Local young racer loves to go fast Submitted: 07/03/2015

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PHELPS - NASCAR will return to Newswatch 12 on Sunday night.

They will race under the lights at Daytona for the Coke Zero 400.

There will also be plenty of local racers competing on Saturday under the lights at Eagle River Speedway.

Dustin Kanges, who is 10 years old and heading into 4th grade at Phelps Elementary School races in the junior sprints. His favorite thing about racing is going fast.

Kanges's racing interest developed last summer when he started coming over to his neighbor's garage. His neighbor is Jerry Grasse. He's been racing in the Northwoods for 32 years.

"I would help him bleed the brakes, put new oil in, put the gas (in)," Kanges said. "I thought if I could do that to my own car that would be really fun. Then I could teach other people how to do it and then it just looks fun going out on the track and racing like that."

Grasse has been to victory lane many times at tracks in the Northwoods. He enjoys teaching Dustin.

"I think it's just as much fun for me as I think it is for him when he wins and when he runs good." Grasse said. "It's kind of fun to see him progress and learn the craft. There are a lot of things you've got to do right to do right to win these things."

Now Dustin enjoys turning left on the dirt.

Story By: Nolan Blair

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