Saturday was the first time Cynthia Trevino and her 10-year-old son, Jayden, had been behind the wheel. Of go-carts, that is.
But that didn’t stop Jayden from speeding ahead of his mom, dad and sisters on the track. And while the family only took a single ticket’s worth of laps on the course laid out behind the TRAC facility in west Pasco before continuing with their day, Cynthia Trevino said she definitely foresees a return before the summer is over.
“It was a fun Saturday thing to do,” the west Pasco resident said.
That’s just what owners Chip and Cherie Lembcke want to hear. The couple, who also live in west Pasco, just launched All Wheelz Entertainment on July 25. They’re hoping to provide a family-friendly activity, they said, while also building up momentum to eventually open a year-round family entertainment center.
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“We knew Pasco needed it, west Pasco needed something for families,” Cherie Lembcke said.
The winding course is 700 feet long, with drivers using either a single-seat or double-seat electric go-cart that can go as fast as 21 mph. When not in use, the carts sit in a charging station Chip Lembcke designed and built himself.
Seasonal go-cart operations aren’t new to the Tri-Cities, as Fast Track routinely operates a course in the west parking lot of Columbia Center mall. But the Lembcke’s said there’s been a dearth of family-friendly activities in west Pasco, where many of their customers come from, particularly on the weekends.
“Last Sunday, for three to four hours, we were just slammed,” said Chip Lembcke, who still holds down a day job at a Mid-Columbia John Deere dealership.
Visibility has been a bit of a challenge given the track’s location, the Lembckes said. But promotional efforts on the part of TRAC staff and word of mouth have helped people find them and take a spin.
“It’s really fun to have dads come down here, looking for something to do with their kids after work,” Chip Lembcke said.
The track will shut down Sept. 10, but the Lembckes are already planning to return next spring, potentially adding “happy hour” specials or allowing the course to be rented for private events.
And then there’s their dream for a permanent facility, one with an indoor track that won’t require them to clean dust from the go-carts so frequently.