Modified Kart Racer Mitch Guthrie Jr. and the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series

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Modified Kart Racer Mitch Guthrie Jr.
Modified Kart Racer Mitch Guthrie Jr.
Mitch Guthrie Jr. is not your normal high school freshman. While most teenagers are finishing up their first year of high school, planning summer vacation and avoiding the senior bullies, Guthrie is strapping into his Modified Kart in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series on the weekends, where he is currently battling Mitchell DeJong for the championship.
Guthrie Racings' Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Modified Kart
Guthrie Racings' Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Modified Kart

Guthrie started the year with a disappointing 8th place finish in a race marred by crashes, but the following day, picked up the win at Firebird Raceway. Three weeks later, Guthrie found himself on the podium two more times, capturing 2nd on Saturday and the win on Sunday at Speedworld Off Road Park.

Ever confident in his ability, Guthrie delivered a calm response when asked about his team's recovery from the opening round crash. "It felt very good to get a couple wins. I knew we could do it."
Mitch Guthrie Jr. is no stranger to the podium in 2011
Mitch Guthrie Jr. is no stranger to the podium in 2011

The win's are far from Gurthrie's first in the wild world of off road racing. Last season, Guthrie finished 4th overall, and 2nd in the regional point's standings, collecting a win and 4 podium finishes. In 2009 he captured the TORC 250cc Modified Kart Championship. This season, he is looking to regain his championship form of two years ago.

"I need to stay consistent and win races. Hopefully we can get the points lead for good and win the championship. We've had good trucks. I just had to put the wreck behind me and be confident."

Mission accomplished.

Guthrie says his friends from school think the racing looks cool, but his closest friends are the ones at the track, often times his biggest competition. "I don't think my (school) friends even realize how fast we are going. I think my closest friends are actually the one's I race with every weekend."

Guthrie is already an accomplished student and racer, and if all goes well in 2011, he has his eyes set on moving up to a bigger division next year.

"I want to hopefully move up to a class like Pro Lite V8. The goal is to keep moving up into bigger and faster vehicles until I hit the top."

Rounds 5 & 6 of the 2011 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series will be held in San Bernardino, CA at Glen Helen Raceway on May 21-22.

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