El Paso County boy is quarter racing champion with NASCAR dreams

Colby (with trophy) after winning the Western Grand. Amber Sokol

Most of us have watched a NASCAR race, but where do the drivers start off their careers?

Quarter Midget racing
is competitive race car driving for kids between the ages of 5 and 16 years old. They get the name because they are racing in scaled-down versions of race cars.

Colby Sokol has been competing in the sport for more than three years, and has won several big races.

“There are a lot of NASCAR drivers that started right here,” Kevin Sokol, crew chief and Colby’s dad, said.

The mini race cars’ speeds can range from 15 to 40 miles per hour.

Colby has been competing in the sport for more than three years.

“Some people call him quite the wheel man,” Kevin said.

Colby is 8 years old, and really enjoys racing.

“It’s mostly about fun and it’s about the challenges,” Colby said.

Colby has won a few big races. He won Western Grand Race in California and then the Eastern Grand race in Ohio.

“There are Quarter Midget drivers that go their whole Quarter Midget careers and never win one of those races,” Kevin said.

Colby got into the sport after a family friend introduced him to it, and ever since then, he’s been racing.

“What I like the most about it is the winning, friendship and the competition,” Colby said.

Kevin said the sport can be expensive or inexpensive, depending on the equipment you buy. 

“The excitement in their faces when they come off the track, that is why we keep going,” Kevin said.

In addition, just like any sport, it develops the young driver’s self-esteem and coordination.

“Quarter Midget does teach them how to be gracious winners and losers, and we are a team. Just because he is out there by himself, with the team environment, not all the pressure is on him,” Kevin said.

Colby said that one day he hopes to be a professional NASCAR racer like his favorite driver, Jeff Gordon.

If your son or daughter is interested in the sport, they can learn more on the Pikes Peak Quarter Midget website.You can also sign up for a test drive to let your kids try the sport and see if they like it before they make the big investment.

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