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Continued: Metro-area teen drivers revel in summer racing season

  • Article by: RON HAGGSTROM , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 10, 2013 - 6:45 AM

In 2012, Purcell won nine of the 23 races he competed in at Elko Speedway and Raceway Park. He had 21 top five finishes and finished in the top 10 in all 23 races.

“I’m an aggressive, but clean driver,” said Purcell, who currently sits atop the division standings at both tracks again this season. “If I need to be, I can push my way around the track.”

Purcell was one of 24 drivers invited to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series awards event last December in Charlotte, N.C. His success at such a young age has him thinking about the NASCAR circuit.

“I’ve been in touch with a few NASCAR representatives. If possible, I would like a chance to do it,” Purcell said. “If it turns out to be a hobby the rest of my life, I’m fine with that, too.”

 

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