XENIA, Ohio (Sept. 5) — Switching to a brand-new car has only made 12-year-old JEGS.com Junior Dragster racer Makenna Brown all the more dangerous. The granddaughter of JEGS founder Jeg Coughlin Sr. and his wife Sue zipped to a big win in the Super Saturday event at Kil-Kare Raceway, and then returned for the age group runoff, where she was runner-up.
"I'm really excited to get another win for JEGS, especially in my brand-new dragster," Brown said. "Everyone really liked the car. I got a lot of compliments on the purple roll bar, chassis and body parts. It kind of gives it a girl's touch, and it looks really good with JEGS yellow. My two favorite colors are purple and yellow so this is like a dream car for me."
Brown's new ride is a 2012 Half Scale 006 powered by a Huddleston Performance 8.90 Sniper motor. The car was picked up from JR Hill's Custom Motorsports Painting on Tuesday and put straight into competition last weekend.
Racing in an eight-car field for 10-12 year olds, Brown beat Preston Tanner, Kyle Beavers and Hunter Hughes to earn the trophy. She returned for the runoff and eliminated Alexis Tanner (8-9 age group) before giving away the win to Shawn Pitts (13-17 age group) with a red-light start.
The Super Saturday race was just a warm-up for this weekend's NHRA Division 3 Junior Drag Racing League 2012 Championship, which also will be held at Kil-Kare Dragway.
"We know how to win at this track," Brown said. "It gives us a lot of confidence knowing we just won here a few days ago. I can't wait to get started."