Growing up, Adam Kekich, the young-gun 410 Sprint Car talent from Hermitage, Pennsylvania, referred to as "Adam Bomb," had racing imprinted on his destiny as he watched his dad and uncles race.
Kekich sets getting the ROY title as one of his race goals for 2011.
"For as long as I can remember, all I ever wanted to do was race," Kekich told K&N Race News. "When I was eight-years-old I got my first go-cart. My dad (Mike) took me around Pennsylvania and Ohio, where I raced at different tracks every week.
My first year racing we won the track championship at Slippery Rock Raceway.
Adam Bomb Kekich says the biggest adjustment moving into the 410 Sprint Car was how much faster it accelerated.
In winning that first championship, the teenager captured a total of nine wins out of 12 races at the track. Kekich raced go-carts until he was 13 and then he upgraded to racing limited sprints for the next two years. Kekich capped off that experience by winning Rookie of the Year at Sharon Speedway.
"After those two years my dad gave me the opportunity to race the 410. Even though we only have half of the season completed, I have had a lot of fun, and I am enjoying every minute of it."
And why wouldn't Adam Bomb Kekich be enjoying himself, last weekend at Mercer Raceway Park it was a night of firsts for the Agway of Hermitage Sprint Car race team. With each race Kekich is getting visibly more confident and familiar with the 410 and his results continue to reflect that.
The third place finish at Mercer Raceway Park was Kekich's best 410 finish yet.
The No. 5K machine started the last of three heat races on the front row, and that is right where he stayed, leading all eight laps for his first heat race win in a 410 sprint. In his first lap Kekich recorded a blistering 14.98 circuit, one of the fastest laps of the night.
Pumped up by their driver's performance, the crew got busy preparing the car for the feature. "The car is just awesome tonight," Adam commented after his heat race. "It's such a pleasure to race this K&N sponsored, Kriner powered J&J every week."
In the feature Kekich lined up on the third row. After successfully avoiding being taken out in an early racecar flip, the young rookie settled into his rhythm, running a smooth controlled line and navigating through lapped traffic. By lap 19 Kekich worked his way up behind the leaders. He held on to finish in third place, recording his best finish of the year, and his first ever 410 podium.
"The biggest adjustment for me was the initial takeoff when I moved into the 410 Sprint Car," Kekich remarked, "Getting from point 'A' to point 'B' was so much quicker at first, but after a few races it has become just a normal reaction."
Kekich currently holds fourth place in the championship point standings, and he says that he and the crew are looking forward to a strong second half of the season. "These guys just put their heart and soul into this team and I am just so fortunate to be driving this car."
Kekich's goals for the remainder of the 2011 race season include getting his first 410 feature win, and finishing in the top-five, and to earn the Rookie of the Year title. "But, my main goal for every night is to load the car back up in one piece, and to learn something new after each race, to help me get better."
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