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Mid-State Raceway Springfield, IL
Aug 28

Route 66 Series Season Final Event to be held at Mid-State Raceway

posted by Mike Maurini on 28 Aug 2014

The MG Tire / L & T Manufacturing Route 66 Sprint Series will finish off the 2014 racing season with rounds nine and ten being held at Mid-State Raceway located near Springfield, IL on September 5th - 7th sponsored by B & B Electric. The event is hosted by the Mid-State Kart Club (MSKC) and is called the Loren Niehaus Memorial Race in honor of founding club member Loren Niehaus who helped start the club and build the first part of the track in 1960. The track has been expanded four times over the past 54 years and is now a 1/2 mile sprint track located on 18 acres. Mid-State Raceway has been a stop on the Route 66 Series schedule for 14 consecutive years now. MSKC is currently expanding the pits by adding another 6,000 square feet. The club has recently added 45 new safety barriers and now has Race Monitor data available for live timing and scoring of their races.

On-line registration at www.MotorSportsReg.com will be accepted up until midnight September 1st at $75 per entry. At the track registration fees increases to $90 per entry. A record number of race entries have been set at most of the Route 66 Series events this season and going into the final event another big crowd is expected. Two sets of MG tires will be given away in drawings held at the Saturday driver’s meeting along with drawings for $50 gift certificates from Precision Karting Technologies. Look for the timeline of the events at Mid-State Raceway to be posted on the Route 66 Series web site at www.Route66KartRacing.com.

Going into the final event of the season, the point battles are close in several classes. Bonus points will be awarded at this event for participants who have competed in all of the series events this year. In the Yamaha Senior class, Killian Keaveny leads Collin Griffin by just 32 points. The Briggs & Stratton LO-206 class also has a close battle with Brandon Klein leading by just 30 points over Matthew Bartling. A competitor’s best eight out of ten races will count toward the final season points.

Brazil Granja Viana Team Race Award:
Senior class drivers from the Route 66 Series who are in the top 10 in points for his or her class and are age 18 or older by December 1st will be eligible to enter a drawing to win a trip to participate in the Granja Viana 500 mile kart team race in Brazil courtesy of Wagner Rossi Motorsports and MG Tires. This race will have Formula One drivers and Indy Car drivers also competing. The prize includes round trip air fare for the driver only, accommodations and transportation in Brazil, and the cost of the team and race itself. The event takes place from December 10th to the 14th. The winner will be responsible for his/her own food and souvenirs and must have a passport. If you meet the above requirements there will be a form to fill out to enter the random drawing which will be awarded at Mid-State.

The Komet class for ages 13 and up is still on probation for the rest of the 2014 season. If you want this class to remain in the 2015 class structure, we encourage you to attend this event. The LO-206 class is also on probation for the rest of the 2014 season. Again if you want this class to remain in the 2015 class structure, we encourage you and your friends to attend this event. The series will be staying with a five event schedule in 2015. The 2015 schedule will be released sometime right after Labor Day. People wishing to help sponsor the Route 66 Sprint Series in 2015 are encouraged to contact Mark Coats at info@route66kartracing.com.

Registration will be available at Mid-State on Friday September 5th from 1 PM to 6 PM and on Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM. Registration forms, practice, and race schedules are available on the Route 66 Series web site at www.Route66KartRacing.com. For additional information about registration contact Kris Finke at Kris.route66racing@gmail.com. For more information about the Route 66 Sprint Series contact Mark Coats at (217) 529-7687. For more information about Mid-State Raceway and to reserve a pit spot visit www.MidStateKartClub.com or contact MSKC President Al Burkett at (217)971-5599.

Mark your calendars for the Route 66 Series awards banquet which is scheduled for Saturday October 11th in Springfield, Illinois. Mid-State Raceway will be hosting a special event on Sunday October 12th for those that want to get in some more kart racing. Look for more awards banquet information to be posted soon on the Route 66 Series web site.

Route 66 Series at Mid-State Raceway Information for Sep. 4 - 7, 2014



Track Address / Directions:
160 Kender Lane
Dawson, IL
Track is located 6 miles east of Springfield, IL on Mechanicsburg Rd.
First exit east of Springfield on I-72
(Camp Butler exit)

Entry Fees:
$75.00 Pre-Entry (Pit Passes not included) $90.00 at the track
Kid Kart entry same as regular classes
NOTE: Entry fee does not include pit passes (see below)

Pit Passes:
$35.00 - 3-day Hot Grid & Pit Pass
$15.00 - 1-day Hot Grid & Pit Pass

Reserved Pit Space Rental:
$40. for the weekend.
Motor Homes $50 per spot plus $25/day, Access available starting Thursday.

