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Hornet drivers in the KRA Speedway pits Thursday in Willmar are, from left, Jarrod Mead and older brother Jamie of Hawick and Sam Lungstrom of Hassan. The Mead brothers take turns driving the car at left. Lungstrom's red racer was bought on Craigslist. (Tribune photo by Rand Middleton)

KRA's Hornet class provides cheap thrills


WILLMAR -- So, you want to race without draining the bank account?

Think Hornets.

The front-wheel drive racers can be snagged for as little as a couple hundred bucks. After that, buy a racing helmet, install a roll bar and hit the track.

The newest class at KRA Speedway has been a hit. Numbers are growing. Thursday night there were 16 entries for the feature (no heats yet in this division).

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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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