NASCAR's Youngest Winner Racing For A Cause
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The youngest race winner in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series history surprised even himself in 2011.
NASCAR rookie Garrett Denton of Hope Valley, R.I., was 14 years, five months, 10 days of age when he won his first career Mini Stock feature at Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl on August 20 last year. He won his division’s Rookie of the Year Award and finished 12th in track points. With a win, two top-fives and 11 top-10s in 19 starts, he placed 65th in the NASCAR Finalist Division IV pavement standings.
“It never occurred to me that I would win a feature in my first season,” Denton said.
“I was nervous about going out on the track at Waterford the very first time because I had never driven a car before,” Denton said. “It took me a few weeks to get comfortable in a bigger car on a bigger track. It was late in the season before I figured out where the car is supposed to be on every part of a lap. When I put it all together I found my rhythm.”