Transponder Rental:
$25.00 for 2 days

Non-Event Day Practice Fee:
Thursday September 4th $40.
Friday September 5th $30.
Thurs. Open practice 3 PM to 7:30 PM
Friday Group Practice 10 AM to 6 PM

Spec Fuel and Oil:
Sunoco 110 spec race fuel available at the track all weekend. Use Burris or Red Line oil only for 2-cycle classes.

Don't Forget to Attend the Free MSKC Cookout Saturday September 6th at 6:30PM

Aug 10

USPKS ENTRY OFFER to ROUTE 66 DRIVERS

posted by Mark Coats on 10 Aug 2014

This offer is for any Route 66 Sprint Series driver who has never competed in a USPKS Event & who has competed in the Route 66 Sprint Series in the 2014 season and qualifies for Championship Points and would like to give a USPKS Event a try.
All as you have to do is enter a USPKS Class for our final event this weekend at New Castle Motorsports Park and the USPKS will give you a $100 gift certificate to be used at any USPKS Sponsoring Kart Shop or Engine Builder. A list of our sponsors are on the USPKS series website at www.uspks.com.
The USPKS is trying to make this the biggest race in the series history and with the help of our Route 66 Sprint Series Drivers, it is possible.
Thank you for your support,
Mark

Jul 22

2014 Rulebook Update

posted by Mike Maurini on 22 Jul 2014

Recent updates have been made to the 2014 Rulebook. Affected regulations include driver information, engine and chassis declaration, tire usage and changing and chassis dimensions. Please download the updates from the Rulebook section in the sidebar of the homepage.

Jul 16

MG TIRE RULE CLARIFICATION -

posted by Mark Coats on 16 Jul 2014

THIS IS TO CLARIFY THE MG TIRE RULE & COMPOUND. SOME SHOPS OUT OF THE AREA ARE UNLOADING LAST YEARS TIRES. THESE TIRES ARE NOT LEGAL IN THE ROUTE 66 SPRINT SERIES. The ONLY LEGAL TIRES in the ROUTE 66 SPRINT SERIES are the following:
MG REDS need to be CIKF/Z Option
MG YELLOWS 4.60/7.10 need to be CIKF/Z Prime
MG YELLOWS 6.00 need to be FZ
Thank you for your understanding.

May 28

Series Rulebook Update

posted by Mike Maurini on 28 May 2014

The 2014 USPKS/Route 66 Rulebook has been updated and published for customers to review. Highlights of the new revision include diagrams and photographs specific to engine sealing procedures, as well as an update requiring the use of chain guards for all classes. Please download and review the update from the home or classes page of this site.

Apr 23

TIRE RULE CLARIFICATION

posted by Mark Coats on 23 Apr 2014

LO206 - Used tires are acceptable, must run the same set of tires from Qualifying Sat thru the Main Event on Sun. outside of Sun. practice where other tires can be used for that round of practice.
Naturally you do not have to practice your race tires in any of the other classes as well.


jan 21

Route 66 Sprint Series Readies for Its 14th Season in 2014

posted by Mark Coats on January 21, 2014

Come celebrate 14 years of Great Racing, at Great Tracks, with Great People and join in the fun at the MG Tire/L&T Manufacturing Route 66 Sprint Series events. The Route 66 Sprint Series was started by racers and we listen to our racers and reward our racers for supporting the series.

The MG Tire/L & T Manufacturing Route 66 Sprint Series is launching a new race format for 2014 with 10 classes of racing each Saturday and Sunday. Starting this season all classes will run both Saturday and Sunday for one point championship. With a five event schedule there will be ten races per class and the best eight of ten events will count for season point championship. With this format there will be one champion for each of the ten classes. New classes added for this season will be Leopard 125 Junior and Briggs & Stratton LO-206. As previously announced, MG Tires will be the new spec tire brand for all classes for the next two years. Also new to the series this year will be the availability of on-line registration along with discounts for pre-entering and season package entry discounts that include kart number reservations. Visit the Route 66 Sprint Series booth at the Winter Kart Show this Sunday January 26th and see how easy it is to register on line.

Four-cycle racing returns to the series with the introduction of a new Briggs & Stratton LO-206 class. David Klaus, director of Briggs and Stratton Racing stated, “We are excited to be a part of Route 66 in 2014. With the growth of the LO-206 racing program throughout the Midwest racers now have a series the caliber of Route 66 to compete against the best of the best with an engine that brings competitiveness right from the box. The 206 is about out of the box, cost-effective racing. To further highlight that and thank our racers your FIRST Route 66 LO-206 class entry will be discounted $50 when you pre-enter online.” The LO-206 class guidelines are listed below and can be found on the series website.

