CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The two-time reigning champion of what’s considered radial drag racing’s Super Bowl is a 2018 Eustace High School graduate whose parents reside at Enchanted Oaks.
Rylan McClaskey, who races a 1967 blue Camaro (which he’s had since age 15) in the Ultra Street 275-size tire class, is only the second driver in the 12-year history of the Duck X Productions series to win back-to-back championships. The 32-car-field races are held at South Georgia Motorsports Park in Adel, Ga.
The first of Rylan’s two championships came Oct. 18 during the “No Mercy 11” Radials vs. the World final, with a 4.57-second finish at 152 mph. The second championship, “Lights Out 12,” was held Feb. 28, when Rylan clocked in at 4.54 seconds, running 156 mph.
“It was a pretty relieving moment,” Rylan says of crossing the finish line in February. “It was a stressful race. We had problems getting there because of the freeze.”
Upon leaving that Sunday for Georgia, pipes had burst in the family’s motor home used to travel, which is coupled with the trailered Camaro. “It was pretty bad timing on Mother Nature’s part,” Rylan says.
McClaskey’s mom, Kim, works for the City of Mabank as the Secretary of the Economic Development Corp., head of city Human Resources and as assistant to City Administrator Bryant Morris.
Kim says Rylan’s racing makes her “absolutely, 100%” nervous to watch, but it means family time, as the McClaskeys travel and stay together in the motor home. Kim says racing means late nights and early mornings at the track. “It’s all about having fun and spending time with your friends and family,” Rylan says.
McClaskey has been racing since he was 8 years old as a junior dragster at Cedar Creek Dragway near Seven Points, said his dad, Marc, who owns Lakeside Collision Center in Mabank.
“We are a car family, for sure,” Marc says. “My entire family is kind of a car-nut family, between show cars and hot rods.”
But dad allows, “He’s a lot better than I am.”
Rylan also has won the 2019 and 2020 championships in the state-based Tex275 series. Rylan’s most recent win was at Space City Showdown 2, held at Houston Raceway Park, which also was a repeat. Rylan also competes locally at Texas Motorplex in Ennis and at Extreme Raceway Park in Ferris.
McClaskey, who has been racing as a pro since 2017, hopes to compete at “No Mercy 12,” to be held again in Georgia in October. Rylan explains the race is 40-50 cars showing up for six rounds of qualifying, hoping to make the 32-car field.
“You’re taking a big chance,” Rylan says. But another big payoff awaits – each victory in the Duck X series has put $5,000 in Rylan’s pocket.