Local firefighter burning it up on the race track

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - When he's not fighting fires, you can often find Ryan Haddock burning rubber inside his #33 race car at East Carolina Motor Speedway.

During the day, Haddock is a firefighter at Station 1 in Greenville and a fire captain in the Gardnerville Fire Department.

But the 24 year old has dreamed of racing stock cars since he first got behind the wheel at the age of 15 (before he had a driver's license).

Haddock, who graduated from D.H. Conley High School, started racing in the pure stock division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 2009.

After finishing in the top two for the season, he won his first career championship In 2013.

He then moved up into the Limited Late Model division where he was named Rookie of the Year.

He now drives a stock car for Ryan Haddock Racing that was built from the ground up. Under the hood, the Chevy sports a brand-new 425 horsepower engine.