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Joey Jensen (V2) of Forest Lake, followed by Danny Bayer (36) of Elrosa, take aim at pole-sitter Rick Jacobson (7J) of Wilton at the start of the fourth Modified heat Wednesday night at the KRA Speedway in Willmar. Jensen finished first and Bayer second. (Tribune photo by Rand Middleton)

A ride down memory lane

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WILLMAR -- The drivers of powerful stock cars, like the rest of us, had a first set of wheels, too. It allowed us to cruise town, get to the senior high school and maybe go roadin'.

It wasn't a show car but it was your car -- long gone but never forgotten.

In the pits Wednesday at the KRA Speedway, on opening night of the county fair, the reporter asked four top-ranked drivers in the Wissota Modified division what they first drove on the street?

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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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