On the opening day of the 2007 racing season for the Unlimited Lights, it was a rookie driver - and the only female driver - who got the crowd going. And at the end of the weekend, Kayleigh Perkins, 18 years old, sits atop the High Points standing for the Unlimited Lights racing series.
Perkins, running her first ever Unlimited Lights race, started 5 seconds behind the other in Heat 1B on Saturday. But that didn't stop her from making her first ride in the UL-72 Miss Boat Electric her first win.
"Going into the second lap, I though maybe I could run him down," said Perkins about Ryan Mallow in the UL-19 5 Star Racing. She did, powering through the second turn and making up the time on the back stretch of lap number two, and then turning on the jets in the final turn and sliding past Mallow at the finish line by two-tenths of a second.
"I can't believe it," Perkins said after the win.
But that was only the start. Perkins took second place in her second heat... and then came right back and won the third heat she raced to get into the finals. Then, in the finals, she took third.
But that gave her enough points to jump to the top of the High Points standings, topping Vince Xaudaro in second and Finals winner Greg Hopp.
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