Round 3 of the Buckeye Karting Challenge is in the books. Our first visit to Wilmington Raceway Park was a huge success with 115 entries and some great racing. Thank you to McIntosh Oil for sponsoring the race and to Elmer and his staff for making us feel at home. Based on feedback from the racers we plan on returning to Wilmington in 2020. Not only are we excited to be going back, but they are excited to have us and are already planning some improvements.
It was a quick turnaround for many with the nation’s top karters headed to USAC Karting‘s Battle at the Brickyard a week after Wilmington. Indianapolis Motor Speedway had fireworks both in the sky and on the track for the 4th of July weekend with a ton of entries and incredible racing. The BKC was well represented and brought home some bricks! Congratulations to everyone who competed, but especially
Brandon Adkins/Smallwood Racing – 1st Place Yamaha Senior
Gary Lawson – 1st Place Briggs 206 Medium & Heavy
Austin Queen/QG3 Karting – 2nd Place IAME Masters
Eric Fagan/QG3 Karting – 3rd Place 206 Medium
Tanner Tecco – 4th Place Ignite Junior
We are also pleased to announce that BKC Co-Founder/Director Scott Benton will be on the Battle at the Brickyard staff for 2020.
Back to the BKC, we have 2 more races to decide our 2019 State Champions.
Round 4 at Circleville Raceway Park on August 16th, 17th, and 18th is sponsored by Chapman Specialties. You can find the time schedule, class rotation, starting gear ratios, and more at www.BuckeyeKartingChallenge.com/next-event/.
Thrash Motorsports brings us Round 5 at Fremont Raceway Park on September 6th, 7th, and 8th. It’s hard to believe we have only 2 races left!
With an average of 127 entries per race the series is doing great, but we know there is always room for improvement. One of our biggest challenges has been reducing the length of the race day. In order to keep things flowing and get finished earlier on Sundays we will be doing the following:
– Continue using the Westhold electronic scoring system (with live timing & scoring available on Race Monitor).
– Drivers meeting Saturday afternoon.
– Only 1 round of practice on Sunday.
We will be crowning our State Champions and celebrating the season at our banquet on November 16, 2019. Look for details soon, but mark your calendars now as you will not want to miss this!
Tickets for our Kart Give-A-Way Package will be available right up until we draw the winner at our banquet. This package includes a new Ignite Kart from Margay Racing LLC, a Briggs & Stratton Racing 206 Engine Package, a Kart Stand from Streeter Super Stands, and a case of oil.
Look for tickets available
7/27 – Light Up The Night at Fremont Raceway Park
7/28 – The Future of The Sport sponsored by Genius Garage Racing Team
8/3 & 8/4 – Commercial Point Karting Classic
8/9 & 8/10 – Elkhart Riverwalk Grand Prix
8/17 & 8/18 – Circleville Raceway Park
9/7 & 9/8 – Fremont Raceway Park
9/21 & 22 – Clyde Grand Prix
9/29 – Fremont Raceway Park
10/6 – Adkins Raceway
10/20 – Thompson Kart Raceway
11/16 – Buckeye Karting Challenge Banquet
As always we want to send a huge thanks to everyone who helps make this series successful – the racers & families, track & clubs, the BKC staff, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, BOSS Pro-Karting, and all of our other great sponsors.
See You at the Track!
As racing season gets into full swing the BKC rolls into Wilmington Raceway Park on June 28, 29, and 30 for Round #3 of the State Championship Series.
After opening with 166 entries on a chilly weekend at G&J, and almost 100 fighting the rain on a holiday weekend at Thompson, we are hoping for a beautiful sunny weekend at Wilmington. Regardless of the weather we are expecting well over 100 entries for this event.
Besides offering our normal Friday Set-Up, Optional Saturday Practice, and Free Overnight Camping we will also be hosting a Cornhole Tournament on Saturday evening. The tournament will be for 2 person teams. Entry is $20 per team with awards for the winners and a payout to the top 3 teams. Don’t worry if you don’t have a partner, we will try to match you up with someone. If you are interested in participating bring your boards & bags along with your skills!
For time schedules, practice & race order, suggested gear ratio, hotels, and all kinds of other good info check out the “Next Event” section of the website.
As the series grows we are listening to the racers and working hard to make improvements. Some of the changes include…
- Shorter Drivers Meetings – We shortened it at Thompson and plan to have it even shorter at Wilmington. To enable this it is important that you are familiar with our rules & procedures which are available on the website.
- Electronic Scoring – We will be using electronic scoring at Wilmington. The scoring system there utilizes Westhold transponders. If you have your own you are welcome to use it, if not there will be plenty available for rent at $10 each. (Unfortunately, the AMB transponders are NOT compatable with the track’s scoring system.)
