Off to the races
Go-karts take over downtown Elkton during first Mini Grand Prix race
— Go-kart racers took over the downtown streets during the first Mini Grand Prix on Saturday afternoon.
More than 150 people
came out to watch 12 gokarts zoom around the downtown area during a series of four races organized by Elkton-based Premier Auto & Tire.
Each race consisted of 12 laps with all 12 racers participating in the first race, then nine in the second race and seven in the fourth race, which was the main event. The third race acted as a consolation race.
All money raised during the event was donated to Union Hospital’s new cancer center.
Brandon Hollenbaugh, co-owner of Premier Auto & Tire, said the grand prix raised more than $5,000 for the hospital.
“I feel wonderful about,” he said. “It’s definitely important to me because of the fact that my mom passed away from cancer.”
After the races concluded, people gathered in front of the Elkton Chamber and Alliance building for the trophy presentations. Three racers were given trophies in each race for a total of 12 trophies. Several other trophies were also given out in special categories.
The main event winner was H&B Plumbing, who had the fastest time of 12 minutes 21 seconds. Second place was awarded to William Chevrolet with a time of 13 minutes 26 seconds and third place went to Premier Auto & Tire with a time of 14 minutes 57 seconds. Twelve go-kart racers competed in four races during the first Mini Grand Prix on Saturday in Elkton.
Meanwhile, the Mayor’s Choice Trophy was awarded to Team Beiler and the team spirit award was given to R.F. Brown.
H&B Plumbing, which had two drivers in the grand prix, was the overall winner of the day. Andy McElroy, 15, drove in the second and fourth races while Legacey Cavanaugh, 15, participated in the first and third races for the company.
“It felt great,” McElroy said of the race. “Because I didn’t think I could do it (win).”
McElroy said it was an exciting race because it was suspenseful and intense and he wasn’t sure who was going to win.
McElroy and Cavanaugh both said they participated in the event because they were asked by Bob Meffley, the company’s owner and Cavanaugh’s grandfather.
Cavanaugh said the races were fun for her because she was able to go “fast around the track.”
Brandon Hollenbaugh said he thought everyone who attended the event enjoyed themselves.
“I thought everybody was definitely appreciative and had a lot of fun,” Hollenbaugh said. “It was definitely refreshing seeing everybody having fun and getting along.”
Hollenbaugh said he thought the event went well for its first year.
“Honestly, I think it went extremely well, first of all for our first event,” he added.
While there were a few setbacks such as the weather and a few mechanical go-kart issues, including chains coming off and two engines failing, the issues were fixed, he said.
“We overcame it all,” Hol- lenbaugh said. “Everybody got to race.”
For next year, Hollenbaugh said he received lots of feedback about how to improve for next year such as prepping the chains on the go-karts and better ways to time the races.
His wife, Nicole, said they hope to have the event again next year if the town approves.
“We hope to have it every year,” she said.
Go-kart racers make their way down Main Street during the first Elkton Mini Grand Prix on Saturday.
Caroline Bruce waves the race flag during the first Mini Grand Prix on Saturday in Elkton.