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Races Show the Value of Family; Remember Grandfather

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YAKIMA, WA. -- The 8th Annual Dual in the Dessert Midget Car Races in Yakima brought racers between the ages of 5 and 12 together from all the around the country.

Today's races showed a community where the whole family participates and it brings them all closer as a result.

The track is a lot like life. Parents teach their kids, then with a push they send them out on their own. But if they stall, there's a community there to get them back on course. No matter what, at the end, the kids have the support of their parents and gain a life long bond in the process.

"I have an amazing relationship with him," Vernon 'Woody' Woods says about his son who races. "It is really with him. It is really phenomenal, the bond, because of this."

A lot like life, but death too.

"I just miss him," Tony Hiffines said.

Wayland Huffines,  a professional racer himself, was considered the grandfather of the race track. Last week he passed away from cancer at the age of 53.

"You know you just don't have any regrets because we just did everything together," Tony said. "The biggest thing I wish he was just here for the grandkids."

An honorary lap was held in his memory with all his grandchildren.

"It was pretty tough," Tony said. "He did everything with our kids but yeah it's just something he would have wanted. I mean he was always here.

But soon enough the newest life in the Huffines family will enter the track with a little help from his racing family.

In the Fall Classic, the first adult race since Waylands death, Tony's car stalled, but he waved his brother Joshua on and he ended up winning the race with his entire family in attendance.

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