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Orien Ward Builds His Confidence
May 23, 2006 - updated May 23rd, 2006 11:36pm
Web posted by Chrissy Wyatt-Ward

Hampton, VA --

Some of the best racing in the HRKC can be found in the Kid Kart division. Watching these 5-8 year old racers can be the most delightful and the most horrifying thing at the same time. Each race day presents three opportunities for the children to get behind the wheel of their karts. By the time Orien got into his kart for the sixth time, no one expected what he had in store.

In the Kid Kart division there are several return drivers that run circles around the first year racers. However, by the midway point, Orien started passing other karts and racing like every lap was his last. Five laps before the race was over, Orien came down the front stretch behind two other karters. The momentum he had certainly would carry him past these karts, but there appeared to be no room. I guess WE didn't see the lower groove that he did. Orien dove deep under both karts and bobbled side to side about 25 degrees in each direction before straightening the kart out without missing a beat. I have to admit, I can’t tell you anymore...I had my face in my hands for the last four laps.

I do know that he was absolutely thrilled when he came off of the track. He said "Mom, I went fast like a racer and I didn't spin out or wreck anybody." His kart owner, Mark Roberts challenged him to pass four go karts in his feature. He did for an 8th place finish in his second start. For each kart he passed, mom and dad offered to pay him a quarter. He remembered that we owed him a dollar too. How about that? Before we know it, he'll be trying to negotiate a contract and salary.

We would like to thank Erin and Mark Roberts for giving Orien the opportunity to race. It means the world to us all.

The HRKC is off this weekend but will return to racing on June 4, 2006. The stands are FREE to spectators, come on out and support our TRUE YOUNG GUNS!


Written by: Chrissy Wyatt-Ward dnosmom@msn.com or on the web at http://chrissywardlm29.tripod.com.


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