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Monday, May 27, 2024

Brady Johnson: DragChamp Racer Spotlight

Brady Johnson is in this week’s DragChamp Racer Spotlight. Learn all about this DragChamp Pro Member in his spotlight below!

BAILEYTON, AL – Brady Johnson has been drag racing for the past five years. His passion for racing and cars was ignited at a young age when his dad started taking him to the races. However, his own racing journey began when he turned 15 behind the wheel of his father’s 1968 Camaro, which he raced for his first three years. While he now drives his own car, Brady still occasionally takes the helm of his dad’s Camaro.

Currently, Brady competes in Top Bulb classes in and around his home state of Alabama, with Baileyton Dragstrip “The Goodtime” serving as his home track.

Learn more about Brady below!

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His Race Car

Brady has owned his 1968 Rally Sport Camaro for two and a half years now. It boasts a 406 cubic inch engine from Huntsville Engine, paired with a Coan powerglide and converter, and features a 12-bolt rear end. His Camaro consistently runs in the 6.40 range.

Outside of Racing

When Brady isn’t behind the wheel of his race car, he enjoys fishing, scrolling through Facebook Marketplace, and cheering on the Atlanta Braves. His favorite movie is Moneyball, while his favorite music genre is country, although he will listen to anything. Brady has also recently ventured into agriculture, having purchased a farm and now works as a dedicated chicken farmer.

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Accomplishments

  • 2021
  • Runner-up Baileyton 5K
  • 2K Win at Sand Mountain Dragway 
  • 2022
  • 3 Runner-ups at Baileyton 
  • 2K Labor day Win at Sand Mountain
  • 4 Wins at Sand Mountain 
  • 2 Runner-ups 
  • 10K Win at Capital City Motorsports Park (First time out in new car)
  • 2023
  • Runner-up at Baileyton 
  • Win at I22 Motorsports park 
  • Runner-up at IHRA Team finals 5K Friday 
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Brady’s Q&A

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

I think everyone wants to win the OG Million. I’d also like to attend some Fling events. In the future, I hope to become half the racer that I know I can be. I have high expectations for my racing.

What is your favorite race car, and why?

My favorite racecar has to be a first-gen Camaro. To be more specific, I love the car I have now, but my dad’s car will always be my favorite just from the success I’ve had in it and what it’s what I learned to race in.

Who has made the biggest impact on your racing success?

My dad has definitely had the biggest impact on my racing success. He has taught me so much since I started racing and has worked with me through the ups and downs. He believes in me even when I don’t believe in myself.

Who do you look up to in the sport?

In racing, I’d say I look up to Brad Plourd and Adam Davis. I watched them growing up, and they are two of the baddest dudes on both the top bulb and bottom bulb side.

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Tell us what you do for a living?

I recently bought a farm and I’m a chicken farmer.

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

Most of my racing money comes from wiring race cars and doing small jobs for people on their race cars.

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

There isn’t really anyone I hate seeing in the other lane. It doesn’t matter who it is; I’m going to stick to my plan and try to turn on a win light.

What’s the hardest part of drag racing?

I’d say the hardest part of drag racing is staying consistently good for 7-9 rounds, with some of those rounds needing to be extremely good.

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

My most embarrassing moment in a race car would have to be when I took about the whole race track to be a couple thou under. My saying is ‘It happens’.

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

Normally, right before I stage, I take a deep breath and just tell myself to let go good, and put it dead on.

What do you enjoy the most at the racetrack?

I really enjoy seeing all my racing people at the track, especially at our local tracks. Some of the nicest people you will meet will be at Baileyton (The Goodtime).

Are you superstitious?  If so, what are they?

Yes, if I win, I will usually try to wear that same shirt the next weekend.

Do you love to win or hate to lose? 

I hate to lose, especially if I do something stupid to lose a race. 

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

I’d say some weekends I’m better up front, but other weekends I’m better at driving the stripe. It just depends on what kind of weekend I’m having. 

What motivates you to continue racing?

I think my dreams of what I can be one day in the racing world keeps me motivated.

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

If money were no object, I’d love to have a motorhome and a stacker. I would still have the same cars, though, but would definitely hit up more big money bracket races.

How often do you use a practice tree? 

I try to use my practice tree at least twice a week but it doesn’t always happen .

What is your daily driver?

1999 S10

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

My favorite thing to eat has to be chicken fingers.

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

I would like to thank my dad I have learned so much from him since I’ve been around racing and I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today without him.

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