WARRENSBURG - Last spring, fifth-grader Lane Saville, 11, of Warrensburg set a goal for himself.
"For my first year of racing I want to be track champ," he said this week, recalling a pledge he had made in April to himself and his parents, Kirsten and Kelly Saville.
Driving his go-kart April through October - never missing a Saturday night race - Lane drove his way to a championship - Rookie Junior 1 Class - at Turkey Trot Raceway on a clay eighth-mile racetrack in Argyle, where he also was awarded Most Improved Driver.
Lane also traveled with his family to Caroga Creek Raceway for a four-week fall series where he finished fourth. He also drove five asphalt races at other sites.
Lane said he has already set a new goal for himself in 2010. "It will be my first full year of racing asphalt, and I want an asphalt championship,"he said this week.
The best thing about racing, Lane said, is twofold.
"It's great going fast, and I get to spend time with my family," he said.
Lane and his parents Kelly and Kirsten expressed thanks to Lane's crew chief, Uncle Kerry Saville for his work in getting his kart race-ready each week.
Special thanks also go to Lane's friend Rick Davis Sr. of Arlington, Vt. for support, to Sargen Racing of Greenfield for weighing his kart, to Killer Grafix of Milton for body graphics, and to Powder Works of Johnsburg for chassis powder coating.
Thanks also go to his sponsors, which include local firms: Lambert Excavation, Adventure Racing, Warrensburg Car Care, NAPA of Warrensburg, Oscar's Smoke House, Braley & Noxon Hardware, Nemec's Sports Shop, Dragon Lee Restaurant, Empty Pockets Farm, and Adirondack Barbell.
Besides motorsports, the other interests of Lane - a fifth-grader at Warrensburg Elementary- include fishing, video games, riding a quad ATV and playing in the school band.