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2017 AKRA Southern Tour Closer Moved to Jacksonville

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Sept. 9-10 event will run 103rd Street North Course with chicane

AKRA officials have moved Round 4 of the 2017 Vega USA American Sprint Cup Series “Southern Tour” – originally slated for Lamar County Speedway – to the 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Fla.  The event will remain on the originally scheduled weekend of Sept. 9-10, and it will remain a two-day program (no Friday practice) with extended rounds of practice Saturday morning, Sept. 9.

The Southern Tour Round 4 event will run the 103rd Street North Course with the chicane that is located near the end of the 1000’ straightaway, giving racers a different layout before the series returns to Jacksonville for the October 27-29 AKRA Grand National Championship, which will utilize the traditional 103rd Street national course.

Joining Round 4 of the AKRA Southern Tour will be the Best Transmission Pro Gas Shootout, which was announced last week for Saturday, Sept. 16, will now be held in conjunction with the AKRA event on Saturday evening, Sept. 9. The Pro Gas Shootout program will begin shortly after the conclusion of AKRA points classes Saturday.

“We want to apologize for any inconvenience this venue change causes our racers,” AKRA owner Bill McCutcheon stated. “Unfortunately, AKRA and the Lamar County Speedway club are not on the same page at this time in order to hold a successful event at the Lamar County track.  It was important for us to keep the event on the same Sept. 9-10 weekend that was originally announced, so our racers and families did not have to make different work or school scheduling arrangements in order to attend the event. I want to thank the folks at the North Florida Kart Club for accommodating our series and racers.”

The North Florida Kart Club will be open Friday afternoon, Sept. 8 for parking and pre-tech.  Gates will open Saturday at 7am with full racing programs schedule for Saturday and Sunday to determine 2017 AKRA Southern Tour points champions.


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  1. wellington
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    I would like to know if you guys will have Master class. And can we race with rok engines ? tks

  2. Tony The Toe
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    Since Jacksonville has now become a race on the Sprint Cup Southern Tour the Sprint Cup Grand Nationals should be moved to neutral ground to give the drivers from the Northern Sprint Cup an equal playing field. Some ideas: Rockingham, Palmetto Kart track Columbia, SC (Ben Porter, Charlie Sox), Danville, Virginia (Goodyear Kart track) or any other track from Georgia to Maryland. I realize some of the tracks that I mention might no longer exists but the point is the Grand Nationals should be on a track that does not favor one tour or the other. Let’s discuss and put our heads together and see if we can come up with a fair solution to all AKRA competitors.

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