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Fourteen-year-old Colton Horner currently sits second behind well respected and experienced veteran Ronnie Johnson in the NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series RockAuto.com Winter Shootout standings. "Lil' Horner" from Katy, Texas plans to run the full NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series schedule for 2017. After completing the four remaining races of the RockAuto.com Winter Shootout at Cochran Motor Speedway and Oglethorpe Speedway Park, Horner then plans to run for the NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series Cruise with the Champions Rookie of the Year title.
Racing has been a tradition of the Horner household for many years, as Colton's father raced Open Wheeled Modifieds for many years. Colton's father, David, has been a strong influence in his racing career, and because of that Colton shares the number 56 with his father. The 2016 Sunoco Young Gun Challenge Runner-up has been racing since he was six years old, and has been behind the wheel of go-karts, mini-sprints, and 2017 will mark his third season in a dirt late model car. His first win came in the 2016 NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series at his home track Battleground Speedway located just outside of Houston, TX.
Colton made an appearance at the NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series RockAuto.com Winter Shootout's 3rd Annual Groundhog Classic at East Alabama Motor Speedway by qualifying on the pole for the 50 lap feature. His good friend, none other than sixteen-year-old Ashton Winger, lined up beside him on the outside pole. Horner edged out the driver of the number 12 Bad Boy Off Road Rocket from Griffin, Georgia by only four one hundredths of a second. After an early race mishap forced Horner to restart at the back of the pack, he still made a charge through the field ending the night with an eleventh place finish.
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