Generations of go kart racers aim for fast times at Lincoln event

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Go Kart Racers from all around the Midwest took to the wheel Saturday afternoon to show they have what it takes to speed into first.

The Nebraska Kart Shootout hosts racers of all ages for a three-day event to beat times under 10 seconds per lap.

Today’s event schedule had racers spending the morning performing maintenance on their vehicles for the 11:30 a.m. preliminary races.

The event staff told racers and their families that today was a friendly competition but even small competitions can have high stakes.

Ralph Woodard, a member of the staff, said events like this are not like traditional sports like baseball or basketball.

“If you like adrenaline this is what it’s all about,” Woodard said.

He said many racers were inspired by their parents and grandparents to join.

“Typically, it’s some people who have racing in their family,” Woodard said. “I raced with my dad and uncle but my grandfather really started this back in the 1960s, for me.”

His son will be continuing the family tradition by participating in this weekend’s event.

The preliminary races were open to the public today but the main event will take place on the first of the new year.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door near starting time.

 

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