Kart Track keeps racing light

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EAST LANSING, MI. (WILX) -- While the big guns duked it out down in Daytona this afternoon, there was a much calmer yet intense battle in East Lansing, with the fifth of 12 points races this summer at the East Lansing Kart Track.

The East Lansing Kart Track has 3-4 races every month, and racers age from five to sixty five years old.

"It’s just a local track and it's not as big, where if you win you get to go to some special place or whatever, so it's nice that you don't have to worry about all that stuff."

"The East Lansing kart track was built in 1961, and has been in the Haun family since 1974. My father started racing here in 1962.”

Each turn in the nearly half-mile asphalt has a story to tell; some successful racers having won in East Lansing before.

"We’ve had Indianapolis 500 winners race here, Sam Hornish, Jr., Ryan Hunter Ray...even Danica Patrick grew up racing here."

It's no wonder those big names spent some time there; the twists and turns mixed in with the potential for speed make the East Lansing Kart Track one or the more intimidating in the state.

"I can probably go about 48 miles per hour down the back stretch."

And even though speed is the name of the game with a podium in front of the homestretch, medals are the last thing on racers' minds.

"It's special...really fun and I love it."

"I just care if I have fun. That's all that matters."