But his conviction and his inspirational easy-going manner never wavered and rivals were confounded when, even as he was celebrating his 70th birthday on April 15, , Mel Kenyon was getting ready to go racing again. He won 17 of 49 features to claim the National midget title in This was to fit over a stud on the steering wheel so that he could grab the wheel with his right hand and steer with the palm of his left hand. Mel has also raced midgets as far away as Australia and New Zealand. In the time since his first midget race in through today, Mel raced to a record seven USAC National midget titles and was runner-up to the title eight times.
He had counted midget total feature wins, including wins in Australia and New Zealand. He was hospitalized in an Army burn unit to endure a recovery that included a tough bout with a staph infection. Kenyon has set a bar that will most likely stand forever in the Midget racing world, or at least a very long time. Internal Promotions: