For more than 30 years, Mike Edge was the face of the Penton Go-Kart Track. He was the lifeblood of the 3/8-mile track located in Penton, just north of LaFayette, promoting and organizing events year after year.
But Mike passed away in October, leaving a void that will be mighty hard to fill. His sons Adam and Mitchell have stepped up to the plate, though, to continue their father’s legacy at track and one of their first moves was to dedicate a race to the man synonymous with Penton go-kart racing.
The Mike Edge Memorial will be this Saturday, April 6 at the track. Gates will open at 1 pm CST and practice starts at 4:30 pm. Racing will follow practice, after the sun goes down.
“He always enjoyed racing at night,” Mitchell Edge said about his father, “much more than during the day. So that’s why we’re going to have the races start at night.”
Admission is $10 and kids six and under get in free. Reserved parking is also available for $10.
There will be 11 different classes on track for the event and all classes will be open tire.
The classes, along with age, are listed here:
Clone-Medium (ages 15 and up), Clone-Heavy (15 and up), Clone-Super Heavy (15 and up), Junior-Red (ages 6-8), Junior-Green (8-10), Junior-Purple (10-12), Junior-Blue (12-15), Clone-Light (15 and up), Open (15 and up), Pure Stock (15 and up) and Pro Clone (15 and up).
You can go to the track website (www.pentonraceway.com) or visit their Facebook page for more information.
The full season schedule is also posted below, and it includes noteworthy events such as an Ironman race on May 11, the Summer Shootout race on June 29 and the Twin State Shootout Series race on July 27. The final points race of the year is October 26.