Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Racer Bio: Marshall Cline

VIPERIZER RACER BIO PRESENTS...
Marshall Cline!


 Quick Facts

Name:  Marshall Cline
Age:     10
Hometown:  Ontario, Canada
Home Track:  Toronto Motorsports Park
Team/Crew Name:  Cline Racing                     
Team/Members:  Scott and Julia Cline



All About Marshall

How long have you been racing?
2 years

How did you get into Jr Dragster?
Mom and Dad both have bracket cars. I have been watching junior dragsters since I was really, really young.

What is your favorite thing about racing?
The respect and friendship of my competitors in the lanes prior to making a pass

What is your favorite track to race on? 
Toronto Motorsports Park

What is one word that describes you best?
Respectful



What sets you apart from other racers?
We are there to have fun as a family

What are some of your racing accomplishments?
2018
-One runner-up finish

2017
-Runner-up at first race of season
-Won one main event
-Received NHRA competition license at 8 years old

What are your goals for this season?
Top 5 in series points and win a couple of races

What other activities do you enjoy outside of racing? 
Rep hockey goalie, baseball, love to read and enjoy school


Thursday, November 8, 2018

Racer Bio: Brayden Tyler

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Brayden Tyler!


 Quick Facts

Name:  Brayden Tyler
Age:     12
Hometown:  Big Springs, KY
Home Track:  US 60 Raceway, Ohio Valley Dragway, Beechbend Raceway
Team/Crew Name:  Brayden Tyler Racing
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Team/Members:  Rick, Chrissy, Leslea, & M



All About Brayden

How long have you been racing?
6 years

How did you get into Jr Dragster?
Dad races.

What is your favorite thing about racing?
Competition, meeting new racers

What is your favorite track to race on? 
All of them

What is one word that describes you best?
Racer

What sets you apart from other racers?
Give 100% to racing and always thank my sponsor




What are some of your racing accomplishments?
2018
-1st place trophy (and every year since he started in 2012)
-1st place at every track he raced at

2017
-Points champ
-Ohio Valley Raceway 8.90 Wally winner
-Greater Evansville shootout winner

2016
-Points champ

2013
-Points champ

2012
-Rookie of the ear
-Points champ

What are your goals for this season?
To be competitive at all races (champ)

What other activities do you enjoy outside of racing? 
Bowling, basketball, the lake, going to car shows




Monday, November 5, 2018

Racer Bio: Emily Wright

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Emily Wright!


 Quick Facts

Name:  Emily Wright
Age:     14
Hometown:  Mitchell, KY
Home Track:  Thornhill Dragway and Edgewater Sports Park
Team/Crew Name:  WSR Racing Team
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Team/Members:  Ted Wright, Cherae Wright, Jodi Gabbard, and Charlie Denny



All About Emily

How long have you been racing?
This is my third year.

How did you get into Jr Dragster?
My Grandfather was a drag racer, and my Father followed in his footsteps, and has been racing since the age of 16. My other Grandpa raced round track, and was the Track Champion several times. Racing has always been a big part of my family. When my Dad discovered the Junior Dragster program at Thornhill Dragway, he bought me a car and I've been in love with the sport ever since.

What is your favorite thing about racing?
My favorite thing about drag racing is getting to spend time with my family and friends doing what we love.

What is your favorite track to race on? 
Thornhill Dragway

What is one word that describes you best?
Confident

What sets you apart from other racers?
I consider failures as an opportunity to learn and grow. I enjoy challenging myself, and am constantly looking for ways to improve. I do not give up easily, and will continue to try to accomplish my goals.




What are some of your racing accomplishments?
2018
-Five time runner-up at Thornhill Dragway
-Two time runner-up at Edgewater Sports Park

2017
-Two time winner at Thornhill Dragway
-First female to win the "Junior Dragster Track Championship" Points Competition at Thornhill Dragstrip

2016
-Winner at Thornhill Dragway
-Two time runner up at Thornhill Dragway
-"Rookie of the Year" runner-up at Thornhill Dragstrip

What are your goals for this season?
My goals for this season are to practice properly driving at the finish line to prevent breaking out, and to travel to other race tracks.

What other activities do you enjoy outside of racing? 
Art, sewing, quilting, singing in my parish choir, reading, competing in pageants, and hanging out with friends. 



Friday, November 2, 2018

Racer Bio: Kelley Wissing

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Kelley Wissing!


 Quick Facts

Name:  Kelley Wissing
Age:     17
Hometown:  Magnolia, KY
Home Track:  Ohio Valley Dragway and US 60 Dragway
Team/Crew Name:  KWRacing
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Team/Members:  Kevin (Dad), Christie (Mom), Allen, Katie (Sister), Ryan, Monica, Eddie, Bailey



All About Kelley

How long have you been racing?
Since 2012

How did you get into Jr Dragster?
Our family attended racing nights and events with a family friend that drag races motorcycles. At one event they were running the Junior Dragster Challenge. After watching that night, and several other events we attended, I began asking my parents to buy me a car. After two years of asking, we bought my first car. I had never even sat in a junior dragster until we went to look at the car we purchased. After my first pass down the track, I couldn't stop smiling and we've been racing since.

What is your favorite thing about racing? 
My favorite thing about racing is the family atmosphere. Yes, we're all competitors when it comes down to making a pass and winning races, but off the track we're there to help each other out when someone is in need and have fun as friends or family.


What is your favorite track to race on? 
Bristol Dragway

What is one word that describes you best?
Passionate

What sets you apart from other racers?
I go out of my way to help a fellow racer and anytime spectators are walking through the pits and they stop to look at my car, I try to answer any questions that they may have. I also love for kids to sit in my car or try on my gear if they stop by to talk with us.

