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KTB

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story by Chris Roy

Kaiden Benjamin, of Belfast, ME. will be racing in the box stock series at Richmond Karting Speedway and Thundering Valley this race season. During the off season Kaiden has been working on the karts and his dad’s race car. Though over the winter, Kaiden has also been keeping busy playing basketball, as well as plays soccer and baseball this spring.   

This race season Kaiden is going to be very busy at the track and in the shop, “Our plans for the 2014 season will be to race as much as we can at both Thundering Valley and Richmond maybe a few other tracks if we can.”

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Story by Chris Roy

Madison Morse from Town-Bridgton, Maine RKS will be returning to Richmond Karting Speedway this race season to compete in the blue plate series. During the off season Madison, has been keeping busy, “I’ve been playing basketball, snowboarding and cleaning up my go kart getting ready for racing season.”

Madison has her goals set for this race season, “To learn a lot and work hard to get to the front and win.”

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CAT4

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Story by Chris Roy

Curtis Anderson of Richmond, Maine is making the transition this season from Kart racing at Richmond Karting Speedway to Thunder 4 at Wiscasset Speedway.

So over the winter while waiting for race season to start Curtis and his pit crew have been busy, “We have been building a new car for 2014 season at Wiscasset Speedway.”

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Story by Chris Roy

 Opening day at Richmond Karting Speedway (RKS) is on April 27th as the drivers and crews get ready for the 1st green flag of the season. Colby “The Bullet” Benjamin of Belfast, ME, though there wasn’t much racing in the off season Colby found plenty of things to keep him busy, “In the off season I have been hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and playing indoor baseball.”

This upcoming season “The Bullet” will get plenty of seat time racing in karts, “In the 2014 season my plans are to run gold plate at RKS and try some new tracks around New England. I like night races, because I like being under the lights.”

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8BJ

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story by Chris Roy

Now that the snow is almost gone Brittany Jalbert of Auburn, Maine will be getting ready to race in the #8 in the Gold Plate Kart Series at Richmond Karting Speedway.   

Though Brittany hasn’t been racing in the off season, she has been busy. “During the off season I have been playing field hockey every Sunday morning and dancing Tuesdays & Wednesdays with competitions on the weekends.”

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story by Chris Roy

Kate Re of Lovell, Maine will be back at Richmond Karting Speedway (RKS), once again this upcoming race season.  Kate will be competing in the two different race series – Box Stock and Junior Animal.  

Though Kate hasn’t been racing over the winter, she has been keeping busy getting ready for the 2014 race season. “During the off season I’ve been going to school and getting my karts ready for this season. I’ll be racing two classes this year, so it’s been a lot of work over the winter getting ready. I also put my karts in two car shows over the winter to support RKS and try to get some new racers interested, the Northeast Motorsports Expo in Augusta and the Maine Racin’ Preview in Portland. I was really excited when I won “Best Appearing Go-Kart” at the Augusta show. It was a surprise and a great way to start the season.”

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Shane Farrar of Mechanic Falls, Maine is race ready for another season at Richmond Karting Speedway.

Shane has been keeping busy in the off season, “I have been wrestling every single weekend across the state. I wrestle for Oxford Hills Youth Wrestling. I currently hold the Maine State Pee-Wee Championship from 2013 and going to try to hold onto that title as I wrestle for it again April 5th at the Cumberland County Civic Center. I love wrestling it has been my life all winter.”
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gagestory by Chris Roy

Gage Theriault of Limestone, Maine the driver of the #43 KID KART at Spud Speedway, won the championship last season is looking for another championship. Though in the off season gage has been keeping busy, practicing for next year and watching his favorite dvd of all time, Days of Thunder! Gage also loves to watch YouTube videos of racing, for research purposes. Gage already in the race mode staying up way past his bedtime to watch Dale Jr. win the Daytona 500 including the 5 hour rain delay.

Looking back on the 2013 race season the one thing Gage remembers most was, “The highlight of his 2013 racing season was every time he was able to hit the track!

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DSC_7893Scarborough, Maine – Beech Ridge Speedway Late Model racer Evan Beaulieu joined 106 of his fellow short-track racers to compete in the DT100 Kart Race for Make-A-Wish at the Main Indoor Karting in Scarborough, Maine.

 

Evan started in the back of his heat race, the consolation and the “A-Main” qualifier race en-route to earning a hard-won spot in the “A-Main”.

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RPM_9269Fourteen year old Michael Moody, of Gardiner Maine will be doing double duty this upcoming race season, “My plans for the 2014 season is run the full schedule at Richmond and the Ducktona at Kingfield.”

Though there has been plenty of snow and not much racing, Michael has kept busy, “This off season I’ve been preparing myself for the season working with dad on the mini cup and helping my uncle on his.”

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DSC_1028story by Chris Roy

10 year old Nicole Benincasa, of Buxton Maine, made the transition from Junior Boxstock at Richmond Karting Speedway, and in here rookie season she came away with the Boxstock Championship. “It was really cool to win the Boxstock Championship it was the first time I have ever raced for points. It was my first full year racing.”

In the 2012 race season Nicole made a number of trips to victory lane, and it was the same this season as she took the checkered flag 10 times this season. So how does the boxstocks compare to the Jr. Boxstocks, “The speeds are faster and there are many more challenges and stronger competition compared to Junior Boxstock.”

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DSC_5317story by Chris Roy

After a few years of hard work and determination Ms. King is now the 2013 RKS Sportsman Champion, “It’s almost unexplainable! Considering last year I had finished 7th, and now being the champion. I’m glad the work my Dad and I put into the kart during the off season showed this season.”

Though Kayla has taken the checkered flag a number of time this season there is one in particular that means a lot to her, “I would have to say the Mid-summer, Shootout, not only because it was my first win, but the fact that the race was really close and I needed to really think about every move I made, especially the last one giving me the win coming out of turn four on the outside.  It was truly something amazing, almost unexplainable! It was not only my first win of the season but my first win at the track, and after that win, many more followed.”

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Story by Chris Roy

Alex Moore got the nickname “Ajax” from his Uncle John Ready, in Greek mythology the name Ajax was the name of the great grandson of the God Zeus.

Alex has to be one of the most determined drivers’ at Richmond Karting Speedway(RKS).  Always with a positive attitude on race day as Alex makes the trip from Oxford, ME to RKS.

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DSC_5293Driver of the #10, Kate Re of Lovell, Maine has just finished racing the regular season at Richmond Karting Speedway. Kate took the checkered 5 times throughout the 2013 race season at RKS. “The highlight of this season was winning as many races as I have and learning to be a better driver.”

In the last points race of the season Kate moved up to the Box Stock Series. Starting the race mid-pack, Kate was able to make her way to the front, then with after a late caution Kate took the green flag going 3 wide to take the lead and drive on to the checkered flag in her in inaugural Box Stock feature race. “I moved up to Box Stock for the rest of the season to practice for next year. I didn’t expect to win but I was very excited when I did.”

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DSC_1042Cam Corbin from Farmingdale, ME is 13 years old and racing in Jr. Sportsman Division at Richmond Karting Speedway (RKS). One of the reasons Cam enjoys racing at RKS is, “The high banks because you don’t have to let off.”

Cam has a lot of experience racing at RKS and knows how to get around the track: “Having a good line and knowing the track.”

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