Thursday, February 29, 2024

Leah Smith: DragChamp Jr Racer Spotlight

Leah Smith is in this week’s DragChamp Jr Racer Spotlight. Learn all about this DragChamp Pro Member in her spotlight below!

HORNSBY, TN- Leah Smith started racing Junior Dragsters eight years ago, ignited by her mom’s introduction to the sport. As an infant, Leah accompanied her mom to the races, creating an early connection with the exhilarating world of drag racing. The racing legacy in Leah’s family traces back to her granddad, who started drag racing in the 1960s. Following in the family tradition, Leah’s mom started attending races at the age of 10 and has been driving for over thirty years. With racing deeply ingrained in her family’s history, Leah always knew she would be able to race one day too.

Leah’s home track is Holly Springs Motorsports, where she competes in the IHRA Bracket Points. Several times a year, she also enjoys traveling to other tracks within the region and participating in a few big money junior races.

Learn more about Leah below!

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Her Race Car

Leah’s current Junior Dragster is a 2020 Mike Bos HP chassis equipped with an HP engine. It runs 7.60s- 7.90s depending on what she wants it to run. Leah enjoys working on her race car and has even learned how to tune it. She is also responsible for prepping tires, fueling her car, checking the belt, loading and unloading, warming it up, and getting everything ready for race day.

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Outside of Racing

When Leah isn’t behind the wheel of her Junior Dragster, she enjoys playing softball, participating in land judging contests with the FFA, and riding 4-wheelers. Her favorite food is Texas Roadhouse rolls and she also likes to spend time scrolling through TikTok.

Photo by Cole Thomas


Leah’s most notable accomplishments include an Ironman win and runner-up, $K Back to School Shootout win at Holly Springs, and a $1K Freedom Nationals win.

Leah’s Q&A

Which win are you most proud of? 

I am most proud of my first Ironman win at Memphis International Raceway. 

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

My future goals include bringing home a win at the Christmas on the Coast.

Who has made the biggest impact on your racing success? 

My mom. She has taught me everything I know about racing and continues to teach me more every time we’re at the track.

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

I usually don’t worry about who is in the other lane.

What’s the hardest part of drag racing? 

It’s a tough sport!! If drag racing were easy, everyone would do it. 

What do you enjoy most about racing? 

The competition – always trying to make myself and my equipment the best it can be. 

Do you love to win or hate to lose?

Hate to lose.

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

Finish line.

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

I would like to thank my parents the most.

What advice would you give to young aspiring racers?

Don’t get discouraged!! 

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