Nationally-ranked junior dragster racer Crue Casteel competes at the NHRA Division 7 Dragster Finals

Published: Sep. 22, 2023 at 8:06 AM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Crue Casteel, a high school drag racing sensation from Sierra Lutheran, recently earned his driver’s license. Known for his dragster racing success, he now faces the challenge of adhering to regular road speed limits under 85 mph.

During the summer, Casteel impressed with a finals appearance at the Dodge Power Brokers Mile High Nationals in Denver, a nationally televised event where he was one of the few chosen from 300 drivers in his class.

At just 16, Casteel’s passion for racing began early, influenced by his family’s love for racing and cars. Together, they make up the Casteel Racing team, covering about 10,000 miles annually on the NHRA circuit.

Despite his need for speed, Casteel follows the rules on public roads. He’s earned six Wally trophies and multiple track championships.

Next up, Casteel is gearing up for the NHRA Division 7 Jr. Dragster Finals in Las Vegas and the Race of Champions.

He credits racing into being a big component in his life and has even been a reason to being so close to his family saying,

“It’s really helped me with sportsmanship because at first, I was really bummed and mad that I lost, but that’s just life. I would say that it has just helped me grow into the person I am right now.”