Skyler Caster appeared in the Upper Rogue Independent five years ago after winning a track championship in outlaw kart racing in Roseburg, OR. Later that same year, racing at Southern Oregon Speedway, Caster won again giving him back to back championships. Nearly five years has gone by and he is at it again. This past summer, Caster won the points championship at Southern Oregon Speedway and is now focused on winter racing in Roseburg and hoping for a second back to back championship.
Twelve-year-old Caster is one of the youngest racers in his class.
Racing at speeds that average 48 miles per hour on an eighth-mile track
is fast and he has proven he can hold his own. Caster has quit the list
of accomplishments since he began racing seven years ago at the age of
six. He finished top five in points during his first year of racing.
His first time ever racing at Cottage Grove speedway he set the fastest
time. Caster has won three track championships, and in 2007 became one
of the youngest drivers to win a championship in the 250cc class at the
Southern Oregon outlaw kart track.
Driving his black and
neon green flamed kart known as "Bad to the Bone" is a lot of fun and
he is benefitting from the seat time. "I’m hoping to move up to the big
track at Southern Oregon Speedway when I am 14 and someday I would love
to race a 410 sprint" said Caster.
Racing is a family
sport and little sister Destiny,10, is following in her brother’s
tracks. In 2006 she won her first championship during the Open Wheel
Outlaws winter racing circuit at the Jackson County expo and in 2007
she finished fifth in points.
Aside from racing the
Casters, like many fellow racers, enjoy showing their karts in local
car shows and other community events. From car shows and parades to
functions such as Kids day at Hawthorne Park, outlaw karts are
appearing everywhere. It’s a popular and fast growing sport. Drivers
can begin racing at the age of five and continue well into the adult
years. The Southern Oregon Outlaw kart track holds races every other
Friday night April through September.
To learn more about Outlaw Kart racing visit the local track website at www.so-outlaws.com.
by Kim Shaffer
Of the Independent