This week’s DragChamp Jr. Racer Spotlight is all about California drag racers, Maddi and Macie Gordon.
PASO ROBLES, CA- Sisters, Maddi and Macie Gordon have been racing since they were just eight years-old. They got introduced to the sport by their Dad who currently drives a Top Alcohol Funny Car. Both ladies had been going to the racetrack with their family for as long as they can remember and eventually they got their start in a Junior Dragster. Now, fast forward about nine years later, and they both have had the chance to race Junior Dragsters, Junior Comp, and they just recently got their feet wet with Super Comp and Super Pro.
They currently compete in the NHRA Division 7 series which includes tracks in California, Nevada, and Arizona. When they aren’t behind the wheel of their own race cars, they also crew on their Dad’s TAFC and they travel around the country racing divisional and national events.
Maddi and Macie were also just featured on the DragIllustrated 2021 30 Under 30 List for being strong ambassadors of the sport of drag racing.
Maddi’s Junior Dragster is a 2015 Mike Bos that is powered by a Chris McGee engine. It runs 85 MPH in 7.90 seconds to the 1/8th mile. Her Junior Comp dragster is a 2007 Vision chassis that is powered with a stock Hayabusa motor that came straight out of a motorcycle. This car runs 6.90s in the 1/8th of a mile at 98 MPH.
Macie’s Junior Dragster is a Halfscale chassis with a Chris McGee engine onboard. They have had her car for about 8 years and it goes 85 MPH. Her Jr. Comp car is a McPhantom with a Hayabusa engine on it. They have had that car for 3 years and it runs 100 MPH. Lastly, is the Super Comp car which is a Danny Nelson built chassis with a Par racing engine. They have had that car for about 6 months and it goes about 175 MPH.
Outside of Racing
When they aren’t racing down the 1/8th of a mile or crewing for their Dad, the Gordon sisters can be found, working on race cars, hanging out with friends, and spending time on Instagram & Tiktok. Macie also plays volleyball in her free time and her favorite thing to eat is lobster. Maddi loves country music and her favorite TV show is Selling Sunset. Macie’s daily driver is a black Jeep Wrangler and Maddi drives a white Toyota Tacoma with a 6 inch lift and 35″ tires.
- Winning the NHRA Western Conference Finals
- Winning a Division 7 Championship
- Being chosen with my sister to be part of the 2021 Drag Illustrated 30 under 30 List
- Being a part of my families TAFC team
- Winning the Division 7 Championship 3 times in 11.90, 8.90, and in 7.90
- Another huge accomplishment for both my sister and I was to be a part of the 30 under 30 for Drag Illustrated at the PRI show.
- One of the last major accomplishments I would have to say would be to work on my dad’s funny car as a full time crew member. It is such an honor to be able to fly across the country doing what I love with my family and be competitive.
Maddi & Macie’s Q&A
What’s on your bucket list, future goals, what do you hope to achieve?
Maddi: I am a dreamer and I also dream big. But some of my dreams for my drag racing future include, hopefully being able to pull off a division 7 championship win in 2022 for my last year in jr’s, being as good of a TAFC driver as my dad is, winning national and divisional events in TAFC, and my biggest dream of all would be to win a national championship in TAFC!
Macie: For my racing goals I hope to win a championship in the Jr. Comp car which would make the first person ever to win a championship in 11.90, 8.90, 7.90, and 6.90. Another big goal of mine is to win a championship in Super Comp, which would be insane.
What is your favorite race car, and why?
Maddi: My favorite race car is my dad’s TAFC because what is cooler than a top alcohol funny car where you are shifting gears and moving the steering wheel all over the place just to keep going straight! Nothing beats that to me.
Macie: My favorite race car would have to be my Super Comp car because it goes the fastest.
Who has made the biggest impact on your racing success?
Maddi: My family 100%. My dad, mom, sister, grandma, and grandpa put so much time and effort into drag racing that without all 5 of them it wouldn’t be possible.
Macie: My dad would for sure be the person who has made the biggest impact on my racing success. He has done so much for my sister and I to get us a consistent and fast race car. Not only that but he is also so supportive and helpful when it comes to anything which has benefited how we race.
Who do you look up to in the sport?
Maddi: I look up to my dad and my grandpa. They both put their heart and soul into the sport and will work as hard as it takes to get any job done. I hope one day I can be as successful as they are.
Macie: I would have to say my dad because he is not only an amazing racer but also such a hard worker on the car after each run. He is a full time crew member who does work on the car, helps tune, and also drives like a champ.
Tell us what you do for a living?
Maddi: I work at Morro Bay Cabinets as well as do metal manufacturing for our business my sister and I started.
