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K&K Race Services Yellow Ribbon Race


September is Suicide Prevention Month, and in support of that KAM Kartway hosted the Fifth Annual Yellow Ribbon Race Sponsored by K&K Race Services. 

K&K Kart Services owner, Kaley Engstrom (daughter of the tracks Owners, Mike & Kelley Engstrom) personally hand makes yellow ribbon pins for all the drivers to wear on their race suits at the race.  This year she collected money to donate to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and raised over $200.00.  This is a cause that Kaley supports as part of her “Racing for a Cause” mission with her own race team.  

Track Promoter, Kelley Engstrom, says,

“Though our efforts are small in comparison to the global events listed on their website we believe that we can all work together and make a difference in bringing awareness to Suicide Prevention.”  She adds, “This is such a worthy cause.  We encourage all our drivers to pick a charity or cause to be a part of their racing team and we call it “Racing for a Cause”.  We want drivers to do this, for 1, because you are helping people and serving a purpose, and 2 Karting is the fast-growing form of Motorsports in the world, so it will bring more awareness to charities and causes that are deserving. Also, Motorsports is all about Sportsmanship and community, so we feel the “Racing for a Cause” theme fits right in.”

KAM Kartway had a total of 47 racers for this event with five in the Young Gun class, who are all 5 years of age.   Young Guns is a beginner class and they all get First place recognition.  The drivers were: Parker McElroy, Gunner Garrett, Izzy Vance, Owin Halpain, and Issac Rowland. 

The JRPW Jr 2 Class was won by Daniel Coffman in the #44D after Cutter Bell, the number #5b, led most of race and had motor issues with 3 laps to go landing him in 2nd place.  Third place finisher was the #1 of Kolt Simmons.

The Tony’s Auto Repair Jr 2 Class winner was the #6 of Gavin Paulus who lead the race from green to checker.  Rounding out the Podium was, in 2nd – Trevlyn Terry in the #11 and Shunya Kawazoe in the #77.

The MWRP Jr 3 Class was light with only two racers.  The winner was Noah Rowland in the #95 and next was Toby Terry in the #8.

Emilee Lowry in her $5 QRC Kart led the charge in the Snap on Tools Outlaw 250 class battling it out with the #65 of Austin Piper for the whole 20 laps.  Landon Thompson also gave the leaders a run for their money coming in a tight 3rd driving his #7T kart.

Ms. Lowry did double duty and also ran, and won, the Open Outlaw 500cc Class, with Wes Knox in the #33K and Cody Pound in the #21c coming in 2nd and 3rd to finish out the Podium.  

Finally, our Adult Pro Clone class sponsored by Camp Gladiator had series points leader Marc Velasquez finishing in 1st place with brother Matt Velasquez coming in second and KAM newcomer Christian Hunt rounding it out in 3rd place. 

There are only 4 races left in the Splash Haven Pools Race of Champions Point Series at KAM Kartway with the next race being the Annual Poker Run to be held on Saturday, September 15th..  Racing to starts at 7:00pm. 


KAM Kartway is a known as a race track for those who aspire to be professional race car drivers and prides itself on the successful Driver Development status it has attained over the years.  KAM drivers are recognized for good sportsmanship qualities and fierce competition, and their reputations influence goes far beyond the DFW area, or even North Texas.  From down South all the way North to South Dakota, and Coast to Coast tracks, have listed KAM Drivers among their roster of winners.

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