Ashland, VA – “Grooming champions since 1984” – the slogan for the VDKA, a six race, Maxxis National qualifier series, for some of the best drivers in the Mid-Atlantic. Running two races at three tracks throughout the state of Virginia and even Elizabeth City, the VDKA brings great competition those drivers as young as five years, to the seasoned veterans hunting the big pay outs.
Mother Nature permitting, we look to kick off the 2016 campaign this weekend as Capital City host a double header. With forecast looking grim, race officials decided to bump the start times up for everything, hoping to get practice underway by 9:00 AM. That pesky R word had other plans. Drivers and crews are forced to take shelter in their trailers and under their tents hoping the weather clears up.
Seventeen classes are on the docket this afternoon for state points, along with eleven PRO classes. A total of 28 classes here today looking to make laps around the 1/4 mile, moderately banked, clay speedway. 20 laps the scheduled distance for all classes once we get underway. Now, with 28 classes and over 500 laps of racing and just two of us, we cannot possibly cover everything. Follow us throughout the day and into the evening on our Twitter feed (@theweeklyracer). We will do our best to keep everyone up to date through out both the points and PRO races.
Elizabeth City, NC – Just in time for the warm weather to start creeping into the picture, it is time to start blowing the dirt off the ole kart. Not that it will really matter too much because they are all going to dirty again. Kart counts are expected to be higher than average this weekend as this is the first time the weather has really cooperated enough for drivers to get out and scuff tires and shake down new karts.
Couple changes and new additions for the 2016 season. For one, and probably the biggest, fresh layer of clay for the slightly banked 1/5th mile speedway. Second is a move by management to honor a young man who was very involved in Champ Kart racing in the region. The Champ Kart division, for the 2016 season, will be named the Dylan Brockwell Sr. Champ division. In addition, both the concession stand and sign in office received some fresh paint.
Albemarle will again host two VDKA state races this season along with their regular points night. Club President, Doug Johnson, returned to the helm yet again this year with a unanimous vote from the board. Johnson had worked over the off season with his tech officials to form a Limited Champ class, however, no official word has been made yet if that will lift off this season.
The Weekly Racer is putting a plan in motion for the 2016 season to bring you more of these races. The last year we have been involved in the Dirt Kart scene we have seen some of the best racing in the three years we have been doing this. As we are still learning this type of racing we ask for some patience learning classes, rules, and drivers. Due to the nature of the racing, size of tracks and number of laps, LIVE lap-by-lap coverage is almost impossible. However, we will work on doing post race coverage and interviews. We need your help though this year! We want to know who you want follow! Give us a follow on our social media outlets – both Facebook & Twitter – and let us know what classes you would like info on and we will do out best to bring that to you the weekends we get our hands dirty.
Austin Yarbrough in victory lane Saturday night with promotors Dave & Amy McGraw after winning the marquee Pro Clone Heavy feature. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com
The checks have been signed, the trophies handed out and the dust has settled – well actually the dust and the dirt have been hauled away and the Senator Bob Martin Agricultural Center has been turned back over to its original state. Another year in the books for what I am learning is one of the biggest spectacles in dirt kart racing in the region and Austin Yarbrough is able to etch his name into the record books beating out some of the best in the business if you will.
I Came, I Saw, I Conquered – should be motto over at Austin Yarbrough racing after the young man won four of the five races during the Saturday night portion of the Indoor Dirt Kart Championships in Williamston, North Carolina – taking trophies home in three more events the night before – winning seven of the eight races over the weekend he competed in. Qualifying third for the feature out of 45 karts (only 20 made it into the show) with a time of 9.733 seconds. The pole however set by Colby Horner just six hundreds of a second faster at 9.670. Now if my sources are correct in telling me the track was a 1/10th mile oval that pole speed was an average of 37.229 MPH. If you were there and saw the track you would know that was flat hauling the mail.
Pro Clone Heavy Starting 5;
1. #15x Colby Horner | 9.67
2. #154 Cody Sieber |9.714
3. #811 Austin Yarbrough | 9.733
4. #20 Adam Beville | 9.786
5. #100 J.L Furrow | 9.805
For the past eight years kart racers from all over the east coast make the trip to Williamston, North Carolina for the Maxxis Tire sponsored indoor championships. Over 700 karts racing in more than 30 different classes, over two days, all fighting for more than $18,000 in prize money. The weekend felt very much like Martinsville for Late Models, everyone fighting for that big pay out. The Weekly Racer made the trip this year, as it’s pretty obvious our interesting in dirt karting has certainly grown over the past year. Just like in stock car racing you have your big names who come out to the big races. Drivers like Jonathan Cash, Monk Newsome – even some names you may know from stock car racing like J.D. Eversole (South Boston) and Spencer Davis (K&N Pro East).
