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NHKA & IKS Banquet – January 31, 2015

IMG_1320Time again to mark your calendars for a full day of mid-winter racing fun. We felt it was time to change things up a little, but there’ll still be lots of racing, racing talk and racing trophies plus food, friends and other fun stuff for all ages…

NHKA & IKS Banquet Festivities
January 31, 2015

NHKA Winter Championship Race
9:30-Noon – $30 – Checkered Flag Indoor Karting
At this race, everyone over 54” can get behind the wheel – moms, dads, siblings, dedicated friends, crew, club officials – oh yeah, NHKA racers too. There will be practice and heat races setting the stage for the NHKA Winter Championship Race.

NHKA/IKS Annual Members Meeting
1pm-2:00pm – AMVETS Hall, 576 Primrose St, Haverhill, MA
Join in a discussion of the season that was to make the season to come even better. Bring your best ideas and be among the first to hear about and offer input on planned improvements for the 2015 racing season.

NHKA/IKS Awards Banquet
2pm-6:00pm – AMVETS Hall, 576 Primrose St, Haverhill, MA IMG_1330
Catered buffet will be provided by the NHKA
Attendees are asked to bring desserts
Cash bar will be available (no BYOB)
Games and activities for the kids
Championship trophies plus additional prizes
Special awards for Most Improved Drivers, Rookie of the Year and more

Thank you to the NHKA Racing Series team for pulling this great event together, especially Erin Pellegrini and Nancy Bowin. We’re looking forward to a fun-filled day of racing. Watch this post in the coming weeks for updates and additional details.

Miserable Weather Cancels IKS Race 6
The Series First Champions Named

It was supposed to be a grand finale to the fantastic inaugural season of the Interstate Kart Series. Unfortunately, old man winter had other ideas that included snow, sleet and freezing-cold rain driven by 40mph+ winds. Despite the handful of shivering racers who should have known better (including yours truly), Mike Camarra and Dave Davies exercised common sense and called it a day, and thus a season.

Mike has also made the call that Race 6 will count as the one drop for all competitors. That means the championships have been decided based upon the on-track results of the first five races. Check out the complete final results here.

Congrats to all the IKS champions! It was a very competitive season across all classes making it a genuine accomplishment. Each of you should feel very proud.


2014 IKS Champions
Cadet: Stephen Krugger
Micro Max: Jet Tobin
Mini Max: Stone Slattery
TaG Junior: Christian Sarnecki
TaG Senior: Jim Cataldo
TaG Masters: Tom Prioli
LO-206 Cadet: Anna Pellegrini
World Formula Light: Derek Franklin
World Formula Heavy: Keith Buffo
125 Shifter: Stephen Sarnecki

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.

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