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Don Barber, right, and his son, Nate, spend most Thursday nights at the KRA Speedway in Willmar. Don races the blue Street Stock, shown here, while Nate throttles the higher-horsepower Midwest Modifieds. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Barbers find their groove at KRA

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WILLMAR -- Like many men in the stock car pits, cars are both a vocation and an avocation.

Don Barber buys wrecked cars by day and tries not to wreck at night.

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He's a regular at the KRA Speedway where he and Ryan Buer of Atwater were tied for first in Street Stock points going into Thursday's round of races.

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Rand Middleton

Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

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