This week’s DragChamp Jr. Racer Spotlight is all about recent IHRA Gulfport Summit Super Series Junior Dragster winner, Linly Hatcher.
Featured photo by Lou Crouch
PACE, FL- Linly Hatcher has been racing Junior Dragsters since 2019 after she was introduced to the sport of drag racing by her Dad, two brothers, Griffin and Landon and her Grandpa. She currently competes in the 8.90 class and frequents Gulfport Dragway and Atmore Dragway. Her race car is a 2019 Mike Bos that they have owned for about two years. Linly races Junior Dragsters alongside her brother, Griffin. You can learn more about him through his Jr DragChamp spotlight.
Check out the Hatcher Racing Facebook page by clicking here.
Outside of Racing
When Linly isn’t behind the wheel of her hot rod, she can be found playing volleyball or working on her jewelry business. Her favorite TV Shows are Outerbanks and the Simpsons and her favorite music artist is Taylor Swift. She spends the most time shopping on the internet and she enjoys going to the beach. Volleyball is her favorite sport and she loves to cheer on the Auburn University volleyball team. She is really good at painting and her favorite thing to eat is strawberries.
- 13 finals
- 8 wins
- 6 runner-ups
- 2020 Emerald Coast Back 2 School 10-12 Year Old Winner
- KOC Top 5
- 2022 IHRA Gulfport All Run Winner
What’s on your bucket list, future goals, what do you hope to achieve?
Go to Hawaii, win a Wally, and capture a KOC Championship
What is your favorite race car, and why?
Dragsters and Pro Mods
Who has made the biggest impact on your racing success?
Who do you look up to in the sport?
Tell us what you do for a living?
School and Volleyball
How do you support your racing, side hustle, sponsor, partner, etc.?
Who do you hate to see in the other lane, and why?
My Brother, Griffin Hatcher.
What’s the hardest part of drag racing?
Cutting a good light
What’s your most embarrassing moment in a race car?
Cutting a 100 light
What are you saying to yourself just before you stage the car?
I always pray and say, “do good”
What do you enjoy the most at the racetrack?
Seeing all my friends
Are you superstitious? If so, what are they?
Nope, but my Dad is about racing.
Do you love to win or hate to lose?
Both, I love winning and hate losing
Which are you better at the starting line or the finish line?
What motivates you to continue racing?
My Dad because he motivates me to do better.
If money were no object, what would your racing operation look like? Car, trailer, class, race schedule, etc.
A big motorhome with the motorhome having a matching paint job to the trailer.
How often do you use a practice tree?
I play Doorslammers on my phone
What is your daily driver?
I don’t drive yet
Would you rather hang out with a crowd or have a quiet evening at home?
Hang out with a crowd
Who would you like to thank, who helps you the most?
My Mom & Dad
What is a piece of advice you’d give to an aspiring racer?
Make the best out of what you have
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