2022 DragChamp 6-9 Jr. Racer of the Year
Carson Wied wins the 2022 DragChamp 6-9 Jr. Racer of the Year title presented by Laris Motorsports Insurance after winning 22 times on the season
12/14/22 – Welcome to the 2022 DragChamp 6-9 Jr. Racer of the Year Top 10 List presented by Laris Motorsports Insurance. This week we rank the best 6-9 year old racers in the country and crown the 2022 6-9 Jr. Racer of the Year!
Cover photo by Midwest Jr. Super Series
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DragChamp Jr. Racer Top 10 List
1 – Carson Wied
Carson Wied wins 22 times in 27 finals to claim the DragChamp 6-9 Jr. Racer of the Year title! Wied, who finished 3rd in last year’s 6-9 rankings, dominated the class this season to earn the Racer of the Year title. Highlights of his 2022 season include two Midwest Jr. Super Series championships, undefeated in MJSS 11.90 Index races, last 6-9 standing in every MJSS Pro Sportsman race, and 9 times during the season he was the last 6-9 racer standing. Also at the two $10K races Carson attended, he ran himself in both of the 6-9 finals. Congrats on another tremendous season!
2 – Kylie Mocny
Kylie Mocny continues to shine on the DragChamp Top 10 List. She earned the #2 spot on the year end list after winning 17 wins in 25 finals this season. She finished the season with 5 Wally’s, the Bradenton track championship, and a runner-up at the Eastern Conference Finals. Look for great things from Kylie in the years to come.
3 – Ethan Russell
Ethan Russell lands in the #3 spot after posting 10 wins in 16 finals this season. Russell earned the US 131 beginner track championship, finished 2nd at Milan Dragway, was the IHRA Division 5 6-9 champion, and won three times in one weekend at US 131 earlier this season.
4 – Zandir Cook
Zandir Cook lands in the four spot after posting nine wins in 11 finals. Cook won the NHRA Division 2 6-9 Race of Champions, finished second in points at South Georgia and Gainesville, and made the quarterfinals at the ECF.
5 – Waylon Bennett
Waylon Bennett grabs the #5 spot after winning 8 times in 11 finals. Bennett made the finals in almost half the races he attended this season in addition to winning the NHRA D2 championship. He won the Mike Bos 6-12 Fun Race at the ECF, collected 5 Wally’s on the season, and finished 3rd in points in the Division 2 National Open series.
6 – Evan Bryning
Evan Bryning parked his “Bandit” themed Jr. in the winners circle 8 times this year while adding 2 runner-up finishes. Bryning won the Eastern Conference Finals and made it to the semifinals at the WCF. He doubled up in the Gamblers races at the NHRA D4 Jr. ET Finals and won the Las Vegas Nationals 11.90 class.
7 – Rydin Cook
Rydin Cook lands in the #7 spot after winning 6 times in 12 finals. Cook joined his brother on the list after both enjoyed tremendous success this season.
8 – Dawson “D-Pain” Rogers
D-Pain grabs the #8 spot after winning 6 times in 10 finals this season. The 7.90 killer won the NHRA Division 4 Jr. ET Finals for the second time in three seasons! Dawson competed in 26 races across 9 states spanning from Bristol to Las Vegas.
9 – Hutch Harger
Hutch Harger had an impressive first year of Jr. racing posting 5 wins in 10 finals. His most recent victory came in the $5,000 Team race at the BMP Thanksgiving Jr. Nationals where his team took first place. Hutch also made both 6-9 finals at the I-30 Dragway twin $10K’s in September where he won on Sunday and ended up losing at 3 cars.
9 – Jesse Varner
The Varner family is well known for winning races and young Jesse is continuing that tradition. Jesse secured his Top 10 spot after winning 5 times in 8 finals. He won the NHRA Division 2 Bracket Finals and the ECF 6-12 Fun Race. Varner also scored a runner-up in the 6-9 Fun Race at the ECF.
10 – Gavin “G-Wagon” Fojt
G-Wagon produced another great season after winning 5 times in 7 finals. Gavin qualified for two NHRA National Event races and won the Dallas Fallnationals race. He snagged wins at both the NHRA and IHRA Division 4 Jr. ET Finals and secured the 6-9 SouthWest Jr. Dragster Series championship for the 3rd time.
10 – Landon Bailey
Landon Bailey closes out the 6-9 Top 10 List with a 5 win season in 7 final round appearances. Bailey won the Bristol DER 6-9 championship for the second consecutive season and was the NHRA Division 2 Race of Champions runner-up.
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