The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on life as we know it. One racing family in Wisconsin wanted to make sure a young family member knew they were thinking about him on his birthday while maintaining social distancing.
Members of the Prunty family, including brothers Alex and Zach and their uncle Dennis made the trip to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin to put on a parade for four-year-old Logan, the son of former Slinger Super Speedway champion Dale Prunty.
While there, the trio got out their race cars and made laps around the cul-de-sac the family lives in, which has since gone viral on Facebook with over 1,300 shares.
“Logan was the four-year-old that that whole parade was for. He was supposed to be having his birthday party on Saturday and obviously due to the virus that got canceled,” Alex Prunty told Speed51. “He was pretty upset. How do you explain to a four-year-old that the whole world’s closed right now and everybody’s sick? They’ve been locked up in the house for over a month and his mom Robin really wanted to do something special for him.
“Originally, it was just supposed to be a parade with all the family members driving by and waving and saying hello. It turned into a rush job and we got all the race cars running and we decided we’re going to bring all the race cars out there to say hello and Dennis got his car running, me and Zach.”
The three Late Models led a long parade of family members waving to Logan as they passed by the house. With no car of his own to take around the cul-de-sac, Alex and Zach’s father, Dan, found his own way to show his love.
“We brought out all the truck and trailers. We got out the race cars and did the lap and my dad actually jumped in my hauler and did a lap, then ran out of my hauler, jumped in Dennis’s and did a lap, then ran into Zach’s and did a lap with Zach’s too. It was neat for him to see the whole family and he’s been locked up for the last month.”
The Prunty family has been mainstays in Central Wisconsin over the years, most notably at the Slinger Super Speedway where the family has scored countless track championships and two Slinger Nationals trophies.
As another generation of the Prunty family begin to grow up, the sport looks to keep running in the family.
“It was definitely a cool feeling, I was raised with the whole family and at the time I was coming up through my early years I had three uncles who were racing, so I got to grow up in the garage around race cars all the time,” Alex said. “We’re starting to get to that next generation where Logan, Dale’s son, Dale’s kind of retired from racing the last two years to raise his two kids, one’s four and one’s two.
“It’s neat to see the hobby keep passing down to them because there’s nothing more those guys want to do than to get to the racetrack too. It’s a fun family hobby and we all share the same passion.”
The family did not envision the act having grown as big as it has in the week since the parade took place. They thank their sponsors Anderson’s Pure Maple Syrup (Dennis), Paul Reilly Company (Alex), and All-Out Marine (Zach) for making it all possible and allowing them to put a smile on people’s faces in a time of need.
“I never saw that coming, it was just supposed to be a special thing for Logan. Nobody knew that the neighbor was recording, it’s not like that was planned or staged or anything. It was just something that we were doing for Logan and frankly it gave us something to do, we’re all just waiting around for something to happen.
“It was pretty neat to see it take off online and everybody needs something positive, there’s a lot of negative things going on in the world and the media and you just need something that makes you smile every now and then.”
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo Credit: Christine Schiek Facebook