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Don’t Let the Weatherman Fool You,
There’s IKS Racing Saturday and Sunday
at F1 Outdoors

This weekend isn’t just the 6th and final race of the Interstate Kart Series and the last race of the F1 Outdoors Club Series, it’s your last chance to get in your kart until April within 700 miles of here. Yes, we’ve seen the forecast for rain on Saturday, but it’ll be clearing by lunch on Sunday. Maybe earlier.

IKS_Logo_UnifiedSaturday’s practice is happening. This is confirmed late Friday directly with Dave Davies. Are you so good in the rain that you can afford to skip the chance to burn through a couple tanks of gas on a probably mostly empty track? I’m going, and I won my last rain race. And I have a clear memory at F1 way back in 2008 of a rainy, cold practice day. Nobody wanted to get on the track except Fast Freddy Fawcett. He turned lap after lap after lap. It was rather ugly to start (though certainly had entertainment value), but after the first hour he had his inside rear high and handsome in all the right places in the fountain turn, every single lap. Ask him about it, I’m sure he’ll tell you it transformed his driving. I didn’t have the money or the gear back then, but I’m planning on making up for it tomorrow.

As for Sunday… You’re going to wake up, look out at the cold, damp gloom and want to get back in bed. Don’t do it! You’ll be sorry come lunchtime when the skies clear and your wife gives you that look that means she wants one thing, and one thing only – the leaves raked. And you’ll keep being sorry all winter long. The cold, the damp, the wind and the fact that most of the championships are already decided (except for TaG Junior, a race I wouldn’t miss for all the Halloween candy in the world)… none of it matters. This is your last chance to race. So we’ll see you there.

We’re Not Done Racing Yet!
Interstate Kart Series Finale – Nov. 2nd

The 2014 NHKA Racing Series driven by Checkered Flag Indoor Karting is a wrap, but that doesn’t mean we’re done racing yet!

F1 Outdoors 150/75 Endurance Championships – October 18-19
This weekend, F1 Outdoors is hosting their annual weekend of endurance racing. Saturday will be practice for all kart classes 9am-1pm. Sunday will be the annual F1 Endurance Race for TaG Juniors, Seniors, Masters, and Sportsman teams of two drivers. There will also be a 75-lap race for World Formula Light and Heavy drivers. The race is always a big draw. And completely unlike last year’s snow (yipes!), the forecast for this weekend looks great, with temps in the 50s.

IKS_Logo_UnifiedIKS Race 6 + F1 Outdoors Club Race 9 – November 1-2
All throughout its first season, the Interstate Kart Series has brought together NHKA and F1 Outdoors drivers for some of the most competitive racing of the year. Last month’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway was fantastic, and the season finale at F1 Outdoors promises more of the same. There will be the usual practice on Saturday, followed by racing on Sunday.

It’s your last chance to squeeze every last bit of seat time out of a great 2014 racing season!

NHKA Racing Series Finale –
New Hampshire Motor Speedway October 3rd

NHKA8-29-12WetShiftersIt’s time for the final lap of another fun and competitive season for the NHKA Racing Series driven by Checkered Flag Indoor Karting. It looks like rain will be a factor this Saturday, as it was on the Hill Course last month. There were drivers who faired well in the wet stuff, and then there was Tom Prioli. He beat us all like redheaded stepchildren, winning by :40+ second margins in both World Formula Heavy and TaG Masters. Matthew Stearns also put on a rain-driving clinic in TaG Senior, taking the checkers :25 seconds before his closest competitor. Will they dominate again?

This season’s champions pretty much secured their place at the top of the podium for the 2014 Awards Banquet. However, sorting out who’ll be on the 2nd and 3rd place steps will be the order of the day in Race 9. Here are the points races to watch (including the drop race):

TaG Junior: Kent Vaccaro has a solid 40-point lead coming into the last race. That’s good, because before the day is over we might need his dad to perform CPR on the parents of Trevor Randlett, Vincent Fontecchio, Daniel Kubec and Mark Donato who are all within 20 points of 2nd place. What a great year for the juniors!

