Evan Gaultney, Madisonville, KY
This month's Young Racers' Club winner comes to us from Kentucky-Madisonville to be exact. Evan Gaultney is a 16-year-old hot shoe who grew up watching go-kart racing at the local dirt track. However, his interest in racing started with two wheels, as he cut his teeth racing dirt bikes. He then transitioned to those go karts, but at age 14 made the jump to Mini Stocks.
"My mom was a little reluctant as most moms are, when we brought up the idea of racing a Mini Stock," explained Gaultney. But my stepdad was all for it. He takes the time to do it with me and in fact my whole family gives me a lot of support."
Evan is also the first racer in his family, somewhat of a rarity with our Young Racers' Club winners. His first UMP Mini Stock race was in 2009, a season where he only ran four to five races. Admittedly they threw together a car for that season and the results showed. So, over the winter of 2009 they took the time to build a better car, making 2010 Evan's first full season of Mini Stock racing. The results speak for themselves. Gaultney collected 5 feature wins and 10 heat race wins in his first full season of full-bodied competition at his home track of Western Kentucky Speedway. Not too shabby.
He reports that his favorite part of racing is the competition with his friends every Saturday. "Although it really is hard to say, I like it all-from working on the cars to racing. Whether I beat them or lose to them, it all is still fun."
In 2011, the teen plans on staying in the Mini Stock full time, although he says he has begun to take a look at what his next step will be. Eventually, he wants to get up into the Modifieds and bigger cars, but for now he is concentrating on the Mini and going to school. In fact, he says when he's not in school, most days he's in the shop working on his car and building other race cars.
Ultimately, Evan says that he'd like to build engines in addition to racing and has been looking into programs at the NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, North Carolina. Well, Evan we've got a $250 gift certificate from Quarter Master headed your way as your prize for being this month's Young Racers' Club winner!