Alexandra Kern walked out of the Karting Banquet for Sandusky Speedway and Great Lakes Speedsports on Saturday with an armful of trophies. The banquet held to honor the kart racers from each of the tracks, along with the Ohio Northern Nationals Series was held at the American Legion in Sandusky. Ali won three championships and one runner-up from the Ohio Northern Nationals; five track championships from Sandusky Speedway and two track championships from Great Lakes along with one runner-up.
While most fourteen year old girls spent their summers at the pool, shopping with their friends, or thinking about boys - Ali Kern spent her summer racing and thinking of how she could beat the boys on the track. Traveling across Northwest Ohio on weekends became her routine - and so did winning.
"I think we ran a total of one hundred and fifteen races between Sandusky Speedway and Great Lakes Speedsports winning sixty-six of them," Ali stated, with a bit of a gleam in her eye. "There was a lot of great competition and to win as often as we did meant a lot to me." Competing in one hundred and fifteen events and winning sixty-six of them - that's equates to a 57% winning ratio - not too bad for a young lady in a predominantly male sport. All of these wins helped her win those three series championships and seven track championships. No doubt her trophy room is going to need some new shelves.
In addition, she won the Clyde Street Race in September which is an extremely competitive event and one that physically takes its toll on the drivers by the time they take the checkers.
Of course no one succeeds alone; she had the help of her family and friends; and support from KB Performance Warehouse in Fremont, Ohio. "Andrea Weaver put in a lot of hours to get my equipment ready, and keep me competitive at the track, too," Miss Kern continued. "I guess racing is just in our blood and we love being at the track, we have a lot of friends there; it's just what we like to do."
This young lady has not put her racing on hold until warmer temperatures return, she just started racing indoors. Most recently she competed in the Rumble Series at the Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was entered in three classes, and out of over seventy-five drivers in each class, made it into the A Main in all three. She competed in the Senior Medium, Senior Heavy and Senior Champ Cart; finishing 4th in Medium and 7th in Heavy.
If you think that all Ali does is race that could not be further from the truth. She is also an honor roll student and plays on the Freshman basketball and volleyballs teams at Fremont Ross High School. Oh yes and she still has time for friends, shopping and thinking about boys!
Ali Kern will be one to keep an eye on; she is not only talented, but determined and has her eye on the prize at all times.