Drag Illustrated Issue 179, November / December 2022 - Page 85

BY NATE VAN WAGNEN , KELLY WADE , KAYLA ZADEL , AND RYAN MURRAY
PHOTOGRAPHS BY RICK BELDEN , TARA BOWKER , COLE ROKOSKY , MARC GEWERTZ , CHRIS SIMMONS , LOU CROUCH , CHELSEY CARICO , SARA YELTON , DAVID BEITLER , MARC WHEELHOUSE , GARY ROWE , GREG BURROW , MAT MATLACK , ROGER HAYES , COURTNEY ENDERS , QUINDARIUS JACKSON , JOSH BRANNON , AND COURTNEY PAULSHOCK

DRAG RACING isn ’ t for the faint of heart . It takes tenacity , passion , courage , faith , and funding of all levels . A bad weekend can put any one of those to the test . The young individuals who make up the 2022 30 Under 30 list have all been tested , and they ’ ve kept coming back for more . They ’ ve broken through the barriers of entry that exist at all levels of the sport , proving how badly they want to be a part of drag racing each step of the way .

Like the previous seven 30 Under 30 lists , this group represents the brightest and most promising young people from across drag racing ’ s innumerable classes , sub-categories , series , sanctioning bodies , and niche industries . There are big-name drivers who race for Wallys on Fox Sports 1 every other weekend , and there are humble racers who compete without a spotlight on the small-town tracks that dot the country . Beyond drivers , the honorees include tuners , crew members , fabricators , media members , manufacturers , and others that work behind the scenes to advance the sport .
The 30 Under 30 list is our way of recognizing these young men and women – as well as the people who helped them along the way – with the hope that they ’ ll feel inspired to continue to reach new levels .
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