It might not feel much like spring yet in North Carolina, but we’re only two weeks away from the inaugural Cup Karts North America Spring Nationals at the recently repaved and revamped Charlotte Motor Speedway Kart Track, and it’s shaping up to be one of the biggest events of the year in sprint kart racing.
Greg Jasperson, Steve Vermeer and all the folks at CKNA have put together nothing short of an outstanding program for Briggs LO206 sprint karting over the last number of years, and the March 5-7 Spring Nationals appears it will be another milestone for their series that continues to grow in numbers and competition.
We’ll have a full preview story for the event ready to post next week. The story will include quotes from top Senior Lite and Medium racers Mick Gabriel and Colin Warren on their expectations for the race, plus we’ve talked to Jim Lipari at Coyote Motorsports, Kyle Luttrell at IONIC Edge Chassis and Paul Rice at MGM Chassis; we’ll have info from each of them about the drivers who’ll be riding their chassis at Charlotte.
Chassis manufacturers, engine builders and kart shops around the 4-cycle sprint industry are in the midst of working long hours preparing for the highly anticipated event.
Between Coyote, IONIC Edge and MGM, we’re looking at likely around 75 drivers alone with many entering multiple classes. Gabriel’s AEM Racing currently has seven drivers in its lineup, and we know there will be plenty of Nitros, Comet Eagles, Razors and European chassis drivers filling the entry sheets.
Look forward to our full CKNA Spring Nationals preview next week. If you have information on your program, driver or team you’d like included in the preview, send us an email via our Contact Form and we’ll include everyone we hear from!