Name: Jeff Coale

Hometown: Stockton, CA

Home Track: Lemoore Raceway

Favorite Track:Dome Valley, AZ

When did you get involved in Sand Drags and How?: I got into sand drags in 2012 after a couple buddies and I went to watch in Lemoore and I said “I can do that”. After that I bought a 250r and started racing.

What type of bike do you race?: Currently have a single cylinder Honda in drag chassis and a 421 cc in stock banshee chassis.

Do you prefer 2 stroke or 4 Stroke?: I guess I prefer 2 stroke, since I have never made a pass on a 4 stroke.

Whats your favorite race track food?: Favorite race track food has to be the Linguisa at Lemoore.

What would you change about sand drags, if anything?: To be honest, I wouldn’t change a thing about sand drag racing. I like how it feels like one big family. Its hard to find that in other types of racing.

What do you do in your spare time?: In my spare time I enjoy working on my house and of course working in the shop.

Where are you from?
I'm from Dos Palos, California
 

How long have you been racing?
I’ve been racing for seven years


What was your first drag bike?
My first drag bike was a banshee. It was a 4mm cub 

What is your favorite track? 
My favorite track has to be Shelton’s Dirt Drags in Stanford, Kentucky. The environment and feeling there can’t be beat

Who is your biggest competitor?
I don’t really have one specific person as my biggest competitor. Whoever is in the other lane at that time I consider my biggest competitor.

Favorite race memory?
 My favorite race memory has to be racing at Gilbert, Louisiana. I was racing against a good friend, Bert Boatman in an index class. After he staged, I staged. As soon as I staged, Bert took off before yellows even came on. I asked him what happened after the pass and he said “I said I would beat you to the end, never said I wouldn't red light doing it.” 

Who has had the biggest influence on your race career? 
There have been two people who've had the biggest influence on my race career. My dad (Leroy Azevedo) and Mike Dickens. Without either of them or their support and pushing me to do my best I wouldn't be nearly as successful in this sport. They’ve both contributed to making me the rider I am today, and i can’t thank them enough for everything they’ve done for me.

 What is your favorite bike to ride and why?
My favorite bike to ride has to be Phil Star’s Scimitar because it's the fastest bike I’ve been on and the adrenaline rush doesn’t compare to the rest.

Fastest pass to Date  
My fastest pass to date is a 3.237 at 97 mph

What is your most memorable after hours race memory? 
My most memorable after hours race memory has to be at Sheltons for the “Showtime Shootout” race. A great friend Carlos Correia made me a bet saying if we ran a 3.4 I could give him a haircut. After running a 3.4, Carlos got his haircut and pictures and videos were posted on Facebook


Tell us about your routine right before you make a pass. 
Right before I make a pass, I make sure all my safety equipment is on and fastened correctly. After safety, I take a deep breath to calm and nerves and stay as calm as possible before pulling in and lighting the first bulb

Two-stroke or Four-stroke?  Why?
Easy pick, Two- Stroke because they’re faster and more exciting to watch as well.

Tell us a little about your 2020 Accomplishments
Throughout the year I’ve raced at multiple tracks all in different states as well. In the beginning of the year, I grudged raced at Pismo Beach, California. After that I went to a race in Mexicali for bike races, Arizona for car races, Arizona for bike races, Johnson valley for Cash days bike races, Dumont Dunes hill racing, Utah for hill racing and Little Sandy Raceway for the PSDA race, all before June 25th. June 27th, my family got a call from one of our good friends, Jermaine Boddie. He asked if we would like to join him and his team to go race on the Tv show “Street Outlaws.” Of course we accepted, packed our bags and headed to Wyoming to join Team California to take on other teams in “The Fastest In America.” It was an awesome experience meeting all the most known racers and motor builders when we were there. After we got back from that, I was able to make it to the hill race in Oregon, winning King of The Hill. Also made it to the Albany Sand Drags track for the “PNW Shootout race” where I won over 6 classes and set the “No Bar” record at 3.445 seconds. Once I made it back home, we got a call to go back on Street Outlaws, this time for “Mega Cash Days.” Once again we accepted, packed our bags and headed to Nebraska this time. Both my Dad (Leroy Azevedo) and Uncle (Franklin Azevedo) are featured on Street Outlaws, with the “Mega Cash Days” airing the beginning of next year. Once we got back to California in September, I made it to “Cash Days” in Johnson Valley again. After that race, I packed my bags and hopped on a plane and headed to “Sheltons Dirt Drags” in Kentucky, best known for Carlos Correia getting his famous haircut after running .40’s on a 421cc banshee and winning the 425 shootout. After that race was over, I caught a ride to Oklahoma for the “Sand Wars” event, eventually taking 1st place in the Unlimited class and winning over $6,600 for that class alone, bringing the total winning to over $10,000 over 2 weekends. After making it back to California, I finished off my race season for this year by being able to race my car with my dad and uncle for the first time. I raced my 1967 Camaro, while Leroy raced his 1968 Camaro (winning his class) and Franklin raced his 1967 Camaro coming up short in the finals. After all of the racing is over for this year, I'd have to say the highlight for car racing would have to be being able to go behind the scenes and watch my family compete on Street Outlaws. For the bike side, there never is a dull moment, and can’t really choose which event would be my favorite.

