Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Greensburg Driver, 17, Already a Legend

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Greensburg Driver, 17, Already a Legend

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Auto racing isn't exactly cut and dry when it comes to what and where you race.

There are many options, maybe too many when it comes down to picking a car, a series and even a surface on which to race.

One thing for sure, Justin Bolton, 17, from Greensburg, chose the path least traveled when it comes to auto racing.

After racing Karts since 12, Bolton and his parents decided to race Legend Series cars, and the best place to learn was at the birthplace of the Legend Cars, Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C.

The Legend Cars got their start in 1992 when Lowe's president and general manager, H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler and famed road racer Elliott Forbes-Robinson designed affordable, 5/8-scale, fiberglass, full- fendered versions of cars driven by legendary NASCAR drivers. The first Legend Cars were built by the Allison family.

"The purpose was to fill a void," said Todd Fisher, who wrote the first rule book for the Legend Cars. "To get people involved in racing, [Wheeler] wanted to go after older people who sent their kids off to college and now had disposable income."

Fisher, who along with his wife, Rhonda, own and promote Susquehanna Speedway Park, a dirt track near Harrisburg, explained how the Legend Cars caught on with younger racers.

"Creating the Summer Shootout which was on live TV also helped promote the cars and all the young kids from the NASCAR teams got involved in it, and that's where the younger kids kind of took over," Fisher said.

The tradition of the Summer Shootout continues at Lowe's. Bolton makes the eight-hour trip [each direction] each week to practice to race with a team from Moorseville, N.C., that fields a car for him and several other drivers that Bolton refers to as "teammates."

While Bolton loves racing Legend Cars, he holds a 3.85 grade point average at Latrobe Area High School has a Plan "B," should driving a race car not work out. …

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