Sikeston teen races through adversity


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SIKESTON, Mo.-- Ever since he could walk, nineteen year old Austin Rettig has been apart of racing.

"We knew we had something to work with," said Rettig's father Alan. "He was having a lot of fun at it, and it was a family project that just worked well for us."

His older brother Nathan loved to race as well. But when Austin was 9, Nathan passed away in an ATV accident.

"That was a hard hit," admitted Alan Rettig. "We quit racing for a year and a half, two years until Austin wanted to pick it back up and go again."

Since then, Austin has won several feature events, and has now worked his way into the ARCA series. And he's dedicating it all to his brother.

"I think about him every day I see a race car," Austin said. "I take a picture, put it in the cockpit when I drive so I can see him when I drive as another reminder to help me focus on racing."

But he's not stopping there. Rettig has his sights set squarely on making the Sprint Cup series, and he feels that he's got an edge on the competition.

"I feel like I'm more motivated than anybody for what my past has been, I feel like that motivates me more than anybody else."

"His dedication towards racing is remarkable. He's in the shop every night, giving up going out with his girlfriend or going out with his other friends to work in the shop, he's just very dedicated, and he's come through this a lot stronger person."

Rettig is hoping for a sponsor to catch wind of his story, so he can run a full ARCA schedule, and keep his dream alive.

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