Petersons cap successful first season in kart racing

by nathan oster

Kevin and Brenda Peterson of Emblem made quite a name for themselves in their first full year of competition with the Park County Kart Club.

The only “Niners” in the club, Brenda walked away with first place in the Women’s division and second in the Mixed B division, while her husband Kevin claimed trophies for finishing second in the Men’s B and third in the Mixed B.

Quite a first year.

“We just had a lot of fun,” said Brenda of the 10-race series of kart races. Riders on the circuit accumulated points based on their finishes in the 10 races — eight of which were held at the Park County Fairgrounds, the other two at the Emblem beet dump location.

Brenda was one of “eight to 10” riders in the Women’s division, so her win was particularly impressive, especially considering it came in her first full year. There are three divisions on the Men’s side — A, B and C — and Kevin’s second place finish came in the middle classification.

The club is looking forward to another exciting year of racing in 2012.  Kevin has been elected club president, and already plans are in the works for another full slate of races.

The club will be returning to the Emblem race site at least twice this year, including during the Days of ’49 celebration. Brenda said an “outlaw class” is being added this year. Those karts, which have two stroke, 500 cc motors, can travel at speeds of up to 80 mph, she said.