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Hop Claims Championship in Jr Dragster Minor Category

When you think of a nine-year-old drag racing competitor, typically your mind goes to somebody still learning the sport’s details.  Figuring out how to stage properly, learning the practices of racing, and general vehicle maintenance.  Insert Brooklyn Hop, who in 2023 claimed her third championship on her career. 

Hop, of Andover MN, races in the Jr Dragster Minor class at Rock Falls Raceway.  In the 2023 racing season, she attended all ten events on the calendar.   After a hot start winning the first event of the year, a few early race defeats had her season outlook in jeopardy.  “I always seem to start the year a little slow, so winning the first race felt great!” said Hop, “But then the next few races we didn’t have much luck. I stayed focused on making sure I was doing my job, and our luck turned around through the year!”.  After scoring only two round wins through the next five races, Hop turned on the heat by winning three of the last four races to secure a landslide championship over second place Paetyn Bremer of Red Wing MN.  Hop finished the season with five event wins, and a 99 point lead over Bremer.

Looking back on the season, Hop mentioned highpoints like a friendship with Erica Enders that started at Rock’s NHRA National Open, and blossomed into a full tilt tour of the Elite Motorsports Race Operations during the Brainerd National Event.  Their friendship ignited a greater passion in Hop, who plans to pursue competing in the NHRA Pro Stock category when she grows up.  Meanwhile, she is content racing Jr Dragsters, and relaxing by reading books and riding horses.

Through the support of great companies like Famous Amos Transport, KGB Engine and Performance, and the Jagerguys Bar; as well as her awesome mom and dad, Hop will undoubtably continue turning on win lights for the foreseeable future. Hop plans to compete in the Jr Minor class for another racing season, before turning her attention to the Jr Dragster Intermediate class.  Congratulations to Brooklyn Hop, your 2023 Rock Falls Raceway Jr Dragster Minor Champion! 


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