Racers ages five to senior citizen are welcomed at Buffalo Raceway in eastern Scott County. (Photo: Misty Day)
Racers ages five to senior citizen are welcomed at Buffalo Raceway in eastern Scott County. (Photo: Misty Day)

BUFFALO — When Festus Day decided to get into go-kart racing, he dove in head-first — driving to Manchester, Ky., to purchase a kart on a Friday night, and entering his first race at Dumplin’ Valley Raceway in Kodak, just outside Sevierville, the following day.

“We got lapped three times,” he recalls.

It didn’t take long, though, before Day and his son were beginning to place in the top five with regularity against the big boys at Tennessee’s premier kart track. And that new love for go-kart racing eventually led Day to build his own track — one that would not require a two-hour drive on race day.

Unlike getting into the sport as a participant, building a track was not an overnight process.

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