First family of fast

July 31, 2008 3:31:26 PM PDT
You know we're always keeping an eye out for the next big sports star. Houston Motorsports Park in northeast Houston is the place where race car drivers are made. Boyd Bumbera is ready for life in the fast lane. "I like having fun and going really fast," said Boyd.

That's racing in a nutshell and that's why Boyd loves it. Boyd, number 95 in the black car with flames, took home his fourth checkered flag of the year Saturday out at Houston Motorsports Park. He races in the Bandalero division. These little souped-up racers can reach speeds close to 80 miles per hour. Like most ten-year-olds, Boyd is fearless.

"My heart pounds and I hope I don't crash," he told us.

"It's possible that you could get hurt in these cars and he says, 'I'll be OK. These cars are safe'," said Boyd's mother, Cheri. "And if they weren't safe, we definitely wouldn't put him in these cars."

Boyd, in second year behind the wheel, is a chip off the old block. Dad Kenny races. And so do his sisters -- 20-year-old Kristin and 15-year-old Kendall.

"Me and my dad and my mom and the whole family loves it," said Boyd. "I guess it's in my blood."

No doubt about that. Big sister Kristin is now racing on the NASCAR minor league circuit. She has one win and a second place finish this season. She sees a little herself in Boyd.

"Definitely lot of fun," she said. "I got to see him win tonight. I was so excited. I hope he keeps it up when I'm out of town."

One thing about Boyd. He's not lacking in confidence. His mom calls him her fiercest competitor. A family that races together, a family that wins together.

"I think he's got a great future in it," said Cheri. "If he keeps his grades up and keeps his head on straight, I think he'll follow in his two older sisters' footsteps."

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