With the annual New Castle Motorsports Park “night race” taking place this weekend, I figured it would be fun to document the weekend. I’ll use this thread to post as I’m able to, and hopefully include some onboard video as well.
The night race is part of the NCMP club series, Kart Racers of America (KRA), and has developed into a really fun and exciting event. I believe this is the third year that NCMP has put on the night race, and it will be my third time racing. For anyone in the area, or that has even thought about racing at NCMP, this is a must-race event. The lighting setup is very nice, taking an area that would otherwise be pitch black, and illuminating it for a night of Friday practice (tonight!) and a night of Saturday racing! The first year had a couple of dark spots that made things interesting, but overall visibility was not an issue so long as everyone busts out their trusty clear visor . Racing at night creates a pretty unique and thrilling experience. For me, it creates the perception that you’re going 15-20% faster at all times. I don’t have the best eyesight in the world, so maybe it’s just me, but either way it sure is a blast hitting 90+ mph under the lights!
I’ll be racing in the Shifter category for the third year, and I’m hoping this will be the best turnout yet. We had 13 shifter entries in 2020, and 16 in 2021. This year there are a couple of other races also taking place, and some of the locals I know have other obligations, so fingers crossed that we still have 15-20 shifter entries. KRA runs a single Shifter class that is a combination of Stock Honda (385 lbs), Rok Shifter (395 lbs), and KZ/175 (410 lbs). The KZ/175 still have an advantage even at those weights, but this seems to be the best solution at the moment for a single class trying to encompass all engines and all drivers.
The 2020 running was a tight battle between myself and my Harden Motorsports Group (HMG) teammate Devon Smith-Harden. Both of us were on Iame 175 SSE packages:
2021 was a good year for me, as I started at the back for the pre-final, and was able to take the win in both the pre-final and the final:
This year is going to be especially fun, as I’ve managed to convince my younger brother to come out of retirement and brap under the lights! Eric was last in a kart around late 2020 for a KRA club race, and his last race before that was July of 2017. Needless to say, he’s got some rust to shake off, but I’m looking forward to having him back on track.
We’ll be heading out to practice this evening, and plan to work out of the back of my truck. Tomorrow night we’ll be pitting with some friends. Feel free to message me if anyone else is out there and interested in popping by to say “hey”!
More updates coming soon…