Announcing the 2018 Schedule

The garage has been busy for the last couple of weeks as the team prepares for the rapidly approaching season.  It looks to be a busy one with 15 weekend of racing, plus a few shakedown races to shake the rust off of everyone.  4 Cycle Central is building the seasons motors and team should be on the track at Concept Haulers Motor Speedway this weekend and try to understand the new sprint kart and learn some new tricks.

Relaxing at the Wisconsin Auto Museum

2018 Schedule

Jason will be returning to the Championship Enduro Series and will be racing with the Sprint Junior and the Animal 370 classes.  He will also be returning to sprint racing and join the Cup Karts of North America Cup Championship(formerly 206 Cup) in both the North and Central series.  There are a couple of conflicting races and we will make the final decisions shortly before the race weekend.  

 

Wicked Audio Joins as Sponsor

We are excited to announce Wicked Audio as a 2018 sponsor. Jason is sporting a pair of Endo wireless head phones as he prepares for a game.
 
 
Follow the link and check them out.
 
 
 

Wild Duck Racing: InTech Max The Tach Finalist

While we are still dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s on the 2018 schedule you can see we are also hard at work on 2018 sponsorship’s.  While we are waiting on the the announcement of the top 30 in the  2018 Search for a Champion, the Top 25 InTech Trailers Max the Tach finalists were announced.   Jason and Wild Duck Racing made the cut.  

So now, while we are ordering parts and beginning to wake the karts from the winters slumber, we are working on some special projects for our 2017 sponsors.  There is also recruiting new sponsors for the 2018 season.  A racers work is really never done. 

Click the link or picture below to watch the announcement of all the finalist on face book.  Be sure to like, comment, and share the video to show your support and our social media effectiveness. 

https://www.facebook.com/inTechTrailers/videos/1749702668384988/ 

InTech Trailers is a manufacture of custom high quality, light weight, industrial and motorsports trailers.  All of them are designed with a specific customers needs and specifications in mind.   InTech Trailers  are hand assembled in Nappanee, IN. by skilled craftsmen with attention paid to every detail. 

Thanks to our 2017 Sponsors for their continuing support, See you in 2018.
Alex Ross Art, Bell HelmetsGoPro, Slick Products, Shorai, AmsoilWinning SyntheticsEVS Sports, Stardust Memorials, The Greenwood Restaurant, C&M Auto Service, Atomic Decals, Danrr Autobody, Christian Lantry Photographer, Jennings Chevrolet, Xona Software, Wicked Audio

2017 Season Recap

It has been quite a season for Jason and the Wild Duck Racing team.  Jason wanted fewer weekends away this but the same number of races.  This lead us to planing a full season of Road Racing.  As in the past he raced with Championship Enduro Series(CES) and added AKRA/Dart Kart Club(DKC). The 61 Kartway spring classic was the only sprint race of the season.  To keep the number of races inline with previous seasons we purchased a road kart, and adding the Sprint Junior class in both series.  CES had 6 races a weekend, 4 Animal Junior and 2 Sprint Junior, and DKC had 4 races a weekend, 2 for each class.  If things went as expected he should  have 10 weekends of racing and a total of 47 races for the season.  This is actually a few more then he have run previously, in the end its just numbers.

The season started off with trouble, a crash at Gateway that caused us to skip the first race at Michigan International Speedway followed by a second at Blackhawk Farms.  Thankfully, neither incident caused any lasting injury or caused much damage to either kart, but not a good start.  The first real test of the season was DKC’s Mid-Ohio, against unknown drivers and karts, where he swept the weekend.   Races at Grattan and Michigan International Speedway brought mixed bag of results but overall success as the sprint kart was unchallenged and we warmed up to the road kart.    The season culminated by enjoying the first kart race ever at Pittsburgh International Race Complex, where, Jason had one of his most exciting races(video) of the season. 

Racing does involve some statistics

  • 19 days at the track
  • 12 Race weekend visitors
  • 4200 miles traveled to 9 Tracks
  • 3 1/2 sets of Hoosier tires (14)
  • 3 4 Cycle Central Briggs Animal engines(sigh…)
  • 35 Gallons of methanol 
  • 39 Feature Races
  • 9 Quarts of Amsoil 4T oil
  • 8 Cans of Amsoil brake cleaner
  • 1 nerf bar and body panel
  • 30 first place finishes
  • 39 Trophies, starting to have storage issues. 
  • CES Points
  • Dart Points

2017 Season Results
Congratulations, 4 Series Championship Titles

Champion Championship Enduro Series: Animal Sprint Junior
Champion Championship Enduro Series: Sprint Junior
Champion 4 Cycle Central Road Animal Nationals: Animal Junior
Champion Dart Kart Club : 4 Cycle Sprint Junior
Champion Dart Kart Club: Sprint Junior

Remembering Joe Pribyl, without whom this would have never been possible. 
Oct 29, 1940 – July 2, 2017

Enjoying the Road America Indy Race 2016Thanks Dad and Grandpa

Next up for the team is rebuilding and planning for the 2018 season.  Schedules should be out in the next couple of months.  We are going to need to do something about the sprint kart chassis, new kart or new frame, this is one many decisions we are going to have to contemplate over cold winter off season. 

