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Local Driver Prepares for Race at VIR

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One by one, drivers take their turn at practice at Virginia International Raceway.

More than 20 drivers will take part in the K&N Pro Series East on Saturday, including number 51, Michael McGuire, who will be a junior at William Byrd high school when classes begin.

"I start back next Tuesday," he says. "I hope to bring home a trophy, but who knows."

His father Tim and uncle Tony are among several family and friends who make up his race team.

"We run a limited schedule due to our budget, but we're trying to venture out to tracks that I hope to be at one day," McGuire says.

VIR is road course track owned by Connie Nyholm. She's excited to have the NASCAR K&N 125 Biscuitville race in town.

"Racing wouldn't happen without sponsorship," Nyholm says. "It's just that simple. It is a very expensive sport."

"It is a different style of racing," McGuire says. "It's a lot of technique, and a lot of thought process is going through your head out there because there's more than one turn."

Instead of one turn Michael and the other drivers will have at least 20at The North Course track of VIR. The raceway has two tracks and employs 300 people. Nyholm says she hopes that will continue to grow.

"Our long-term goal at VIR is to produce more racing," she says.

This weekend's event is certainly a good start.

Michael McGuire is Karen McNew's husband's cousin. We wish him and all of the folks at VIR the best.

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