Kings Island roller coaster turns 40

The Racer opened in 1972

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MASON, Ohio - It's fair to say generations of Tri-State kids have taken the plunge on The Racer, one of Kings Island's mainstay thrill rides.

Guess what? The Racer turns 40 Tuesday.

It opened in 1972, and since then has given more than 96 million rides.

Kings Island --and The Racer-- open for the season in May.

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