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Redwood Acres Raceway announces scholarship winners

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A Logger, a Crusader and a Panther have been included among the inaugural recipients of the Redwood Acres Raceway scholarship program.

Raceway officials announced the three winners at the track on Saturday night and awarded each of them a check for $1,000.

The winners include Eureka’s Kadence Toland, McKinleyville’s Tanisha Ratzlaff and St. Bernard’s Aiden Kimberling.

All three are longtime racing fans and have been a fixture at the local track in recent years.

Toland’s career in racing began as a pit crew member for Bill Walters’ Late Model when she was just 12 years old.

She got her start racing in the Bandoleros division and still holds the track record in the division, before switching to the Bomber class, where she has continued to enjoy success.

The Eureka graduate plans to attend College of the Redwoods and major in Administration Of Justice. After that, she wants to complete her education at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy and her goal is to become a uniformed police officer.

Ratzlaff, meanwhile, is enjoying a big summer at the local track and leads the Roadrunner season standings after being named rookie of the year in 2021. 

This fall, she will attend Klamath Falls Community College and she plans on becoming a medical assistant and ultimately a registered nurse.

Kimberling has been around Redwood Acres Raceway his entire life and also got his start in racing in the Bandolero division, where he won rookie of the year honors in 2018. 

Aiden also has raced in the Roadrunner class and currently he serves as the passenger in his father’s (Steve Kimberling) Bomber with the intention of taking over driving duties in the future. 

Kimberling will attend the Oregon Institute Of Technology where he will major in cyber security.

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