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Joel Van Devender

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 Joel Van Devender


Joel Van Devender drives the Bracket 1 Class Dragster.  His home track is Mobile Dragway but he can also be found racing at Gulfport Dragway.  He lives in Grand Bay, AL.

Joel started racing in 1987 in the Bracket 1 Class at Mobile Dragway because he liked speed and stopped street racing.  He lost his first race in a '78 Fairmont with a 351 motor.  Career highlights include '92 2 Runner UPs in Atlanta, finishing 3rd in Points at Mobile Dragway in '11.

The thrill of racing for Joel is the speed. 

Joel's racing hero is Bob Glidden.

Of racing, Joel says, "Fun and costly!".

His favorite racing websites are and






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