Commercial Point Karting Classic

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  1. Fins1971

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    http://cpkartingclassic.com/

    2 years ago I sold my Harley and purchased a go-kart and started to build a dirt go-kart track on my property. It's funny how life can change the way you think and your direction. I never imaged it would lead me to participating in this event this weekend. Late last fall when dirt racing ended I converted my kart to run on paved tracks and started practicing at a local track. I was quickly hooked and when I saw this event 6 months ago it became my goal to race in it.

    Now days away the anticipation is growing. Local track owner has arranged for all of the racers (6 including me) from his track to be grouped together in the pits. So I have the 6th and 14th place finishers from last year helping me out along with others. Going to need it as the best kart drivers from the region come to compete for the cash purse. My goal is to make it into the top 30 and qualify for the feature event on Sunday. Will be a challenge in my 11 year old kart versus some of the newer technology that will be racing. My brother and I are putting the final touches on my kart.

    I plan to take lots of pictures and video of racing this weekend. After the race I plan to launch go-kart rental business using the local track, our private dirt races and events like this to grow interest in the sport of kart racing. Anyone will be able to try this without owning a kart. Already rented one of our dirt karts this past weekend and may have hooked another racer. It's the cheapest-safest form of racing that you can get into.

    Will post pictures and video from the weekend in this thread.
     
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    This is video onboard with Peter Bruce who finished 2nd in the race last year. Worked his way from middle of pack to eventual lead. Then he gets passed at white flag and barely gets beat to finish line. The race got red flagged for a short period of time last year when 7 karts crashed in turn one. One of the guys that I'm pitting with was involved in the crash and totaled his kart. Going to try and avoid that. This guy does some serious driving.

     
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    Good luck, I heard Randy's gunning for you.

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    That is funny, Thank's Bumpus.

    There are some people that must win at all costs. I learned my lesson last year when I lost a race when the kart behind me turned me on the last lap. I was upset and confronted the driver after the race. The incident did nothing but make me look like a sore loser and the results were the same anyway. Now I don't complain. I just race and enjoy the ride regardless of finish. Winning is nice but the relationships that are built through competition are the real prize in this sport.
     
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    This is the kart that 6th place finisher last year is running this year. It's a brand new Ironwill Chassis Serial #0001. The local track owner has frame jig, chrome-molley bender and powder coat setup. He designed the chassis using some of the best features of all the major kart racing manufacturers. This is his first sale and first race for his production chassis run. My brother and I are in line to have one of these made for each of us later in the year and early next spring. Hopefully he can drive it to victory on Sunday.
     
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    Here is another kart from the Wilmington Raceway Park race team. The kid racing this kart took 14th last year. This year he is racing this kart in the Medium (350 lbs) class and another in the Heavy (375 lbs). Going to be an endurance test for him. Good thing he is young.
     
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    Just arrived and unloaded my Sodi kart
     
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    Here is the first 3 laps of feature race on Sunday that I was in. I get bumped from behind in lap 2 and slam into water barrier hard. No damage to me or kart so I continue the race. Ended up finishing the race in 18th place out of 23 karts. Could never get caught back up to pack after wreck. The track is very tight. In my class were doing 55 mph down straight stretch and have to make 90 degree turn with only 20 feet of clearance before you hit the wall on turn 1. At least 10 karts met their demise in turn 1 throughout the weekend. It was lots of fun.

     
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    Here is the shifter karts going through the section of track where I wrecked. These karts are doing 60 mph as they go by and reach 75-80 mph on main stretch. They shift with clutch on one side of wheel and shifter on other while steering and leaning thru curves. Quite a challenge.

     
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    Shifter karts with some turn 2 action. Watch the leaders go thru lap traffic like they aren't even there.

     
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    Here is a compilation of the Briggs 206 races from a spectator. Catches a lot of the racers from Wilmington Raceway Park in this video including me.

     
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    After capturing video of hundreds of gokart races I decided i would start creating a Training Folder call "How To Lose A Race"
    It will show what NOT to do in the heat of the battle of a kart race and what the result is when you choose incorrectly.
    This past week at Commercial Point was another learning experience for me. After adding GPS speed info to my wreck it became apparent that I was the cause of my own wreck. Take a look at the video and give me any feed back on what to change in future episodes.

