Thursday, October 18, 2018

Racer Bio: Ava & Vince Tiburzi

VIPERIZER RACER BIO PRESENTS...
Ava & Vince Tiburzi!


 Quick Facts

Name:  Ava & Vince Tiburzi
Age:     12 & 9
Hometown:  Ann Arbor, MI
Home Track:  Summit Motorsports Park
Team/Crew Name:  Team Tiburzi Motorsports
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Team/Members:  Cary Tiburzi (Crew Chief) and Stacy Tiburzi (PR)



All About Ava & Vince

How long have you been racing?
Ava:  This is my 3rd year.

Vince:  This is my 2nd year.

How did you get into Jr Dragster?
Ava:  I have pictures of me at the track watching my Dad race when I was a baby. I begged my Dad for a couple years because we would see juniors at races for his car. My Dad wasn't sure he wanted to because he knew it would mean he would race his car less, but my Mom talked him into it. Finally 4 Christmas's ago, my parents surprised me with a junior dragster. Now my Dad says he likes racing our cars more than racing his own.


Vince:  My Dad has raced since before I was born and my sister has been in juniors longer than me.

What is your favorite thing about racing? 
Ava:  Winning! Spending time with my family and the other racers. Helping my Dad teach my brother about racing.

Vince:  Spending time with my family and dog and the friends I have made at the track. Also learning how to do better.

What is your favorite track to race on? 
Ava:  My home track. The people that work there and the owners are so nice and they treat us well. They put a lot of money into improving the track every year.

Vince:  My home track. They are very nice there and are doing a bunch of things to make it nicer. They also have a pound of ice cream for $1. I get the rainbow sherbet. 


What is one word that describes you best?
Ava:  Hilarious

Vince:  Nice

What sets you apart from other racers?
Ava:  I have had a lot of success racing. I have had other parents tell me and my parents what a good example I set because I do not brag or boast.


Vince:  I am the shortest racer there. My Mom says I put the junior in junior drag racing. Sometimes when fans are walking around they can't believe I race my car and they talk to my Dad for awhile.

What are some of your racing accomplishments?
Ava:
2017
-1st year in 8.90 Intermediate Class in 2nd year of racing
-Held points lead at SMP most of the year
-Finished season in 2nd place overall
-Two 1st place wins
-Two runner-up finishes
-Winner at Jr. Dragster Bonanza
-Qualified for the Night Under Fire Shoot Out for the top 8 in points
-Won the Jr. Dragster Bonanza at US 131
-Accepted to be part of 2017 Team Viperizer, a parts supplier  


2016
-11.90 Novice Class in first year of racing
-Attended Roy Hill Drag Racing School
-Earned license in one day
-Finished 3rd in the point series at SMP
-Three 1st place wins at SMP
-Three runner-up finishes at SMP
-Runner-up in first ever heads up index race on a .500 pro tree
-Runner-up in the Night Under Fire Shoot Out for the top 8 in points at SMP






Vince:
2017
-11.90 Novice Class in first year of racing
-One 1st place win at SMP
-2 runner-up finishes at SMP
-Winner at Mid-Michigan Motorplex (4th of July race)
-Qualified for the Night Under Fire Shoot Out for the top 8 in points
-Made it to the semi-finals of the Jr. Dragster Bonanza at US 131
-Won Best Appearing Car in Novice Class for the 2017 season at SMP

What are your goals for this season?
Ava:  To win the intermediate class points series at SMP, represent the juniors at the NHRA national event at SMP, do well at Bristol, get at least one corporate sponsor, be featured in a local newspaper, and help my brother have a more successful season.

Vince:  I want to go on stage at the banquet. You get to if you are in the top 5 of your class. I also want to be invited to the NHRA national event at SMP. You get to go to that if you are in the top 2 of your class.

What other activities do you enjoy outside of racing? 
Ava:  I take volleyball classes because I plan to try out for my middle school volleyball team. I made the honor roll this year at school.


Vince:  I play flag football and I am a boy scout. I mostly am a boy scout so I could do the Pinewood Derby!



Monday, October 15, 2018

Racer Bio: Shelby Todd

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Shelby Todd!


 Quick Facts

Name:  Shelby Todd
Age:     10
Hometown:  Cataula, GA
Home Track:  Silver Dollar Motorsports Park & Montgomery Raceway Park
Team/Crew Name:  Shelby GT Racing
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Team/Members:  Heather and Kevin Todd






All About Shelby

How long have you been racing?
3 years

How did you get into Jr Dragster?
Parents

What is your favorite thing about racing? 
Go fast/staying in the camper

What is your favorite track to race on? 
Bristol

What is one word that describes you best?
Funny

What sets you apart from other racers?
My car



What are some of your racing accomplishments?
2018
-Huddleston Performance 6-9 winner Bristol
-Huddleston Performance 6-12 fun race quarter finalist
-ECF 6-9 year old champion

2017
-US 19 Albany 6-9 track champ
-Sweet Home Alabama tour 11.90 index champ
-King/Queen showdown all run race runner-up
-Quarter final 6-9 bracket race & 11.90 index

2016
-US 19 Albany 6-9 track champ
-5 runner-ups at SDR Track 6-9 age group
-7 wins at SDR Track 6-9 age group
-ECF quarter finals 6-9 age group
-SDR runner-up track champ

2015
-5 runner-ups at SDR Track 6-9 age group
-7 wins at SDR Track 6-9 age group
-SDR runner-up track champ

What are your goals for this season?
Win & do my best

What other activities do you enjoy outside of racing? 
Acting, art, toy collection






Thursday, October 11, 2018

Racer Bio: Keaton Vester

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Keaton Vester!


