June 26, 2017
By: Tom Meikrantz
The Schnecksville Community Fair took place from June 20th through June 25th and one of the most popular attractions is the Keystone State Quarter Midget Car Races that were run three of the five nights. Not familiar with that level of racing, I was taken back when I saw 5-year-olds donning racing suits and getting into the cockpits of these cars. Many had other family members who were involved in car racing or still competing and were more than happy to invest in these youngster's developing passion for turning laps.
I was impressed with the drivers and their handlers who help prep the car for the dirt track. The ages range from 5 to when they turn 16 and of course, girls compete too. Then, there was one 11-year-old who arrives in a big hauler
with his face on it and not suprisingly won his feature, very adept at grabbing the checkered flag for his victory lap. Hunter Wise has 3 national titles already and can reel off all his sponsors like a seasoned NASCAR driver in Victory Lane.
The say racing is in your blood.. Well that certainly was evident at this event.