DRT teammate Evan Slater. Not too shabby for his second season racing, oui?

TaG Senior
Veteran TaG racer Pat Dennehy nailed down the championship with a solid four wins and three 2nd-place finishes. His rival, and reigning TaG Sr. and Masters champion, Ricardo Nunes, finds himself second in the championship race with a scant five-points separating him from Huge North, who has really come into his own this season. If you like cheering for the underdog, this is the race to watch.

TaG Masters
Seven freakin’ wins! That’s how Ricardo Nunes has won his second championship in a row in one of our most competitive classes. Kevin Tibbetts kept him honest with four 2nd-place finishes. But Jim Hendrix and Brad Danoff are the race to watch. They go into Canaan in a dead heat for third in the points. No telling who’ll come out on top Saturday, but I can tell you who’ll be watching these cagey racers settle it.

World Formula Heavy
With six wins and a 50-point lock on the championship, if you think 2018 was a breeze for the 2017 NHKA and IKS Stock Moto Champion Keith Buffo, you haven’t watched a World Formula Heavies race this year, and you really should. Each race has been more intense than the last, filled with contact, controversy and wheel-to-wheel racing. It’s a bit like the Tonight Show of the NHKA with all the celebrity guests… last season’s champion Geoff Lockett, former champ Tom Prioli, race director Mike Camarra, TaG Masters master Jim Slade, lightweight standouts Dave Nadeau and Rick Brown – all with nothing to lose but the race. It’s been wild! Don’t miss the last episode!

World Formula Light
How competitive is this class? More than 40 people raced it in 2018, including a former professional driver, a few national champions, several multi-time NHKA and IKS champions. Rick Brown only won one race this season, but he has a 40-point cushion, which should be plenty to win the championship. Dave Nadeau sits in second place with no wins – talk about Dammit. That’s how competitive this class is. Then there’s Michael “Quiet Hands” Antonov with his eleven year old shifter chassis and a firm hold on third. So, with nothing on the line Saturday, is it still a race to watch? Are you kidding?!!!!!

KZ Shifter
Here’s what we know about the KZ Shifter class going into Saturday’s race: 1) John Sullivan has a beatable 25-point lead. 2) John ALWAYS keeps it pinned. 3) Zach Morrison gets faster and better every race. 4) Zach’s dad, Alan, won’t be far behind, if he’s not ahead.

Stock Moto Shifter
When Bryan Boutin made the jump from 80cc to 125cc Honda shifters, naturally there was a period of adjustment. But once he got through that first half lap, he went on to win six races and the 2018 NHKA Championship. If he had stumbled, he’d have found Mike Kavanaugh and Jake Seidel ready to pounce.



All You Need to Know to Have a Blast at the
AKRA Road Racing Series Nationals

In only a few days the NHKA will be hosting its first AKRA National Road Racing Series event. If you’re a regular of either series, this event will be much like any other (loads of fun and tight competition) with only a few differences in practicalities (meaning rules and procedures.)

Registration
If you haven’t pre -registered yet, do it now by clicking here. Pre-reg is open until 5pm Wednesday August 8th. Fax and email info are on the form. You definitely want to get yours in ASAP to save $10 on every class/race you enter (including Friday Practice), and secure the best possible starting position in your races.

NHKA members do not need to purchase an AKRA membership.

Remember, even if you pre-enter you still need to stop by registration at the track to sign the waiver and get proof of registration to display on your kart.

Camping and pit passes will only be sold at the gate, cash or check only.

Arrival and Paddock
Early entry is available Thursday night 6-10pm. Please keep in mind that the gate is locked at 10pm every night, and overnight parking is not allowed on the street or on track property outside the gate.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday the gate will open at 7am.

Trackside camping is available for just $25 for the event. However, there are no hookups or showers. (The track intends to add these amenities in the near future.)

It is very important that all pit equipment and activities are kept off the pavement at all times. This is to keep the paddock roads clear for safety equipment, and to minimize damage to the asphalt.

Absolutely no disposal of tires or fuel cans at the track. Seriously, do not do it. Also, please pick up all the bits of trash (butts, wire tie scraps, etc.) in yours and your neighbor’s pit area. Canaan Motor Club was built and priced specifically for grassroots racers. Let’s keep it that way by not making them hire a cleanup crew by leaving the place cleaner than we found it.

Event Schedule
There will be no qualifying sessions or prefinal/heat races, only feature races. The grids for the races will be set based on the order registrations are received.

