The Go-Kart ExtravaganzaWednesday, August 27, 2014
Posted by: Angie Smith

We have been working diligently at the shop to get all of motors with brand new parts for these next couple of weeks, which will be hectic. Coming up we have 5 races in 6 weeks so needless to say we are going to be busy driving and racing for sure. We only have one more race to decide the Top 10 riders that will compete for the Mello Yello Championship. As of now MSR has 4 bikes in the Countdown. We are going to make an effort to keep all of us in there after this weekend. Indy is a very BIG race. It’s the Daytona 500 of NHRA. Everybody wants to win Indy. Some say that winning Indy is just like winning a Championship. We are fortunate to have two riders on our team that have already won Indy so I think our chances will be pretty good. It does seem that I am following in John Hall’s footsteps since he won Epping last year as his first career win and then came Indy when he beat Matt in the final. Let’s just hope I am. I would love to go to the final.

Since I last informed you all on what’s going on in my life Kandy has extended my contract yet again for the remainder of the season. We have also picked up an associate sponsorship from Petrol Head Apparel. This is such a blessing to this team and me. Kandy Magazine and Petrol Head have been so awesome to me. Kandy Magazine has lots of “new” things going on. You can always keep up to date on what’s going on by social media. All of you know I will inform you because I enjoy interacting with my fans through social media. If you want to really check out what’s going on in the Kandy world you need to check out the magazine online. Go to iTunes and download it or you can use this address. The Kandy girls will be in Indianapolis for the Big Go and definitely coming back to Charlotte where this party started in April of this year. All of my hometown folks love the Kandy Girls. If you hear of the Kandy Girls being in town come check us out. We love meeting our fans.

John Hall came down to visit us in NC to get a few laps in before Indy. He also got to bring his family down. On Thursday and Friday Matt and John tested and ended the day with making 12 laps down the track. We were testing some new parts in our engines. We will see how we stack up against the other PSM riders when we get to Indy. After testing we headed home to get a good night’s rest. The boys got up early to do some go kart racing. Bobby brought his smoker over and he put some yummy meat on to cook all day. I thought I was going to be in for a long day when John Hall ran off the track the first couple of laps. I just didn’t want anyone to get hurt. A lot of bumping and banging was going on. I guess that’s why they say rubbing is racing. Everyone succeeded in going off the track. Bobby and Matt crashed together one time and Bobby wiped out a tree. They were too reckless for me. Thank God we didn’t have any emergency room trips and everyone had a great time. Jess Webb cooked all the delicious side dishes for our meat and we enjoyed a cookout that evening.

On Sunday we had to take all the teenagers to the B.R.A.K.E.S. seminar. At first none of them wanted to go because it was the last day they had to sleep in before starting school back. We all got to sit in on the seminar and got to watch the teenagers drive the cars. WOW is a great word to describe this class. This class teaches so much about what to do and not to do when you get in unfamiliar situations behind the wheel. I think this class should be mandatory by every state to get your license. It is so educational and if you know anyone that is about to get license please recommend this class. B.R.A.K.E.S. gets my vote 150 percent. Tristan, John Jr, and Mika all graduated from the program and I know they learned a lot from it.

I am glad to be catching everyone up on what’s going on in the MSR world. We are heading to INDY as I type. I am going there with a positive attitude that we are going to complete this mission we have been on since Charlotte. My goal is to put my name on that Top 10 board by the end of the Monday. Thanks everyone for all the support and for the support of Kandy Magazine, Petrol Head apparel, and NitroFish. Come by the trailer and pick up a shirt. So if you have a favorite MSR rider then go get a shirt and bring it to the MSR trailer and we will definitely sign it for you. Hopefully I am writing the next blog soon with mission accomplished. Its all about focus and determination and I got both of them with me. Until next time you can get updates via Twitter and Instagram at AngieSmith77.