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Let’s Give Checkered Flag a Proper Send Off
Saturday August 27th at 7pm

As you know, Tom Prioli will be throwing the final checkered flag at CFIK on Saturday August 27th. He fought the good fight, but when a big national chain shows up with unlimited resources, there’s not much a small independent business can do. While we’ll all miss the track, at least we’ll get to keep the best part of the place – the Prioli family.

“Of course we’ll continue racing with the NHKA and supporting the club every way we can. My mom, dad and I can’t thank the NHKA community enough for their support of Checkered Flag. When I think about the generosity at our Racing Against Cancer events, I feel so fortunate to have such an awesome extended family.” Over NHKA’s 5-year partnership with Tom, he has been instrumental in raising thousands of dollars for worthy causes, introduced tons of people to karting, and made lots and lots of fun memories.

TomPDriversMeetingTom doesn’t hesitate about his favorite memories, “The World Formula Indoor Karting Championship. I will miss that more than anything. Racing outdoor karts indoors was insane fun. But what made it so special was the way we helped each other as much as we competed against each other. Just like we do outdoors with in the NHKA. That kind of comradery shouldn’t have an off season.” At Saturday’s drivers meeting, Tom mentioned he was trying to organize one last night for the World Formulas, but unfortunately it was just too short of notice for most drivers to make happen.

7pm Saturday August 27th – Be There!
The NHKA is going to help Tom give Checkered Flag the kind of send-off a dear old friend deserves. Starting at 7pm August 27th, the NHKA will buy the first race for the first 20 NHKA members to arrive. Also, there will be unreal deals on any remaining merchandise – used GoPros, helmets, driving suits and collars as well as new driving gloves, CFIK t-shirts, hoodies and other memorabilia. All that plus Tom’s Going Out of Business bargain race pricing and you have the makings of a fun night of deals and racing with your NHKA buddies while showing the Prioli family how much Checkered Flag has meant to us. And if some beer and snacks were to appear for when the racing is over, that would be alright too. Let’s make it a good-bye party with the emphasis on party!

One important request: Please go easy on the karts. Race, have fun, but know that these are core assets, and their condition is critical to Tom’s exit from the business. Besides, if we do this party right, the last thing Ron will want to face Sunday morning is a bent kart. Just remember why we’re there.

NHKA Back at Canaan Motor Club for Race 7

Canaan_LeftComboTrackIt’s great to be back at Canaan for Race 7 of the NHKA Racing Series driven by Checkered Flag Indoor Karting. The forecast couldn’t be more perfect – meaning that it appears that mother nature is giving her canopy murder spree a rest. So come one, come all as we switch things up by running the left-side combo track counterclockwise. This is the same configuration we ran the season’s first two races at Canaan, but in reverse. It should be interesting. Let’s try to not make it TOO interesting.

LECAMThis weekend’s trophies will be sponsored by Lecam Machine Company. Lee and Mike Camarra’s day job since 1984, they’ve helped countless customer’s turn ideas into high-quality products – CAD design to prototype to small-medium production runs. Best known for their motorcycle, kart and auto racing components, Lecam Machine is also a trusted partner across multiple industries for custom one-off parts and part modifications that enable companies to extend the lifespan and capabilities of their machinery investments. And being owned by Lee and Mike, you know you’ll get winning results fast. Call (508) 588-2300.

From Canaan’s Longest Track to Its Shortest –
NHKA Race 5/IKS Race 3 Cued up for July 23rd

DaveMarceloBBQThis year’s edition of KartMania! is in the books. While Saturday’s weather was a big disappointment, boy did we ever have some fun Friday on the Canaan Motor Club’s full road course. So much speed and flow! What the track may have lacked in hard braking zones, it more than gave back with the subtle complexity of banking, drafting, off-camber exits and elevation changes. The track offered the thrill of the fastest corners many of you have ever driven… like the kink onto the pit stretch. Talk about a blazing fast corner that puts you right on the edge. Some of the region’s best shifter and TaG drivers spent the whole day trying to find a way through without lifting. Not sure if anyone did, but a few went for wild rides into the infield trying. Fortunately the track’s safe design prevented injury and kart damage. Friday night we had ourselves a great party. Thank you to everyone who brought side dishes to share. And a huge thank you to chef Marcello DeCampos and crew for the awesome BBQ, and to Dave Nadeau and Lefty’s Brewing for the delicious beer.

