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January 21, 2023
Alpine Gove, Hollis, NH
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Trophies, Prizes, Food and Fun!
NHKA Banquet and Members Meeting

Saturday, January 21, 2023 1-6pm
Alpine Grove Function Hall, Hollis, NH

Luncheon buffet
Cash bar
Trophies and special awards for the 2022 season
The always-fun raffle!

Current NHKA Members with one guest are free. Additional guests and non-members are $25 each. Attendance will be limited to 200 guests, so get your RSVP in today!

RSVP by January 7, 2023
nhkaracingseries@gmail.com
Please include:
• Names of 2022 NHKA members
• Names of free member guests (one per member)
• Names of additional guests/non-members ($25 each)
• Payment method: check or credit card (no payment at the door)
• Phone number
We will confirm your reservation by either replying with the address to send the check, or we will call you for the credit card information.

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

We’re looking forward to celebrating all our champions and friends!



2023 Schedule Announced!

The 2023 NHKA Racing Series schedule has been announced. A huge change is that we will not be racing at NHMS for the 2023 season. We feel that the condition of the Hill Course is too bumpy and dangerous. Especially the two straights leading to and from the chicane. Several drivers have broken parts and chains through that section, plus swerving drivers have created too many near misses. At this point, getting those areas repaired for next season isn’t feasible due to cost and timing, however discussions are ongoing.

We have been talking NHMS about other potential opportunities to race in the future. Race Director Mike has been to the speedway to test several configurations using the speedway oval with parts of the road course. There are lots of factors that need to be considered, but dates and arrangements are being negotiated with track management.

All of our 2023 events will be held at Canaan Motor Club. We will utilize a minimum of six different configurations of the Canaan track.

May 13 Race 1
June 3 Race 2
June 17/18 Race 3/4
July 15/16 Race 5 Kart Mania
Aug 19/20 Race 6/7
Sept 16 Race 8
Oct 7 Enduro

This is the earliest that we have been able to release a schedule, so we want to thank Canaan Motor Club for their efforts, as well as the New England Karting Challenge for their cooperation and patience. It’s never too soon to get excited about the start of the racing season!



THANK YOU!!!!

With deep sincerity, thank you to everyone who participated in making 2022 such a great season for the NHKA Racing Series. Whether you’re a driver or the supportive family of one, whether you attended every race or were only able to make a few, we appreciate all of you who make this possible. We saw intense racing along with tight points battles that came down to the last race day. Our first double-header championship weekend brought triumphs and heartbreaks and a lot of inspiring sportsmanship. Our 4-hour, 2,345-lap endurance race (not counting practice!) turned rivals into teammates and was the first of what will be a new NHKA tradition with some improvements for the future.

Of course, a huge thanks to all our workers, volunteers, corner marshals, ambulance EMTs and host facilities – as well as to the weather gods for a dry season.

Save the date Saturday, January 21, 2023 for the Championship Banquet. We will announce the venue and details soon. This will also be our annual rules meeting. For the coming season you should expect us to continue making minor adjustments to our membership requirements, procedures, class structure and rules. We will be issuing updates throughout the off season.

We are also working on a 2023 schedule. Some dates have already been booked while others are pending confirmation. As soon as we’re fully locked in with the venues we will let you know.



Final Updates for 2022 Enduro!

We are ready to host our 1st annual 4 Hour Endurance Race at Canaan Motor Club this Saturday. Thank you to all who entered for understanding that this is a members only event. We will take the lessons learned from this first-time event to make all future editions bigger and better in the coming years.

Here are the timeline and special rules for the weekend.

Friday night entry and trailer drop-off will be 4-8pm. Pre-race safety inspections will be available, as will camping for a $25 fee.

• Saturday morning the gate will be open 7-11am. All drivers, crew and spectators must be in by 11am. No exceptions.
• No race engines may be started before 8:05am.
• The mandatory drivers meeting will be at 8:30am.
• Practice will be 9-10:30am. This will be a continuous open practice. There will be a hot pit lane, so you may exit and enter the pits as many times as you need.
• There will be no spectating along the Armco barrier. We will make other accommodations for watching.
• During the race and practice refueling will be restricted to a designated area near the pit exit. As always, there will be absolutely no refueling allowed on any paved surface.
• Pump gas will be allowed for this event, along with VP MS93 or MS98 race fuel. No Additives. No mixing of fuels.
• There will be a pit stop box. EVERY driver must weigh in after their driving stint.
• Custom weight systems must be approved in pre-race safety inspection.
• No driver may switch teams after the race starts.
• No radio communications to drivers is allowed.
• There will be a complete supplemental rules sheet in your packet when you sign in.

