Need for speed

South Ber­wick teen kickin’ up dust as rookie racer

Annapolis Valley Register - - FRONT PAGE - Rac­ing By Ash­ley Thomp­son KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA south BER­WICK

Kyle Bent is show­ing his com­pe­ti­tion at Val­ley Race­way that age is only a num­ber.

The 14-year-old South Ber­wick res­i­dent is third in the standings eight races into his first sea­son at the dirt race­track in Melvern Square. He’s the youngest driver at the track, but is al­ready prov­ing to be one to watch while rac­ing his blue, Chevy Cav­a­lier in the four-cylin­der class.

“The first race I did I was get­ting lapped, and the last race I did I was lap­ping peo­ple,” said Kyle.

He turned to James Graves, for­mer sports­man car racer at the paved Sco­tia Speed­world track in En­field, for tips early in the sea­son.

“He helped quite a bit,” the Grade 9 Cen­tral Kings Ru­ral High School stu­dent said.

“Be­fore I was go­ing wide open into the cor­ners and… if you take the cor­ners slower, you get more mo­men­tum go­ing.”

He ad­mits he may have learned to ease up on the gas head­ing into a cor­ner the hard way af­ter rolling four times in his first race.

See Teen Driver, A3

ASH­LEY thomp­son

Kyle Bent, 14, con­tin­ues to rise closer to the top of the standings dur­ing his first sea­son com­pet­ing at the val­ley Race­way’s dirt track in Melvern Square.

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