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.
 
 
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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