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DragChamp Racer Spotlight with Ryan Herem

NHRA Division 7 racer Ryan Herem is in the racer spotlight!

Ryan Herem has been racing anything he can get his hands on since he was 16 years old. Between his grandpa and his dad, it was hard not to get the racing bug. Herem’s dad doesn’t race much anymore, but when he does he always seems to find a final round.

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Along with racing, Herem has probably one of the coolest jobs anyone could ever have. Ryan build cars for film, TV and commercials such as Gran Torino, Ballers, Shooter, Need For Speed, Pixels, Fast and Furious 5, Fast and Furious 6, Fast and Furious 7, Thor, and much more.

Young Ryan Herem

Currently, Herem races around the Division 7 area at divisional and national events. He currently races in Super Street, Super Gas, and Super Comp in cars of his own. Ryan has been lucky enough to race Stock, Super Stock, and even Factory Showdown.

DragChamp tracked Ryan down to learn more about his racing career.

Learn more about Ryan Herem in the following Q&A.

DragChamp Racer Spotlight with Ryan Herem

What is your favorite race car?

My favorite of the 3 cars is probably my 69 Camaro (was my dad’s high schools car), it runs 1090@153 or 5.30s with a Huntsville 582. The Corvette is a lot of fun too, 990@177 is pretty fun too. The APD 20 Degree motor hauls the mail!!

What are your major racing accomplishments?

  • Winning the US Nationals in Indy
  • NHRA World Finals (Home to us) Wally
  • Winning the Division Championship 
  • I’ve won everyone’s favorite: Mike Eames Rocky Mountain Raceway’s Last Divisional event held at RMR
Herem after his US Nationals win

What’s on your bucket list?

I don’t really have a bucket list per say, as I’m not racing enough to win the World Championship or JEGS Allstars. My current bucket list is to win each race I go to and to have as much fun as possible doing it!! One day soon I’ll put my efforts together and chase points for a season or two, then maybe the bucket list will change.

Who has had the biggest impact on my racing success?

That’s really hard, I’ve been so lucky to race alongside some of the greatest of all time. Most know Justin Lamb and I raced together for 3 or 4 years, I race with Slate Cummings a few times a year, share cars with Troy Williams Jr. Not to mention I traveled a season with Jeff Strickland, and at most of the D7 races Kyle Rizzoli and I pit together and the list goes on and on….

I mean Edmond Richardson won the Summit Series World Championship in my High School 1970 Nova. The list is incredible, and this is actually just a fraction of the racers that I’ve been blessed to race directly with, for or for me.

Ryan Herem

How do you support your racing?

Fantastic sponsors such as:

  • Shortline Express Markets
  • One11 Ink
  • Goodyear Racing Tires
  • FTI Transmissions and Converters
  • McLeod Performance

Who do you hate to see in the other lane?

Gosh that list is too long… I prefer bye runs and red lights, haha! In all reality I love racing the legends, the best of the best, the Tommy Phillips, Edmond Richardson’s or Luke Bogacki’s. Nothing better than if your win light comes on when your next to those types of guys!

What’s the hardest part of drag racing?

Putting aside the distractions of real life for 60 seconds at time to execute near perfect run within thousandths of a seconds.

Most embarrassing moment in a racecar? 

Waaaaaaay too many!!

Are you superstitious?

Nope not at all.

Do you love to win or hate to lose?

Hate to lose no doubt!! Remember the losses a lot more than the wins!!!

Division Championship Win

Better at the starting line or the finish line?

Depends on the day but 8/10 days finish line.

What motivates you to keep racing?

My friends and family mainly.

Ryan and Whitney Herem

If money were no object what would your operation look like?

I’d maybe add a stocker or super stocker but that’s about it…. I’m a low maintenance guy!

One thing most people don’t know about you?

I’m left-handed/footed with legitimately everything but a transbrake button.

Who would you like to thank?

First and Foremost, my beautiful and most understanding wife Whitney Herem, my parents, grandparents, etc.

Fantastic Sponsors: FTI Performance, One11 Ink, Goodyear Tires, Shortline Express Markets, APD Performance and Engines.

For more racing news, like this interview with Ryan Herem, click here.

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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