FRIDAY
7am: Gates, registration & tech open
10am: Drivers meeting
11am-4:00pm: Group practice
4-5pm: Practice for Kid Karts, Cadet, TaG Mini and TaG Micro
10pm: Gate closes

SATURDAY
7am: Gates, registration & tech open
8:30am: Drivers meeting
9-11am: 2 rounds group practice
11am-Noon: Lunch & races for Kid Karts, Cadet, TaG Mini and TaG Micro
Noon: Racing begins
10pm: Gate closes

SUNDAY
7am: Gates, registration & tech open
8:30am: Drivers meeting
9-11am: 2 rounds group practice
11am-Noon: Lunch & races for Kid Karts, Cadet, TaG Mini and TaG Micro
Noon: Racing begins

All times are approximate and subject to change.

There will be sign board near the pre-grid where information will be posted, such as practice and race groups, schedule adjustments, results and special announcements. There will also be an FM local broadcast of announcements and classes being summoned to the pre-grid.

Kid Karts will race on the kart track. Cadets, Minis and Micros will use the sprint/half-track. All other class will race on the full road course WITHOUT the bus stop chicane.

If there is passing rain, every effort will be made to dry the track and continue the day’s schedule with shortened races, if necessary. If there is sustained rain, competitors will be given the opportunity to switch over to wet setups, and we will continue the schedule on the sprint/half-track.

Rules & Scoring
Trophies: On track, matching AKRA and NHKA classes will be racing against each other as one class for the day’s trophies. So, if an NHKA TaG Masters driver finishes 2nd to an AKRA TaG Masters driver, the NHKA driver will get the 2nd place trophy. Points will be a different…

Points: NHKA drivers will be scored separately from AKRA drivers for championship points. So, an NHKA driver who finished 2nd to an AKRA driver will get the first place NHKA championship points, and the next NHKA driver will get 2nd place NHKA points. Naturally AKRA drivers will receive AKRA points in the same manner.

The AKRA Road Racing Series does not have spec tire rules. However, the NHKA does, and those and all other rules will be in effect. So if you are racing for NHKA points you must be entered in your NHKA class and race on that class’ spec tire and follow the NHKA rules just as you would at a normal club race. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to read and know the rules. We will be measuring key components of your chassis, seat and body work. Remember that most of you use CIK body work and some of the rules are specific to those classes.

Back to trophies… the rained out presentation of the Race 6 trophies sponsored by Danoff Contracting will be held this weekend.

More Info
Canaan Motor Club does not sell fuel. Some of our vendors will have a limited supply of VP brand MS98 and C-12. If you are traveling to the race as an AKRA competitor whose class requires a spec fuel, and haven’t already made arrangements with a vendor to bring enough of that fuel to the track specifically for you, we recommend bringing your own.

Breakfast and lunch items will be available at the track. Additionally, there are a number of casual restaurants within a mile of the track, as well as filling stations and well stocked grocery stores. There are many more dining and shopping options within a half-hour’s drive, along with plenty of hotels. For more about the track and nearby amenities check out our Canaan Motor Club page by clicking here.



AKRA National/NHKA Races 7 & 8
Register by August 8th to Save $10 Per Race

Grids will be set by the order that pre-entries are received.
Click here to pre-register now



THAT WAS AWESOME!!!!!

I don’t know about anyone else but… THAT WAS AWESOME!!!!!

When we pulled into Canaan Motor Club Friday afternoon we were looking forward to hosting our third annual KartMania event. We knew we would have a good weekend of racing and eating and partying with our good friends. What we didn’t expect was just how much fun we would have. We didn’t expect to make as many new friends as we did. We didn’t expect generosity of our members contributing to the BBQ. We didn’t expect the racing on Sunday to be so intense and respectful within ALL classes.

BUT WE SHOULD HAVE!!!!!

NHKA members, families, friends and our staff are the best group of people in kart racing. Period. We can not thank everyone enough for a great time and great racing. More than 100 drivers took to the track for practice on Saturday. Then on Sunday, more than 125 drivers took to the track to race. And more than 200 people stuck around Saturday evening to enjoy some fantastic BBQ backed up by awesome homemade side dishes and desserts. After that was the super fun and competitive cornhole tournament. And of course thank you to Ruger for sponsoring the trophies, as well as Canaan Motor Club for hosting yet another great event.

If you missed it we are sorry because we are not sure we can guarantee the same level of fun for next year’s KartMania4!!! But we promise that we sure will try.

We look forward to seeing everyone again on July 28th for NHKA Race 6/IKS Race 3 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.



Volunteers and Items Needed for Saturday’s Cookout

KartMania!!! is one of our most popular events not just for the two days of racing, but for all the fun we have at Saturday night’s cookout and cornhole tournament. Given the huge attendance we’ve seen all season, we’re going to need your help to pull off this year’s party.

As usual, Nancy Bowin will be coordinating all aspects of the cookout (as well as 100 other things), so if you’d like to volunteer some time, loan us a grill or contribute some food, please email her at nhkaracingseries@gmail.com Thank you!