Name: Matt Willis

Hometown: Hope, AR

Home Track: Prescott Raceway

Favorite Track:Northeast Louisiana Sand Drags 

When did you get involved in Sand Drags and How?: I bought my first racing quad in 2000. It was a 400ex and I started taking it to the track every weekend to race in the bracket class.

What type of bike do you race?: Currently I have a 18dm 688cc on an HS customs chassis.

Whats your favorite race track food?: Chicken sandwich at Prescott Raceway

What would you change about sand drags, if anything?: I don't have any complaints just wished more people did it.

What do you do in your spare time?: I love going to the lake and camping with family.

Name: Frank Wilson Jr. 

Hometown: Memphis, TN

Home Track: I considered that Springhill was my original home track, but it closed a few years ago. Now I consider Outlaw Track in Town Creek AL and Pops in Rayville LA

Favorite Track: I have several favorite tracks, each offers a different challenge and I have watched kids grow up at each track. Pops Sanddrags in Rayville LA, Northeast Louisiana Sanddrags in Gilbert Louisiana, Outlaw Sanddrags in Town Creek AL, and the closed track of Bonne Terre Sanddrags in Bonne Terre MO are all my favorites. 

When did you get involved with ATV drag racing and how?: ​ I got involved around 20 years ago in driving by the Springhill Track and stopped to see what was going on. I started racing my hunting ATV. Got the racing fever and graduated slowly to a faster bike.

What type of bike do you race?: I race a rigged framed big bore two stroke cougar

Do you prefer 2 stroke or 4 Stroke?: 2 stroke

Whats your favorite race track food?: Cheeseburgers at Pops Sanddrag and any nightly course at Gilbert LA What would you change about sand drags, if anything?:  I would change that more people would get back involved in racing. I would also change that I could go to more tracks and spend more time visiting fellow racers and their families.

What do you do in your spare time?: In my spare time I hunt and race and work on my bike.  I also like to  spend my wife's hard earn money.


Name: Chad Ohmer

Hometown: North Bend, OH.

Favorite Track:My favorite track is probably Gravelrama in Cleves, OH because its my home track and i’ve been racing there since i was 10 so I know everyone.

When did you start drag racing quads?:  I started drag racing quads when i was 10 in juniors then got out of it for a while and started racing again in 2013.

What type of bike do you race?:  I run a stock Polaris XCR 800 on a Dreher chassis.

Whats your favorite race track food?: My favorite food at the track has to be pulled pork BBQ.

What do you do in your spare time?: When I’m not racing I like to spend time with my family, try out new sports and activities, fish, hunt and in the winter I Ski for the US National Disabled Team.

What part of the armed forces were you enlisted in? United States Marine Corps

From behind enemy lines to behind the handlebars racing, how can you compare them? The only comparison is the adrenaline rush you get.
How long were you enlisted? Feb. 2009- Apr. 2015
Whats the worst food you had while enlisted? Worst food would be MRE's.
How would you like to see the sport support our troops? If we could do a military race where proceeds go to an organization that supports our wounded warriors.
Who is the one person you want to thank that you served with in the military? I can’t thank just one person. But I’d like to thank my senior enlisted marines who trained me to be a fighter and know what to do in the situations I was put in. 
What were some of the special badges/awards you earned? I’m the recipient of 2 Purple Hearts, Global War on Terrorism, Afghan Campaign Ribbon, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Achievement Medal with Valor.


