After record setting 2013 season, Kenneth Hunter sets new goals for 2014


BUTTE, Mont. - One local racer put his name into the record books last season but he has his sights set on a new goal this year. Kenneth "KJ" Hunter has just started his fifth year of racing stock cars and the car he takes out to the track holds a special place in his heart. Hunter said he, his father and brothers all built the car together. "It's kind of our pride and joy; we don't want to get rid of it yet," said Hunter. Hunter said his father was very influential in getting him started in racing motor cross and stock cars. "And ever since then we just got the knack from him because he was really good," said Hunter. Last year, Hunter added his name to the record books, becoming the only street stock racer in history to win every feature in a season at the Gallatin Speedway. "It's just kind of cool to be in the record books, I mean to do that and then win the points season overall," he said. "It felt amazing; it was unreal." Hunter claims winning the points total in the street stocks division was all luck. "That was completely lucky!" Hunter said. "Well, sort of luck, I mean, yeah, the car had to be fast on some nights and it was unbelievable last year. That never happens, never." Gallatin Speedway opened its season two weeks ago. Hunter won the first feature race of the 2014 season but then came in second, for the first time in over a year, last Friday. "It was kind of a big lift off my shoulders," Hunter said. "I don't know how to explain it, I just figured, you can't win them all." Hunter said his goal for the year is to qualify for the race of champions. "That and then just the SuperNationals, because that's my next goal," Hunter said. "I really want to be able to get that and add that to my list."