Creekview High School senior Dylan Armstrong hopes to follow in his family’s footsteps when it comes to auto racing.

Armstrong was born into a racing family, with his great grandfather Coley “Country” Avery winning many races across the Southeast throughout the 1950’s. Avery also owned a number of Skeeters, which are common race cars that are made for dirt track racing. The Skeeters were equipped with a wing on top, which was an aerodynamic addition to give the car more grip on turns, Dylan’s grandmother Carol Avery said. He also had many well known drivers of that era drive some of the cars he owned.

Dylan’s grandfather, Michael Avery, was a champion and front runner at Dixie Speedway and other tracks throughout the Southeast. His father, Scott Armstrong, was a champion in the Open Wheel Modifieds two years in a row at the Lanier National Speedway.

Carol Avery said that three years ago as a sophomore, Dylan Armstrong began working with his dad and grandfather to build him his first race car. With extensive engineering, hard work, and determination from Dylan and his crew, the white number 10 Chevy hit the track with Dylan as its rookie first year driver. He finished his first year in ninth place in points.

“His first year was a learning curve, but he did awesome,” Carol Avery said.

She said that Dylan considers his home track to be Dixie Speedway, and has also competed at Rome International Speedway, as well as several other tracks. Dylan fared much better in his second year in racing, finishing fifth in points that year. He began his third year racing, running the Black/Grey/Red number 10 MAMCO CHEVY with continued progress and success, finishing the year in first place as champion of his class at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, winning the 2019 Racing Championship.

Avery said that Dylan is now involved in the iRacing series and hopes to further his racing career in the future, with aspirations to one day become a NASCAR driver.

“His sponsors and family are very proud of the young man he has become,” Carol said. “He is focused on his racing, his school, his friends, his church, and putting God first in his life. He has big aspirations and is determined to have a career in racing.”

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Ethan is a reporter covering the cities of Holly Springs & Canton. He also covers city governments and lifestyle. He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University.

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