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Stock car racing: Future looks bright for 21-year-old Wilder

Friday, April 27, 2012
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Every once in a while, a young driver comes along who you just want to slap a “can’t miss” tag on because of his natural ability, professional demeanor and dedication to the sport.

Ronnie Johnson fit into that category when he won the sportsman championship at Albany-Saratoga Speedway during his rookie campaign in 1997, despite racing against guys like Mike Ballestero, Tim Hartman and Scott Noel.

Hunter Bates deserved the same recognition a couple of years ago when, at the age of 16, he dominated the budget sportsman division at both Albany-Saratoga and Devil’s Bowl and was named the Champlain Valley Racing Association Driver of the Year.

And now, Jeremy Wilder gets his chance to be the next “can’t miss kid.”...

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