17-YEAR OLD WINEFSKY EARNS NOSTALGIA FUNNY CAR LICENSE
All one had to do was see how four-year-old Dylan Winefsky's eyes lit up when he was at the drag strip to know he had found his destiny early.
Dylan's life path came full circle thirteen years later when he earned his nitro Funny car license.
"All that kid ever wanted to do, was to be in the garage and around that race car," said Dylan's father, Robert Winefsky, who races a Fuel Altered in the NHRA Heritage Series.
Dylan continued his progression into Junior Dragsters at eight years old, and by 15, he's already outgrown the half-scale race car. He even dropped a few hints along the way that he'd like to one day drive the family's Fuel Altered.
The second-generation drag racer was trained properly as he attended Frank Hawley's Drag Racing School in October 2020 and attained his Super Comp driving credentials.
Earlier this year, the Fuel Altered was converted to methanol, and Johnny West was brought in to supervise the process. The altered was returned to nitro, and Dylan made his first hit at the 2021 Bakersfield March Meet in May.
To earn his Nostalgia Nitro Funny Car license, Dylan needed only two full runs with sub-seven-second elapsed times. Last Sunday, October 24, 2021, he ran a 6.059 elapsed time at 235.43 miles per hour. He returned and sealed the deal with a 6.065, 235.76.
"I've always said when the time comes, he definitely earned the seat; he's worked on this car since he was four and knows it better than anyone," said the elder Winefsky.