CanaanKartTrackThen it rained. Despite everyone’s efforts to dry the track – TWICE! – non-stop drizzle made it a losing battle, and the races needed to be called. The disappointment has left all of us with a feeling of unfinished business on the long track. While we have nothing to announce officially, we can say that getting back onto the full road course is as much a top priority for us as it appears to be for many of you. Obviously these events are more expensive and complex to put on, so a huge turnout is critical. Be sure to let Mike know how strongly you feel about racing on the big track – especially if you’re one of those people who doesn’t voice your opinion very often.

Back to the Business of Winning Championships
There’s a vocal faction of competitors in the NHKA Racing Series driven by Checkered Flag Indoor Karting that misses the intense, up-on-the-wheel, close-quarters racing we used to do on the S3 Lot at NHMS. So it was decided to bring back short-track racing by running this weekend’s big combined IKS Race 3/NHKA Race 5 event on the kart track. This configuration links both crossover roads with short portions of the front and back stretches. So pack those tiny drive gears and tall axle sprockets, and check those brake pads. It’s time to go short track racing!

Big Shout-Out to Trophy Sponsor Central Mass Powersports
CMPS_HiResCMP, located in Lunenburg, MA, sells and services just about every type of motorcycle, personal watercraft and snowmobile, along with gear for riders of all ages. If it has an engine and it’s fun you’ll find it at CMP – including the lineup of Top Kart chassises. CMP also carries a full line of engine parts and a wide selection of trailers to get your kart to the track. Be sure to stop by to thank the Pescatore family this Saturday, and visit to find out what CMP is all about.

KartMania! is Finally Here!
Road Racing is Finally Back in New England!

Thank you to everyone who pre-entered for KartMania! With a solid idea of who will be racing, we now have a complete schedule for Friday’s practice and the races on Saturday. Click here to view and print.

The gates will open at 5pm today for trailer drop-off and camping (no services or campfires.) Registration and safety tech will be open. Gates close at 10pm. Late arrivals are allowed to QUIETLY park overnight on the property outside the gate (not on the street.) Alcohol, fires and noise are strictly forbidden!

NHKA_RoadRaceStartGates, registration and safety tech will open at 7am Friday and Saturday. Please keep in mind that registration for the races closes at 9am Sunday.

We hope everyone will hangout for Brazilian BBQ by Marcello de Campos. Festivities are sponsored by MAK Contracting and Lefty’s Brewing. Please bring a side to share. Rice dishes, mac and cheese, macaroni, potato and garden salads would all be perfect. (Please let Mike know what you’re bringing.) Dave Nadeau will have some Lefty’s on tap, but folks are encouraged to bring their own beverages.

Please be extra diligent as you make your final preparations on your kart. With road racing, speeds are high, so for everyone’s safety, Paul will be super picky in pre-race tech. There’s nothing to do in addition to what you do for a regular NHKA race, but everything needs to be done to perfection. Also, shifter karts will be expected to have air boxes and silencers – same as are required at F1 Outdoors. This is a permanent rule change for all races at Canaan Motor Club.

Yes, there’s a good chance we’ll see rain at some point. Yes, we’ll race. However, classes scheduled for the full road course may switch to the shorter, tighter circuit we’ve been racing this season to keep the speeds down. Mike will make an announcement if this track change is necessary.

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone in Canaan!

The NHKA Racing Series Heads for the Hill Course
at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for Race 4

Tomorrow, June 25, 2016, the NHKA Racing Series driven by Checkered Flag Indoor Karting is back in action on the wildly varied Hill Course at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. With not so much as a drop of rain in the forecast, Race 4 will have none of the rain set-up guesswork that played such a big role in the previous event. Competitors will be back to the usual Hill Course challenge of balancing their karts to fly through the bowl but still get that key launch off the super-tight turns.

Earthwork_IndustriesLogoWe’re pleased to welcome back trophy sponsor Earthwork Industries. 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. Next time you have a project, be sure to visit or call 508.643.4430.

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