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Saturday, June 22, 2024

Blake Combs in the Jr DragChamp Racer Spotlight

This week’s DragChamp Jr. Racer Spotlight is all about Tennessee Junior Dragster competitor, Blake Combs.

BLUFF CITY, TN- Blake Combs started racing Junior Dragsters eight years ago after being introduced to the sport by his Dad, Mike. He currently races in Junior Dragster classes that he is eligible for and calls Capital City Motorsports Park and Mooresville Dragway their home track. Just recently, he has started racing big cars as he begins his transition out of Junior Dragsters.

Blake started racing at the young age of eight years old and won his first race and first two track championships at Bristol Dragway. He won his third track championship at Farmington Dragway in his Black and Green Junior Dragster. After that year, their focus turned to chasing big money Junior Dragster races instead of concentrating on points.

Learn more about Blake below!

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Current Race Car

Blake’s current Junior Dragster is a 2022 Mike Bos that they bought in February of this year. It has a Craws Racing ZR4 3 1/2 motor that runs under 7.90s.

Blake’s Accomplishments

  • Multi-time Track Champion
  • Several $5k Wins
  • Numerous $3k Wins
  • Have won at least one race several years in a row at the Eastern Conference Finals
  • 2020 Runner-up in Eastern Conference Finals Main Event
  • 202113 & Up NHRA Division 2 Bracket Finals Champion

Outside of Racing

Blake is a student at Tennessee High School and works at Mike Bos Chassis Craft after school and during breaks. In his free time, besides racing, he likes to play golf and hang out with his friends. His favorite movie is Top Gun, and his favorite food is chicken wings. On the internet, he spends the most time scrolling through TikTok or watching YouTube videos.

Blake Combs

Blake’s Q&A

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

I want to win a big money footbrake race this year and would like to get the Eastern Conference Finals monkey off my back (been so close so many times and just have something happen).

What is your favorite race car, and why?

67 Chevy II and Chevy II wagons are the coolest

Who has made the biggest impact on your racing success?

My Dad, he’s not a bad teacher 

Who do you look up to in the sport?

I have several people I look up to My Dad, Ben Willis, and Tanner Miller they all help me out a lot.

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

Could not do this without my sponsors, Mike Bos Chassis craft, Fred Craw at Craws Racing, and especially my Mom, Brandy who supports Dad & I’s racing.

Blake Combs

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

That’s a loaded question. There are a ton of great racers everyone is so tough. I try to just keep my head down and focus on what I have going on and treat every racer the same. It would be hard to name one racer.

What’s the hardest part of drag racing?

Know what to do, when to do it, to take or not sometimes is the hardest thing. Goes back to there are so many tough racers giving you different looks.

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

I cut the car off trying to pull the chute one time 

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

I don’t really say or think anything.

What do you enjoy the most at the racetrack?

Winning

Are you superstitious?  If so, what are they?

No

Do you love to win or hate to lose?

Hate to lose

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

I would say finish line but after last weekend that could be debated lol

What motivates you to continue racing?

Turning on win lights

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

I would have a huge totorhome and stacker with a Jr Dragster and a Chevy II wagon and race 5 days a week.

How often do you use a practice tree?

Never

Blake Combs

What is your daily driver?

Right now, my Hey Dudes… I just turned 16 and have not bought anything yet but am looking for a truck.

Favorite music, artist?

I really like all kinds of music from Country to Rock to Rap but really don’t have a favorite really depends on my mood.

What is your favorite sport?  Favorite team?

Football… The Bills are my favorite team

What are you really good at?

Not sure I’m really good at anything, so I have to say breathing cause I’m still alive lol

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

I’m really shy I think some people think I’m not friendly but it’s just because I’m shy. And I could have possibly welded their Jr Dragster.

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

I like to be in a crowd as long as I’m with my friends but I just sit back and watch.

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

Again my sponsors, Mike Bos, Craws Racing and especially my parents.

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

Surround yourself around good racers and listen and pay attention. Put forth the effort and keep your head up even in the rough times, we all hit rough streaks but keep digging and don’t ever give up.

For more DragChamp Jr. Spotlights, click here.

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