International Kart Federation has awarded Show Me Speedway – Downing the honors of hosting the  60th Anniversary installment of the IKF 4-Cycle Grand Nationals. This is the second year in a row that the Grand Nationals have been held at Show Me Speedway just north of Downing.

Karters from  throughout the Unites States will be racing in 16 different classes from the age of 8 years old up to over 60 years + for the 3 day event. Practice Day will begin on Thursday, July 27th with track time starting at 4:00.

Friday and Saturday will be race days for the 16 classes to start at 1:00 p.m. Over 300 entries are anticipated over the length of the event. Each day will start at 12:00 with hot laps followed by race schedule of 2 heats and a feature for each class.  Eight classes will run per day.

Pre-entry registration includes local racers and Karters from all over the Midwest, including Oklahoma, North & South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Indiana, and Ohio.

“Although this is a National Event the local track will maintain a free gate,” said track volunteer Ron Gardner. “Concessions will be available on the grounds for all 3 days.”

Show Me Speedway is located 2 miles north of Downing, east off of Route N. to Martin Road and right on Go Cart Drive. Watch for Signs. For more information call Ron Gardner 660-341-0100.

The International Kart Federation has a long record of achievement as a governing body for the sport of Kart Racing. In recognition of the need for controls over the sport, the International Kart Federation (then known as the Go-Kart Club of America) has published rules for competition since November 21, 1957. The goals have remained the same, to foster strong and fair competition; to provide reasonable rules for the various types of competition, to administer  the competition program with impartiality, and to reduce the hazards associated with this sport.

The prime responsibilities for the condition and operation of a Kart rests with the owner/driver. The track operators’ main responsibility is that of providing a suitable place to conduct events. IKF is the vital link between these two, producing Rules and Regulations of Competition.

The IKF 4 Cycle Speedway Grand Nationals will feature speedway karts. According to IKF officials, at first glance speedway karts are similar to those used in Sprint Racing. But what used to be essentially sprint karts competing on dirt ovals has evolved into a very specialized form of kart competition.

Left-Turn-Only or LTO chassis have been developed for precise handling and adjustability on oval tracks. They are raced on recommended one fifth mile or less, although the Downing track is unique as it was enlarged to 1/7th mile to accommodate larger classes of Karts. The Maxxis Midwest Dirt Series that was held at Show Me Speedway two weeks ago experienced feature races including 32 Karts at one time.

“Again, practice at 4:00 on Thursday 27th. Then on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th races will start at 1:00,” said Gardner. “Free Gate, no charge for grandstand. See you at the 2017  60th Anniversary IKF 4-Cycle Grands.”