Name: Daniel Nyenhuis

Where are you from? Born and raised Grand Rapids, Michigan 
How long have you been racing? 
Started riding three wheelers at the age of 3 and haven't stopped since! I still have all of my three wheelers stored away.  Sand drags for about 22 years.
What was your first drag bike?
I raced a mini dragster in the juniors program that had a cbr900- that eventually turned into my first laydown that I raced for about a year- The frame today has just evolved into a new project z1 turbo laydown that I hope everyone will get to see this year: still using all the same tubing.... thrifty! I got most of my experience, like a lot of riders on Mike Goodales "GREEN THUNDER" (Three Wheeler). It is the most “winningest” machines out there! It didn't matter how much experience you had, this bike would put you in the winner's circle. I had some thrills on the VFR two wheeler, which Josh and I have been discussing to get that back out... 
What is your favorite track? 
My favorite track is west Michigan Sand Drag Way.  It’s my home track, and I love being there with all my friends and family.
Who is your biggest competitor?
Ohh I hate to have this on the internet anywhere... Paul Moore: top 5 fastest bikes in the world! Very Consistent and has a great rider Steph Taylor- It does not matter how fast I go! Paul Moore is always right there!
Favorite race memory?
2.97 et @ Shelton’s - we had been slowly gaining on breaking into the twos and then all the stars aligned, we made it happen - I remember telling Randy that after we get in the twos I’m done racing this monster, well that was 4 years ago...Randy keeps letting me race...
Who has had the biggest influence on your race career? 
I’ve had two major influences - 1 Dan Sr. He had me racing everything from the time I could walk! He started me on an ATC70, and we had a race track around the above ground pool in the back yard where I crashed into everything!  He then got me into BMX racing with my cousins.  I did that until I jumped my race bike into Lake Michigan, off the Grand Haven Pier.  Then when I was 16 he signed me up to race Richard Petty's Racing Experience. Now I was addicted to speed. My dad would rent the local race track and we would go out there and turn laps in stock cars. My dad always had a great hunger for competition and continues to do so today. 2 Mike Goodale “the legend”. The generosity, and love for the sport. He is a true gentlemen of the sport and is always pushing me and encouraging me to be faster!  I grew up watching Uncle Mike race three wheelers at West Michigan Sand Drags. I was always intrigued. He always has the fasted bike at the race track.  He has been a big influence on racing in general, from sand drags, funny Bikes, to top fuel asphalt bikes. 

Name:Eli Medina
Hometown:
 Albuquerque, New Mexico
Home Track:
La Plata Valley Raceway
Favorite Track:
La Plata Valley Raceway
When did you get involved in Sand Drags and How?: 

I got involved in sand drags in 2010 when a track opened up in Albuquerque and been hooked ever since.
What type of bike do you race?: 
I race a 2000 Yamaha Banshee 350cc.  
Whats your favorite race track food?: 

My favorite track food is nachos with jalapenos.
What would you change about sand drags, if anything?:

The only thing i would change is to get more people involved.
What do you do in your spare time?:

In my spare time i love hanging with my wife and kids. Thats the only thing i rather do besides racing.

Name: Sydney Perraut

Hometown: Cynthinana, Kentucky

Home Track: Harrison County Fairgrounds

Favorite Track:Little Sandy Raceway 

When did you get involved in Sand Drags and How?: I got into sand drags by coming to the drags with family and friends about 3 years ago.

What type of bike do you race?: 525 Cheetah

Whats your favorite race track food?: Hamburgers

What would you change about sand drags, if anything?: Getting more girls involved in the sport.

What do you do in your spare time?: I am very involved in school and becoming an RN. I also like to hunt and fish.

Name: Conner Patterson

Age: 11

Hometown: Hornersville, MO Home

Track: Leerjak

Favorite Track: Louisiana

Favorite Track Food: Walking Tacos at Sheltons

What Do You Race? Mini Drag Bike “Honda”

Whats your Fastest ET? 5.23

How Long You Been Racing? 7 Years

How many tracks have you raced at? 7 Different Tracks Whats Most Memorable Moment Racing? Winning 1st Place What are some of your other Hobbies?? Baseball and Basketball

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Where are you from?
Hornersville, Missouri

How long have you been racing?
13yrs on the bikes

What is your favorite track? 
 
