Drag Illustrated Issue 177, July / August 2022 | Page 65

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Mattox , a Pro Jr . Dragster driver , graduated from Brookville High School and Central Virginia Community College , where she was a part of the Administration of Justice program . She will attend Longwood University in the fall to study Criminal Justice and Criminology with the goal of becoming a lawyer .


Butcher , a former Jr . Dragster driver and current Top Sportsman driver , graduated from Chippewa High School in Doylestown , Ohio , where he lettered in soccer all four years and in basketball one year . He currently works with his father , Glenn , at the family business , Butcher Demolition , with plans to attend the University of Akron in a year to earn his business degree . He ’ s won in Jr . Dragsters and in a Bandolero in the circle-track world , while he currently races in NHRA Super Gas and Top Sportsman and Bracket Bash in PDRA . He also enjoys big-money bracket races and hopes to win The Million someday .


Suppers , a former Pro Jr . Dragster driver and the 2019 Virginia Motorsports Park Jr . Dragster track champion , graduated from Brentsville District High School in Nokesville , Virginia , where he lettered all four years in track and field . He is heading to the University of Northwestern Ohio in August to study High Performance Motorsports . He became only the second Virginian to place second in the scholarship testing for that program . He is currently working at C & C Auto Performance in Manassas , Virginia , until he heads out to Ohio .


Pickens , the son of Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster presented by Laris Motorsports Insurance driver Robert Pickens , went to Midview High School for his first two years before finishing high school at the Lorain County JVS ( Joint Vocational School ) in the Welding and Fabrication lab . There , he was able to get certified in multiple welding processes . Pickens started working in January through the school-to-work program and is currently employed and a first-year apprentice through the Local 33 Sheet Metal Union , where he works alongside his dad at Avon Lake Sheet Metal .


Rice , the son of Extreme Pro Stock racer Dwayne Rice , graduated from Grove City High School in Grove City , Ohio . He ’ s currently working with his dad at D R Excavating , the family-owned business .


Garner-Jones , a longtime competitor in the PDRA ’ s Jr . Dragster classes , graduated from Madison County Virtual Academy . Along with racing her own Jr . Dragster , she supports her family ’ s TT Jones Racing team that competes in Drag 965 Pro Nitrous Motorcycle , primarily with defending world champion Chris Garner-Jones . Garner-Jones also helps at the family-owned Huntsville Dragway in Huntsville , Alabama .
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