Indianapolis, Indiana – The Drag Illustrated 30 Under 30 program was created to honor drag racing’s rising stars, shining a light on the next line of up-and-comers that will secure the future of this venerable sport.

And after hearing about the latest crop of 30 Under 30 winners, it’s fair to say the future of drag racing remains bright.

Update: We recently sat down with Drag Illustrated’s Wes Buck and Mike Carpenter for an in-depth discussion on the history of Drag Illustrated, the 30 Under 30 Program, and the future of drag racing. Check it out in this episode of the OnAllCylinders podcast:

The honorees are announced during the annual Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show in Indianapolis, Indiana. Here is the 2022 class. (Image/OnAllCylinders)

Now in its seventh year, the awards ceremony was emceed by Wes Buck, Drag Illustrated Founder and Editorial Director. He talked in great detail about the importance of recognizing this future generation and empowering the next line of drag racing leaders.

Getting chosen as one of the Drag Illustrated 30 Under 30 honorees means you’re an ambassador for the sport, whether you’re in the cockpit, in the pits, behind a computer, or beyond. And considering Drag Illustrated typically gets thousands of nominees each year, there’s no shortage of promising talent in the drag racing pipeline.

The program has attracted a long list of sponsors, like Summit Racing, Lincoln Electric, Powerbuilt Tools, Red Line Synthetic Oil, Fuel Factory, Moser Engineering, Right Trailers, Stroud Safety, Race Winning Brands, FTI Performance, Artisan Coffee, The Maynard Family, Peak Performance, and VP Racing, each chipping in support to the winners. (Image/OnAllCylinders)

Your 2022 Drag Illustrated 30 Under 30 Award Winners

Check out the list below and start memorizing names—there’s a good chance you’ll be seeing quite a few of them for years to come.

  1. Kelly Kundratic
  2. Kaitlin and Kelsey Quartuccio
  3. Amber Franklin
  4. Allison Lloyd
  5. Damon Cole
  6. Nick Isenhower
  7. Autumn Schwalbe
  8. Bobby Bode
  9. Jay Boddie Jr.
  10. Kassandra Pawuk
  11. Aria Connolly
  12. Gerrell Applo
  13. Kelley Murphy
  14. Evan Bader
  15. Jasmine Salinas
  16. Cody Anderson
  17. Chevy Floyd
  18. Ryan Grigsby
  19. Cord Collins
  20. Thomas Prock
  21. Wyatt Wagner
  22. Sara Slaughter
  23. Kaylynn Simmons
  24. Ty Kasper
  25. Makenna Brown
  26. Jaymes Rawlings
  27. Johnna Dunn
  28. Ida Zetterström
  29. Logan Yelton
  30. Travis Kissinger

Another honorary name appeared on the list too, bracket racer Sean Serra. Unfortunately, the drag racing world lost Sean in a tragic automobile accident this summer.

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Author: Paul Sakalas

Paul is the editor of OnAllCylinders. When he's not writing, you'll probably find him fixing oil leaks in a Jeep CJ-5 or roof leaks in an old Corvette ragtop. Thanks to a penchant for vintage Honda motorcycles, he spends the rest of his time fiddling with carburetors and cleaning chain lube off his left pant leg.