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Winning in his Blood: Tanner Mocny

This week’s DragChamp Jr. Racer Spotlight is all about recent 2021 NHRA Division 2 Bracket Finals Novice Champion, Tanner Mocny.

VENICE, FL- Tanner Mocny has been racing Junior Dragsters for the past 4 years. Most of his family also race including his Dad, Mom, Nanny, Poppy, Sister, and Uncle. His Sister, Kylie races alongside him in the Junior Dragster Novice class. Just recently, Tanner, his Dad, and Uncle all shared the winner’s circle at the 2021 NHRA Division 2 Bracket Finals. His Nanny and Poppy are both Multi-Division 2 Champions.

This will be Tanner’s last year in the Novice Junior Dragster class and will be moving up into the Intermediate 8.90 class in November. His home track is Bradenton Motorsports Park but does travel in and around the state of Florida to race with his family.

Tanner Mocny

His Race Car

His current Junior Dragster is a 2010 Halfscale that he has raced a little over a year now.

Tanner Mocny

Outside of Racing

When Tanner isn’t behind the wheel of his Junior Dragster, he can be found playing video games, spending time on YouTube and hanging out with his family. His favorite movie is Suicide Squad and his favorite food is tacos! Before Tanner got more involved in racing, he played baseball. He is also currently a 5th grade student.

Tanner’s Accomplishments

  • 2018 NHRA Division 2 Race of Champions Novice Runner-up
  • 2019-2020 Bradenton Motorsports Park Novice Track Champion
  • 4X Jr Dragster Challenge Wally Winner
  • 2021 NHRA LUCAS Oil Divisional Baby Gators Winner
  • 2021 NHRA LUCAS Oil Divisional Atlanta Winner
  • 2021 NHRA Division 2 Bracket Finals Novice Champion

Tanner’s Sponsors

  • FTI FARM TEAM
  • Weeks Performance
  • Outlaw Racing Fuels
  • Craws Racing
  • Hodges Custom Homes

Tanner’s Q&A

What’s on your bucket list, future goals, what do you hope to achieve?

Winning the 2021 NHRA Lucas Oil Novice Championship, Winning ECF is high on my bucket list but also doing good in the next age bracket.

What is your favorite race car, and why?

My favorite racecar is mine, I just like it in general

Who has made the biggest impact on your racing success?

My mom and dad

Who do you look up to in the sport?

My poppy, he is the best racer.

How do you support your racing, side hustle, sponsor, partner, etc.?

FTI FARM TEAM, my parents, nanny and poppy

Tanner Mocny
Tanner and his sister, Kylie

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

This is a hard question for me, I think there are a ton of great racers in my class right now. But I definitely do not want to have to race my little sister.

What’s the hardest part of drag racing?

Judging the finish line

What’s your most embarrassing moment in a race car?

Driving thru the cones my first year in Bristol at ECF instead of following them to get off the track.

What are you saying to yourself just before you stage the car?

Don’t red light

What do you enjoy the most at the racetrack?

Racing and the friendships I make

Are you superstitious? If so, what are they?

No

Do you love to win or hate to lose?

I love to win

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

Starting line

What motivates you to continue racing?

Because it’s fun

If money were no object, what would your racing operation look like? Car, trailer, class, race schedule, etc.

I would still want what I have.

How often do you use a practice tree?

My sister and I play every morning on the way to school. My poppy says you have to play everyday to be good!

What is your daily driver?

I don’t have one I am 10

Favorite music, artist?

My sister makes us listen to kidz pop in the mornings

What is your favorite sport?

Dragracing

What are you really good at?

I think I’m good at racing.

Tanner Mocny

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

I used to play baseball

Would you rather hang out with a crowd or have a quiet evening at home?

Both depends on the day

Who would you like to thank, who helps you the most?

My mom and dad, they do everything they can to help my sister and I racing.

What is a piece of advice you’d give to an aspiring racer? 

Just have fun!

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