Blase Raia Jr. is in this week’s DragChamp Jr Racer Spotlight. Learn all about this DragChamp Pro Member in his spotlight below!
ALTONNA, PA- Blase Raia Jr. first got behind the wheel of a Junior Dragster five years ago, all thanks to his Dad who introduced him to the sport. Blase isn’t the only racer in his family, his Dad, Pap, and brother, Brennan all drag race alongside him making it a family affair.
Blase currently competes in the Junior Dragster 7-11 class at Keystone Raceway Park, but next year he will move up to the older 12-17 class.
Learn more about him below!
His Race Car
Five years ago, Blase became the owner of a 2004 KCS Junior Dragster that marked the beginning of his journey into the world of junior drag racing. It has a ZR3 engine onboard that runs 8.90s with weight. His Junior Dragster is black with a red Pontiac symbol and checkers. Blase’s race car responsibilities go beyond just being the driver. His duties are to keep his car clean, fuel it, clean the clutch, and change the oil.
Outside of Racing
When Blase isn’t behind the wheel of his Junior Dragster, he can be found playing football. His favorite TV Show is the Walking Dead and his favorite music artist is Eminem. He enjoys spending time watching YouTube videos and cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs. Blase’s favorite things to eat are mint chocolate chip yogurt popsicles and Texas Roadhouse Rolls.
Which win are you most proud of?
My night of fire win 2023
What’s on your bucket list, future goals, what do you hope to achieve?
Win more races and drive my dad’s firebird (that will be mine)
Who has made the biggest impact on your racing success?
My dad helps me learn and he pays for everything
Who do you look up to in the sport?
My Dad Because he’s a good racer
Who do you hate to see in the other lane, and why?
Brennan because I know I’m gonna kick his butt and upset him
What’s the hardest part of drag racing?
Going against really good drivers from all over
What do you enjoy the most about racing?
Do you love to win or hate to lose?
Hate to lose
Which are you better at the starting line or the finish line?
Starting line but I’m getting better at the finish line
Name one thing most people don’t know about you?
Most of my friends don’t know what drag racing is so they are surprised when they find out
Who would you like to thank, who helps you the most?
Hot Shot’s Secret for all our oil, My Dad and my Pap
What advice would you give to young aspiring racers?
Have fun and Be safe
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