     
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    I met several people at the event that can help my future karting rental business. Seems my rental idea isn't too far fetched. There is a group in Indiana that has been renting karts for almost a decade and had 4 rental karts in the race. They also offer arrive and drive programs at the New Castle, Indiana track every weekend. Going to start off offering something similar at Wilmington Raceway Park. Here is their site.

    https://www.conlinss.com/
     
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    Good stuff brother 71 :thumbsup
     
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    OK, changed my picture hosting from Photobucket to Imgur and looks like the pictures show up now. I'll add more that were taken that weekend.

    Here is me getting ready for Qualifying race on Saturday. My brother and cousin are my pit crew

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    Geared up in the pits
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    Entering the starting grid
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    Rolling into position
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    Race picture
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    The winners. The 51 kart of Eric ***an smoked me in my race. Need to get a lot better

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    It's a year later and the 2018 Commercial Point Karting Classic is this weekend. Its a big chance to learn from my mistakes last year and see if I can do better and avoid the barrels. A lot has changed for me since the race last year. My divorce was finalized in November and I have buried myself in my karting business and racing since. My brother and I have scheduled about 30 races this year with this one being the biggest.

    Our rental business has started to pickup and the owner of Wilmington Raceway Park (WRP) offered us his concession rental business to run. We have been doing that for a month and using it to feed customers to our arrive and race business.

    When we arrive for race this year we won't have a 10 year old kart to race like last year. We are showing up as vendors "Beyond The Karts" and we will have 3 brand new Ironwill karts in our pit area. Dan is racing one in the 206 medium class. Dan is one of the main fabricators for the kart chassis at WRP. So he will be racing a kart that he built from tubes and inanimate karts parts. He was my crew last year so this is his first chance to try this track. I'm racing another in the 206 heavy class and the last will be on display in our pit area.

    WRP has 2 other karts it is working on building right now. Our display kart hopefully can gain some customers for those karts in production and also draw attention to our arrive and race rental business. It going to be an exciting weekend.

    Pictures to follow.
     
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    I'm glad you have found something that brings much joy to your life! Enjoy man i will be rooting for ya from afar
     
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    Returned from Commercial Point unscathed. They call this the Monaco of gokart racing because there is no runoff anywhere. If you make a mistake you will pay dearly. I made contact with the plastic barrier trying to avoid a wreck qualifying on Saturday and it cost me a side nerf bar and I had to start the feature race from 20th in a field of 23 on Sunday. I worked my way all the way up to 12th place late in the race. There were 5 karts in my pack fighting for 12th place. We raced 3 wide at the finish and I ended up taking 14th place. My goal was to finish better than my 18th place finish last year and not get lapped. I was able to do both. Our pack was only 20 seconds behind the last payout spots for the race. Something to shoot for next year.
    This had to be the best 12 minutes that I have had in a long time. Feature race from the front of Ironwill #19



    This wreck happened in my brothers race. He went by and about 4 karts later the girl over-steered and packed it into the turn one barrier. 1 kart behind flipped on side and the other got by. A third trailing by a few seconds didn't react and had to drive head on into the barrier to avoid the karts in the track. Luckily no one was seriously hurt. That turn can be scary. You lift at the last second doing between 55-60 and turn into a blind 20 ft wide alley. If you miss or are following someone who misses it ain't pretty. Here is the wreck

     
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    Here's a few more video's

    I noticed a bolt fall from rear tire of kart ahead of me when we pulled out of grid for practice. I tried to catch him but he was faster than me. I finally caught him when he started to feel vibration and was slowing. The tire flies off in front of me and hits barrier and goes back past me and grazes driver who was on my bumper. Good thing he had fast reflexes.



    LO206 Heavy Race was red flagged before it even got started. Sitting in the 95 degree sun waiting for restart on main stretch. Ironically "If I ever Get out of Here" by Paul McCartney came on. I chuckled and enjoyed the moment.

     
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    OK, combined all the near misses, crashes, passes and good pictures into a 6 minute video that documents our weekend at Commercial Point.
    I will be back there again next year trying to improve my finish. Definitely something you'll never forget. Till then.

     

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