Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Go-kart gang all ready to burn rubber

Young ladies and gentlemen, start your engines.
On the heels of what seemed like an eternal winter, Borderland Kart Racing is ready to hit the track this Sunday at 2 p.m. for its season-opening races at the Emo Speedway.

“The go-kart drivers are definitely excited to start racing again,” said organization spokesman Kim Williamson.
“It has been a long winter,” she noted.
“Racers start planning in the winter with their decals and kart colours.”
Williamson said despite Mother Nature’s efforts to wreak havoc on anything in her grasp, the go-kart track at the speedway seems to have survived in good condition.
“The frost has just come out of the track and it is drying out,” she remarked. “Some prep work has been completed already.
“We don’t anticipate too much more work and the track will be in fine shape.”
Now the hope of the go-kart community is that the spring and summer will be just as nice as the winter was miserable.
“The weather can certainly affect our season,” Williamson conceded.
“Luckily in Emo, if we cancel our Friday race night [which begins after school ends] due to weather, we can try for Sunday afternoon,” she noted.
“Usually that works for us.
“Racers don’t like to miss a race weekend,” she stressed.
Williamson expects 12-15 racers this season competing in beginner, novice, and advanced classes—but said there’s always room for more.
“Everyone knows that go-kart racing is fun,” she remarked. “And when you talk to the racers about why they like it, that is what they will tell you.
“It is also a great family activity,” she added. “The whole family can come out and support their racer.
“Racing is exciting. It gets the adrenaline pumping,” Williamson enthused.
“We try to make it a fun season for all in Emo and welcome anyone new wanting to get started.
“We also welcome anyone to watch the go-kart races,” she added.
“The racers love to have an audience and there is no charge to come and watch.”
Two long-time go-kart racers—Devlin residents Jyllian Westover and A.J. Kellar—will be pulling double duty this season.
While the teenagers are sticking with their go-kart roots, they’re also making the jump to the street stock division of the Borderland Racing Association.
“Go-kart racers are the next generation of stock car racers,” Williamson declared. “It is a natural progression.
“Jyllian and A.J. definitely are not quitting karting but will be of age to do both this season,” she noted.
“They have gained experience over the past five years and have the confidence to race street stocks.”
Anyone wanting more information on go-karting can contact Allan Kinnear at 276-5285.
The Borderland Racing Association, meanwhile, also gets rolling this weekend, with racing getting underway Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (weather permitting).
Ron Westover of Devlin comes in as the defending street stocks champ while Christopher Leek of Emo is the current titleholder in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds.
Gavin Paull of Fort Frances is the driver to beat in the WISSOTA Modifieds division.

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