Graeme Rufenacht wins the DragChamp 2020 Jr. Racer of the Year title! Find all the details in the DragChamp Jr. Top 10 List.
01/20/21 – Welcome to the DragChamp 2020 Jr. Racer of the Year Top 10 List. This week we rank the best Jr. dragster racers in the country and crown the 2020 Jr. Racer of the Year!
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DragChamp 2020 Jr. Racer of the Year Top 10 List
1 – Graeme Rufenacht
Graeme Rufenacht earns the DragChamp Racer of the Year title after making 43 finals at 16 different tracks in 8 different states. During one stretch of the summer, Graeme went 16 straight race weekends making it to at least one final round. Other highlights on the season include a runner-up at the WCF, $5K final in Kentucky, final at the Garrett Shankle Memorial $5K, ECF Fun Race winner with 186 entries.
He also won his 100th career race this year, while driving three different cars, along with winning 5 different season championships in 2020. Graeme was recently was awarded the SouthWest Jr. Dragster Series Driver of the Year title. For winning the DragChamp Jr. Racer of the Year title, Graeme will receive a custom designed trophy built by Theobald Motorsports, makers of some of the coolest trophies in drag racing.
2 (tie) – Kane Kern
He may be little but man is he mighty! Kane Kern, our 10-12 Racer of the Year, enjoyed a dominate season that saw him compete at eleven different tracks in 2020. He made his way to 28 final rounds in 32 events winning 14 times. Kern won at the highest levels of the sport including victories at the ECF and WCF.
He won the 8.90 index class at the WCF and was runner-up in the 10 year old class. At the ECF, he won the 10-12 year class. He won three track championships this season and finished 2nd in another.
2 (tie) – Dylan Hite
Dylan Hite, the 16-17 year old Racer of the Year, accumulated some amazing stats over the 2020 season. His season included track championships at Atmore and Gulfport and wins at the Garrett Shankle Memorial $5K and the ECF.
Dylan made final rounds in 10 consecutive weekends, won $1K at Emerald Coast, was runner-up at both $1,500 Back to School races, and runner-up at the New Year Nationals. He doubled up six times at Emerald Coast Dragway, won two Wally’s in one day, and won an Iron Man at State Capitol Raceway.
3 – Carson Emmett
Big Check Carson Emmett is third in our 2020 Jr. Top 10 List after another huge season. In 2020, Emmett won a track championship at Montgomery Raceway Park in the Glen Smith Series, made the final of the $10K and the 7.90 Index class at the Spooktacular Race, won $5K at the Holiday Junior Jam, and won $1,500 at the New Years Nationals. Emmett won $10,000 during a three month stretch and added 10 more big checks to bring his career total to 56!
4 – Shelby Thurman
Shelby started off the year off with three wins then went on to win a big money race at Holly Springs. Thurman was also on the winning Dream Team for the second time. She went on to win two Wally’s, one Iron man, and two more big money races at Holly Springs. She finished second in Beech Bend points and had a stretch of eight wins in a row at different tracks. Shelby ended the season with 20 wins in 32 finals.
5 – Hayden Land
Hayden Land rounds out the Top 5 after racing to 28 final round appearances and winning 18 of those including four Wally’s. Land won the King of the Track at Atlanta Dragway becoming the first Jr. racer to ever do so. Highlights on the season included a double win in 7.90 and 8.90 in the same day, a Division 2 Race of Champions win, and a Silver Dollar track championship.
6 – Camden Teel
The “Hulk” Camden Teel, the 6-9 Year Old Racer of the Year, traveled the country this year racing from Vegas to the Carolina’s. Along the way he won four Wally’s against the best racers in the country. On the West Coast, Teel collected Wally’s at the Division 7 races in Tucson and Las Vegas along with a Gamblers race win in Vegas. He added a semifinal finish at the Division 7 ET Finals.
Camden picked up two race wins and a runner-up at the Western Conference Finals before adding a semifinal finish at the ECF. Other race wins came at both the Midwest and Southwest Jr. Series, the Windmill Nationals, Tulsa, and Ardmore.
7 – Curtis Peek
Curtis Peek lands in the seven spot after collecting 10 wins in 16 finals. Peek had a streak of five consecutive wins at Silver Dollar Motorsports Park along with several semifinal appearances. His biggest victories of the season included a $5K victory in the Mike Bos Shootout at the ECF and winning a Wally at the NHRA National Open.
8 – Caleb Burns
Caleb started off the year with a $3K victory in Kentucky then went on to win a WFC outlaw Championship in Tulsa. He also earned two wins at the Midwest Junior Super Series in Byron and a MWJSS victory at Crossroads. Burns added runner-up finishes at Indy and two MWJSS races at Byron. He also won the Midwest Junior Super Series Outlaw 330 championship and the 13-17 championship. Caleb competed at 16 tracks in 11 states..
9 – Corey Reed
Corey Reed lands in the ninth spot after winning 13 of his 15 final round appearances on the season. Reed won two Wally’s in the NHRA Division 2 national open series, won the Atlanta track championship, finished second at Silver Dollar Raceway, and third in the Division 2 points. His most recent victory was an 11.90 Index win at Rockingham.
10 – Dexter Gomez
Dexter Gomez enjoyed another huge season in 2020. Gomez’s highlights include a $1,000 victory at Rockingham, a split and quit final at the Kil-Kare Halloween race, a no split $2,000 victory at Keystone, a victory at the Pacemakers Halloween race, a win at Triple Tens in Muncie, and five points races victories and a track championship at Dragway 42. Dexter collected six big checks on the year to earn a Top 10 spot in our 2020 Year End List.
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