Clifton Savage got his start in racing in 2008, thanks to his father Harry Savage. One month after graduating high school, Clifton made his first race ever on July 3rd, 2008 at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia. After a slew of major wrecks, none of which involved Clifton, the race was called early. After some safety modifications and cleaning up of the division, racing finally got underway in August. Once Clifton got his racing career underway, he found success early on with multiple top-15s and an eventual 10th place finish in the season finale in October.
Since the start of Clifton’s racing career, the team has had much success, including a 10th place in the 2009 Pro Wing Champ Karts championship. Before the beginning of the 2010 season, Clifton was announced as 1 of 15 drivers to be inducted into the inaugural class of the R.A.C.E. 101 scholarship program for educating young race car drivers. R.A.C.E. 101 stands for Research Analyze Consult and Educate. The program consists of 15 drivers from across North America, to include local North Carolina drivers, far off Canadian drivers as well as Floridians and of course the local favorite, Clifton Savage.
The season of 2010 started off with consistent top-10 finishes, until motor problems began to haunt Clifton and the #63. After much hard work, trial and error, and tireless effort put into getting the team right, Clifton found Victory Lane in the closest races at Langley Speedway. The margin of victory was only 26-thousandths of a second over the second place finisher. Clifton beat out the 2 most victorious drivers at the speedway for 2010, with the help of his brother John. The team celebrated their first top-5 with a 1st place and 3rd place finish from Clifton and John, respectively.
Clifton Savage continues to race his Pro Wing Champ Kart, as well as trying to run the full season of UCARs at Langley Speedway for 2011, as well as competing in the Arena Racing Hampton Roads winter series at the Hampton Coliseum for 2010-2011.
Clifton is making plans for the remainder of 2011 and the future of 2012 to run in the UCARs full-time and Pro Wing Champs as well as planning to move into Pro 6 in 2013.