GRAVOIS MILLS, Mo. — For a 20 year old, Ayrton Gennetten is very experienced in the racing scene. As a third-generation driver, he grew up with racing and now competing in his fourth season piloting his family-owned No. 3 sprint car.
“My grandpa Gene (Gennetten was a legendary midget driver and car builder in Kansas City and he’s inducted into 4 or 5 Hall of Fame’s so obviously it’s pretty cool to have his last name and race under the family tree there and then have my dad (Steve Gennetten) who did a lot in racing as well in the wing sprint car stuff and both of them have a USAC midget win as well which is pretty cool”
Like many kids, he started with go karts, then transitioned to micro sprints regularly before making the jump to sprint cars. The young racer is now hitting his stride in both 360 and 410 sprint car racing throughout the Midwest.
The Gravois Mills driver is turning heads, picking up two recent wins at Randolph County Raceway in Moberly. He’s shown his versatility by winning 360 sprint car races and with strong runs in 410 sprint cars in the World of Outlaw Sprint Car series. Gennetten held his own in the premier series, finishing 13th and 15th on back-to-back nights at his home track, Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, back in May. In July, Gennetten made another strong statement while battling in the top 5 before being involved in a race-ending accident at the Action Track in Terre Haute, Ind.
KMZU’s Drew Tully’s full interview with Ayrton Gennetten:
Most recently, he captured a 7th place finish against a stacked 360 sprint car field at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway last Saturday. Gennetten hopes that momentum will take him to the checkered flag tonight and Saturday at the 360 Nationals at Knoxville. Gennetten will compete in his preliminary event for the 360 Nationals on August 6 and the championship night of the event on August 8.
The action won’t stop anytime soon for Gennetten and his team as they plan to race for the championship with the American Sprint Car Series Warrior Region before racing with the World of Outlaw’s in Pennsylvania.