Racing on Carolina's Crystal Coast

Zach Lightfoot Overcomes Disability While Chasing Victory

Zach Lightfoot Overcomes Disability While Chasing Victory

SWANSBORO, NC – Zach Lightfoot refuses to be held back on or off the track and he’s bringing that determination to Carteret County Speedway in Saturday night’s Budweiser Short Track Shootout.

Lightfoot, 12, from Zuni, Virginia, was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome – a mild form of Autism, when he was three years old.  He refuses to see the development as a disability and refuses to let it stand in his way as he chases a dream.  He has won multiple championships in the Hampton Roads Karting Club at Langley Speedway and now he’s chasing his first ever Legends victory.

“The car is really quick,” Lightfoot said after a practice session at Carteret County Speedway.  “We’re trying to do all we can to figure out the track.  So far, I’m really liking the track.  I honestly think we’ll do really good.”

One reason Lightfoot has taken a liking to Carteret County Speedway is the track’s similarities to the currently defunct Langley Speedway.  Carteret County Speedway, like Langley, is a flat 4/10-mile racetrack.  Carteret, however, is not a symmetrical oval like Langley Speedway.

“I’ve been able to adapt to this track pretty quickly,” Lightfoot explained.  “It’s a lot like my home track at Langley but, unfortunately, Langley’s not open this season.  We hope it opens soon.”

Lightfoot will face a lot of tough competition in the Legends race on Saturday night.  The race pays $1,000-to-win which will draw one of the largest fields of the year for the Carteret County Speedway Legends division.  Lightfoot welcomes that competition as a challenge as he pursues an even bigger challenge in the future.

“My ultimate goal is to be in NASCAR,” Lightfoot remarked.  “I want to go to Late Models in a couple years, then K&N, then XFINITY and then Sprint Cup.”

The 25 lap Legends race will be part of the seven feature, $20,000 Budweiser Short Track Shootout at Carteret County Speedway on Saturday night.  The race will be headlined by a 75 lap, $2,500-to-win Late Model race.  The Street Stock and Mini-Stock divisions also pay $1,000-to-win.  The event will also feature a $500-to-win U-CAR race, a Bandolero feature and a 25 lap race for the Carolina Eastern Mini Cup Association (CEMCA).

The green flag will wave on the Budweiser Short Track Shootout on Saturday, June 18th at 7pm.  Tickets will be available at the gate on the day of the race.  General admission is $15, kids five and under get in for $5 and all access pit passes are available for $25.

For more information about the Budweiser Short Track Shootout, visit the official event page at http://carteretspeedway.com/events/budweiser-short-track-shootout-june-18th/.

For more information about Carteret County Speedway, visit the track’s official website at www.carteretspeedway.com, “like” Carteret County Speedway on Facebook (www.facebook.com/carteretcoswy) or follow @carteretcoswy on Twitter (www.twitter.com/carteretcoswy).