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Kart racer goes out as a state champion

Jordan Thomas began racing go karts when only five years old

Jordan Thomas, 13 from Harding, won a state championship in kart racing last summer.

When Jordan Thomas was five years old, his father Jeff put him in a go kart and entered him in the Pennsylvania Dirt Karting Series races in the Kid Kart class.

Fast forward to the summer of 2011. Now in his ninth and final season, Jordan, 13, racing in the Junior Sportsman II Champ class, went out as the Pennsylvania State Champion.

In the six -race series, he won two races, finished second once, third once and sixth once to out-point the field of 16 karts, racing at the Selinsgrove, Shellhammers, Cove Valley and Path Valley Speedways in Central and South Central Pennsylvania.

In fact, Jordan was so far ahead he clinched after the fifth race. Karts in his class can reach 70 to 80 miles per hour. His team consists of his father and a family friend Mike Atkinson.

He will get his championship trophy at the PDKS Awards Banquet at the Holiday Inn Hershey in Harrisburg on Feb. 4. “It will feel good because I hadn’t won other championships,” Jordan said.

Jordan, a Wyoming Area eighth grader, lives in Harding with his father and mother, Denise.

Having graduated from karts, Jordan’s logical next step would be up to what are called potent sprint cars, but right now he’s not certain what he will do next racing season.

Besides, he’s into another sport. He’s a quarterback/receiver for the West Pittston Rams Junior A football team. Next year he’ll join the Wyoming Area high school freshman football program.

As much as he likes football, he said he likes racing better. “It’s more of a thrill.”

The thrill is enough to overcome the danger. In fact he’s been hurt more in football than racing, though he has been involved in a couple wrecks. “It was kind of scary,” he said, “but I was fine.”

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