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Motorsports: Karting country

Ready to take hot laps, Taton Hansen, 8, is strapped in by dad Trevor while sister Macee, 6, waits her turn, which will come next week when she gets her own kart, according to dad.1 / 3
The pit meeting is conducted by Atwater Karting Association board chairman Ernie Williams, above top riser. The racers will compete during a free grandstand show on Aug. 9 at the KRA Speedway during the Kandiyohi County Fair in Willmar.2 / 3
Kailey VanEps, 15, of Pennock with her yellow Stock Medium-class kart, has been racing for eight years. At left, her dad Brian gets the racer ready while friend Dylan Williams of Willmar and mom Kari look on.3 / 3

Just east of Atwater at the karting oval, families race for trophies and fun every Friday night.

See the attached photos by Rand Middleton from the Atwater Karting Speedway on Friday.