Thorson rolls into Labor Day weekend sprint kart race
He’s 8 years old and he’s already got a racing team named after him.
Tanner Thorson has been racing QRC Outlaw sprint karts since he was 4 and a half years old. It hasn’t taken him long to get the hang of it.
Last year, he claimed the beginner box stock championship on the QRZ All-Star Outlaw Sprint Kart Tour.
This year, he moved up to the box stock class and stands in third place overall heading into the final races of the season this weekend at Thunderbowl Speedway in Moundhouse.
“My favorite part is winning,” Thorson said with a big grin. “My dad and I went to watch them and I wanted to get into them.
“I got my first car when I was four. It wasn’t hard to learn how to drive.”
Thorson, a third-grader in Mrs. Mattinson’s class at Minden Elementary School, is the namesake racer of TDT Racing, a team which includes two of his cousins, Chris Rytting and Daniel Thorson, and family friend Dave Sciarroni.
“It’s a little scary watching them fly around out there,” Robbie Thorson, Tanner’s mom, said of watching the karts, which can approach 50 to 60 mph. “But the safety equipment is incredible. They flip and crash but the kids are always fine.”
“It’s a great family sport,” Robbie said. “The families are all very close. The kids all get a long. It is a very safe and controlled atmosphere for the kids.”
This weekend’s racing will be conducted Saturday and Sunday, starting at 5 p.m. at Thunderbowl. More than 200 racers ranging in age from 5 to 50 and in location from California, Oregon and Nevada are expected. Admission for the event is $15. Call Jet Force Racing at 358-9091 for more information.
Thorson is sponsored by Yamas, Inc., Rob Wigton and Kari Begovich-Wigton of C21-Clark Properties, Grandma Hattie’s, ASJ Small Engines, Los Mexicanos Restaurant, Ewing Irrigation, Silver State Sign and Barricade and Sciarroni Brothers Racing.