- Associated Press - Saturday, May 7, 2016

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (AP) - Last Saturday was the Webster City High School Prom. Many juniors and seniors spent the evening taking photos, going out to dinner, or cruising around in a limousine. Eighteen-year-old Taylor Elliott made a different pit stop, The Daily Freeman-Journal (https://bit.ly/1OfvMQq ) reported.

The WCHS senior headed down to the Hamilton County Speedway to race.

“I decided to race on prom night because, well. I love racing way too much to miss it but since it was my senior year I figured I needed to go to prom for a little while,” Elliott said.

Elliott is no stranger to the speedway. Before she was old enough to race, she helped family with their cars and learned the ropes.

“I’ve just worked on my dad’s and Uncle Mark’s race cars since I could walk and have been at the races since I was 7 days old,” said Elliott, “I’ve only missed probably about 20 races in my 18 years of life.”

Elliott and her prom date, Tristan Vesterby, both raced on Saturday night in the midst of all the prom festivities.

“Saturday at 1:30, my boyfriend and I got our pictures taken around prom and what not. Then we went home and put on t-shirts and shorts to go race,” Elliott said.

Vesterby, 15, has been racing since he was 6, starting out with go-karts until the age of 13. Vesterby won 2 IKF Championships in go-karting and won Rookie of the Year at the Hamilton County Speedway in 2015.

“As soon as my boyfriend got done racing he hurried up got home and got ready as I ran to my trailer and got dressed in the trailer. I slipped my dress on and shoes not even worrying about make up or hair,” said Elliott.

Elliott, the daughter of Alesia Ridenour and Greg Elliott, is in her first year of racing. Both Greg Elliott, and her uncle, Mark Elliott, race.

“I race because for the last 18 years of my life I have watched my dad and my uncle race. These two have always been my idols,” said Elliott, “I got a chance to race for DJ Anderson this year and of course I said yes. It’s been my dream since I could remember to get the chance to race.”

Between prom and having the opportunity to race Saturday night, Elliott was quick to choose her favorite of the two activities.

“I definitely enjoyed racing more just because that is my passion in life or I should say is my life,” Elliott said, “Racing is everything to me.”

Elliott got 17th in her Saturday night race.

After graduation this spring, Elliott is planning to attend Iowa Central Community College to pursue as nursing degree. Elliott will continue to race as a hobby to get away from the real world and to enjoy spending time with her friends and family.

“Racing is my passion and what I spend all my extra time doing,” Elliott said.

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Information from: Daily Freeman-Journal, https://www.freemanjournal.net

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