Winbush Racing

Earl Winbush with Winbush Racing recently presented tools to the two highest-ranking students in Halifax County High School’s automotive program. Participating in the presentation are (from left) H.C. Phillips of the automotive program, Dalton Blanks, Winbush and Ivan Edmunds, store manager of Auto Zone. Not pictured is Dylan Newton.

Automotive students recently received tool sets as part of an annual tradition from Winbush Racing which has stepped up to reward automotive students for their hard work in the auto repair program during their senior school year.

Earl Winbush reached out to Halifax County High School automotive program instructor H.C. Phillips looking for his best two students in the school year.

The first and second ranking students were Dalton Blanks and Dylan Newton, who was not available for the presentation.

Blanks, who placed highest in the automotive program, is a 17 year old HCHS graduate, who plans to attend Danville Community College in the fall to study in their automotive program.

He currently works at supply line , enjoys fishing, hunting and loves watching the races at South Boston Speedway.

Newton is an 18-year-old who also plans to attend DCC to study in their electrical program to become an electrician.

He currently works at O'Reilly Auto Parts and enjoys hunting, fishing and playing baseball. Hunting is his favorite hobby.

Blanks received the 325-piece craftsman tool set donated by Winbush Racing.

Newton received the 180-piece tool set donated by the South Boston Auto Zone store.

“A special thank you goes out to Auto Zone store manager Ivan Edmunds for donating the tool set. As well as to H.C. Phillps for working with organization this,” said Winsbush.

“I wish these young men a very successful future in the automotive field. There is a very high demand for auto mechanics. I am a technician, and there will always be a need for mechanics,” he added.