Rules

 

Our Rules & Regulations book is available for download.

The Forks Karting Association follows NKA Rules with FKA exceptions. The FKA Race director will have a copy of the rules at the track and can help you with any rule questions or interpretations.

The purpose of the FKA Rule Book is to add clarity and consistency to some of the more frequently questioned rules, and also notes local track options that have been exercised to better serve our members.

The FKA Rule Book is in no way complete and is not intended to be a replacement for the rules and regulations outlined in the NKA Rule Book. It is merely an informational aid to provide orderly conduct of our racing events.

The NKA Rule Book can be downloaded from this link - https://nkaonline.com/rules/

The Novice Rookie Gas Engine Rules are available for download as well. 

Pre-Race Tech Check List - Important

Competition age is the highest age of the driver during the calendar year. (January 1st thru December 31st) Also, a driver with an attained age of 15 may move to a competition age of 16. Attained age is the age of the driver on the day of competition. During the driver's attained age, changes from one age group to another, the driver may race in either age group. Once the driver moves to the higher age group they can no longer race in the lower age group. If a driver moves up in mid-year, any points he has earned in the lower classes do not move up with him. The option year is designed to give the Junior drivers flexibility of class due to variances in driver weight and driver ability.

A complete chart showing birth dates and classes your age group is allowed to run in is listed in the Rules & Regulations Book.

The following are a list of the classes run at the Forks Karting Speedway.

Age requirements shown are for the 2019 Racing Season.

Novice Rookie Gas
Briggs JR 206 Factory Sealed (see FKA JR 206 rules)
Engines will run on pump gas only, NO additives.  Fuel must be purchased from Gateway Cenex Pump #5.
Age - Attained age of 5 – age 7(born Jan 1st, 2011 thru Dec 31st 2011)

Rookie Gas
LO 206 Factory Sealed Briggs Animal LO 206 rules apply with FKA changes (less rev limiter pipe change and Purple Throttle Slide part #555735 .342 max opening with lock and Air Filter)
Engines will run on pump gas only, NO additives.  Fuel must be purchased from Gateway Cenex Pump #5.
Age - Born between Jan, 1st 2008 and Dec, 31st 2011
Drivers with an attained age 7 may compete in the Rookie Gas class if they have completed One Full Year in the Novice Rookie Gas class.
Drivers with an attained age 7 that have not raced one full year in Novice Rookie Gas may compete in the Rookie Gas class only with the Forks Karting Association's board approval.  These drivers will also be asked to start at the back for three race nights.

Jr. I Light
Stock Briggs Animal with 3-hole .250 Black Restrictor Plate.
Engines will run on alcohol.
Weight--255lb. Minimum.
Age--Born between Jan, 1st 2007 and Dec, 31 2011

Jr. I Yamaha
KT100 Yamaha (JR I spec)
Weight--255lb. Minimum
Age--Born between Jan, 1st. 2007 and Dec, 31 2011

Jr. I Outlaw
Stock Briggs Animal with 3-hole .250 Black Restrictor Plate.
Engines will run on alcohol.
Weight--300lb. Minimum
Hoosier Treaded Tires on all corners.  Must be a D50 or D55 on RR – No Prepping Allowed
Age--Born between Jan, 1st 2007 and Dec, 31 2011 

Jr. II Light
Stock Briggs Animal, 3-Hole .312 Gold Restrictor Plate
Engines will run on alcohol.
Weight--305lb. Minimum
Age--Born between Jan, 1st 2003 and Dec, 31 2007

Jr. II Yamaha
KT100 Yamaha (JR II spec)
Weight--305lb. Minimum
Age--Born between Jan, 1st 2003 and Dec, 31 2007

Jr. II Outlaw
Stock Briggs Animal, 3-Hole .312 Gold Restrictor Plate
Engines will run on alcohol.
Weight--355lb. Minimum
Hoosier Treaded Tires on all corners.  Must be a D50 or D55 on RR – No Prepping Allowed
Age--Born between Jan, 1st 2003 and Dec, 31 2007

Sr. Medium
Stock Briggs Animal.
Engines will run on alcohol.
Weight--345lb. Minimum.
Age--Attained Age 15 or older. 

