Blake did double time behind the wheel this Mother’s Day weekend. He raced in the opening day race of the NHKA 2019 Outdoor series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Thanks again to the Campos family Blake raced in the LO206 Seniors class. He wrapped up the day on the podium with a 3rd place finish. During the one hour NHKA lunch break, Blake walked over to Granite State Legends, which is located on the grounds of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. There Kelsey from Granite State got Blake behind the wheel of a Legends Car for the first time. Granite State set up a course for Blake where he was able to get in a one hour practice session. A big thanks to George V of Apexkarts for help in arranging the practice session. Now Blake is even more excited and ready to get behind the wheel in Charlotte. After the racing Blake enjoyed some family time at Mascoma Lake Campground in NH.
It was a wet and wild ride for NHKA members first practice of the 2019 race season last week. Blake enjoyed the hydro ride thanks to the Campos crew. While he is gearing up to head to Charlotte this summer as part of the NASCAR Rev Racing D4D program, he is not about to miss out on the fun and competition with his NHKA family. He will be attending as many NHKA races as possible in New Hampshire this season as well. Also thanks to Ken Repke for making all the NHKA racers look so good with his amazing race photography. To see more of Ken’s work go to KenRepke.zenfolio.com
Jimmie Johnson runs the 123rd Boston Marathon. As he passes by Blake’s home along the route, Blake holds up a banner and cheers on Johnson. The seven-time NASCAR champion gives Blake a high five as he passes by. Johnson finished the race in a little over three hours.
After a nationwide search, Blake was among eight drivers chosen to compete in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine in Charlotte North Carolina this weekend. The Drive for Diversity Youth program seeks to bring young talented minority drivers and female drivers into the sport of racing. After the combine, four drivers will be chosen for the summer INEX Legends car series.
Blake finished in 7th place for the 2018 NHKA season despite major mechanical malfunctions at four races including two incidents that required Blake to use a loaner engine. Along with plenty of kart trouble , Blake sustained a concussion after hitting the barriers in Race Nine at NHMS. His recovery required him to rest, take time off from school and caused him to miss out on racing in the final race of the NHKA season. Even with all the adversity that came with the 2018 season, Blake never gave up, persevered and kept a positive attitude. He considered it all a learning experience that will help him in his long range racing goals
Blake finished in the top ten again this weekend for Race Four of the NHKA Outdoor Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. That despite being plagued by engine troubles yet again this week. After qualifying in 4th place, the 90 plus degree temperatures caused a rubber mount that holds on the carburetor to melt and liquify during the pre-finals. That stopped Blake's engine dead on the track and meant he had to start in the back of the pack for the final race. But Blake took on the challenge and made his way up to 8th place passing more than ten cars. Despite this week's engine troubles and a bent axle and broken tie rod in Race Three at Canaan, Blake is taking on the challenges as they come and refocusing his efforts for the upcoming KARTMANIA!
It was an exciting weekend of racing and weather for the opening race day at NHMS. First, a micro-burst on Friday night forced Blake and family to flee their tent and run for their SUV. That's where Blake spent the night. Some trailers were flipped but everyone stayed safe. Only the tent didn't fare so well. Despite the lack of sleep, Blake had a great day of racing. It was his first time out in his new World Formula kart in the World Formula Light class. After qualifying in the top ten , he had some bad luck and lost his engine chain in the preliminary race round. That forced him to start at the back of the pack in the final race. But Blake was able to move from 15th place up to third place. That gained him a spot on the trophy podium. WGBH and NPR were there to catch all the action for an upcoming piece they are doing on Blake and his racing passion.
Blake enjoyed a good time and good food at the NHKA Banquet. He was awarded his 2017 Championship trophy for the LO 206 Senior class.
Blake wrapped up the last race of the NHKA 2017 Outdoor Series with a first place win, making him the overall champion in the LO206 Senior class. While the winning was great, saying goodbye to Blake's NHKA summer racing family until next year is sad. Just want to say thank you to all the great NHKA members and racers who helped Blake and made this a successful fun racing season. Blake will be back at the NHKA next year andmoving up to the World Formula Class. Watch out Hooligans!
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 took the lead in the final lap of the pre-final race to win first place. On the next round, Mike held first. The fall colors were beautiful at the track and Blake had some great photos taken by professional racing photographer B.Stengel of 22photos.net.