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HCMS karting program gearing up

SoVaNow.com / April 14, 2010
The Halifax County Middle School Karting Program is gearing up for a new season at South Boston Speedway. Thanks to the generous support of the Mattioli Foundation, South Boston Speedway, and community volunteers, HCMS is able to offer interested middle school students the unique opportunity to participate in this extra-curricular activity. The 30 karts, track, safety equipment, storage facilities, oil, gas, and kart replacement parts are all donated to the school system by Doc Mattioli and the Mattioli Foundation.

The Mattioli Foundation and South Boston Speedway also provide the trophies for the winners of the individual races and cash prizes for the first, second, and third place point winners at the end of the season.

The Motorsports instructors from both the high school and middle school work to prepare for this racing season. The maintenance of the karts is an integral component of the Motorsports curriculum. They teach the students how to use tools, change oil, tear down and rebuild a motor, and in some cases at the high school level fabricate the frame.

Without the assistance of the volunteers race day would not be possible. These individuals prepare the track, organize the racing event, and score the races. This year several of the volunteers will be selling food, drinks, and Karting t-shirts at each race.

This is the fifth season of kart racing. Over the past five seasons, student and parent interest has increased tremendously. For the 2010 racing season, over 150 students have signed up to participate. The participants are separated into racing classes based on their weight.

The students not only have the opportunity to race, but they also have to incorporate math skills by calculating their points throughout the season to determine position.

Each participant will have the opportunity to race in 10 races throughout the season. The participants will race two 10-lap races each racing day.

On Saturday, April 24, at the South Boston Speedway, those students who have signed up to participate will need to be at the track at 9 a.m. to sign in. This will be a practice opportunity for the students before they begin the season on May 8.

For more information call 434-476-3107.



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