The Route 66 Sprint Series has scheduled five events at five of the Mid-West’s favorite kart tracks. The series will open the season at Concept Haulers Motor Speedway (CHMS) in Norway, Illinois in April followed by a return to Michiana Raceway Park (MRP) near South Bend, Indiana in June. The series heads north to the historic Briggs & Stratton Raceway hosted by Badger Kart Club (BKC) in Dousman, Wisconsin in July. August has the series racing at the popular New Castle Motorsports Park (NCMP) near New Castle, Indiana. The final event will be hosted by Mid-State Kart Club (MSKC) in September at Mid-State Raceway near Springfield, Illinois. There will be 22 bonus points awarded for participating in all ten races for a given class.

ROUTE 66 Sprint Series 2014 Schedule

April 26 & 27 – CHMS – Norway, Illinois
June 7 & 8 – MRP - North Liberty, Indiana
July 12 & 13 – BKC – Dousman, Wisconsin
August 2 & 3 – NCMP – New Castle, Indiana
September 6 & 7 – MSKC – Springfield, Illinois

Another new feature this year is that the series will post a time line for each event on the series website. The series will continue to use a two-day/weekend format at all events with three rounds of practice held on Saturday morning. Ten classes of racing will be held on Saturday afternoon and the same ten classes will race again on Sunday. There will also be at least one round of practice held on Sunday morning. All five series events will have practice time available on the Friday before the event. All events will again hold the popular free cookout at the conclusion of racing on Saturday.

Series Promoter Mark Coats says “The reason for the success of the Route 66 Sprint Series is that we listen to our racers and The Route 66 Sprint Series Team. What is neat about the Route 66 Sprint Series is that I am allowed to be a racer, because we have a great team.”

Below is the Route 66 Sprint Series Team:
Series CEO: Mark Coats
Series Race Director: Rick Fulks
Series Assistant Race Director: Jason Ludwig
Series Secretary, Registration & Scoring: Kris Finke
Series Safety Tech: Matt & Colleen Dial
Series Head Tech Man: Rick Jump
Series Assistant Tech Man:
Series Flagman: Tony Jump
Series Announcer: Tim Koyen
Series Apparel Sales: Sabrina Bergeson & Colleen Dial
Series Official Photographer & PR: Joe Brittin
Series Grid Steward: Becky French
Series Assistant: Dylaneigh Reardon

The event flyer and entry form for the first event scheduled at CHMS will soon be available on-line at www.Route66KartRacing.com. Pre-entries for the first event at CHMS must be post marked by April 11th to receive a $20 pre-entry discount. On-line registration will also be available very soon. The series web site has a downloads section with forms available for event informational flyers, registration forms, schedules, class structures and minors release forms. The web site has retained many of the great features such as Mylaps results, point standings, track and motel information, photo galleries and series news. Check the series website for more updates about the new on-line registration process that will be administered through MotorSportsReg.com.

2014 ROUTE 66 SPRINT SERIES CLASS STRUCTURE


KID KART
Drivers Age: 5-7 Years
Engine: C-51 Only
Weight: 150 Lbs
Tires: MG “HZ” Reds 4.60/4.60

YAMAHA 100 ROOKIE
Drivers Age: 7-10 Years
Engine: Yamaha KT100
Carburetor: Walbro WA55
Exhaust: Spec RLV 7500 YBX
Weight: 225 Lbs
Tires: MG “HZ” Reds 4.60/4.60
Must qualify on new tires and race the same set Saturday & Sunday

YAMAHA 100 CADET
Drivers Age: 8-12 Years
Engine: Yamaha KT100
Carburetor: Walbro WA55
Exhaust: Spec RLV 7548 SSX
Weight: 250 Lbs
Tires: MG “HZ” Reds 4.60/4.60
Must qualify on new tires and race the same set Saturday & Sunday

YAMAHA 100 JUNIOR
Driver Age: 12-15 Years
Engine: Yamaha KT100
Carburetor: Walbro WB3A
Exhaust: Spec RLV 7548 SSX
Weight: 310 Lbs
Tires: MG “FZ” Yellows 4.60/6.00
Must qualify on new tires and race the same set Saturday & Sunday

YAMAHA 100 SENIOR
Drivers Age: 15 + Years
Engine: KT100
Carburetor: Walbro WB3A
Exhaust: Spec RLV 7548 SSX
Weight: 360 Lbs
Tires: MG “FZ” Yellows 4.50/7.10
Must qualify on new tires and race the same set Saturday & Sunday

KOMET CADET
Drivers Age: 8-12 Years
Engine: KPP 100
Carburetor: Walbro WA55
Exhaust: Komet Header, K1 Pipe, Flex 12” Min. 12.5” Max.
Weight: 255 Lbs
Tires: MG “HZ” Reds 4.60/4.60
Must qualify on new tires and race the same set Saturday & Sunday

