Wiscasset Go Karts

For the second straight year, we’re continuing to develop and expand our Go Kart program at Wiscasset Speedway. This is designed to provide a fun outlet for established go kart & mini cup racers, plus help teach the next generation of racers. Stop here for photos and info on Wiscasset Speedway Go Karts

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ADMISSION PRICES – THURSDAYS (pit side only)

KART & DRIVER = $15

ALL OTHERS = $10

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2017 WISCASSET GO KARTS SCHEDULE

Thursday June 8th – Come get tuned up & ready for the season 4pm – 7pm

Saturday June 17thSaturday Night Feature (6pm details tba)
Thursday June 22nd 4pm – 7pm
Thursday July 6th 4pm – 7pm
Thursday July 20th 4pm – 7pm
Thursday August 1st 4pm – 7pm
Saturday August 5thSaturday Night Feature (6pm details tba)
Thursday August 17th 4pm – 7pm
Thursday August 31st 4pm – 7pm
Thursday Sept 7th 4pm – 7pm
Thursday Sept 21st 4pm – 7pm

 

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RACING FOR A CURE FOR ALS – MEET DAVE WALKER

Oxford, Maine’s Dave Walker is a life-long race fan. Despite the physical limitations of ALS that have restricted his mobility over the past several years, it hasn’t limited his drive to support the racing community. He has been a fixture on the Maine racing scene and recently started his Walker Racing sponsorship team as well as Racing For a Cure for ALS foundation. Among the teams he sponsored was Knight Racing #00 Strictly Street of Kimberly Knight, who finished runner-up in the 2016 standings at Wiscasset Speedway. He also enjoyed championship success with other teams he supported last season. For 2017, Walker is looking to expand his efforts by starting a Go Kart Development program at Wiscasset Speedway, getting young drivers into karting and helping nurture their racing careers. We recently had the opportunity to talk with Dave about his personal history in the sport and what his plans are to help the next generation of racers while raising money to battle the disease that has relegated him to a wheelchair.

1. What is your background/history in racing? Were you a racer/car owner at some time?
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(DW) I’ve been sponsoring and owning cars since the end of 2006.  I’ve made my mark as a championship owner sponsor and have 8 championships to prove it at 3 of Maine’s best tracks. We started Racing For A Cure last season and have already won a championship, second place in the ladies division and strictly at Wiscasset with Kim Knight. Rookie of the year in the SLM at OPS with Josh Childs. ladies with Shelby Shurtleff third place with Shawn Knight in SLM at OPS and Lewis Anderson championship at BRMS. Not bad for first year of being a team.
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2. When were you diagnosed with ALS?
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(DW)  I have been a racing fan since I was a little kid. I have ALS for over 14 years now and doctors don’t know why I’ve lived so long. It’s my love of short track racing that keeps my fight of this disease going strong, even when I want to stay in bed because it hurts so bad to even move people see me at a track where ever that may be all over the east coast. From Maine to Florida.”
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3. Aside from the (obvious) physical changes, how has ALS changed or affected your life?
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(DW)  I tried driving race cars when I got back from Desert Storm, but was already soon diagnosed with ALS and didn’t do as well as I wanted. I’m a much better owner and sponsor of other people who I’ve supported and tutored to become champions in different divisions. Working with the future of this sport is very important to the development program we are looking to start.
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4. What is the purpose or mission of “Racing for a Cure”?  Talk about your plans on getting involved with Wiscasset Speedway and our go-kart program.
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(DW) I’m starting Racing For A Cure driver development program for kids in the go kart series at Wiscasset Speedway to teach kids what it’s like to be part of a strong short track team. I’m hoping to find one or two special racers to follow their careers and help them reach their goals in racing in full-bodied cars and to make them champions. That’s the ultimate goal of Racing For A Cure and to raise money for the team and ALS Foundation equipment needed for long-term survivors of ALS. We also support all of the other diseases that humans suffer from.
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5. Tell us about the “Rachael Dubois Team Excellence Award” and what it symbolizes
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(DW) The Rachel Dubois Team of Excellence Award was developed in honor of a very special person who died of cancer and was an inspiration to all who suffer from the disease. But she was there racing every week to race up to her death. So Racing For A Cure made this award in remembrance of her and voted on by Facebook people who are voted on and picked in accordance with their votes. This year two teams go to share the award because the voting was so close.
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6. Who is eleigible to get into your program and how do they apply ?
(DW) Anyone from Wiscasset ,Oxford, and Beach Ridge also Richmond Karting Speedway are invited to be part of our driver development program. It’s for kids age 6 to 15 and I’m looking to find two drivers to bring up slowly to super late model. If interested please text David Walker at 207-890-3085. Male or Female are welcome at this time you must have your own kart. Hope to have a lot of success in our go kart Program.
STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE RACING FOR A CURE DRIVER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM AT WISCASSET SPEEDWAY. 
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