Now the 19-year old college student is making a name for himself in two different racing disciplines – trucks and karts.
Books is currently in his second season behind the wheel of the No. 16 BWFS Industries LLC truck in the NASCAR BWFS 360 Truck class at Houston Motorsports Park.
After a rookie season that saw him finish second in the points for truck owner Joe Butcher, Books sits in fifth place after a rough start to the season.
“Well, this year we didn't start out any better (than last year),” Books said. “We had a dead battery on a re-start while in third. We had a race that had a wild finish, where we thought we were in seventh, but actually finished fifth and then got DQ'd for not going to tech.”
After stumbling in the first race of the season, Books got back on track in the second and third events of the year and then picked up his first win of the season in the first race – Mr. Anonymous 30 – of the season's inaugural Double Feature Night.
After a few rainouts, Books came back to pick up his second victory of the season, taking the checkered flag in the 360 BWFS 40.
Those victories have him vaulting up the points standings, now just 33 points out of second place and 76 points back of the series lead.
“I really like driving the truck,” Books said. “I would like to win a championship.”
If he can continue the run he is on and win the HMP track title, then it will be the second championship in 2012 for Books.
He has already won the Gulf Coast Karters, Inc. Spring 125cc Shifter Kart championship this season. Something he did in 2011 as well. He also is the 2008 GCKI 100cc Yamaha and 2009 GCKI 80cc Shifter champion.
It is now wonder that his racing idol is Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton.
“I would like to step up our program with the shifter kart and compete on a national level,” said Books, who was introduced to racing by his dad, who was a motorcycle road racer. “I would really like to someday drive some type of endurance car. My passion is road racing and the 12-hour and 24-hour endurance racing is great.”
For now, he will continue to race locally every other week at HMP, but it won't be long until Books is racing on the national stage full time.