When Ken Hyde Jr. began racing in the Figure 8 class back in 2008, he never even considered that just five years later he would be in a tight battle for the track championship at Riverhead Raceway against eight-time champ Roger Maynor (404 points) and 2011 champion Arne Petersen (402 points).
Yet, the 21-year old Hyde from Medford, NY currently leads the pack with 408 points.
“I’m nervous. I’m confident, and I am feeling everything in between. Anything can happen, but once I get started I will be concentrating more on driving than on what could happen.”
That’s because Figure 8s aren’t your normal type of racing and can be more like demolition derbies and requires strict attention to detail and timing to successfully navigate the crossover.
Conducted on a track shaped like the number 8, cars cross paths at the center of the “X". and requires strict attention to detail and timing to successfully navigate the crossover.
The cars used are often older standard vehicles including clunkers, old school buses and even trucks that have been modified to reduce weight and increase safety, such as knocking out window glass and adding a roll cage.
Hyde says he learned “basically everything” from his dad Ken Hyde Sr. and would really like to win the championship, which eluded the senior Hyde despite 30 years on the track, himself.
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