Fulfilling the need for speed

An RHS student drag races around South Hill, putting the safety of himself and others in jeopardy.


The drag racer’s car.

The drag racer began chasing his thrills on the road during quarantine of 2020. He has received multiple speeding tickets and even been arrested due to these races, but he doesn’t care enough to stop. He has decided that no matter how big the risk, he isn’t willing to quit racing.

And he’s a student at RHS.

A friend introduced our drag racer – who has been granted anonymity to speak frankly on his activity – to the scene and he immediately was hooked.

“I started getting into drag racing freshman summer when my homie asked if I wanted to race for fun. I whooped him pretty easy, and he had been racing for a minute,” he said. “He told me that I could make a lot of spending cash if I started to sign up for them. Ever since, I challenge anyone to try and race me and I will take their money. Currently, I’ve won just short of $5,000 dollars. I make around $250 a race and if I’m lucky, $500. I think I’ve done like eight to 10 races. It’s hard to keep track when you do so many.”

The racer has made good money and has taken a plethora of risks to continue his passion. Throughout the last couple of years, he has collected multiple speeding tickets totaling around $1,500. No matter how many times he gets in trouble, he will not quit.

“I don’t care how many speeding tickets I get, because my mom will pay for them all. It’s not affecting my wallet or my confidence,” he said. “I won’t ever be scared until I have to start spending bread instead of my ma.”

A good friend of the racer, Landon Yoder, has even taken a couple of shots at beating him. Though he has never beaten him, he is considered an above average racer. Landon had this to say about his best friend.

“I like to think that I’m a good drag racer, but not like him. He just has the (guts) to do whatever he needs to win. I’m pretty daring, but when he drives, he’s not like the same person,” Yoder said.

Recently, the RHS racer lined up on Canyon Road against a 2014 Infinity Q50 at 10 p.m. with $500 on the line. Both cars revved their engines, then took off. He weaved in between cars, breaking 90 mph, according to him. He almost hit a car while taking a fast, sharp right turn, and the police sped towards him and pulled him over.

“When I got pulled over, I didn’t think much of it. I thought I would get a speeding ticket like I usually do, but no,” he said.

The police ended up taking him into custody at the Pierce County sheriff’s station. After 48 hours had passed, his bail was set at $2,500 and he was released when his dad came and paid the bail.

Despite the danger to himself and the community – and even though he has gotten arrested and has received multiple tickets – he refuses to stop.

“Racing has been a big part of my life for a while now. I know what I am doing is not safe and wrong and stuff,” he said. “I just don’t think I can give it up because I love it so much. It’s not about the money or the conflicts. It’s just about me, a kid who loves cars expressing his passion.”

The racer is still waiting for an official court date.

And he’s still racing.