About Austin Rettig

By the time Austin took his first steps, he was at the race track. As a little guy, he cheered for his dad, Allan, who’d been involved with dirt track racing for 30 years.  He watched his older brother, Nathan, race go-carts since age five and then later, in 2003, late models on the big track.

Austin’s racing career began when he was seven-years-old and, like his brother, it was behind the wheel of a go-cart. After a season, he decided to give drag racing a shot and ended up winning six finals. But the young racer found that going straight down the track just wasn’t for him.

Then in 2004, Austin lost his big brother and best friend when Nathan’s life was tragically cut short in an ATV accident.  The brother he had always looked up to now serves as Austin’s inspiration.

In 2005, he started driving a Pure Street Stock Car. He claimed nine feature races and was named the Track Champion at Malden Speedway that same year. He also claimed Second in Points and won the Hard Charger Award at the Poplar Bluff Speedway.

In 2007, when he was only 13, Austin moved up to the Crate Late Models and the following season, took on Super Late Models, too. But at 15, he turned his full attention to the Super Late Model, running as many races possible with the Comp Cam MSRA Series. Racing in Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Oklahoma and Missouri, Austin finished ninth in points in the Comp Can Series that year.

Austin started the 2011 season very strong. In his first race of the season in Beebe, AR, he came from ninth to second and then, the very next weekend, won his heat and West Memphis and the $2000 To Win feature. “That was a unique race for us because my brother died seven years ago to the day,” Austin said sadly.

When asked what he feels when he gets behind the wheel of his race car, Austin replied, “I’m really not scared. There’s always that thought but I trust in God and that takes care of everything. We have a great group of guys on our pit crew and I thank each and every one of them for helping me get this far.”

Looking to the future, Austin is giving his full attention to the ARCA Series for the 2012 season. He also realizes that sponsorship is something he must bring if he wants to progress to the upper tiers of NASCAR.

When he’s not circling a race track, Austin is a junior at Notre Dame Regional High in Cape Girardeau, MO. After graduation he plans to attend Missouri S&T in Rolla, MO, to obtain a degree in design engineering.
Tracks he has raced

Missouri

  • Malden Speedway
  • Poplar Bluff Speedway
  • West Plains
  • I-55 Speedway, Pevely
  • Lucas Oil Speedway

Kentucky

  • Calvert City
  • PIR, Paducah International Raceway

Tennessee

  • Clarksville Speedway
  • Milan Speedway
  • Clay Hill Speedway

Arkansas

  • Beebe Speedway
  • I-30 Speedway
  • Riverside Speedway
  • Batesville Speedway
  • Drew County Speedway
  • NEA (Northeast Arkansas Speedway)
  • Crawford County Speedway

Illinois

  • Tri City Speedway
  • K & L Speedway

Oklahoma

  • Tri State Speedway
  • Thunderbird Speedway

Austin Rettig
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