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Get To Know WKA Team Member: Lynn Haddock

CONCORD, NC - Perhaps you don't recognize him without his famous toothpick, but this week's WKA Team spotlight is on the WKA Hall of Fame award-winning and tech guy extraordinaire, Lynn Haddock.  Lynn has over 40 years of racing in his blood and closer to 50 years of technical karting experience. He is also the Vice-President of 2-cycle in the WKA. Read on to learn more about the racer turned tech king in his interview below.

How many years have you been in the racing world (Either a racer, fan, working for a racing organization)?  

"Since 1958."

How long have you raced? 

"I raced for 40 years straight, from 1958 until 1998."


What made you want to work for the WKA?  

"I love the sport of karting, love the people and to just have fun."


What does a day in the life of you look like at a WKA race?  

"I hang out in the tech area at the races."


What is your favorite racing series to watch?  

"Formula 1 and NHRA drag racing."


What do you enjoy most about WKA races?  

" I enjoy the people and the intense competitive attitude they bring to the arena."


Which race has been your most memorable so far, and why?  

"Winning the 1978 World Championships with driver Lake Speed (I was the mechanic)."


Is there anything else you’d like to share? 

"As a driver, I won over 100 National championships in IKF, WKA and PKA -- I raced in two cycle, four cycle, sprint, enduro, speedway and road race on both dirt and asphalt -- this includes over 35 Duffy awards in the IKF."

Get To Know WKA Team Member: Erik Graham

JACKSON, NJ- If you race in the WKA Manufacturer's Cup but you have never had the joy of meeting one of our officials, Erik Graham, you are definitely missing out.  Erik is not only an official, but a racer who has experience in driving legends cars, factory stock cars and karts.  He has a great sense of humor and is not afraid to join in on jokes with our younger racers. More than anything, he enjoys being apart of developing the future race car drivers of the world. Read more about Erik in his interview below:

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

"I am from Jackson, NJ. If you draw a line between New York City and Philadelphia you will find Jackson in the middle."

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HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE RACING WORLD? 

"Pretty much my whole life. My first memories are of my home track (Wall Stadium) and racing. When I was a child my Uncle ran in the Demo Derbies that were a very big deal back then. So my Saturday's were spent with my Grandmother at the races and my Sunday's would involve my whole family supporting my Uncle." 

HAVE YOU EVER RACED? IF NOT, WHAT SPORTS OR HOBBIES DO YOU ENJOY?

"Yes! I actually started out in karts at Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ. After doing that for a few seasons I was able to accomplish a life long dream and race stock cars (Legends and Factory Stocks) at Wall Stadium. After racing for a while I became a Karting official, then a Stock Car official. I'll get more into how that came to be later. As far as other sports, growing up the son of a sports writer I love pretty much all stick and ball sports. My favorite sports team is the Philadelphia Eagles."

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO WORK FOR THE WKA? 

"Once I left karting to race stock cars I found myself at the kart track on Sundays anyway. You meet so many amazing people in karting I couldn't stay away. One day on a whim I asked John Ferris (Race Director / Promoter at Englishtown) if he needed any help on the track. He gave me my first opportunity as a race official and I fell in love with it. Having many years in management under my belt after a season I was directing club races. Later on, I was asked to direct the New Jersey Sprint Series. I also became the Assistant Race Director at Wall Stadium after I retired from behind the wheel in 2013. In early 2016 I was given the honor of becoming a co-director for the WKA Manufacturers Cup. It's amazing how many great people I've met and places I have been thanks to the WKA. I couldn't ask for a better organization to work for."

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WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE RACING SERIES TO WATCH? 

"Working with NASCAR style modifieds, weekly of course I love the NASCAR Modified Tour. A few of our weekly competitors actually race on the tour so it's fun to watch them on TV. As far as road racing goes I love the Supercars Championship in Australia. Their races are amazing, if you have never watched I highly recommend it."

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WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT WKA RACES?

"The people by far. Getting to see the country is great but the people you meet through the WKA are amazing. It's also a wonderful and humbling feeling to know I am a small part in developing the future race car drivers in the world." 

WHICH RACE HAS BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SO FAR?

"This has a two part answer. 

As a driver, my most memorable race was getting to race in front of my Grandmother. She wasn't doing too well when I started racing. Somehow she was up to coming to see me race one day and my Uncle was able to get her there. I was so emotional knowing she was there I actually got into a wreck. 

As an official, I think this is an easy one. By far getting to Officiate a race in Daytona was a life changing experience for me. Plus having my Cousin Sam (also a WKA official) there was the icing on the cake. It's crazy how far I've come after just asking John if he wanted some help at the track one day. I can't thank the WKA enough for the opportunity."

Get To Know WKA Team Member: Kelly Frazier

CONCORD, NC - You might not be able to recognize Kelly from the wild skydiving picture above, but if you have raced a WKA event in the past year you definitely would have met her.  Kelly Frazier is the newest face working out of the WKA office in Concord, NC.  Being part of the WKA administrative team, she often; manages your calls to the office, creates the entry blanks for every race, takes registrations, plans and coordinates all awards banquets and helps Marie put together all those race packets that you get at each race.  She loves being a part of the WKA family and did we mention she loves 'Hermit crab racing?!' You can read more about "The Amazing Kelly" from her interview below:

Where are you from?

"I was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina."

How many years have you been in the racing world?

"I guess since I was a teenager. My family owned a foundry in Charlotte Called Carolina foundry, and they made the Coca Cola 600 trophy, My grandfather and I would always go to that race and I became a Nascar fan. Then as you get older a lot of your friends work in the racing industry in some way shape or form so you are always connected to it."

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Have you ever raced? If not, what sports or hobbies do you enjoy?

"I have never raced. I played soccer until a car accident injured my knee. I have always been a baseball fan. My passion is scuba diving, but I don’t get to do that as much as I would like."

What made you want to work for the WKA?

"Having been in the medical field for 20 some odd years I was ready for a 'fun' job. Having friends who have raced in with WKA and meeting people over the years, I heard of the opening in the office and thought that it would be a fun and cool job, challenging and something different."

What does a typical day in the life of you look like at the WKA office?

"Each day differs. We are always prepping for the next race, whether it's creating entry blanks, preparing for banquets, race entries, memberships, and then there are other office administrative duties to attend to. And of course, the most important part of the day is playing with Abbey the office rescue cat!"

What is your favorite racing series to watch?

"Hermit Crab racing......If you ever go to the US Virgin Islands, make sure you catch Tito and Sues crab racing, it's so much fun! You pick a crab, name it and see if it wins you prizes.....again, it's so much fun!"

What do you enjoy most about WKA races?

"Hands down, the best part about the WKA races is meeting the families.  We are lucky to have some really nice people and amazing kids coming to the races."

Which race has been your most memorable so far?

"Go Pro Motorsports back in March of 2016, was my first race I actually worked, so that stands out in my mind. Getting to meet the families and being on the backend to see how the races come together from start to finish was great.  Daytona 2016 was my first time actually working a Daytona race. I have been there as a spectator, watching friends race, but it was pretty awesome to be a part of it and to experience the Dirt Racing, Road Race and Sprint Series all at one event."