McCLEARY — Paying tribute to Betty Singleton, a longtime supporter and volunteer of the Cascade Karting Association, the group held its inaugural Betty Boop Memorial race on Aug. 17.
Singleton, along with her husband, Milton, and daughter, Anna, have been part of the club for 10 years. This past February. Singleton passed away and the club organized a memorial race in her tribute.
“This is a big weekend. Betty was a huge supporter for us and just to do it up right for her is the main thing. She put her heart and soul into the club. This is the biggest race we have had so far, this season or last season,” said club president Glenn Tower.
“It means a lot that everyone is here for my mom,” said Anna, “I am happy that they really know what she did for everyone.”
Singleton served several functions for the club, from scoring to registration, secretary to treasure and, according to Tower, three people had to be put in to replace her.
“People have come from Oregon and Eastern Washington, and there is no animosity this weekend, it’s just a happy race this weekend,” commented Tower.
Even with a slow start to the racing, people were in good spirits, reflecting on the reason they were there. Once racing did get under way, it would be Eric Stansberry of Battle Ground winning the inaugural Betty Boop A-main event.
With club points leader Anna Singleton and heavy hitters such as Renee Angel running after Standsberry during the Open A-Main, they could just not close the gap.
After a series of sub-main events to set the group for the Memorial race, 12 drivers took the track, everyone eager to take that first win. A couple of cautions pushed off Lawrence Kirkman and eliminated a couple of drivers before the final laps. Angel was one of those drivers who had transported in. The race turned into a couple of groups with Stansberry, Singleton, and Joe Stackman running out front, and Rusty Rossmaier, Wayne Felch and Zack Schmitz trying to position for fourth.
But as the evening turned to dusk and the final laps coming in sight, Stansberry kept his lead and took home the win for the memorial race.
“This is something that we look to run annually now, the Betty Memorial,” said Tower.
Run as part of the regular summer schedule, the club has one more race to complete its season at Straddleline ORV Park.
Other racing that ran on the day included both Yamaha Light and Heavy, Stock 4-Cycle and a Junior I class.
Betty Boop Memorial Open A-Main
1, Eric Stansberry; 2, Anna Singleton; 3, Joe Stackman; 4, Wayne Felch; 5, Rusty Rossmaier.
1, J. Stackman; 2, R. Rossmaier; 3, A.J. Fugitt; 4, Tyler Homestead; 5, Ed Flatt.
1, Dave Lorenz; 2, Glenn Tower; 3, R. Rossmaier; 4, Lakota Wilkenson; 5, Tyler Weber.