Kenny Smith Scores Super Karts Victory; Goodwin, Reynolds Grab Heat Wins

By Ken de la Bastide

(April 7, 2014) - Kenny Smith scored the Super Karts win at Anderson Speedway but he was challenged for the entire distance.

Despite an invert of the six fastest qualifiers, Smith charged from the sixth starting spot on the first lap to run second to Brad Kares on Tom Raper RV Night at the Races on Saturday.

Two laps later Smith was in front chased by the father and son team of Brad and Dustin Kares with Michael and Angie Goodin rounding out the top five.

A lap later, Angie Goodin passed her husband Michael, who also lost a spot to Jason Reynolds.

With the field running in close formation, Brad and Dustin Kares both spun on the back straight on lap six bringing out the only caution flag.

On the restart Angie Goodin took advantage of the high line and passed Smith for the lead entering turn one. Three laps later Smith used the draft to get a run on Goodin down the front straight and reclaimed the point entering turn one.

With Goodin staying close behind the two front runners opened up a comfortable lead through the middle stages of the race but Dustin Kares, Jason Reynolds and Michael Goodin hooked up in a three-kart tandem to close on the leaders with three laps remaining.

Kares passed Angie Goodin with an outside move on lap 19 going through turn three to claim second followed by Goodin, Reynolds and Michael Goodin.

Smith said he knew it would be a tight race with Angie Goodin.

“I thought if I could get past her, I would be able to hold onto the lead,” Smith said. “I knew she had a fast kart.”

Angie Goodin led the entire distance to win the first of two heat races with Smith always maintaining close contact.

Michael Goodin passed Dustin Kares and Brad Kares on consecutive laps to claim the third spot.

Jason Reynolds passed Bruce Harper on the second lap with an inside move going down the back straight to win the second heat race. Harper finished second followed by Hunter Goodin.