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Moving on up to first place

Oct. 6, 2008

Ten-year-old Killian Keaveny claims first place at TAG Championship

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

COKATO, MN - After placing fourth at last year’s TAG Karting World Championship, 10-year-old Killian Keaveny couldn’t wait to get back on his go kart and compete for first place.

This year, after a completed season at Stockholm Motorsports Park, the Keavenys traveled to Grand Junction Motor Speedway in Colorado so Killian could try and move on up in the ranks.

TAG is the regulatory body for touch-and-go karting in the US, similar to what NASCAR is for stock cars, explained Killian’s father, Kelly.

Last year, Killian placed fourth, which he felt good about since it was only his first year competing on a national level. But, with his competitiveness getting the best of him, Killian worked harder, practiced more often, and learned new techniques.

The race was Sept. 20 and 21, and Killian competed against approximately 12 other drivers in his age group.

The race track was nine-tenths of a mile, with larger straight-aways than at Stockholm, according to Killian.

On Killian’s team was Alex Kardashian of Stillwater, who races with him at Stockholm, and who he would later pass to claim the title.

Killian explained he won the final race because he and his partner were side-by-side, with Killian on the inside and Alex on the outside.

They came up to a turn and Alex had to break sooner because he didn’t have the line.

“The turn was in my favor,” Killian said.

The season starts up again in January, at which time Killian would like to join a team.

His goal for next year is to claim his spot at the top of the podium and bring home another 40-pound championship trophy.

Someday, Killian would like to be a professional NASCAR driver and go kart racer.

His father says it’s a good sport for him to be involved in.

“It increases his confidence and it improves his driving skills for when he can drive at age 16,” Kelly said.

Keaveny Drug was Killian’s sponsor, and Chris Sliden helped with the set-up and tuning of Killian’s car in the absence of his father who had to go home early.

For safety, drivers have to wear a chest protector, neck brace, helmet, and gloves, according to Killian.

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