We’re always looking for that next up-and-comer racer at the Rockford Speedway. We’ve found him.
We look no further than the WTVO 17 car in the Speedway’s top racing division the Late Model Division. The driver is only 14 years old. He’s Max Kahler of Caledonia. He’s a rookie at the Rockford Speedway. He got his first shot at racing Late Models last year at Jefferson Speedway in Cambridge, Wisconsin racing in his dad Bob’s car.
“I took him last year all last year up to Jefferson to practice and he exhibited that he could handle a car,” says his father Bob Kahler. “We ran the end of the year there a couple times.”
Like most racers Max got his start by racing Go Karts.
“I raced up in Wisconsin all over the place,” says Kahler. “Everywhere for like four years in Go Karts, dirt Go Karts. Won all over the place. Won championships.”
So now the goal is to keep winning but against much older competitors who for now go easy on Kahler and Kahler tries not to ruffle any feathers either.
“They’re a little nicer to me since I’m real young,” says Kahler. “I don’t have that much experience but they treat me like any other competitor.”
“I try to keep it a little modest,” says Kahler of his racing style. “You’ve got to make some friends right to help you out.”
His dad’s advice before a race is…”Suck it up, strap it on, and go get’ em,” says Bob Kahler.
The Kahler’s call their racing team ‘Rat Nasty Racing,’ and this 14 year old might be on his way to being nasty good. Of the 19 racers who have collected points so far this season in the Speedway’s Late Model Divison Kahler ranks sixth in points. He finished as high as fourth in a feature race May 13th.
“He’s not nearly as high-strung as I am,” says Bob Kahler of his son. “He seems to have a little better, even-keel you know. Nothing really gets to him and he obviously handles pressure pretty well. He’s been thrown into the fire a couple times and he came out without too many burns.”
Based on his start this year it’s a safe bet that this 14 year old will win a feature race well before his age matches his car number.
“It seems like a good car so far,” says Kahler. “Hopefully I win a few!”