World Formula Light: While Damnit Dave Nadeau has a lock on the title, Fast Freddie Fawcett’s blow engine put Rick Brown within 5 points in the battle for the #2 step.

TaG Masters: Tom Prioli and Steve Hathaway sorted out 1st and 2nd with some spectacular racing the last time we were on the S3 Lot. However, the battle for 3rd is an exact duplicate of WF Light. Carl Daley popped his engine putting Jim Hendrix within 5 points. (Okay, the similarity there is just too weird.)

The trophy sponsor for this weekend’s season finale is D.F. Richard Energy of Dover, NH, a full-service heating oil and propane company serving residents and businesses along the seacoast of New Hampshire and Southern Maine.

DFRichardLogoIn addition to 24-hour emergency service and convenient automatic fuel delivery, D.F. Richard’s SmartPay budgeting program allows you to take the chill off those winter huge heating bills by spreading them out through the entire year. Plus, SmartPay pays you an annual 1.5% rebate for times you have a credit. D.F. Richard also offers expert installation of energy-efficient heating, hot water and cooling systems, as well as a selection of service plans to keep any new or existing system in peak condition. Thank you to TaG Masters racer Ryan Ouellett for inviting his employer to be part of our series. As you prepare for the long, cold offseason, be sure to visit to see all the ways they can meet your energy needs.

F1 Outdoors Fall Classic: Friday Practice Deal
Plus Two Days of Racing on Two Different Circuits

So you’re probably still recovering (and drying out) from an awesome day of intense racing up in Loudon last Saturday. It was a wild one! But the nip in the air probably has reminded you that the long, cold offseason is right around the corner. The horror!

F1__OUTDOORS_Logo_Oval_CropLucky for you there’s more racing to be had in just a few days: The F1 Outdoors Fall Classic. There will be two days of racing, Saturday on the Grand Prix Circuit and Sunday on the Daytona Circuit. Both days’ programs will feature the full lineup of classes, with Fall Classic Championship trophies (sponsored by Raceline Motorsports) awarded to those who score the most total points combining both days.

Plus, there will be an open practice Friday noon-5pm. That’s five hours of seat time for the price of a regular Saturday practice. And on top of that, CRG America and DRT Racing sponsoring a post-race cookout Saturday.

Click here to check out the details./a> Then breakout the WD-40 and get that go-kart ready. A racer’s gotta race!

Tomorrow Could be our Biggest Race of the Season – Maybe Ever!

Hill _BigGridIf our buzz-o-meters are properly calibrated, tomorrow’s race on the Hill Course at New Hampshire Motor Speedway may draw the largest fields we’ve ever seen. Our last combined NHKA/IKS race topped 80 competitors. That’s a ton of drivers for a club race, or even a national these days. At times, getting your kart to the grid was a pain, and it certainly didn’t get any easier out on the track. Then you remembered, “look at all these racers! This is freakin’ great!” Lots of competition and lots of friends is what karting is supposed to be. You racers have yourselves to thank for it.

Come Early for the Best Pit Spot
If there are any downsides to racing on the Hill, it’s how spread out the pits can get. Tomorrow, like on this date previous years, we’ll have the added challenge of the track needing to get the early-bird NASCAR fans situated with their RVs.

So, when you pull up the Hill, look for Mike or Lee. They will direct you to the closest pit available, while making sure folks stay nice and compact. If you really want a good spot, be in line when the gates open at 7am. If you really, really want a great pit spot, come to the track tonight 6-9pm. You can drop your trailer or camp for $25 (payable to the track when you get your pit pass.) There are always folks around to pass a pleasant evening with.

Thank You DataMethod!
Who Wants to be the Season Finale Trophy Sponsor?
DataMethodLogoOne guy who’ll have a nice short walk to the grid is this event’s trophy sponsor, Ray Kobs of DataMethod. Thank you Ray! The trophy sponsorship is still available for the last race of the season on October 4th. If you’re interested in exposing your business to your fellow racers, this is the appropriate way to do it. You might also consider sponsoring a barrier or two, or three. And speaking of sponsors, Thank you Tom Prioli for your years of support as the title sponsor of the NHKA Racing Series driven by Checkered Flag Indoor Karting.

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