Thanks to our 2017 Sponsors for their continuing support, See you in 2018.
Bell HelmetsGoPro, Slick Products, Shorai, AmsoilWinning SyntheticsEVS Sports, Stardust Memorials, The Greenwood Restaurant, C&M Auto Service, Atomic Decals, Danrr Autobody, Christian Lantry Photographer, Jennings Chevrolet, Xona Software, Wicked Audio

2017 Season Finale: Pittsburgh

There is a saying, that “Races are won in the garage”.  Racing the big track at Pittsburgh started the minute we rolled out of post tech at MIS.  We started planning the needed changes and continued to ponder the problems.   The actual work started the weekend before with taking apart and cleaning the fuel system and converting the driveline to chain.  I am hoping giving the fuel system a good cleaning on the road kart will resolve the burping condition that has been experienced for that few races.  Dart Kart Club requires the black restrictor plate and we have been having issues the motors speed to the ideal rpm with the limited gear set available.  By converting to chain, We can use our full set of gears and drivers to do fine tuning and find the fastest gearing.  After every race both motors and tanks are drained of gas and the oil changed, and the clutches are inspected, rebuilt, and adjusted.  This being karting and not NASCAR where they spend 1000’s of man hours getting read for a race.  We only require about 10-20 hours of preparation to stage both karts and and pack trailer for the next event depending on the extent of changes. 

Pittsburgh International Race Complex is the last stop for the Wild Duck Racing team’s 2017 season.  This Dart Kart Club race is the first kart race is the first one hosted by this track.  At 2.8 miles with 19 turns, it is also the longest track and most complex track he has ever driven.  While we were there not only did we enjoy the kart racing, there was autocross on Sunday and Jason even got to take his sprint kart out on the Wilson Circuit for some early preparation of his return to sprint racing.  He thought it was a great track but did not how he had not drive like that for a while. 

Jason piloted the sprint kart very well in both Saturdays and Sundays races.  We have not been making many adjustments to the kart, just using the race time to practice and refine track knowledge.  The only problem with the kart all season has been the development of cracks in the frame.  During Sunday’s race the frame developed another crack this time in the front porch which is a weird place.  At the end of Sunday’s race the throttle linkage snapped In the last lap, he tried to bring it home pulling on the cable with his hand but it was more than he could pull off.  With this latest failure the chassis is now retired from racing.  It carried three drivers to multiple sprint and road racing championships, it’s time. 

Post Race Conference

The garage work on the road kart was a mixed bag of results.  The gearing was wrong and we ended up converting back to belt drive after a couple of practice sessions.  However, the burping seems to have been cured by the thorough cleaning of the fuel system.  Saturdays Sprint Junior race included 4 drivers and Jason needed to get third or better on both days to win the championship.  He had a great start leaping away but immediately got stuck in traffic and then had to check up as the first lap closed to avoid an out of control kart.  The gap between him and the field grew to seven seconds in first few laps. The leader was just gone, the real race was for 2nd place as 2 and 3 swapped back and forth lap after lap while Jason quietly settled into his pace.  As the fought they slowed and Jason began to creep closer, slowly at first, then, once he had them in sight again he push hard and suddenly dropped 2 seconds a lap.  As the crossed the finish line for the penultimate lap he was mere tenths back.  During the closing lap he fell back  as faster traffic cut through the class and then he pulled in close behind 3rd place.  As they entered the final hairpin turn, using late breaking, Jason pulled in front of third place. As the group exited the turn the second place driver bobbled and lost momentum allowing Jason to fly by and finish in 2nd place.  Sunday’s, race was between Jason and one other driver who simply had a much faster kart.  Jason ran some fast laps but they were not fast enough to keep up.  At the end of the weekend Jason had sealed his 4th Championship of the season.  

Thanks to the Junior Sprint drivers: Mathew, Christine, Adam, David and their families for some great racing this season.  Thanks to the Pittsburgh international race complex team for putting on this great event.  

Remembering Joe Pribyl, without whom this would have never been possible. 
Oct 29, 1940 – July 2, 2017

Enjoying the Indy 500 2015
Thanks Dad and Grandpa

Next up for the team is rebuilding and planning for the 2018 season.  Schedules should be out in the next couple of months.  We are going to need to do something about the sprint kart chassis, new kart or new frame, this is one many decisions we are going to have to contemplate over cold winter off season. 