- Rough Driving – We cracked down on rough driving at Thompson with a number of drivers being penalized. We will continue to keep a close eye on this at Wilmington.
We are even making improvements for our staff with canopies being purchased for our corner workers. Thank you to Zampo Landscaping & Custom Pools, Isaaccs Painting, and Myers Motorsports for making this possible.
McIntosh Oil Company out of Canton is sponsoring Round #3. Please support them, Klotz, Boss Pro-Karting, and the others that make this series possible.
We look forward to seeing everyone at Wilmington for some great competition and a lot of FUN!!!
Round 1 of the the 2019 Klotz Buckeye Karting Challenge Presented By Boss Pro-Karting is in the books.
G&J Raceway saw:
– John Klotz joining us on Saturday and Lee Boss Stopping in on Sunday.
– Randy Kugler announcing the races.
– Jason Burgess Flagging,
– 166 entries from 7 states including Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Virginia, Florida, Illinois and Pennsylvania
– And some great racing.
What a great way to start off 2019!
Thompson Car Care out of Montville, Ohio is sponsoring Round 2 at Thompson Kart Raceway on Memorial Day Weekend and we are looking forward to a packed house.
– Friday, May 24 is available for pit parking and set-up from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm with no on track activity.
– Saturday, May 25 is an optional practice with the BKC practice running from 10:00 am to 3 :00 pm. Thompson’s Championship Kart Racing Association will be holding a club race on Saturday night that is completely separate from the BKC. For more information on this you can visit
– Sunday, May 26 is BKC race day with practice starting promptly at 9:00 am.
Karting World Champion Lake Speed will be at the 2019 Buckeye Karting Challenge Awards Banquet!
Lake Speed won the 1978 CIK/FIA Karting World Championship in Le Mans, France before becoming a successful NASCAR driver and owner. Today he remains active in both vintage and modern karting.
We are thrilled that not only will Lake be speaking at the banquet, but will also be available for pictures and autographs. Mark your calendars for November 16, 2019!
If you are anything like us, you are more than ready for the racing season to begin. That being said winter has gone by quickly with the BKC Team setting up at the OVKA Swap Meet, planning the Fremont Raceway Park Banquet, holding the BKC Winter Challenge, and most of all preparing for the 2019 BKC State Championship Series.
We need to give a shout out to all of our great sponsors. Not only have the majority of our sponsors returned for this year, we have added some new ones.
- Klotz Synthetic Lubricants has joined us as title sponsor and we are now the Klotz Buckeye Karting Challenge presented by Boss Pro-Karting.
- Adrenaline Fix Karting is supporting our 4-Cycle Classes with a clutch and motor mount give-a-way at the end of the season.
- OVKA, Thompson Car Care, McIntosh Oil Co, Chapman Specialties, and Thrash Motorsports have joined us as event sponsors.
- Elite Insurance Team, PM Karting, and Team Automotive have joined us as new class sponsors.
Please continue to support our returning sponsors and welcome the new ones. We could not do all this without them. A full list of sponsors with links and contact information can be found on the sponsor page of our website.
Other things that are new or changed for 2019:
- BKC Website www.BuckeyeKartingChallenge.com is up and running!
- Rules & Regulations to be available on-line. (Coming soon – please read and be familiar with all rules.)
- Reserved numbers available. (Form available on-line.)
- Discounted full season pre-entry available through March 15. (Form available on-line.)
- Driver registration required. No charge, includes driver’s card and sponsor sticker pack. (Form Available on-line.)
- In order to earn awards and championship points primary sponsor stickers (Klotz, Boss Pro-Karting, and Maxxis) must be on displayed on kart in a visible location throughout events.
- Best 4 of 5 finishes count towards championship.
- 2019 Awards Banquet (Details coming soon).
- Races will be run rain or shine.
- Race Entry $50 per Class (Sunday Practice & Racing)
- Saturday Practice $15
- 1 Day Pit Passes $10 (Sunday Only)
- 2 Day Pit Pass $15 (Saturday & Sunday)
- Reserved Numbers $5 per Class
- Full Season Pre-Entry $200 (Race Entry Only, through March 15)
The Ohio Valley Karting Association is sponsoring our opening event at G&J Kartway. The track is located at 1619 Barnets Mill Road, Camden, Ohio 45311.
- Pits Open for Parking & Set-Up on Friday, April 26
- Free Overnight Camping (No Hook-Ups)
- Optional Practice on Saturday, April 27
- Race Day is Sunday, April 28
- We will be using the 1B “National Track”
Keep an eye on Facebook and our website for more event information including time schedules, starting gear ratios, area hotels, and more.
See you all in April!
See you in April!