SOUTHEAST: Dalton Sargeant Joins Wauters Motorsports; To Debut at Pensacola

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — official release — Wauters Motorsports photo — Fall is usually a time when short-track racing across the country winds down, but for Dalton Sargeant, it’s a time to start a new chapter in his driving career.

Sargeant announced on Wednesday that he has joined Wauters Motorsports for the remainder of the team’s 2014 Super Late Model schedule, and will compete in some of the biggest short-track racing events of the year.

Sargeant will make his Super Late Model debut in the Wauters Motorsports No. 5s on Friday, September 19 at 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, followed by a second start on Saturday, September 20 at Mobile International Speedway in Mobile, Alabama.  The two events will be the final two events on the 2014 Southern Super Series schedule.

2014 marks the 16 year-old’s first season in stock-car competition and he has already recorded one win (Virginia International Raceway), nine top-five finishes and 23 top-ten finishes at historic venues across the Southeast such as Hickory Motor Speedway, Motor Mile Speedway, Southern National Speedway, Langley Speedway, South Boston Speedway and Caraway Speedway.

“Wauters Motorsports is one of the most successful and historically relevant race teams in all of Super Late Model Racing, so it’s an honor to join their long list of drivers,” Sargeant said. “I’m really looking forward to being under the tutelage of Richie Wauters and legendary driver and crew chief Bobby Gill for the next few months, at some really big events to close out the 2014 racing season.”

Born and raised in South Florida, Sargeant began his racing career in 2007 at the age of nine years old. Sargeant’s career has already taken him around the world and has competed and visited victory lane in numerous different racing disciplines.

From professional karting championships, to European Formula open-wheel cars and NASCAR Whelen All-American Stock Cars, Sargeant has a long list of accomplishments in a short amount of time. He has represented the United States in International Rotax Karting Championships and stood on the podium at internationally historic courses such as Brands Hatch, The Mugello Circuit, and Sebring International Raceway.

“I’ve always wanted to drive a Super Late Model; with the long races and increased horsepower it will prepare me for the next few steps in my racing career, and have always thought it was an important step to take,” the teenager added. “My primary goal right now is to get experience, run as many laps as possible and get comfortable with this car and these competitors.”

Richie Wauters is no stranger to the NASCAR garage and short tracks across the country.  Wauters began his career as a crew chief and has amassed 16 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins, 24 NASCAR Southeastern Elite Division wins, one NASCAR Southeastern Elite Division Championship in 2006, 6 American Speed Association (ASA) wins and finished second in the Snowball Derby an astounding six times, with one Snowball Derby win also to his credit in 2004.

Wauters has worked with a long list of NASCAR stars including Davey Allison, Alan Kulwicki, Bill Elliott, Dick Trickle, Mark Martin, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola, Paul Menard, David Ragan, Elliott Sadler, Scott Hansen, Kenny Wallace and Steven Wallace.

“I’m really looking forward to having a driver like Dalton Sargeant join Wauters Motorsports,” team principal Richie Wauters said. “We’ve been keeping our eye on Dalton throughout this season as he’s come from no stock car or oval experience to running up front in late model races, which is impressive to say the least.”

“We were able to test with him last week at Caraway Speedway and what impressed me was he was very smooth with all his input, was always in control, and had instant speed when we unloaded off the transporter.  I see a lot of similarities between Dalton and when Kyle Busch was 16 years old; he has a ton of potential and has what it takes to be a star in this sport.”

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