UNION — Noah Garner has been a competitive go-kart racer since he was 6 years old, and on Saturday, the Union County native collected his second Shrine Race win at the Cross Anchor Raceway.
Garner qualified on pole for the annual Shrine Race in a field of eight karts in the Blue Plate Division. From the drop of the green flag to the waving of the checkered, Garner led the pack of main event drivers to earn the coveted title at one of the track’s most prestigious races of the year. Along with the win came a check for $100 that Garner graciously donated back to the Shriners.
“It meant a lot to be able to donate the money back to the Shriner’s,” said Garner. “It’s a cause that’s well worth it. It also meant a lot to win in front of all of my family, friends and fans at our local track.”
Garner’s advancement to Blue Plate racing supercedes back to back championships in the Purple Plate Series and a 2010 Shrine Race win. In 2007, he was the Cross Anchor Winter Series Champion, Overall Junior Track Champion and also scored a win in the Jake Lawson Memorial Race.
Currently running The Big 3 Challange, Garner has clinched the championship in all three points divisions — Pro Purple BSP, Purple BSP, and Blue Plate — winning 14 of 15 races with one race remaining in each class.
“I love the adrenalin, speed and competition of racing karts,” he said. “I also like being able to travel to different tracks, meet and make new friends and compete against some of the best kart racers in this area.”
Racing is a Garner family tradition that the third generation competitor plans to carry on.
“He’s been racing karts since he was 6 years old,” said Noah’s father, Kevin Garner. “I was racing cars when Noah was born and his granddad, Wayne Garner, was a crew chief on race cars when I was growing up. You could say that racing is in our blood.”