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WWII Veteran finishes endurance race at Farley Speedway


FARLEY (KWWL) -- A 200-lap endurance race at the Farley Speedway Sunday had an interesting twist: A Manchester family with three generations racing, including the grandfather who is a World War II veteran.

Sunday's race wasn't Don Boone's first race, it's just been a while, and the last time, it was stock cars.

"I haven't driven a racecar since 1953. That was in Cedar Rapids. That was a few years ago," Boone said, laughing.

His car was painted with the number 87, and it's no coincidence because Boone is 87 years old.

Sunday's Farley Speedway race was an endurance race where 4-cylinder cars race until someone hits 200 laps or two hours pass, whichever comes first.

Boone shared the speedway with several family members, including his 15-year-old granddaughter Summer Penney and her younger brother.

Before the race, we asked if Boone if felt brave. He responded, "Military combat is worse than this."

Boone says the idea to drive came over the winter while working on some cars with his family.

"I said I'd kind of like to drive in it. They said, 'You couldn't get in the car'. So, I walked over and got into the car through the window in the door, so they fixed me up a car to race in," Boone said.

While Boone didn't finish on top, he made it to the checkered flag lap, the entire way through the nearly two hour race.

"Once I hit my mark of the corners, I knew it was alright."

Boon was the last one to leave the track, finishing 21st. A big accomplishment, considering 18 of the original 39 cars didn't finish the race (because of car trouble or wrecking).

"It was rough. But it was fun! Lots of fun!"

Assessing the damage to the car and himself, Boone says he's a bit beat up, but he'd like to come back.

"There's a race in August, but it'll be too hot for me. Maybe November or January. Maybe so. If I'm still kicking!" Boone said after the race.

Boone will be going on the Greater Dubuque Honor Flight to Washington D.C. on May 18th with other WWII veterans.

Online Reporter:  Jamie Grey

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