07/18/11 The Kenyon name is synonymous with auto racing and on July 22nd you will be able to witness the series the famous family has built from the ground up, Kenyon Midgets. The Kenyon Midgets feature your traditional midget car chassis template but, Don Kenyon, Series owner and Champion chief mechanic, made a few tweaks to the blueprints prior to the six month design, build and reveal process. The plan was to bolt in a highly-spec 120hp Yamaha motorcycle engine, a clutch, and a starter making the cars completely self sufficient and very affordable for drivers ranging in age from 12 to their mid 40’s.
“I used to lease Plymouth Speedway, but have since stepped away from leasing and involved myself in other motorsports ventures,” says Don. “We go way back, sometimes too far back”, jokingly as he reflected on his relationship with Irish Saunders and his young promoter son, Eric.
Mr. Kenyon, expecting around twelve midgets, is excited to see his series take aim at the 3/8th mile asphalt oval and if everything goes well hopes to make a return trip before seasons end. So, mark July 22nd on your calendar as Mechanix Wear presents the Kenyon Midgets on Hoosier Old Wheels Night featuring Dragon Race Fuel Outlaw Late Models, Teachers Credit Union Late Models, Street Stocks and Front Wheel Drives capped off by a Burnout Contest. The ten dollar grandstand gate opens at 5pm, Oliver Ford Lincoln Opening Ceremonies will take place at 8pm and as always www.plymouthspeedway.net is open 24 hours a day – seven days a week!
By Kevin Fox