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Fundraiser for 16-year-old racer injured at Mottville Speedway

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Connor Watson was hurt in a go kart crash on May 4 at Mottville Speedway in White Pigeon, Michigan Connor Watson was hurt in a go kart crash on May 4 at Mottville Speedway in White Pigeon, Michigan
Connor Watson is a 16-year-old racer who was hurt in a go kart accident on May 4 at Mottville Speedway in White Pigeon, Michigan. Since the accident, a number of race tracks and people have been raising money to help pay for Watson's medical bills.

Connor's father, David Watson, says his son's go kart was going about 60 MPH when he crashed. He son was airlifted to a hospital in Kalamazoo where Connor is recovering well. David Watson says he is grateful that places such as M-40 Speedway, South Bend Speedway and Mottville Speedway have held fundraisers for his son. "Most of them don't even know my son and said 'hey this kid got hurt and we just love him and we want to support him.' That means everything to me," David Watson said.

There are many people who are raising money for Connor and one of them is Chris Blackburn. She works at the South Bend Speedway concession stand. She says all of the tips collected there on Saturday night are going to Connor's family. "My son actually went to school with him. They've known him since he was six years old. And we were here when it happened and we just wanted to help out the family," says Blackburn.

David Watson says that his son's crash was a freak accident. This may be a reason that parents can accept their children wanting to race on the track.

"As a mother, especially as the mother of a race car driver, they want to do it, we let them do it. We just make sure that they're safe," Blackburn said.

Sunday may have been Mother's Day, but all the attention was on Connor Watson. Connor's stepmother Lindy Watson was at the track and says she was fine that the focus was on Connor. "That's where it needs to be. I just appreciate everyone's prayers, support. It's just amazing a week later, he is walking and talking and eating and he's the old Connor that we know," she said.

Connor's twin brother, Cameron, and younger brother, Dawson, joined their father in a race on Sunday evening. The family says they had no intentions of racing, but Connor had other plans for them.

"I didn't want to bring the karts but he said 'Dad this is what we do. We're a racing family. Go out and try to win a race for me,'" David Watson said.

David Watson went on to win the race. He took a victory lap where he held up three fingers, the number on Connor's go kart.

David Watson says Connor is recovering well. The family saw him on Sunday afternoon and Connor was feeding himself and walking.

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