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Sprint car driver ‘races for a reason’

May 3, 2014

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TJMuths-1Smith-Cotton alum and Sedalian TJ Muths, (shown at far left, standing)  is a sprint car driver who has taken on the autism cause that the Whittier service learning kids started.

Whittier students organized the “Steppin’ 4 the Spectrum” 5K earlier this month and raised $8,000 to start a new autism chapter and support group locally. Now TJ is helping support the cause by sporting the ribbon on his car, selling shirts and donating sales to this cause and collecting at surrounding race tracks.

“I put an autism ribbon on the car; we’re trying to help out with the local chapter here with Whittier High School, raising funds and awareness,” said Muths.

Muths is in his 14th year of racing, the fourth one driving a sprint car.

“My cousin Zachary is autistic, and I help him all the time. I love the kid,” Muths said of the 15-year-old high school freshman. All the proceeds from the sale of the sky blue “Race for a Reason” T-shirts will benefit the local autism chapter, he noted.

Shown with TJ are (back row standing): Catherine Cady, Corey Bryson, Skylor Long, Whittier teacher Shawn Carrier and Zachary Pripusich. Front row seated: Whittier teacher Renee Pripusich and Allison Studt. Photo by Randy Kirby, Sedalia Weekly Observer.

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