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Derek Patterson Outruns Most Competitors at Go Kart Races

Brent Edwards and crew worked hard all throughout the day Thursday to get the track ready and were rewarded with some excellent dirt track go kart racing.  Derek Patterson, who made the most of his number 35 kart, dominated the features he ran in winning 3 of 4 including the crowded Clone Lights Class, Stock and Super Heavy’s.  The Clone Heavy class was the only feature Patterson ran that he didn’t cross the finish line first.  Jason Cox rallied to win that feature with Jacob Speir coming in second.  There were 9 entrants in that Clone Lights Division.  Mady Koontz made a strong run for 2nd.  Maybe surprisingly, only 2 karts didn’t finish that packed final.

6 year old Kash O’Daniel took the top honor in the Novice Class.  Meanwhile, 7 year old Timothy Ogelesby took the top spot in the Jr Division.

The fastest and loudest karts made the biggest improvement on the night going from a DNF in the heat for Small Block Open karts to winning the feature.  Blaze Burwell took 2nd as it was a 2 kart race by the final lap.  Richard Deffendall crashed and went out early.  Greg O’Neal in the 5 kart got tangled up with Burwell on the final turn with only 3 laps to go and was visibly upset throwing his hands in the air and voicing his frustration at Burwell in the 122 kart.  O’Neal had won the heat and was competitive in the feature until he got turned around damaging his number 5.

Winners and those who finished 1st through 4th all took home cash and trophies for their efforts.

Coming up tonite at the White County Fair, cowboys and cowgirls will take to the arena for the Wooten Rodeo.  Admission is $10 and that gains you entry to your choice of the pits or grandstand.  Two sessions of Bingo will once again take place at the floral hall with the first session at 6 and the second kicking off at 8pm.  Carnival arm bands for unlimited rides are available again for just $10, the cheapest unlimited armband prices in southern Illinois.  Saturday, things come to a close with the Open Demolition Derby.  There have been reports there will be up to 50 cars in this year’s crash and bash.