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By Paula Thompson
With the recent successes of Drive for Diversity graduates Kyle Larson, Daniel Suarez and Darrell Wallace Jr., the next batch of D4D drivers are ready to make a name for themselves. Over the next few weeks, Fast Facts will take a quick look at the young careers of these talented and diverse drivers. Next up: Ali Kern.
- Ali Kern was born May 11, 1993 in Fremont, Ohio. She began quad motorcross racing at age 7, picking up more than 150 wins at eight tracks from 2001-2005. She moved to go-karts from 2006-2008, winning over 200 events and eight championships in those three seasons.
- In 2009, Kern raced modifieds at Sandusky (Ohio) Speedway, earning one win and 12 top 10 finishes. In 2010, she became the youngest female to race in a NASCAR-sanctioned development series race, and finished 20th in her K&N Pro Series East debut at Lee USA Speedway in New Hampshire. In 2011, she moved into Late Models in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and competed in two more K&N Pro Series East races.
- 2012 found Kern racing in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour presented by Chevrolet Performance and finishing 10th overall. In 2013, she moved to the ARCA/CRA Super Series powered by JEGS, winning rookie of the year and finishing runner-up in the championship hunt; she followed that up with a sixth-place finish in the standings in 2014.
- In 2016, Kern will compete for Rev Racing in the K&N Pro Series East; she finished 20th at the season opener at New Smyrna.
- Learn more about Kern at her website, alikern.com. Learn more about Rev Racing and the D4D program at revracing.net.
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