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.