NASCAR has well-known drivers like Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick. In Minnesota, there’s a lesser-known racing circuit with drivers known as “Grandpa” and “Miss Behavin.” It’s organized lawn mower racing, also known as “GrassCar.”

The Minnesota Lawn Mower Racing Association (MLMRA) has been around for over 10 years. Members are as young as 10 and as old as the guy they call Grandpa, Bruce Bielinski of Bloomington. Some racers are said to reach speeds of 60 or more in the higher classes.

Many of the machines have been saved from the scrap heap. The racing mowers no longer have the cutting blades attached, and they have kill switches in case the driver falls off. Racers have to wear helmets, gloves, long sleeves and boots. Many of them have started wearing the type of chest protector that many BMX riders wear.

Winners often will only drive away with a small trophy and bragging rights. But it’s better than mowing the lawn. On Tuesday night at the Dakota County Fair, they were racing and it goes towards members point totals for the season. If you want to get involved with 'GrassCar' you can go here.

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