Race Nine at Canaan Motor Speedway

      AS summer comes to an end, the fall colors were showing at Canaan Motor Speedway for race nine of the NHKA series.  Blake got the chance to battle it out once again against race director Mike Camarra. This time Blake was able to take the lead in the final lap of the pre-final race to win first place. On the next round, Mike was able to hold first.  The fall colors were beautiful at the track and Blake was able to get some great photos taken by professional racing photographer B.Stengel of 22photos.net.

Racing History at NHMS

      Along with a lot of good racing at NHMS for race eight of the NHKA summer series, Blake got to check out the sites at the New England Museum of Racing located right outside of the track. He was able to spend some time with some great folks there including Jack and his wife who run the place. If you love racing you don't want to miss this place. After visiting the museum on Friday, Blake got down to business and took first place in Saturday's race.

      

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Learning From The Best

       Blake was able to learn some crucial racing skills this weekend when he got the rare opportunity to race with his karting mentor and NHKA Race Director Mike Camarra. Mike was gracious enough to get out on the track with Blake at this two-day racing weekend as the field was light in the LO 206 Senior class at this event.  The battle was on when Blake and Mike hit the track. After plenty of jockeying back and forth for the lead Mike took the lead to win. On day two, it was clear Blake had been taking mental notes . After once again battling back and forth for the lead, Blake was able to pull ahead with just one lap to go. Unfortunately a loose spark plug caused Blake's engine to fail in that last lap, dropping him back to second place.   Even though it was a tough loss, Blake was thankful for the chance to learn from the very BEST! Thanks Mike for being such a great racing mentor. Blake did take fastest lap time for the race at 1:14:573.

Grabbing the lead

Grabbing the lead

Blake and his racing mentor NHKA Race Director Mike Camarra on the podium

Blake and his racing mentor NHKA Race Director Mike Camarra on the podium

Father's Day Weekend Racing at Canaan, N.H.

     It was a great Father's Day weekend of racing at Canaan Motor Speedway. Blake and 100 plus other drivers got to race on the full mile and a half road course. It was 30 minutes of non-stop racing. Despite some frantic last-minute changes to the kart's gears, Blake finished in first place for the 4th week in a row. A big shout-out to Taylor and the rest of the CF Motorsports team who fine-tuned Blake's kart. He could not have done it without them!  Along with the racing, Blake and his family were able to enjoy camping out Friday night at the track with many other racers and their families. Blake also welcomed a new sponsor this week, Naturepedic Organic Mattress Gallery of Wellesley. Theywill be holding a grand opening event on June 24th. Check them out!

Hitting the Parade Route in the #95 Kart

     Blake hit the parade route this past weekend for the Wellesley Wonderful Weekend annual Veteran's Parade and Celebration. Thanks to the great crew at Roadside Rescue of Needham Blake and his kart got a first class lift on their flatbed down the Washington Street parade route. After the parade, Blake set up his kart at the Hunnewell Field Carnival at the booth of his wonderful sponsor "Wellesley Dental Group."  Lot of kids were able to get their photo taken in the #95 and ask Blake questions about his kart and about kart racing. Earlier in the weekend, Blake participated in theWellesley Car Show along with dozens of other cars. 

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Blake had his first race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon on Saturday May 6th. It was great to race at an official NASCAR venue for the first time. The wet weather meant Blake and his CF Motorsports pit crew had to make plenty of last minute adjustments to the kart's engine and tires. But despite that,   Blake finished the road course in first place,  putting him 2 for 2 for this season.

First Place Win at Loudon

First Place Win at Loudon

Racing at the Miracle Mile

Racing at the Miracle Mile

SWELLESLEY REPORT

Meet Wellesley’s own speed racer, Blake Lothian

April 24, 2017 by bbrown

Published inthe Swellesley Report April 24, 2017

When Wellesley Middle Schooler Blake Lothian drives his custom-built go-kart in next month’s 49th annual Wellesley Veterans’ Parade, the 14-year-old will need to do all he can to slow himself down.

In among the old-timey cars and assorted town vehicles will be Lothian’s sweet ride, which has been adjusted to hit speeds of up to 70mph for the NHKA Racing series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Canaan Motor Speedway in which Lothian is racing vs. adults for the first time.

Lothian has been racing go-karts since the age of 5 and earlier this month he swept the F1 Boston Junior League Championship in Braintree, taking the checkered flag in the finals and earning a second gold trophy for racking up the most points for the winter season. He also pulled off a win in his first senior league race this past weekend in New Hampshire.

Lothian has been racing in F1 Boston Indoor and Outdoor Leagues for the past few years, and winning plenty. But he really took things up a notch last year by saving money (and soliciting Wellesley business sponsors) to buy a high-performance go-kart that he customized with the help ofmechanics at CF Motorsports after school and on weekends.

His #1 Briggs and Stratton LO206 kart withstood track temperatures of well over 100 degrees last summer as well as held its own during torrential rain over Columbus Day weekend. For a kid with ambitions to hit the NASCAR circuit some day, learning to deal with all sorts of conditions has been a valuable lesson.

You can get a more of a look at Lothian’s car, stats and back story at his Blake Lothian Racing website, and come Wellesley’s Wonderful Weekend, his car will be not just in the parade, but at the annual car show at Wellesley Community Center and at Hunnewell Field for the pre-fireworks picnic. Blake’s mom, Cindy, says she hopes the exposure will encourage more local kids to get involved in junior racing