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Yakima's Racing Rascals First Regional Race of the Season

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YAKIMA, Wash.--It's a need for speed that brings most of these kids down to the race track, but it's also about building lasting friendships.

"It was a little scary, but it was fun because there was out of town kids, and there was kids I didn't know," said KayLynn Jeffery. "It was fun."

"I get to race with my friends," said Gavin Yager.

"I get to do it with my friends, and it's just fun because you get to bond with your competitors," said Kole Raz.

"Families, kids working together helping each other--handlers, drivers," said Ronnie Anderson, the Vice President of "Yakima's Racing Rascals" club.

It's the first regional race for Yakima's Racing Rascals, a quarter midget racing club. Around 150 kids from the Northwest, ranging from 5 to 16 years old set up camp with their Moms and Dads at the Yakima County Fairgrounds.

The little racers said the overwhelming support and quality family time is what makes the sport great.

I have two friends one named Jason and Kate," said Raz. "Kate's grandparents are at like every event and Jason's parents help with me and him."

It's all fun and games, but a line of adults are constantly on deck in case of a wreck or if a car breaks down.

"We have novice training programs for all the kids that get involved," said Anderson. "We have novice committee directors. Every car, every driver all their equipment, all {safety-checked} on every single race."

If your kid is interested in joining Racing Rascals, the club's vice president said you can stop by a practice anytime to do a test run.

The organization is always looking for new members. Just go to their website yakimaracingrascals.com to view their schedule.    

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