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Tignor scores third WWTR drag strip title; Champions to be honored Feb. 4

WWTR 2022 bracket racing champions will be honored February 4

January 23, 2023, St. Louis – Jon Tignor, as they say, is no stranger to victory lane. The native of Hillsboro, Missouri, was a four-time winner during the 2022 Carl’s 4WD & Performance Center ET Bracket Series and won his third World Wide Technology Raceway championship.

Jon is a veteran drag racer, competing locally since 1995. His racing worked hand in hand with his occupation: owner of an auto repair shop. Although he retired in 2022, he admits he “got bored and got a part-time job.”

It wasn’t long before Jon started winning races.

“In 1996 I got my first big win, $300 in a jackpot race on a Wednesday night, then won the jackpot championship the same year,” said Tignor. “In the early 2000s, I won the Race for the Ring, and I raced Kenny Bernstein at the Nationals that same year. Over the years I’ve won three Wallys.”

His first track championship came in 2005, in WWTR’s Super Pro class. In 2018, he won the Pro championship and finished second in the Super Pro division.

“Two stories from this year come to mind,” Tignor added. “I was leading in the Pro points at the last race of the season. John Ratulowski and I were running in first and second in points. We got paired up in the second round. I was .004 better at the start and we were identical at the finish. I got the win light and the championship.

“I went to Indy for the ROC in Pro class.  I couldn’t win a round. There were not enough cars for Super Pro, so they allowed me to run both classes and I got down to three cars.

“I’d like to than my sponsors: JT’s Automotive and Southwest Auto Parts on the Hill. And thanks to Rolla Competition Engines, Trans to Go, and R&R chassis. I have a wonderful wife, two girls and six grandchildren.”

World Wide Technology Raceway will honor its 2022 drag racing champions – including Jon — at the annual Carl’s 4WD & Performance Center ET Bracket Series banquet on Saturday, February 4, 2023. The banquet will be held at VFW Post 2866, located at 66 VFW Lane in St. Charles, Missouri.

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