LUCAMA, NC – Colt James once again dominated in the Fast Five Pro Late Model Series, winning all but one race en route to his second consecutive division championship.
The 34-year-old driver who hails from Buda, Texas began his reign last year when he closed out the season with five consecutive wins. This season, he picked up right where he left off, winning race after race after race. It was not until October that James’ winning streak came to an end, and after losing one race in a twinbill, he responded with a victory in the second race – clinching the division championship.
“Anytime you can win a championship, it’s something to be really proud of,” James said. “We battled through a lot of adversity in the middle of the season when we tore the car up but we rebounded and were able to win three of the next four.”
James is a blue-collar racer with a low budget operation. His red no. 15, often seen at the front of the pack, was always the predominant threat to win. Often time, James and ‘The Little Team That Could’ had to battle against Super Late Model titans such as Casey Roderick and Bradley McCaskill, as well as rising stars – including Will Bristle, Mason Diaz, Hailie Deegan and Giovanni Bromante, among others.
“We’re like the little team that could,” James elaborated. “You’ll never beat me in heart. I always got more heart. We’re just like everybody in the stands, we’re blue collar. We go to work from 7-5 Monday through Friday, come out here and race our butts off and try to show that there’s still room for the little guy out here. We just try to win races.”
Next season, James hopes to continue racing at Southern National while also traveling around the region.
“At my age, I’m just trying to have fun and be as competitive as possible,” James remarked. “Racing has turned into a sport more about money than talent so it’s nice to be the blue-collar guy and show that small guys can still get it done.”
James won four out of the five races run for the Fast Five Pro Late Model Series at Southern National Motorsports Park. His worst finish was a third place finish in a race in October.