Yamaha
KT100 Yamaha
Weight--360lb. Minimum.
Age--Attained Age 15 or older. 

Masters
Briggs Animal built to Sr. Med Specs
Weight--385lb. Minimum.
Age--35 Years or older 

***FKA reserves the right to alter the restrictor plate size and weights of the karts to keep the classes safe***

Each night your kart must go through a Pre-Race Tech check. The driver and kart must be brought to be checked with all of the drivers safety apparel as well. Young drivers must be accompanied by their crew chief. After the kart passes the Pre-Race Tech, the kart will receive a unique sticker for the night. If you place in the heats or feature, and don't have a Pre-Race Tech sticker, you will be disqualified.

Some of the items (but not all) will be listed below. The Pre-Race Tech director will be the final word on what will be allowed. Minor violations will be allowed for a 1 week period to allow time for it to get fixed. More serious issues will be required to be fixed before the kart can go on the track.

Driver Safety Equipment:

  1. Helmet - Snell 2000 or greater required (2010 racing season).
  2. Driving Jacket or Suit - Must be made of an abrasion resistant material.
  3. Gloves - Required, racing type gloves recommended.
  4. Shoes - High top shoe or boot that covers the ankle bone is required.
  5. Neck Brace - A wrap around neck brace is required.
  6. Chest Protectors - Chest Protectors are required for all Junior classes. The chest protectors must meet SFI Section 20.1 Certification.

Kart Safety Items:

The following three areas must be safety wired or pinned:
  1. Weights - Weights must be painted white and labeled with the kart number.  Bolts used for mounting lead weights must be pinned and should not extend through the weight any more than necessary. Bolts must be 5/16" or greater.
  2. Steering - All steering components must be wired or pinned, including the 3 small steering wheel bolts, castle nuts on the top and bottom of the steering shaft, all tie rod bolts, spindle or king pin bolts and any other bolts used in the mounting of the steering system.
  3. Brakes - Brake pedal pivots and rod must be pinned, including the master cylinder mounting bolts and the rear brake caliper. The brake disk should also be safety wired or pinned. The use of metal locking nuts on the brake disk is also allowed (Nylon locking nuts are not permitted because of the heat generated by the brake disk.

Wolf plate - The wolf plate is a metal bracket that is mounted to the brake caliper and covers the area between the seat and the brake rotor. It's purpose is to protect the driver in the case of the seat falling back against the brake caliper and cutting through. A metal plate mounted on the back of the seat between the seat and brake disc is also allowed, but not recommended.

Engine - The 4 cycle engines are required to have a catch can to collect the oil blow by coming out of the breather tube. The exhaust header bolts must be safety wired and the exhaust muffler must be wired through the screen and then wired back to the engine to keep the muffler with the kart if it comes loose. The exhaust header or muffler must not extend beyond the rear of the back bumper.

Clutch - The 4 cycle class must run a chain guard on the engine. Also, the area between the seat and the engine must be protected so that the drivers arm cannot get down to the clutch or chain. A piece of heavy gauge plastic or similar piece of material riveted or bolted to the chain guard is an acceptable means of protection.

Wheels - The front wheel axle nut must be safety wired or pinned. The rear axle must have a snap ring or similar item at each end to keep the wheel from sliding off if it comes loose. DOUBLE CHECK the wheel nuts each time you go out on the track.

Fuel Tanks - On remotely mounted tanks, the tank must be mounted in the center of the kart underneath the steering column and between the drivers legs.

Before each heat - It is a good idea to inspect your kart for potential problems. Check the play in the spindle and front axle bearings. Inspect the front spindles, frame, bearing hangers, bumper, steering mounts and steering wheel for the signs of cracking. Double check that all bolts and mounting fasteners are tight. A little maintenance can be the difference between watching the race from the pits or the front of the pack.

This list is by no means complete and additional items may be added and checked when necessary. There may be something that was missed, and once again, the Pre-Race Tech Director will have the final say on all violations.