CHARGIN' CHARLIE MCKENNA
Chargin' Charlie of Clear Lake, IA, driver of the 22 Jimmy Mars Late Model joined Karsyn's Krusaders in "full force" in 2011. With nearly 15 years of racing experience and cancer striking his family twice in less than 10 years, taking both his father and mother, Mr. McKenna has a strong reason to want to "Kick Cancer's Butt One Lap at a Time". Chargin' Charlie began his racing career in NASCAR modifieds in 1997 and was named Rookie of the Year that same year at Farley Speedway. From 2002 to 2006, Charlie raced IMCA modifieds before moving to an IMCA Late Model in 2007 and touring the Deery Brothers Summer Series. Special thanks to Chargin' Charlie and his team for making a significant commitment to Karsyn's Krusaders and partnering with us for the 2011 Deery Brothers Summer Series in an effort to make a difference for those affected by cancer!
Jacob Gallardo - J17
Six months after being introduced to the mission and purpose behind Karsyn's Krusaders, Jacob Gallardo, a 20 year old driver out of Las Cruces, NM, partnered with the organization in the fall of 2012. In just 5 years in his open modified, he has more than 20 career wins under his belt. While traveling alongside his father, Fito Gallardo, driver of the G17, awareness of "Kickin' Cancer's Butt One Lap at a Time" has greatly increased in NM, TX, and AZ. Thanks to Southern New Mexico Speedway, the "home track" of the J17, more than $20,000 has been raised in support of KK and its mission. Thank you SNMS and the "Gallardo Gang" for all of your support!
Chad Simpson - 25
Open Late Model Driver of the green and black #25, Chad Simpson, and his car owner, Bud Brinkman partnered with Karsyn's Krusaders in 2012 as part of the $9,000 Ronald McDonald Charities Deck Renovation Project in Iowa City, IA. The driver, who calls Mount Vernon, IA his home, is a four time Corn Belt Clash Champion, four time Yankee Dirt Track Classic winner, and qualified for the pole at the "World 100" in 2012. Special thanks to Chad Simpson and the Brinkmans for supporting our purpose of helping others affected by cancer!
Tim Karrick, owner and driver of the 1K open wheel modified from Basehor, KS, has joined our mission to "Kick Cancer's Butt One Lap at a Time" in 2011. Mr. Karrick has over 200 feature wins in his 30 year racing career which he is quick to say is based upon family and friends. This year $5 from the sale of each 1K shirt will go directly to support Karsyn's Krusaders mission! Thank you Team Karrick for partnering with us to make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer!
Travis Smock - 98
Travis Smock Racing, based out of Independence, IA has been a supporter of Karsyn's Krusaders since 2010. Smock, driver of the 98 orange and black machine has spent 5 years in an IMCA late model. Although he calls Independence Motor Speedway his home track, he also competes in the IMCA Deery Brothers Summer Series. There is no doubt that this young and enthusiastic group of guys has brought fun and awareness to Karsyn's Krusaders and our mission to "Kick Cancer's Butt One Lap at a Time"!
Kellen Chadwick from Oakley, CA joined our mission in 2011. It wasn't long after Kellen purchased his first RAGE Chassis that he learned of Karsyn's Krusaders and its desire to "Kick Cancer's Butt One Lap at a Time". After speaking with the Millers and learning more about the mission of the organization he quickly decided to join Darin, JD, Justin and the others and partner with the charity to help spread awareness.