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Alex Laughlin Takes The Win At Daytona’s International Speedway For Kart Week!

If you visit the site with any regularity, or if you’re just a fan of his, you already know that Alex Laughlin can drive pretty much anything with wheels. From a wheelstanding Top Dragster to banging gears in a 210+ MPH Pro Stock car to running 270+ MPH in an A/Fuel dragster to a dirt-slinging pull tractor and of course, his insane block Radial vs the World Corvette, there’s nothing Alex has met that he couldn’t drive.

One discipline that will always be near and dear to his heart is karting, where he first got his taste for racing. Despite a hectic schedule that has him flying from coast to coast regularly working on sponsorships and making appearances, Laughlin has always kept the last weekend of the year open for one special event. Every December, the karting world converges on Daytona, FL for one of the biggest events on its schedule. Daytona International Speedway is taken over by a swarm of the diminutive rides, with countless racers looking to end the season with a win on the fabled race track.

Alex got his start in karting at the age of 4, and for the past 7 years, he’s brought his own kart to Daytona to try to win the big one. “Karting was my introduction to motorsports over 20 years ago,” said Laughlin. “There’s no telling how many hours and laps I have under my belt.” Yesterday, he finally broke through and, after several second and third place finishes, he climbed the podium as the winner.

“I’ve been racing this event for the last 7 years and I’ve never won it. I have a stack of plques for second and third, but never got that Silver Cup trophy for the win until this year,” said Laughlin of the prestigious race.”It’s a serious deal to win Daytona, some of the best competition in karting happens there.”

While most of the other racers spend their whole year behind the wheel of their karts, or at least on some type of road course, Laughlin spends most of his time on the drag strip, leaving him with only one chance to sharpen his skills each year. His natural knack for driving anything has brought him yet another huge milestone in his career and allowed him to end 2018 on top. “Winning this race has always been a bucket list item, and it’s officially been checked off.”

We send our congratulations to Alex and can’t wait to see if he can carry this momentum into 2019!

 

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