On Saturdays in Butterfield, if you listen closely your can hear and see the next generation of race car drivers and fans becoming indoctrinated with the sport.
At the corner of First and Maple Street you will find a one-eighth mile go-kart dirt track created by Tony Cope five years ago known as Twister Alley.
"Racing is truly a family sport," said Track Manager Robert Wolf. "It's not a sport you get into with the mindset of getting rich but having fun."
The Copes wanted a type of business that was fast, fun, affordable and something the whole family can do together.
|Twister Alley features 15 different classes of go-kart racing. Classes are based on weight, age and type of motors. Currently, classes are formed around six and one-half Briggs and Stratton engines. Wing karts will run in the 500 cc division and the open classes are close to an anything goes situations with some racers racing with 50 horsepower, single cylinder motors.||"We have racers from age five to 75 who compete on our track each week," said Wolf. "The kids race for trophies and the adults for money."|
What draws people to racing is the relatively low cost to enter the sport.
"You can buy a kart and race competitively for around $1,000," said Cope. "Some of my best memories have taken place when I have been working on cars with my family and friends. It is a great way for people to spend time together."
Twister Alley regularly has 30 plus racers each Saturday during the season.
"We have people from northwest Arkansas, Springfield, Monett, Warsaw, Nebraska and Oklahoma come to race at our track," said Wolf. "Karts have the ability to bridge all age gaps, that is what makes them so appealing."
For more information about go-kart racing visit www.twisteralleyraceway.tripod.com.