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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Southern Indiana teen got behind the wheel much sooner than everyone else.
He took to the track, racing in NASCAR series. Now, he's in the running for the most popular driver in the country.
"When I was little I always drove little diecast cars around the table and I always had an obsession over it and when I got older my dad promised me I could race cars and now I'm living the dream," said Cole Williams.
Cole is the 5th generation race car driver in his family, at just 17-years-old. This is his first year in NASCAR series and clinched six wins.
"It's all our families done since the late 40s with my great grandfather so we just followed tradition," said Terry Williams, Cole's father.
Cole is speeding around the track at 150 miles per hour.
Lynette Williams, Cole's mother, says, "It's very nerve wrecking to say the least, we do a lot of rocking up in the stands and a lot of praying."
Cole still has a ways to go to race as a professional, but at this pace he's right on track.
"I think it's kinda cool that I got to drive a race car before I got my drivers license," said Cole.
Cole is in the running for most popular driver in the country, but he needs your votes to win.
Here's a link to place your vote: http://www.speed51.com/2013_Stories/MPD/MPD_voting.html