Thanks to our 2017 Sponsors for their continuing support.
Bell HelmetsGoPro, Slick Products, Shorai, AmsoilWinning SyntheticsEVS Sports, Stardust Memorials, The Greenwood Restaurant, C&M Auto Service, Atomic Decals, Danrr Autobody, Christian Lantry Photographer, Jennings Chevrolet, Xona Software

Pure Michigan: Big Speedway Racing

The penultimate race of the 2017 season was at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mi the weekend of September 16th and 17th.  This track is home to several NASCAR races and in the past has hosted Indy cars and cart racing.  The oval is steeply banked all the way around and 2 miles long.  The road configuration is 1.9 miles long and the includes turn 4 and 3 by passing 2 and 1 as it winds through the infield and runs in the opposite direction from the oval events.  This is one of the best facilities we have ever raced at.

The sprint kart ran great al weekend.  We tuned it up very quickly and Jason out paced the field all weekend, winning on both days.  The road kart was another matter., it had problems motor problems all weekend.  It stumbled on the long front stretch taking away the precious rpm and speed needed to keep up with the well tuned 2 cycle karts he was racing.  This is the same gremlin we chased a Gingerman last race.   On top of the motor issues we did not get the gearing correct because we did not have belt gears of the right size.  Saturday’s race was great fun, Jason got a pretty good start and was in the lead into turn one, but dropped to second as they drove through the big oval.  Then he was caught out by slower traffic, the lead made the pass but Jason lost time searching for a clean pass.  As the race progressed he would catch up and fallback as he drove well through the corners but dropped back in the straights lacking top speed.  As they drove through the narrow infield he would look for an opening.  He made a final attempt on the last lap sticking his nose up on the inside but did not have the room to complete the pass and backed off.  We swapped back to the what we call the Murray motor to see if we could squeeze bit more speed for Sunday’s race, but it was not too be, he was slower and still was not running right.  After nine laps he pulled off with another issue.  A floor pan bolt had pulled through the pan and was being noisy, an easy fix, and the motor mystery still remains.

We had lots of help this weekend with folks lending us gears and providing racing advice.  Thanks to Jack Reall, who has been rescuing people from hurricane flooded cities between race weekends.  Stay safe.

Remembering Joe Pribyl, without whom this would have never been possible. 
Oct 29, 1940 – July 2, 2017

Supervising work on Kid Kart at Badger Kart Club

Thanks Dad and Grandpa

The last race of the season will be at Pittsburgh International Race Complex north of Pittsburg, Pa.  The karts will be racing the combined track for 2.8 miles of roller coaster.  This will be the furthest we have ever traveled for a race.  The 4 cycle junior class is locked up, but he still has to do some work to win the Sprint Junior class.

Thanks to our 2017 Sponsors for their continuing support.
Bell HelmetsGoPro, Slick Products, Shorai, AmsoilWinning SyntheticsEVS Sports, Stardust Memorials, The Greenwood Restaurant, C&M Auto Service, Atomic Decals, Danrr Autobody, Christian Lantry Photographer, Jennings Chevrolet, Xona Software

 

 

Gingerman: 2017 CES Finale

September 9th and 10th was last race of the 2017 Championship Enduro Series.  Gingerman Raceway is also the venue for the 2016 CES Banquet where Jason received his trophy for 2nd place in last years  Animal Junior class.  The 2016 visit was the last time my Dad was healthy enough to travel to a race.  It made for a bittersweet weekend with lots of fun memories from last year and made some new ones him missing his presence.  He is the reason Jason started racing otherwise I would have been trying to figure out how to coach some sport with a ball, stick, or something and be totally lost.

Camden(Champion) and Jason(2nd)

This weekend was yet another, struggle with motors at least these did not seem to be self inflicted.  The Briggs Animal motor is tough and reliable but sometimes race motors can be baffling and subject to mysterious ailments and failures.  The motor on the sprint kart oil fouled another plug and we swapped that it out for freshly built spare for Saturday’s racing.  The fresh motor ran great and Saturday Jason finished 10th and 10th, starting in 13th with no starting gap in the sprint kart.  

Things in the road kart were getting better, but not good enough, still tuning tire pressure and gearing.  He finished 2nd but not as far back as previous races.  In an effort to put together the best road kart we could for Sunday’s race on Saturday night we swapped motors between the karts, to put the fresher motor on the road kart.  Sunday’s practice validated this was the correct move.  The kart started fast and got faster as we adjusted setup.  However, despite the speed, the motor was burping/cutting out during the final practice, this did not bode well for the race.  I went through the carb and eventually ended up just swapping in different carb and crossed my fingers for the race.  

