FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A trio of teenagers from Fort St. John are among the fastest drag racers in the world, and they don’t even have their Class 5 licenses yet.
13 year-old Noah MacDonald, 14 year-old Kaelie Morton, and 17 year-old Ty Hollingshead were part of a group of a dozens racers from the Peace Region that travelled to Memphis, Tennessee at the end of October to compete at the World Finals at the Memphis International Raceway.
Hollingshead was this year’s track champion in his age group at Northern Lights Raceway, while MacDonald and Morton took the top racer spots at drag strips in Prince George and Edmonton respectively. Hollingshead and Morton have both been racing for a number of years, while this was only MacDonald’s third year of drag racing.
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In Memphis, the two boys were both competing against 126 other drivers in the Summit Super Series, while Morton raced in the 24-racer Tournament of Champions.
MacDonald made an early exit at the tournament after losing his first race, but said that the experience was still something he won’t soon forget. Hollingshead was about to out-drive his opponents for four rounds, and eventually placed tenth in the world.
Meanwhile in the Tournament of Champions, Morton managed to make it all the way to the final race in her division. Both racers in the final ended up lighting the red light on the Christmas tree, but Morton ended up placing second due to a difference of dial in times.
After their trip across the continent, the trio are looking forward to hitting the 8th mile track at Northern Lights Raceway once again next Spring.