Individuals and Organizations Supporting Karsyn’s Krusaders
A little idea amongst a group of friends…a group of friends who are all deeply connected to racing, who spent their days at the tracks watching their parents and family friends race week in and week out. Although we all knew racing was a part of us, we couldn’t have imagined that all of these years later we would combine forces to turn our shared passion for racing into a shared PURPOSE as a result of one of our own battling the ugly disease we call CANCER. Thank you for making this all possible JD Auringer, Darin Duffy, and Jennifer Auringer-Duffy, because of you we now have support nationwide!
Darin Duffy, Urbana, IA – 19D
Darin got his start in demolition derbies at the age of 14. He started racing hobby stocks in 1991, modifieds in 1993, an
d spent 5 years racing late models before making his focus dirt mods in 2009. Duffy has more than 150 career feature wins. His most memorable experience was winning both the modified and late model features at the Indee Open at Independence Motor Speedway, and following those wins up with a win in the late model just two days later at the IMCA Super Nationals. When asked why he is a KK supporter he says, ” Because he has seen firsthand the impact KK has made in the lives of children and families affected by cancer. It is so hard to see all of these kids so sick. I am honored to be a part of an organization that is so focused and dedicated to making a difference in the lives of others affected by this disease.”
JD Auringer, Waterloo, IA – 00J
JD began racing Slot Cars when he was 5 and later switched to RC Cars. At age 10, he began racing go-karts and at age 16 he drove his first IMCA Stock Car. Auringer has more than 10 years experience in dirt modified cars and has qualified for the “big dance” at the IMCA Super Nationals 5 times in 10 appearances. His most memorable experience is his 2007 race season where he racked up 15 wins. “I support this organization because it is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization that not only helps families and kids affected by cancer, but plans events around racing allowing all of us in the racing community to make a difference.”
Fito, along with his family, crew, fans, and home track top the amount of combined support KK has received to date. This New Mexico driver, along with his son (also a modified driver and partner), have been most influential in helping KK spread its mission and raise funds in AZ, NM, TX, and even MN as they travel to Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley each year. Thanks to Southern New Mexico Speedway, the “home track” of the G17, more than $35,000 has been generated in support of KK and its mission. Thank you SNMS and the “Gallardo Gang” for all of your support!
Six months after being introduced to the mission and purpose behind Karsyn’s Krusaders, Jacob Gallardo, a 21 year old driver out of Las Cruces, NM, partnered with the organization in the fall of 2012. In just 5 years in his open modified, he has more than 25 career wins under his belt. While traveling alongside his father, Fito Gallardo, driver of the G17, awareness of “Kickin’ Cancer’s Butt One Lap at a Time” has greatly increased in NM, TX, and AZ. Thanks to Southern New Mexico Speedway, the “home track” of the J17, more than $35,000 has been raised in support of KK and its mission. Thank you SNMS and the “Gallardo Gang” for all of your support!
Slayton, MN serves as home of Jason Krohn Racing and Krohn Farms. Jason was the 2007 USMTS National Champion and has over 100 feature wins in his racing career. He has followed the USMTS series since 2004, but is now setting his sights on open late model racing. Jason and his family partnered with Karsyn’s Krusaders in May 2013 for a special “Hope and Healing” project in memory of Krohn’s daughter, Natalie Anne Krohn. Together Krohns and KK raised $27,000 in support of Faith’s Lodge which supports families who have lost children and in 2014 raised $30,000 for Give Kids The World. The Krohn Family and Jason Krohn Racing are proud to support Karsyn’s Krusaders and look forward to helping others in need.
Aaron Krohn, Slayton, MN – 777
Levi Nielsen, Cedar Falls, IA – 45
Levi Nielsen competes weekly in his IMCA Modified in Mason City and at the Hancock County Speedway in Britt, IA. Levi’s passion for racing and cancer is personal. His grandfather not only raced for many years, but lost his battle with cancer when Levi was young. In memory of his grandfather, Mr. Nielsen is taking his passion for racing and turning it into a purpose! He will spend his year helping KK spread awareness and raise funds for others battling this disease!
