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KPX Championship at Prairie City Recap June 23, 2019

The regional racing series known as KPX Championship, www.kpxracing.com, made a return visit to the popular Prairie City track in Rancho Cordova OHV Park. Leading into the event, the promoters, Chris Rossi and Kenny Manchester, were excited due to a high level of pre-registrations. For 2019, the KPX Championship offers racing events for both the Briggs and Stratton LO206 and the IAME KA100 engine packages.

We visited with Kenny on our Podcast leading up to the event.


Along with the KPX crew, we had a joint sponsor for the race weekend to bring coverage. Leading Edge Motorsorts, in Lodi, http://leadingedgemotorsports.com/, helped share the sponsorship costs with KPX. We tried different approaches all day long to see what would have good traction and engagement. Not being able to bring quality on track race coverage of the event, we took a behind the scenes approach. I will link the videos and photos below so you can view them.

The common focus and goal from KPX and Leading Edge was to reach a different crowd. We all understand as racers, how to find event and results, but how do we reach new potential racers. This will be the core focus of Norcal Karters. Branching out to reach new karters.

Photo Gallery from KPX Prairie City Round 4

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Posted by Norcal Karters on Sunday, June 23, 2019
KPX Prairie City event brought to you by Leading Edge Motorsports

KPX Qualifying is under way

Posted by Norcal Karters on Sunday, June 23, 2019
KPX Prairite City Qualifying – Heading through the pits

Prairie City Grid A and B for KPX Qualifying

Posted by Norcal Karters on Sunday, June 23, 2019
Hot Grids A and B at Prairie City Kart Club during the KPX Championship event

KPX, in the pits at Prairie City

Posted by Norcal Karters on Sunday, June 23, 2019
KPX Prairie City – Pit Walk Through – Quick Chat with Phil Hand, the Flagman

Posted by Norcal Karters on Sunday, June 23, 2019
Racing Action from KPX Prairie City

Posted by Norcal Karters on Sunday, June 23, 2019
Briggs Jr 1 with a cameo by Seth Huntly (one of my favorite track personalities.)

Posted by Norcal Karters on Sunday, June 23, 2019
Trying to catch up with SpeedSense’s Austin Elliot – Video kept dropping connection

Posted by Norcal Karters on Sunday, June 23, 2019
KPX Prairie City – End of the Day – Empty out the pits
SpeedSense and a few corners workers wrapping up our great day.

Posted by Norcal Karters on Sunday, June 23, 2019
KPX Prairie City Main Event IAME KA100 Jr – Stephen Eisert was the class winner on his Leading Edge Praga Chassis

KPX PreTech Form

Posted by Norcal Karters on Sunday, June 23, 2019
KPX Pre Tech Form using a Leading Edge Prepped Praga chassis equipped with a Briggs 206

I would like to thank KPX and Leading Edge for the opportunity to bring karting to the public from a different perspective. After watching these videos multiple times, I have a few good ideas to refine the content and targeting of unexpected high engagement.

I encourage your feedback, your shares, your involvement. All of this content is for the racers. I don’t even like my own voice or delivery, but I’m willing to work on my skills to bring the karting content to the general population. Maybe one day I can be the Huell Howser of Karting, that would be California Gold!

TBKart USA S55 with SwedeTech Stock Honda CR125

NCK Road Racing Re-Cap from Event June 29, 2019

This is mainly a video collection from the NCK Road Racing event held on June 29, 2019 on the Thunderhill West Track. Some of our Norcal Karters published video was ok, but the drivers did a great job capturing the moments.

Whoa, that was a blast!!!!!

Posted by Norcal Karters on Saturday, June 29, 2019
Thunderhill June 29th, in the pits with Erik Maxfield, Joseph Hollinger, and Vince Puleo.

NCK Thunderhill Raceway

Posted by Norcal Karters on Saturday, June 29, 2019
Thunderhill June 29th, in the pits after my first session on the Thunderhill West track with NCK Road Racers

Posted by Norcal Karters on Saturday, June 29, 2019
On my way home from Thunderhill West in Willows, CA. Just rambling and ranting. No racing in this video

Joe Hollinger has some of the best video of road racing that I could find. He has spent hours finding a good combination of cameras, mounting, and balance of sound. Check it out.