The shipment of new LeCont tires has arrived, so we are well stocked for both classes.

Starting around 11am, Lee will be cooking burgers for lunch. There will also be some sides and chips. No charge. He will keep cooking as needed throughout the day until we run out.

It looks like the thermometer will only reach the mid-50s. Please bring warm clothes. Ski or snowmobile gloves are recommended. Latex gloves under normal driving gloves work well too. Don’t forget extra socks if you wear lightweight driving shoes.

Also, after we are done for the day, we will be storing the crash barriers in the barn for the winter. We can always use some extra muscle to complete that chore.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the track one last time in 2022!



This Is the Latest Info for the
Team Endurance Race

[UPDATED OCT 1] NHKA Racing Series will be holding a special event for current club members on October 8: non-points endurance event on Half-Track 1 at Canaan Motor Club. Details are still in the works, but here’s everything that has been decided so far…

This is an exclusive event for 2022 NHKA members only. (We will not accept any membership forms or “extra” membership fees for this event.) Senior and masters age drivers are welcome to form/join teams. The number of teams will be limited. Registration is on www.BikeReg.com/NHKA and is open until 5pm Tuesday Oct 4. One driver will register the team and send an email to NHKARacingSeries@gmail.com listing all team members, kart number and class.

Briggs 206 Junior Solo Endurance Race
This portion of the event has been canceled.

Briggs 206/World Formula Team Endurance Race
• 2–3 drivers per team (no solo drivers)
• UPDATED 4-hour timed race
• UPDATED 2 mandatory monitored pit stop
• World Formula karts at 390lbs
• Briggs 206 karts at 360lbs
• All weights and mounts will be inspected for safety.
• Seat-weight inserts must be securely attached to seat.
• Kart must cross scales after each stint.
• $200 per team plus pit passes for each driver (+100 for third driver)

All NHKA rules will apply (engine, exhaust, fuel, tires, etc.) There will be event-specific rules for pitting, refueling, driver changes, breakdowns, etc. which will be announced at the Double-Race Championship Weekend.

With the cancellation of the Junior race, we are re-working the race day schedule and releasing it before the event. However, we can tell you that the day will begin with practice, and the race will run from 12-4pm.

ARRANGE FOR TIRES NOW!!!
This will NOT be an open tire race – NHKA tire rules will be in effect. Our inventory of LeCont Red 7.10 rears and 4.50 fronts is low and will be sold on a first come first serve basis at the track. We CANNOT guarantee there will be tires for you the day of the race – unless you have already ordered yours. If you haven’t yet, we strongly recommend that you make arrangements with your usual supplier right now.



Final Updates for Championship Weekend

We hope everyone is ready for an exciting Double-Race Championship Weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. We certainly are!

Track configuration for Race 7 on Saturday will be counterclockwise. We will not make a decision on what direction we’ll run Race 8 on Sunday until after we have a chance to inspect and test any necessary fixes in the chicane area. Most likely we will let everyone know during the day Saturday.

We will have a quick meeting on Saturday afternoon, after the trophy ceremony, to discuss the 3-hour endurance race on October 8th at Canaan. 

As always, all racers and guests must have a NHKA pit pass wristband. Anyone without a wristband will be removed from the property. Remember, all racers are responsible for their guests which means you may also be removed from the property. One-day minor release forms can be filled out at the gate.

Friday Night
The NHKA gate will open for trailer drop off and camping at 4pm and close at 8pm. No admittance after 8pm. Period. A $25 camping fee is to be paid directly to the speedway at the gate (cash only.)

Saturday and Sunday
6:30am The NHKA Gate will open. The gate will close at 12pm. No admittance or pit pass sales after 12 noon. No exceptions.
8:15am  Drivers meeting. ALL DRIVERS MUST ATTEND. Any driver NOT at the meeting will NOT race. A meeting for new drivers will be held immediately after.
8:30am Kid Karts on track for first session.
Two 8-minute practice sessions for each group.
Lunch Break
One 5-minute qualifying session for each group.
One 20-lap final per group.