The sprint race he finished 10th and 8th again starting 13th with no gap. He managed to avoid a big wreck in front of him with some smart driving in the final corner of the last race.  He saw the drivers just ahead of him were going to wreck nearly two turns before they did.  The road race started off poorly, he managed to stick to the heals of the leader and was keeping pace as the approached slower traffic.  The leader passed traffic quick and clean while Jason got stuck behind and a good gap developed between him and the leader.  He pushed hard and was catching when the leaders kart suddenly lost power and pulled off.  This put Jason in the lead.  Unfortunately, after a few laps Jason pulled in complaining of sputtering.  Deciding to not risk damaging the motor we retired the kart for the day.  It was not our great moment of victory but we had some fun chasing it.  Now we need to figure out what is going on with the motor, for ext weekend.  At this point we only have one good motor and two karts to race to complete the rest of the season.

The Championship Enduro Series season is over and Jason is the 2017 Animal Junior Champion and the Sprint Junior Champion.  The Wild Duck Racing team will be heading back to Michigan next weekend for the second Michigan International Raceway race with the Michigan Kart Club and the penultimate Dart Kart Club race.  Jason is the current leader in Animal Junior and 2nd in Sprint Junior, he could move into first if we can put together some good runs. 

Remembering Joe Pribyl, without whom this would have never been possible. 
Oct 29, 1940 – July 2, 2017

Dad a the Sherman Dairy after Grattan 2016
Thanks Dad and Grandpa

Thanks to our 2017 Sponsors for their continuing support.
Bell HelmetsGoPro, Slick Products, Shorai, AmsoilWinning SyntheticsEVS Sports, Stardust Memorials, The Greenwood Restaurant, C&M Auto Service, Atomic Decals, Danrr Autobody, Christian Lantry Photographer, Jennings Chevrolet, Xona Software

Friends and Family at the Track

The weekend of August 12th brought us to the Championship Enduro SeriesBlackhawk Farms Raceway in South Beloit, IL.  We also had many visitors this weekend and had a blast sharing the sport of karting with friends and family.  Friday, brought my aunt and her friend Jim for a night of hanging out in the pits while telling race and baseball stories.  Saturday added my cousin Dave(Ricky Bobby) and his friend Ginger.  Ginger is an former Porsche racer and instructor.  She and Jason swapped race stories and lore all day.  The weekend ended on Sunday with the arrival of my mom and sisters family.  My mom has been to a race before but this was her first road race and my sisters and family’s first race.   It was lots of fun to have all these visitors pass through our pits and share our racing passion.

The Animal Junior racing was good in that nothing broke and Jason picked off the Animal 360 back field after make up the 10 second start gap. He won is class and finished mid pack in all four races.  The best race of the weekend was race 1 one Sunday.  This race included drivers of race 6 including Sr Super Heavy, and some folks that Jason has not raced with since for since he moved up to Junior.  Keith started with the 360s class and Jason caught up to him in a few laps and started working on finding ways to get around him.  By then Keith had gotten comfortable in his kart and was able to continually fend Jason off, often nosing just ahead as then entered turn one.  Jason would catch Keith by turn 7 again but not have quite enough steam to compete the pass, and continued to test Keith on the front straight throughout the race.  In the last lap Jason got slowed by lapped traffic and Keith beat him to the line but just a few tenths in the end.   Both came off the the track with smiles of good clean racing. 

After the success at Mid-Ohio and then again at Grattan we had hoped that the road kart was going to be competitive at Blackhawk this time.  We struggled to keep up during the first Blackhawk race earlier this year.  Saturday practice went well the kart was definitely faster and Jason was working on 1:29 laps during practice.   During the race Jason as nearly 2 seconds a lap slower than the lead driver.  Sigh, guess we will try again on Sunday.  Sunday we borrowed a set of tires and wheels, which changes the setup, to see if they made a difference.  The mornings practice went much better he was closer to speed.  I made some minor adjustments to gearing and he looked good.  Between practice sessions we found the brake disk guard was broken.  This was likely a result of the crash at Gateway.  I had the part and quickly put it in.  During the last practice session all looked good, the race was a different matter.  The got three laps when he pulled in with brake failure.  While he is still getting comfortable with piloting this kart I think we are starting to fight with setup and we are making progress.

The Championship Enduro Series finale Gingerman and will include the 2016 banquet.  Jason earned 2nd place in the 2016 Animal Junior class.  As per usual we owe gratitude to the Murray’s and Regan at 4 Cycle Central for keeping our karts fast and on the track.  

Remembering Joe Pribyl, without whom this would have never been possible. Oct 29, 1940 – July 2, 2017
Thanks Dad and Grandpa

Thanks to our 2017 Sponsors for their continuing support.
Bell HelmetsGoPro, Slick Products, Shorai, AmsoilWinning SyntheticsEVS Sports, Stardust Memorials, The Greenwood Restaurant, C&M Auto Service, Atomic Decals, Danrr Autobody, Christian Lantry Photographer, Jennings Chevrolet, Xona Software

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