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Quiet Coffey thunders on track

Alex Coffey pictured with his No.7 Legends '34 Ford coupe and his trophies from his Legends wins.

Alex Coffey pictured with his No.7 Legends '34 Ford coupe and his trophies from his Legends wins.

By Tamika Galanis

tgalanis@henryherald.com

McDONOUGH — Legends racer Alex “The Animal” Coffey is making thunder of his own at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Coffey, 15, is a Union Grove High School student with a passion for things that go fast.

At his family’s shop, accompanied by his parents and surrounded by his trophies, Coffey appeared quiet and humble while explaining that he began racing at 8.

He began racing Bandoleros in 2007 and Legends in 2011.

While he’s been racing for seven years, his mother, Kelly Coffey, said he’s been in the driver’s seat since he took off on his first four-wheeler at 2.

“He’s always been a good driver,” she said.

As a member of the Young Lions Division, he races No. 7 Legends car, a ‘34 Ford coupe.

Coffey competes at Watermelon Speedway in Cordele, but Atlanta Motor Speedway is his home track where he recently placed first at Thursday Thunder.

His eyes lit up as he explained the difference between the two tracks. “You are allowed speeds of up to 90 mph at Cordele because it’s a banked track,” said Coffey.

It’s no surprise that Watermelon Speedway is his favorite.

Dad Doug Coffey said that because his son comes from a family of race car drivers, it is no stretch to understand why racing comes so naturally to him.

When he’s not in the classroom or on the track, Alex Coffey spends his time on his ATV or dominating his virtual racing league.

Coffey is one of the few locals in a division that offers stiff competition but his accomplishments speak for themselves. In 2008, he won the Promoter’s Championship at AMS — the first in a list of achievements. That same year he was named the Breakthrough Driver of the Year.

He placed first in the Bandits Division of Thursday Thunder in 2010 and moved into the Legends Division in spring of 2011.

Placing second in points at Watermelon Capital Speedway in 2011, he was named track champion for legends cars in all divisions in 2012.

He was voted AMS’s Most Popular Driver for three consecutive seasons from 2009-2011.

To date, Coffey has 21 Bandolero wins with more than 35 top three finishes and 11 Legends wins with 27 top five finishes.

After an unfortunate spin out during last week’s race, Coffey is preparing to come back strong this week. With five weeks left on the grassroot series’ calendar, the Coffey family has made their intentions clear — they are preparing for a comeback.