The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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April 17, 2014

Motorsports: Chip off the old block

By Shawn Wood

For The Daily Item

SELINSGROVE -- For the last 22 years, Kyle Bachman, of Selinsgrove, has known one thing on the weekends: racing at Selinsgrove Speedway.

From his start in 1992, including racing a 358 sprint car from 2004-2008, Bachman lives, eats and breathes dirt track racing.

Now, he has the chance to pass along his knowledge from his 40 pro stock wins and his 2003 track championship to his son Dalton, as he begins his second year of racing go-karts at Selinsgrove Raceway Park.

Dalton, age five, has picked up quickly from his dad's teaching as he was an eight-time winner last year en route to capturing the 2013 SPR Kid Karts track championship.

A drama-filled season and not wanting to have Dalton get too complacent with winning in the division has led to a decision to move up in class this year.

Dalton will drive a Rookie Cage (ages 5-8) Purple division go-kart, which weighs 165 pounds more than his go-kart (a Kid Karts weigh 100 pounds) from last year.

"The speed is going up a couple of miles per hour, but, we're talking about him going above and beyond the average speed of the Kid Karts last season," Kyle Bachman said.

Last season, Dalton was clocked in one race going 39 miles per hour on a fifth-mile dirt oval.

"Most people have this image that these four- and five-year-olds are on these kiddie-kart rides at an amusement park," Kyle Bachman said. "That's not the case. It takes a lot to muscle a kart around the turns."

Dalton, a kindergarten student at Selinsgrove Elementary, said he can tell the difference in the speed between the two go-karts.

"I can tell this kart is faster," he said. "I can tell the difference in the speed in the corners."

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