MECHANICSVILLE, MARYLAND (July 13, 2016) – Jessica Tayman (age 9) and sister Tori Tayman (age 13) of Mechanicsville, Maryland, combined to win two IHRA Ironman classic event trophies on Sunday, June 10 at Maryland International Raceway ™ (MDIR) Young Guns Shootout – “Battle of the Juniors” Hubble Motorsports Jr. Dragster event.
The Young Guns Shootout, in its second year, is an event developed to provide Jr. Dragster competitors in Maryland as well as surrounding states and tracks an opportunity to come together and compete against each other at their own larger-scale event. The goal is to also provide the juniors a weekend where they are the “Stars of the Show” with their parents, who in several cases are racers themselves, right beside them cheering them on.
The Tayman sisters, who are regular competitors at MDIR local events, bested the large special event field of competition in their respective 7-9 years old and 12-14 years old classes to each earn their first coveted IHRA Ironman classic trophies and also winning an event on the same weekend. The event win was Jessica’s first class win, while Tori claimed her third event win overall.
In addition, Tori’s vehicle was also awarded with a “Best Appearing Vehicle” plaque at the event. Her father, Jimmy Tayman designed the dragster’s graphics out of his JT Custom Paint Shop with design and color design assistance from Tori and Jessica. To top off the weekend happiness, father Jimmy and mother Kim celebrated their wedding anniversary on the same day as well.
Jessica will be in the Fourth Grade at Mechanicsville’s Lettie Marshall Dent Elementary while Tori will be in the 9th Grade at Chopticon High School in Morganza, this coming school year.
“It is nice to see all the young junior competitors having a great time at these events and watching them build friendships with fellow kids from various communities in the regional area,” said MDIR Director of Marketing and Public Relations Rick Lindner. “It is pretty special when we are able to provide an event that will become a lifelong memory for the youth in this great area we call home. Thank you everyone for your amazing support of MDIR!”