Yes and no. Yes, it is harder to officiate bigger fields, but having run 60 kart fields at USPKS all year and comparing that to the Grands, there is a lack of officiating at the CKNA events. It’s almost a free-for-all on track and the go-to way of moving up in positions is just bullying your way around. Like TJ said, and I’ve held this position for a couple years now, CKNA should be utilizing the push-back system. They’ve had CIK specific classes since at least 2019, the Grands is exclusively CIK bodywork now, and there are plenty of people who can attest that push-backs, while not perfect, would do a heap of help for the race quality. Comparing that to USPKS, I’ve received penalties back in 35th position for avoidable contact, I don’t think I saw CKNA hand out an on track penalty outside the top 10 at their events.
It doesn’t help that at Whiteland they specifically said “if a driver holds the outside on you while you’re making a pass, you have to leave room for them or you’ll receive a penalty” which made it so practically the only way to make a pass was to use your front bumper.
What they do works for their regular season, more or less at least, but when they try to put on what they call “the biggest event in US karting,” one would go into there with the expectation that it will be run at the same level as SKUSA or USPKS.