KOMET
Drivers Age: 13 + Years
Engine: KPP 100
Carburetor: Walbro WB3A
Exhaust: Komet Header, K2 Pipe, Flex 10” Min. No Max. Length
Weight: 350 Lbs
Tires: MG “FZ” Yellows 4.50/7.10
Must qualify on new tires and race the same set Saturday & Sunday

LEOPARD 125 JUNIOR
Driver Age: 13-15 Years
Engine: IAME Leopard w/Factory 25mm Header
Carburetors: Tillotson HL334a, HL334ab & HL334aa
Exhaust: As supplied by Manufacturer
Weight: 330 Lbs
Tires: MG “FZ” Yellows 4.60/7.10
You must have 1 year prior experience in the YAMAHA JUNIOR CLASS to race this class
Must qualify on new tires and race the same set Saturday & Sunday

LEOPARD 125 SENIOR
Driver Age: 16 + Years
Engine: IAME Leopard
Carburetor: Tillotson HL334a, HL334ab & HL334aa
Exhaust: As supplied by Manufacturer
Weight: 365 Lbs
Tires: MG “FZ” Yellows 4.60/7.10
New Tires are required both days

BRIGGS & STRATTON LO-206
Drivers Age: 14 + Years
Engine: B&S LO-206
Chassis Specs: CIK Body Work
Weight: 365 Lbs
Rules will be posted on the ROUTE 66 WEBSITE SOON
Tires: MG “FZ” Yellows 4.60/6.00
Rim Specs: Front 5 ¾” & Rear 7 3/4” Outside Measurement
New tires not required for this class however they must have been purchased in 2014.

dec 19

USPKS and Route 66 Join Forces with MG Tires

posted by Mark Coats on December 19th, 2013

Looking to provide an equal and level playing field for all of their teams and competitors, the United States Pro Kart Series (USPKS) and Route 66 Sprint Series program will make the switch to the MG Tire brand for all series classes. Proven to be successful and consistent in some of North America’s top karting series, USPKS and Route 66 drivers will enjoy the added benefits with an association with the Brazilian tire manufacturer.

“We are very pleased to put a deal together with MG Tires for both the programs,” expressed series Owner Mark Coats. “With our new relationship, all USPKS and Route 66 classes will utilize the MG tire brand. Not only will MG be on all drivers karts, but they will also award one driver from each series an amazing prize package.”

With the final prize packages for both series still being put together, MG Tires has stepped up to the plate and will award one competitor from both the United States Pro Kart Series and and Route 66 Series an all expense paid trip to the 2014 Granja Viana 500. Taking place at the Kartódromo Beto in the south of Brazil, two lucky and deserving drivers will make the trek to South America during late November to compete against the likes of Tony Kannan, Nelson Piquet Jr., Rubens Barrichello and Felipe Giaffone who all competed in this year’s event. Beto Carrero is the ‘Disneyland’ of Brazil with a wonderful park with an incredible race track and facility.

Coats added, “The Granja Viana 500 is like no other karting event in the world. It is a spectacle of drivers in full-bodied karts battling wheel-to-wheel for 500 miles. I have only seen photos and videos online but I hope to be able to attend next years race.”

With the announcement of MG being the official tire for USPKS and Route 66, two different compounds will be used. The Sportsman divisions will run the harder MG HZ tire, more commonly noted as the MG Red while all other classes will run the MG FZ or yellow branded MG tire. All classes will utilize the MG WT tires for wet weather conditions.

“The opportunity to work with the USPKS program in 2014 is very exciting for us,” explained Wagner Rossi of MG Tires. “Mark has put together an excellent program that promotes fairness and an equal playing field for all of their drivers. The promotion of a fun, family oriented series is something that was needed throughout the Midwest.”

Rossi continued, “We are proud to be part of the series and like Mark, we will work with and listen to the praises and concerns of the series participants to keep our product as good and reliable as possible. We look forward to building a long and healthy relationship with the series, drivers and teams.”

With several more announcements forth coming from the United States Pro Kart Series and Route 66 Sprint Series, please stay tuned for information regarding online registration, class, event and series sponsors, exciting prize package and information regarding the 2014 class structure and complete schedule.

For more information on the United States Pro Kart Series, please visit them online at www.USPKS.com or contact Mark Coats via e-mail mcoats.uspks@gmail.com For information on the Route 66 Sprint Series, please visit them online at www.Route66KartRacing.com or contact via e-mail to Info@Rout66KartRacing.com. For information on MG Tires and their wide variety of karting tires and compounds, please visit them online at www.MGTires.com.

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