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2 Oregon high school students win national auto repair contest at Ford Motor

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DEARBORN, Michigan — High-caliber auto repair runs deep in two Oregon families.

Morgan White and Jay Saunders of Vale High School in Vale, Oregon, won a national contest Tuesday in suburban Detroit.

The contest included a written exam and a timed event in which two-member teams identify intentional glitches in a 2015 Ford Mustang and repair them. Two of Saunders' brothers were champions in 1992 and 2011.

White's father, Randy Belnap, was also on the '92 team. And their teacher, Drew Barnes, has now led two championship teams in three appearances.

PHOTO: The New Mexico team of Joshua Flores, left, and William Weatherford work under the hood of their Mustang in the 2015 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition on the front lawn of Ford Motor Company's World Headquarters in Dearborn, Mich., on Tuesday, June 9, 2015. Teams consisted of two high school juniors or seniors who had to take not only a written exam but were also timed in an event where they had to identify glitches and repair bugs in identical Ford Mustang Fastbacks.  (Jose Juarez/Detroit News via AP)  DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT
The New Mexico team of Joshua Flores, left, and William Weatherford work under the hood of their Mustang in the 2015 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition on the front lawn of Ford Motor Company's World Headquarters in Dearborn, Mich., on Tuesday, June 9, 2015. Teams consisted of two high school juniors or seniors who had to take not only a written exam but were also timed in an event where they had to identify glitches and repair bugs in identical Ford Mustang Fastbacks. (Jose Juarez/Detroit News via AP) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT

The 2015 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills National Finals was held Tuesday outside Ford Motor Co. headquarters in Dearborn. White and Saunders will receive scholarships and join the team preparing Ryan Blaney's race car for the Coke Zero 400 in July.

"It's going to be a great experience for them to witness firsthand the adjustments that are made to a race car during an actual race," Blaney said.

The Oregon team was followed by Cole Vinton and Andrew Risner of North Pole, Alaska, and Graham Roten and Daniel Taylor of Boone, North Carolina.


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