COLUMBIA, S.C. – Kody King’s busy schedule is about to get a bit busier.
Twelve-year-old King, who in March announced plans to pursue the INEX Bandolero Bandit national championship, will join AK Performance to compete in select Southern Bandolero Bandit events.
Owned by Kendall Sellers and Austin Hill, AK Performance fields Bandolero, Legends car and late model stock car teams for up-and-coming drivers. The organization is based in Kannapolis, N.C.
King will join AK Performance once he completes a schedule of events on the West Coast.
“I’m excited to join the AK Performance family,” said King, who is also a Lee Faulk Racing and Development developmental driver. “I’ve already got a busy schedule, but I want to win a championship and any seat time is good seat time.
“I can’t wait to work with Kendall and Austin at AK Performance. Hopefully I can learn a bunch of stuff that I can take with me as I race all over the United States this year. It should be a lot of fun.”
King has been racing all over the United States this season in pursuit of the INEX Bandolero Bandit national championship. Last weekend he competed in the Rumble in the Rockies, a three-race series at three different tracks in three different states.
The 12-year-old opened the three-race weekend with an overall Bandolero division victory on May 24 at HiWay 92 Raceway in Gering, Neb. The following night at Intermountain Speedway in Cheyenne, Wyo., he finished third overall in the Bandolero division and first in the Bandit class.
To close out the weekend, King earned a triumph in the standalone Bandolero Bandit feature at Colorado National Speedawy in Dacono, Colo., which was more than enough for him to capture the Rumble in the Rockies Bandolero Bandit championship for the weekend.
“It was a really great weekend out west,” King said. “We got a couple wins and won the Rumble in the Rockies championship. I’m pretty happy with that. Now I can’t wait to head south to race with AK Performance. It should be a ton of fun.”