Peterson tops women’s field in Emblem

by nathan oster

Brenda Peterson took first in her heat and first in the women’s main in the go-kart races held Saturday at the former beet dump site near Emblem.

Until this year, Brenda and her husband Kevin, who live near Emblem, had been the only Big Horn County riders in the Park County Kart Club.

Two more, Mike Riley of Burlington and Chris Palan of the Frannie/Deaver area, joined them for the Emblem races.

While none of them joined Brenda in the winner’s circle, it was another sign of the growing popularity of the sport here in Big Horn County.

At its peak, attendance for the event was estimated between 150-200.

“It was nice coming around one of the corners and having my own cheering section,” laughed Brenda, who was also the top female driver in the season-opening races May 3 in Powell.

Asked about the secret to her success, Brenda said, “Just don’t make a mistake that gives them a chance to pass.”

In the men’s division, Kevin placed third in his heat, fourth in the main.

The next go-kart races are planned June 30 in Powell.