High school teen races to win

Trumbull High student Paul Buzel recently reached a major accomplishment in the race car world.

Paul, who is 16 years-old, and had his NASCAR competition license before his driver’s license, just won his first NASCAR feature SK Light Modified race. The race was Aug. 30 at the Waterford Speed bowl.

“It was a major accomplishment, competing with driver’s twice his age,” his father, George Buzel Jr. said.

The Times did a story on Paul’s racing ambition last May.

Paul started racing in quarter midgets at the age of 11 and competed at local racetracks in Connecticut and New Jersey, winning many feature races and track championships. In May, he told The Times he was competing at the Waterford Speed Bowl and Stafford Motor Speedway in the Modified Light division driving a 350-horsepower, 2,600-pound racecar at speeds over 120 mph.

“This is my passion,” he said in May. “I wouldn’t want to do anything else.”