Chargin’ Charlie McKenna, Clear Lake, IA – 22
Chargin’ Charlie of Clear Lake, IA, driver of the 22 late model joined Karsyn’s Krusaders in “full force” in 2011. With nearly 15 years of racing experience and cancer striking his family twice in less than 10 years, taking both his father and mother, Mr. McKenna has a strong reason to want to “Kick Cancer’s Butt One Lap at a Time”. Chargin’ Charlie began his racing career in NASCAR modifieds in 1997 and was named Rookie of the Year that same year at Farley Speedway. From 2002 to 2006, Charlie raced IMCA modifieds before moving to an IMCA Late Model in 2007 and touring the Deery Brothers Summer Series. Special thanks to Chargin’ Charlie and his team for making a significant commitment to Karsyn’s Krusaders and partnering with us in 2011, to date McKenna has helped KK raise more than $15,000!
Stefan Sybesma, Sanborn, IA – 5B
Stefan has become one of the most impactful Karsyn’s Krusaders partners to date as he is not only a driver partner, but also a business partner. Sybesma Graphics has been KK’s “go to” place for merchandise, designs and vinyl needs since 2011. In addition, he joined as a driver partner in 2012 and dedicated his 5B stock car to KK as he represented the organization at the 2013 IMCA Super Nationals by competing both on the track throughout the week as well as in the best appearing car contest. KK would not be what it is today without the help of Stefan Sybesma and the support of Sybesma Graphics.
Craig Reetz, Dunlap, IA – 1R
For veteran modified driver Craig Reetz, the 2014 season marks the start of his 23rd year behind the wheel of an IMCA modified. A regular at Crawford County Speedway in Denison, IA and Shelby County Speedway in Harlan, IA this driver has had several feature wins and track championships as well as three appearances in the IMCA Super Nationals “Big Dance” A feature. The Reetz team chose to join Karsyn’s Krusaders in the 2014 to bring awareness to their area and help “Kick Cancer’s Butt One Lap at a Time”.
Alex Reetz, Dunlap, IA – 1AR
Alex is a third generation racer preparing for his second season behind the wheel of an IMCA Modified following in the footsteps of his dad, Craig Reetz. Along with being helper, crew member and all around supporter of his dad’s racing program, Alex spent 3 seasons racing go-karts prior to his rookie modified year. Bringing the Karsyn’s Krusader’s
Tyler Schmidt, Merrill, WI – 87
Mr. Schmidt is the first snowmobile partner of Karsyn’s Krusaders. He is the owner and driver of a Limited 500 Arctic Cat sled. He started racing in 2009 for Mathie Racing and in 2010 purchased his own sled. In 5 years his team has achieved many feature wins, was the 2013 USSA Class Champion, and won the Central Wisconsin Triple Crown. Schmidt states the following when asked why he chose to become a partner driver, “It’s fairly simple, so many people help me and support my racing. I wanted to find a way to give back that same support and help others that don’t have the same opportunities due to what life has dealt them. I see this same drive to help others in the Karsyn’s Krusaders team, and am honored to be a part of it!”
Tim Karrick, Basehor, KS – 1K
Tim Karrick, owner and driver of the 1K open wheel modified from Basehor, KS, joined our mission to “Kick Cancer’s Butt One Lap at a Time” in 2011. Mr. Karrick has over 200 feature wins in his 30 year racing career which he is quick to say is based upon family and friends. Thank you Team Karrick for partnering with us to make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer!
Greg Barnett, Plainfield, IA – 19B
Greg teamed up with KK in 2015. His inspiration to be a part of Karsyn’s Krusaders and his desire to “Kick Cancer’s Butt One Lap at a Time” comes from the loss of his grandmother who passed away from cancer in 2013. “Raising money and seeing where it goes is a priceless opportunity”, says Barnett. He has been involved in racing for 20 plus years helping other drivers, working at several tracks, and competing in Figure 8 events where he has accumulated several wins and point championships. In 2016 he made the switch to the sport mod division, and is looking forward to the new racing challenge as well as the added excitement of being a KK supporter.
Justin Temeyer, Independence, IA – 56T
What is there to say about Justin Temeyer, driver of the 56T IMCA stock car? Not only is he a friend, but one of the kindest and caring drivers I have ever met. Justin has been a supporter of KK since 2010. One of the most meaningful things that he does each year, is sponsor the bowling teams for our cancer kids and their siblings at our annual Wacky Bowling for Kids’ Cancer Event that is held in the “off season”. In addition to spreading awareness for the organization on his stock car, he also donates to other projects and events throughout the year.
Matt Kaye, Wisconsin – 2EZ
KK is excited to partner with Matt. More information to come.