Elmer “Moe” Edmonson Jr., 12, is a third-generation kart racer who began racing in the winter of 2013 with help and guidance from his father, Elmer, and grandfather, "Papa Griz." Since his start behind the wheel of a Coyote chassis - the same brand his father competed with for a number of years - Elmer and his family enjoy success in kart racing at both the club scene in Central and South Florida and on the national circuit with WKA and AKRA.
Residing in Fort Myers, Fla., Edmonson has been a beneficiary of the recently built Bushnell Motorsports Park, which opened in 2015 about two hours north of the family's home. The Edmonson’s now call BMP their home track, while also racing at nearby Ocala Gran Prix and making several trips to the 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Fla., each year. The team fields their multiple #7 Coyote chassis in both the LO206 and Pro Gas Animal divisions, and 2017 will be Elmer’s rookie season in Juniors after several years competing in the Junior Sportsman classification.
Over the last several years, Elmer has honed his skills and racked up hundreds of laps at West Coast Karting in Immokalee, Fla., Ocala and now Bushnell, all of which has prepared him for competition on the national level in the WKA Gold Cup and AKRA American Sprint Cup series.
The 2015 and 2016 seasons included Elmer and his family running the Gold Cup against some of the top young Briggs 4-cycle sprint racers in the country and at tracks around the eastern half of the country. In addition to Jacksonville, national events have taken the Edmonson’s as far as Indiana’s New Castle Motorsports Park and Carolina Motorsports Park (CMP) in South Carolina.
In 2016, Moe won four Gold Cup national feature events and scored his first national championship in the Sportsman Pro Gas Heavy division.
The 2017 season will see Elmer continue racing locally in Florida and following the AKRA Southern Tour racing at CMP in April; Bushnell; Monticello, Fla.; Barnesville, Ga., and Jacksonville.
Here’s a Q and A with Elmer to highlight him as this month's Coyote Featured Driver!
CoyoteKarts.com: What year did you start racing karts?
Elmer: "Winter of 2013."
CoyoteKarts.com: How did you first get involved in karting?
Elmer: "My Grandfather and father were in karting. My father got me a used Coyote XP to race. I still have it to this day and we race it at all local races. It reminds me of when we started."
CoyoteKarts.com: What is your favorite track to race?
Elmer: "The full course at Jacksonville (103rd Street Sports Complex) and I like to race it backwards."
CoyoteKarts.com: What do you like best about kart racing?
Elmer: "The time spent traveling to new tracks with my family and competing at national events."
CoyoteKarts.com: What are your most memorable moments in karting?
Elmer: "My first national race at Jacksonville in 2015. When we first started racing and learning how to race. At a Kershaw national race I had to pick my kart up in the race to remove a cone to finish, and I still finished third."
CoyoteKarts.com: What are you hoping to accomplish in your karting career?
Elmer: "I'm working to win a national title in the series I race, and meeting the goals I set at the beginning of each racing season."
CoyoteKarts.com: Future karting and/or racing plans?
Elmer: "I want to race anything with wheels!"
Everyone at Coyote Motorsports congratulates Elmer on his accomplishments and we wish him the best of luck in 2017. Thank you for your support of Coyote and our products!
Driver: ELMER EDMONSON JR.
Birthdate: Sept. 23, 2004
Hometown: Fort Myers, FL
Crew: Mom, Dad and Papa Griz
Years Racing: 3
Classes: LO206 Junior & Pro Gas Junior
Series: AKRA Southern Tour & WKA Gold Cup
Home Track: Bushnell Motorsports Park; Bushnell, FL
Chassis: Coyote Wide Track & XP
Sponsors: Diversified Plumbing Services, Mom, Dad and Papa Griz
• 2015 West Coast Karting Track Champion
• 2016 WKA Gold Cup Sportsman Pro Gas Heavy Champion
• Four WKA 1st place finishes in 2016
• One 2016 WKA Shootout win at New Castle
• 2016 WKA Gold Cup Sportsman Pro Gas Lite 2nd place points.