Fourteen-year-old Kyle Campbell won the 2017 Allison Legacy Series championship in his first season competing full-time.
The Concord, North Carolina native finished inside the top-five in 13 of the 14 races this season. Throughout the year, he captured two wins. His first win came at Dillon Motor Speedway in South Carolina, and his second victory was captured at Orange County Speedway in North Carolina.
“I just never gave up, kept my head and drove hard,” Campbell said. “My dad (Kevin) and sister Allison work hard each week and gave me a great car to drive. I owe a lot to my dad as he is a great spotter and I was able to avoid the major wrecks. There weren't many but there were some.”
Campbell began racing go-karts when he was only six-years-old. Throughout the years, he captured championships at Coleridge Speedway, Millbridge Speedway and Woodleaf Speedway. Campbell was named the Allison Legacy Series Hard Charger of the Year in 2016, and now the young driver has his first-ever asphalt stock car championship.
“Very awesome, I never expected to win the championship my first full year of racing,” Campbell said. “Consistency, you never give up until the checkered flag falls. Always giving it 100-percent until you cross that line.
“I raced against some good competitors each and every week. Every race you needed to be on your A game. There were times when I didn't qualify as well as I'd have liked and had to work my way up through the field.”
In 2018, Campbell plans on competing full-time in the Allison Legacy Series as he looks to defend his title. He also hopes to get behind the wheel of a Late Model as well.
“The Allison Legacy Series is such a great place to transition from dirt to pavement,” Campbell said. “Love that it is a traveling series and you get to go to all these different race tracks.”
Justin Taylor finished second in the series standings, while Matthew Davey, Ethan Elder and Brett Suggs rounded out the top-five.