FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — They may not share a last name like Elliott, Earnhardt or Petty, but three local brothers are showing the Halder family has racing pedigree.
Brothers Husdon, Harrison and Holt are making waves in Legends racing with Atlanta Motor Speedway Summer Series championships, and most recently, a national championship.
Legends is an introductory level of racing, with lower costs and spec tires and bodies running on oval tracks. The racing is still intense and challenging to the driver who must handle 150 horsepower on a car that weighs just 1300 pounds. And just like other spec series, setups and technical knowledge are crucial to win.
The Halder brothers’ rise through the Legends ranks began six years ago, racing quarter midgets at Forsyth’s Bill Thomas Raceway.
Their father, Neil, said though his boys play other sports such as baseball and football, racing appealed to his family because it was the only sport where they could all three compete together.
“We’re not generational racers,” he said. “I just liked it because it was the only sport I could do with all three of them and [Bill Thomas Raceway] was right down the street from our house. They just started racing and they seemed to catch a hold of it.”
The brothers had an unprecedented run in quarter midgets, becoming the first three siblings to have won national events in USAC and QMA, sanctioning bodies for quarter midget racing.
Recently, the trio stepped up to Legends where drivers are separated by age.
This past season, 18-year old Hudson competed in the Semi-Pro division while 16-year old Harrison and 12-year old Holt competed in Young Lions.
And for all three brothers, it was another successful year.
Hudson and Harrison captured the Summer Series championships in their respective divisions while Holt had a promising inaugural season.
Hudson won multiple events in the 10-race season, but still found himself second in points heading into the season finale. After qualifying on the pole, Hudson captured the championship with a victory in the final race.
Harrison’s championship also came in exciting fashion. With one race remaining, he and another driver were tied for points and race wins, so the title would be decided by who finished higher in the finale.
After both qualified in the third row, Harrison was able to charge to the front and take the lead, fending off his championship challenger in second and securing the title.
In many races, Holt would follow his older brother to the front, learning his line. He would finish in the top-5 multiple times over the course of his first season and captured a win at a race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“It was fun this season,” Holt said. “There are a lot more cars and they are a lot faster than quarter midgets.”
After the summer of triumphs, Hudson went on to compete at national events.
He secured multiple wins to climb to fourth in the national standings heading into the final round at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in October.
And lady luck was on his side that day.
In turn three on the final lap of the race, the points leaders wrecked. That allowed Hudson to leapfrog the championship leaders on the final lap, and with it, win a national championship.
“I had no idea I had won it until the trophy presentation,” he said.
The nationals win was another accolade for the brothers who have thoroughly enjoyed the sport.
“It’s been a great experience racing from quarter midgets to Legends,” Harrison said. “We’ve just gotten better and better and we are continuing to learn.”
They have also been able to share the experience, and they say it’s been enjoyable to compete together.
“It’s fun because we can help each other out,” Hudson said. “We don’t have to figure out everything on our own. If something is working for one of us we can all try it.”
With championships now under their belts, Harrison and Hudson will compete in the Pro division next year. The series features select drivers 16 years or older who have shown proficiency in other divisions.
Holt will continue racing in the Young Lions, but he will have his brothers there for him each week throughout the season.
“I get to race with my brothers and get wins,” Holt said.