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Checkered Flag: Community mourns Urbana 5

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If life has a finish line, it's true that we don't know when our checkered flag will come. But when it does, we gather, to honor the lives lost.

That's what happened Friday at the Benton Co. Speedway, when hundreds gathered to remember the lives of the Urbana 5.

Quentin Ary, Triston Randall, Hunter Tuttle and Zoey Tuttle are all part of the same extended family. Together, their caskets stood on the infield.

All 4 and another passenger, 20-year-old Nikki Jacobson died in a crash at Highway 150 and Sunset Street in Urbana earlier this month. Investigators believe Ary's pickup pulled out in front of a semi.

"As we think about these 4 in Victory Lane, think about in the short life they lived, they finished well," said. Rev. David Arnold.

Stockcar driver Justin Stander was close with the teens. He served in the honor gaurd.

"Yeah, they were a great family," he said. "Such a tragic loss."

He remembers the races the children loved. Now, hearses replace racers, with his friend Zoey inside.

"We'd come in and she'd be right in there with the mud scraper, scraping the car off," he recalled. "She wasn't afraid to get dirty by any means."

Her picture in the bulletin showed her wearing a sweatshirt emblazoned with image of his car.

During the ceremony, which filled the grandstand, friends shared memories.

"They'd probably be pretty pissed at all of us for being at the racetrack without them," laughed Jerad Miller.

"I swear I texted him a million times, and wait for his reply, but I'm lucky his last words to me were 'I love you,'" said Alexis Waddel, Triston's girlfriend.

So finally with prayers for the first responders, and the truck driver, they caskets were carried past a checker flag one final time.

Then, 8 stock cars roared to life on the track, taking several honor laps, the revving engines serving as Benton County's 21 gun salute.

"I'm just glad I got the chance to know them," Stander said.

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