Jason Alder's blue eyes got wide and his jaw dropped open as his mother described her brief scare when she found him sitting on his bedroom floor at age 6, clutching his knees to his chest and staring at nothing.
"But then you looked up at me and said, 'I'm driving the track in my mind, Mom,'" Becky Alder recalled of the now-11-year-old go-kart racer from Cooksville. "That was hilarious."
Jason, who says he doesn't remember that incident at all, is fully engrossed in the biggest race of his young life.
He's one of 15 national finalists competing for a $50,000 top prize in the 2015 Search for a