Sixteen races scheduled for the Friday portion of the weekend. With an early check in of 9 AM it gave teams plenty of time to settle in, set up, and run their karts through technical inspection. The day was action packed with two rounds of controlled practice, time trials and feature races. Timing issues much like at this years Martinsville Late Model race also plagued the day. Crews spent more than an hour before practice could start working at the stripe to ensure everything was in working order. Once fixed it was a nonstop train of karts on the track dialing in their machines for the feature.
Its RACE DAY! Quite a few things going on today in the racing community! Good luck to all the teams who made the trip to Myrtle Beach Speedway for the 23rd Annual UNOH 400 Presented by Crown Reef Resorts. A 100-lap Super Truck race followed by a 100-lap South East Limited Late Model feature. Grandstands open at 11:00 AM EST. Tickets start at just $20, kids 12 and under are free. Racing begins at 4:15 EST today. Today is the first of two action packed weekends at Myrtle beach as next week they play host to the UNOH Battle at the Beach – which The Weekly Racer will have you right on top of the action!
You also have the U.S. Legend Cars International and INEX Nationals at Anderson Motor Speedway. Good luck to all the teams that were able to make the trip. Qual & Heat races were last night. The mains will run today. A special shout out to TWR’ local driver Tommy Jackson Jr. who won and finished fourth in his two heat races. He will roll of the grid third today in the #SemiPro main. Make sure to follow @USLegendCars for updates through out the day.
We will be heading down to Elizabeth City later this afternoon to check out some dirt kart action at Albemarle Speedway. We have been to this facility a few time this year to check out some awesome short track racing. Some of you may remember the story we posted last year of our experience at their annual fun day event, which by the way is coming up again this year, hopefully we can find a ride! Tonight will be their final points race of the season. Practice will get underway at 4:00 PM EST and racing usually gets underway around 8:00 PM EST. If you have never caught a kart racce on dirt and have nothing to do later this evening, break out the coats, gloves and hat’s. Load the car up and take the short drive to Elizabeth City and watch some great racing from all age’s!
Elizabeth City, NC – Only a few short weeks before the smell of burnt methanol and dust floods the sky of Albemarle Speedway, a little dirt track just inside the boundaries of North Carolina with some big talent. Albemarle Kart Club, run by president Doug Johnson, is a well-groomed dirt kart track nestled within the Dixieland Motor Speedway Complex. Albemarle runs their program on Saturday’s, under the lights, just like the “big shots!” I say that very lightly by the way because some of these young kids flat fly around that track!
Some of you may remember last October I had the pleasure of running a few laps during the year-end ‘Fun Day’ event thanks to Amanda Frye Racing, and honestly fell in love. Take away that it was the first time in over ten years I was behind a legit wheel of any kind of race machine, running dirt was something I had never done before and grew a whole new level of respect for dirt racers. Couple that with the camaraderie between the racers and the amount of talent seen on the track! That made me want to go back every now and then to see a true race.
Now this is not me saying that the weekly series I usually attend and cover is not some great racing, because then I would just be crazy! However it is nice to take a step back and enjoy the race, and the excitement the dirt adds. With that being said I want to branch out and bring some dirt kart racing to this site. These guys and girls deserve just as much attention as the Lee Pulliam’s & Johanna Long’s – mainly because they are the next big thing in racing! I will be adding a Karting section in the menu tab so you can follow along as I do my best to put these young drivers in the spot light they deserve!
Albemarle recently released their 2015 season schedule, which can be found bellow or over on their Facebook page. Sticking with my idea of weekly racing I want to try to cover some of these races throughout the season. Bring everyone back to where they got their start, if they are a racer, as well as shine some light on the sport for those looking to get their kids started behind the wheel!
The season officially will kick off the second weekend in March with the first points race, however there will be plenty of time to for drivers and crews to head down to shake karts, drivers, and mechanics down before the grueling eight month season is in full swing. Weather permitting the track will host two work days at the end of this month with an open practice scheduled March 7 and the first official race March 14th.