- Racing trophies decorate the walls inside Parker Retzlaff's room.
The 13-year old Rhinelander native has already accomplished more on the track than some racers do in a lifetime.
He says the best part about being a successful young racer is the surprise it brings to his competitors and race fans.
"When I'm in the front or when I win and I get out of the car on the front straightaway, and people see that I'm shorter than everyone else," said Retzlaff.
Parker has his eyes on a new kind of victory, in the champion Auto Parts 'Search for a Champion' contest.
The contest's grand prize is a $50,000 sponsorship from the company.
It's a prize that Parker's dad, Brian, says would benefit Retzlaff Racing on the track.
"An extra motor, maybe extra body, maybe more extra parts and pieces and maybe he'd be able to be more aggressive, and not be so worried about getting the truck back together," said Brian Retzlaff.
As a small team, Retzlaff Racing competes against much larger teams with more financial backing.
That allows the larger teams to be more aggressive on the track, because they're able to repair their cars more quickly in the event of a wreck.
"If they wreck or something, they have enough people to get it back together, or if they blow the motor or something, they have an extra one," said Parker Retzlaff.
While the sponsorship would be a boost to Parker's on track performance, Brian says Parker has shown that he can have success regardless.
"(It) wasn't really that we encouraged him, he just kept wanting to do more and more of it, and he just kept stepping up and proving he could drive it," said Brian Retzlaff.
Parker plans on taking that success to the highest level.
"Hopefully at like 16 or 18, driving trucks, and then after that hopefully racing NASCAR cup cars," said Parker Retzlaff.
Voting for round ends February 2, before 25 finalists are selected.
Voting will then open for those 25 finalists. In both rounds public voting accounts for 33-percent of the total points for each entry.
Hundreds of racers have entered the contest and as of the publishing of this article, more than 80,000 votes have been cast.
To vote for Parker or any other racers, click on the link below.
Retzlaff Racing voting