NCK THunderhill West 06-29-2019 Race 3 with Joe Hollinger
On board with the real Legend, Vince Puleo. This old man whooped my ass and everyone else that was here.
Erik Maxfield is one of the guys that has been trying to get my butt out to the road race events for years. Him and I go way back, so maybe after all these years, he’ll leave me alone.
Road racers don’t like to be touchy feely, unless you’re a Hegar, then bumping them in the backside is welcomed.

I want to thank SwedeTech Racing Engines for the 1999 Honda CR125 Stock Moto package that was built beyond the ability of the driver. I’d also like to thank my chassis provider, TBKart USA, for the Kawasaki Green S55 shifter chassis that is dialed out of the trailer. Add gas, set tire pressures, grow bigger balls, and go! I’ll work on my Nascar style sponsor delivery.

NCK Road Racing did a bang up job at hosting and managing the race event. Looking forward to the next one. I think my next personal calendar race will be in August down in Fresno for the CCKA event. To Briggs or Not to Briggs, that is the question!

BBQ Event at BlueMax Kart Club featuring the TrackMagic Owners Group and the Norcal Shifter Karters

Today’s track day and write up is brought to you by TB Kart USA.

Today I spent time at the BlueMax Kart club in Davis, CA. A few key people organized a great non-racing event filled with good memories, great food, and a lot of laps followed by smiles. For me, I wasn’t apart of the organizing or set up and I was planning on breaking my package in. I wasn’t able to prep properly and have my TB Kart and Honda CR125 ready, but I went out anyway to enjoy the community.

I’m so glad I made it out there. For those that know me, I love food. “Big Rich” Bacchi of Trackmagic lore was on hand with a TrackMagic crew. He brought to the party a platter of beef brisket and pork ribs and a delicious sauce to top it off. I was a bit disappointed that we did not discover this guys talent for cooking during the SKUSA ProTour prime era of the late 1990’s to early 2000’s, OR the TrackMagic team tent kept this guys mad food skills under wrap. Either way, I tried Rich’s BBQ for the first time today and I went back looking for more ribs, but they were gone. If you are curious about his culinary skills, go visit his shop in Pacifica, Gorilla BBQ – Pacifica.

I haven’t seen Rich in a long time, so it was great catching up. A couple of other guys that I haven’t seen in awhile were Damon Meek, factory driver from the CTS shifter efforts, and George Barros from the dominant TrackMagic era.

I was able to corner both of them in between their track sessions to do a quick interview. You can listen on our page by clicking podcast on the page menu or click each link below.

Damon talked to me about 80cc and Norcal, his favorite Norcal Kart Track, and shared a driving tip. Full Damon Meek interview can be listened to right now.

George Barros is someone I’ve known about before karting. He was my driving instructor at the Jim Russell Driving School in 1994 at the Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey. What kind of driving instructor makes you lose your lunch in the famed corkscrew or e-brakes a rotating slide entering turn 11 (in a POS Passenger VAN!!) George shared a few fond memories, a couple of thoughts on karts vs cars, and his favorite Norcal Karting tracks. Full George Barros interview can be listened to right now.

I tried to drag Jon Ban into an interview, but he said he didn’t want to be on live video stream. I said, “No problem, its all audio”. I was denied a second time around.

Why did I want to interview Jon Ban?

Simple, over the past few years he has been a very integral part of promoting local Norcal Karting, and more specifically the shifter segments. He shares events, coordinates with other drivers, and helps bring the shifter community together. He focuses on the 80cc platforms, which are still everywhere in Northern California, just not at our tracks. One day, he might warm up to the idea of being the face of Norcal Shifter Karts.

Today, I posted a few live audio and video broadcasts on facebook. For easy access I have linked them all here.

After seeing the atmosphere and good times today at the track, there will be a renewed effort by myself, Norcal Karters, to help promote and organize more events like this. In all honesty, I don’t know if this will help grow race participation, but I’m 100% convinced, these events will help grow our great sport. Many people I spoke to had various reasons for no longer racing, some personal, some financial, many time commitments to the actual process of racing, but do we need more people racing right now?

I don’t think so, but we need more butts in the seat on any given day. None of these drivers raced today, but they all had smiles on their faces. They all said it was a fun event.

Isn’t that what we need in our sport?