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One sweet ride
Joseph Lamberth drives his way into a spot in the world karting championships
JOSEPH LAMBERTH (right) and fellow CMP go-kart driver Pauly Massimino hold up their golden tickets. The pair will head to New Orleans in November for the 2013 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals, the world championships of karting. - photo by Photo courtesy of Debbi Appleton
This is one golden ticket which was sweet to have won, but would not give its recipient a trip to the dentist’s chair.Rather than by the dumb luck of opening a candy bar and, wrapped inside, was a certificate for a trip to a factory where it is produced, Joseph Lamberth earned his spot in the 2013 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals field by being one of the country’s top go-kart drivers.The 12-year-old Lamberth lives with his parents, Brandy and Chris Lamberth in Statesville, N.C. He is also the grandson of Paul and Debbi Appleton of Camden. Lamberth, who is the top-ranked driver in the Mini-Max Class at the Carolina Motorsports Park in Westville, was awarded his golden ticket to the Nov. 13-16 Rotax Max Grand Finals at NOLA Motorsports Park, located outside New Orleans, following his qualifying for the world championships at a race held at CMP on Aug. 24. Along with North Carolina Micro Max racer, Pauly Massimino, the two were the first drivers in the country to earn two of the only 36 coveted spots in the field.Lamberth was actually tied for the top spot in the series with another driver after the race.