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Congratulations to Blake Brown, our 2017 Search for A Champion $50,000 On the Track Grand Prize winner! Check out the list of 10 Runner-Ups below who will each receive a $5,000 sponsorship and congratulations again to all 25 Finalists who are now part of our #TeamChampion family!

  • Alejandro Fernandez
  • Brett Gonyaw
  • Brayton Haws
  • Jesse Iwuji
  • Brandon Lemke
  • Andrew Maciel
  • Courtney Mageau
  • Makala Marks
  • Jacob Perry
  • Rusty Smith

Step 1

Create Your Account

We’re on the hunt for our 2017 #TeamChampion members and it can be you! Tell us why Champion should sponsor you.


  • Photo(s) and a 300 word essay are required
  • Two-minute video is optional

A parent or guardian must consent to anyone under the age of 13 on their behalf

Entry Period Closed

Step 2

Round One Voting

Starting January 5, 2017 the race is on to become a Champion sponsored driver. You and your fans can vote once per day and every vote counts!

Voting Now Closed

Step 3

Grand Prize Voting

After the twenty-five finalists have been named, they will compete for an additional month for a chance to win the $50,000 Grand Prize sponsorship.

View Grand Prize Winner

Become a Grand Prize

$50,000 Winner

You could win up to $50,000 and a sponsorship from Champion.

View Previous Winners

Contest Timeline

Oct. 3rd

Call For Entries

Prepare your entries! Choose whether you are an On the Track or Off the Track entrant for Search for A Champion.

Nov. 2nd

Submission Period Opens

Gather photos. Tell your story and create an entry starting Nov. 2, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. ET.

Jan. 3rd

Submission Period Ends

Submit your entry by 11:59 p.m. for your chance to be Champion’s champion in 2017.

Jan. 5th

Round One Voting Begins

Vote for your favorite On or Off the Track Search for A Champion entry, starting at 9:01 a.m. ET.

Feb. 2nd

Round One Voting Ends

Voting for all entries ends at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Feb. 16th

Finalists Announced

Give a round of applause for the On and Off the Track Finalists who will compete for the respective Grand Prizes!

Feb. 23rd

Grand Prize Voting Begins

Vote for the On the Track Finalist you think deserves the $50,000 Grand Prize and Off the Track Finalist you think deserves the $5,000 Grand Prize. Voting opens at 9:00 a.m.

Mar. 23rd

Grand Prize Voting Ends

Voting for the 2017 Search for A Champion contest ends at 11:59 p.m. ET.

April 4th

Grand Prize Announcement

The 2017 Search for A Champion On the Track and Off the Track Grand Prize winner are announced.

Previous Search for a Champion Winners

Chris Ferguson

Chris Ferguson is a dirt super late model driver from Mt. Holly, North Carolina. He’s a third-generation driver following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather and he’s been racing for almost as long as he’s been walking. In 2015, he entered the Search for A Champion contest and won the Advanced category. If you want to win like Chris, read his story and listen to his advice on how to make an entry that leaves an impression.

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Myles Rowe

Sometimes, a sponsorship can mean the difference between being able to race or being stuck in the shop. Myles Rowe, from Smyrna, Georgia, won the Search for A Champion Amateur Grand Prize in 2016 and now he’s lapping the competition. Read Myles’ story and his advice on what it takes to create a winning entry.

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Carly Jo Ellingson

Carly Jo Ellingson was already an accomplished NHRA Drag Racer before she won the Search for A Champion Grand Prize in 2015, but the lessons she learned through the contest submission process helped her learn how to be a true professional. Read her story and learn how she was able to use a racing sponsorship to catapult her career to the next level!

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Jordan Ives

Jordan is a Super Late model driver who won the Search for A Champion Grand Prize in 2014. His entry video is a great example of how to tell an inspiring story with a lot of heart.

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Bobby Pierce

Bobby grew up racing and was never afraid of the track, but when it came time to submit an entry video for Search for A Champion, he was a bit intimidated. But Bobby jumped into the submission process, learning on the go. The result? A fantastic entry that won him the Grand Prize in 2013!

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“Every journey has an opening chapter, and ours started with an empty bank account.” That’s how the Michalek brothers’ racing origin story. But, after putting a lot of work into crafting a great submission video, they managed to pump some cash into their racing war chest and won the first Search for A Champion Grand Prize way back in 2012. If you’re thinking about submitting a winning entry, you owe it to yourself to read their story and watch their video.

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Voter Swag

Congratulations to our 2017 Search for A Champion Voter Swag Winners!


Contest Rules

Make sure you review the contest rules before entering the 2017 Search for A Champion contest.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Find out any further questions and answers about the 2017 Search for A Champion contest.

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