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From Wheel Man to Behind the Wheel

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When racing is your passion, you'll do whatever it takes to get there. For one  aspiring driver from Randolph Vermont, the opportunity came after years of trying. Dylan Smith is racing his way to the top, both as a driver, and a crew member.

Smith started out at Thunder Road in Barre, racing go-karts. Then Dylan drove Allison Legacy cars before returning to Thunder Road to race late models. Smith says, "we just ran out of money to keep racing, so I kept trying out for this program and they saw a little bit of talent."

"That program" is part of the Revolution Racing team. The Drive for Diversity program helps  elevate young talented racers onto the scene. One of those racers is Kyle Larson, a 20-year old from California that is in contention for the NASCAR K&N East series title. Dylan, works on his pit crew.

Smith calls himself "the comedy factor."

"I keep everyone loose and smiling. Whatever Kyle needs I'll help him in the seat. I'm always running around to get whatever we need to do to get to the racetrack." says Smith.

Larson raced to a win on Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and the celebration was a big one for Smith, who says he's excited to be working with a rising star like Larson.

"When someone is that talented, everything is just so easy. I've been coming to this racetrack for like 15 years, and to win here is just a dream come true, whether I'm driving or not. Being able to kiss the granite is pretty awesome," smiles Dylan.

Not only is Dylan a K&N East crew member, but he gets the opportunity to race the #34 car in the Legends Semi-Pro division, where he finished in the top 10 in points this year. Smith was given the opportunity to race after participating in the Drive for Diversity combine held by Rev Racing each year.

Smith says, "it's just been a lot of fun the last two years. I'm very happy with where I'm at."

Smith will continue to take advantage of the opportunity to drive but will continue to work towards a championship this season as a crew member for Rev Racing.

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