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MikeBoone

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As some may have heard, long track Road Racing was dealt a blow when rumors of the Southern Kart Club's demise were "leaked" for lack of a better term.

While the leadership from the club has not made an official statement, many members of the club are openly talking about it.

So, what does that mean? That mean's that South Carolina members are looking for a place to race. The PowerAde Series is a logical next step for many. Several of the members were at the track for the Carolina Clash season ender for the WKA Gold Cup. Many expressed interest in running there, many commented on how the facility was top notch.

The questions came to rules stability and the liklihood that the rules structure for the 2014 season will allow them to try their hand at short Road Course racing without breaking the bank. Meaning, since CMP runs WKA Gold Cup rules for the 4 cycles, how much will they have to retool to try out this track.

So, with an eye toward the future, how can the series grow, but still maintain the friendly atmosphere that CMP is known for.

Thoughts anyone? I know that CMP has a reputation of come on and we will get you out on the track, can we say that now to entice the long track guys? 

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Mike, would there be a lot of interest if I try to host a race on one of my open dates on the road course? If so it is something that I would consider. Also I will leave it open to consideration on different classes for the series I know the clone will be local option only next year in WKA but I will still run them as long as the participation is there. im interested to hear what you or anyone has to say on the matter david@carolinamotorsportspark.com
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David....at the November race, how about getting with the clone guys to see what everybody is thinking about next year....most of the guys didnt try to run any GC events
so the clone, if that is what they want, is still the way to go so they dont spend money converting over. since wka is getting away from the clones then maybe use akra rules since it will be still in play??...see if mixing the lo206
with the clones is an option for CMP racers....i dont think there will be enough of the two makes to make two classes and they will more and likely run together anyway, so hopefully everybody will read here and have an understanding about what is going on so it can start a discussion here and at the track in november.

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Couple of things to think about.

1. WKA is trying to move away from the clone class since it seems to have morphed into a rules nightmare. Not only that, but they haven't received any money from engine manufacturers, so why support it? In addition to having engine builders "suggesting" rules changes so that a $200.00 engine now has a going market price of somewhere north of $500.00!!??

2. WKA has taken the stance of rules and tech manual being "intellectual property" and claimng that if we use their rules without paying them we are stealing their property and risk litigation (i believe that there is an ulterior motive behind that, if you use our rules and someting bad happens, but you don't buy our insurance you are on your own). They are also still in a relationship with Briggs that treats the racer as a resource from which funds can be extracted. In my opinion, both WKA and Briggs are taking active steps to try and squeeze out the clone, simply because they are not seeing any revenue from it. Engine builders are going to support those that support their business.
  
3. AKRA rules are stable, and seem to be a logical alternative, Since Bill McCutcheon is an old sprint racer, it would be nice to see him get behind the series at CMP.

4. NKA "The Wildcard" in this whole deal. They have a set of rules for CLONE published for use by tracks as they see fit. They are common sense, and are easily understood, but may be OVERSIMPLIFIED.

What do I suggest? 

I suggest that ALL of the racers that want to continue to race clone get together, simplify the classes, review, discuss and ADOPT WHICH RULES we want to run and then advise David that this is what we want to do.

David is in the race track business, not in the racebody governing business. His job is to supply us with a place to race, with a safe facility and top notch staff. Then collect a fair price for our use of the facility. Obviously he has the ultimate say, but we shouldn't wait on him to dictate what we already know we want. We need to make it as attractive as possible to him so that he continues to see value in providing us a place to race.

We should present these to him, with our request or suggestion of what we want to run and do our part by showing up and bringing new guys there to the track.

Fewer classes, rules that are simple, easy to understand and take a minimum of effort on the race director and track staff.

Last but not least, let's not exclude ANYONE IF POSSIBLE, racers showing up ensures that we have a place to race.

That is my take.  
 

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http://www.nkaonline.com/files/trakbook/2014%20NKA%20OHV200%20Rules%20Beta%2011-12-13.pdf

This link will take you to the NKA website showing rules for the clone class. They seem to make ALOT of sense.


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