Recently, the 2018 Route 66 Sprint Series presented by MG Tires and Franklin Motorsports held rounds 7 & 8 at the Concept Haulers Motor Speedway in Norway, Illinois.   The event was blessed with near perfect weather conditions all weekend.  Temps were warm, but a steady breeze kept everyone comfortable.

The track at CHMS is a 7/10ths mile, 11 turn old-school road course.  It features a high speed back stretch that flows into a steeply banked Monza type corner.  A flat double right hand corner follows, with a hard braking zone, which proved to be a key passing area all weekend.  Also the site of a few schamozzles.  This track has been on hiatus from the

Aiden Harrington Yamaha Sr.

R66 Series for a number of years, so drivers were pushing the limits to find an edge.  There was tight racing all weekend, with more than one penalty handed out by officials for Avoidable Contact.

The Saturday morning driver’s meeting concluded with the distribution of door prizes provided by the Series and our sponsors.  As usual, gas grills, several sets of MG tires, and Pelican coolers were some of the prizes handed out to racers.  Officials also made clear that, despite the fact that WKA recently announced the elimination of the Yamaha classes from 2019 sprint competition, Route 66 is still committed to the Yamaha and as long as the strong fields persist, there will be Yamaha classes at Route 66.

Elliot Cox Mini Swift – image by Alissa Grim

The live PA audio, broadcast via the Series website at, was broadcast all weekend.  You can also listen via the Mixlr app on mobile devices by following the Route66KartRacing channel.  Recordings of the audio have been uploaded to and are located on the Route66KartRacing channel.

Continuing to be popular with racers was the moving of the Saturday podium presentation to Sunday during the lunch break.  Almost full participation for the top 5 finishers, and plenty of spectators helped make the celebration more special.

Saturday evening, everyone was treated to a cookout put on by the on-site Bus Stop Bar-b-que restaurant, and provided by CHMS.

Aaron Hachmeister KA100 Sr – image by Alissa Grim

The next outing for the Route 66 Sprint Series will be September 8-9 at Wolf Paving Raceway, Home of the Badger Kart Club.  Online registration will be open until Midnight on Sept. 1st.

Saturday Feature Winners

Yamaha Cadet – Logan Adams

IAME X30 Sr – Brandon Lemke

IAME X30 Jr – Kaden Wharff

IAME Micro Swift – Aryton Grim

IAME KA100 Jr – Adam Maxwell

IAME KA 100 Sr – Dakota Pesek

IAME Mini Swift – Elliot Cox

Yamaha Jr – Garrett Adams

Yamaha Sr – Alexander Kardashian


Sunday Feature Winners

Yamaha Cadet – Alex Grapsas

IAME X30 Sr – Alexander Kardashian

IAME X30 Jr – Garrett Adams

IAME Micro Swift – Aryton Grim

IAME KA100 Jr – Keegan Bosch

IAME KA 100 Sr – Josh Hotz

IAME Mini Swift – Elliot Cox

Yamaha Jr – Bryce Mersberger

Yamaha Sr – Alexander Kardashian