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Thursday, May 23, 2024

McKenzee Hogan: Jr DragChamp Racer Spotlight

This week’s DragChamp Jr. Racer Spotlight is all about recent PDRA American Door slammer Challenge Top Jr. Dragster Winner, McKenzee Hogan.

DUDLEY, NC- McKenzee Hogan is a fierce Junior Dragster competitor who has been racing for the past five years. She started racing at the young age of seven after her Dad introduced her to the sport by taking her to the drag strip. Just recently, she won Top Jr. Dragster at the 2022 PDRA American Door slammer Challenge and doubled-up just weeks before at Galot Motorsports Park.

Check out McKenzee’s family racing Facebook page, Hogan Motorsports.

Read all about her below!

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She currently competes in the Top Junior Dragster PDRA class, 8.90 Index, 10-13 year old Age Group, and the All Run Junior Dragster class at their local drag strips. Her current car is a 2014 Mike Bos that they have owned for two years. It has a Craw’s Racing motor onboard which runs 8.90s.

Outside of Racing

When McKenzee isn’t behind the wheel of her Junior Dragster, she can be found playing basketball, soccer, or hanging out with her two older brothers. She also likes to listen to music and her favorite artists are PJ North and Morgan Wallen. Her favorite TV show is Heartland and she loves scrolling through TikTok and Instagram.

McKenzee’s Accomplishments

  • Multiple wins & runner-ups
  • 2022 PDRA American Doorslammer Challenge Top Jr. Dragster Winner
  • 2022 PDRA Doorslammer Derby Low Qualifier
  • Doubled-up wins & runner-up at Galot Motorsports Park in one weekend

McKenzee’s Q&A

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

I hope to achieve a win at an NHRA race for a Wally, win points champion at Galot & PDRA.

What is your favorite race car, and why?

My car is my favorite

Who has made the biggest impact on your racing success?

My family because they are my biggest cheerleaders!

Who do you look up to in the sport?

Leah Pruett & Lizzy Musi

Tell us what you do for a living?

I am a student and I drag race

McKenzee Hogan

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

Our sponsors are Shaw RV, O’Meara Realty, Professional Staffing Solutions, Amsoil INC, NGK Spark Plugs, TDH INC, and my parents and Nana & Papaw without them we wouldn’t be able to attend as many races.

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

Nobody, I try my hardest against everybody

What’s the hardest part of drag racing?

Driving the finish line

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

When I go bad green or red

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

Try your best and you got this!

McKenzee Hogan

What do you enjoy the most at the racetrack?

Spending time with family and friends

Are you superstitious?  

Yes! I have to give my Dad a high-five and say a prayer with my Dad, then my Mom and then myself, and give my two-year old brother a high-five.

Do you love to win or hate to lose?

love to win

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

Starting line, I’m just learning how to drive the finish line

What motivates you to continue racing?

Having fun

McKenzee Hogan

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

If money were no object, I would have an RV and our own car trailer. I would have a bigger Junior Dragster and race every weekend!

How often do you use a practice tree?

I don’t use a practice tree

What is your daily driver?

I’m not old enough to drive!

What is your favorite sport?  Favorite team?

Drag Racing. Leah Pruett & Lizzy Musi

What are you really good at?

Making friends

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

I used to play basketball

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

I would rather have a quiet evening at home.

What’s your favorite thing to eat?  Individual item, meal, or restaurant?

Tacos and Nachos

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

My Family

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

Try your best and never give up.

For more DragChamp Jr. Spotlights, click here.

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