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Baker and Hewitt star for CRG Nordam under the lights in Denton

June 12, 2018 by Rob Howden

When it comes to the high heat of a Texas summer, running in the cooler evening temperatures under the lights is always a wise approach. The Texas ProKart Challenge targeted their June 7-9 weekend for just such an night outing, and North Texas Kartway in Denton provided the ideal venue. The half-mile, nine-turn track is an iconic facility that simply comes alive when its lights are fired up, and the racing was stellar thanks to the multiple overtaking opportunities offered by the layout. The event featured Thursday night practice that led into Friday and Saturday night races, and while the temps at the start of each afternoon’s schedule were around 95°F, once the sun set, a more comfortable 85°F was the norm. The Texas PKC program has developed a strong foundation of racers and teams, and the paddock was filled with national level stars and young emerging talent. Of all those in the paddock, the CRG Nordam team had a superb outing, winning six races at the hands of Brenden Baker, Max Hewitt, Rod Clinard and new recruit Tyler Gonzalez.

TPKC 2018 NTK Brenden Baker 300x200Brenden Baker scored victory in the X30 Senior category (Photo Ken Johnson - Studio52.us)Baker, the veteran national and regional competitor, took the Friday win in the Woltjer Racing Engines X30 Senior class, battling with fellow CRG driver Kaden Gray and Tony Kart pilot Alejandro Jaramillo. Gray was on top of his game all weekend, qualifying on pole before taking the Prefinal win. Despite Gray’s initial pace, Baker was too much in the main and he rolled to a 3.202-second win over his teammate. Jaramillo pressured Gray for a majority of the 30-lap shootout, but he had to settle for a solid third. John Berry (Tony Kart) finished fourth ahead of Pablo Perez De Lara (Tony Kart).

Read more: EKN Trackside: 2018 Texas ProKart Challenge – North Texas Kartway Report

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The following shall be instituted immediately and will remain permanently as part of the Texas ProKart rules package.

Post-Race Contact

At the conclusion of each on-track session, after crossing the finish line; all competitors must slow their speed while making their way to the scale line. Any competitor who makes contact with another racer shall be penalized.

Penalty Assessed
Practice or Warm-up           - Loss of next scheduled on track session
Qualifying or Competition   - DQ/loss of points for the session

Texas ProKart Challenge Sticker Placement

All karts participating in a TPKC event must have a Texas ProKart sticker mounted on the front fairing. Stickers will be provided to you at registration.

Registration opens on Friday, May 11 for TPKC rounds 2 and 3 at North Texas Karters, Denton Texas. Join us for some awesome night racing, June 7-9

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The 2018 TPKC championship battles are expected to be fierce across all categories.

The champions in the X30 Senior, X30 Junior, X30 Master and Mini Swift classes will all receive guaranteed SuperSunday starting positions for the 2018 SKUSA SuperNationals next fall. These passes are tremendously valuable considering the level of competition in Las Vegas.

Texas ProKart will also offer three entry tickets to the 2018 SuperNationals, drawing one champion from three unique class groupings. These tickets are valued at $1100 each and include entry fee and race tires!

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2018 Schedule & Venues

Round 1 - March 24-25 - Speedsportz Racing Park
Rounds 2 & 3 - June 7-9 - North Texas Kartway "Night Race"
Rounds 4 & 5 - July 20-22 - Amarillo Kart Circuit
Round 6 - September 22-23 - Dallas karting Complex
Year End Banquet - October - TBD

Class Structure 
  • TPKC will run the same classes as in 2017.
  • S1 and S2 will continue to be grouped together during practice and competition but scored separately. TPKC will not offer the newly proposed SKUSA Pro-Moto Class.
  • The engine spec section for X30 Junior has the following update: 125cc Electric Start 29mm Exhaust Manifold Part # X30125368A Effec 1/1/18 - 26mm
Rule Book updated as of 12/2/17

In preparation for our 2018 racing season, please review the latest round of SKUSA RULEBOOK updates and clarifications, including:

10.5.7. Appeals
20.2.2. Number Plates
20.2.6.5. Tire Pickup
20.3.2.6. Visible Light Check for CR125 Cylinders
30.2.3. No bump-drafting in Qualifying

New SKUSA Membership/Licensing Information 

Membership Term
Starting with the 2018 racing season, SKUSA Memberships are now only valid from January 1st through December 31st. The following outlines the steps required for us to make this transition. We will udpate this language once we are through the transition.

  • If your current expiration date is between January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018, your 2018 Membership Renewal will only be $50.
  • If your current expiration date is between July 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018, your 2018 Membership Renewal will be free.
  • There is a very small group of members left with expiration dates before Jan 1 2018, please select the $100 renewal option.

In order to take advantage of this offer, SKUSA members MUST submit an online renewal during the renewal periods described below.

  • The transitional renewal period for members will be December 1, 2017 through January 31, 2018.
  • The transitional late renewal period will be February 1, 2018 through February 15, 2018. Late renewals will cost $125.
  • Renewals after February 15, 2018 will be treated as new memberships. New memberships will be $150.
The SuperNationals are part of the National SKUSA Pro Tour, but also operates as a stand-alone race event. A one-event membership will again be offered at time of Supernats Registration and can be purchased in lieu of an Annual SKUSA membership.
New NUMBERS

CIK Kart Numbers
Starting in 2018, SKUSA will be standardizing to CIK number specifications. This means solid yellow number panels and solid black numbers for all classes.

SKUSA National Champions - may choose to run #1,2 or 3 in your regional class utilizing the same solid yellow number panels and solid black number requirement.
2017 TPKC Champions - may choose to run #1,2 or 3 in your regional class utilizing the reverse: a solid black number panel and a solid yellow number following the same size requirements as stated in the rule book. NOTE: These number panels will only be allowed within the 2018 TPKC Series.


No more letter designators.

Please refer to SKUSA Rule 20.2.2 for the dimensional specifics.

IAME Classes Shifter Classes
Micro Swift - 10-99
Mini Swift - 100-299 (200-299 reserved for overflow)
X30 Junior - 700-799
X30 Senior - 300-499 (400-499 reserved for overflow)        
X30 Master - 500-599

S1 - 100-199
S2 - 200-299
S3 - 300-399
S4 - 400-499
S5 - 500-599 (Local Option)
S4SM - 600-699 (Local Option)

Reserved Numbers
There will no longer be reserved race numbers with your memberships. Each class will be assigned a block of numbers and when you enter your first race of the TPKC series you will pick from any available numbers in that pool. That will then be your “reserved” number for the rest of that series. NOTE: You are likely to have a different number in the Winter Series, PKC, ProTour and SuperNat's so first come, first serve.
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