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Ruark family hopes to keep the winning going at Eastern Grands
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Cumming native Carson Ruark gets a push on to the track at the Cumming Fairgrounds. - photo by John McWilliams Forsyth County News

Like most 5-year-old boys, Carson Ruark didn’t want to talk. He wanted to race.

Ruark brushed back his blond hair, put on a helmet and waited for his turn on the track. He was ready to showcase the No. 49 cherry red Lightning Chassis with a single black stripe down the center peppered with stickers along the sides on Monday at the 2013 Eastern Grands Quarter Midgets of America at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

Ruark, a Cumming native, has competed in 15 races over the past six months, winning his last three straight races in the Junior Novice circuit.

"He won three in a row, so that was a pretty big deal," his mother, Kelly Ruark said. "Papaw promised him a Kindle if he won three races in a row, so he did it."

Ruark isn’t fond of reading on his newly-won Kindle, but sticks with racing games he downloaded.

"I think he likes to play games on it more than anything," his father, Tim Ruark said. "[He likes] whatever Minecraft game or dirt bike [game] or something like that."

Carson Ruark isn’t the only member of his family to race. He has a 7-year-old brother who participates in the Junior Honda category and a 10-year-old sister who competes in the Senior Honda and Light 160 division.

"It’s probably been about three years now [since we started]," Tim Ruark said. "They all got started from watching my dad race old models," Kelly Ruark said.

After his practice round, Carson Ruark felt comfortable with how he performed. He said racing was his favorite activity and that he would like to become a NASCAR driver. Ruark added that he liked to watch NASCAR races and really enjoyed watching the cars crash.