ELLSWORTH — In the eight seasons that he’s been racing go-karts, 12-year-old Wyatt Alexander has definitely made his mark, including a national grand championship.
The Ellsworth youth, son of Brett and Jennifer Alexander, started competing at the age of five and in 2010, he made his debut in the World Karting Association (WKA) Vega National Speedway Pavement Series, which would pit him against some of the best young drivers in the nation.
Since then, Wyatt’s travels have taken him to 15 tracks in nine states and he’s raced his Rage Nitro kart — powered by a Briggs and Stratton engine built by Kevin Smith Racing Engines of Columbia, S.C. — into a top four finish at each track
Wyatt placed fifth in points in the WKA National Series in 2010 and 2011, and raced to fourth place in the Daytona Dirt World Championships — his first time on that surface — in December 2011.
In August, Wyatt entered his last Junior Sportsman Champ National Pavement event and came away with the grand national championship at Chapel Hill Raceway in Great Valley, N.Y.
Last weekend, he added further to his laurels with a victory at the Woodstock Fair in Connecticut that gave him the Junior Sportsman Championship in the Granite State Karting Northeast Challenge Series, which runs in New Hampshire and Connecticut.
This year, in addition to his full karting schedule, Wyatt took the next step in his racing career with the purchase of a Legends Car out of North Carolina.
He was approved by the international sanctioning body for Legends Cars for a license that makes him the youngest driver in Maine currently competing in the Northeast Legends Car (NELCAR) Series.
The Legends Cars are built to a strict set of standards with all cars and components coming from 600 Racing in Charlotte, N.C.
The cars are powered by a Yamaha 1200-cc or 1250-cc motorcycle engine that develops about 130 horsepower.
The bodies are fiberglass scale replicas of 1930s and 1940s Chevrolet, Ford and Dodge model cars, all with full racing suspensions and special race tires.
Wyatt was selected as a development driver for Beaulieu Racing of Durham and has so far competed at six tracks in three states in the Legends Car.
Legends Car racing takes place at both short track ovals and over a road course at tracks in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
Wyatt must compete against drivers of all ages with NELCAR points awarded according to race finish.
He is rated as a “Young Lion” — typically drivers ages 13 to 15 — in the battle for national points.
His best finish so far came at Unity Raceway where he placed eighth on a track where both his father and grandfather had raced.
Wyatt will be racing the Legends Car this weekend at Speedway 95 in Hermon and plans to close out his final year of competitive karting with the Daytona Dirt World Championships in late December.
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