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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!!!



NHKA Racing Series Back in Action June 30th
at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

After a hugely successful two-race stint at Canaan Motor Club, the NHKA Racing Series will be carrying tons of momentum into the tight turns and high banks of the NHMS Hill Course. Aside from the record-breaking number of entries, the most impressive aspect of the season so far is the uniformly high level of skill demonstrated by both drivers and mechanics. This was clear from how everyone was ready and on the grid on time and how few breakdowns there were. It was also seen in the infrequency of off-track excursions and contact, especially given how incredibly tight the racing was from green to checkers. In the end, everyone enjoyed their fair share of track time and fun. The championship standings after Race 3 can be viewed by clicking here.

Looking into the near future, the series will return to Canaan on July 14 & 15 for its annual KartMania Weekend. Watch here for details and pre-registration early next week, but first NHKA racers have a bit of business to attend to in Loudon…

This coming Saturday is Race 4 of the NHKA Racing Series. Thank you to everyone who has already entered. The headcount is promising and the forecast can’t be beat. Trophies will be sponsored by long-time karting supporter Earthwork Industries. Owned by TaG racer Derek Franklin, the company provides complete environmental remediation services throughout the Northeast. Their expertise includes wetland restoration, contaminated soil removal, remediation systems, drainage, sewer and water connections, commercial and residential septic systems (including MA Title 5), and more. Please thank Derek when you see him, and call 508.643.4430 for Earthwork Industries – they move earth to make big projects heaven.



Are You Ready for Another Dose of Canaan Motor Club?
(I Know, Silly Question.)

It is time to get back at it for Race 3 of the NHKA Racing Series at Canaan Motor Club. According to the weatherman it’s going to be a beautiful day, so we expect that all races will run their full length. To help make sure, we will combine as many speed-appropriate classes as we can. We will also continue to do rolling starts at Canaan, but use the sprint/half-track for the out lap. (We love the Le Mans starts, but they eat up way too much of the day.)

There are things you can do to help keep the day moving and make sure everyone gets their fair share of racing…

TRANSPONDERS!!!!! Please make sure your transponder is charged and mounted to your kart. Karts without a working transponder will not be scored.

KART PREP!!!!! Picking up broken down karts is a schedule killer. We get it – stuff breaks and that’s OK. But for efficiency – not to mention safety! – take advantage of our Pre-Race Kart Prep Punch List to give your kart a thorough going over before you get to the track. And don’t be afraid to ask for a second opinion from any member of the NHKA team, the shops that support our club or an experienced fellow racer. Remember: to finish first, first you must finish.

PRE-REGISTER!!!! Okay, it’s too late for this race, but you can pre-register right now for Race 4. It’s an easy way to give yourself and everyone else more time to for racing.

Otherwise, most all procedures will be the same as last race. The Kid Karts will use the Kart Track. Cadets, Micros and Minis will be on the Sprint/Half-Track. All other classes will use the full road course.

Friday entry is 6-10pm. Only NHKA officials and pre-authorized workers will be allowed in earlier. The gate will reopen at 7am Saturday, with the drivers meeting at 8:30am and practice at 9am. Please remember: No race engines before 8:05am.

Your trophy sponsor this week is Jeremiah Damon and OnPoint Karting. So when you see the man, the myth and the beard, be sure to let him know how much you appreciate his dedicated support of the sport we all love.



Looking Back at Race 2 and Ahead to Race 3

NHKA Race 2 did not disappoint, and for that we once again thank the best group of kart racers anywhere!!!! Everyone got to the grid on time, raced hard and clean, managed to (mostly) stay on track and minimize pickups. Even the weather cooperated causing only minimal delays. Nonetheless, some race groups saw their races shortened, so we will be making adjustments to our procedures in an effort to make sure everyone gets their fair share of track time.

It’s a bit of work to get the pits and the track set up at Canaan. This was especially true being our first race of the season there. The barriers had to be pulled out of the barn, plus there was a trailer load of hay bales to wrap and place. So huge thanks go out to those who came up early Friday busted their backsides: Vic Marderrosian, Dave Nadeau, Tim Ferraro, Mike Oliver, Rich Hemingway, Paul Bowin, and, of course, Nancy Bowin and Tammy Ferraro for all they do to make these events even possible.

