by Jim Kammueller
Congratulations to TNT Kartways in Taylor, Missouri for celebrating their 60th anniversary this year. Also a big thank you to track staff for hosting VKA races (August 5th, 6th and 7th) on its new state-of-the-art racing surface laid down in late 2020.
Thursday was an open practice day with the driving events beginning after lunch due to some rain delays earlier in the morning. There were 84 entries with 18 VKA classes represented. Heat #1 ran on Friday followed by a kart show and a fish fry.
Saturday morning practice was followed by Heat #2 and a tribute to the late Faye “Ladybug” Pierson. Track owner Terry Traeder began the tribute by reading an article on Faye that summarized her life in Bug kart manufacturing and racing. Local kart racer Avery Scott closed the memorial service by driving two laps around the TNT track in my 1962 Bug Fly reproduction kart built by Steve Welte. The 3rd and final heat and the awards ceremony followed.
Saturday was a “warm” day with the air temperature at 90 degrees. A big thank you to Jeff Miles and staff for all of their hard work, and to Christy Miller who provided the racing photos for this write-up.