SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Kelly Hebing has slowly and methodically worked her way from 270 micro sprints at Paradise Speedway in Geneva, N.Y. to being on the verge of her first season running nothing but 360 sprint cars.
The high-energy 22-year-old from Ontario, N.Y. has a lot of reasons to look forward to what the 2017 season has to offer. For the first time since climbing aboard a full-size sprint car, only 360 sprint car shows fill out ‘Lil Cobra’s’ schedule card.
Last season saw Hebing compete in a mix of 305 and 360 races, as the developing driver continued to garner valuable seat time.
It’s been well-documented that Hebing certainly has gained a great deal from her father: a 360 sprint car legend in the Northeast, ‘The Cobra’ Chuck Hebing. But this year may see Hebing venture out to tracks other than the ones her father’s team may be traveling to, which will certainly be a change of pace.
That also means that she will have to acquire additional help and resources to make these shows, where the two teams have always crew-shared and supported races together.
Hebing plans for her first race of the season to take place this coming Sunday at the Utica-Rome Speedway, a track where she previously qualified for a 360 sprint A-Main while driving an under-powered 305 sprint car.
Utica-Rome is one of the tracks Hebing said she has had the most experience racing on. It’s fast, wide and always produces multi-lane racing, which should make for a fantastic show on Sunday night.
One rather unique event for 2017 will see Hebing take the top wing off the Mohawk Northeast No. 10. Hebing will compete in a 360 wingless sprint race in late June at the newly renovated Weedsport Speedway.
With the growing list of Hebing’s sponsorship help, the driver of the No. 10 — who is still coming into her own — will have the assistance needed to field competitive cars both in speed and handling. She even garnered the attention of now retired three-time Monster Energy Series Cup champion Tony Stewart.
Hebing’s full list of partners for 2017 includes Mohawk Northeast, Danny Willmes Enterprises, Tony Stewart Racing, SUNY Canton, Scorpion Security Products, L&J Landscaping, PXP Racewear, Curtis Berleue Photography, 87 Speed and Pulse Racing Innovations.
She also has a new partnership in her career as a graphic designer, as she and former Empire Super Sprints racer Krissy Dow have teamed up to create the ‘Graphics Girls’ brand. The duo offers graphics, signs and designs for large or small business needs.
They can be found online at www.graphicsgirls.com.
Listen in as Race Chaser Online spoke with Kelly Hebing this past offseason, taking about her 2017 plans and her development as a sprint car driver:
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Steven Ovens is the Northeast Dirt Correspondent for Race Chaser Online and the creator and host of the Turn 5 Live dirt track racing radio show, airing at 7:30 p.m. Eastern every Tuesday on the Performance Motorsports Network.
Ovens has spent his lifetime in the sport of dirt track racing, growing up in the garages of the Kerrick and Ovens families. He spent 11 years behind the wheel between go-karts and 4 Cylinder Mini Stocks which brings a unique perspective to his dirt track editorials.
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