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12-year-old driver takes on new challenge

Layton Harrison drove in 48 races in 2019.
Posted at 10:34 AM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 10:34:43-05

DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. -- Layton Harrison is not yet old enough to drive on the road. But the 12-year-old Dinwiddie County boy is a champion driver.

"Some people play baseball, some people play basketball, some people like racing," Layton's dad Lee Harrison said about his fast-driving son.

Layton drove in 48 races in 2019. He won 21 of those races.

Layton's racing career kicked into high gear driving go carts on dirt tracks.

"He won a VDKA State Championship in Go Carts," Lee said. "We won the Championship in Arena Racing. We won the Bandelero State Championship two years. We won the Langley Track Championship year before last. And the Bandelero National Champion."

Layton is now driving a Legends Car. The horsepower jumps from 35 to 160.

"You can't push it down the corners as hard or you're going to push up the track and hit somebody or some thing," Layton said.

He'll also be racing against adult drivers.

"You go from being on top, to being towards the bottom," his dad said. "That's where your sportsmanship comes in. You've got to learn to win and lose. You've got to learn to go home empty handed and go home on top. Always try to tell him, be humble."