Monday, December 11, 2023

Junior DragChamp Spotlight with Cole Foster

This week’s DragChamp Jr. Racer Spotlight is all about the 10-12 year old SouthWest Junior Dragster Series Champion, Cole Foster.

DAYTON, TX- Cole Foster has been racing for four years now and was introduced to the sport by his father. His father asked him one day if he had an interest in Junior Drag Racing and the rest is history. His father purchased a starter car for him and started practicing in the school parking lot. Eventually, they made it out to the track to make some full runs and he made it to third round his first time out. At that point, he was hooked.

Cole just recently finished his last year in the 8.90 class and will be moving up into 7.90 this season. He mainly races in Texas with Houston Raceway Park being their home track. He also follows the SouthWest Junior Dragster Series.

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His Dragster

His current ride is a 2019 Halfscale that they bought in October of 2019. It currently has a 3.5″ Craws ZR4 onboard that is maintained by Mr. Jim Rogers.

Besides Cole’s driving duties, he also helps maintain his car. After each run he is responsible for re-fueling and checking tire pressures. Although his crew chief, A.K.A his dad does most of the work on the car, Cole does jump in a help when he can.

Cole Foster

Favorite Win and Future Goals

Although the American Junior Dragster Challenge was exciting to be apart of, he said that he is most proud of winning the bracket 330 race in San Antonio this past year. Until this year, he has never done very well in bracket 330 and he won the race against the 2020 Drag Champ Driver of the Year Graeme Rufenacht. Winning this race also completed his goal to win in all four major races held by SouthWest Junior Dragster Series. Index, Age Group, Bracket 330 and All Run Big Money!

Before aging out of Junior Dragsters, he would like the opportunity to win at the Conference Finals. He has also started building an S10 with his father that should be done before the end of the year.

Cole Foster

Cole’s Accomplishments

  • 2018 American Junior Dragster Challenge Winner
  • 2020 Sportsman Track Champion at Houston Raceway park
  • 2020 Overall Junior Champion for the Texas Bracket Racing Series.
  • 2020 NHRA Division 4 Junior Race of Champions Runner-up
  • 2020 10-12 year old Champion SouthWest Junior Dragster Series
  • 2020 2nd in points in SouthWest Junior Dragster Series Bracket 330
  • 2020 3rd in points in SouthWest Junior Dragster Series All Run Money
  • 2021 Texas Turkey Hunt Big Money Bracket Race Winner
Cole Foster

Cole’s Q&A

Who has made the biggest impact on your racing success?

My Dad

Who do you look up to in the sport? 

My dad, he really works hard to get me to all the races and he continuously reminds me that I can always do better. 

Who do you hate to see in the other lane, and why? 

I do not really look at who is in the other lane. I just try to do the best job I can on every run. 

What’s the hardest part of drag racing? 

For me it has been learning to drive the stripe….it is very easy to make mistakes.

What do you enjoy the most about racing?

Winning always makes it fun but I really like the friends that I have made. 

Do you love to win or hate to lose? 

I love to win, I don’t get upset when I lose too often. 

Which are you better at the starting line or the finish line? 

I am better at the starting line. 

Besides racing, what do you do in your free time? 

Video games, soccer, hunt and fish. 

Where do you spend the most time on the internet? 

Watching videos on youtube.

What is your favorite sport?


Name one thing most people don’t know about you?

I am shy

What’s your favorite thing to eat? Individual item, meal, or restaurant?

I love Chili’s, but at the track Frito Pie

What advice would you give to young aspiring racers?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions when you do not understand and to practice even when you do not want to, it helps. 

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