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Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2019 9:00 am | Updated: 9:34 am, Mon Jun 10, 2019.

On Saturday, June 1, Fontana-based CalSpeed Karting held the sixth Go-Kart race of the 2019 Sprint Series. Donnie Clarke, a sophomore at Rim of the World High School, came in first out of the 85 racers who scored.

Don Clarke, Donnie’s father, said that all entries must be at least 16 years old or receive permission from the race director. They must also weigh a minimum of 200 pounds with all their driving equipment. Underweight drivers must carry ballast. Don said that Donnie has to carry 75 pounds of additional weight.

“It is virtually all adults racing in this series,” Don said.

During each race, the racers earn points, which is applied to that racer’s total score for the series. The lowest two race scores for each racer are dropped.

Out of 184 people who have raced in the series this year, Clarke is currently in ninth place overall.

According to CalSpeed’s website, the Sprint Series at CalSpeed can have up to 90-people per race, with “competitors ranging from newcomers to seasoned veterans.” There are a total of 10 races in the series, taking place on numerous track configurations.

Additionally, Don said that karts are assigned to each racer at random for every race, so drivers use different karts each race. Don said this is to keep the competition equal.

CalSpeed is the self-proclaimed “premier outdoor karting center,” where they host “several of the largest racing programs in the country. From the popular, monthly arrive-and-drive Super Series, to the Los Angeles Kart Club, which features some of the top racing talent in the Southern California region.”

For more information, visit www.calspeedkarting.com.

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