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Colton Williams was crowned the 2017 Unrestricted Novice chic best of the Norlebco Division Midget Antagonism Association on Dec. 2.
Missing amid the adherent army were two of his better fans, his cousin, Haley Wetzel, and his grandmother, Julia Williams.
The two women absent their lives in a car blast in June on Interstate 81 while abiding from Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey. They were at the centermost for Haley to accept analysis for lupus, which she was diagnosed with aback she was 7 years old.
â€śThey were his life. They meant aggregate to him,â€ť Evan Williams, Coltonâ€™s grandfather, said.
According to the Mayo Clinicâ€™s website, lupus is a systemic, autoimmune ache that occurs aback the patientâ€™s allowed arrangement attacks his or her tissues and organs. The ache appropriate Haley to abstain sunshine, abrasion appropriate accouterment to abstain acknowledgment to the sun if she had to be outside, could alone bathe at night, and she would occasionally breach out in rashes. Julia would action Haley abutment during her lupus treatments and transported her to Hershey aback she appropriate them. Aback she was 12 or 13, Haley started a fundraiser alleged Team Haley Action Adjoin Lupus, which aloft money to action lupus through fundraisers, Chinese auctions and dinners.
â€śShe kept on adage she was activity to get a cure,â€ť Evan said. â€śShe abstruse to cope with it. Didnâ€™t let it stop her. It never chock-full her from activity to races.â€ť
Haley was a dirt-track antagonism fan and generally spent time at Big Diamond Speedway in the summers, auspicious on the drivers, which would eventually accommodate her cousin. She and Julia began demography Colton, 9, to Big Diamond aback he was about 2 or 3 years old.
â€śThey aloof admired activity to contest with me. I started to like it and thatâ€™s how I got into it,â€ť Colton said.
When he was in kindergarten, he was, in his words, bugging his parents to let him chase â€” and by 2016, he was.
He was aerodynamics a quarter-midget chase car, which looks like a go-cart, with a Storm Honda 120 motor, both of which had been rebuilt about from scratch.
In 2016, he won eight of 11 contest and was called clue champion, the aboriginal adolescent to anytime win all-embracing clue best in all divisions. With the aboriginal success and the abutment of his family, Colton was accessible for the 2017 season.
The accident of two abutting ancestors associates in June hit the ancestors hard, and Colton fabricated abiding they were with him for the blow of the season. A appropriate decal was created in the appearance of a amethyst butterfly abaft a affection with a account of both Haley and Julia central the affection with the words â€śIn Loving Anamnesis of Nan and Haley.â€ť Colton had the decal on his car aback the ancestors pulled into Lindaâ€™s Speedway in Jonestown, but they were in for a surprise.
Haley had been such a fan of dirt-track antagonism and had fabricated such an appulse on the drivers and crews during her common trips there that the added teams had the aforementioned decal on their cars as well. Several drivers had baby amethyst ribbons absorbed to their cars as well.
In accession to that surprise, the clue had installed a affiche that was agnate to the decal, with the aforementioned architecture and the words â€śIn Loving Memoryâ€ť on it and the names Julia and Haley crabbed their pictures central the affection on a wall.
â€śIt bankrupt my heart,â€ť Renee Williams-Wetzel, Coltonâ€™s aunt, said of seeing all the adulation and support.
A cure for the affliction was acceptable and thatâ€™s what Colton did afterwards applying the sticker. Aback he wasnâ€™t winning, he was consistently finishing abreast the advanced of the acreage and couldnâ€™t advice but apprehension how the drivers with the sticker additionally seemed to be acceptable and finishing well. He had no botheration calling the sticker a good-luck agreeableness for those accepting it on their cars afterwards seeing how able-bodied they all did with it. They able aloof how far their abutment able aback Renee and Colton catholic to Ocean City, Maryland, in the abatement for a chase and saw the sticker on cars there as well.
While he won bristles contest and was called the 2017 Unrestricted Novice of the Norlebco Division Midget Antagonism Association, he able a bigger goal, one added important than accession wins and trophies. He connected adopting acquaintance about lupus throughout the dirt-track antagonism association and about a ages ago, was able to present a $1,500 analysis to Hershey Hospital from Big Diamond.
In 2018, the plan is for Colton to run two cars. He can abide in the Unrestricted Novice analysis and hopes to alpha aggressive in the Light 160 division midget chic as well. The car for that chic would be a appropriate one, committed to the anamnesis of his admired accessory and grandmother. It would be corrective blush and amethyst with no sponsors, alone the decal that was placed on his Unrestricted Novice car.
If he does well, Colton has affairs to move up to the adapted akin aback he turns 14, with an ultimate ambition of aggressive in NASCAR aback he turns 16. For now, heâ€™ll cut his teeth at the division midget level, all the while anniversary his collapsed ancestors associates by aggressive in a action they admired to watch and adopting money for the foundation Haley started.
In racing, most, if not all, money won is put appropriate aback into the cars and equipment, convalescent them and authoritative them faster. Colton has a altered mindset. He says alone bisected of all money he earns this year will be acclimated to advance the car. The added bisected will be activity adjoin the action adjoin lupus.
â€śI can still help. Why not accumulate it going?â€ť Colton asked.
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