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Tyler Chapman | Never Give Up

Nine year old Tyler Chapman was diagnosed with stage two Chronic Kidney Failure on October 3, 2018, but that hasn’t stopped him from living his dream.

Pauline, South Carolina is home to one very special little boy by the name of Tyler Chapman. Tyler was diagnosed with stage two chronic kidney failure in October of 2018. Just 20 days later, Tyler was gifted a junior dragster from his grandparents, Lee and Vickie Ashe.

Drag racing has been a family affair for years. So it was only fitting Tyler would get to race junior dragsters. His grandparents drove 12 hours to pick it up.

Tyler Chapman
Tyler Chapman after his runner-up finish.

Tyler has raced in around 20 races. In 2019, he won at Union County Dragway and runnered-up at Carolina Dragway. He is making his mark in the drag racing world at just nine years old.

“We are so proud of him,” mom, Jan Chapman, said. “We are so blessed to have such a strong little boy.”

Chronic kidney disease hasn’t stopped Tyler from doing what he loves, in fact it has made him stronger. Whether it be beating his big brother, Kyle, or cutting a good light, Tyler loves being in the car and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. He is beating kidney disease one race at a time.

Tyler Chapman
Tyler Chapman

Tyler, the DragChamp team is very proud of you and we wish you all the success in your upcoming years! We look forward to seeing more winners circle pictures.

For more news regarding the Chapman Racing Team, follow their Facebook page.

For more junior dragster articles on DragChamp, click here to learn more about Lauren Dodd and here to learn about Landon Exner.

Megan-Strassweg

About the author: Megan Strassweg is a 22 year old Super Comp racer from Louisville, Kentucky. She races a 2015 American Dragster sponsored by Coolshirt Systems. She graduated from Western Kentucky University in May of 2020 with a degree in Photojournalism and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Megan works at Jim Butner Auto in the Finance Department. Growing up at the racetrack, drag racing is all she has known and never plans to give up on it. 

You can reach Megan on Facebook or email at megan@dragchamp.com

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