Racer's daughter inherits the need for speed
By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
MCCLURE -- For most five-year-olds, playing with Barbies and going to Pre-Kindergarten is a normal part of life.
For Kylie Mitch, who loves going to school, she'd much rather be sitting in the seat of her go-kart than playing with dolls.
The second-generation driver begins her second year of racing tonight in the Kid Kart division at Selinsgrove Raceway Park as the track opens its 14th season of racing on the fifth-mile oval inside Selinsgrove Speedway.
Her love affair with racing began a few years ago when her dad, Brad, a long-time pro stock racer at Selinsgrove, and mom Amanda, bought her a fun-kart to ride around in the yard.
It was through that experience that Brad Mitch noticed his daughter was smooth behind the wheel.
So they decided to get her a go-kart and see how things would go.
"She loves watching me race," Mitch said. "She really loves being in victory lane."
Mitch won eight pro stock features in 2013 and has nine for this career.
The Mitch boys -- Brad, Matt and Will -- have been fixtures at the speedway since 2003, but did not race at SRP.
All three raced in the pro stock division in 2004.
Matt is the crew chief for Brad and Kylie while Will operates the Turn 4 tow-truck on Saturdays and is a corner flagman at SRP on Friday nights.
Kylie finished fourth in the points last year in the Kid Kart division with two third-place finishes.
She'll race in the division again this year, which is for kids ages 5-7 with a 50cc engine.
She had a one-word response when asked what she liked the most about racing, "winning," she said with a beaming smile.