Pevely’s Cohen Hale wins third WWTR drag racing championship

WWTR 2022 bracket racing champions will be honored February 4


 January 24, 2023, St. Louis – Cohen Hale will be honored as the 2022 Jr. Dragster Lightning champion on February 4 at World Wide Technology Raceway’s annual Carl’s 4WD & Performance Center Bracket Series banquet. The 2022 championship is his third WWTR championship, having won Jr. Dragster Thunder titles in 2018 and 2021.

Hale is a freshman at Festus High School and resides in Pevely. He started drag racing at seven years old and has compiled an impressive resume. In addition to his three track championships, he also won the 2022 NHRA Division 3 title (13-17 years old class) and the 2021 NHRA Division 3 Race of Champions in the 10-12 years old class.

He is a third-generation drag racer – both of his grandfathers blazed the quarter mile. “I got into drag racing because I spent a lot of time at the track cheering on my dad,” said Hale.

Hale also finished runner-up in the 7.90 class at the 2022 Midwest Jr. Dragster meet and won the Division 3 championship the next day.

Hale is sponsored by Mike Elliot Snap-on Tools, Wagner Collision Center and Transmissions to Go.

World Wide Technology Raceway will honor its 2022 drag racing champions at the annual Carl’s 4WD & Performance Center ET Bracket Series banquet on Saturday, February 4. The banquet will be held at VFW Post 2866, located at 66 VFW Lane in St. Charles, Missouri.


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