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Photo by Jay Huff
Tribute to Conner and Colton Gentry
Photo by Jay Huff
Russ Jones with his car

One of the sport modified race cars that will be flying around the Lincoln County Raceway this season will honor the memory of two boys killed in a traffic accident last fall.

Images of Conner and Colton Gentry have been creatively applied to the car, in a way that is visible from all angles.

The two boys, ages 10 and 14, died in a tragic car crash Oct. 25 on an icy overpass near Maxwell.

Racecar owner and driver Russ Jones is a long-time friend of the family and has been involved in racing for several years, along with his brother Kerry Jones.

This will be Russ Jones’ second full season driving, but he's been around the racing much longer, working in the background, keeping others cars on the track.

His competitive juices started flowing a year or so ago, so he got a car of his own.

"My strongest motivation for having a car and racing would be friendly competition with my brother. Kicking my brother's butt is my goal," he said.

Russ works for Moreland Enterprises and said the job is more compatible for his racing hobby and he also has a more cooperative lady friend who allows him to go racing.

“It's all like a big family out there too and that's good,” he said. “We have our little personal competitions and it’s all fun."

Jones plans to keep the graphics on the car throughout the racing season. He and his brother do the sheet metal work on the car themselves. The graphics are a vinyl wrap.

The car is expected to be on the track when the racing season begins Saturday at the Lincoln County Raceway. Gates open at 5 p.m. and races start at 7 p.m.

First published in the Bulletin's April 17 print edition.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 5/3/2013
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