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Michael Gaffaney, who is in his fourth summer drag racing a 1987 Pontiac Firebird, picked up his biggest victory yet on Sunday at Grove Creek Speedway. Tribune photos by Rand Middleton

From cold start, Gaffaney wins Grove Creek 'Wally'

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WILLMAR -- In his early thirties, Michael Gaffaney seemed like a man in search of a hobby.

Unknowingly, his next-door neighbor had the answer.

"Drag racing!"

Gaffaney and his wife, Nicole, had bought a home on the south edge of Willmar. Their new neighbors were Rob and Tammy Esse, who spent their every other summer weekend at the drag strip along U.S. Highway 12 outside Grove City.

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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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