If you follow the club on Facebook (and you certainly should!) you know that the fun of racing with the NHKA extends far beyond the race day. As the club’s long-time resident GoPro-tographer, Ken Repke has supplied us with a steady stream of highly entertaining onboard video from his own and his son’s karts. With Brett off at college, Ken has fully embraced his love of video and photography, and has now combined them with his passion for racing and aviation. The results have been stunning and plentiful. Like I said, if you’re not on Facebook you have no idea the awesomeness you’re missing. However, now everyone can see all the great pictures he has taken at the first two races (including the ones of you), even order prints of your favorites. Visit http://kenrepke.zenfolio.com and be sure to thank him for doing so much to build excitement around the club.

We’ll be back on the road course at Canaan Motor Club for Race 3 before you know it. Make your day, as well as ours and everyone else’s, go as smoothly as possible by sending in your pre-registration now. You can print and mail it with your check or credit card info, or you can email a picture of the completed form to cfmotor@aol.com

Please remember that Race 2 was the deadline for 2018 memberships where championship points from previous races will be included in the year-end points total. It was also the deadline to have any non-spec rain tires marked. Please contact us with any questions or concerns about memberships or tires.

Race 2 was also the first race of the Interstate Kart Series (IKS). Information about the IKS, including the schedule, can be found on the IKS page of this website. Within the next few weeks we will be presenting trophies to the 2107 IKS champions, so stay tuned for details.

Speaking of trophies, race day trophy sponsorship’s are available. What better way to show that you care for your fellow racer, or better yet a rival, than for them to receive a trophy with your name on it. ?

On June 16th we’ll be following the same schedule for track entry as last race: Friday night 6pm – 10pm with registration available starting at 7pm. Saturday morning gates will open at 7am. Please, no entry before these times unless you are on the pre-approved workers list.

That’s all for now. See you at the track!



Saturday at Canaan – NHKA Race 2 and IKS Race 1
How to Make it an Awesome Day

As big as Race 1 of the NHKA Racing Series was, we’re expecting an even bigger crowd for Race 2 because it is also the first race of the Interstate Kart Series. So please read the following information to help you and the NHKA make Saturday a smooth, fun day at Canaan Motor Club.

Friday Night Entry: The gate will be open 6-10pm for those who wish to camp or drop off race trailers. Pit pass sales, registration and pre-race safety inspections will all be available.

Saturday Morning: The gate, pit pass sales, registration and pre-race safety inspections will all open at 7am. The mandatory drivers meeting will be at 8:30, followed at 9am by the first of two rounds of group practice.

Race Format: Following practice, classes will be reshuffled as needed into race groups, these will be posted near the grid and followed for the rest of the day. Each race group will have a five-minute qualifying session. All Jr. and Sr. classes will race on the full road course for 30 minutes. Micro, Mini and Cadet classes will race for 20 minutes on the sprint/half track. Kid Kart sessions will be eight laps on the kart track.

Membership Deadline: The deadline for 2018 NHKA Memberships is the end of the race day this Saturday. Racers accepted as members after this time will not be able to count the first two races in their points total for the season.

Non-Spec Rain Tire Marking: Remember that Saturday is your last chance to have your previously purchased non-spec rain tires (not MG or LeCont) marked so they are grandfathered for use.

Alcohol: Absolutely NO OPEN ALCOHOLIC beverages until all on-track activities have concluded for the day. NO EXCEPTIONS. Anyone caught with open containers or drinking any alcoholic beverages will be removed from the property.
Food: Unfortunately, there will be no food available on-site for lunch, so please plan accordingly. On the other hand, there are a number very good options less than a mile away in town.

Pre-Registration: The early adopter award goes to Valentin Andrieux for being the first racer to take advantage of our new pre-registration. It is a work in progress, but a simple way to give yourself more time to get ready race morning while helping the club to get karts out on track as early as possible. Pre-registration will be available for the rest of the season. The forms, posted under the Membership/Forms tab of NHKA.net, need to be completed for each driver for each race, mailed in with either a check or credit card info, and received by the Wednesday before each race. Entries received after Wednesday will not be pre-registered, and those racers will need to register at the track. Even if you pre-register, you will still need to check in with Tina at registration to sign the waiver and collect your proof of entry to display on your kart.

Thank you to CFMotorsports for sponsoring the trophies this weekend. CF is the original NHKA Authorized Dealer and has been at every race for more than ten years. (This might be because it’s owned by NHKA co-owner and Race Director Mike Camarra.) But even long before he and his dad bought the club, the big white CFMotorsports trailer was trackside with parts and support. CFM is dealer of GP Racing and Margay karts, they are also a Certified Rotax Parts & Service Center. Visit CFMotorsports.com to learn more.


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