MASON CITY, Ill. — A relationship from his early days in racing has afforded Karter Sarff an opportunity to return to the seat of a midget with the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League this weekend.
Sarff has landed a ride with Pat O’Dell for POWRi’s Illinois Speed Weekend and will compete at Jacksonville Speedway, Macon Speedway and Lincoln Speedway, respectively.
The teenager will look to improve on a POWRi season-best result of 13th, earned at Missouri’s Valley Speedway in May.
“We ran outlaw karts for Pat for a long time, close to two years, so we’ve known him for a while, and now since he’s gotten into midget racing and he’s close to home, I just gave him a call and we were able to get a deal figured out to go and run with him this weekend,” Sarff explained. “It always makes it easier when you’re running with people you know and I’m really hoping we can go out and make some things happen over these three nights.”
While Sarff considers Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Ill., his favorite track, among the Speed Weekend tracks Sarff’s preferred venue is Jacksonville Speedway, where he had a solid run in a Flea Ruzic-prepared car in the past.
Above all, however, he feels that this weekend is an opportunity to showcase his abilities in top-flight equipment.
“I feel confident with what Pat’s doing and I think he’ll put a pretty good car under me. It should all be up to me from there,” Sarff noted. “I actually feel pretty good going into this weekend. I know Pat has good stuff and knows what to do with his stuff, particularly on these types of tracks, so we should be pretty hooked up and rolling pretty good. I think we can contend; I really do.”