1    Kid Kart (last session during lunch break)
2    206 Cadet
3    World Formula Light and Heavy
4    TaG Masters
5    TaG Senior
6    206 Masters
7    Shifters
8    TaG Junior
9    206 Senior
10  206 Junior

See you at the track!



Championship Weekend Races to Watch

Once again, the NHKA Racing Series has reached the last lap of another great season. The last two laps, actually, with the Races 7 and 8 Championship Weekend on the Hill Course at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend, September 10-11.

In 2022 the club pivoted from explosive growth and 200-entry events, to a model focused on financial sustainability, fun and preservation of our sanity. While we can only claim success on the first two goals, we are deeply appreciative of the continued support of the amazing NHKA family. Thank you all so much for making this new vision of success a success!

One thing that hasn’t change in 2022 is the number of championship podiums that won’t be fully decided until the last lap of the last race. Looking at the points (thank you once again Jim Slade!), and figuring in presumed drops, here are the tight points races to watch play out at the Championship Weekend.

Briggs 206 Cadet
If you want to know the secret of winning a championship, just ask Wesley Clark. His approach is simple: Win every time you race. Jake Maloney’s consistency has earned him a lock on 2nd-place honors. The race to watch in Cadet is for the third step of the championship podium. Cameron Bacon and Jackson Blanchard are only separated by a scant three points!
 
 
 
 
 
 

Briggs 206 Junior
Last season, Caleb Jarvis-Comi won the last race but still lost the championship… by a mega-frustrating 2.5 points! This season he won all but one race and has a commanding lead going into the last two races. With 2nd-place finishes in most races, Tucker Gauvin is a solid bet for 2nd place in the championship. However, the super-consistent Braden Kearney is only 23 points back. And don’t count out Will Tyler who has positioned himself to potentially play the spoiler.
 
 
 
 

Briggs 206 Senior
This year 206 Senior features a new crop of championship front runners. Christian Flagg leads the way by finishing on the podium in all but one race, including three wins. Just 15 points back sits Cruise LaBrie, who won twice and podiumed every race. Meanwhile, Shaun Dobbins, Wyatt Jarvis-Comi and Brett Repke will be duking it out for the third step of the championship podium.

Briggs 206 Masters
Hard-driving Marcello Decampos is poised to take his second 206 Masters title in a row. Jim Paulette, whose impressively improved sophomore effort has him comfortably in 2nd place. The race to watch here is for 3rd-place honors between Andrew Plourde and gentleman racer Jim Janelle, who are a mere 20 points apart.
 
 
 
 
 
 

TaG Junior
Caleb Jarvis-Comi had a rough first race, but podiumed Race 2 and has done nothing but win since. This consistency has him firmly in control of the championship. It won’t be so easy for Brian Wilkinson, who has the momentum of two 2nd-place finishes, but also has a hard-charging Brayden Hatch nipping at his heels only 10 points back.

TaG Senior
Last season’s TaG Senior runner up, Mark Donato, is well on his way to a trophy upgrade thanks to a 50-point lead. With two races worth of points at stake, the rest of the championship podium is very much up for grabs. Figuring in the drop (key in this class), Alex Gomes has a negligible 7.5-point lead over SIMS teammate and fellow podcaster Christian Abbate. And they’ll do well to stay ahead of Huge North, who’s only 12.5 points behind. Oh boy, oh boy! This is gonna be very fun, but it’s still not the race you absolutely must watch…

TaG Masters
They say, Ricardo Nunes lives in a house made entirely of trophies. So it should come as no surprise to see that he’s in the hunt for his sixth TaG Masters championship in a row. SIXTH! What’s unusual this season is that he isn’t in the points lead. That honor belongs to last season’s runner up Tobe Armendariz, who hasn’t finished outside of the top two all year. Nor is Ricardo in 2nd, hard-charging Rich Blanchard is, and only 8 points out of first. Where’s Ricardo? 3rd place. No, he hasn’t lost his mojo, but he did have to miss two events – he won all the rest. Bottom line: Only 20 points separates three of the club’s most experienced racers going into the Championship Weekend, making TaG Masters the race you absolutely must watch!

