2019 Power Wheels Racing champions Tommy Robinson, Ben Payton, and Jimmie Stowe to compete in Power Wheels and Junior Dragsters in 2020!
In 2018, Power Wheels Racing was introduced at Pacemakers Dragway as a way to involve kids in their popular Cash Days event. The series soon took off and is now preparing for the 2020 season.
After a successful debut in 2018, the class continued to grow throughout the 2019 racing season. What started as one class quickly grew into three and the Central Ohio Power Wheels Drag Racing organization was formed. Mel Robinson manages the series which caters to kids ranging from 3 to 9 years old.
2019 Season Champions
The series crowned track champions in three classes in 2019. The classes include 12 volt Stock, 12 volt Modified, and 24 volt Modified.
12 volt Stock Champion
Tommy Robinson captured the 2019 Stock championship. For 2020, Tommy plans on competing in both the Power Wheels series and in the Jr. Dragster class.
12 volt Modified Champion
Ben Payton cruised to the 2019 Modified championship after only losing three races all season. Like Robinson, Payton plans to compete in Power Wheels and Jr. Dragsters during the 2020 racing season.
24 volt Modified Champion
Jimmie Stowe captured the 24 volt Modified championship in 2019. Stowe will move into the Jr. Dragster ranks in 2020 along with running a full slate of Power Wheels events.
2019 Series Champion
The 2019 series champion was Madilyn Holtgrefe. She had a perfect light in 24-volt Modified, and killer reaction times all year long. Madilyn doubled up at three straight races. She won 12 volt Stock and 24 volt Modified, first at National Trails, then at Kil-Kare, and once again at Pacemakers to end the season.
The 2020 season will be slightly different than in previous years. National Trail Raceway will now be home for the Power Wheels series after Pacemakers Dragway closed. To better prepare the kids for Jr. dragster racing, Jason Murray has created two classes for the Power Wheels series.
The first will be a mixed class where both 12 volt and 24 volt entries will compete in a bracket racing format. The class includes a full tree and racers will run to the 60′ clocks. The second class will include 24-volt heads up racing to the 60′ clocks.
The goal of the Power Wheels series is to get kids involved in racing at an early age while preparing them for the Jr. dragster class. Although the series is based out of National Trail Raceway, there will be events at Kil-Kare and Summit Motorsports Park in 2020. There’s even talk of some indoor Power Wheels racing at a mall in March.
In order to get more kids involved, the Power Wheels team is working to bring more power wheel cars to the track for rentals. This way parents give their kids a chance to compete for a minimal investment.
Central Ohio Power Wheels Drag Racing was quick to mention that without the help of all their sponsors, none of this would be possible. Those sponsors include:
- Vic’s Body Shop
- National Trail Raceway
- Rayna Morgan e-Merge Real Estate
- All Flooring Ohio
- Hot Shot’s Secret
- EV Performance
- Hook Performance Photography
- Owens Performance
- New Horizon Ministry
- Ohio Grudge Racing
The dates for bracket racing at National Trails Raceway are May 23rd, June 20th, July 5th, September 5th, September 26th, and October 3rd.
The dates for heads up racing are May 30th, July 10th, and September 12th. The series is very excited for the 2020 season to begin in just a few months.
A special thanks goes out to the track owners and operators. Their help has been invaluable in keeping the series alive, especially Jay Livingston and Jason Murray at National Trail.
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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.