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Mowing the distance

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Lawnmower racing. Lawnmower racing.

(WSLS)  It's a gravel lot.  A man with a substantial white beard is doing "doughnuts" and spraying dust and gravel as he sits atop what looks like a combination between a lawnmower and a go-cart.

That's Benny Gilbert on one of his racing lawnmowers.  He's won hundreds of races, multiple championships and now has his own race team.

A mechanic and welder by trade, Benny converts real lawnmowers into racers that have been clocked at up to 80 miles an hour. The mowers are supposed to be 60-70 percent stock.

The guys are practicing this day on Benny's property, but the real racing happens at scheduled events, on Friday and Saturday nights.

Read more at WSLS's website.

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