What are some of your racing accomplishments?
2018
-Win at Ohio Valley Dragway
-Midwest Junior Super Series Race participant at Terre Haute
-Huddleston Races and Eastern Conference Finals at Bristol

2017
-Finished 4th in points at US 60 Dragway  
-Top 15 finish in points at Ohio Valley Dragway
-Winner at Ohio Valley Dragway
-Winner at US 60 Dragway
-Runner-up at Ohio Valley Dragway
-Three time runner-up at US 60 Dragway
-Three time runner-up at Ohio Valley Dragway
-Five time semi-finalist at US 60 Dragway
-US 60 Dragway Bracket Finals participant
-Carl Casper Auto Show participant

2016
-Finished 8th in points at Thornhill Dragway Jr Dragster Division
-Runner up at Mountain Park Dragway
-Two time winner at Thornhill Dragway
-Two time runner-up at Thornhill Dragway
-Semi-finalist at Thornhill Dragway
-Bristol Dragway NHRA Eastern Conference Finals participant
-US 60 Dragway Bracket Finals



2015
-Finished 8th in points at Ohio Valley Dragway Jr Dragster Division
-Winner at Lake Cumberland Dragway
-Winner at US 60 Dragway
-Runner-up at Ohio Valley Dragway
-Runner-up at I-64 Motorplex
-Runner-up at US 60 Dragway
-Twice runner-up at US 60 Drwagway
-Twice semi-finalist at US 60 Dragway
-Semi-finalist at Ohio Valley Dragway
-Semi-finalist at London Dragway
-Semi-finalist at I-64 Motorplex
-Bristol Dragway NHRA Eastern Conference Finals participant

2014
-Winner at US 60 Dragway

2013
-Runner-up at Ohio Valley Dragway
-Runner-up at US 60 Dragway
-Twice semi-finalist at Ohio Valley Dragway

2012
-Winner at Tri-State Dragway

What are your goals for this season?
Finish in the Top 5 in track points at both regular season tracks - Ohio Valley and US60.

What other activities do you enjoy outside of racing? 
Swimming, singing in choir, spending time with my dogs and visiting with my family.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Racer Bio: Shawn Wilson

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Shawn Wilson!


 Quick Facts

Name:  Matthew "Shawn" Wilson
Age:     10
Hometown:  Jefferson, GA
Home Track:  Atlanta Dragway
Team/Crew Name:  Shawn Wilson Racing
                                 ^Click to follow him on Facebook!
Team/Members:  Matthew Wilson (Dad, Crew Chief), Jacqueline Wilson (Mom, Social Media), AJ Wilson (Little Brother, Pit Crew)



All About Shawn

How long have you been racing?
This is my 4th year and 3rd full season.

How did you get into Jr Dragster?
My family has a history of racing. My Grandfather has a super pro car, my Mom did juniors and pro car racing, and my Dad did go cart racing.

What is your favorite thing about racing? 
I get to see my racing friends/family, meet new people and go FAST!

What is your favorite track to race on? 
Bristol

What is one word that describes you best?
Outgoing

What sets you apart from other racers?
A never quit attitude and good sportsmanship



What are some of your racing accomplishments?
2018
-Won the Jr. Challenge (Wally) at Silver Dollar
-Two 1st place finishes
-One runner-up
-Several semi finals
-Attended EFC and displayed/made an exhibition run at Southern Nationals
-Ended season in 2nd in points

2017
-4th in points at home track
-One 2nd place finish
-Several semi finals

-17 cars at EFC

2016
-2nd in points at home track
-Two 1st place finishes
-Two 2nd place finishes
-Several semi finals

2015
-One 1st place finish

What are your goals for this season?
Track Points Championship

What other activities do you enjoy outside of racing? 
Golf and spending time with family and friends!





Thursday, October 25, 2018

Racer Bio: Aiden Malek

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Aiden Malek!


 Quick Facts

Name:  Aiden Malek
Age:     8
Hometown:  Beloit, WI
Home Track:  Byron Dragway
Team/Crew Name:  Malek Racing
Team/Members:  Steven and Christine Malek, Grandpa Wescott




All About Aiden

How long have you been racing?
October 18, 2014 was my first time down the track.

How did you get into Jr Dragster?
My mom raced Jr's when she was younger and both my Mom and Dad bracket race big cars.

What is your favorite thing about racing? 
Camping at the racetrack with my friends and family

What is your favorite track to race on? 
Great Lakes Dragway

What is one word that describes you best?
Inquisitive!

What sets you apart from other racers?
Very observant to what's going on around me



What are some of your racing accomplishments?
2015
-Was able to learn to drive my car and watch the older kids race (first year with a JR)

2016
-Was able to get my first round win (participated in first official races this year)

2017
-Raced in 2 track points series at Byron Dragway and Great Lakes Dragway (first season competing for points)
-Finished 1st place at Byron for 6 and 7 year olds
-Was able to represent my track at the Race of Champions race at Kil Kare Raceway in Ohio
-Tied for 1st in age group at Great Lakes Dragway with two 1st place finishes and two runner-up finishes at point races

2018
-Won first points race and trophy race of season at Byron Dragway
-Two point wins, two trophy wins, and a runner-up finish in both the points race and trophy race
-Captured points championship by holding the points lead from start to finish for the 6-11 age group

What are your goals for this season?
To qualify for the race of champions at our divisional race

What other activities do you enjoy outside of racing? 
I love to play hockey, baseball and go fishing. I also like to go snowmobiling, four wheeling and ride my dirt bike.