Yakima midget racer already a champion

Yakima midget racer already a champion

YAKIMA, Wash. - Some 12-year-old's are in the Cub Scouts, some are playing Little League.

Kaylynn Jeffrey is out winning auto racing championships. Quarter midget racing is a big sport in the Yakima Valley.

Nearly 200 cars and drivers throughout the Northwest and Canada are in Yakima for the first regional event of the season.

Drivers ranging from 5 to 16-years-old going bumper to bumper and dueling at up to 30 miles per hour.

Except for the occasional screeching to a halt there are fewer injuries in quarter midget racing than in organized youth sports including football, basketball and soccer.

There's also more hands-on family involvement.

Moms and dads are the pit crews and it's an entire family weekend outing traveling to races throughout the region.

"You don't take your boy or girl down to the baseball diamond and drop them off," Quarter Midget Regional Technical Director Alan Hawkins said. "Pick them up four hours later; what you do is spend the weekend with them. Here at the race track you race (and) have fun."

Few drivers have had as much fun on the local quarter midget oval than Kaylynn Jeffrey. The Lewis and Clark Middle School student is a two-time champion in Yakima.

Kaylynn is only 12-year-old, but she is pumped up to rev up her young racing career into high gear.

Under the watchful eye of parents, Chris and Roxy, this summer Kaylynn will step into the big cars; racing super stocks at the Yakima State Fair dirt track.

"I want to be like my dad," Jeffrey said. "My dad's a four-time champion racing; I really want to be like him."

"We're ready, a little nervous," Chris Jeffrey said. "But, we're excited, think she's gonna do well."

"I think the same thing, she'll do very well," Roxy Jeffrey said.

Kaylynn says she looks forward to her racing future.

"I'm very excited to see what the rest of my career will hold," she said.

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