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Zoom: Superior students race go karts

| June 5, 2024 12:00 AM

Superior High School students race go karts at the second annual event May 31.

    While looking for neutral, which is between forward and reverse, and the gear shift is tight, Landon Richards lost his balance a few times on the racetrack. Richards used a go kart that was raced last year, and he installed an actual rear axle that he found "laying on the ground somewhere." He struggled to find a tensioner for the belt, so he took the one from his lawnmower at home. He cut out all of the steering after watching YouTube for ideas on how to improve it with two wheels in the front and bigger tires in the rear. He replaced the relay with a solenoid since he was rewiring the entire machine. As a freshman, he plans on entering this annual event three more times as he continues to take small engine repair classes. (Monte Turner/Mineral Independent)
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    Not all of the go karts that started, finished the race. This one died on the second to last lap. The driver had a broken finger in a brace, but swears it had nothing to do with the engine failure. (Monte Turner/Mineral Independent)
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    Having a passenger proved to be entertaining with the duty to plaster the audience with water balloons. Family members were the first targets. (Monte Turner/Mineral Independent)
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    Helmets were required. Seatbelts were nonexistent and gloves were optional. (Monte Turner/Mineral Independent)
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    The crowd certainly enjoyed the weather as they cheered on their favorite drivers. The second annual go kart race was held May 31 at noon, so those who were working could arrange their lunch schedule to watch. (Monte Turner/Mineral Independent)
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