Trenton Harper gave his dad Jason a special Father’s Day present.

The second-year driver took home the Stock Division championship Saturday at Paul Bates Raceway, bursting into tears as he hugged his dad at the finish line.

“It means a lot to me because he worked on the car himself,” Jason Harper said.

Harper bested Ava Morris in the finals, having to beat her twice down the hill. Harper came into the finals the “winner of winners” and Morris would have had to defeat him twice to win the title. She was able to beat him once down the hill, but the second run, and the championship, went to Harper.

“I just followed where the car wanted to go, but if it went too close to the cones I turned away from them,” he said.

His dad said the derby helped the family work together on a wholesome project.

“I just think it’s a good bond for us, it gives the kids something to do and keeps them interested in something,” Jason Harper said.

What was Trenton’s favorite part?

“Just racing and having fun,” he said.

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