- Monday 03 February, 2014
Because Scott Chitty was introduced to the race track very early in life, it was no surprise when he declared at the age of eight that he wanted to climb behind the wheel of a junior dragster.
Since then, he’s had five different junior dragsters and seven different engine combinations and has found his way to the winner’s circle multiple times, and in 2013, after attending every points race, winning once, runnering-up twice and qualifying for the Junior Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Finals in Bristol, Tennessee, he is the Advanced Junior Dragster champion.
According to Scott, the road to the championship was at times rocky as he and his team worked to tune his junior dragster’s combination, but his nerves were never rattled, even when he made passes in front of thousands of spectators at the Summit Racing NHRA Nationals, Night Under Fire and Shakedown at the Summit.
In addition to piloting his junior dragster in 2013, Scott ran a 2010 Chevy Cobalt in the Stock class to get his feet wet in door-car competition, and last fall, he made test laps in a ’92 Camaro with a small-block engine and will introduce himself to the Sportsman ranks in 2014. While he’s sure that going from racing a junior dragster to racing a door car will be a new ballgame, he’s also sure that he’s ready.
He is supported in his efforts by his dad, Terry, who is a former racer, and his mom, also named Terri. When he’s not racing, he works at his dad’s automotive shop and attends classes at Springfield High School and Portage Lakes Career Center, where he was a member of the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society in his junior and senior years. He will graduate in May and plans to study automotive technology at Stark State College.
By Mary Lendzion