Kane Kern wins the 2023 DragChamp 13-15 Jr. Racer of the Year title presented by Laris Motorsports Insurance after winning 17 times on the season.
01/10/24 – Welcome to the 2023 DragChamp 13-15 Jr. Racer of the Year Top 10 List presented by Laris Motorsports Insurance. This week we rank the best 13-15 year old racers in the country and crown the 2023 13-15 Jr. Racer of the Year!
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DragChamp Jr. Racer Top 10 List
1 – Kane Kern
Kane Kern wins the DragChamp 13-15 Jr. Racer of the Year title for the 2023 season! He won 17 times in 24 finals on the season including 8 wins at the Southwest Jr. Dragster Series. He earned the SouthWest Jr. Dragster Series 7.90 Index Championship, SouthWest Jr. Dragster Series Quick 16 Championship, and the NHRA D4 Jr Finals 13-14 Championship. Kane traveled to the biggest events across the country and picked up wins at multiple racetracks including No Problem Raceway, Gulfport Dragway, and State Capitol Raceway, to name a few.
2 – Tyler Wied
Tyler Wied grabs the #2 spot in the 13-15 age group after winning 15 times in 19 final round appearances during the 2023 racing season. His season highlights include winning the Midwest Jr Super Series Quick 16 Championship and NHRA West Central Division 5 13-14 Championship. He also picked up the 13 & Up Age Group win at BMP’s Thanksgiving Jr Nationals.
3 – Tyler Cromer
Tyler Cromer had an impressive season where he racked up 23 wins in 26 final rounds. He picked up the $5K Brainerd Motorsports Park Thanksgiving Jr Nationals victory, IHRA Division 3 Team Finals Jr. Dragster win, and captured a $1K Midwest Jr. Super Series race win. Cromer did most of his damage at I-64 Motorplex during the 2023 race season.
4 – CJ Jenkins
CJ Jenkins won two of the largest Junior Dragster races of the 2023 season to earn the 4th spot on the 13-15 Jr. Racer Top 10 List! Jenkins won the Holiday Jr Jam $10,000 64-car Shootout and the 2nd Annual Christmas on the Coast DragChamp $10,000 64-car Invitational.
5 – Hope Capley
Hope Capley takes the 5th spot on the 13-15 Jr. Racer of the Year Top 10 list. Capley put together an impressive season winning 9 times in 13 finals. She won the Music City Raceway track championship, swept the Music City Southern Revival, runnered-up in her age group at the Eastern Conference Finals, and won the IHRA Division 2 Points Championship for Music City Raceway.
6 – Henry Holland
Henry Holland posted 8 wins in 10 finals to earn a Top 10 finish. Holland won the NHRA Jr Challenge and was finished 2nd in the Ardmore Dragway points championship.
7 – Jeff Garner
Jeff Garner earned a Top 10 spot after winning 7 times in 9 final rounds. The 2023 Sacramento Raceway Park 13-17 Year Old Jr. Track Champion won the NHRA Division 7 Race of Champions in Las Vegas and was selected as a JCM Racing Development Driver for 2024.
8 – Carter “C-Pop” Poplawski
Carter Poplawski makes an appearance on the 13-15 year end list after winning 6 times in 2023. In addition to earning the Xtreme Raceway Park Jr Mod Championship, he also picked up the Teel Memorial $5K win and won at the Texas Spring Stampede.
9 – Tony Virgilio Jr.
Tony Virgilio Jr. posted 6 wins in 6 finals in his first year racing in 7.90. Virgilio’s on track highlights include a win at the US41 Dragstrip Twin $10K’s and a double-up at Lucas Oil Raceway.
10 – Madeline Rodgers
In Madeline Rodgers’ 2nd full season of racing, she brought home 6 wins in 9 final rounds. She racked up wins at National Trails Raceway and Pacemakers Outlaw Dragway to earn a spot on the top 10 list.
10 – Big Ty Janousek
Big Ty Janousek rounds out the 13-15 Jr. Racer of the Year top 10 list by earning 4 wins in 8 final rounds. Some highlights from his season include his $5,000 Christmas on the Coast win, IHRA World Finals runner-up, and his IHRA Little River Dragway Track Championship.
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