World Formula Light
Ryan Archambault has only managed two wins so far this season, but they’ve been enough to give him a comfortable 32.5-point lead. Last year’s Briggs 206 Junior champ, Will Dziuba, has also scored two wins and a similar lead over his next closest competitor. 3rd place, Kyle Callahan, has one win but an only 7.5 point advantage over Christian Abbate, putting the last step on the podium completely up for grabs.

World Formula Heavy
With a 78-point lead thanks to 4 wins, Brett Repke’s championship is pretty much a wrap. However, with a win a piece and only 17 points separating them, Scott Kearney and Tom Rosenfield still have a bit of work to do to sort out the rest of the World Formula Heavy championship podium.

KZ Shifter
It would appear that Mark Donato in KZ has the same simple approach to winning championships as Wesley Clark in Cadet: Win every time you race. Which is particularly impressive given that he managed to do so against the likes of long-time shifter ace Tim Armstrong, who sits comfortably in 2nd place. Finally, a well-deserved shout-out to Jake Seidel for snagging 3nd place after coming up a handful of points shy last season.



UPDATED: 3-Hour Team Endurance Race!

NHKA Racing Series has announced that the special event on October 8 will be a non-points team endurance raceon Half-Track 1 at Canaan Motor Club. Details are still in the works, but here’s what we know so far:

Junior Race
• 1-hour timed race
• 2 drivers required
• 1 mandatory pit stop

Senior Race
• 3-hour timed race
• 2 – 3 drivers per team
• World Formula karts at 390lbs
• Briggs 206 karts at 360lbs

Note: Solo drivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis. There will be no official class and no awards.

All NHKA rules will apply (engine, exhaust, fuel, tires, etc.) There will be event-specific rules for pitting, refueling, driver changes, breakdowns, etc. which will be announced at the Double-Race Championship Weekend. Current NHKA members who are junior, senior and masters age are welcome to form/join teams. The number of teams will be limited. Registration will be per team and open after the last race of the regular season.



Enter Now! Double-Race Championship Weekend
September 10 & 11 at NHMS

This is it! Hard-fought season championships will be on the line at the Double-Race Championship Weekend September 10 & 11 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. NHKA drives will be taking to the track for Races 7 & 8 in the grandest of season finales. Enter at www.BikeReg.com/NHKA before September 6 at 6pm – You don’t want to miss it!



NHKA Race 6 at NHMS is On the Grid!
Let’s Go Racing!

Reminders
Fuel for 206 and World Formula karts must be V.P. MS93 or MS98. We are not allowing pump gas any longer as there are too many variables in gas straight from the pump never mind detecting any additives. Also, the only crankcase oil allowed is AMSOIL Briggs 4T.
Please charge your transponders.
Numbers must be on all four sides of your kart. Numbers must be your registered number.
All drivers new to NHKA must attend a new drivers meeting before going on track at either 7pm on Friday night or 8am Saturday morning.

Friday Night Schedule
Entry for trailer drop off or overnight camping entry is 4-8pm. If you are meeting guests they must check in at the front gate and purchase (cash only) a NHKA pit pass wristband. NO ONE is allowed in the NHKA area without a NHKA wristband. Camping fee must be paid at the front gate directly to NHMS. Kart safety tech will be available 4-8pm… beat the morning rush!

Saturday Morning Schedule
Front gate will be open 6:30am-12noon. Absolutely no admission after 12noon.
Kart safety inspection will begin at 7am.
No starting race engines before 8:05am.
Drivers meeting will be at 8:15am at the podium. ALL drivers must attend. Late arrivals/no-shows will not race.
Kid Karts should be ready to go at 8:30am, their last session will be during the lunch break.

Practice Groups
1 Kid Kart
2 TaG Masters/Junior
3 206 Cadet
4 TaG Senior
5 206 Senior
6 Shifters
7 206 Masters
8 206 Junior
9 World Formula Light/Heavy
Groups may be adjusted for qualifying and racing. So be sure to check the posting at the grid towards the end of the lunch break.

Race Format
Two rounds of practice per group
Lunch Break
5-minute qualifying session
20-lap final race

This is the final update before the race. We will see you all this Saturday!!!!


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