4:25 PM EDT, April 25, 2012
ROANOKE CO, Va.
Some Roanoke County teenagers are heading to Las Vegas.
And they have a good reason to feel lucky.
Last week, we caught up with students from Burton's Center for Arts and Technology as they got ready for the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow engine build competition in Pennsylvania.
It happened over the weekend and we're happy to report the Burton students placed first.
They had to take apart a car engine and put it back together as fast they can.
The students will now compete in the national competition in Las Vegas in November.
Some students at the Burton Center for Arts and Technology have a lot of drive.
The motor sports students will compete in the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow engine build competition in Carlisle Pennsylvania this weekend.
They have to take apart a car engine and put it back together as fast as they can.
The Roanoke County students entered the competition for the first time last year.
They won, beating teams that had competed for years.
"We really weren't expecting to win it. We just wanted to go and do our best and leave nothing on the table," said Senior Brandon Bayse.
Winning the regional competition earned them a spot in the national championship in Las Vegas.
They placed 7th in the nation.
"Vegas was fun. I've never been there before. Being high school students going there is something pretty cool," said Senior Michael Pruitt.
If the students win again this weekend in Pennsylvania, they'll go back to the national competition in Las Vegas this October.
The students say they're firing on all cylinders.
"We're going to Vegas. We want to win it," said Junior Luke Gerig.
If they win, the students will get scholarship money to three motor sports schools.
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