Operation Grassroots: Episode 5 - Greg Jasperson - Cup Karts North America

September 18, 2018

The newest show to hit the EKN Radio Network is ‘Operation Grassroots’, a podcast geared solely on the foundation of the sport. The hub of the show will be discussion centered on the grassroots level of karting, from club racing to regional racing, all focused around the Briggs & Stratton 206 engine platform. Our #OperationGrassroots movement has been based around the Briggs powerplant, with the ultimate goals of bringing new people into the sport and igniting the spark of former racers to come back into what is the most economical form of karting.

The Cup Karts North America program is the midwest authority in Briggs & Stratton regional racing. The program has closed out the North and Central schedules, and are now looking ahead to the upcoming Grand Nationals II, set for New Castle Motorsports Park on September 28-30. EKN’s Rob Howden tracked down promoter Greg Jasperson to talk about the season and the second edition of the special event in the latest episode of the ‘Operation Grassroots’ powered by Briggs & Stratton Racing.

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EKN Debrief: Episode 32

September 11, 2018

The 24th edition of the Rock Island Grand Prix was held over Labor Day weekend. Karters from all over the country and the world traveled to the Quad Cities area to compete in the two-day racing festival in Rock Island, Illinois. Racers battled wet weather early before the skies opened up for perfect racing conditions the rest of the way. In all, 16 categories took on the 6/10-mile street circuit that always provides amazing action for the thousands of spectators in attendance. Rob Howden and David Cole break down the entire event with a special two-hour edition of the ‘EKN Debreif’ - thanks to EPARTRADE. The KartLift Paddock Pass, Alan Rudolph Racing Academy Race Report, and the EKN Trackside Live Race Calendar presented by Precision Karting Technologies complete the podcast.

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EKN Debrief: Episode 31

August 21, 2018

The ninth season of the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour came to a end with the 2018 SummerNationals held at the New Castle Motorsports Park. The Pro Tour finale has found a new home in New Castle, Indiana, with the nine IAME and Stock Honda categories crowning the 2018 champions after Round Five and Six were contested on the 1-mile course. Rob Howden and David Cole break down the entire event with a special two-hour edition of the ‘EKN Debreif’ - thanks to K1 RaceGear. The Texas ProKart Challenge Paddock Pass, Nitro Kart Race Report, and the EKN Trackside Live Race Calendar presented by Comet Kart Sales complete the podcast.

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EKN Debrief: Episode 30

August 15, 2018

The 2018 edition of the United States Pro Kart Series closed out at the recent Hoosier Grand Prix. The New Castle Motorsports Park in New Castle, Indiana hosted Round Five and Six on the July 27-29 weekend under perfect racing conditions. The seven IAME categories decided the 2018 champions after two days of solid racing around the 1-mile circuit. Rob Howden and David Cole break down the entire event with the latest ‘EKN Debreif’ - thanks to IAME USA. The Rolison Performance Group Paddock Pass, TB Kart USA Race Report, and the EKN Trackside Live Race Calendar presented by Precision Karting Technologies complete the podcast.

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Industry Insider: Episode 7 - Roger Ruthhart - Rock Island Grand Prix

August 7, 2018

Each Labor Day weekend, karters flock to the Quad Cities area to take part in the annual Rock Island Grand Prix. The Illinois city along the Mississippi River will host the 24th edition of the RIGP with a host of volunteers putting on the three-day festival. The featured entertainment is the two days of racing through the city streets in a six-trun, 6/10-mile course. The event requires 365 days of preparation and execution, and the man leading the core group of volunteers is Roger Ruthart. EKN’s Rob Howden sits down with the RIGP director about how the event began, what makes this race so special and things racers this year can expect to see and experience.

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EKN Debrief: Episode 29

August 6, 2018

The Texas ProKart Challenge completed its summer season with the second annual trip to the Amarillo Kart Circuit on July 20-22. The series hosted Round Four and Five of the 2018 championship program, welcoming high-profile drivers from the west and east coast venturing to the Lone Star State. Amarillo, Texas featured record high temps during the weekend, which featured some exciting racing on this rare and unique facility. Rob Howden and David Cole break down the entire event with the latest ‘EKN Debreif’ - thanks to the Acceleration Kart Racing. The VemmeKart USA Paddock Pass, IAME USA Race Report and the EKN Trackside Live Race Calendar presented by 3G Kart Racing complete the podcast.

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EKN Debrief: Episode 28

July 26, 2018

The World Karting Association resumed the 2018 season for the Manufacturers Cup Series on the July 13-15 weekend. The program visited the Concept Haulers Motor Speedway for the first time since 2012, taking on the challenging grassroots course. Rob Howden and David Cole break down the entire event with the latest ‘EKN Debreif’ - thanks to the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires. The K1 RaceGear Paddock Pass, Alan Rudolph Racing Academy Race Report and the EKN Trackside Live Race Calendar presented by Trinity Karting Group complete the podcast.

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EKN Debrief: Episode 27

July 18, 2018

A new event is gaining momentum in only its second year. USAC Karting is providing karters with the bucket list opportunity to race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a dream all racers have. The Battle at the Brickyard was established in 2017 with rave reviews, and exceeded those marks in 2018 with the second edition on July 6-8. Rob Howden and David Cole break down the entire event with the latest ‘EKN Debrief’ - presented by Franklin Motorsports. The CRG Nordam Paddock Pass, Trinity Karting Group Race Report and the EKN Trackside Live Race Calendar presented by Streeter Super Stands complete the podcast.

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Operation Grassroots: Episode 4 - Mike Burrell - USAC Karting

July 2, 2018

The newest show to hit the EKN Radio Network is ‘Operation Grassroots’, a podcast geared solely on the foundation of the sport. The hub of the show will be discussion centered on the grassroots level of karting, from club racing to regional racing, all focused around the Briggs & Stratton 206 engine platform. Our #OperationGrassroots movement has been based around the Briggs powerplant, with the ultimate goals of bringing new people into the sport and igniting the spark of former racers to come back into what is the most economical form of karting.

Briggs racers make up a big part of the USAC Karting events in 2017 and will once again be in full force at their July and August events in 2018. The first is the second annual Battle at the Brickyard where karts compete at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 6-8. The second is the Elkhart Riverwalk Grand Prix on August 10-12. EKN’s Rob Howden sat down with USAC Karting Director of Operations Mike Burrell to discuss both events in the latest edition of the ‘Operation Grassroots’ powered by Briggs & Stratton Racing.

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EKN Debrief: Episode 26

June 29, 2018

The United States Pro Kart Series reached the halfway point of the 2018 season with Round 3 and 4 contested at the GoPro Motorplex. The Mooresville, North Carolina facility hosted the Carolina Grand Prix on June 15-17 during what was a hot weekend for all seven IAME categories. Rob Howden and David Cole broke down the entire event with the latest ‘EKN Debrief’ - presented by KartLift. The Acceleration Kart Racing Paddock Pass, Alan Rudolph Racing Academy Race Report and the EKN Trackside Live Race Calendar presented by Nitro Kart complete the podcast.

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