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SWANSBORO, NC – Late Model newcomer Colin Garrett will be making his first start at Carteret County Speedway in Sunday’s Interstate Batteries Memorial Classic.

Garrett, 15, from South Boston, Virginia is a rookie in Late Model racing, competing predominantly in the Limited Sportsman at South Boston Speedway for Peyton Sellers.  He made the jump to Late Models this year after racing in Pure Stock last year and now, he’s hoping to be in contention for his first career win.

“I’m really looking forward to learning the new track,” Garrett said.  “The no banking thing is new to me.  I’ve raced Caraway and South Boston and you have something to hold you through the corners.  Carteret is completely flat.  It’s something different on my part of racing.  It’ll be pretty cool to get better and learn a new track like this.

“We tested some today, it was pretty cool.  The track’s really different.  Just trying to get accustomed to the track and fine tune it.  I’m looking forward to seeing what it’s like.”

Along with getting a feel for the track, Garrett is still getting accustomed to the Late Models.

“This has been my first year in the Limited Sportsman class at South Boston and we’re running some Late Model races throughout the season including Carteret,” Garrett remarked.  “Peyton Sellers has taught me a lot about South Boston and getting around that place.  I’m looking forward to a better season throughout the year and getting some better finishes to see what we can do.”

Looking ahead to Carteret, Garrett is hopeful he can come away with a strong run or maybe his first win.  He will be guided by crew chief Eric Winslow, a long-time competitor at South Boston Speedway as well as at Franklin County Speedway in Callaway, Virginia.

“I think if all the pieces come together, I think we can maybe have a pretty good shot of getting a victory this weekend,” Garrett commented.  “Eric Windlow is my crew chief and Sellers, Winslow and the whole team give me a great car.”

Sellers got his start racing Go-Karts while he was in middle school before making the jump to Pure Stock.

“I wasn’t very competitive at all in Go-Karts,” Garrett stated.  “I went to Camp Motorsport at Virginia International Raceway.  It’s something I always wanted to do and last year, I started in the pure stock division at South Boston.”

Making the transition from Go-Karts to racecars was difficult at first for Garrett.  It took him a while to get the hang of racing with other cars, but he began to get the hang of it by the end of the season.

“It was kind of a rough beginning to the year,” Garrett explained.  “I had to learn how torace coming from a non-racing background, learning to race cars with other people on track.  We got two top-five finishes at the end of the season.  Pure Stock wasn’t much to give on so we talked to Peyton and decided it was a good time to move up to the limited class and here we are today.”

Garrett will have his work cut out for him on Sunday, racing against veterans such as Clay Jones and Jeff Oakley.  Jones scored the win in the inaugural race at Carteret County Speedway last September while Oakley finished second in the very same race.

Marquis comes from St. Charles, Maryland and has a widespread background in journalism, having covered politics in Washington and Maryland as well as nearly every form of auto racing, including NASCAR, IndyCar, AMA Motocross and IHRA Drag Racing. Now living near Emerald Isle, North Carolina, Marquis covers Late Model Stock Cars and Super Late Models in the Carolinas and Virginia.

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