DragChamp presents the 2019 Jr. Dragster Top 10 List. The list includes the top Jr. racers in the country ranked based on their 2019 season results.
01/15/20 – The only weekly sportsman racing Top 10 List is back for a special Jr. Dragster edition. We continue our 2019 Top 10 Specialty Lists this week by focusing on the Jr. Dragster racers.
Like each of our year end Top 10 Lists, this is a challenging list to produce as there are so many talented young racers. To rank each competitor, we reviewed our Facebook nominations post to see how many times a driver was mentioned along with their 2019 season results. Combined, this resulted in a great year-end list for the junior racers.
Due to the abnormally large number of nominations, the Top 10 List quickly turned into the Top 30 List this week! With the huge number of stellar Jr. racers, we were left with no choice but to extend the list.
Special thanks to DragChamp Nation and your help each week putting this list together. We couldn’t do it without the nominations submitted to our Facebook page.
Want to check out previous Top 10 Lists, click here for the Top Bulb list, here for the Bottom Bulb list, here for the Top Dragster/Top Sportsman list, here for the .90/Super Classes list, and here for the Class Racing list.
2019 DragChamp Jr. Dragster Top 10 List
1 – Lauren Dodd
Lauren Dodd, a Kansas Honor Scholar raced to 26 wins in 28 final rounds in 2019. Lauren won a $5K, a $3K, won 3 of 5 races at the Back to School race, went 3-for-3 in the Southwest Junior Series, won 7 Wally’s and 3 Ironman trophies. In addition, Lauren was ranked #1 by Luke and Jed and was the first Jr. racer ever featured on DragChamp.com.
2 – Kaden Harrill
The 2019 IHRA world champion also captured his second consecutive Knoxville Dragway season championship in 2019. In addition, Kaden added six more trophies to the collection during the year.
3 – Kane Kearn
The 10 year old phenom made 38 finals in several different classes last season. This included 19 wins at nine different tracks. Kane earned the No Problem Raceway Jr. Driver of the Year award, was the National Dragster Challenge winner, and the King of the Coast and State Capitol track champions.
4 – Braden Bowden
One of the more popular names on the list, Braden secured two big double-ups in 2019. He scored two Midwest Jr. Series championships and also doubled at Byron Dragway. Mr. 8.90 also had a big season at St. Louis earning 2 wins, a runner-up, and 2 semifinals to go with a runner-up in Indy.
5 – Ian Theofelis
Ian won 134 rounds in 2019 while winning the Western Conference Finals championship, the Summit Division 6 Jr. Lighting class, and the Divison 6 Driver of the Year. Theofelis also won the Bremerton Raceway track championship and driver of the year award while just missing the Renegade Raceways championship after finishing second.
6 – Logan Westmoreland
Logan competed in 24 finals in 2019. He won $3,500 at Rockingham’s Summer Sizzler, won a $3K race, was a $5K runner-up, won at multiple tracks, was the 2019 Advanced Lucas Oil Champion for the fourth time, and finished second in the Darlington Dragway points chase.
7 – Aaron Reynolds
Aaron won multiple track championships during the 2019 season on the strength of 15 wins in 19 final rounds. He won the NHRA Division 2 Race of Champions, three Wally’s, the New Year Nationals $4K Shootout, and a couple of $1K races. Reynolds finished the year with over $10K in winnings.
8 – Maddie Chesne
Maddie posted a huge season in 2019 that included three track championships. The championships came at No Problem Raceway, State Capitol Raceway, and the King of the Coast series. She was also the IHRA Sportsman Spectacular back-to-back winner and Ironman runoff winner. Maddie scored eleven wins in fifteen final rounds.
9 – Troy Barton
The West Coast runner enjoyed a big 2019 season. Barton earned the Division 7 Championship and won four Division 7 races. Troy cashed for $1K at the West Coast Bracket Races Summer Shootout and earned multiple race wins and gambler wins during the year.
10 – Graeme Rufenacht
The 14 year old from Central Texas scored 21 wins in 26 final rounds during the 2019 season. He also won five different series championships. Graeme won almost $10K during the year.