Macie: I am in high school.
Who do you hate to see in the other lane, and why?
Maddi: I hate to see my sister in the other lane because that means one of us is going to lose and that sucks.
Macie: I would say my sister for sure. She is always an amazing racer and on her game which makes it extremely difficult, but that also means that one of us will lose the round.
What’s the hardest part of drag racing?
Maddi: The hardest part about drag racing is not having one close to our house.
Macie: I would say the hardest part of drag racing is definitely the competition. There is never an easy round or competitor which makes a round win so much more exhilarating.
What are you saying to yourself just before you stage the car?
Maddi: “Bottom bulb” or “top bulb”
Macie: I always say “bottom bulb” over and over to try and help focus and get the distractions out of my head.
What do you enjoy the most at the racetrack?
Maddi: I enjoy the thrill of victory the most at the racetrack! 😉
Macie: I enjoy the competition and racing friends that we have made throughout the time we have been at the track.
Are you superstitious? If so, what are they?
Maddi: Not really, I used to be when I was little but not anymore.
Macie: I am personally not a superstitious person and don’t have any rituals I do, but my family is very superstitious.
Do you love to win or hate to lose?
Maddi: I love to win.
Macie: I love to win for sure. Losing is never fun but it always gives me something to work at and get better at after each time.
Which are you better at the starting line or the finish line?
Maddi: In the Jr comp, I am better at the starting line and in the Jr dragster I am better at the finish line.
Macie: I would say I am better at the starting line in my Jr. Dragster and I’m better at the finish line in the Jr. Comp.
What motivates you to continue racing?
Maddi: Nothing specifically, I just love drag racing.
Macie: My family is definitely a big motivation to keep racing because we all do it together as a family. We always are working towards getting better as racers all together so that is definitely what helps keep us going.
If money were no object, what would your racing operation look like? Car, trailer, class, race schedule, etc.
Maddi: If money was no object my dad and I would both drive a TAFC and my sister would have a blown top dragster.
Macie: If money was not an issue, I would have a Top Dragster with a stacker trailer and toterhome. I would like to race all of the NHRA races and travel the country. Not only that, but I would still like to be on the road crewing on my dad’s Alcohol Funny Car.
How often do you use a practice tree?
Maddi: Not often at all
Macie: I use a practice tree while at the track because we have it in our motorhome.
Favorite movie or TV show?
Maddi: Favorite TV show is selling sunset ( I love reality TV shows)
Macie: My favorite movie would definitely have to be Law Abiding Citizen.
Favorite music, artist?
Maddi: I love country music
Macie: My favorite kind of music is country music, and the artist would have to be Luke Combs.
Where do you spend the most time on the internet?
Macie: I spend the most time on Instagram or Tiktok.
What is your favorite sport? Favorite team?
Maddi: Favorite sport is drag racing and my favorite team is our team
Macie: I love Volleyball, but there aren’t really professional teams that I watch.
Besides racing, what do you do in your free time?
Maddi: We spend all our free time working on race cars or racing.
Macie: Besides racing, I go to school, hangout with friends and family, play volleyball, crossfit or work on race cars.
What are you really good at?
Maddi: I am pretty good at aluminum tig welding
Macie: I would say I am pretty good at school and I am a pretty fast learner.
Name one thing most people don’t know about you?
Maddi: My real name is Madison
Macie: I would say most people don’t know that I play Volleyball.
Would you rather hang out with a crowd or have a quiet evening at home?
Maddi: Quiet evening at home
Macie: I would rather have a quiet evening at home with my family. I am not home very often, so when I am I love to do nothing.
What’s your favorite thing to eat? Individual item, meal, or restaurant?
Maddi: My favorite thing to eat is a DQ reese’s peanut butter cup blizzard
Macie: My favorite thing to eat would have to be lobster.
Who would you like to thank, who helps you the most?
Maddi: I would like to thank my mom, dad, sister, grandma, and grandpa for putting in so much time and effort into teaching me all that I know about drag racing and supporting me all along the way.
Macie: I would like to thank my parents for all of the effort, time, and money they put into racing my sister and I. They are the most supportive people and always pushing us to be better. Not only my parents, but also my grandma and grandpa for their help and support. We couldn’t do it without them.
What is a piece of advice you’d give to an aspiring racer?
Maddi: There is nothing else in the world that is like drag racing. Yes there is a lot of work that goes along with drag racing but the thrill of victory and the people that go with it are unlike anything else in the world.
Macie: I would tell an aspiring racer to never give up on a goal. I never thought I would be in the position I am in today and doing all that I am able to, but if you put your mind to something you can make it happen.
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