Volunteers Needed
We promise not to hold you prisoner, we just need a few people at a few very busy moments.
[ ] Setup Crew
[ ] Grill Masters
[ ] Servers
[ ] Cleanup Crew
[ ] Pickup & Return of Loaned Items

Equipment Needed
If you have a grill and can get it to the track, it’ll help us to have everyone eating closer to the same time. Folding tables are always helpful at a big buffet.
[ ] Grill
[ ] Folding Table

Food Needed
If you have a signature dish, bring it! Please! But if you’re not sure what to bring, here are some suggestions.
[ ] Garden Salad
[ ] Caesar Salad
[ ] Macaroni Salad
[ ] Cole Slaw

[ ] Salad Dressings
[ ] Sliced Pickles
[ ] Mustard
[ ] Ketchup
[ ] Relish
[ ] Mayo

[ ] Vegetables & Dip
[ ] Cheese & Crackers
[ ] Fruit Kabobs
[ ] Potato Chips
[ ] Tortilla Chips & Salsa

[ ] Meatballs & Sauce
[ ] Chili
[ ] Kielbasa
[ ] Baked Beans
[ ] Buffalo Wings

[ ] Cookies
[ ] Cup Cakes
[ ] Finger Pastries
[ ] Brownies
[ ] Watermelon



Still Time to Save on a Two-Day Entry to KartMania3!!!

KartMania3!!! at Canaan Motor Club July 14-15 is less than a week away. You still have time to save on a two-day entry by emailing your pre-registration to CFMotor@aol.com before 5pm Wednesday the 11th.

Two Full Days of Fun on the Big Track
KartMania3!!! will feature a day of practice and qualifying on Saturday, a day of racing Sunday, and a night of friends, food and fun between. You don’t have to qualify Saturday to race Sunday, but members who do will receive ten bonus championship points. Remember, Sunday is Race 5 of the NHKA Racing Series, thus will count towards the season championship. That also means that all the usual NHKA rules will be effect. A big thanks to Ruger Firearms for sponsoring the trophies.

$2,000 Pro Shifter Race
Another big part of the KartMania3!!! weekend will be the Annual Pro Shifter Race for KZ and Stock Moto gear bangers. We’re shooting for 25 entries to guarantee a $2,000 total purse with $500 going to the winner of each of the two classes with at least 12 entries. Qualifying will be Saturday afternoon, then Sunday there will be a 10-lap heat race right after lunch followed by a 20-lap final later in the afternoon. At most events in 2018, we’ve only been a few karts shy of hitting the required number of entries. So make sure your shifter buddies are there, so you can all race for the season’s biggest purse.

The Legendary KartMania Cookout!!!
As always, on Saturday evening there will be a cookout followed by Jim Slade’s huge cornhole tournament. This year’s menu will feature the return of Marcello de Campos’ Brazilian BBQ, plus some homestyle Mexican treats from Hugo and Tobe Armedariz. NHKA will supply burgers and dogs. Dammit Dave has secured some delicious Lefty’s brew for the occasion, but do remember to bring beverages of your own. We’re also asking that you please bring a side dish to share – rice, pasta, garden salads, potato dishes, etc. You’re welcome bring meats to cook on our grills. Speaking of grills, it’s always good to have a few on hand, so if you can get one to the track, please do. In any case, please email nhkaracingseries@gmail.com to let us know what you’ll be bringing.

What You Need to Know
Here’s a preview of the weekend’s schedule. Please keep in mind that times are approximate, and it’s all subject to change based on a bunch of factors. If it rains, we’ll still race, but switch over to the Sprint/Half-Track configuration. So pay attention for announcements here and at the track.

Friday Evening
6p – 10pm: Track entry
Registration and safety tech open
Camping $25/night cash only to the track at gate
No late arrival parking on property or street

Saturday
7am: Gate, registration and tech open
8:30am: Drivers meeting
9 – 11:30am: Practice by group
11:30am – 12:30pm: Lunch
12:30 – 3:30pm: Practice by group
3:30 – 4:45pm: Qualifying by race group
4:45 – 5:00pm: Kid Kart Race (Kart Track)
5:00 – ?????: PAHHHTAAAY!!!

Sunday:
7am: Gate, registration and tech open
8:30am: Drivers meeting
9 – 11am: Practice by group
11 – 11:20am: Cadet, Mini, Micro (Sprint/Half Track)
11:20am – 12:20pm: Lunch
12:30 – 12:50pm: Pro Shifter Heat Race
12:30 – 5pm: 30-minute endurance races



Pre-Register Now for KartMania3!!!

Click here to pre-register for KartMania3!!!


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