11 – Cameron Willis
Willis found his way to 14 wins in 18 finals in 2019. The King of the Coast champion made three $5K finals, was the 2019 Dream Team Champ, and was the $4K 7.90 index runner-up.
12 – Michael Carpenter
The multi-time track champ continued his reign of terror in 2019. In addition to countless local race wins, Carpenter won 8 Wally’s and 6 Ironman trophies along with a semifinal at a $5K.
13 – Tyler Janousek
The 2019 Western Conference Finals winner also earned three Ironman trophies and four Wally’s across four different states. Tyler won eight times in two classes in the Southwest Junior Series. He added an IHRA Division 4 bracket finals championship and American Junior Dragster Challenge win to his collection.
14 – Gage Rachford
Gage Rachford earned ten victories in sixteen finals at 10 different tracks in 2019. Rachford picked up wins at the Eastern Conference Finals and Beechbend Raceway Park Wally Race. He added an Edgewater Track Championship and a Midwest Junior Series season runner-up.
15 – Gage Blevens
Blevens used forty round wins to lock up 2019 Midwest Jr. Super Series. He collected Wally’s at the Eastern Conference Finals and the NHRA Division 3 bracket finals at Indy.
16 – Tyler Smith
The 2019 Jr Comp Champ and Auto Club Raceway champion also won $1,000 at West Coast Bracket Races. Tyler won the Summit Race of Champions, went to three finals at 2019 Summit Jr Finals, was the 2019 Division 7 Driver of the Year, and won eight times in 15 finals.
17 – Logan Oliveira
Logan won the 2019 Jr. Finals at Vegas and also won the Race of Champions the same weekend. 2019 Auto Club Track Champion won several races throughout the season including a Wally at the Auto Club Jr Dragster Challenge.
18 – Kat Cross
Kat won seven times in eight finals in 2019. This led to a track championship at Paradise Dragway and a runner-up points finish at Brainerd Motorsports Park. Kat also won three of the five Southeast Six Shooter races.
19 – Katie Sloat
The Division 2 Bracket finals champ also picked up wins at six different tracks in Florida in 2019.
20 – Kholten Fuller
In early 2019, Kholten wrapped up the Twin City Raceway and King of the Coast 2018 series championships. Later in the season he won $600 at the Great American Bracket race. Fuller then won back-to-back $1K races, won the Tournament of Champions at the King of the Coast. and also grabbed a $2K runner-up.
21 – Leah Catherine Smith
In her first full year of racing, Leah Smith went to nine finals in twelve races. She earned five wins and a track championship at Holly Springs.
22 – Kade Renoll
Kade Renoll won the NHRA Division 7 Lucas Oil Series 10-12 championship and the Division 7 Summit Series championship.
23 – Landon Exner
The Division 4 champion made numerous final rounds on the season. Landon was also one of the most nominated racers on the list. Learn more about Landon in his interview with DragChamp.
24 – Jesse Lasik
Minutes after graduating 8th grade, Jesse headed for the track were he had an epic weekend. At Sikeston, Jesse won twice on Friday and also the main event on Sunday. He just missed the clean sweep with a runner-up on Saturday.
25 – Harrison Crawford
Crawford earned a $4K shootout victory and four wins, two of which came in borrowed cars. Oh yeah, he kinda broke the internet too.
26 – Shelby Chandler Thurman
Shebly Thurman collected big checks at a rapid pace in 2019 at Huntsville Dragway. Shelby won two Wally’s and the NHRA Division 2 Race of Champions along with a second place points finish at Music City Raceway.
27 – Cam Whisnant
Cam earned nine wins in sixteen final round appearances during the 2019 season. He locked up the Piedmont Dragway track championship while finishing in the Top 3 in four other series.
28 – Alexis Whitaker
Alexis had a big season that included four wins in eight finals with five semifinal appearances. She raced to a second place finish in the NHRA Division 2 points chase. At the Eastern Conference Finals, Alexis won $5K and also added a win at the Division 2 National Open at Atlanta.
29 – Brayden Tyler
The 14 year old picked up his 5th track championship in 2019. He collected numerous race wins over the season bringing his career win total to 215.
30 – Madison Wilson
The NHRA Champ won numerous races during the year including a double at Carolina Dragway. She began the season going to five straight final rounds.
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