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No woman has reached the heights in USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship racing than has Kaylee Bryson. In Sept 2022, the Muskogee, Okla. native led 18 laps and finished as the runner-up at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway, -the best ever finish by woman in series history. Bryson’s run was the best ever by a woman on dirt. In 2022, Bryson also tied Holly Shelton for the best ever finish in the point standings by a woman, taking 7th. In June 2022, Bryson became the new all-time leader in USAC National Midget feature starts by a woman with her 54th. October ‘22, Bryson captivated the audience at the Illinois State Fairgrounds to become the first woman to lead a lap in the history of the USAC Silver Crown series. In fact, she led 72 out of the 100 laps before finishing 5th.
Taylor Ferns made her historical mark on the 2022 USAC Silver Crown season by becoming the first woman to finish on the podium of a USAC Silver Crown event. During May’s Carb Night Classic at Indianapolis Raceway Park, she collected a career best third place result, then repeated her feat later in the season with another third place run in July at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway. Earlier in her career, the Shelby Township, Mich. native captured USAC’s D1 Midget championship.
Taylor began racing go-karts on pavement when she was 6 years old. She moved to dirt racing in 2008 and began racing micros at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Taylor continued racing micros until she was 14 years old. She is the all-time winningest female in the history of Port City Raceway. Taylor took a 7-year break from racing, during which time she pursued academics and cheer. Taylor’s love for racing never ended and in 2022, she came back to her roots and began racing Midgets full-time at a national level. Taylor drives for Keith Kunz Motorsports (KKM), the leading Midget team in the United States.
Prior to the season, no woman had ever recorded four fast qualifying times in her entire career. In what was her Rookie year in 2022, Jade Avedisian of Clovis, Calif. set fast time on four occasions, becoming the all-time series leader in the category at the age of 15. In racing action, she was a star, picking up three top-four results throughout the year. She led 18 laps and finished third in Ocala, Fla., then grabbed a pair of fourths in midsummer at Nebraska’s Jefferson County Speedway and added one more in late fall at California’s Merced Speedway.
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