Parker Retzlaff represents Northwoods in ARCA SeriesSubmitted: 03/16/2020
Andrew Goldstein
Andrew Goldstein
Sports Anchor/Reporter

Parker Retzlaff represents Northwoods in ARCA Series
Parker Retzlaff stomped on the accelerator at seven years old and never looked back.

A decade after starting his racing career, the now-16-year-old Rhinelander native is on the NASCAR circuit.

"I've just always been into cars and driving fast," Retzlaff said. "I've never been uncomfortable."

Parker Retzlaff's car is more than a thousand miles away.

That doesn't mean he stops driving.

"I play a simulator on my computer every day," Retzlaff said.

Because he can't stay away from the track, Retzlaff has quickly become one of the best young drivers out there, racing on the NASCAR circuit in the ARCA series.

"You just have to prove yourself and show that you deserve to be there," Retzlaff said.

Look at the Retzlaff family fridge and you'll see Parker's whole life laid out in the cars he's driven.

"We've talked to him in the past and have known him for a little while and the more involved we're getting, the more we're following his activities as a race car driver," GLTPA executive director Henry Schienebeck said.

Retzlaff's car carries the name of his main sponsor and his team, but the most important sticker on there is the one that says "Log A Load."

"It was started by the forest industry and it was started as a way for the forest industry to give back to a worthwhile charity," Schienebeck said. "For the few years that we've been involved in it, we've raised over a million dollars for Children's Miracle Network."

"I just wanted to help a charity out and this is a really good one," Retzlaff said.

The only thing that makes Retzlaff as proud as supporting his favorite charity is representing the Northwoods at tracks all around the country.

"I want to finish the season out really good and hopefully win at least one race," Retzlaff said.

NASCAR circuit races are currently postponed due to the coronavirus. They have not announced a date for their return.

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