Wyatt Alexander, pictured here with his dog, Tuck, was recently named one of four finalists for the Valvoline Fast Track to Fame Award, the winner of which is scheduled to be announced July 10. Alexander, a 2017 Ellsworth High School graduate, began racing go-karts at the age of 4 as the youngest of his three-generation family race team. The contest winner will receive a scholarship grand prize of $50,000. JOHN A. MILLER PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTO

EHS graduate named finalist for auto-racing grand prize



ELLSWORTH — Wyatt Alexander, a 2017 graduate of Ellsworth High School, has been named a finalist for the Valvoline Fast Track to Fame scholarship grand prize.

Alexander, who is now an engineering major attending the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, was one of just four of the 800-plus entrants to make the final cut. The sponsorship winner will receive a prize of $50,000.

Alexander has been racing since the age of 4 with the help of his three-generation family race team. He got his start racing go-karts and then Legends cars before moving up to race his Super Late Model car, which he has taken from Maine to North Carolina.

“I am very fortunate to be able to do what I love, and I owe all of it to my family,” Alexander wrote in an essay to Valvoline after being named a finalist May 30. “I believe with the support of a great company like Valvoline, a brand that has deep roots in the sport just like me, myself and my family-run race team can do great things.”

Voting for the award concludes Tuesday, June 3, and the grand prize winner is scheduled to be announced Tuesday, July 10. Other entrants are John Baker of French Lick, Ind., Jonathan McKennedy of Chelmsford, Mass., and Morgan Ward of Watertown, S.D.