This week’s DragChamp Jr. Racer Spotlight is all about 13-17 year old Keystone Raceway Park 2021 Track champion, Brandon Deal.
Featured Photo by Lou Crouch
CANFIELD, OH- Brandon Deal started racing Junior Dragsters when he was just 8-years old. He started off in the 12.90 class but took a bit of time off to play travel baseball and picked it back up full time in 2020. Like many Jr drivers, he got introduced to the sport first by family and then watching the pros on TV. Now back at it 100%, Brandon competes in the 7.90 index class or the 13-17 year old age group class. His home track is Quaker City Motorsports Park.
Brandon was also awarded the DragChamp September Jr. Racer of the month. During the month of September, Brandon made nine final round appearances while winning six times! Deal made those finals over a five week period across several tracks. Deal made multiple finals on the same weekend several times over the month. He picked up wins at Keystone Raceway, Dragway 42, Quaker City, and won the track championship at Keystone. Brandon won a Gamblers race at the IHRA Division 3 ET Finals and was runner-up to his brother Braydon in the Race of Champions.
His Junior Dragster
Brandon’s current car is 2005 Halfscale. He hopes to make the move to a full-size dragster once he ages out of the Junior Dragster ranks.
Outside of Racing
When Brandon isn’t at the racetrack, he can be found Facetiming his Girlfriend or hanging out with family and friends. His favorite movie is Remember the Titans and his favorite genre of music is country with Luke Combs topping his playlists. One thing most people don’t know about him is that he is scared of snakes. His favorite food is a bowl of chili and favorite baseball team is the Boston Red Sox.
Brandon’s 2021 Accomplishments
- DragChamp September Jr Racer of the Month
- 2021 Keystone Raceway Park 13-17 Year Old Track Champion
- Qualified for IHRA World Finals in Memphis
- Runner-up in 2021 Division 3 Race of Champions
- Gamblers race Winner at the IHRA Division 3 ET Finals
- 20 final round appearances in 2021
What’s on your bucket list, future goals, what do you hope to achieve?
I hope to win my last race in the Jr which will be at the New Year Nationals in Bradenton, FL. One thing on my bucket list is to be an IHRA World champion and to get into a Dragster soon.
Who has made the biggest impact on your racing success?
My Dad has made the biggest impact in my racing success! From dialing the car every round to making sure its ready to run week after week.
Who do you look up to in the sport?
I look up to my older brothers, Codey & Corey. They’ve taught me everything I need to know, as well as my Dad.
Tell us what you do for a living?
Still in Highschool
How do you support your racing, side hustle, sponsor, partner, etc.?
My parents pay for most if not all of it. I’ve been blessed to have won a decent amount of money this season to help pay for entries, gas, and repairs.
Who do you hate to see in the other lane, and why?
I hate to see my brother, Braydon in the other lane.
What’s the hardest part of drag racing?
The hardest part if drag racing is adjusting to all of the different trees with different rollouts, it can be difficult sometimes.
What’s your most embarrassing moment in a race car?
Losing to my brother in the Race of Champions final at the Division 3 bracket finals.
What are you saying to yourself just before you stage the car?
I usually say a quick prayer or I try to just take my mind off of things to take some nerves away.
What do you enjoy the most at the racetrack?
I enjoy the feeling of excitement and accomplishment when my win light comes on in a good race.
Are you superstitious? If so, what are they?
I am superstitious, I can’t eat anything until I am done racing.
Do you love to win or hate to lose?
I hate to lose.
Which are you better at the starting line or the finish line?
What motivates you to continue racing?
May love for the sport
If money were no object, what would your racing operation look like? Car, trailer, class, race schedule, etc.
I would have a big toter home and a stacker along with a Dragster and a few door cars and I would travel around the US to attend any race I want
How often do you use a practice tree?
I never use a practice tree
What is your daily driver?
Where do you spend the most time on the internet?
Would you rather hang out with a crowd or have a quiet evening at home?
I’d have a quiet evening at home, I don’t like going out.
Who would you like to thank, who helps you the most?
I would like to thank my parents for providing me the means to race every weekend and for supporting me , win or lose. I would also like to thank my brothers, Braydon, Corey, Codey, and Nick for always being there to give me advice, pep talks and support anytime I need it.
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