CONCORD, N.C. — While the Cup Karts South division is ramping up for a big race this weekend (Feb. 2-4) at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Fla., many teams are already looking ahead to what’s become the second largest 4-cycle race of the year — the CKNA Spring Nationals at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s 0.62-mile kart track, set for this March 1-3.
We’re now just about 30 days away from the fourth annual Spring Nationals. The event was an immediate hit when it was first held in March 2021, attracting about 280 entries and most of the biggest names in 4-cycle sprint racing on a weekend that USPKS was running in Orlando. Needless to say, the Spring Nats has done nothing but grow in numbers and recognition since.
With over 230 race entries tallied in less than a week since pre-registration opened, CKNA officials have confirmed that this is the fastest the organization has ever reached the 200-entry mark for any race, including any of the Grand Nationals at New Castle Motorsports Park.
With pre-entries coming in at such a rapid pace, officials have opted to get ahead of the game and place caps on each of the eight divisions on the card this year at Charlotte.
The three largest classes — Junior, Senior Light and Senior Medium — will each have an 80-kart entry cap.
Senior Heavy, Masters and Legends will allow up to 50 entries.
Cadet and Sportsman will allow 40 entries.
Based on MyLaps results, last year Spring Nationals numbers were right at about 380 total entries with Senior Light the largest division at just over 70 karts.
All signs point to an even larger event at Charlotte this year.
To get pre-registered for this year’s CKNA Spring Nationals, go to raceselect.com/ckna/2024.