At age 10, Gage Blevens already has an NHRA Eastern Conference Finals win and an NHRA Division 3 Jr Dragster Championship win under his belt after only racing for three years.
LOUISVILLE- 10-year-old Gage Blevens started racing junior dragsters three years ago and already has some major accomplishments under his belt.
Blevens was introduced to the sport by the Bohannon Family. Gage’s dad, Jason, grew up going to the track with them and reached out to Chuck Bohannon about adding a junior dragster to his garage. The Bohannons helped them get started and have supported them along the way.
He started testing at Ohio Valley Dragway in Louisville, KY in 2017 and eventually ventured out on some Friday nights to US60 in Hardinsburg, KY. In 2019, they started competing in the Midwest Junior Super Series and enjoyed visiting all the other tracks. The team also makes the annual trip to Bristol, TN for the Eastern Conference Finals.
This year, Gage is moving up to the 8.90 class and his parents invested in a brand new 2020 Mcilvain Racecars Jr Dragster built by Dean Mcilvain out of New Carlisle, Ohio. He has only been able to make a few passes in it this year, but he loves it already. His motors are built by Ronnie Smith with Junior Specialties/S&W Powersports out of Springfield, TN and his current power plant is a Baby Rhino 3×3.
Gage won his first race at US60 Dragway in the full of 2018. His parents had promised him a dog if he won a race, so of course, Marshall joined the family shortly after. He had better luck in 2019 with several runner-up finishes until July.
In July, Gage was crowned the 6-9-year-old Class Champion at the Eastern Conference Finals in Bristol. He also won the NHRA Division 3 Junior Dragster Championship in Indy at Lucas Oil Raceway and finished No. 1 in points for the Midwest Junior Super Series in the 6-9-year-olds class. 2019 was an amazing year!
Gage looks up to Tyler Bohannon the most in the sport. He believes he is really good at driving the finish line, he wins a lot, and he’s a very nice guy. He also looks up toe Pro Stock racer Bo Butner. Bo got his start in sportsman racing and made it all the way to a Pro Stock Championship.
The Bohannon family has made the biggest impact on Blevens’ success. Chuck helped them build his first car and coached us through his first passes. He was very patient with the both of them. Kayla ran alongside Gage many nights and answered all of his driving questions. She taught him how to get ice cream for good reaction times. The whole family- Chuck, Gina, Tyler, Abbey, and Kayla- have been a huge help.
Gage’s favorite race cars are sleeper cars, Nova Wagons and Fox Body Mustangs. His mom had one back when she was cool, haha!
His parents are his major supporter in his racing also with the help of a few folks:
- Brian and Nikki Woods with Woods Auto Body
- Uncle Donnie and Aunt Nita
- Penn Grade Oil
- Dean Mcilvain
- Ronnie Smith
All of these people help Gage and answer all of his dad’s questions, and he has a lot of them!
Gage hates to see Jackson Summers in the other lane. He’s a good racer who is also from Kentucky. There are races where they both have traveled 5-6 hours for, and they still end up racing each other. Gage hates having to race someone from home, especially early in a race.
Blevens loves to win and going fast is what motivates him to continue racing. He loves his racing family. Norwalk is his favorite track- because of the ice cream! He plays video games in his free time and loves to ride his 4-wheeler and minibike.
One thing a lot of people don’t know about him is that he has had several ear surgeries (brand new ear drums) and his tonsils removed. Before those surgeries he was underweight, now he loves to eat!
The hardest part of drag racing to Gage is racing his friends. They all spend a lot of time at the track playing and hanging out in each other’s trailers. He wishes they could all win, but it’s great that they can all be friends no matter who ends up in the winner’s circle.
Gage wanted to thank his family the most. His dad is his crew chief. His mom not only keeps them fed but loves to crunch numbers in the logbook. Gage’s brother, James, helps when he can and most importantly, Marshall, for helping him forget about his losses.
In his upcoming years of racing, he hopes to continue to grow as a driver, become a better communicator, and become more involved dialing the car in.
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.