Gilbert

Who is your biggest competitor?
 Paul Moore/Steph Taylor

Favorite race memory?
Getting the triple into the 0’s

Who has had the biggest influence on your race career? 
Kim Muchmore

What is your favorite bike to ride and why?
K&T Triple

Fastest pass to Date  
3.00/105.45

What is your most memorable after hours race memory? 
There has been so many, hard to pick just one.

Tell us about your routine right before you make a pass. 
Tell my opponent good luck/be safe, check the bike over, start the bike, pre   stage, clean the bike out, purge and send it!!

Two-stroke or Four-stroke?  Why?
two strokes if I have to pick one but enjoy racing them both.

Favorite hobby outside of racing?
Raising my boys.

Random fun questions

Would you ever push mow your yard in July wearing a trash bag to cut weight?
Am I the only one that does that?

If you were stuck in quarantine with Ricky and Kyle, which one of the three of you are you taking out first? Ricky, Kyle, or yourself? LOL

That’s tough. They are both buddies of mine so I guess myself.

This year at Gilbert is over Halloween weekend, what’s your costume going to be? ( You have to pick one) 
Superman (maybe the cape will help me get in the 2’s)

Name: Noah Hardesty

Age: 6

What grade you in? 1st

Hometown: Shelbyville, KY

Home Track: Shelby County

Favorite Track: Shelton`s

Fastest ET to Date: 4.44 (200 ft.)

When did you get involved in Sand Drags and How?: In 2014 Noah's grandmother suggested we try racing with KOI at the Franklin County Fair. He has been obsessed since.

What type of bike do you race?: E-ton 90 and Polaris Predator 90

Do you prefer 2 stroke or 4 Stroke? 2 stroke

Whats your favorite race track food?: hot dogs and burgers

What would you change about sand drags, if anything?: wheelie bars in the kids class lol

What do you do in your spare time? Trail riding with my dad, playing soccer, playing in the pool

Who is your favorite SuperHero? Ironman!

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Where are you from?

Born in Elreno Oklahoma, moved to Salem, Oregon when I was 14. Been here ever since. 

How long have you been racing?

Been Competitive Racing since around 2013, but always been hillshooting racing at the dunes. 

What was your first drag bike?

2006 Raptor 700, 778cc. 

What is your favorite track?

Albany, OR or when Bakersfield Sand Drags was around, probably my second favorite. 

Who is your biggest competitor?

Cuervo Racing, Bill Templeton to be specific. 

Favorite race memory?

Winning NW Grudge Matches Fastest Single cylinder for the first time. 

Who has had the biggest influence on your race career?

Probably my Father John McCormick, as he always encouraged us to have fun and go fast, helped me build my first motor at the age of 8, it was a Top end rebuild on a Honda 70 3-wheeler.  

What is your favorite bike to ride and why?

I used to love the YFZ 450 because when I bought one in 2006, at that time was extremely fast out of the box, a nimble bike that is great for side hilling, and could climb out of anything, but fell in love with the comfort and power of the Raptor 700. 

Fastest pass to Date  

3.363, 92mph and 1.24 60’ at Dome Valley Raceway, backed up with a 3.38, and Dome Valley’s Single 4-Stroke Track Record. 

What is your most memorable after hours race memory?

Meeting up with Tim Wilson, my a Jockey at the end of the track, to pull him back to staging and congratulating each other and giving each other big atta boy hugs at the end of the track after big wins, and then sitting around checking out our numbers at the track figuring out what we can do better.  

Tell us about your routine right before you make a pass.

First we double check tire pressures, then bar height, top off the bike with Methanol, then heat the Nitrous bottle, then I start the bike with our Remote starter, then I head up to the staging lights to find the best line to take, then direct Tim where to go and face him coming in, once he pulls in and single bulbs, I then double check bottle pressure, turn on the Nitrous system for him, double check bar height, then move to the back of the bike, and aline the bike for the straightest shot down the lane, then clear the debris from under the wheelie bar wheel path, and give Tim a pat on the back to let him know it’s go time.  

Two-stroke or Four-stroke?  Why?

I never liked 2-strokes much, I don’t like how the power comes on, and prefer 4-strokes instant, continuous power throughout the power range with no lag like a 2-stroke, and no mixing fuel. Plus they have a thumper sound I love. 

Favorite hobby outside of racing?

I love riding and camping at the sand dunes, big events at the Sand dunes such as Raptor Rally, and Dunefest are my favorite times, then probably fishing and hunting. 



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