This Saturday evening, the recently formed Vandalia Area Go Kart Association will hold its first ever race outside of fair week on its home track at the Vandalia Area Fairgrounds.
Starting with Hot Laps at 6 p.m., the races for ages ranging from 5 to adults will begin at 7 p.m.
Admission costs $2 and concessions will also be available.
The association held its first race on July 7 after organizers were approached by Frank Wallace with a vision of holding an event in the area of the motorcross races during past fairs.
That first race featured around 33 go karts.
Enter Derek and Amy Kuda, who are no strangers to the go kart racing scene as their business, “Kuda’s Auto Repair,” had sponsored Farber go kart racer Jace Gay during his racing career.
With their daughter Kinley Kuda turning five this past March, the couple bought her a go kart after she expressed interest in go karts.
Part of Kinley’s fascination with go karts came in her looking up to Jace Gay.
Joining in on the vision with the need for more local go kart races was Andrew Gaw, whose 12-year-old son Jace Gaw races competitively as well.
“There’s just not a lot of local tracks,” Amy Kuda said. “…I think for the area, it will bring in a lot of people because there’s not a lot around here.”
Amy Kuda said all of the races and area track officials work closely together to not plan races on the same days, giving racers an opportunity to compete in multiple venues.
The Kudas are also planning another race on Saturday, October 27, which is Halloween weekend.
The evening will be geared around a monster mash kart dash and talks are ongoing with city officials on possibly including an annual Trunk or Treat at the fairgrounds.
After the fall season, many local go kart drivers will begin an indoor season at the Emma Indoor Raceway in Emma, Mo.
For more information, visit the Vandalia Area Go Kart Association’s Facebook page.