As a 14 year old racer Max Kahler made Rockford Speedway history last year. Now as a 15 year old he’s out to make some more.
Last year the Caledonia native and Belvidere North High School student was learning the ropes as a rookie in the Late Model Division. Even so he was good enough to win a feature race making him the youngest driver ever to do that at the Rockford Speedway. Kahler finished fourth in the season points race.
This year he’s off to a good start. He finished second in the first feature race of the season and he took third this past Saturday night in the second one. He also won his heat race Saturday in the WTVO 17 car. So just maybe he has what it takes to become the youngest racer ever to win a Late Model season points championship.
“Yes we do shoot for the top,” says Kahler. “I think it’s very realistic. We have a shot. Just because I’m young it doesn’t mean I don’t know what to do. I’m a lot more confident. I actually know somewhat what to do now around this track. Last year at this time I only had one race. I didn’t know what I could do what I couldn’t do so now I know that and I can be a lot more aggressive now.”
Kahler led most of the Late Model feature race last Saturday night before being edged out on the final lap by Alex Papini. Papini has won both Late Model feature races this year. He was the track champion in 2013.