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Kellen Dean Is On His Way

Kellen Got His Start In Racing At 6 Years Old In A Go Kart At The Tri City Kart Club 

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Kellen Dean On His Way

Kellen Got His Start In Racing At 6 Years Old In A Go Kart At The Tri City Kart Club 

Kellen Dean On His Way

Kellen got his start in racing at 6 years old in a go kart at the Tri City Kart Club where he worked his way up through the classes for 13 years winning multiple races and 5 track championships along the way. In the off season of 2017 Kellen would travel to Salem Oregon to run the dirt oval at Salem indoor speedway in a kart from Product41com arrive and drive where he won the BK10 Budda Kinser Memorial.

In 2018 after winning the track championship at Tri City Kart Club and finishing 6th in the Briggs weekly racing series national championship out of over 3000 competitor’s he would again return to Salem to run the  arrive and drive for the whole season winning a few races and finishing 2nd in the points he decided it was time to move up. But in the middle of the winter season he would receive some devastating news his mom was diagnosed with breast cancer after hearing this he was ready to hang up his helmet to be with his mom and help her through this. But his mom would not let him do that she told him he needed to keep racing. Through out the season his mom would make every race but 2 even though she was going through treatment.

At the end of the winter season he decided he wanted to race a legend. Keep in mind he has never been on a asphalt oval and never been in a race car. He would spend the winter working on legend cars that he was going to drive part time, with his dad and dads friends Brian Ohler, Steve Catlow, and Ryker Ohler. as the season opener was getting close they were running out of time and the cars were not going to be done. So with only 2 weeks till the first race his dad found a car. They brought it to the shop stripped it repainted it and vinyl wrapped it with a specially designed wrap in hot pink in honor of his mom and breast cancer awareness.

The season opener at Yakima speedway would get canceled do to weather so that would make the first race the opener at Hermiston raceway and would give him a chance to get some practice in before the first race. At the opener at Hermiston raceway 17 cars would show up for the race. Kellen would qualify 5th. In the heat race he would get tangled up in a wreck early ending his race early. After some repairs and a couple of safety laps he was ready to start his first main event. The main went smooth Kellen would fall back on the start but work his way back to 5th where he would finish his first main event. Race number 2 Kellen would qualify on the pole but because he is a rookie he would have to start in the rear of the field but would work his way up to 5th where he finished. Race 3 he would qualify 2nd but again he would have to start in the rear he quickly worked his way up through the field and on lap 10 would take the lead and hang on for his first win in a us legend car.

This win would start a winning streak not only on the track but with his moms doctor’s, Monday after the race she would be declared cancer free but still had a long road ahead. Kellen would go on to win the next 3 races and picking up the 3 in a row $ 500 bonus. He would go on to win 2 more races. At the season championship race Kellen would qualify on the pole and would draw a full field invert for the main. In the heat race Kellen got a good start and would win the 8 lap race. In the main he got a good start and quickly made it to 2nd where he would run for most of the race and with 3 laps to go made his move for the lead and would win the race and the 2019 track championship and with that win he would also win the Washington state us legends championship.

Kellen raced 10 races at Hermiston Raceway and set fast time 7 times 2 heat race wins and 6 main event wins and finished all 10 races within the top 5. Kellen raced his whole season dedicated to his mom and breast cancer awareness in his hot pink KDR #88. As his mom support him from her vip spot #13 and never missed a race and after every win Kellen would pull up in front of where his mom sat and give her a wave as to say that was for you mom.

At Yakima speedway the KDR team would team up with Schroder Motorsports to support breast cancer awareness. Kellen would run a special hood covered with names of breast cancer survivors, fighters, and the taken which he had over 70 names. Kellens crew is 3 of his high school friends that dedicated them selves to make every race. Tanner Krank Jordan Krank Jake Edens. And his sponsors Ronnie Swyers #poduct41com Dave Zamperini #zampracing Terry Barnes #coredevelopment#mothers#O’Reilly’s #pringlespowervac#raceforacure#cancersucks with out them this would not have been possible. Every time Kellen climbed in the car and strapped in he race with determination from the heart to make his mom proud. Tough enough to wear pink Tough enough to race pink. Follow kellen on Facebook at Kellen Dean Racing and watch next season as he plans on traveling to different tracks around the northwest.