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Inaugural American Sprint Cup National Championship Approaching at Jacksonville

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AKRA will put a close on the inaugural Vega Tire American Sprint Cup Series in just a couple short weeks – October 21-23 – with the running of the first-ever Grand National Championship presented by Kart City Performance at the 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, FL.

Early pre-entry numbers indicate the Jacksonville round will be the best turnout of the season for AKRA’s new sprint series. Officials are expecting strong fields in the Briggs LO206 divisions – including Cadet, Junior, Senior and Masters – as well as the 2-cycle divisions comprised of Yamaha KT100 and TaG categories for all ages.

For Jacksonville online registration, go to https://akrasprint.com/shop/jacksonville-grand-nationals-shop/.

Keep in mind that ALL RACERS are welcomed to join the fun at Jacksonville, whether you’ve raced with AKRA this season or not. Many local North Florida Kart Club racers have already pre-entered and are expected to race, while a number of Northern Tour and Southern Tour regulars will be in attendance to compete for their class’s championship.

Everyone in attendance will be eligible for race wins and top-five awards, as well as pole awards, while those who have attended at least three American Sprint Cup events this year will be eligible for the first-ever coveted AKRA Sprint National Championship, which includes a separate awards package.

Jacksonville Event Format and Schedule

The Kart City Performance Grand National Championship event format will be the same as all other American Sprint Cup Series events this year.

Parking will open Thursday at noon and be available through the evening hours.

103rd Street Sports Complex gates will open Friday at 7am with practice slated for 11am to 6pm. Practice sessions will be 10 minutes in length with five anticipated groups – Kid Kart, Cadet, Junior, Senior 4-cycle and Senior 2-cycle. If groups become too large we will separate.

Gates will swing open at 7am Saturday and Sunday with an 8:15am Drivers Meeting. All classes will run two rounds of practice, a 5-minute qualifying session, a heat race and main event. Lap lengths will be announced at the Drivers Meeting.

Saturday after racing concludes we will hold a special Awards Ceremony for Northern Tour and Southern Tour points champions and top finishers.

ATTENTION drivers competing for the National Championship: Each class championship will be awarded based on best average finish between Saturday and Sunday’s main event. We will use a points calculation based on 0 points to the winner, 2 points to 2nd, 3 points to 3rd, and so on. The driver with the lowest total will be crowned AKRA American Sprint Cup National Champion for their class.

Tie-breaker will be whichever driver won the most heats. If there is still a tie, officials will revert to whichever driver won the most pole awards. If there is still a tie, officials will break it on whichever driver had the fastest qualifying lap of the weekend (include Saturday and Sunday qualifying sessions).

Direct Jacksonville Grand National Championship questions to Bill McCutcheon at 704-764-8138 / billmcfast@aol.com or Keith Shampine at 704-662-5350 / keithshampine@gmail.com.

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