 Quick Facts

Name:  Keaton Vester
Age:     13
Hometown:  Bowling Gree, KY
Home Track:   Beech Bend Raceway
Team/Crew Name:  Keaton Vester Racing
Team/Members:  Dad (Scooter) and Mom (Misty)



All About Keaton

How long have you been racing?
5 years

How did you get into Jr Dragster?
I have been going to the races since I was 5 months old. I am a 3rd generation racer. I have watched my Dad ever since I can remember and saw the Jrs one time and told my Dad I wanted to do that.

What is your favorite thing about racing? 
The competition, the thrill, sportsmanship, meeting new people, and making friends

What is your favorite track to race on? 
Bristol

What is one word that describes you best?
Competitive

What sets you apart from other racers?
Encouragement & motivation



What are some of your racing accomplishments?
2017
-Made it to semis a couple of times in the Midwest series and at Beechbend

2016
-Winner of the Jr. Dragster Challenge at BB and a couple of runner-ups
-Runner-up in Midwest Series at Terre Haute
-Best reaction time in first round at ECF in Bristol
-Best engineered car at BB

2015
-Runner-up a couple of times at BB
-Couple of semis in the Midwest Series

2014
-Won my first race at Music City
-Finished 8th in age group in the Midwest Series
-10th in index in Midwest Series
-Couple of runner-ups at BB
-Runner-up at Montgomery

What are your goals for this season?
To do my best and learn from my mistakes

What other activities do you enjoy outside of racing? 
Racing is the only thing I compete in, but I like baseball, football, and soccer.



Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Racer Bio: Nicholas Stegman

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Nicholas Stegman!


 Quick Facts

Name:  Nicholas Stegman
Age:     8
Hometown:  Killingworth, CT
Home Track:  Lebanon Valley Dragway
Team/Crew Name:  Stegman Racing
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Team/Members:  Colin, Marcella & Christopher


All About Nicholas

How long have you been racing?
3 years

How did you get into Jr Dragster?
Switched from quarter midget

What is your favorite thing about racing? 
Friends

What is one word that describes you best?
Smart


What sets you apart from other racers?
I help my dad work on my car

What are some of your racing accomplishments?
2018
Earned NHRA comp license

What are your goals for this season?
To attend as many races as possible

What other activities do you enjoy outside of racing?  
Baseball


Thursday, October 4, 2018

Racer Bio: Dylan Smoot

VIPERIZER RACER BIO PRESENTS...
Dylan Smoot!


 Quick Facts

Name:  Dylan Smoot
Age:     11
Hometown:  Anna, TX
Home Track:  Xtreme Raceway Park
Team/Crew Name:  Smoot Motorsports
Team/Members:  Kevin Smoot (Crew Chief, Dad), April Smoot (Mom), Chance Smoot (Brother), Hunter Smoot (Sister)



All About Dylan

How long have you been racing?
3 years

How did you get into Jr Dragster?
My Dad and Grandpa both raced and this is something that I have always wanted to do. I want to carry on the family tradition and someday teach my kids to race.

What is your favorite thing about racing? 
Learning something that I can use the rest of my life and getting to spend time with my family. And I like going fast!!

What is your favorite track to race on? 
Texas Motorplex - It is really cool getting to race on the same track as Top Fuel and Funny Car. I am also excited to be racing Xtreme Raceway Park this season. It is a brand new track.

What is one word that describes you best?
Dedicated

What sets you apart from other racers?
I feel that this is not just a hobby. I look at drag racing as this is my job. I always try to do my best whether I win or lose. I am always working on my car between rounds. My outlook is there is always something that can be done.



What are some of your racing accomplishments?
2018
-Leading the points championship for TOPMA
-Won 3 of 5 races they have had this year
-Won South Central Drag Racing September Car of the Month

2017
-Bracket winner twice at Ardmore Dragway
-Bracket winner at Pine Valley
-Bracket winner at Paris Dragstrip
-Winner of TOPMA at Texas Motorplex
-Runner-up of TOPMA at Texas Motorplex

2016
-Bracket winner twice at Texas Raceway
-Bracket winner twice at Texas Motorplex
-Bracket runner-up twice at Texas Raceway
-Bracket runner-up at Texas Motorplex

-Best Appearing Car of PDRA at Texas Motorplex 

2015
-Winner on Friday and runner-up on Saturday of Throwdown at T-Town

What are your goals for this season?
To win the TOPMA and track championship.

What other activities do you enjoy outside of racing? 
MMA, hunting, fishing, camping



Monday, October 1, 2018

Racer Bio: Rayleen Sanchez

VIPERIZER RACER BIO PRESENTS...
Rayleen Sanchez!


 Quick Facts

Name:  Rayleen Sanchez
Age:     9
Hometown:  Poolesville, MD
Home Track:  Mason Dixon Dragway
Team/Crew Name:  Second Generation Racing
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Team/Members:  Grandpa (Marvin), Grandma (Cindy), Mom (Katie), Dad (Mark), Uncle (Mike), Elayna (Sister), Macie (Sister)



All About Rayleen

How long have you been racing?
1 year

How did you get into Jr Dragster?
I've been at the race track since I was a baby watching my Uncle Mike and my mom race junior dragsters.

What is your favorite thing about racing? 
My family gets to teach me.

What is your favorite track to race on? 
Mason Dixon Dragway




What is one word that describes you best?
Persistent

What sets you apart from other racers?
I'm from a family that raced too.

What are some of your racing accomplishments?
I just started last year and won a trophy and learned to be a good sport.

What are your goals for this season?
To win as many races as I can