Korbyn Hayslett, a 12 year-old go-kart driver for Hayslett Racing was back in action for the third Ultimate Karting Series [UKS] race at Cove Valley Speedway in Martinsburg, Pennsylvania on June 20.
He entered three classes, Junior 3 Blue Points, Junior 3 Blue Pro, and Ultimate Junior.
With so many kart entries at these series races, drivers get three laps to qualify. Their quickest lap time is used to place them in position for the feature race with a single line start.
Hayslett would qualify seventh out of 18 karts in the Junior 3 Blue Points class.
He was able to move up to the fifth position looking for an opening to make another pass. His patience would pay off when the karts in front of him would tangle up leaving the bottom of the track open. Hayslett’s quick reaction to drop down to miss the wreck put him in the lead. He would lead the remainder of the race to victory lane. This helped Hayslett add to his points lead in this class.
Hayslett qualified third out of 16 karts in the Junior 3 Blue Pro class. He would only be able to hold that position for a few laps before being passed and not able to make up ground. Hayslett finished with a solid fifth place.
He qualified fifth out of 18 karts in the Ultimate Junior class. Unfortunately the struggle to get the kart set to keep up the track getting faster continued into this feature race. Hayslett hung on to the kart until two laps to go when he was spun out in turn two. His DNF gave him a 10th-place finish.
Hayslett Racing took the following weekend off in order to prep for one of the biggest junior driver races in the Midwest over July 4 weekend.
The Firecracker Shootout was held at SEMO Raceway in Sikeston, Missouri. It was to be a two-day show starting on July 3 but Mother Nature had other plans. The race promoter decided to run back to back sessions starting at 3 p.m., July 4 . The first session Hayslett entered into two classes.
The Purple Heavy class has been the biggest race to date that Hayslett has entered. 52 young drivers between the age of 10-15 entered to race for the prestige. The officials had three rounds of qualify locking in ten drivers each time, taking a total thirty  drivers to the feature race. Hayslett would lock in at sixth place in round one. At the drop of the green flag he realized the kart was just not making the progress needed to keep up with the top five drivers. Hayslett would hang on to a top ten position before being take out on the front stretch with only a few laps to go. Hayslett officially finished in the fifteenth position after his DNF.
Hayslett and crew had to shake off that race in order to focus on the second race. Hayslett qualified second out of 14 karts in the Green Plate class. The changes made to the kart would show improvement as Hayslett would finish the feature race in third position.
Session two of the weekend would not start until the early morning hours of July 5.
Although driver and crew were tired, they continued to focus on the three classes ahead. Their persistence and dedication paid off.
Hayslett would miss qualifying for the Green Plate class due to repairs to the kart that needed made. He would start in the eighth position out of nine drivers. He had his work cut out for him starting in the back of the pack and there were no cautions during the race to help bunch up the group. Hayslett drove a great race earning a well deserved victory.
Hayslett continued the middle of the night racing by qualifying tenth out of 23 karts in the Blue Plate class. He was able to make up ground finishing in the second position. He then qualified in the twelfth position in the Pro Blue Plate class out of 29 drivers. Hayslett’s kart was dialed in, making progress every lap. He would run out of laps finishing in the fourth position.
“It was a good weekend. We got to race at a new track, we learned a lot, and we got to race against some of the best junior drivers,” Hayslett said about the weekend.
Hayslett will be at Route 68 Speedway in Mt. Orab, Ohio for the fourth UKS race on July 18. Hayslett would like to thank his dad, Shane, Randy ‘The Wizard’ Orth, and his grandparents Kim and Dave Hayslett for loving racing as much as he does and giving him the opportunity to race at the level he is. Hayslett Racing would like to thank X-Caliber Racing Engines, Dustin Heath Performance Tires, Ultimate Cuts, and all Family & Friends that support and follow Hayslett.