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Winning is obviously the primary objective for every race car driver who puts on a helmet.

But Emporia's Cody Agler, the Modified points leader in Heartland Park's Super Saturday Showdown Series, said that finishing races can be just as important as where you finish.

“Winning's a big thing, and that's awesome to do it, but the main goal right now is to finish all the races because when you're not finishing the races you're not getting points,'' Agler said. “If you can at least finish them, no matter where you finish, that's a plus.''

Agler is meeting his goal to date, with the 20-year-old driver in the midst of a very solid season.

“So far it's been going pretty good,'' he said. “We've got a good car and lots of good people helping us. It's just we've got to keep our head up high and finish the races and try to finish top-five every race that we can.''

Agler has known fellow Emporian and current NASCAR star Clint Bowyer most of his life and is trying to follow Bowyer right up racing's ladder.

“I want to move up,'' he said. “At the end of this year I would like for it to be the end of it for me in Modifieds and then move on to something else. But if I have to stay in it one more year we'll do it for sure.

“I'm just trying to get up to NASCAR as fast as I can and do whatever I've got to do to do it. I would like to try to get into Clint's Late Model team next year. I think that would be a good experience for me and there's a lot of good people out there, a lot of big names.''

Agler said the key, as it was for Bowyer, is to get noticed.

“I think if I can just get out there and get in anything pretty much, getting my name out there is the main goal right now,'' he said.

Like Bowyer, Agler got his start in Motocross and admits that he's still in learning mode in a stock car.

“The bummer of it is I started out racing Motocross and I got into this so late,'' Agler said. “That's the downfall to it. This is only my third year in it.

“I've got lots of learning to do but I'm still young and since I haven't been doing it that long I can still learn a lot.''

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